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This particular variation is pretty much the "Najdorf" of the Queen's Gambit opening on ICCF. I've played it many times from boths sides there as well as in my own live blitz games. One of my favorite tricks as black is when white doesn't really know the theory and immediately tries to play 7. a4 in order to prevent b5. What I do is play 7...b5! anyway, and the idea is if 8. axb4 cxb4 9. Nxb4, then I play 9...Qb6! and white is in trouble already. The dark squares on white's queenside are horribly weak, his king is exposed, and his dark bishop is cut off from defending the area.
At any rate, my current favorite line as white involves:1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. h4! g4 10. Ne5 Bb4 11. Be2 Nxe4 12. O-O Bxc3 13. bxc3 h5 14. Qc2 Nxg3 15. fxg3 f5 16. a4 a6 17. Qd2 Ra7 18. Rab1 Rb7 19. Qe3 Qf6 20. Bxc4 Nd7 21. Bb3 Nxe5 22. dxe5 Qe7 23. Rbd1 c5 24. axb5 axb5 25. c4 O-O 26. Rd6 White's space dominance and better piece coordination has spelled doom for black on ICCF thus far in the above line. I suspect after more and more wins are logged that black will no longer play 10...Bb4 in response.
Wow. That was a phenomenal video!You have my Gratitude.
George the 1000 comment "So" is very simplistic He sounds like a good candidate to win the World Patzer Championship.
Maybe George the 1000 could learn something by watching the video.
Thanks for improving my game. Interesting ideias in a short 18 min.
at 11:57 cant black go nf3?
Also interested in knowing about the Gambit part, hehe.
Thanks for explaining the gambit concept. I now know why the term gambit is used with Anti Moscow.
You have to watch the first video
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5
See here black wins a pawn so this is a gambit, in the first video where 6.Bxf6 is played there is no pawn offer. Also compare this with the Junge, K variation where black captures the pawn immediately with 5...dxc4. It's very interesting stuff, although I am also new to alot of these ideas.
One thing that I am not clear about the Anti Moscow Gambit is what "Gambit" is being offered.
Can someone please explain this to me.
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. Ne5 Bb7 10. h4 g4 11. Nxg4 Nxg4 12. Qxg4 Qxd4 13. Qf4 Bb4 14. Rd1 Bxc3+ 15. Ke2 Qf6 16. Qc7 *
Here u evaluate the position as "black is in very big trouble" and recommend 15...Qe5 instead (like what happened in the actual game).
Why then does my engine recommend 15...Qf6 as the most accurate move? After 16.Qc7 Qe7 17. Qxe7 Kxe7 the position is roughly equal. How then is black in "big trouble" here?
Apparently, 16...Ba5 as well as 16...Bxb2 are also playable here.
At 10:50 you are discussing what you said is one of Nakamura's games
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. Ne5 Nbd7 10. Nxc6 Qb6 11. d5 Bb7 12. a4 a6 13. Be2 Bxc6 14. dxc6 Qxc6 15. e5 Nd5 16. axb5 axb5 17. Rxa8+ Qxa8 18. Nxd5 Qxd5 19.Qa1*
However according to the F13 Livebook, in the actual game 16.0-0 was played, although 16.Nxd5 is the engines recommendation. After the moves that you gave, the engine suggests that white is actually losing. 19.Qa1 is infact a very serious game losing blunder.
I wanna see videos on the Slav and delayed/meran from a black perspective. Please could you consider this?
just as i needed thnx
by GM Sam Shankland
In today's video GM Shankland manages to mix the right amount of theory, with just the right amount of positional and general advice in regards to the ideas behind white's 6.Bh4 in the Anti-Moscow Gambit variation of the Semi-Slav. As usual, Sam's recommendations are well prepared, and reveal much about which lines an advanced player should choose for their own repertoire against 1.d4.
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)
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Sam learned chess at age 11 from the Berkeley Chess School program. Within four years, he had become a National Master, and two years later, he became an International Master when he tied for first in the world u-18 championship, a result unmatched in the last decade of international play by American players. At 20, he has already played in several U.S. Championships, placing 3rd in 2011.
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