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@ meffort would u rather trust a silicon box or a well known GM . I'm pretty sure Sam knows what he's doing
Very complex lines but you made them quite easy to follow, a great end to the series!
what a nice move
Really enjoyed the series - this video in particular. Thanks!
Opening orientation at it's best. Excellent series on a hyper-sharp modern line. Might consider to leave the Grunefeld occasionally.
At the start of the video, after 7...b5 you instruct viewers that 8.Bd3 is what should be played next. However, according to the Let's check engines, Houdini 3 x64 depth 33 is recommending 8.Be2 here. I'm not saying 8.Bd3 is a mistake because it is obviously the mainmove, but from watching your electure I was left with the impression that viewers would think that it would actually be erroneous for them to consider to play 8.Be2
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bd6 9.0–0 0–0 10.Qc2 Bb7 11.a3 a6 12.b4 a5 13.Rb1 axb4 14.axb4 Qe7 15.e4 e5 16.dxe5 Nxe5 17.Nxe5 Qxe5 18.g3 Rac8 19.Bf4 Qe6
Rac8 is a total blunder.
For future videos I strongly recomment the Slav.
by GM Sam Shankland
GM Sam Shankland brings his coverage of the sharp Semi-Slav, Queen's Gambit Declined to a close today by providing an overview of the main line, 6.Bd3 Meran Variation. Though he doesn't dive too deeply into all the complex options available for both white and black, he does provide some general tips on the position and suggest his recommendations for Advanced Players to study further on their own time. Enjoy!
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)
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GM Sam Shankland
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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