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Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky vs Carl Schlechter
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 3, Aug-24
Slav Defense: Schlechter Variation (D15)  ·  0-1


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Apr-19-03  KnightBlade: Why aren't Black's opening moves seen more often? It seems perfectly sensible to place the Bishop on g7 in the Slav; yet there are no other games in the entire database with these first 6 moves. I play this system all the time as Black and I just have to wonder why there aren't more games like this one.
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  ksadler: When I used to play the Slav, I would transpose to a Grunfeld if White left book (ie. going into 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 g6! 5. Nf3 Bg7 which is D95 I think (whatever 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. e3 is in the Grunfeld)). The reason why that move order generally isn't played though is that in the Grunfeld, you need to fight back in the center with moves like c5 (especially in the Exchange lines as in this game). I'm sure other people here play the Grunfeld/Slav more than I do though and may give some better advice.
Apr-20-03  KnightBlade: The whole idea of playing ...c6 is to recapture on d5 with a pawn so that White cannot play e4 Nxc3 bxc3. For this reason, it would seem like ...c6 is a good move in the grunfeld if white has not yet played cxd5, because aftedr cxd5 cxd5 white can no longer gain a strong center. Obviously, in any exchange variation after cxd5 Nxd5 e4 Nxc3 bxc3, ...c7-c6 would be a stupid move because you'd have to waste a move on ...c6-c5. The reason I made my original kibitz was because I recently played a tournament game against an Expert (I'm rated as a Class C) and with my playing Black, the first moves were 1 Nf3 Nf6 2 d4 d5 3 c4 c6 4 Nc3 g6 5 cxd5 cxd5 6 Bg5 Bg7 7 e3 e6 8 Bb5+ Bd7 9 O-O O-O 10 Ne5 Bxb5 11 Nxb5 Qb6 12 Nc3? Qxb2 13 Na4 Qa3 14 Nc5 b6! 15 Bxf6 bxc5 (15...Bxf6? 16 Ncd7! wins the exchange) 16. Be7 Rc8 17 Nd3 Nd7 18 Qc2 Bf8 19 Bxf8 Kxf8 20 dxc5 Nxc5 and I had a solid extra pawn, although I eventually went on to lose despite obtaining a definite positional superiority :( Anyway, the point I was trying to make is that White doesn't seem to obtain anything special out of the opening despite playing "aggressively". Any suggestions for ways that White can play better?
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  ksadler: The problem with White playing "aggressively" is that he's playing a non-aggressive opening (now that I look at it again, it is the Slav Exchange - 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Bg5 (probably 6. Bf4 is better)). That is one of the most passive systems in all of chess.
Apr-20-03  KnightBlade: Ok, Ksadler, I stand somewhat corrected :-D; although there is only one game (this one) with the same opening moves as in my game that I mentioned, there are 20 games with 6. Bf4 instead of 6. Bg5, so apparently that is a better move. Still, I like playing against it as Black :)
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  Mateo: Interesting game.

26.Bxf5? should not be good. Of course, as Vidmar noticed, 26...Qxf5? is bad because of 27.Qxf5+ exf5 28.Re7+. But 26...exf5 should win.

27.Qd6? was a miscalculation refuted by Schlechter. 27.Ref1! should hold. A) 27...exf5? 28.Nxd5 Qf8 29.Qe5+ Rg7 30.Rg6!
B) 27...Rxg1 28.Rxg1 e5 29.Rg6 Qxg6 30.Qxe5+ Qg7 31.Qxg7+ Kxg7 32.Bxd7.

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