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Anatoly Karpov vs Zoltan Ribli
Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 10, Nov-23
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System (D44)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Apr-25-02  refutor: In my opinion, this is the way that black should play the Botvinnik Semi-Slav. Keep things calm (for the most part). Ribli kept everything under control and his reward? a draw v. karpov when he was at/near his prime :)
Apr-25-02
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  Sneaky: I always have known the Botvinnik Semi-Slav as the "Anti-Meran Gambit." But I can see why it might be named after Botvinnik, e.g. his famous radio game with Denker Denker vs Botvinnik, 1945

What I am unclear of is this: if White plays 5. Bg5, what options are left for Black? Can Black continue to play the Meran varation (with moves like dxc4, a6, b5, Bb7, c5) or is he forced to play this crazy opening?

I love this opening; it seems very playable from either side of the board. But unless you are a specialist in this opening it might be better to adopt a simpler plan.

Apr-25-02  refutor: black's almost forced to play the crazy opening (which i love from both sides too). black can "decline" the gambit by ...h6 (the moscow variation) or go into some sort of queen's gambit declined with ...Nbd7. After 5. ... dxc4 6.e4 Black is pretty much forced to play ...b5 or else give back the pawn with development.

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