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Ivan Sokolov vs Peter Leko
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-15
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-15-05  artemis: ahh, it is not often that you get to see the Semi-slav Meran Zvjaginsev variation. I have studied this briefly, but quickly switched to other variations of the Meran Defense, since they are more to my style of play. If anyone wants to adopt this defense, don't play it the way Leko did here. When your opponent plays e3-e4, the idea Zvjanginsev created was e6-e5, to challenge more in the center and keep the white pawn out of e5. This is a very important idea, one that I am surprised leko did not use.
Jan-15-05  Abaduba: Still, it seemed to work pretty well: White ended up fighting for a draw down a pawn.
Jan-17-05  Where is my mind: 10...b4N
11.Ne4 Nxe4 12.Bxe4 Bb7=
11...c5
15...bxa316.Bd2 Qh517.bxa3=
22...Rb5 23.Bc1
23.Qd3 Qb5 24.Qxb5 Rcxb5=
26.Qe4 Bb4 27.Qd4 a5=
26...Qb6 27.Rc4
30.Rxa7??Rxb2 31.Nd2 Qxd2
31.Ne1 Qf5
Jan-18-05  Milo: 47.g4! certainly looks like it was the quickest way to end this game. I wonder if Sokolov noted this resource when he played Re7, or just assumed that the knight ending was drawn.
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