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Georg Meier vs Viorel Iordachescu
French Team Championship (2011), Mulhouse FRA, rd 3, May-28
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1-0



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Jan-14-12  Nozzle: This game has repeated by Carlsen-Gashimov Wijk Aan Zee 2012 up until move 22. Quite strange given it isn't a top line game itself.
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  whiteshark: Naiditsch mentioned that it's (deeply?) analysed in an issue of the high end chess magazine <chess evolution>.

Kind of required reading for ELO 2600+ guys.

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  Penguincw: Very interesting. Carlsen-Gashimov still taking place.
Jan-14-12  lost in space: I haven't got the white plan (after Qh1) when seeing it first (during the Carlsen-Gashimov game).

Very subtile white ply. My fist impression that white is misplacing his rooks and there is nothing on the long diagonal (h1-a8) was completely wrong.

Nd4-c6 is it! And with a4-a5, Qh1-a1 (a la Reti) and later Rc2-a2 White got decisive advantage.


Jan-14-12  SimonWebbsTiger: compare the Ulf Andersson treatment

Ulf Andersson vs Seirawan, 1982

There Ulf overprotected c4 and pushed b3-b4-b5 to get c6. Incidentally, compare

Ulf Andersson vs K Langeweg, 1981

In Carlsen vs V Gashimov, 2012 Gashimov would have faced problems playing ...d5 too.

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  whiteshark: Position after 15.<Nd4>:

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"White’s plan in this position was developed largely by Ulf Andersson, and consists of trying to get his knight into c6. To do so, his typical manoeuvres involve putting a rook on the c-file and transferring his queen via b1 to a2, so as to over-protect the c4-pawn. Then he plays b4-b5 and Nc6.

If he can achieve this, he usually has a clear advantage, so Black needs to take action to prevent it. This usually means attacking c4 more times, and preparing to meet b4 with a timely Bf6xd4, removing the knight.

Meier here shows a lovely alternative implementation of the white plan."

-- Steve Giddins

Source with further annotations: http://stevegiddinschessblog.wordpr...

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