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Jan Gustafsson vs Mateusz Bartel
Dortmund Sparkassen (2012), Dortmund GER, rd 4, Jul-16
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Meran Variation (D45)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Eyal: I thought the 6th game of the recent WC match (Gelfand vs Anand, 2012) pretty much established that this line is rather worthless for White (unless he doesn't aspire to more than a draw) - if Black doesn't even have to bother defending the d5 pawn on move 14 but can simply castle. (14...0-0 was a novelty by Anand; 14...Rd8 involves at least a slight concession by Black, since ideally he wants to place his rooks on c8 & d8).
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  perfidious: Not being familiar with this, my first thought was to wonder why White can't play to hold the pawn after 17....Rac8. After looking more deeply, it became obvious-he never gets his queenside out, while Black's fully mobilised. This leaves nothing better, so far as I can see than to return the pawn, as in both games, to reach a level position.
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  Eyal: Yeah, Black's better development tells - White's undeveloped bishop is a serious liability; here's a link to some analysis of what might happen if White tries to hold on to the pawn: Gelfand vs Anand, 2012
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  perfidious: <Eyal> From that position after 17....Rac8, in my active playing days I'd have probably burnt a ton of time analysing the lines after 18.Qe2, trying to figure out a way to hold onto the pawn a la Steinitz, and got myself into a fix on both the clock and the board. Today, it's far more likely that I'd shy away from being tied up like that-for it doesn't require a lot of analysis to see how bad trying to hold the material is, practically speaking-and look to stay active.
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  whiteshark: Gustafsson haderte hinterher ob seiner Unentschlossenheit: <„Ich hätte dem Damentausch aus dem Weg gehen sollen. Nach den beiden Niederlagen in den letzten Runden wollte ich aber solide spielen.“>
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