Friday, March 04, 2005

new old ideas in the slav

so i am thinking about taking up the slav exchange as a winning (!) attempt because people psychologically think of it as drawish, but there are some lines where white can play for an advantage. an example is 9.g4 as played in the following game

Alekhine-Euwe, 1938 Amsterdam

i know, i know. you're thinking, if you want to play g4 v. the slav, why not play the shirov-shabalov gambit. it's easier to get to the slav, and i proved to myself that white can play for a win. obviously, it's nice to have a draw in hand, but i think i might try it.

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