My favorite defense against the Queen’s Gambit ยท Training Game

I got to play one of my favorite openings in this game, a defense most Queen’s gambit players don’t like facing since proving an advantage is veeery hard – the Semi-Slav!

I played an opponent I know, and he has a plus score against me, a large plus score, so I wanted to do well, mainly make sure I don’t get into time trouble or blunder a simple tactic, both of which were the case in several of my previous training games.

It was an Anti Meran Semi-Slav, a flexible line which gives white numerous options and leaves black with two main ones, playing for an early c5 or an early e5. If black achieves one without consequences, the game should be equal.

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