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Would you play this variation as black?

Posted: Sun May 09, 2010 11:47 am
by AdminX
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Re: Would you play this variation as black?

Posted: Sun May 09, 2010 11:47 am
by AdminX
I think I understand why Anand is playing this line in his match with Topalov, but I think it gives black more chances to go wrong than to draw. I don't see that black has any winning chances, not even in the endgame.

Re: Would you play this variation as black?

Posted: Sun May 09, 2010 11:55 am
by playjunior
I agree that Black does not have any winning chances. I guess many setups like Berlin, and even some Petroffs etc are like that: hard, technical defense and you make a draw. The upside is that computer prep etc. is completely useless in those positions. On amateur level I dont think its that bad because to win you have to have good technique too which no one has, so I wouldn't mind too much playing that against some of my level.