[February 04, 2018] Updated Opening Article by GM Dragan Paunović:
June 2015 Revisited: Queen’s Gambit Declined: Semi-Slav with 9… b5 (12… c5!?)

This update is a small tribute to our late colleague GM Dragan Paunović. In memory of our dear friend, our Editorial Board will continue updating his lines and articles.

In our stem game Jan-Krzyzstof Duda, one of the world’s fastest rising stars, took a gamble with Black against his compatriot Kamil Miton, and it paid off handsomely. This update brings new developments from a number of grandmaster encounters, but (in our opinion) our original verdict still remains unchallenged.

The entire variation is quite important from the purely theoretical point of view, and we believe that we’ve managed to find a promising line for the players of White, in spite of many looming dangers along the way.

[Diagram: Black to Move] White is two pawns up and has a bishop pair, while Black pieces seem uncoordinated. Can Black create sufficient counterplay before White consolidates?

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