NEW UPDATED ARTICLE

[Mar 13, 2016] Updated Opening Article by GM Boris Avrukh:
August 2014 Revisited: Queen’s Gambit Declined, Sämisch Variation

When we originally published GM Avrukh’s Pick of the Week a year and a half ago, the key game was Kasimdzhanov’s powerful novelty that brought him a full point against Kramnik at the Tromsø Olympiad in 2014. In the meantime, Black’s preferred response in this line became the daring 6… b5!?, which sparked many theoretical discussions in 2016.

Most notable recent additions come from Moscow and include B. Gelfand – B. Grachev, Aeroflot Open 2016 and L. Aronian – V. Anand, FIDE Candidates Tournament 2016, but we believe that players of White should seriously consider our suggested improvement on White’s play in J. Gustafsson – A. Naiditsch, Linares 2015, that you can see on the diagram.

[Diagram: White to Move] So, to capture, or not to capture – that is the question…

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