[March 17, 2019] Updated Opening Article by Boris Avrukh:
April 2015 Revisited: Semi-Slav: Stoltz Variation, Main Line (12. Ng5 c5)

Our original key game of this line was played in the third round of the 2015 US Championships in Saint Louis. Wesley So had initially managed to surprise Sevian in one of the most complicated Semi-Slav lines, but failed to proceed accordingly, and his position eventually collapsed.

This is a theoretically important line, which got worldwide recognition in 2013 after Anand’s brilliant disposal of Aronian in Wijk aan Zee, so revisiting it is the most natural thing to do, given the circumstances. Fortunately for us, in the meantime a number of over-the-board, correspondence and engine games took place, which gave us the opportunity to examine this variation more deeply.

[Diagram: Black to Move] The diagrammed position is from an extremely important correspondence game A. Steenlandt – R. Ramesh, corr. 2015. How can Black proceed with his attack and break White’s defense?

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