Need sure points? QGD, Semi-Slav Defense, Meran Variation Edition

If you want to play for a draw, don’t leave anything to chance. Just force either a completely drawn ending or a perpetual.
Magnus Carlsen

A quick historical recap should include the Meran variation being played for the first time in 1906 in the game Schlechter–Perlis. It got its name after the town of Merano (ITA) when it was used during the 1924 tournament. This variation is identified by the following moves:

One interesting variation includes 8.. Bd6. The idea for Black is to castle fast and play active in the center and on the queen side. It is one that I have also used often with good results. The resulting positions offer chances for both sides, while the game is quite active. There is a lot of theory here and a lot of options for both sides. While looking at it I was surprised to find a lesser known line played about 20+ years ago:

The following games could give you a nice side by side comparison into how the game could continue. It is possible in the second game Black knew about the other game; still the deviation did not bring more chances. In the end the game was decided by a blunder deep into the endgame. Hope you find the games useful as a starting point in the study of this line.

Eugen Demian

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Author: Valer Eugen Demian

The player – my first serious chess tournament was back in 1974, a little bit late for today’s standards. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play all forms of chess from OTB to postal, email and server chess. The journey as a player brought me a lot of experience and a few titles along the way: FIDE CM (2012), ICCF IM (2001) and one ICCF SIM norm (2004). The instructor – my career as a chess teacher and coach started in 1994 and continues strong. I have been awarded the FIDE Instructor title (2007) for my work and have been blessed with great students reaching the highest levels (CYCC, NAYCCC, Pan-Am, WYCC). I am very proud of them! See my website for more information. I have developed my own chess curriculum on 6 levels based on my overall chess knowledge and hands-on experience. A glimpse of it can be seen in my first chess app:
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