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What is the Meran System?????

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Old August 14th 03, 02:44 PM
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"Ivan" wrote in message

I have seen a couple annotated games where black plays the Semi-Slav
And then there are comments where White could have played Nbd2 or b3
to prevent the Meran System.

What is this Meran System and why is it so feared???

The Meran variation is 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6.
Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 (intending c5 at some point).

Developments in the opening are a bit of a tempi struggle and related to the
orthodox defense: for years, Black's c6 was considered a wasted tempo since
c5 would ultimately need to be played. Capablanca (and Showalter)
demonstrated that the tempo lost by c6 was offset by White's extra tempi
used moving the king's bishop. Ultimately, the source of White's advantage
is Black's "problem child" bishop: the Meran would seem to confound that
problem for Black, with the hedgerow of pawns on white squares, but he's
often able to free himself and equalize the game. The name comes from a game
played in Meran, 1924, Gruenfeld vs. Rubinstein:

8. Bd3 a6 9. O-O c5! which was Rubinstein's idea to transpose into a solid
defensive variation of the Queen's Gambit Accepted, with the only difference
that both Black and White have used an extra tempo to reach the position.
Play continued:

10. a4 b4 11. Ne4 Bb7 12. Ned2 Be7 13. Qe2 O-O 14. Rd1 a5 15. Nc4 Qc7 16.
Bd2 Rfd8 17. Rac1 Qc6 18. b3 Qd5 19. Be1 cxd4 20. exd4 Rdc8 21. Bd2
(clearly, the system on both sides would see some refinement in subsequent
years) Ne4 22. Re1 Nd6 23. Qf1 Nxc4 24. bxc4 Qh5 25. Ne5? Nxe5 26. Rxe5 Qh4
27. f4 Bf6 28. g3 Bxe5 29. dxe5 Qe7 30. Be3 Qd7 31. Be2 Qxa4 32. g4 b3 33.
Kf2 Be4 34. Bd4 Rd8 35. Ke3 Bc2 36. Ra1 Qb4 and White resigns.

Hope that's some help ...


Old September 16th 03, 11:59 AM
Mark Houlsby
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Harold Buck wrote in message .. .
snips old stuff

Well, he's inferring that people must fear it if they want to avoid it.
I don't think that's a crazy leap of logic. And I think the question is
on-topic for both groups. It's not like he posted it to
rec.games.chess.politics, rec.games.chess.computers, and

--Harold Buck


Do you have a direct link to r.g.c.f-k please? It seems like it might
be an interesting group, but I don't seem to be able to subscribe to
it through my news server....


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