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Re: Looking for mistakes in Sam Shankland's Semi-Slav
Reply #3 - 07/18/22 at 13:06:20
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The best way to catch someone out in a repertoire like this is not to find a line that is actually bad but a line that ends in a position that the computers and GMs like but is hard for an amateur to play well. This could be a position with a good computer eval that the GM glanced at and said "yeah, looks fine" but actually depends on a tactical nuance that is hard to find over the board, or it could just be a position that has some important explanatory text about how to proceed that your opponent is likely to forget if they have just been memorizing the moves themselves. Of course, this takes a fair amount of human work as well as access to the repertoire in question.
  
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Re: Looking for mistakes in Sam Shankland's Semi-Slav
Reply #2 - 07/18/22 at 08:05:43
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You won't find mistake, mistakes I imagine.

Its always easy enough to find positions you'd fancy trying out and/or something it doesn't cover that well. That's much easier than actually writing anything like this, to the extent that I do wonder how well following them works.

Or, if they're a normal club player, they won't remember 90%+ of the course at all reliably, so just play most things.
  
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Re: Looking for mistakes in Sam Shankland's Semi-Slav
Reply #1 - 07/17/22 at 11:41:01
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Hi.

My FM clubmate told me some time ago that the end positions in some lines of Shankland's semi-slav where not to impressive. That's about what I can say as I don't remember specifically what positions were referred to. We then looked at possible deviations for a while, using a correspondence database and got progressively more depressed (but I recovered Grin).

There was a very interesting corr game we found that white actually won in style though. Sadly it was for a non-main move continuation and by the time I am writing this solutions may already have been found.

Have a nice day.
  
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Looking for mistakes in Sam Shankland's Semi-Slav
07/17/22 at 06:44:17
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With so many of my fellow club players clearly having studied Sam Shankland's Semi-Slav repertoire on Chessable, I am curious to know if there are any glaring weaknesses in this repertoire that can be exploited.

Would love to hear from someone who has studied the repertoire.
  
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