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Every Russian Schoolboy Knows: Revolution Revisited - Part 25

Opening: A11: English, Caro-Kann Defensive System

Player(s): Yermolinsky, Anikaev, Van Wely, Zherebukh

The classical defense against the Reti is Lasker's ...Bf5, ...h6. I had no intention to follow the famous Reti-Lasker, New York 1924, as playing b2-b3 was never in my plans. Instead, White trades pawns on d5 early, to see how Black is going to recapture. In this video I concentrate on the structure appearing after ..exd5. White then plays his knight to d4, hitting the Lasker bishop and preparing e2-e4. The resulting positions are somewhat reminiscent of the Alekhine Defense with the colors reversed. Lately I hit a bit of a snag with this system, as the desired effect of the e-pawn advancing did not materialize in my games with Van Wely, and, particularly, Zherebukh. Back to the drawing board, I guess.

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