Friday, May 2, 2014

Opening Repertoire - Sveshnikov Sicilian

The Sicilian Defense is one of the attacking and fighting chess games you can find in GM games. You can use this opening repertoire if you are looking out for a new reply to 1. e4

1. e4 c5

Open Sicilian Category: 

A. Sveshnikov Sicilian
B. Najdorf Variation
C. Dragon 
D. Accelerated Dragon

Feel free to ask any questions on move order, variations, anything related to Sicilian Defence, we will take up good questions and pin it up on the album page for all to study


2. Nf3 prepares for 3. d4 Which is the line for open Sicilian
Options for black:

Sveshnikov Sicilian
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5
This is a good move to strike the center gaining tempo on the knight.
But at the same time makes f5 and d5 weak

Candidate Moves for white
6. Nbd5 #games 62,700+ in DB
6. Nb3 #games 2900+
6. Nf3 #games 2400+
6. Nxc6 #games 1400+

Candidate moves for black
6...e6 (most played #games 61,000+)
6...a6 (#games ~ 300)
6...h6 (#games ~ 500)

White also threatens to pin the knight on f6 and go Nd5 then

Candidate moves for white:

8. Bxf6
8. Na3

If 8. Bxf6 gxf6
Do not capture with Queen as Nc7+ will be advantageous for black

If 8. Na3 b5 (Threaten to push b4 forking the knights)

After 8...b5 White has 2 best moves to choose from
9. Nd5, #games in DB 27,900+ 
9. Bxf6, #games in DB 22,800+

If 9. Bxf6 gxf6.. Taking with queen will follow up with 10. Nd5 gaining tempo on Queen

A. Sveshnikov Sicilian
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nd5 f5 11. Bd3 Be6 12. c3 Bg7

Alternatives for 1212. Qh5 also popular 12...Bg7

Have a look at black's positionThe control on the 4th rank, The pawns all aiming towards the kingside where white might castle,Active pieces, White's knight on a3 needs atleast 2 moves to get in the game

So conclusion, if you reach this position as black it is very playable and dynamic.If you are white here, you need to work a bit more to improve position

Few Notable games in this variation:

1. Nakamura - Gelfand 0-1 (8th Tal memorial 2013)

2. Caruana-Ivanchuk 0-1 (54th Reggio Emilia 2011)

3. Alexei Shirov-Carlsen 1-0 (5th Sofia MTel Masters 2009)

4. Anand, V - Radjabov 1-0 (26th Linares 2009)