Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...c5/2. Nf3/2...Nc6/3. d4/3...cxd4/4. Nxd4/4...Nf6/5. Nc3/5...e5/6. Ndb5

Sveshnikov Sicilian
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

r1bqkb1r/pp1p1ppp/2n2n2/1N2p3/4P3/2N5/PPP2PPP/R1BQKB1R

Sveshnikov SicilianEdit

Moves:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5


The White knight's threat of check on d6 is a bit awkward: ...Ke7 would be unpleasant so Black would have to surrender his bishop with ...Bxd6, only to have a queen arrive on d6 and single-handedly cramp the whole Black position. She would need to go, too: ...Qe7 Qxe7 Kxe7/Nxe7, and suddenly Black's dodgy d-pawn and slow development are significant factors in the much simplified position. Far better to keep the knight out of d6 for now and then vanquish it to a3 in a move's time with 6...d6.

Theory tableEdit

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5


6
Main Line Ndb5
d6
+=
...
h6
+=
...
Bb4
+=

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ReferencesEdit

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.
Last modified on 24 March 2010, at 00:25