E c f d d cxd ixd f c a Ac e ib b ie Wf

This is a strong move associated with a plan which involves pieces only. By preventing 9 0-0 (in view of 10 e5 ) and 9 i.b7 (which allows 10 Jk.xe6 ), White gains time for Wg3 with the idea of answering 0-0 with ji.h6 and obtaining an advantage in development after the forced , e8. The threats of various strikes in the centre ( )d5, sf5) and the possibility of deploying the rooks (Sadl, Sfel) make Black proceed very cautiously. Within White's concept, the future of the f2-pawn is an indefinite...

MSI Wc Lg ie b

White is better, Istratescu-Van Wely, This continuation was introduced by Dvoirys in 1987, and has become very popular recently. 10 f4 Or a) 10 i.g5 Lei (10 35 Ilic), and now 11 )f5 is dubious in view of ll exf5 12 i.xf6 xf6 13 Wd5 0-0 (or 13 c7) 14 Wxa8 We8 . There are three other, more serious, alternatives b) 10 Le3 > c6 (10 lxe4 11 f4 tf6 12 f5 e5 13 < ie6 fxe6 14 rt> 6 Lc6 15 fxe6 Lei 16 2xf6 , Velim-irovic-Hindic, Cetinje 1991 10, i.e7 11 > b6 ) 11 2el (11 f3 Lei 12 Eel 2b8 13 c4...

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13 a4 b4 14 a5 0-0 is bad for White and 13 jk.g5 has already been discussed under 12 & .g5 & .b713 Rfel. There are two more options for White a) 13 f3 (not very dangerous for Black) 13 0-0 (both 13 2g8 and 13 h5 are interesting) 14 h6 (14 & e3 ) 14 e8 and here al) In the case of 15 hi, instead of 15 & h8 16 & g5 Axg5 17 xg5 > f6 18 a4 b4 19 > e2 with a slight advantage to White, Movsesian-Jirov-sky, Mlada Boleslav 1993, 15 f6 is interesting e.g., 16 Sadl a5 Sluka-Jirovsky,...

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El) Inexact is 12 & h8 13 Ae3 (13 JLg5 ) 13 > c6 (13 > f6 14 f4 and now 14 ic6 15 f5 or 14 b7 15 f5 ) 14 xc6(14 d5 xd4 14 f4 a5 ) 14 xc6 15 f4 with better chances for White. e2) 12 )c6 13 < & xc6 Wxc6 14 2adl (14 > d5 & d8 suits Black instead, 14 2fel iLb7 transposes to Line B221) 14 a5 (14 Jtb7 is better then 15 2fel again transposes to Line B221) 15 2fel a4 16 & a2 2b8 17 2d4 .f6 18 e5 , Mowsziszian-Ban-giev, Simferopol 1985. e3) 12 & f6 13 i.e3 < c6 is playable,...

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A) 9 a3 0-0 10 0-0 i.b7 11 e2 (White should try 11 f5 ) 1 l bd7 and Black is already better 12 e5 (too late) 12 dxe5 13 fxe5 i.c5 14 & e3 Wb6 +. White should not play like that. The long-term factors favour Black and slow play is disastrous for White -at least until the first manifestation of his activity and the appearance of weak points in his opponent's centre. b) The active 9 f5 does not work properly here due to 9 e5 or maybe 9 b4 , but in other cases (for example, 8 Wc7 instead of 8...

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In this chapter our main focus is on the plan associated with this move and the further rapid transfer of the knight from b8 to c5, if White plays 7 iLb3. According to everything that is currently known, after 6 Jte7 White has fewer chances for an advantage than after 6 a6 or 6 < ic6. Two other moves need to be mentioned a) 6 ,< ia6 is a less successful version of the same idea. Until White has played JLb3, it is somewhat premature to transfer the knight, and thus White can fight for the...

Contents

2 5 a6 6 c4 Introduction to the Fischer Attack 27 3 5 a6 6 i.c4 e6 7 0-0 33 4 5 a6 6 Ac4 e6 7 b3 7 i.e7 and 7 fc7 40 5 5 a6 6 c4 e6 7 b3 b5 Sidelines 44 6 5 a6 6 Ac4e6 7i.b3b5 8 0-0 e7 9 f3 60 7 5 a6 6 .c4e6 7 b3 bd7 95 8 5 & C6 6 & c4 e6 7 b3 a6 118 9 5 & C6 6 i.c4 e6 7 b3 a6 8 e3 i.e7 without 9 Ife2 132 10 5 c6 6 c4 e6 7 Ab3 a6 8 i.e3 i.e7 9 We2 152 11 5 > c6 6 c4 e6 7 e3 a6 without i.b3 190 12 5 . > c6 6 c4 e6 7 0-0 a6 without b3 199 13 5 < > c6 6 ic4 e6 Sozin and...

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5 c3 a6 6 c4 e6 7 iLb3 D Kasparov now tried three different moves. In the first three games 6,8 and 10 he played 7 bd7 8 f4 sc5 and each time Short reacted differently. Three draws followed and the openings were always favourable for Kasparov who, nevertheless, should have lost at least two of these games due to later mistakes. There followed 7 fc6 in the next two games. After 8 f4 kel 9 e3 0-0, Kasparov managed to strike a blow against one of the popular lines in the 12th game 10 Wf3 xd4 11...

Introduction

My serious acquaintance with the Sicilian Sozin began in 1982 when I chanced upon an interesting though still largely unknown article by the master Mochalov, published in the magazine Shakhmaty, Shashki v BSSR 1980 . The article contained plenty of interesting games and lines where White attacked desperately and Black defended doggedly, but the following piece of analysis constituted the main topic 1 e4 c5 2 gt f3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 ixd4 sf6 5 sc3 ic6 6 i.c4 e6 7 i.e3 i.e7 8 e2 a6 9 b3 0-0 10 0-0-0...

E c f d d cxd ixd f ic e Ac a ilb b

0-0 kbl 9 Sel bd7 10 i.g5 h6 11 .h4 gt c5 T gt 12 i.d5 exd5 13 exd5 lt gt d7 14 b4 ia4 15 ixa4 bxa4 16 c4 amp c8 17 Wxa4 - d7 18 Wb3 g5 19 g3 lt h5 20 c5 dxc5 21 bxc5 Wxd5 22 Se8 amp d7 23 a4 Ac6 24 ftxc 1-0 Wonderful games The 1960s were the heyday of the Sicilian Sozin, due not only to the American champion... The Yugoslav grandmaster Dragoljub Velimirovic was the second outstanding follower of Sozin. Starting in 1965, Velimirovic put into practice a most dangerous attacking scheme against...