Open Sicilian - Sveshnikov Variation

Nakamura-Radjabov in the Sveshnikov, Novosibirsk Variation [B33] by International Master Richard Palliser

Following 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e5 6 Ndb5 d6 7 Bg5 a6 8 Na3 b5

some of the elite aren't so happy with such a simplistic approach as 9 Nd5 and

9 Bxf6 gxf6 10 Nd5

led to an important debate in a key line of the Novosibirsk in Nakamura-Radjabov after

10...Bg7 11 Bd3 Ne7 12 Nxe7 Qxe7 13 0-0 0-0 14 c4 f5 15 Qf3:

Diagram after 15 Qf3, a critical move in this key tabiya

Radjabov appears to have accepted that Anand demonstrated the route to a plus for White against his old favourite, 15...d5!?. Thus at Wijk he opted for the solid

15...Qb7 16 Qe2 b4 17 Nc2 f4,

restricting White's minor pieces, and drew without much difficulty.

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