Sveshnikov shock!

Sveshnikov Variation 11 Bxb5!? piece sac [B33] by International Master Richard Palliser

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e5 6 Ndb5 d6 7 Bg5 a6 8 Na3 b5 doesn't have to be met by 9 Nd5 Be7 10 Bxf6 Bxf6 11 c4, even if it was in one high-level Sveshnikov encounter from the recent European Championship, as we'll see on my April 2012 ChessPublishing update. Instead the piece sacrifice 9 Bxf6 gxf6 10 Nd5 f5 11 Bxb5!? (there have also been developments after that other piece sacrifice, 11 Bd3 Be6 12 c3 Bg7 13 Nxb5!?) 11...axb5 12 Nxb5 is rarely seen these days:

Position after 12 Nxb5

However, Black really needs to know his stuff here, beginning with 12...Ra4. Instead a Sveshnikov expert preferred 12...Ra7?!, which left him struggling and White scored a major upset in Weichhold-Moiseenko.

A great line for your ChessAnyTime rapid or blitz games!

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