Understanding before Moving 113: Play the Sicilian (14)

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2/19/2023 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the 113th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman continues to explain why it is good to study and to play the Sicilian. | Photo: Pascal Simon

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We continue to look at the Sicilian Richter Rauzer. This time at a particularly interesting and sharp game between a Serbian and a Croatian grandmaster. After a seemingly innocent inaccuracy by Black early in the middlegame, White launches an attack on the kingside. He is even prepared to offer the centre pawn on e4.

A superficial observer might think that the blow will fall on the kingside, but a moment later it appears that White is seeking refuge on the other side of the board with a creative rook switch. The black player, presumably surprised by this sudden change in the game, then makes the wrong move.

In the diagram position it is White to you. Do you see how he can exploit Black's last move 22...Qb6-c6?


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