Understanding before Moving 115: Play the Sicilian (16)

by ChessBase
3/5/2023 – 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 115th 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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When two of the world's strongest players face each other, it sometimes ends in disappointment for the spectators. The balance is hardly broken and a draw is the most logical outcome.  But when Garry Kasparov is behind the white pieces and his former World Championship challenger Viswanathan Anand is on the other side of the board, fireworks can sometimes be expected. Especially when Anand brings out the Sicilian and ends up in a double-edged position we know from the Kan-Variation.

Spectacular opening play by both players led to the position in the diagram. White has invested a pawn, but Black seems to hold.

But do you see how White can regain the initiative? If you think you have found something, could you support your idea with some variations?


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