S. Rublevsky (2688) - Evgeny Alekseev (2639) [B30]
ch-RUS Superfinal/Moscow RUS (3) 2006
One of the more interesting positions in the theory of the Two Knights Sicilian arises after 4... Nd4 5. e5 Nxb5 6. Nxb5 Nd5 7. Ng5!? (as discussed by Baker and by Motwani). Believe it or not, White has a clear edge and lots of attacking potential:
Since White often wishes to play a delayed d4 push, this looks at first like a waste of time. But Rublevsky's idea is to be able to retreat the Bishop to b3 when it is chased by Black's pawns.
Despite the loss of the light-squared Bishop, White retains lots of control of light squares due to his pawns.
Surrendering two Bishops for two Knights, but that is not necessarily a disadvantage here since White has strong control of the center. The resulting positions remind me of some in the Four Knights (which Rublevsky also plays). Black's King, meanwhile, will have trouble finding a safe home.
Attacking ideas like Nd5 and Qh5 were in the air. But White has more ideas.
Shades of Fritz-Kramnik, Game 6?
Na5 is one idea.
Having begun by securing the light squares, White invades on the dark.
A sloppy move. Black is still fighting after
Gaining two pieces for a Rook, which is decisive.
White threatens the Rook at h5 and attack by Ra8. Black is lost.
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