Saturday, December 09, 2006

Two Knights Sicilian, Part Five

After 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6
4.Bb5 Qc7 5.O-O Nd4 6.d3!?

The game Rublevsky-Alekseev, Moscow 2006 from the Russian Superfinal (going on now) offers an excellent illustration of White's latent attacking possibilities in some of the Rossolimo-type positions that can arise from the Two Knights Sicilian. In some ways, the positions resemble those that can emerge from Sutovsky's Anti-Rubinstein line in the Spanish Four Knights, demonstrating the kinship that makes both part of the Knightmare Repertoire.

White to play.


Blogger funkyfantom said...

Looks like Black should try to keep the center closed with his King in the middle on concentrate on getting a some heavy pieces to attack g2.

White probably ought to try to open the center as quickly as possible to expose the Black king.

Queenside castling for black looks dangerous.

Fri Dec 15, 10:14:00 AM EST  

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