Apr 11, 2010

Sicilian 101: The Kalashnikov III

White has a major choice to make at move 6.  Either 6.Nc3 or 6.c4.  So far the games have included only 6.Nc3, which is the more "tactical" choice, as well as the choice that leaves open a transposition to the Sveshnikov.  We include a third game including 6.Nc3 before turning to 6.c4 next game.  The below game illustrates another clear way by which Black can steer away from the Sveshnikov: omit or defer pushing the pawn to b5.

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