Apr 11, 2010

Sicilian 101: The Kalshnikov IV

In the below game, White plays 6.c4, which is the prime alternative to 6.Nc3.  As a result, the game is more positional in nature.  By playing 6.c4, White obtains a bind on the position by controlling d5 and b5, and in exchange for this bind, White accepts a permanent weakness at d4, where Black will attempt to post a minor piece.  The Kalashnikov has been essayed by more than a few Super GMs over the years; its most recognizable adherents are Shirov and Radjabov. 

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