Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings - B86-87 -Sicilian defence - by Beliavsky Alexander & Mikhalchishin Adrian

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E6? id7 ! and not only does White threaten 'iff3 but Black can hardly move. c3) 5 ... ig4 8 ltJe5 with the centre and initiative: 8 ... ih5 9 g4! ie3 ltJ8d7? I I 0-0-0! id6 1 2 f4 with a win­ ning game for White. tf5 (D) This is called the Baltic Defence. e6 with no draw­ backs he gets a Queen's Gambit Declined with his bishop in front of the pawn-chain. White can either allow this or immediately change the central situation: 43 UNORTHODOX QUEEN'S GAMBIT counterplay. This is a practical choice without theoretical pretensions.

C3 1 ) 1 0... f4 ! (or 1 2 d5 ! e? xc7 ! and now 1 5 ... d6 or 1 5 . �xc7 1 6 d5 ! ;. c32) 10 . ;) l l . g4 ( l l . 'ifd5 ! tfS 1 2 tt:lh4! :c8 1 3 tt:lf6+ ! xf3 �xd4 ( 1 3 . Vukovic-Kostic, Yugoslav Ch, Zagreb 1 946; White has an active bishop-pair on a wide­ open board. e7 Over the years, other moves have fallen by the wayside: a) 7 . e3 cxd4 (8 . ;. cxd4 8 tt:lxd4 'iib6 9 tt:lxc6! (a stan­ dard resolution of the pawn-centre which works when White is ahead in development) 9 ... e? I I tt:la4 !

D3 ( 1 7 ... l:Ixb3? b5 ( 1 8 ... l:Ia3 i.. l:Ia6 24 'ii'c 3 ± J. Watson-Ghokale, Linares 1 999. b) 1 1 .. l:Ib 1 ( 1 3 lt::lxc6 bxc6 1 4 e3 'ii'a5 1 5 lt::le4 ! lt::lx d4! l:Ic5 ! (but computer engines no­ tice things like this) 1 5 i.. l:tg 1 + favours White; this may be the best he can do. c4 in the Tarrasch. At this point it recommends 1 1 ... h6, to which it devotes 39 small-print pages of analysis! Let me hit upon some of the key issues. Play goes 1 2 lt::lxc6 bxc6 1 3 i.. f4 is a sensible alternative; without going into too many details, the most interesting line to me is 1 3 ...

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