The Sveshnikov is one of the most dynamic possibilities in the Sicilian Defense, as very early in the opening black makes permanent positional concessions in exchange for strong piece activity in the center. GM Michal Krasenkow (FIDE 2643) is a very strong Grandmaster who has achieved outstanding tournament results with the Sicilian Sveshnikov, and in the below chess video excerpt from the Empire Chess DVD ¨The Psycho Sveshnikov¨ the experienced GM explains basic tactical and positional considerations in this extremely complicated opening. GM Krasenkow points out that although black has given himself a long-term weakness with his backward d6-pawn, black has excellent chances of fighting for an advantage in the opening with rapid, targeted development. In the following chess video, GM Krasenkow explains numerous move order transpositions that result in typical Sveshnikov structures for black. Even if you play another line in the Sicilian Defense, it is still extremely useful to understand the basic principles and plans of the Sveshnikov Variation as many of these ideas overlap with other Sicilian Systems.
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