The Sicilian Sveshnikov begins with the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6. (See the diagram below)
This opening has been increasing in popularity in recent years and featured in the World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana in 2018.
At the top level of chess, it is an opening that has been deployed by players including Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov, Teimour Radjabov, Boris Gelfand, Michael Adams, and many others.
The Sveshnikov has been established as a first-rate defense for Black, but Black must know what he is doing, as there are some lines that can give him trouble if he is not attentive.
In this exclusive iChess Club video, GM Suat Atalik continues his in-depth exploration of this intriguing opening. If you missed it, we strongly recommend you go and watch Part 1 first and then Part 2 here. You’ll be able to understand the ideas much better if you’ve watched Parts 1 and 2. GM Atalik’s explanation of this opening (and the resulting early-middlegame) is truly fascinating!
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