Traps, Tricks & Mistakes: Sveshnikov Checkmated

In the main variation of the Sveshnikov, Black harasses the pair of white knights weakening voluntarily his/her pawn structure. As a compensation Black minor pieces get activity. Nevertheless, Black has to be careful and do not put too much pressure chasing the knights.

The Sveshnikov variation is an aggressive way of playing the Sicilian. Black’s minor pieces get activity but one of white knights gets the outpost on d5. If Black brings aggressiveness to the limit and tries to expell the white knight immediately from the outpost, can be trapped.

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