1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 a6 6. Nd6+ Bxd6 7. Qxd6 Qf6

So what is current state of theory about Lowenthal? Can white fight for the opening advantage with 8.Qd1 or with Khalifmans 8.Qxf6 or with first engine choices 8.Qc7 or 8.Qd3?

and in 8.Qd1 line how good is 11.Bg5 after 8.Qd1 Qg6 9. Nc3 Nge7 10. h4 h5?

In DW Sicilian Palliser criticized Kramniks rook lift 11.Rh3 vs. Vallejo Pons. Efimenko got only draw vs. Vallejo with Bg5:

[Event "FIDE World Cup"]

[Site "Khanty Mansiysk"]

[Date "2005.12.04"]

[Round "3.2"]

[White "Efimenko, Zahar"]

[Black "Vallejo Pons, Francisco"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "B32"]

[WhiteElo "2637"]

[BlackElo "2674"]

[PlyCount "77"]

[EventDate "2005.11.27"]

[EventType "k.o."]

[EventRounds "7"]

[EventCountry "RUS"]

[Source "ChessBase"]

[SourceDate "2006.04.04"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 a6 6. Nd6+ Bxd6 7. Qxd6 Qf6 8.

Qd1 Qg6 9. Nc3 Nge7 10. h4 h5 11. Bg5 d5 12. exd5 Nd4 13. Bd3 Bf5 14. Bxf5

Ndxf5 15. Qd3 f6 16. Be3 Qg4 17. g3 Nxe3 18. Qxe3 Rd8 19. Rd1 O-O 20. O-O Nf5

21. Qe4 Nd4 22. Kg2 Qxe4+ 23. Nxe4 Nxc2 24. d6 Nd4 25. f4 Nf5 26. Rd3 Rfe8 27.

d7 Re7 28. fxe5 Rxe5 29. Rc1 Kf7 30. Rc8 Ke7 31. Nc5 Nd6 32. Rxd8 Kxd8 33. b4

b6 34. Rxd6 bxc5 35. bxc5 Rxc5 36. Rxa6 Kxd7 37. Ra7+ Ke6 38. Rxg7 Rc2+ 39. Kf3

1/2-1/2

Edit: Kramniks rook lift 11.Rh3 not 8.Rh3