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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #55 - 04/03/21 at 08:24:08
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7.Bc4 Nb6 8.Bb5 is the authors main recommendation and they try to prove that White has at least a little something here, but you are probably right that it´s not much. But it fits well with the title of the book since Black can hardly generate winning chances in this line.

The most recent source on 5.Bc4 is probably the chessable course "The High Pressure Alapin Sicilian" by GM Johan-Sebastian Christiansen. I cannot say how good the coverage is since I haven´t studied it yet.
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #54 - 04/02/21 at 12:13:08
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I'm very interested in this book, but there is one thing confusing me:

From the excerpt, it seems that the following line is recommended:

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 d6 7.Lc4 Nb6

and now both 8.Bb3 and 8.Bb5 seem to be analyzed.

However, to my knowledge, the former is inferior, and 8.Bb5 leads to completely equal positions (with black having several reliable ways to achieve rather easy equality).

Does anyone know if Khalifman/Soloviov have anything new and convincing up there sleeve there?
If White were forced to play these harmless and totally equal positions, it would be rather disappointing to me, because this is one of the most common lines chosen by black.

And there are alternatives, namely 5.Lc4...
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #53 - 03/07/21 at 19:12:56
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mn wrote on 03/12/20 at 22:24:41:
I'm kind of expecting the Two Knights against the Caro-Kann.


It will be the exchange variation (3. exd5 followed by 4.Bd3). They have an upcoming book covering the exchange against the Caro-Kann and the French. I am looking forward to it as I have really enjoyed the series so far.
http://chess-stars.com/resources/eng_Simple_means_titul.pdf
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #52 - 03/02/21 at 23:05:05
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TopNotch wrote on 03/12/20 at 02:36:18:
By the way, further to my mention of the Rossolimo/Moscow lines I would like to mention the two recent Chessbase DVD's by Jan Werle. These DVD's were a mixed bag for me, I was excited at first when I saw some of the fresh material he was covering but after viewing most of the content I was left unconvinced in many places and thought that some of his recommendations were downright strange and offered absolutely zilch, for instance: 

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Nxd7 Under-rated and poorly covered for White in most sources. 5.0-0 Ngf6 Now 6.Re1 is Van-Werle's recommendation, don't ask me why. He continues 6...e6 7.c3 Be7 8.d4 0-0 and goes for the direct 9.e5  analysing 9...dxe5 10.dxe5 Nd5 but inexplicably fails to consider the well tested alternative 9...Ne8 with dull equality. Go figure.

Maybe of interest, I noticed that in the latest CBM Werle discusses a game from a couple of months ago (Warmerdam-Bjerre) with 6. Qe2 instead of 6. Re1.  It went 6...e6 7.c3 Be7 8.d4 0-0 9.Rd1 (in 2005 Richard Palliser wrote that this move, "exploiting one of the advantages of 6. Qe2 over 6. Re1, is the best try for an advantage") Rc8 10.e5 Ne8 11.dc Nxc5 and now 12.Na3 (previously played was 12. c4).
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #51 - 01/02/21 at 03:36:27
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I just noticed this thread is in the Open Sicilians forum.

It should be moved to the Anti-Sicilians forum and the 2 c3 Sicilian subforum.
  

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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #50 - 08/05/20 at 18:08:50
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doefmat wrote on 08/05/20 at 07:15:27:
What do you guys think of the fact they go for 1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nc6
5. Nf3 Bg4 6.dxc5 instead of 6.Be2?

An IQP is not a stable long-term positional asset, while dxc5 achieves a queenside pawn majority more in the spirit of "squeezing."
  

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Reply #49 - 08/05/20 at 07:44:24
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tp2205 wrote on 08/05/20 at 07:41:17:
Do the comments refer to 6.Be2 or 6.dxc5?
6.dxc5
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #48 - 08/05/20 at 07:41:17
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kylemeister wrote on 08/05/20 at 07:36:51:
doefmat wrote on 08/05/20 at 07:15:27:
What do you guys think of the fact they go for 1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nc6
5. Nf3 Bg4 6.dxc5 instead of 6.Be2?
Seems much more complicated to me. (not to mention then I miss some surprisingly common cheesy blitz wins with 6. Be2 cxd4 7. cxd4 Bxf3 8. Bxf3 Qxd4 9. Bxc6+ lol).

Two historical bits:
"!?" -- Sveshnikov, 1997
"one of my favourite lines for White" -- David Smerdon (Chess Publishing, 2014)

Do the comments refer to 6.Be2 or 6.dxc5?
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #47 - 08/05/20 at 07:36:51
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doefmat wrote on 08/05/20 at 07:15:27:
What do you guys think of the fact they go for 1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nc6
5. Nf3 Bg4 6.dxc5 instead of 6.Be2?
Seems much more complicated to me. (not to mention then I miss some surprisingly common cheesy blitz wins with 6. Be2 cxd4 7. cxd4 Bxf3 8. Bxf3 Qxd4 9. Bxc6+ lol).

Two historical bits:
"!?" -- Sveshnikov, 1997
"one of my favourite lines for White" -- David Smerdon (Chess Publishing, 2014)
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #46 - 08/05/20 at 07:15:27
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What do you guys think of the fact they go for 1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nc6
5. Nf3 Bg4 6.dxc5 instead of 6.Be2?
Seems much more complicated to me. (not to mention then I miss some surprisingly common cheesy blitz wins with 6. Be2 cxd4 7. cxd4 Bxf3 8. Bxf3 Qxd4 9. Bxc6+ lol).
  
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Reply #45 - 08/04/20 at 17:00:55
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doefmat wrote on 08/03/20 at 20:13:53:
Looks promising indeed! Very curious what lines they will go for in the Caro-Kann book.


If I had to bet, I would say the 2N variation. We'll see...
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #44 - 08/03/20 at 20:13:53
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Looks promising indeed! Very curious what lines they will go for in the Caro-Kann book.
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #43 - 08/03/20 at 19:19:18
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Moderators: could you please move this thread to the relevant anti-Sicilian section? (When I started it, I did not know what line the authors were going to recommend)
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #42 - 08/03/20 at 19:02:20
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ehpotsirhc wrote on 08/03/20 at 18:19:33:
They recommend 6. Nbd2, followed by Bc4 in most cases (for example after 6...cxd4).

Kind of a blast from the past ...I associate that line with the 1990s, when it occurred in such games as Shirov-J. Polgar and Adams-Huebner (in which Black went very wrong on move 8).
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #41 - 08/03/20 at 18:19:33
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mn wrote on 07/27/20 at 21:49:35:
I wonder what they'll give against 2...d5 3 exd5 Qxd5 4 d4 Nf6 5 Nf3 Bg4, which always annoyed me.


They recommend 6. Nbd2, followed by Bc4 in most cases (for example after 6...cxd4). I just got the book from Forward Chess (looks like it got released a bit early). At first sight, it looks very promising (on par with Squeezing 1. e4 e5)
  
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