ForumHelpSearchMy ProfileSite InfoGuests InfoRepertoireLinks
Hi all,
Some interesting games from top tournaments this month, including the World Team Championship and a mini-match in Leuven between MVL and Ian Nepmoniatchi.

Download PGN of July ’17 Anti-Sicilian games

>> Previous Update >>

c3-Sicilian: 2...d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 e6 [B22]

After 6.Be2 Nc6 7.0-0 cxd4, Solak, D - Zhigalko, S featured the less popular recapture 8.Nxd4:

This leads to a position where White can press with little risk, though Black doesn’t have much to fear after decent defence.

Rossolimo: 3...g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.Bxc6 dxc6 [B31]

Negi, P - Frhat, A continued 6.d3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 (7...Bg4!?) 8.a4 a5 9.h3 b6:

and Black adopted a promising idea in the middlegame, meeting Bh6 with ...f6 and ...g5.

2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.h3 [B50]

Bruzon, L - Vasquez, R shows the plans for White in the standard position after 4...g6 5.Bd3 Bg7 6.Bc2 Nc6 7.d4 cxd4 8.cxd4 d5 9.e5 Ne4:

Black has decent counterchances on the queenside with accurate play, but in the game he fell victim to a crisp kingside attack.

Moscow Variation: 3...Nd7 4.0-0 Nf6 5.Re1 a6 6.Bf1 [B51]

Kovalev, V - Adhiban B features the unusual 6...b6:

Adhiban gets a Hedgehog position and executes a standard attacking manoeuvre with ...Be7-d8-c7, ultimately getting the upper hand in the complications.

Moscow Variation: 3...Nd7 4.0-0 a6 5.Bd3 Ngf6 6.Re1 e6 [B51]

We have covered this variation before, and, after 7.c3 b5 8.Bc2 c4 9.d4 cxd3 10.Qxd3 Bb7 11.a4 Nc5 12.Qe2 bxa4, Kovalev, V - Yilmaz, M features 13.Nbd2:

Black had several equalising opportunities but lost a messy game.

Moscow Variation: 3...Nd7 4.0-0 a6 5.Bd3 b5 6.Re1 Bb7 [B51]

This variation was the subject of a mini-match between MVL and Ian Nepomniatichi in Leuven. MVL essayed 7.a4 in the rapid game, Vachier Lagrave, M - Nepomniatichi, I:

And 7.c4 in blitz, winning both games, see Vachier Lagrave, M - Nepomniatichi, I.

Zaitsev Variation 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Qxd4 a6 [B53]

Kramnik, V - Nakamura, H was a top level outing of the sharp 6.e5:

White tends to gain the bishop pair but Black can keep level chances with energetic play.

Till next time, Sam

>> Previous Update >>

Please post you queries on the Anti-Sicilians Forum, or subscribers can write to me at if you have any questions or queries.