Saturday, December 09, 2006

Two Knights Sicilian, Part Five

After 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6
4.Bb5 Qc7 5.O-O Nd4 6.d3!?

The game Rublevsky-Alekseev, Moscow 2006 from the Russian Superfinal (going on now) offers an excellent illustration of White's latent attacking possibilities in some of the Rossolimo-type positions that can arise from the Two Knights Sicilian. In some ways, the positions resemble those that can emerge from Sutovsky's Anti-Rubinstein line in the Spanish Four Knights, demonstrating the kinship that makes both part of the Knightmare Repertoire.

White to play.

1 comment:

funkyfantom said...

Looks like Black should try to keep the center closed with his King in the middle on concentrate on getting a some heavy pieces to attack g2.

White probably ought to try to open the center as quickly as possible to expose the Black king.

Queenside castling for black looks dangerous.