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BRCC: Sicilian Sveshnikov, Paulsen, & Neo-Paulse
Compiled by foodfight

Sicilian Sveshnikov (1-11)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5!? 6.Nbd5 d6

"Nevermind that hole on d5 - it can be worked around. Meanwhile concentrate on easy development and great piece play. The target is clear. We're out to get the white king." (Thanks to azaris for this quote)

Key features:
1) Play revolves around d5. White occupies it and Black pressures it.

2) White's knight is awkwardly placed on a3.

3) White slightly lags in development.

4) White has less freedom in the center and the kingside.

5) Black gains the bishop pair in the frequently played Bxf6 variations.

Notice in the first 3 games Black gives up or offers to give up an f pawn in return for piece coordination and a chance to advance the other f pawn.

Also: Note the Sveshnikov traps to know/avoid.

Sicilian Neo-Paulsen (12-21)

This variation is fairly new and goes by a couple of names. 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 and then 5..b5. Kveinys is considered one of the pioniers for this variation. Smirin, Epishin and Kengis have played it frequently. Kasparov and J. Polgar have played it in blitz.

Black may play d6-d5 if he controls d5; f6-f5 is tricky.
Ulibin vs Krasenkow, 1986
(B33) Sicilian, 47 moves, 0-1

Some top players like ..Bxe4 even if it invites Rxf6 later.
A S Moroz vs S Halkias, 2001
(B33) Sicilian, 60 moves, 0-1

Black plays d6-d5 then sacs and threatens g2 to allow f6-f5
A V Sulypa vs Radjabov, 2002
(B33) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

..Bg5 get out of the way of the f pawn and contests d5.
A Naumann vs Eljanov, 2006
(B33) Sicilian, 52 moves, 0-1

14. a4 tries to give Black a weakness at b5. Black should trade
J Smeets vs Carlsen, 2006 
(B33) Sicilian, 43 moves, 0-1

S Kindermann vs Van Wely, 1998
(B33) Sicilian, 41 moves, 0-1

Kiril D Georgiev vs Van Wely, 2002
(B33) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

I Gurevich vs Illescas Cordoba, 1993
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 0-1

I Cheparinov vs Carlsen, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Adams vs D King, 1990
(B33) Sicilian, 55 moves, 0-1

A rare trap worth knowing
Kholmov vs Sveshnikov, 1986 
(B32) Sicilian, 11 moves, 0-1

Trap to Avoid: After 23..Qd6, NxNd5. If ..BxNd5, Rd1 pins/wins
L Rubinchik vs Sliwa, 1995
(B33) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

Trick to Know: 27..Qh6 forces Q away from guarding B at e4
D Tasdelen vs E Pileckis, 2005
(B33) Sicilian, 27 moves, 0-1

After 6. Bd3 Qb6 7. Nb3 Qb7 8. 0-0 Bb7, answer 9. f4 w/ 9..d6
J Martin Perez vs V Malakhatko, 2006
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 23 moves, 0-1

After 6. Bd3 Qb6 7. Nb3 Qb7 8. 0-0 Bb7, answer 9. Qe2 w/ 9..d6
Nijboer vs Glek, 1997
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

After 6. Bd3 Qb6 7. Nb3 Qb7 8. 0-0 Bb7, answer 9. a3 w/ 9..d6
Zagrebelny vs M Krakops, 2001
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 29 moves, 0-1

After 6. Bd3 Qb6, answer 7. Be3 with ..Bc5
R Antoniewski vs A Kveinys, 2000 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 41 moves, 0-1

After 6. Bd3 Qb6 7. Be3 Bc5, be ready to deal with 8. Qg4
R Milu vs N Sulava, 2001 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 40 moves, 0-1

After 6. Bd3 Qb6 7. Nf3, Black faces a tough challenge.
Shabalov vs Smirin, 2000
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 32 moves, 0-1

McNab loses, but maybe he had the right idea with 9..Bd6
T Kolas vs C McNab, 2005
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 74 moves, 1-0

After 6. Bd3 Qb6 7. Nf3, maybe Black should play ..d6
R Navarro vs A Mukherjee, 1999
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 51 moves, 0-1

C Gulbas vs V Chuchelov, 2000
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 34 moves, 0-1

Smirin vs T Markowski, 2002
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 47 moves, 0-1

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