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Vladimir Kramnik vs Viswanathan Anand
Amber Blindfold (2003) (blindfold), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 6, Mar-21
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-15-16  cdcook2: What is the point behind 12. Bd3?
May-26-21  RickAlexander: <cdcook2> when you eventually play f4 (as Kramnik did two moves later), black no longer can simply play b4 and take the pawn on e4. this line is a little sketchy, but looks like a good way to face the h5 English Attack lines without playing Nd5.
May-26-21  SChesshevsky: <...but looks like a good way to face the h5 English Attack lines without playing Nd5.>

Can't disagree. Here Anand's provocative 15...Nb6 might've helped white get more play though.

I usually follow a general rule when playing for an aggressive Sicilian. If there's no attack kside, try to win with the qside pawn majority.

Since the ...h5 anti-english seems pretty effective stifling the kside, something in the area of Be2, Nd5, exd5, c4, 0-0 seemed most appealing. As per Ponomariov, though I'm not sure if he first invented the idea. Not that it's necessarily best or anything. Just a preference.

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