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Sergei Movsesian vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Tradewise Gibraltar (2014), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 5, Feb-01
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1

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Feb-01-14  Conrad93: 7. Bc1 is passive. Theory reccomends 7. Bg5.
Feb-01-14  Shams: <Conrad> It's true that theory gives White an edge after 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 etc., in what should be called the Kasparov variation. But the move pair 7.Bc1 Nf6 is not uncommon at all-- it's been known for some time that Black has no way to punish White's waste of time, but should himself also burn a tempo by retreating his Knight.

White players wanting to avoid the tactical 7.Bg5 lines often play as Movsesian did, so as to after 7.Bc1 Nf6 opt for one of the many other 6th move Najdorf alternatives: 8.Bg5, 8.f3, 8.Be2, 8.Bc4 etc. Movsesian's 7.Bc1 isn't so much passive as it is a do-over that this variation allows him.

Here White repeated with 8.Be3, implying a willingness to draw, but Ivanchuk wasn't having it.

Feb-01-14
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  plang: <Conrad93: 7. Bc1 is passive. Theory reccomends 7. Bg5.>

7 Bc1 is not really passive though it invites a repetition.

If Black is playing for a win and White is OK with a draw then 6..Bg4 is not the best choice which is why Ivanchuk went back to 8..e5 - same as 6..e5.

Feb-03-14  Edmontonchessclub: 44...Rbe6!! attacking White's queen in an unusual way.
Feb-03-14  Conrad93: <7. Bc1 is passive. Theory reccomends 7. Bg5.> 7 Bc1 is not really passive though it invites a repetition.

If Black is playing for a win and White is OK with a draw then 6..Bg4 is not the best choice which is why Ivanchuk went back to 8..e5 - same as 6..e5.>

No book on the Sicilian recommends 7. Bc1.

7. Bg5 has been shown to be more active.

Feb-03-14  Conrad93: <It's true that theory gives White an edge after 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 etc., in what should be called the Kasparov variation. But the move pair 7.Bc1 Nf6 is not uncommon at all-- it's been known for some time that Black has no way to punish White's waste of time, but should himself also burn a tempo by retreating his Knight. White players wanting to avoid the tactical 7.Bg5 lines often play as Movsesian did, so as to after 7.Bc1 Nf6 opt for one of the many other 6th move Najdorf alternatives: 8.Bg5, 8.f3, 8.Be2, 8.Bc4 etc. Movsesian's 7.Bc1 isn't so much passive as it is a do-over that this variation allows him.

Here White repeated with 8.Be3, implying a willingness to draw, but Ivanchuk wasn't having it.>

True, no tempo has been wasted for both sides, but 7. Bg5 is still more active.

With 7. Bc1 you just return to the same position.

Feb-07-14  ChessValley: 32. h4 is passive too, in my opinion.
32. e5, opening up the game in the centre, would be much better.

Or am I missing something?

Feb-12-14  tivrfoa: continuation, please?
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