[May 13, 2018] Trusted: Updated Opening Article by GM Slaviša Brenjo
December 2014 Revisited: Paulsen Sicilian, Bastrikov Variation (6. Be3 a6 7. Qd2)

This is our first update of this article, which brings several theoretically relevant over-the-board and engine games. For instance, move 14… O-O is a fresh attempt to sort of resurrect the main line, but after careful examination we believe that players of White can still be quite optimistic about their chances. From what we’ve seen, players of Black need a very precise move order, and it seems that they haven’t found it yet.

[Diagram: White to Move] The diagrammed position comes from V. Akopian – A. Giri, Doha 2014. Black had just played 20… f6, and this misstep could have proved very costly for Giri, had his opponent found a brilliant attacking resource. Can you see it?

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