[November 26, 2017] Updated Opening Article by GM Aleksandar Kovačević:
May 2017 Revisited: Sicilian Defense, Paulsen Variation: Bastrikov Variation

Our original main line of this variation still follows A. Morozevich – I. Bukavshin, Moscow (rapid) 2015, a marvelous tactical masterpiece by the former World No. 2. New theoretically important developments have appeared since our last update, so it seemed logical to revisit this double-edged line.

[Diagram: Black to Move] The diagrammed position is from a blitz game M. Vachier Lagrave – A. Grischuk, Internet (blitz) 2017. Black has a bishop pair, but he wants something more. Is this the right time to try something decisive?

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