[October 30, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Bojan Vučković:
Sicilian Defense, Paulsen Variation – Taimanov Variation without 5. Nc3 (incl. Szen Variation)

[Line 449 : 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 without 5. Nc3]

Line 449 deals with White’s various choices on move five (excluding 5. Nc3, which leads to our Line 450). The Szen Variation (5. Nb5) is covered as the main line, and usually one of the following two types of the positions occurs:

[Diagram: Black to Move] White is a pawn up, and Black needs to act fast to make use of the fact that White is underdeveloped. How should Black continue?

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