[December 25, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Bojan Vučković:
Sicilian Defense, Scheveningen Variation – Keres Attack

[Line 468 : 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. g4]

The Keres Attack is the predominant reason why the Scheveningen Variation is nowadays usually entered from either Najdorf or Paulsen Variation.

6… e5 is an interesting try from Black, but 7. Bb5+ Bd7 8. Bxd7 Qxd7 9. Nf5 h5 10. f3! leads to a long-term advantage for White.

After 6… a6 7. g5 Nfd7 8. h4 b5 9. a3 White has typical initiative on the kingside, and similar positions occur after 8… Be7 9. g5 Nfd7 10. h4.

In our opinion, position arising after 6… Nc6 7. g5 Nd7 8. Be3 can already be evaluated as dangerous for Black.

The best try from Black is probably 6… h6 7. h4 Nc6 8. Rg1 d5, but even there, after 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxd5 exd5 11. Be3 we think that this position should be considered favorable for White.

[Diagram: White to Move] D. Navara – A. Grischuk, Tromso 2014. Navara launched a dangerous attack that Grischuk was unable to contain. How should White continue?

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