Line 472 deals with the Classical Richter-Rauzer Sicilian, including its rare sidelines: 6… Qb6, 6… Qa5 and 6… h6, as well as the old 6… Bd7 and modern 6… g6, which leads to non-standard positions. However, in spite of its unorthodox nature, the kingside fianchetto holds most promise for the players of Black among all the variations covered in this line.
The diagram on the left shows one of the critical positions in the 6… Bd7 line. It occurs after a highly attractive improvement suggested by our editor, which we believe is a very interesting option for the players of White seeking initiative in this line.
[Diagram: White to Move] Black King is stuck in the center, but White has no open files for his rooks, so it doesn’t look particularly dangerous at first sight. How can White make use of the awkward position of his opponent’s King to get substantial advantage?
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