Maroczy or the Classical Scheveningen Variation is nowadays seen at the top level, as much as when it was re-introduced among the elite by Kasparov in mid 1980’s. The Najdorf move order is the most common way to enter the Scheveningen set-up, transposition from the Paulsen is another popular option, whereas 6… e6 is ususally avoided because of White’s preferable chances in the Keres Attack.
Line 485 focuses on lines without a2-a4, which allows Black’s queenside activity with b7-b5. White most often relies on the Qe1-g3 maneuver, and a tensed strategic battle typically occurs.
From the recent developments we would recommend 17. a4, as seen e. g. in A. Giri – Hou Yifan, Biel 2014, which caused some problems that Black had difficulties dealing with. However, Black has another possibility in 15… Bc6, like e. g. in K. Dragun – B. Grachev, Moscow 2016.
[Diagram: White to Move] The grand finale from the spectacular Wei Yi – L. Bruzon Batista, Danzhou 2015. White to play and win!
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