[November 15, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Aleksandar Kovačević:
Sicilian Defense, Classical Scheveningen – Maroczy Variation with 7. O-O Be7

[Line 486 : 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. f4 O-O 9. Kh1]

Line 486 covers the Classical Scheveningen, frequently employed with black pieces by Kasparov in his matches against Karpov in Moscow, 1985, and against Anand in New York, 1995. It remains a very popular opening at all levels, since it offers plenty of opportunities for both sides.

The main line of our choice in Line 486 is the Maroczy Variation, which occurs after 9… Qc7 10. a4 Nc6.

[Diagram: White to Move] A. Volokitin – S. Rublevsky, Budva 2004. All it takes for White is to strike while it’s hot, and the Black’s position will simply collapse.

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