[August 29, 2017] Updated Opening Line by Aleksandar Kovačević:
Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation – Opocensky Variation with 6… e5 (Main Line without 9. Kh1)

[Line 489 : 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. O-O O-O without 9. Kh1]

Apart from the main line 9. Kh1 (covered in Line 490), White has many reasonable possibilities. Among them 9. Re1 and 9. a4 deserve serious attention, but 9. Be3 is the main alternative.

After 9. Be3 Be6, move 10. Nd5 is an interesting option, where Black gets roughly equal chances with 10… Nbd7 11. Qd3 Bxd5 12. exd5 Rc8. The other popular choice for White is 10. Qd2 Nbd7 11. a4, where both 11… Rc8 12. a5 Qc7 13. Rfd1 Rfd8 and 11… Nb6 12. a5 Nc4 13. Bxc4 Bxc4 are fine for Black.

[Diagram: White to Move] P. Svidler – B. Gelfand, Tilburg 1996. Svidler found a nice way to get a slight edge from the diagrammed position. How would you proceed as White?

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