# Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...c5/2. Nf3/2...d6/3. d4/3...cxd4/4. Nxd4/4...Nf6/5. Nc3/5...e6

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Scheveningen Variation
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Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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# Scheveningen Variation

5... e6, building a so-called "small center", is the signature move of the Scheveningen Variation of the Sicilian Defence. 5... e6 strengthens Black's control of the important d5 square and opens e7 for the development of his dark-squared bishop. If Black is able to safely play ... d5 later on, he will have a good position.

In contrast to the Najdorf Variation, 5... a6, the Scheveningen commits Black earlier to a certain pawn structure in the center and delays queenside operations, but does more to promote Black's early development and castling. Both systems are considered very solid choices for Black, however 5... a6 has been played by even the best Scheveningen specialists (including Garry Kasparov) to avoid the dangerous Keres Attack, 5... e6 6. g4! (Although by no means winning for White, statistics sharply favour the white pieces.)

## Theory table

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6

6 7 8 9
English Attack Be3
a6
f3
b5
g4
Bb7
Qd2
Nfd7
+=/=
Classical Be2
Nc6
O-O
Be7
Be3
O-O
f4
a6
=
Keres Attack g4
h6
h4
Nc6
Rg1
d5
Bb5
Bd7
+/=
g3
Be7
Bg2
O-O
O-O
a6
b3
Qc7
=
f4
Nc6
Be3
Be7
Qf3
Qc7
Bd3
a6
=
Bc4
Be7
Bb3
O-O
O-O
Na6
f4
Nc5
=