# Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...c5/2. Nf3/2...Nc6/3. d4/3...cxd4/4. Nxd4/4...Nf6/5. Nc3/5...e5/6. Ndb5/6...d6

< Chess Opening Theory‎ | 1. e4‎ | 1...c5‎ | 2. Nf3‎ | 2...Nc6‎ | 3. d4‎ | 3...cxd4‎ | 4. Nxd4‎ | 4...Nf6‎ | 5. Nc3‎ | 5...e5‎ | 6. Ndb5
Sveshnikov Sicilian
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Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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# Sveshnikov Sicilian

Moves:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6

A little fact that is often forgotten by Sveshnikov players: the d5 square is genuinely weak and likely to remain so. Black's activity doesn't come easy but as compensation for taking on that weakness - an important distinction. White therefore has a logical mini-plan: occupy d5, preferably with a knight, preferably one that can't be instantly captured.

The immediate Nd5 has its followers, as the e-pawn is clearly immune from capture due to Nbc7+, but if Black simply plays 7...Nxd5, the nice outpost vanishes after 8.exd5 (8.Qxd5 a6 9. Nc3 Be6 is miserable - capturing on d5 with the queen is usually a sign that something's gone wrong) Nb8! with ...Nd7 and ...f5 to follow.

So instead White usually pins down the f6 knight with Bg5 - it's important to see this move as a means of increasing control of d5, rather than just pinning a knight out of boredom.

## Theory table

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6

7 8 9 10 11
Bg5
a6
Na3
b5
Bxf6
gxf6
Nd5
f5
Bd3
Be6
+=
Nd5
Nxd5
exd5
Nb8!
c4
a6
Nc3
Bf5

=
a4
a6
Na3
Be7
Be3
Be6

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