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1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 Nf6 *

5...Nf6 looks like a good move for black, however I failed to find analysis about this variation. Am I overseeing something, why would black not want to play this move? What is the best next move for white?

6.N1c3 does not seem good because of 6...Qa5 (6.Bg5 for the same reason), and 6.Nd2 would make white to lose the ability to pressure Nd6+ and would close the bishop at c1.

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White's best move seems to be 6. N1c3, when 6... d6 transposes into the Sveshnikov.

After 6... Qa5, White just replies 7. Bd2, threatening Nd5 and Nc7. Black has nothing better than 7... Qd8 when White enjoys a huge advantage in development.

  • Thanks. What about 6...Qa5? The pressure for ..Nxe4 seems to high. Commented May 7, 2016 at 10:43
  • Indeed, threatening with attack at c7 with two knights is the solution here. Thanks again! Commented May 7, 2016 at 10:55
  • Indeed 5...Nf6 has been played a few times by Sveshnikov himself :) After 6.N1c3 d6 the most frequently played move is actually 7.Bg5, when we're back in the mainline Sveshnikov.
    – dfan
    Commented May 8, 2016 at 1:36

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