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About 12...Bg5 and move orders in the 9.Nd5 Sveshnikov

Black would be thrilled if White exchanged his perfectly-placed knight on d5 for Black's bad bishop on f6. 12...Bg5 brings it to a diagonal where it's actually doing something and also makes it ...
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What is the most controversial opening or variation?

There's no quantifiable answer to this. In my subjective experience, the most controversial openings would be the Dutch Defense and the King's Indian Defense. I have heard strong players (Sam ...
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Did the 2018 World Chess Championship feature any theoretical novelties in the Sveshnikov Sicilian?

Carlsen introduced 8... Ne7 (after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Nd5 Nxd5 8.exd5) instead of 8...Nb8. He played this in round 12 and then again in game two of the ...
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Play/learn Sveshnikov Sicilian as a beginner?

As indicated in first answer, you cannot be sure your opponent will follow the line of a particular Sicilian. Fundamental question is whether you respond to 1 e4 with ...c5 . Although I've played ...
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About 12...Bg5 and move orders in the 9.Nd5 Sveshnikov

In the Sveshnikov variation, Black concedes positional advantages (weak pawn in d6, and outpost in d5) for dynamical play based on: active pieces, pawn break (...f5) and dark-square play. Indeed, ...
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Play/learn Sveshnikov Sicilian as a beginner?

First of all: what is the Sveshnikov Sicilian? The Sveshnikov Sicilian arises after the following moves: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 After 6. Ndb5 d6 7. ...
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How does White crumble Black's center?

I have no idea why @Maxwell86 was downvoted. He is correct that Blacks pawns look impressive but it is not easy to see what to do with them. The pawns are strong if they restrict Whites pieces, or if ...
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How does White crumble Black's center?

Black's pawns might seem impressive, but they're not so easy to mobilize. Clearly, the c3-pawn stops black's d-pawn. Due to the tension by white's pawn f3 on pawn e4, black can't push his f-pawn. And ...
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Can White get a theoretical advantage against the Sveshnikov Sicilian in today's theory?

Let me answer your second question first: According to chesstempo db there are 6% less draws after 9.Bxf6 than after 9.Nd5, with White and Black each getting 3% more wins! As far as a theoretical ...
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