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Sicilian: What Happens After The Immediate 5... e5?!

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The Sicilian Defense: What Happens after the immediate 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5?!

This is a quite dubious move, trying to steal tempo from white. However, white can "takeback" the tempo by 6. Bb5+! Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Qxd7 when tempo is equal; black wasted time dealing with the check, and white wasted time dealing with his knight. Furthermore, that's why the Najdorf is effective; instead of the immediate 5... e5?! occurs: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 making 6... e5 safe because white loses a tempo because the pawn on a6 keeps the bishop out of b5, though it leaves a big support point for a knight on b6.

The typical Najdorf:

The Schveningen, which is 5... e6 is also okay, though the Najdorf (shown above) variation is also alright.

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  • 19 months ago · Quote · #1

    blasterdragon

    the second variation doesn't make sense

  • 18 months ago · Quote · #2

    blasterdragon

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #3

    fanxiong

    8..g6 is a terrible move and it makes no sense.

    8..Nxe4 9. Nxe4 Qxf5 makes a bit more sense and the position is quite drawish.

    As long as Black plays solid, the 5...e5 line is usually drawish.

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #4

    blasterdragon

    fanxiong wrote:

    8..g6 is a terrible move and it makes no sense.

    8..Nxe4 9. Nxe4 Qxf5 makes a bit more sense and the position is quite drawish.

    As long as Black plays solid, the 5...e5 line is usually drawish.

    i know i was pointing out that g6 was a bad move and also Nxe4 fails to Nxg7+!

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #5

    jetfighter13

    blaster, 6 f4 does infact limit the potential of e5 from black



  • 15 months ago · Quote · #6

    blasterdragon

    jetfighter13 wrote:

    blaster, 6 f4 does infact limit the potential of e5 from black

     



    Bg4 is an odd move 

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #7

    jetfighter13

    maybe so, It was an example continuation. my point is e5 is playable after 6 . f4, but it does run into problems, mainly eliminating a second central pawn

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