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Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate.
I only play the Scheveningen against e4 and the Keres is the best attack for white, imo. The English attack is also interesting. In general "pawn storm" attacks are a good way to challenge black's defense, but not one of my opponents has played the Keres yet, which I find strange. 9/10 times people play a anti/closed game which just lets black set up a solid, flexible position until white commits themselves and presents an opportunity for a counterattack. One downside of the Scheveningen is that it takes a lot of time to set up and unless black knows what they're doing, the Keres puts pressure on that weakness. ...h6 is definitely the right response with d7 left open as a retreat square for the knight.
6. ... h6 or 6. ... Nc6 may be sound
Many scheveningen players fear the keres attack (G4!) whenever this line is played. therefore this opening has been severely underrated by amateurs over the past years (At least the ones I met....). Don't worry though, there is a "solution" to fight against the feared keres attack.... H5! Yes it does seem quite strange, but the logic and reasoning throughout this move is clear. If white chooses to advance, then black's night can go to G4, and if white chooses to chase the knight down (Which most players do!), then black's knight can always go to E5, therefore the attack doesn't succeed in destroying black's chances in the center.
Can someone explain whites line after 6...e5. I keep getting pawned by the computer and cant see a way to keep up pressure and defend. Thanks in advance.
Michael, there are a few thematic tourneys on this variation from time to time @ chess.com, or you could start one. If you do I suggest you limit the rating level of the players who join to around your rating level, there is little value in having a 2400+ 'beat ya all up!'
I find if black plays "quietly" then white struggles the longer the game goes on. I prefer the Nc6 with a6, Qc7, Bd7 / Be7 lines ... & just wait to see what white's intentions are.
Mind you, the:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Be3 a6 7. g4 Nc6 8. g5 Nd7 9. h4 h5
is an interesting struggle for both players.
really liking the space the bishops gain from this
I won my first game against a FIDE-master with this line :)
The Favorite Karpov against the Sicilian line
Never tried this opening with white.
Seems to be worthwhile if you are trying to castle on the queenside. then it will build up the attack on the black king if he castles on the kingside
have lost as white everytime I play this.
WONDERFUL, my favorite opening.
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