Checkhover II

Checkhover II

MikeRoesell
Jul 20, 2009, 12:00 AM |
17 | Opening Theory

     OK. I was bored today. This is the second installment in my series of articles on the Checkhover Variation of the Sicilian.  In my first article I went through 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Bxc6 Bxc6.  This time I will be going through the moves 6…bxc6 and then go in 4...Bd7. One thing that you may want to consider doing is read the articles in order because the patterns build on one another. Here is the link to the first article

http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-sicilian-checkhover-variation-a-diamond-in-the-rough2

     Starting with the regular Checkhover move order 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Bxc6 I will now concentrate on the move 6…bxc6.  This move is somewhat less aggressive than Bxc6 but I think that it gives white too free of a hand during the game. Play continues like this 6…bxc6 7.0-0 then 7…e5 is almost forced.  The reason is that if Black plays 7…Nf6 then e5 is very hard for Black to deal with.  After 7…e6 then 8.Qd3 d5 9.Nc3 Be7 10.b3 Nf6 11.e5 and white has the advantage.  But back to the main line.

 
     Now for the second move that is in for consideration. This move is more popular and I have several GM games with it.  This move is Bd7 intending Nc6 with out the possibility of the Bb5 pin.  This move has one drawback that has arrisen and that is that it allows white to go into the Marcozy Bind with 5.c4.  This is hard for Black to fight against but not impossible for them to overcome, believe me I have lost badly to this variation in the bind at the hands of a good player.  But now for the fun.  1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Bd7 5.c4 Nf6 6.Qd2
    That's it for today.  I'll finish the articles with one on 4...a6 in the near future.  I would like to have any and all feedback that you have ON the article.  If you have questions or ideas I will try to answer them to the best of my ability, and if I can't then I'll ask someone who can get me the answers.  Thanks for the read hope that you enjoyed another of my favorite openings.  Good luck to all
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