Sicilian Sveshnikov Powerbook 2019

For the first edition of the Sveshnikov Powerbook an Elo average of at least 2400 was specified. Thus 12 000 games from the Mega and Correspondence chess met the entry level for the Powerbook, to which have been added 193 000 games from the engine room of playchess.com. For some years now the Sveshnikov System has had such a good reputation that nothing better has occurred to players with White than to avoid it. The fact that Magnus discovered this system for himself and selected it to be the only opening with which he as Black met 1.e4 in the WCh match against Fabiano Caruana further advanced its development. Above all the world champion had outstanding results against the Rossolimo Variation and thus the focus shifted more and more to the original Sveshnikov System. So far White has not been able to manage much on a theoretical level and that makes the search for little, venomous side-lines all the more important and valuable. This Powerbook is excellently suited to this task.

In the Sicilian Sveshnikov Powerbook 2019 nice discoveries can also be made. In the tabiya position after 8.Na3 b5 the continuation 9.Bxf6 gxf6 has taken something a back seat, perhaps unjustly so. After 10.Nd5 f5 11.Bd3 Be6 12.0-0 Bxd5 13.exd5 Ne7 14.c3 (the tempting win of a pawn by 14.Nxb5 shows after 14...Bg7 15.Nc3 e4 16.Bc4 0-0 catastrophic statistics for White despite a very slightly positive evaluation in Let's Check) 14...Bg7 15.Re1 0-0

recently 16.Nc2 has been preferred to 16.Qh5, among others by Wesley So. In the Powerbook 16...f4 17.a4 f5 has good statistics, but objectively speaking Black is struggling to achieve equality.

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