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Every Russian Schoolboy Knows: Revolution Revisited - Part 2

Opening: B33:

Player(s): Anand, Grischuk, Caruana, Mamedyarov

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The initial shock and disbelief of seeing Black ruin his position out of the opening moves has long worn off. Already for decades the Sveshnikov has been accepted as a legitimate opening.

Today's efforts are mainly focused on what Kasparov calls a “Quiet Strategy” of 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6.

White neglects a chance to inflict further damage to Black's pawn structure by doubling his pawns on f6, and, instead, focuses on keeping control over the d5-square, while slowing down Black's counterplay with f7-f5. Kasparov devotes quite a bit of attention to this plan. He shows a lot of games, including his own against Lautier, Moscow Olympiad, 1994, where the idea of pushing the h-pawn forward was introduced.

Newer games I show in the video do not set new directions. White is trying to dig a little deeper looking to pose some practical problems. Caruana's plan with c2-c4 is one promising idea, although Black seems to hold his own.

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