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GM Petrov’s 10 Sharp Lines to become a Blitz Wizard - Vd9: A rare line in the Sicilian Defense

Opening: B29: Sicilian: Nimzovich-Rubinstein variation

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In this video, we will see a rare line in the Sicilian defense called Nimzovich or Rubinstein.
It occurs after black meets 2.Nf3 with Nf6. The first thing here for the blitz games is that in the case of premove d4, black can just grab the e pawn. Of course, we have to know how to face the better moves. Typically white goes 3.e5. If not, black can simply go d5 next with a good game.
After 3...Nd5 white has many ideas, but the best is 3.Nc3. Here black can either take or defend with e6, which is what Gm Marian suggests.
Now white has to know what to do, but not many people are well prepared since this is rare.
The only way for white to play for advantage is to take Nd5 and then d4. After black goes Nc6, white should take dxc5 and Qd5, but he must be prepared for the complications.

Teacher's library (132) B29 opening

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