Kasparov, Garry - Salov, Valery
Rossolimo - Sicilian 2...Nc6 3.Bb5 e6



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 This is one of the most elastic objections to the system with Bb5. Black prepares developing his king's knight to e7 followed by repelling the b5-bishop by a7-a6. At that, Black tries to avoid doubling the queenside pawns in the case of ¥xc6 4.O-O

[ 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.O-O Black obtains a flexible position by transferring his g8-knight to g6. 5. ... Ne7 6.b3 Ng6 7.Bb2 f6! 8.d4 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Be7 10.c4 O-O 11.Nc3 Qc7 12.Qd2 a6 13.Rad1 Bb7 14.f4 Rad8 15.Nde2 f5 Savon - Gulko, Vilnius (zt) 1975 ]
4. ... Nge7 5.c3 One of the guiding motifs in White's play is creating the pawn center by means of d2-d4. 5. ... d5 Preventing White's designs of erecting the powerful pawn center. However, play is opened up in this region of the board and Black must act accurately to neutralize White's development lead.
[ 5. ... a6 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bc2 d5 After having ousted the white bishop from the striking diagonal a4-e8, Black conducts the d7-d5 advance at last. The b7-b5 advance however may have a drawback rendering the black queenside occasionally vulnerable after the possible a2-a4 detriment. 8.e5 8. ... d4 9.Be4 Bb7 10.a4!? This thematic detriment of the black pawn structure on the queenside can frequently be found, for example, in the Ruy Lopez. 10. ... Ng6 11.axb5 axb5 12.Rxa8 Bxa8 13.Na3 Na7?! This is a too passive retreat, which allows White to take over the initiative. 14.Bxa8 Qxa8 15.Qb3 Qb7 16.cxd4 cxd4 17.Nxd4 Bxa3 18.bxa3 Nxe5 19.Bb2 Nc4 20.Qg3!! O-O 21.Bc3 g6?? 22.d3! Nb6 23.Qe5 Nd7 24.Qg7+ 1-0, Sveshnikov - R.Sherbakov, Moscow 1991 ]
6.exd5 Qxd5 7.Re1!
[ 7.d4 cxd4 8.c4 Qd6 9.Nxd4 Bd7 10.Nxc6 Nxc6 11.Nc3 a6 12.Ba4 Qxd1 13.Rxd1 Ne5! = Timman - Sveshnikov, Wijk aan Zee 1981 ]
7. ... Bd7 8.Na3 By the pattern, the position resembles some variations from the system 2.c3, Sicilian defense. Besides, the white queen's knight development to a3 can frequently be found in that system 8. ... Ng6 9.Bf1
[ 9.Bc4!? White decides to build his play on exploiting the exposed position of the black queen in the center of the board. 9. ... Qh5 file:///D:/chessOK_courses/ctart.chessok.com/course/chess-opening-sicilian-defense-1-e4-c5/rossolimo-variation-3-bb5/3-bb5-e6.html 10.d4 cxd4 11.Nb5 Rc8 12.Be2! Qd5 13.Nfxd4 a6?! Taking into account an endangered position of his queen in the center, Black should rather discharge tension in the center by 14.Bf3! Qc5 15.Be3! Nce5? 16.Bxb7! axb5 17.Nxe6 fxe6 18.Bxc5 Rxc5 19.Be4 Be7 20.Qd4+- 1-0, Rublevsky - Shabalov, Elista (ol) 1998 ]
9. ... Be7 10.d4 cxd4 11.Nb5 Rc8 12.Nfxd4 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 a6
[ 13. ... Qa5!? 14.g3 O-O 15.Bg2 e5 16.Nc2 Bc6 17.Bxc6 bxc6 18.h4 Rfe8 19.Qg4 Nf8 20.Ne3+= Gelfand - Sveshnikov, Ljubljana 1995 ]
14.g3! A typical maneuver: by transferring the bishop to the h1-a8 diagonal, White targets the black queenside. 14. ... b5?! 15.Bg2 Qc5 16.h4! += This is also a typical method, which reveals the black g6-knight's shaky position. 16. ... Bf6 17.Be3 Qc7 18.Nf5! 18. ... O-O 19.Nd6 Rcd8 20.Nb7 Rc8 21.Nd6 Rcd8 22.Nb7 Rc8 23.h5! 23. ... Ne5 24.Bf4 Bc6! 25.Bxc6 Qxc6 26.Bxe5 Bxe5 27.Rxe5 Qxb7 28.h6 Qe7! 29.hxg7 29. ... Rfd8 30.Qe2 Rc5! = Black succeeded in neutralizing the opponent's initiative with an accurate defense. 31.a4 Rxe5 32.Qxe5 bxa4 33.Qe4 Qc5 34.Rxa4 a5 35.Qe2 Qg5 36.Rf4 Rd7 37.Qf3 Qd5 38.Qxd5= Kasparov - Salov, Amsterdam 1991

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