♡ 80 ( +1 | -1 ) Sveshnikov Sicilian Question.I have played a lot of the pelikan sicilian and now suddenly I have a doubt! 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Nd-b5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 f5 11.Bd3 Be6
And here white has two lines, either 12.0-0 Bxd5 13.exd5 Ne7 etc or 12.Qh5 when black can play 12....Bg7 or 12....Rg8 (which is what I play). My question is the following... If for 12.Qh5, black plays 12.....Bxd5 13.exd5 Ne7, then what is white's strongest continuation? If white's best move is 14.0-0, then black has managed to force white into the 12.0-0 line! And I don't really see any other move for white.... For example, 14.Bxf5 Qa5+ and white is in trouble, or 14.Nxb5 and then black can just play Bg7 or for that matter even maybe Qb8 (though I haven't looked at this).
So basically, for 12.Qh5 Bxd5 13.exd5 Ne7, what is white's strongest move?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.. as I want to become a GM of Sveshnikov/Pelikan :-).
♡ 31 ( +1 | -1 ) possible answer ?I think 14. f3!? seems promising, preventing e4, otherwise you're up s***-creek, as they say. If 14. ...Qa5+ 15.c3 seems okay to me, preventing blacks play down the c-file (15...b5 16.Nc4!). So 14. ... Nxd5 is probably best, followed by 15. Bxf5. Seems like there's all to play for. This is only a cursory appraisal, by the way, I'm probably wrong. Regards, Cryptos. :)
♡ 28 ( +1 | -1 ) I think GM Sveshnikov himself would play 14.Bxf5. Black's best may be 14... Nxf5 (since 14... Qa5 15.c3 b4 16.Nc4 Qc5 17.Ne3 bc 18.Rc1 Nxf5 19.Qxf5 Qa5 20.bc Qa2 21.0-0 Bg7 leaves white a pawn up in position for a better endgame.)
14... Nxf5 15.Qxf5 Bg7 16.0-0 Qd7 17.Qd3 0-0 18.c4 e4 still leaves white in a better game. (only my opinion).