12 ( +1 | -1 ) Sicilian B331.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5,etc. Who do you think will have a better chance in this variation at 1700-1900 rating players?
41 ( +1 | -1 ) I have tried it, but ..I have tried to play this, and examined this opening a lot. Black makes e7-e5, which makes d6 a weak spot. Later black plays plays b7-b5, with the threat to make b4, and fork the Knights on a3 and c3.
After trying this opening, I have decided NOT to use B33. I am even in some doubt, if black should play e7-e5 in Sicilian. Maybe AFTER a6. I will not play B33 anymore.
20 ( +1 | -1 ) Everyone has favorite.....openings for different reasons. For me the Sveshnikov Sicilian B33 is a good solid opening. I like it and play it often. Maybe that's why my stats as Black are 7% points lower than my White % :-/ Chuck
39 ( +1 | -1 ) B33 is among the bestIt is second only to the najdorf ( the mother of all active openings ). Kramnik has played quite a lot of the sveshnikov and with good results, too. I'm just starting to play this defense, if that's the right description of the B33, and with pretty good results. The main idea is that the weakness d5 is copmpensated by the dynamic factors, advantage of space, the Bishop pair etc. It is a fighting opening par excellence.