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Sicilian Paulsen 2…. e6-a6-Bc5-Ba7
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Strategy
Opening: Sicilian; Kan
Released: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Run Time: 00:17:32
a6 (Chebanenko) Slav
The a6 Slav occurs after 4…a6. Black seeks an early b5, either before or after capturing at c4. Chebanenko Slav Defense aka Chameleon is a current and very popular strategy between players who want a flexible position against 1.d4, or want to disorient White.
GM Kritz outlines several variations of the King’s Indian including 1) The Mar del Plata variation of the King’s Indian 9. Nd2. No longer as popular as it once was, it is still played rather frequently even at the top levels of chess. The third most popular white move and has been played by contemporary grandmasters Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand. 2) Orthodox, Aronin–Taimanov 9.Ne1 named for Mark Taimanov vs Lev Aronin Moscow 1952. GM Tigran Petrosian said “ for Kings Indian Players, this game made people think that the King’s Indian was at its demise. 3) The Bayonet Attack 9. b4 which has many forks in the road.