29 ( +1 | -1 ) Proper response to this Scicilian variation?What is blacks best defence against this play by white? I played black and must have made a poor move somewhere in the opening but I can't find the right way to play it.. board #1384903
21 ( +1 | -1 ) andersdanielssonIn my database Black does well with 8. ... OO. Black should not have any trouble regaining his pawn after Bc3:+ giving White doubled isolated pawns on a half open file.
154 ( +1 | -1 ) After 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Bg5 Be7 7. Bxf6(?!) Bxf6 8. Ndb5, I agree with Bogg; Black doesn't have to worry about losiong his d6-pawn because he should always be able to easily recover the pawn. However, I'm not sure Black even wants to recover his pawn (or that White should try to snatch it). After 8... O-O or 8... d5 9. exd5 a6 10. Nd4 O-O, Black gains such good potential for active play and a large share of the initiative that I have to believe it's worth giving up the d6-pawn. The unopposed dark squared bishop on the long diagonal is a monster and Black seems to be able to retain Bogg's ...Bxc3 idea so there's no hurry to cash in. Further, White is going to lose quite a bit of time retreating his b5-knight after ...a6 and its not clear he has any safe retreat squares (Na3 is ugly, and there's quite a bit of pressure against d4, especially after a coming ...d5 by Black).
But anyway, you decided not to give up a pawn, even temporarily, which looks okay to me too. 8... Be7, accepting a less active post for the bishop, but Black should be able to play ...d5 at some point in the near future anyway. 9. Qd4(?!). I really don't like this at all; what exactly is the queen doing there except taking away a retreat square from the b5-knight? 9... e5 I also don't like; why give up d5 and make it harder on yourself to play ...d5? Instead, simply 9... O-O and now the queen on d4 is looking a bit foolish, especially after a coming ...Nc6. Probably the only consistent idea here would be 10. O-O-O Nc6 11. Qd2 Qa5, and I like Black's prospects quite a bit.
27 ( +1 | -1 ) Even though the opening play is slightly inaccurate (8... 0-0 or 9... 0-0 are better), IMHO Black is not really at a significant disadvantage until after the ...Be6xd5 and ...Ra8 maneuver. It seems to me that Black gets good play in the game continuation, even if the opening is not best.