A Revival of the Sicilian Nimzowitsch Variation

Many players get round the ever increasing amount of opening theory with their own little specialities. This makes a lot of sense from a practical point of view, whoever adopts such lines will probably have a better knowledge of them than their opponents and a better knowledge of the ensuing middle game.

One such ideas is 6…Qb6 in the Nimzowitsch Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nc3 Nxc3 5.dxc3 Nc6 6.Bf4 Qb6), which is really quite annoying for White as it’ definitely a concession to weaken the queenside with 7.b3. There’s not much theory which leaves plenty of scope for original analysis.

The leading exponent of this line is the Russian Grandmaster Aleksandr Rakhmanov. In the following game he beats Viktor Bologan with this 6…Qb6 idea:

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Besides teaching chess, Nigel is a registered tai chi and qigong instructor and runs several weekly classes.