We looked at the following game, the focus was mainly philosophical and based on thought process, so don't read on if you're expecting to learn anything specific about Sicilian positions! Michael then gave me 4 games to study with similar/relevant themes which i'll go through in more detail.
What is the best move for black in this position?
- If white plays c4?! hoping to go into a Maroczy Bind setup, we can assume the a3 knight will eventually go to c2. A knight on c3 is crucial in the Maroczy as it covers black's two liberating pawn breaks b5 and d5. So that setup is out for white
- Nc4 will be met with the excellent b5! when Black gets a free tempo setting up his normal Najdorf setup with pressure on e4.
- What other plans does that knight have?!!?!
Stay tuned for the 4 games which i'll try to get through this week:)