Modern Opening Theory: B67
The Russian youngster Kirill Alekseenko played another theoretically important game yesterday at the European Club Cup (against the Spanish gm Jaime Santos Latasa). This time the opening was in the popular Rauzer B67.
I include a fair amount of theory in this analysis below. (You can download the file at the end of the article)
We arrive at the above position with the move order 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.O-O-O Bd7 9.f3!?
This move is very popular in practice, though — in my opinion — not quite as testing as 10.f4 (See my April 23, 2020 theoretical over-view of this line HERE). However, 10.f3 has the advantage of being easier to play with White: the White plan involves the King side advance with g4 and h4. With the rapid time controls of today simplicity of play can not be over estimated.
gm Alekseenko,K – gm Santos Latasa,J
Download the above game with notes. PGN