By Nibaldo Calvo Buides
The line 1.e4 c5 2.b3 (or 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.b3, definitely serves to reach an interesting position where the player with white pieces doesn’t have to study too much theories.
This system has been played occasionally by some very strong Grand Masters, such as Magnus Carlsen, Nigel Short, Boris Spassky and Alexander Morozevich.
Nowadays it is the main anti-Sicilian weapon of the GM Tamaz Gelashvili (picture).
Enjoy this amazing game of Gelashvili:
Gelashvili,Tamaz (2535) - Gagunashvili,Merab (2414) [B20]
Batumi op Batumi (3), 28.06.2001
1.e4 c5 2.b3 d6 3.¥b2 ¤f6 4.¥b5+ ¥d7 5.¥xd7+ ¤bxd7 6.d3 e5 7.¤e2 d5 8.exd5 ¤xd5 9.0–0 ¥e7 10.¤bc3 ¤xc3 11.¤xc3 0–0 12.¤d5 ¥d6 13.£f3 ¦e8 14.¦ae1 ¦e6 15.g3 ¤b8 16.£g4 ¦g6 17.£c4 ¤c6 18.f4 exf4 19.¤xf4 ¦g4 20.¤e6 £h4 21.¦xf7 ¦xc4 22.¦xg7+ ¢h8 23.bxc4 £h3 24.¦g5+ ¤d4 25.¤xd4 ¥e5 26.¦exe5 h6 27.¦e7 hxg5 28.¤e6+ ¢g8 29.¦g7+ 1–0
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