Speed: Bullet to Correspondence  Rating: 1000 to 2500

Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation, Nc6, f4BETA


    A reasonable attempt to control more of the center. This move can sometimes backfire if the g1-a7 diagonal is unprotected though.

The Scheveningen is a solid pawn structure, as it sets up a small pawn center that controls the important squares on the 5th rank. However, black has spent a lot of time moving pawns instead of developing pieces, and so white can and should launch a vicious attack in the center and on the kingside before black catches up. The critical tries from white include a fast g4-g5 (possibly with Rg1 and h4 included as well), doing the so-called Keres attack.