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premium_steve 48 ( +1 | -1 )
in c3 Sicilian... an old IA Horowitz opening book states that after..... 1. e4 c5, 2. c3 d5, 3. exd5 Qxd5, 4. d4 cxd4, 5. cxd4 Nc6, 6. Nf3 Bg4, 7. Nc3 BxN, 8. PxN Qxd4, 9. Qxd4 Nxd4, 10. Nb5
White has a winning attack.

i would like to be sure of this because i think this scenario could pop up in a lot of games i play. can someone show me why white is better?

when i play it out both knights fork a rook, and after a few moves white is up a pawn but has very bad set of doubled f-pawns... and i don't like the position for white.

atrifix 48 ( +1 | -1 )
After both knights fork a rook, white's will be able to re-emerge by Be3 and Bxa7, whereas Black's is trapped. If black tries to prevent white from retrieving his knight from a8, then white gets a winning attack.

For example: 10... Nc2+ 11. Kd1 Nxa1 12. Nc7+ Kd7 (Kd8 is similar) 13. Nxa8 e5 14. Be3 b6 (otherwise white will play Bxa7 and Nb6-c4/a4) 15. Bb5+ Black must play 15... Kc8 if he wants to regain the knight (otherwise White just plays Kd2 and Rc1) but then white has: 16. Ke2 Kb7 (16... Nc2 17. Rc1) 17. Rc1! Bc5 (17... Bd6 18. Bc6+) 18. Nc7! Kxc7 19. b4 and wins.
premium_steve 66 ( +1 | -1 )
thanks artifix! i went over the game and see now how white has the advantage.

i played an over the board tournament game yesterday using c3 sicilian, but lost. this game differed from the above variation with 4...Nc6 instead of cxd4

i am white.
it went>>> e4, c5; c3, d5; exd5, Qxd5; d4, c5; dxc5, Nf6
and i didn't know a really good move at this point.
i think what i played.... QxQ isn't so good for me.
he played NxQ and i think i should have played Bc4 to get rid of the knight because it was so strong there on d5. but i played dumber moves (like very next move Na3? and later a 0-0-0? when the entire queenside was open for my opponent's attacking) and lost badly. :_(