The Sicilian Defense is the opening given by the moves 1. e4 c5, and it is one of the most popular replies to white's 1. e4.

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Sicilian defense answer to Bc4 and Qf3

I am a very beginning player and something I see a lot in response to the Sicilian defense is Bc4, with white intending to play Qf3 next turn. I found that e6 is a good answer but I feel where I take ...
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If the Sicilian is so strong, why do people still play e4 in competitions?

1.d4 is a statistically more successful opening for white due to the high success rate of the Sicilian defence against 1.e4 I understand it's fun to play different openings, but at the highest ...
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Sicilian, Smith Morra gambit pawn structure

I am an aspiring chess player and I just discovered this famous opening a few months back. Currently I am using Stockfish as my go-to reference to find the best move, but unfortunately it does not ...
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Why almost nobody plays …6…b5 here?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 everybody plays 6... e6 and then ...b5. Is 6...b5 right now a mistake? I ...
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Why is the Scheveningen Sicilian almost never seen nowadays at top-level chess?

It seems to me that although we see lots of Sicilians, especially Najdorfs, Tajmanovs, and Kans, the once popular Scheveningen variation (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 -- or 2...e6 ...
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Why is taking the e4 Pawn considered risky here?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.f4?! Almost nobody takes the e4 Pawn with 8...b4, and then N or B takes e4. Is there a clear refutation by White, or is it ...
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Why is …e5 dubious here?

[fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5?! Why is ...e5 considered dubious for Black here, although it is considered sort of a refutation after the move 5.f3?! e5! What's the ...
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A tactic on the Chekhover variation of the Sicilian?

Recently I found the game Tal vs. Byrne (1976), that opens with Chekhover Variation of the Sicilian Defense. What got my attention in this variation was move 7, for, just like Tal did, every engine ...
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Why does the Hyper Accelerated Dragon avoid the Rossolimo?

After 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 Why is the Rossolimo line impossible for white? [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6
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Why is 5. Bd3 considered a strong move against the Kan variation?

Why is 5. Bd3 considered a strong move against the Kan variation of the Sicilian Defense: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 You very rarely see the Bd3 move played against ...
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Why isn't 6. Be3 popular in this Sicilian Defense line?

Why isn't 6.Be3, with the "English Attack" idea, really popular against 1. e4, c5 2. Nf3, Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4, Nf6 5. Nc3, d6? [FEN ""] [StartPly "10"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 ...
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Closed Sicilian Problem if Black Fianchettoes His Light-Squared Bishop

Help! Please. After Bb7, I often play f4, followed by g4-g5 and h5. But the Bishop at b7 always gives me problems because it seems that my position after playing f4 will be too open after Black ...
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Am i re-entering a slump, or just my bad luck? [duplicate]

Last 2 hours was one of my most embarrassing games ever. Yesterday I played against a chess club member and won 3-0, however the last 2 hours is so sad I lost for 3-0, all surrenders and no end-game. ...
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What's wrong with 4…e5 in the Open Sicilian?

I like to play 4...e5 in the Open Sicilian in my games, usually facing something like this: [StartPly "8"] [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb3 Nc6 I do this to: Chase the ...
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What are the advantage of sicilian defense for black?

I have seen many players with black prefers Sicilian defense, what are the advantage of the opening?
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Ideas behind each sicilian?

What are the key ideas behind each mainline open Sicilian as black? I am normally an e4 player as white, so I am fairly well acquainted with the types of positions that come out of the Sicilian. I am ...
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What is the current theoretical state for the Chinese Dragon?

I use this line a lot, as it tends to lead to interesting games, and I was wondering whether any advances in theory have been made here. [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 ...
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How deep should I memorize lines of the Sicilian Dragon?

How deep should I memorize lines of the Sicilian Dragon? 1400s USCF The Dragon seems to resonate with me the most, after looking at all the variations. Do I need to get a book on it, or can I get by ...
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How do I go about learning the Najdorf Sicilian?

I want to play and learn the Najdorf Sicilian. I know that white has three main options: 6.Bg5 6.Be3 6.Bc4 But I don't know much more than that. Furthermore, I want to play the Open Sicilian as ...
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Lowenthal-LabourdonnaisSicilian Kalashnikov Variation

I have been studying the Kalashnikov Sicilian: e4 c5 Nf3 Nc6 d4 cxd4 Nxd4 e5 (signaling the Lowenthal variation) Nb5 d6 (d6 signals the Kalashnikov variation) I have two books I have been studying ...
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Sicilian Lowenthal-Labourdonnais

I am very interested in the Lowenthal Sicilian, specifically the 5. Nb5 a6 line: e4 c5 Nf3 Nc6 d4 cxd4 Nxd4 e5 (signalling the Lowenthal) Nb5 a6 (5 ... d6 is the Kalashnikov variation or what Silman ...
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How to deal with the Sicilian Wing Gambit?

The Sicilian Wing Gambit is never popular with good players, thus, it is only played as a surprise. But, how to deal with this unexpected surprise? It seems to me that all responses would just worsen ...
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Ideas for white in closed sicilian?

What are the ideas for white in closed Sicilian? I am talking about 1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 Where do I place my pieces? At which side should I play? What are the ideas for black and how can I prevent it.
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Black plans in Taimanov/Kan Sicillian?

So anyways, I decided to take up learning Taimanov and Kan Sicillian so I was wondering if someone could just tell me what are the basic plans of this opening, what I've seen from my brief analysis is ...
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Sicilian defense - beginner

I have started to study the Sicilian defense (at a beginners level), and I came across a situation that I don't know how to proceed... 1) e4 - c5 2) Nf3 - d6 3) d3 I know that it is probabilly ...
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What are some popular anti sicilians and what are their respective strengths and weaknesses?

I dislike the positions in the sicilian in which both sides kamikaze each other. What are some popular anti sicilians which will bring the black players out of their comfort zone?
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In sicilian defence, why would white always exchange the c5 pawn. What harm would it do otherwise?

In 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4, why does white play and exchange the c5 pawn? If white does not do so, how can I take advantage of this? As an example: 1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 e6 3.Bb3 Nc6 4.Nf3 what is the best ...
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Good books for- Grunfeild and Sicilian defence

Can you please recommend good books for- Grunfeld and Sicilian defense. Would prefer separate books for either. Specially one which contains deeper analysis and has recent games illustrated.
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Problematic lines for black in accelerated dragon [closed]

What are Difficult lines for black in accelerated dragon?the most problematic line for black in the accelerated dragon
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11. ..Qg5 in Svesnikov possible?

As a Svesnikvov player (rated ~1800) the following idea was shown to me recently: [Title "11. ..Qg5!?"] [StartFlipped "1"] [fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.e4 c5 ...
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Open Sicilian Variation, newbie question

Im pretty new and i was analyzing the opening stages of one of my recent games. I was playing white and we started off 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 e6 [StartPly "6"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. ...
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How to build a simplified Sicilian defence reperoire

I have been playing chess practically all of my life but during phases, I would play a lot for a couple of months and then spend a whole year without playing. Right now I am in one of those phases ...
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Is this Sicilian opening dubious?

I have used this opening some times and I won.But sometimes I was almost destroyed.Is the move 6.Qd4 dubious or am I doing something wrong later? [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 ...
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Current state of Polugayevsky/Najdorf

[FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 b5 8.e5 dxe5 9. fxe5 Qc7 When I was actively playing, 250000 cigarettes ago, the Polugayevsky's fantastic idea of 7. ...
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Good books to learn Sveshnikov Sicilian

I'm a club player around 2100 FIDE rating trying to learn the Sicilian Sveshnikov, with the black pieces, for long time controls (2 hours/game). What books do I need to read in order to learn this ...
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How Does The Sicilian Defense Work?

Having just discovered this move (I'm new to all the terms and strategies, being just a beginner hobbyist), I was wondering how the move works. Don't get me wrong, I understand what it is (in terms ...
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(How) should I avoid bishop exchange in Sicilian (Dragon) style setups?

I often play the Sicilian, and out of that, sometimes I end up in situations like the one below, when my dark square bishop is fianchettoed and my opponent is getting ready to get rid of my bishop ...
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How should I play wiith White and Black in the Sicilian Dragon? [closed]

How should I play wiith White and Black in the Sicilian Dragon? [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7
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Is the Grand Prix Attack a poor response to the Sicilian?

The Grand Prix Attack begins 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4. It is an anti-Sicilian for white that is popular among club players because playing it requires memorizing significantly less theory than the ...
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Is there a name for this attack against Sicilian defense?

Sometimes against Sicilian Najdorf (or french) defense I play like this: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nf5 Bxf5 8. exf5 d5 9. Bg5 d4 10. Ne4 Be7 My plan ...
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How did the Grand Prix Attack get its name?

The moves 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 characterize the Grand Prix Attack in the Sicilian defense. [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 ...
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Instructive games with a white h-pawn push in the Smith-Morra gambit?

I like to play the Smith-Morra gambit. Recently, a friend showed me a game where he (as white) successfully played a h-pawn push in the Smith-Morra gambit, which both damaged black's kingside while ...
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B50: Sicilian Defense 3. Bc4

First a bit of background: I really like playing the Sicilian Defense as Black and it is my preferred choice of action against 1. e4. I prefer the Open Sicilian with Dragon and Najdorf being my ...
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Rauzer Attack, Sicilian defense - why not play 6…Nxd4?

I'm just learning on how to play Sicilian and none of the books I have at hand shows this move. So I consider, that this move is a mistake and there is some strong counter play on whites part, but I ...
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Sicilian with 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.Nf3?

I don't know much "Sicilian" theory, and decided to develop instead to defend e4. My opponent captured, and I got the pawn back with the obvious Qa4 check. Although he tried to start a queen hunt, she ...
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What are the key ideas for white in the Keres Attack (Sicilian Scheveningen)?

The Keres Attack (Sicilian Scheveningen) has the following starting position [FEN ""] [White "Keres Attack"] [Black "Sicilian Scheveningen"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. g4 ...
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Why does 6.Bg5 prevent 6…e5 in the Sicilian Najdorf?

In Gufeld's book, after 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5!, [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5! he writes: "In this way White solves three ...
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Does the Yugoslav Attack refute the Sicilian Dragon?

I saw, some weeks ago, a video of the great GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, claiming that sicilian dragon is somewhat refuted, or at least it is a dubious system. I normally play the grand prix against the ...
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How should black meet 2.d4 in the Sicilian Defense?

When playing the Sicilian Defence, what should black do when white's second move is: 2.d4 Should black take the white pawn, or should he continue to develop, by say moving pawn to e6?
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Is the following Knight sac in the Sicilian Najdorf justified?

[FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Nbd7 8. Qf3 h6 9. Bxf6 Nxf6 10. O-O-O Qb6 11.e5 Nd7 12. Bc4 dxe5 13. Nxe6