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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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Feeling cramped in the Najdorf

I played this game recently at a tournament, and lost pretty decisively. I thought about it a bit, and I think it's representative of something that happens somewhat often in my games when I play the ...
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Sicilian Classical

[fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Be2 e6 7. Be3 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. f4 Bd7 10. Nxc6 Bxc6 11. e5 dxe5 12. fxe5 Nd7 13. Bd4 Qa5 14. Bd3 Bc5. Questions. 1) ...
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Why is 5.c4 playable vs. Sicilian Kan, but hardly seen vs. Sicilian Taimanov?

Why is 5.c4 considered playable against the Sicilian Kan, i.e. after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.c4, but hardly seen against the Sicilian Taimanov? i.e. after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 ...
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Strange pawn double move in McDonnell attack

I was going through a Chessable opening line, and it recommends black to play 6...d5, moving the d pawn immediately after it was just moved in 5...d6 6.Nc3. What is the reason behind moving the same ...
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Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Accepted, Scheveningen Formation, 7.O-O

[fen "r1bqk1nr/pp2bppp/2npp3/8/2B1P3/2N1BN2/PP3PPP/R2Q1RK1 b kq - 3 8"] What could be the best possible response to 8. Be3 for black? Would it be pushing the e pawn by a square, or developing the ...
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On 1.e4, Fischer and opening theory

2 dumb/challenging conventional wisdom questions: Why would anyone play 1.e4? How is Fischer's saying that 1.e4 is best by test consistent with his saying that 'chess is dead'? (Quotes below) On ...
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Continuation in the sicilian

I played a game today in the Sicilian Defence. I was White. I was surprised to see the move 5. ... e5 ! Is this playable in the Sicilian? [FEN ""] [StartPly "5"] [Title "Is 5. ... e5 playable?"] 1....
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Is Nc6 good response to c3 Sicilian?

I used it sometimes and when I read about c3 Sicilian I found out that it isn't a good response to c3, why ? It seems like you develope a piece and add pressure on d4. I thought about it as good move. ...
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Accelerated Dragon, Modern Bc4 Variation (B35) 10.Ndb5!

After: [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 O-O 8.Bb3 a5 9.O-O d6 It appears 10.Ndb5 is difficult for Black to play against. I only found some games from 2008. ...
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Why do chess programs do bad against pawns?

After playing a couple of games playing Sicilian against a computer (had no wifi) i’ve noticed that I have been able to create much better pawn structures than against players that would be similarly ...
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Assessment of O'Kelly Sicilian side line

I have an opponent who is going into this as Black: [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e5 6.Nf5 He usually follows with 6...Bxf5 and after 7.exf5 Nf6 I play 8.g4 with a sharp game. ...
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1. c4 vs c3 Sicilian

I am a chess player ranked at around 1400. As white I play 1. e4 and am confident playing against most responses except for the Sicilian. I don't want to go into the main lines so I am studying the c3 ...
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Is the Poisoned Pawn variation of the Najdorf (7… Qb6) considered some sort of refutation of 6.Bg5?

As title above, is the Poisoned Pawn variation of the Najdorf considered some sort of refutation of 6.Bg5, and the reason why 6.Bg5 is rarely seen at top level these days?
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Answering slow Sicilian set up (including Bc4) as Black

I usually answer 1. e4 with the Sicilian, then after 2. Nf3 I play 2...d6 hoping for a Najdorf or other open Sicilian lines. I have quite a hard time though with slow set up like 3. Bc4 followed by d3 ...
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Is the Sveshnikov Variation a subvariation of the Lasker-Pelikan Variation?

Wikipedia says that the Sveshnikov Variation is : [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 While chesstempo says that is the Lasker-Pelikan Variation, and the Sveshnikov is strictly :...
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What is the name of this Sicilian Variation?

What is the name of this variation: [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7
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Can White get a theoretical advantage against the Sveshnikov Sicilian in today's theory?

I'm looking for an opening expert or an experienced Sveshnikov player that knows the answer to this. The Sveshnikov has been increasingly popular and it has also proven to be very good for draws. ...
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Can white do better versus the Sicilian Defense by avoiding an early d4?

Given that 1.d4 is said to produce better results than 1.e4 and about half of all 1.e4 games involve the Sicilian Defense, could a simple idea like avoiding trading the d pawn for black's c pawn in ...
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Is the Smith-Morra gambit still worth playing at a ~1600 level?

I've been playing the Smith-Morra Gambit (e4 c5 d4 cxd4 c3) against the Sicilian defense for about 2 years. I have a tournament coming up in 3 days and I am beginning to doubt if the Smith-Morra would ...
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Is the 6.h4 Najdorf that bad?

I see that a few strong GMs are playing 6.h4 vs the Najdorf Sicilian. And I have also seen this move given a dubious (?!) value. Apart from its surprise value (always important in chess), I see it as ...
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What to play vs. 1. d4 when Sicilian is my favorite defense?

I've been playing chess since my childhood however just recently got into chess very seriously and my online balance was approx. 90-60 out of 150 games and then I lost 25 games due to a broken phone. ...
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After Bc4, is it better to play e6 to stop the bishop?

In Sicilian, I see white plays Bc4 after or before I castle. I saw a lot of players responding to this move by playing e6. rnbqkb1r/1p2pppp/p2p1n2/8/3NP3/2N5/PPP2PPP/R1BQKB1R w KQkq - 0 1 1. Bc4 e6 ...
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Black's 6 move in open Sicilian

Is moving the Knight to c6 considered a stronger move than the Najdorf pawn to a6?
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In Sicilian Defense with pawn structure as in Scheveningen, what should black do when playing d5 does not look so good?

As black, I always play the Sicilian against e4. I personally like the Scheveningen system but to avoid the Keres Attack, I play a6 before e6: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. ...
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ECO B40 game for analysis

Here is the game pgn, [fen ""] [Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2017.02.15"] [Round "?"] [White "johnybravo001"] [Black "anandsadasivam"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B40"] [WhiteElo "827"] [...
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Refutation of the Maróczy Bind, suitable for correspondence chess?

I've been meaning to develop my understanding of the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6) as Black, mainly by playing a few correspondence games and working through deep positional analyses. ...
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The strength of Smith-Morra gambit

I am a beginning player in chess.(~1300 on chess.com/blitz: 5 and 10 minutes) And I mostly like to attack and favor fully open positions to closed and defensive. In response to e4, when the opponent ...
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What is the idea behind playing 6.a3 in the Sicilian Najdorf?

What is the idea behind playing 6.a3 in the Sicilian Najdorf? [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. a3 This seems to be getting popular at the highest level (e.g. yesterday/...
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French defence vs Sicilian defence

I'm beginner chess player who like aggressive play. I often counter e4 with e6(french defence) or c5 (sicilian defence). But I still don't know what's detail pros and cons with these openings. Can ...
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Attacking the accelerated dragon

What are the best moves for white after the following moves [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 One aggressive choice here is 4. h4. which can potentially damage the pawn structure or harass ...
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Tips for the Najdorf Sicilian?

So in the last 2 or 3 games I've played, I've used the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian. It's worked alright in the games, and I was wondering if you guys have any tips that I could use to improve my ...
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Why is 7. f3 so ubiquitous in the Yugoslav Sicilian?

I'm a mid-level player just starting to systematically study openings, and I'm wondering why it is that after the signature Yugoslav initiation 6. Be3 by White, and the certain follow-up 6. ... Bg7, ...
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What's wrong with Long castle in accelerated Dragon being white?

What's wrong if white move to Castle long(0-0-0) in Accelerated dragon?
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What is wrong with taking the e4 pawn in the Najdorf Sicilian after 6.Bc4?

[FEN ""] [StartPly "18"] [Title "What is wrong with taking the pawn here?"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.O-O b4 9.Na4 Nxe4 I have known this position for 25 ...
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Why does 6.Bc4 prevent 6…e5 in the Sicilian Najdorf?

[FEN ""] [StartPly "12"] [Title "What is wrong with 6..e5?"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e5 Please do not reply that it weakens the d5 square and allows the white bishop to ...
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Suggest a line for a player who does not want to be dragged into the Sicilian

I am a very bad Sicilian player and I am easily played out of book in the Sicilian defense. I need a line that would prevent my opponents fom going into the Sicilian defense. I have tried c4, but ...
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5…Nf6 in Sicilian defense

[StartPly "10"] [fen ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 Nf6 * 5...Nf6 looks like a good move for black, however I failed to find analysis about this variation. Am I overseeing ...
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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 level, ...
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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 don't ...
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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 big ...
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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 any ...
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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. ...