Questions tagged [sicilian-defense]

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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4-2 vs 3-3 (only pawn) endgames arising from Sicilian/Anti Sicilian

I play Sicilian (mainly Najdorf) against e4. Sometimes (in anti-Sicilian or Sicilian openings) I end up with exchanging everything except 6 pawns. So it becomes a 4-2 pawn (4 on the kingside) versus 3-...
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Why is capturing the bishop in this position a blunder?

[FEN "r2n1rk1/pp1bppbp/1n4p1/q1N5/3P3N/PB2B2P/1P3PP1/R2Q1RK1 w - - 3 18"] Why is Nxd7 a blunder in this position? I think that once the light squared bishop comes to c6 it will become very ...
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How good is 1. e4 c5 move for black? Why does Stockfish play it?

I've been running some engine vs engine games out of boredom and noticed Stockfish, when playing as black, 90% of the time played c7-c5 on white's e4. I've never actually seen a human play this, in ...
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How does the Grand Prix Attack compare to the Rossolimo/Canal Attack?

How does the Grand Prix Attack compare to the Rossolimo/Canal Variations for someone who wants to develop an anti-Sicilian repertoire? What are the pros and cons of each opening? Thanks.
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As a Closed Sicilian player, is it impossible to avoid the Taimanov Variation without accepting an inferior position?

I'm a Closed Sicilian player and I like the setup with Nc3/g3/Bg2/d3 a lot for White, since it cuts out having to learn tons of theory I'd have to know otherwise against the Open Sicilian. However, I ...
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Why is Bc4 "bad" in a regular Sicilian, yet played almost exclusively in the Smith-Morra?

I know that Bc4 is supposed to be a "bad" move early in the Sicilian, because Black can nullify it by just playing e6: [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 (2...Nc6 3.Bc4? e6) 3.Bc4? e6 Why ...
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Looking for tactical Sicilian lines besides the Dragon and Najdorf

I am looking for a tactical Sicilian. But I don't want a really popular line like the Najdorf or Dragon that has been analyzed to death.
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What is the point of c3 in the Sicilian Alapin?

In the Alapin variation of the Sicilian, the game goes 1. e4 c5 2. c3. However, this sequence just blocks the b1 knight from its best square, and it doesn't develop anything. Both squares attacked by ...
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What is the idea behind 2...e6 in some Sicilian lines?

I've learned a bit of the Taimanov and have been playing it with some decent results, although I have not gotten very deep at all into it. Still, it bothers me that even though I've looked at a couple ...
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Franco-Sicilian Defense Theory [duplicate]

I am wondering what the main lines and point of the Franco-Sicilian Defense are for Black. I could barely find any theory about it online, and it' is my favorite opening as Black. As such, I am ...
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What is White's main plan in Sicilian Keres variation?

I want to learn a new opening in the Sicilian defense called the Keres variation. What is White's main plan here? [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Ne2
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A disagreement between me and my chess engines

In a recent blitz game, I was playing as White and faced the Lasker-Pelikan variation of the Sicilian. Things were not really going according to plan, I was down a Knight and facing obliteration. In ...
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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 an early e5 against a Yugoslav setup evaluated at +2.6 according to Stockfish?

I was looking at analysis on one of my games and found this variation against a Yugoslav attempt against the Sicilian Dragon which Stockfish 12 instantly says is +2.6 for white: [FEN ""] [...
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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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Classical Scheveningen: Why is ...Ne8 so rare in this position?

Black to move. This position from the classical variation of the Scheveningen occurs over 900 times in the Lichess database, yet ...Ne8 has been played only three times. The move seems strong: it ...
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Black answers to Grand Prix attack

I am reading about the Grand Prix Attack and the main lines of development for Black. One line considered is as follows. [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. f4 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bc4 Nc6 6. O-O ...
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What is the point of delaying the exchange in the Rossolimo?

[fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. O-O (4. Bxc6) Bg7 5. Re1 Is there any point in maintaining the tension? Does it force any adjustments from Black? Is the timing irrelevant or is ...
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Did the 2018 World Chess Championship feature any theoretical novelties in the Sveshnikov Sicilian?

I am interested in how the Sveshnikov theory developed in the last decade, and one of the biggest events heavily featuring it was the WCC match in 2018. Very few books on the opening were published ...
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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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Black castling long in the Sicilian

When and why does Black castle long in the Sicilian? What kind of strategies should both sides adopt in such games? What kinds of games does it give rise to, i.e. positional or tactical? Which players ...
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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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What is black's best sixth move in the Sicilian Grand Prix?

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.O-O Nxb5 is most common. [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.O-O Nxb5 (6...a6) Instead of 6...Nxb5 if black plays 6...a6, it ...
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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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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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What is the main idea of 7.Qf3 in the Sicilian Taimanov?

In the Sicilian Taimanov, after the opening moves [FEN ""] [StartPly "12"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qf3 has become popular recently. I find it still a bit strange ...
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What Sicilian Defence variation has the most similarity to the Dutch?

Given that in GM Simon William's book The Killer Dutch, Williams says that the Sicilian and the Dutch are mirror images of each other, as Williams states "If you look at the first move, you can see ...
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Canal Attack Stockfish Indication

Apparently, Stockfish on depth 22 states that the Canal Attack is the best opening after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6. Is something wrong with Stockfish?
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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 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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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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Knowing when to play Nc6 vs Nbd7 in the Najdorf Sicilian as black?

I've been studying the Najdorf Sicilian for some time, and I generally have a good idea of where to develop my pieces to. My light and dark square bishops typically end up on e6 and e7, respectively. ...
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Rossolimo 3.Bb5 vs open Sicilian against c5-Nc6 sicilian

Many chess players nowadays recommend the Rossolimo against c5-Nc6 Sicilian: [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 However, I find the open sicilian to be easier to play: [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 ...
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Queen placement in the Dragon

[FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 O-O 8.Bc4 e6 9.O-O a6 Here is a line from a game of mine. I made the movee 10. Qd3, but my computer program says Qd2 ...
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Sicilian Defence or Caro-Kann also help with Queen's pawn opening [closed]

I know and play the Sicilian defense. Specifically, I mix it with the Hyper Accelerated Dragon with the kingside rook pawn movement akin to the Najdorf. I am also learning the Caro-Kann, in which most ...
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I like to play 1. e4 but I dislike 1. ... c5. Can I continue with 2. c4?

I read a related but closed question here and I share a very similar feeling. I would love to play 1. e4 but I only feel comfortable when my opponent replies with 1. ... e5, or French, or Caro-Kann. I ...
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Why is 5. Nc3 preferred over 5. f3 in the Open Sicilian?

The statistics at move 5 seem amazing for White, slightly better than Nc3. I was wondering how White can "get away" with the plan to play c4 before Nc3, achieving even more control of the center. So ...
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Ideas in Sicilian Defense: Staunton-Cochrane Variation

I am a Scotch player and don't like playing against the Sicilian and have very bad record against it (5.5/24), my best only wins are when I played 2.b4 ( Wing Gambit) or 2.c4 (Staunton-Cochrane ...
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What is the Sicilian Cochrane Attack?

In my club and local tournaments, opponents playing White often do an early Bc4 when I start a Sicilian. Usually I begin an Old Sicilian, eg 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6. My opponents may play Bc4 on the 2nd, ...
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Idea behind e-pawn sacrifice in Open Sicilian: Najdorf, Freak Attack (6. Rg1)?

There are 10 games in my database with this variation played on a high level and the White score is +6-2=2, almost always White is the elo-wise weaker player. The highest rated White player to employ ...
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1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 c5 — Sicilian Defense to King's Gambit?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 c5 What's the refutation of Black's unusual third move, or anyway the best way to play against it? Which is stronger, the Open Variation 4. d4 cxd4 5. Bxf4, or the ...
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Help with the Sicilian Defence - I need to understand those early pawn moves

Why we often see many pawn moves in the Sicilian Defense? I would imagine that this harms the development of the black pieces. For instance, there is this line: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 a6 ...
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What is White's compensation in the Smith-Morra Gambit, Paulsen Formation (a6, e6, Nc6) after an early ...Na5?

The variation is almost forced if White aims for the standard Smith-Morra setup. At the end White is a pawn down and no longer has two bishops, but is well developed. However Black's setup does not ...
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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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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 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
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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 I play wiith White and Black in the Sicilian Dragon? [closed]

How should I play with 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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Why isn't the English Attack popular vs. the Sicilian Kan?

As title above states, why isn't the "English Attack" popular vs. the Sicilian Kan? I mean the White setup in the Open Sicilian with Be3, Qd2, f3 and eventually g4 and h4. As far as I know, it is ...
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Introduction to the Sicilian

I am trying to work on my openings and start playing the Sicilian as a response to 1. e4 but I am slightly overwhelmed by the huge amounts of resources available. I am rated around 1850 FIDE and I ...