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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dynamic (not-drawish) response for black against the c3 Sicilian

Basically what the title suggests. Many of the responses to the c3 sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.c3) that I find online result in very drawish positions usually with queens off the board and very little dynamic ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Rauzer Attack, Sicilian defense - why not play 6...Nxd4?

I'm just learning how to play the Sicilian and none of the books I have at hand shows this move. So I'm considering that this move is a mistake and there is some strong counterplay on white's part, ...
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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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The Sicilian Defense Kalashnikov Variation: Why shouldn’t white play 5.Nxc6 here?

I get a lot of weaker players, who opt out of main lines, and they play 5.Nxc6?! against me. It has seemed to happen a lot lately. Why is that bad, and why shouldn’t white play that? Note: This is ...
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How do I defend against players who keep pawn pushing in the Sicilian?

I recently played a Sicilian as black, defending against a pawn storm. Here is the game: [Event "Rated Classical game"] [Site "https://lichess.org/ZMFC6dP4"] [Date "2018.11.11"] [Round "-"] [White "...
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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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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 5....
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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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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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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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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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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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Which is better in the Rossolimo Sicilian, 3... e6 or 3... g6?

[FEN ""] [StartPly "5"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 In this opening is it better to do e6 to activate the dark square bishop which will protect c5 pawn. If the opponent plays Bxc6, it will have a ...
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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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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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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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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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Conceptually, what makes the Sicilian opening sensible for black?

We all know the Sicilian as shown below, is one of the most famous and commonly employed openings in chess. But compared to the other replies, which tend to be more about fixing the center (such as e5,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 2....
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...e5 in response to the Keres Attack?

TL;DR Has a quick ...e5 in response to the Keres Attack been well-analyzed somewhere? Kasparov famously ditched the 5...e6 Scheveningen move-order for a 5...a6 Najdorf move-order during his 1984 ...
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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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How does the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian defense stop the Keres attack?

Recently I've been looking into the Scheveningen variation of the Sicilian and from what I have read it seems like the Keres attack is a big threat and you need great calculation ability to stop it as ...
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Is learning the English Opening helpful for learning the Sicilian Defence? How about vice versa?

Is learning the opening 1. c4 e5 as white helpful in learning the opening 1. e4 c5? How about vice versa? Are the ideas behind the Sicilian Defence as black very similar to the ideas behind the ...
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Why play Nb5 in this line of the sicilian?

After 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 why is 5. Nb5 the best move? The game usually continues 5. Nb5 d6 6. N1c3 a6 7. Na3 and it looks to me like whites knight on a3 is misplaced. What makes ...
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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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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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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.