OTHER SICILIAN

Included on this page is the Sicilian Sveshnikov which used to be known as the Sicilian Pelikan, the Closed Sicilian, the Alapin Sicilian (2. c3), the Smith-Morra Gambit, and the Wing Gambit.
For the Sicilian Sveshnikov Black accepts a backward d pawn and a hole at d5, believing that active play will compensate for this weakness. This variation occurs from the sequence: 1. e4 c5; 2. Nf3 Nc6; 3. d4 cd; 4. Nxd4 Nf6; 5. Nc3 e5. White now must decide where to move his king knight. Most masters believe that 6. N4b5 is White’s best hope of getting an advantage. 6. Nf5 allows Black to rid himself of the backward pawn immediately with d5. 6. Nb3 and 6. Nf3 both allow Black to get counterplay with Bb4.

Sicilian Sveshnikov Smith-Morra Gambit

A few gambits are possible. The Smith-Morra Gambit goes 1. e4 c5; 2. d4 cd; 3. c3 dc; 4. Nxc3. One defense that seems to get good results against this gambit uses a sequence such as: 4. ___Nc6; 5. Nf3 a6; 6. Bc4 e6; 7. O-O Nge7; 8. Bg5; h6. There are several ways to decline the gambit. Performance statistics suggest that 1. e4 c5; 2. d4 cd; 3. c3 Nf6 may be the best. Another gambit called the Wing Gambit has been tried. It appears to be unsound. The standard sequence is 1. e4 c5; 2. b4 cb; 3. a3. Both d5 and e5 are effective here. e6 gives White better compensation for the sacrificed pawn.

Also included on this page is the Taimanov variation which results from the sequence 1. e4 c5; 2. Nf3 e6; 3. d4 cd; 4. Nxd4 Nf6; 5. Nc3. The Alipin varaion and the closed Sicilian are also dealt with on this page.

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Closed Sicilian

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Closed Sicilian – King


The Closed Sicilian – Davies


Starting Out: Closed Sicilian – Palliser

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Sicilian Sveshnikov

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Starting Out: Sicilian Sveshnikov – Cox


The Complete Sveshnikov Sicilian – Yakovich


Foxy Openings #82 Sveshnikov Sicilian Part 1 – Martin


My Best Games in the Sveshnikov (DVD) – Shirov

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c3 Sicilian

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Starting Out: The c3 Sicilian – Emms


Roman’s Lab #98 – C3 Sicilian Alapin Variation


c3 Sicilian – Gallagher


Sicilian Defense with 2.c3 Alapin Variation – Tiviakov

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SICILIAN GAMBITS

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The Modern Morra Gambit Sicilian Defense Wing Gambits Smashing the Sicilian Defense With The Smith-Morra Gambit

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