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Closed Sicilian

The Closed Sicilian occurs after the moves 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3. This Sicilian usually is an opening where the pawns stay on the board for quit some time. The normal picture being that black fianchettos his dark squared bishop and attacks on the queenside. White on the other hand has ideas of advancing his pawns on the kingside, moving his pieces in the same direction and trying to lounge a mating attack. It’s not uncommon that a Closed Sicilian-game starts out rather quite, to suddenly find the board on fire around move twenty or so. Most seen after 2. Nc3 are the moves 2…Nc6, d6 or e6 by black. Now white has some options if he doesn’t want to transpose to an Open Sicilian after all. Most common are 3. g3, d3, Ne2, Bc4 and f4, depending on what kind of set-up white prefers. The latter, 3. f4 - called the Grand Prix Attack - you’ll find in the chapter on the Anti-Sicilians. Opening expert Andrew Soltis wrote a book on the flexible - but rather tricky move 3. Ne2 - which he calls the Chameleon System. Sometimes the Closed Sicilian may have the contours of the King’s Indian Attack - a Bobby Fischer favorite – but this set-up can also be used against several black openings and is put below the chapter Unusual Openings. Historically Boris Spassky counts as the main advocate of the Closed Sicilian, playing it throughout his career with good results. Nowadays the opening is a rare guest at the top level, used mainly as a surprise weapon. If you’re an e4-player who doesn’t want to remember all the sharp lines in the Open Sicilians, the Closed Sicilian could well be a great alternative.

Closed Sicilian - King, Daniel
1997 Everyman Chess Closed Sicilian-King, Daniel

This book focuses on the set up of the Closed Sicilian with an early g3. After 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 the starting positions is reached. Because the game 8 out of 10 times proceeds with the moves 3... g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 the author takes this however as his fundamental starting position of the book. White fianchettoes his bishop which increases the influence over d5, and in general bolsters white centre. When white decides to attack, the reason he can get away with it is that his pawn centre although maybe not dominant, is a tough one to crack.

The Closed Sicilian: Move By Move (everyman Chess) - Hansen, Carsten
2017 Everyman Chess The Closed Sicilian: Move By Move (everyman Chess)-Hansen, Carsten

The Open Sicilian is a patient opening, one that doesn’t set one player up for a massive beat down or brilliant victory right out of the opening. Rather than the above each player gets the opportunity to build their positions slowly, after which the better, sometimes more patient player, may win the game. So, if you're not afraid of even positions, positional play and some manoeuvring, this opening might be in your line of play.

Starting Out: Closed Sicilian (starting Out - Everyman Chess) - Palliser, Richard
2006 Everyman Chess Starting Out: Closed Sicilian (starting Out - Everyman Chess)-Palliser, Richard

For the relative beginner, the Closed Sicilian may well be a great opening choice. Avoiding long theoretical Open Sicilians and just play a game of chess, seems the aim of this opening. Having said that, some lines, principles and ideas must be studied in some depth. If white takes the liberty to not choose the most concrete Open Sicilians, this gives black equal opportunities to carefully develop. It's a reliable weapon in which good understanding of motifs is more important than rehearsing specific, long lines.

How To Win With Sicilian Defense - Closed - Kleider, Hans
2019 Independently How To Win With Sicilian Defense - Closed-Kleider, Hans


Closed Sicilian B23-26: 476 Instructive Chess Positions - Harvey, Bill
2017 Independent Closed Sicilian B23-26: 476 Instructive Chess Positions-Harvey, Bill


Starting Out: Closed Sicilian - Palliser, Richard
2007 Everyman Chess Starting Out: Closed Sicilian-Palliser, Richard