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Sicilian Defense

The Sicilian (1. e4 c5) is the most played chess opening nowadays. First analysed in the 17th century in some depth by a Sicilian priest, it has been a strong way to meet 1. e4 ever since, directly challenging the centre of the board. In the beginning of the 20th century the Sicilian rose in popularity and since the 1940's it was a regular guest at top tournaments. Not without reason, being one of the most interesting, sharp openings out there, statistically leading to good results. Other general characteristics of the Sicilian are imbalance in the pawn structures, sharp and highly theoretical play and more than once opposite side castling. Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov were addicted to the Sicilian throughout their careers, helping the opening to become the main answer to 1. e4 instead of 1... e5, to never lose the thrown ever since. With black almost every chess player is able to find a Sicilian to his likings, sharp or a bit less sharp. This chapter however will focus mainly on ideas for White and will provide you with a list of books with tips, tricks and concrete lines on how to play against this strong weapon. In the other chapters below you'll find some specific Open Sicilians (mainly for the black pieces), as well as the Anti-Sicilians and Closed version (for both colours). A few exceptions aside the Sicilian is part of the repertoire of every top player. Chess players on all levels should study the Sicilian at one point, if not to improve one’s results then at least to broaden the scope on the beauty of the game.



Starting Out: The Sicilian (starting Out - Everyman Chess) - John Emms
2009 Everyman Chess Starting Out: The Sicilian (starting Out - Everyman Chess)-John Emms

You're relatively new to chess and now it's time get some basic knowledge of openings. Ask any grandmaster which opening can't miss on your list, and nine out of ten will answer the Sicilian. Why? Because it has everything that makes chess so much fun. Opposite sides castling, sacrifices, attacks, imbalance and counterattacks, to name just a few caracteristics. It's not for nothing one out of four games are indeed a Sicilian. Is al this fun just for free?
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Beating The Anti-sicilians: Grandmaster Repertoire 6a - Vassilios Kotronias
2016 Quality Chess Beating The Anti-sicilians: Grandmaster Repertoire 6a-Vassilios Kotronias

Whether it's the Rossolimo, Morra Gambit, Wing Gambit, c3-, or Closed Sicilian, this book shows the black player he shouldn't be too overly concerned about neither of them. Beating The Anti-Sicilians: Grandmaster Repertoire treats all these anti-Siclian with great care and respect, but shows that with precise play white should be glad to meet an Anti Siclian instead of a proper, Open Sicilian. The author shows black the most principled, but at the same time very practical replies on most of white attempts to catch the opponent off guard.
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Winning With The Najdorf Sicilian: An Uncompromising Repertoire For Black - Zaven Andriasyan
2013 New In Chess,Csi Winning With The Najdorf Sicilian: An Uncompromising Repertoire For Black-Zaven Andriasyan

This book is written as a repertoire for black, and covers all variations for white. The main idea of the book is that in all variations, black tries to use a novelty first, to deviate from the main lines and surprise the opponent right from the beginning of the game, so as to make him feel uncomfortable. Other general approach of this book is that black main idea is to play ...e5 sooner or later. With the help of the latest games on top level, and the help of both computers and GM's, this book is a relative thin, but very instructive publication on the Najdorf.
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Chess Developments: The Sicilian Najdorf 6 Bg5 - Kevin Goh Wei Ming
2014 Everyman Chess Chess Developments: The Sicilian Najdorf 6 Bg5-Kevin Goh Wei Ming

This book fully focuses on the Najdorf Sicilian with 6. Bg5. After the moves 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 this position is reached. Although many sixth move alternative have been seen, such as 6. Be3,6. Be2, and 6. h3, the move advocated in this publication is still seen as the most critical one, and therefore the main line Najdorf. In this book the author deeply analyses 40 games. This should give one a great idea where this specific line is all about.
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Closed Sicilian - Daniel King
1997 Everyman Chess Closed Sicilian-Daniel King

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.
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The Dragon 2 (grandmaster Repertoire) - Gawain Jones
2015 Quality Chess The Dragon 2  (grandmaster Repertoire)-Gawain Jones

The two volumes of this standard work are together considered the chess bible for the Sicilian Dragon. Probably even more than the other publications on the subject these volumes dive very deep into the matter, making the books popular on all levels. Volume two deals with the move 9. 0-0-0, the Classical Variation, Fianchetto Variation and Minor Lines. In other words, the second volume starts where the first volume stops, together making it a complete work.
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The Dragon (grandmaster Repertoire) - Gawain Jones
2015 Quality Chess The Dragon (grandmaster Repertoire)-Gawain Jones

The two volumes of this standard work are together considered the chess bible for the Sicilian Dragon. Probably even more than the other publications on the subject these volumes dive very deep into the matter, making the books popular on all chess levels. Volume one deals with the Soltis Variation and the so called Topalov Variation. The Dragon 1 also contains the 9.c4 and 9.g4 variations of the Yugoslav Attack, the main variations of the most critical line (or attack) within the Dragon.
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Catastrophes & Tactics In The Chess Opening - Volume 6: Open Sicilians: Winning In 15 Moves Or Less: Chess Tactics, Brilliancies & Blunders In The Chess Opening (winning Quickly At Chess) - Carsten Hansen
2017 Independently Catastrophes & Tactics In The Chess Opening - Volume 6: Open Sicilians: Winning In 15 Moves Or Less: Chess Tactics, Brilliancies & Blunders In The Chess Opening (winning Quickly At Chess)-Carsten Hansen

The title of this book is so long, it tells the whole tale, leaving this text as some sort of page filling I’ll happily write anyway. This book is about opening tricks and traps in the Sicilian Defense. Sooner or later this happens to every chess player: you're making one lousy move and that seems directly fatal. Or - to see it from the bright sight - you will trick your opponent at one time in your career, or maybe even more often.
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Chess Developments: The Sicilian Dragon - David Vigorito
2012 Everyman Chess Chess Developments: The Sicilian Dragon-David Vigorito

The Sicilian Dragon is a very enterprising opening, according to many including the author of this book. This straight forward publication tells one the tale of the many thematic tactical and positional ideas. It’s an opening ripe with exchange sacrifices and opposite side castling attacks. The Dragon is an opening where one can learn about the dynamic balance between the initiative and material; attack and counterattack; and pawn structure and piece play.
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The Closed Sicilian: Move By Move (everyman Chess) - Carsten Hansen
2017 Everyman Chess The Closed Sicilian: Move By Move (everyman Chess)-Carsten Hansen

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.
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The Sicilian Dragon: Move By Move - Carsten Hansen
2016 Everyman Chess The Sicilian Dragon: Move By Move-Carsten Hansen

The Move by Move–series is known for its clarity and completeness. This publication on the Dragon contains almost 500 pages, and mainly focuses on the pure or ‘old-school’ Dragon, which by the way is more modern than ever. The material in this book has been split up in three parts: 1. Non-Yugoslav Attack, 2. Yugoslav Attack without Bc4 and 3. Yugoslav Attack with Bc4. Rather than just presenting a repertoire for black Hansen covers the main lines as objectively as possible.
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Mayhem In The Morra - Marc Esserman
2012 Quality Chess Mayhem In The Morra-Marc Esserman

The Morra Gambit occurs after the moves 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3. White offers a pawn and claims to have compensation due to quick piece development, space advantage and open lines. Black has to be very precise to equalise. A fun opening to play against Sicilian-players, who usually don't like giving away the initiative in an early stage of the game. In almost 400 pages the author dives into great detail of the Morra, offering the white player a brand new, sharp repertoire against the Sicilian.
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Play The Sicilian Kan: A Dynamic And Flexible Repertoire For Black - Johan Hellsten
2008 Everyman Chess Play The Sicilian Kan: A Dynamic And Flexible Repertoire For Black-Johan Hellsten

The Kan - sometimes referred at as the Paulsen Variation - is a sound and flexible opening, and one of the Sicilians with the least amount of theory. It's fair to say by playing the Kan there no long term weaknesses in black's camp. Downside could be you normally have a small space disadvantage and initially white is ahead in piece development. The latter is normally somewhat equal after twenty moves. Because of all other positive notes the Kan leaves enough dynamic opportunities left, also for black.
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The Grand Prix Attack: Fighting The Sicilian With An Early F4 - Evgeny Sveshnikov
2013 New In Chess The Grand Prix Attack: Fighting The Sicilian With An Early F4-Evgeny Sveshnikov

The Grand Prix Attack is a closed version of the Sicilian characterised by an early f4 by white. The well-respected Russian Grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov offers interesting and promising new ideas for both colours. Although this anti Sicilian can be reached after different move orders, Sveshnikov prefers after 1. e4 c5 the move 2. f4 over 2. Nc3, not being afraid of 2... d5. The author thinks that with suitable preparation, it´s easier for white to rack up the points in the 2. f4-Sicilian than in the main lines, on which most players spend their great majority of time.
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The Najdorf In Black And White - Bryan Smith
2018 Mongoose Press The Najdorf In Black And White-Bryan Smith

The Cadillac of Openings, that's what the author of this book calls the Najdorf. This book is a collection of games played in the Najdorf Sicilian. The purpose is not to be exhaustive, that would require at least ten times the content of the 160 pages of this book, and then it would even been a fraction of the analyses and relevant games in this opening. This book also does not suggest a repertoire for either black or white. The purpose of this book is to show how to play the Najdorf , with black and white, through archetypical games.
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Sveshnikov Vs The Anti-sicilians: A Repertoire For Black - Evgeny Sveshnikov
2015 New In Chess,Csi Sveshnikov Vs The Anti-sicilians: A Repertoire For Black-Evgeny Sveshnikov

If you play the Sicilian with black, about half of the times the white player will avoid the Open Sicilians and play a so called Anti-Sicilian. White has many of these Anti-Sicilians to his disposal. This book deals with all of them in a very convincing matter, being one of the most profound books on the Anti-Siclians. Originally written for the black Sveshnikov-player, it offers all one should know for all black Sicilian players on the subject of lines that avoid the Open Sicilian. Who can teach you better on the Sveshnikov, than the person who the opening was named after in the first place?
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Starting Out: Closed Sicilian (starting Out - Everyman Chess) - Richard Palliser
2006 Everyman Chess Starting Out: Closed Sicilian (starting Out - Everyman Chess)-Richard Palliser

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.
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Dismantling The Sicilian: A Complete Modern Repertoire For White - Jesus De La Villa, Max Illingworth
2017 New In Chess Dismantling The Sicilian: A Complete Modern Repertoire For White-Jesus De La Villa Max Illingworth

Dismantling The Sicilian: A Complete Modern Repertoire For White concentrates mainly on the main lines of the Open Sicilian from the white perspective. The philosophy of the authors is: against main lines, play main lines, and against secondary lines, play secondary lines. That being said, De La Villa and Illingworth go very deep in these (mostly) main lines and present new ideas and certain lines that have been tested both in practice and by strong computers.
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The Sicilian Sveshnikov (grandmaster Repertoire) - Vassilios Kotronias
2014 Quality Chess The Sicilian Sveshnikov (grandmaster Repertoire)-Vassilios Kotronias

According to the author the Sveshnikov can be considered part of the chameleon category of chess openings. It can be dull and colourful, logical and irrational, and systematic and unpredictable at the same time. These transformations can even happen during a game, starting with a fixed pawn structure – the trade mark of the Svehnikov – and transposing to another type of game just the very next moment. The more you dig in, the more you’ll get a grip on these transformations and ideas.
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The Sicilian Sveshnikov: Move By Move (everyman Chess) - Cyrus Lakdawala
2017 Everyman Chess The Sicilian Sveshnikov: Move By Move (everyman Chess)-Cyrus Lakdawala

A straightforward guide to the Sveshnikov, that what this book is all about. The chapters speak for itself: Sixth Move Alternatives, The Positional Line: 9. Nd5, Eleventh Move Alternatives, 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nd5 f5, White Plays 7. Nd5, and The Ulfie: 6… h6!?. In the introduction the author explains the basic ideas in a clear matter. The square d5 plays an essential part, as well as the pawn structure as a whole. Black is well positioned to challenge the d5-square later, and has ideas to play f7-f5 and launch a queenside attack with a6 and b5.
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The Sicilian Accelerated Dragon - 20th Anniversary Edition - Peter Heine Nielsen, Carsten Hansen
2018 CarstenChess The Sicilian Accelerated Dragon - 20th Anniversary Edition-Peter Heine Nielsen Carsten Hansen

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1.e4 Vs The Sicilian Ii (grandmaster Repertoire) - Parimarjan Negi
2016 Quality Chess 1.e4 Vs The Sicilian Ii (grandmaster Repertoire)-Parimarjan Negi

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The Killer Sicilian: Fighting 1e4 With The Kalashnikov - Tony Rotella
2015 Everyman Chess The Killer Sicilian: Fighting 1e4 With The Kalashnikov-Tony Rotella

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The Rossolimo Sicilian: A Powerful Anti-sicilian That Avoids Tons Of Theory - Victor Bologan
2011 New In Chess,Csi The Rossolimo Sicilian: A Powerful Anti-sicilian That Avoids Tons Of Theory-Victor Bologan

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Mastering The Sicilian - Danny Kopec
2018 Ishi Press Mastering The Sicilian-Danny Kopec

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1.e4 Vs The Sicilian Iii (grandmaster Repertoire) - Parimarjan Negi
2016 Quality Chess 1.e4 Vs The Sicilian Iii (grandmaster Repertoire)-Parimarjan Negi

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The Sicilian Scheveningen B80-89: 641 Characteristic Chess Puzzles - Bill Harvey
2018 Independent The Sicilian Scheveningen B80-89: 641 Characteristic Chess Puzzles-Bill Harvey

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Starting Out: Sicilian Scheveningen - Craig Pritchett
2006 Everyman Chess Starting Out: Sicilian Scheveningen-Craig Pritchett

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Fighting The Anti-sicilians: Combating 2 C3, The Closed, The Morra Gambit And Other Tricky Ideas (everyman Chess) - Richard Palliser
2007 Everyman Chess Fighting The Anti-sicilians: Combating 2 C3, The Closed, The Morra Gambit And Other Tricky Ideas (everyman Chess)-Richard Palliser

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Sicilian Scheveningen: Move By Move - Lorin D'costa
2012 Everyman Chess Sicilian Scheveningen: Move By Move-Lorin D'costa

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The Sicilian Najdorf B90-b99: 613 Characteristic Chess Puzzles - Bill Harvey
2018 Independent The Sicilian Najdorf B90-b99: 613 Characteristic Chess Puzzles-Bill Harvey

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

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Chess Explained: The Taimanov Sicilian - James Rizzitano
2006 Gambit Publications Chess Explained: The Taimanov Sicilian-James Rizzitano

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Anti-sicilians: Move By Move - Cyrus Lakdawala
2016 Everyman Chess Anti-sicilians: Move By Move-Cyrus Lakdawala

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Mastering The Sicilian Defense - Danny Kopec
2014 Kopec Chess Services Mastering The Sicilian Defense-Danny Kopec

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Sicilian Taimanov: Move By Move - John Emms
2012 Everyman Chess Sicilian Taimanov: Move By Move-John Emms

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Starting Out: Sicilian Grand Prix Attack - Gawain Jones
2008 Everyman Chess Starting Out: Sicilian Grand Prix Attack-Gawain Jones

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Taming The Sicilian: A Repertoire For White Against The Most Popular Black Opening - Nigel Davies
2003 Everyman Chess Taming The Sicilian: A Repertoire For White Against The Most Popular Black Opening-Nigel Davies

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Grandmaster Repertoire: 1.e4 Vs The Sicilian I - Parimarjan Negi
2015 Quality Chess Grandmaster Repertoire: 1.e4 Vs The Sicilian I-Parimarjan Negi

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The Complete C3 Sicilian - Evgeny Sveshnikov
2010 New In Chess The Complete C3 Sicilian-Evgeny Sveshnikov

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Sicilian Kan (everyman Chess) - John Emms
2002 Everyman Chess Sicilian Kan (everyman Chess)-John Emms

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The New Sicilian Dragon - Simon Williams
2009 Everyman Chess The New Sicilian Dragon-Simon Williams

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Understanding The Sicilian - Mikhail Golubev
2017 Gambit Publications Understanding The Sicilian-Mikhail Golubev

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Starting Out: The Accelerated Dragon: Fundamental Coverage Of A Dynamic Sicilian - Andrew Dr Greet
2007 Everyman Chess Starting Out: The Accelerated Dragon: Fundamental Coverage Of A Dynamic Sicilian-Andrew Dr Greet

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Starting Out:the Sicilian Dragon (starting Out - Everyman Chess) - Andrew Dr Martin
2005 Everyman Chess Starting Out:the Sicilian Dragon (starting Out - Everyman Chess)-Andrew Dr Martin

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Sicilian Dragon: 547 Characteristic Chess Puzzles - Bill Harvey, Robert Gamble
2017 Independent Sicilian Dragon: 547 Characteristic Chess Puzzles-Bill Harvey Robert Gamble

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Chess Explained: The C3 Sicilian - Sam Collins
2007 Gambit Publications Chess Explained: The C3 Sicilian-Sam Collins

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The Modern Morra Gambit: A Dynamic Weapon Against The Sicilian - Hannes Langrock
2011 Russell Enterprises, Inc. The Modern Morra Gambit: A Dynamic Weapon Against The Sicilian-Hannes Langrock

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Miniatures In The Sicilian Najdorf (chess Miniatures) - Carsten Hansen
2017 Independently Miniatures In The Sicilian Najdorf (chess Miniatures)-Carsten Hansen

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Play The Najdorf Sicilian - James Rizzitano
2010 Gambit Publications Play The Najdorf Sicilian-James Rizzitano

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