Chess Explained: The c3 Sicilian by Sam Collins

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By Sam Collins

Chess defined is a brand new sequence of books approximately chess openings. they aren't theoretical works within the conventional experience, yet extra a sequence of classes from a chess professional with huge over-the-board event with a gap. you'll achieve an knowing of the outlet and the middlegames to which it leads, permitting you in finding the ideal strikes and plans on your personal video games. it's as though you have been sitting on the board with a chess trainer answering your questions on the plans for each side, the guidelines in the back of specific strikes, and what particular wisdom you must have. The c3 Sicilian is one in every of White's hottest and toxic how you can stay away from the most traces of the Sicilian. With the forcing line 1 e4 c5 2 c3, White denies his opponent the opportunity to illustrate his education in a few chaotic approach; in its place Black should struggle rigorously for equality in a extra rational place of White's identifying. there are many methods and traps within the c3 Sicilian, and the open piece-play that regularly effects may end up in fast assaults and implies that careless play will hardly pass unpunished.

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E2:t) 7 ... b5! (White aims to exploit his lead in development) 1 4 ... Grosar, Celje 2003. White has a dangerous initiative. See Ex. 4-2. lLln In this variation, White must defend the d4-pawn well. s ... llJge7 42 Opening repertoire for White - the French Defence --------� > This move is rarely employed. The continuations are 5 . . d7. lUa3, intending lUc2, is an alternative. cxd4 li:lf5 A standard strategy: Black puts pressure on d4. But here White can exchange the knight. e6 Diagram 4-2 Diagram 4-2 White is still delaying castling.

3-2 6... Kholmov USSR Ch semi-final, Leningrad 1 955 Ex. Le4! Wfxc4 Wfh4 gives Black a strong arrack. l . d5! (2 points) Only 1 consolation point for l . g3! ic6+. hh7t @xh? e7! lLJd3 lLlxg3! Wfxd5? @g2 lLJh4#. §b3!! h1 Wfl t 0-1 White has a promising attack. Ex. 3-S Ex. ixd7! lbxg2! White simply wins a pawn, since 1 . 13d8? ie6t+-. ig5+-. (another 1 point) 1 . g3+ . tDc4 lLlc5 and Black is winning.

G6! (not 3 ... a7t? @e8+- nor 3 . b8? cJ7d6 cJ7f6=. a7t! The simplest solution. Black must prevent cJ7e8 followed by e7. a2? b8+-. a6 is also possible! ) there follows 4 ... =. a1 5 Now e7 is no longer a threat. @d6 'it>f8= 3 2 a b c d e f g h T Diagram 5-1 2 The stalemate defence Diagram 5-12 Another useful defensive idea. = Black must of course avoid passive defence! l ... b8? f7t. fXg7 stalemate. 5 2 ... gg2= 4 With a transition to the Philidor defence. 3 2 a b c d e f Stalemate defence g h In the exercises you will need these ideas and methods in order to find the correct solutions.

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