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I like it, but I think that in the other side of the chessboard, to let more free the queen, it coud be even more efficent.
The book I once owned and was good for this opening was, "My Best Games of Chess: 1935-1957," by Smyslov & Clarke, (June 1972).
Any good books to study this opening?
I really enjoy playing the closed sicilian because Sicilian players generally accept that it lacks strength for white. However, I find that you can parry black's attacks with careful play, slowly building an attack that is difficult to defend against. Here is one example taken from one of my games:
The idea is to play against Black's c8 bishop by not developing your own to e3 too quickly. You can wait and see where it will go first - if it moves out to g4, h3 kicks it away, and if it comes to e6, later Nh5 may be useful. My opponent above was careful to realise this. Qe2 can be used to dissolve black's f8 bishop if it fianchettos to g7 (play h3 first). Later, Nh4 and f4 can develop a huge kingside attack, and white's queenside pawns rarely cause black any issues if handled prophlyactically. The idea is not to rush, the opening is solid and quite dangerous against black if they are unprepared. I find that people underestimate the opening because the ideas are not thoroughly developed yet. Its fairly new and lacks research.
Ne2 is the usual way that I play it. I have also had success with Nf3 also. Grandmaster Smyslov play the NB3 line in a fair amount of his games.
Keep it in mind as a variation for friends that know you play Ne2.
I play the closed all of the time and had good results thus far. Good to have 3.Ne2 with fianchetto Bg2 and a well orchastrated kingside attack to go with it.
I have not played serious Chess in over 37 years until recently on this website. I may be starting at a slightly lower rating level then where I was at 37 years ago, but my two best games have been the result from the Closed Sicilian. There are so many chess players here that none of you will ever be playing me...so I don't care if I share my secret opening...LOL
Just this morning I played the highest rated player that I have played on ChessLive. The person was rated 200 more than I was. I played the Closed Sicilian and won.
this is my favourite
When I was in High School a very long time ago this was the response to the Sicilian Defense that my teacher taught me to play. 1. It was best for my style. 2. The type of person that plays a Sicilian Defense does not like it. They get over aggresive against it. 3. It is solid.
This opening was used a lot by the Grandmaster Smyslov. If one wants to know how Smyslov used it there is a book with his games. Better yet, this site shows Smyslov using it in 5 of his 40 Best Games - http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?cid=1012973
"d5 wins 100% of the time!!!thats unbelievable!
let me play it and certainly i must win right"
I will help you rank up by finding you the right perosn to beat! :)
I like the alapin variation better
it is great opening^^ one piece advantage.
I think that it's a good solution for players of 1. e4 which haven't enough time to study all the answers of blacks and want to be competitive in a short time.
Since the Sicilian defense is the most played, it will also allow me to play e4 because I love the open game.
Playing 2. ....Nc6 , Following the preference of 14,956 games, as showed in this page, we will found the ECO B25: Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation, Traditional, and than we could have the following sequence:
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