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Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation

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  • 6 days ago


    can i have a questiown how if the black move the pawn on e5 is this is called sicilian defense closed variation

  • 5 weeks ago


    nice one

  • 6 weeks ago


    to the kinger64 move Bxf6=forced mate 

  • 8 weeks ago


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  • 3 months ago


  • 3 months ago


    Please tell me what is this opening called as it is my favourite opening.

  • 3 months ago


    awesom opening!!!! just have 2 b careful that opponent does not use the same opening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 4 months ago


    nice opening

  • 4 months ago


    I like c3 or Nf3 better

  • 4 months ago


    This is my favorite of all responses to the sicillian, and almost always play 3. f4, which leads to exciting play in my opinion.

  • 5 months ago


    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.

  • 5 months ago



  • 7 months ago


    The book I once owned and was good for this opening was, "My Best Games of Chess: 1935-1957," by Smyslov & Clarke, (June 1972). 

  • 9 months ago


    Any good books to study this opening?

  • 10 months ago


    brillient opening

  • 10 months ago


    Hi all,

    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.

  • 11 months ago



    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.

  • 11 months ago


    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. Cool

  • 12 months ago


    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 Tongue Out

  • 12 months ago


    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.

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