Exclusive Peek: Modernized: The Open Sicilian by IM Zhanibek Amanov & FM Kostya Kavutskiy
Modernized: The Open Sicilian
by IM Zhanibek Amanov & FM Kostya Kavutskiy
This book is the second in the Modernized series, as last year MetroChess released Modernized: The King's Indian Defense by GM Dejan Bojkov.
In this exclusive preview for Chess.com members we'd like to provide an overview and sneak peek of our newest release.
Modernized: The Open Sicilian is a complete opening repertoire for White after the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 (followed by 3.d4, the Open Sicilian). In a staggering 562 pages, the authors provide coverage of all of Black's major and minor variations within the Sicilian Defense. The main goal in choosing lines was to reach middlegame positions with well-defined plans for both sides, so that the reader can focus on trying to understand the nuances of each structure rather than trying to memorize long variations.
The recommended lines against Black's most common variations include:
The Najdorf: 6.h3
The Kan & Taimanov: 6.g3
The Classical: 6.Bc4
The Dragon: Yugoslav Attack w/ 9.0-0-0
The Accelerated Dragon: Maróczy Bind
The Sveshnikov: 9.Nd5
Coverage of less frequently seen Sicilians are included in the book as well, including the Four Knights Variation, the Grivas Variation, the Nimzowtisch-Rubinstein Variation, the O'Kelly Variation, and the Katalimov Variation.
The book contains a total of 43 heavily annotated instructive games, highlighting not only the current state of theory in each variation, but also a multitude of common plans and thematic motifs for each middlegame.
The first game we'd like to present comes from Chapter 1a: Najdorf - 6.h3 e6, where GM Ian Nepomniachtchi executes a powerful long-term pawn sacrifice right out of the opening:
The second game comes from Chapter 2b: The Taimanov Variation, where GM Gadir Guseinov punishes his opponent's dubious opening play with the thematic Nd5 sacrifice:
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