sicilian defense

sicilian defense

Nov 13, 2009, 5:25 AM |
The Sicilian starts as:
  1. e4 c5
The Sicilian is popular at the master level. Black immediately fights for the center, but by attacking from the c-file (instead of mirroring White's move) he creates an asymmetrical position that leads to lots of complicated positions. Black tries to attack White's e-pawn, often through a Knight at f6 and Bishop at b7. Black would like to make the move "d5" without retribution.


The Sicilian has been extensively studied, and there are many variations. A popular variation is the "Dragon" variation, which starts as:
  1. e4 c5  2. Nf3 d6  3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6

In this variation, Black finachettos a bishop on the h8-a1 diagonal. This is called the "Dragon" variation because Black's pawn structure is supposed to look like a dragon.

[Sicilian, Dragon Variation]
Another variation that's quite popular is the "Najdorf" variation. It starts just like the Dragon, and diverges on Black's move 5:
  1. e4 c5  2. Nf3 d6  3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6

According to Grandmaster Daniel King White often responds with "Be2", permitting Black to attack the center with "e5!".

[Sicilian, Najdorf Variation]