Sicilian Defence

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The Sicilian Defence is an opening very rich in independent variations to the extent that it is always mentioned along with the mainline variation that followed.Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking control of the d4 square and also to create an unbalanced position that will give him more chances of winning. It is for these to reasons why 1...c5 is the most popular response to 1.e4 ever since Chess World Champions Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer extensively used it in the 60's and 70's. Notable variations of this defense are the Najdorf Variation and the Dragon Variation, which are considered the sharpest of all chess openings. Generally, most Sicilian Defence opening variations are of a tactical rather than positional nature.


  • 9 years ago · Quote · #1


    It's my best friends favorite response to my favorite open. It leaves me wondering ... What's the best response to this defense.  Any idea's? King's gambit maybe?

  • 9 years ago · Quote · #2


    i always use this opening whenever i play as black
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #3


    Sicilian defence leaves black to a porous defence.
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #4


    I think some lines of the Silician should be mentioned, such as:

    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 (Classical Sicilian)

    Other lines include 2. c3 (c3 Sicilian), 2. b4 (Wing Gambit), and 2. d4 (Morra Gambit).

    I'd mention the Dragon Variation as well, but it's a bit too long and hard to describe accurately. It is played as much as the Classical Silician though.

  • 9 years ago · Quote · #5


    i use to win with this opening. Recently, I found that there is a mistake in my opening.

    Following is the mistake i made:


























    Following is the correction move, i think of:







    Comments are welcome.







  • 9 years ago · Quote · #6


    sicilian is the best opening for me.....specially the dragon variation!!!Laughing

  • 9 years ago · Quote · #7


    sicilian defense is the best defense, i use it very often. I love it (L)
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #8


    can some1 show me the mainline eg Open Sicilian
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #9


    The Sicilian is by far my favorite opening as black, especially the Taimanov variation.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #10


    Question: What is White's best counter to this?
  • 8 years ago · Quote · #11


    It honestly depends. for white there is the sozin system, characterised by the development of the bishop at c4, fighting for the light coloured squares. Against the sicilian dragon white has two options, the yugoslav with Be3 and f3, preparing for a kingside pawn storm while castling queenside. the other is the maroczy bind, with pawns on c4 and e4, cramping black's position severely. and then there is the keres attack in the scheveningen, with g4, starting an aggressive kingside attack. It honestly depends on the variation of the sicilian your opponent plays.

    To kokokai, your mistake was in playing e5 too early. the correct line was 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cd 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e5 6 Ndb5 d6. After a6 white will have to retreat his knight again, but given that the bishop and now queen are covering the d6 square the knight cannot use that square. By the way, this is the Lasker-Pelikan variation of the Sicilian.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #12


    My most consistant game as black is the Dragon variation of the sicillian. I tried the advanced dragon but always seemed to get butchered. My love of the opening was recently solidified when at a tournament I used this to get a superior position that resulted in a draw against a 1500 level club player (I have only played chess for a couple of monthes and had always lost to this certain player), which I think is not too bad for me. However players over 1650 seem to consistantly punish me via queenside castling. I need a good strategic book on the Dragon variation.....does anyone know of any?

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #13


    Sicilian is a better defence than e5 however the problem is that there are many non-experienced players who try this defence the day they hear about it - in my chess club there are so many guys who play only the first three moves right and after that their brain stops - they loose games in 15-20 moves!

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #14


    I don't prefer very much this open, it's kind odd, and dull, I bother don't know how it's advantage???(Not I'm a beginner, but I prefer Advanced open)

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #15


    i think englesh game is the best against 1.e4

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #16


    Sicilain is the best defence that ther no doubt to it

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #17


    You should do the fienchetto before advancing the bishop to d6. Personally, I think that the sicilian doesn't do much for black.

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #18


    Can someone explain to me how to do the sicilian for dragon variation!!!

    Its name sound very cool man!!! Cool

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #19


    i dont play the dragon. when i was a beginner i use to do it. but when i figure out that white castle qside then pawn storm on my kingside i never use it again. najdorp is better.

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #20


    Try this. It's good enuf to wipe out all yer opponents nadjof and dragon theoryCool

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