Sicilian Defense: Kan Variation

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6

In playing the Kan, Black is keeping his position as flexible as possible. The dark-squared bishop is free to go to various places, and the knight doesn't go to f6 immediately. Black's 4...a6 not only guards the d6 square against Nb5, but also prepares a possible ...b5.


  • Very flexible play
  • Provocative and tricky


  • White can gain a lead in development
  • White has various attacking possibilities
  • White maintains possibilities of c2-c4

Learn the Sicilian with 2...e6

Watch a video to learn the ins and outs of the flexible 2...e6 Sicilian for both Black and White.
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