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Re: Need good introduction book for sicilian
Reply #2 - 07/26/05 at 19:09:14
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Re: Need good introduction book for sicilian
Reply #1 - 07/26/05 at 14:31:53
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Hi Antonos,

I really enjoy the Sicillian Labyrinth Vol 1 and Vol 2 by Lev Polugayevsky. I'm not sure if it is still in print but no doubt you can get a second had copy.

Vol 1 has two parts - "Opening Experiences in the Sicilian Defence" and "Attack and Defence in the Middlegame".

Vol 2 also has two parts "Middlegame Strategy" and "Endgame Silhoettes"

Danny Kopec wrote a nice little book for Batsford called Mastering the Sicilian which I also like. This book has chapters on the "Scheveningen Structure", "Dragon Structure",  "Richter Rauzer Variation", "Characteristic Boleslavsky Structure", "Kan Stucture and its relatives",
"Offbeat systems" (Okelly, Nimzovitch, Lowenthal), and finally a chapter on various closed (closed as in not open) systems.

A couple of good games collections are "Tactics in the chess opening 1 - Sicilian defence" by A.C. van der Tak & Friso Nijboer, and "Tactics in the Sicilian" by Gennady Nesis.

Anyhow I list the books in my order of preference, and I hope that if you purchase them they will provide you with the type of guidence that you are looking for.

I almost forgot a truely great collection of Scilian games is in the book "Sicilian Love" by Lev Polugaevsky and Jeroen Piket. This is a collection of games played in the Lev Polgugaevsky Chess Tournament, Buenos Aires 1994.  The Participants: Anand, Ivanchuk, Kamsky, Karpov, Ljubojevic. Judith Polgar, Salov and Shirov. The obliged opening moves were  1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 (or d6 or e6 ) 3. d4 cd4 4. Nd4.
  

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Need good introduction book for sicilian
07/26/05 at 09:51:16
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Hi all,

I would like to include sicilian defense(s) in my opening repertoire with black. I am a 2100-rated (USCF) player, but I almost never played sicilian in serious games. Any suggestion for good sicilian intro books for this level?
It does not have to be very basic, but what I would like to have is good presentation of the typical strategic ideas and middlegame plans for both sides.
  
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