Greetings,

**Bibs**I think the previous page pretty much covers it - until someone reproduces the TOC.

I'd be interested to see what aficionados of the Classical Sicilian thought of the book - it would be nice to have another string to one's bow besides the "Three Musketeers" (Dragon, Accelerated Dragon and Hyper Accelerated Dragon) !

My own choice is between the Classical and the Scheveningen.

**Matemax**From the huge database I downloaded the other day, I have TWO (2) games for the 7.Be3, Ng4 8.Nd5 line - both end in a draw.

Based on their performance, I'd be tempted to play this line or the ...,a6 one (see below).

[Event "Guelph op"]

[Site "Guelph"]

[Date "2005.07.28"]

[Round "1"]

[White "Thavandiran, Shiyam"]

[Black "Ivanov, Igor V"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[WhiteElo "2191"]

[BlackElo "2407"]

[ECO "B60"]

[EventDate "2005.07.28"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 Qb6 7.Be3 Ng4 8.Nd5

Nxe3 9.Nxb6 Nxd1 10.Nxa8 Nxd4 11.Nc7+ Kd8 12.Rxd1 Nxc2+ 13.Kd2 Kxc7 14.

Kxc2 Be6 15.Kb1 Kb6 16.Rc1 d5 17.Bd3 g6 18.Rhe1 Bh6 19.Rcd1 d4 20.Re2 Rd8

21.Rc2 Bd7 22.Bc4 Bc6 23.f3 e6 24.b4 a6 25.Rb2 Be3 26.b5 axb5 27.Bxb5 Kc5

28.Bxc6 bxc6 29.Kc2 Ra8 30.Ra1 Kc4 31.Rb3 Ra4 32.Rd3 f5 33.a3 c5 34.Rb1

Ra7 35.Rf1 Rf7 36.exf5 gxf5 37.f4 Ra7 38.Rf3 h5 39.Rfxe3 dxe3 40.Rxe3 Ra6

41.Rd3 h4 42.Kd2 Rb6 43.Kc2 Ra6 44.Kd2 Ra8 45.g3 hxg3 46.hxg3 Rh8 47.Rc3+

Kd4 48.Rd3+ Kc4 1/2-1/2

[Event "44th National A ch-IND"]

[Site "Atul IND"]

[Date "2006.12.20"]

[Round "3"]

[White "Konguvel, P"]

[Black "Venkatesh, M"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[WhiteElo "2407"]

[BlackElo "2466"]

[ECO "B60"]

[EventDate "2006.12.18"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 Qb6 7.Be3 Ng4 8.Nd5

Nxe3 9.Nxb6 Nxd1 10.Nxa8 Nxb2 11.Nc7+ Kd8 12.Ncb5 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 g6 14.a4

Bg7 15.c3 Bd7 16.Bb5 Kc7 17.Ke2 Bxb5+ 18.axb5 Kb6 19.Ra2 Nc4 20.Rha1 Ra8

21.Ra4 Rc8 22.Rxa7 Nb2 23.R7a3 Bxd4 24.cxd4 Rc2+ 25.Kf3 Kxb5 26.Rb3+ Kc4

27.Rxb7 Kxd4 28.Rxe7 Rc3+ 29.Kg4 f6 30.Re6 Nd3 31.Rxd6+ Ke5 32.Rd5+ Kxe4

33.Rda5 Nxf2+ 34.Kh4 Nd3 35.R1a4+ Ke3 36.Ra7 Rc2 37.Rg4 g5+ 38.Kg3 h5 39.

Re7+ Kd2 40.Rd4 f5 41.h3 f4+ 42.Kf3 Kc3 43.Rxd3+ Kxd3 44.Rd7+ Kc3 45.Rc7+

Kd2 46.Rxc2+ Kxc2 47.Ke4 Kd2 48.Kf5 Ke3 49.Kxg5 f3 50.gxf3 Kxf3 51.Kxh5

Kf4 52.h4 Kf5 1/2-1/2

The second game is more to the point, as the players are of equal strength.

There are also ELEVEN (11) games with 6..., a6 which has a 50% score (+3 =5 -3).

As you say the "Poisoned Pawn" line (6..., Qxb2) is not recommended - White has a 2-to-1 plus score.

Kindest regards,

Dragan Glas