Sicilian, Closed (B24)
1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3

Number of games in database: 1129
Years covered: 1864 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 31.7%
   Black wins 38.0%
   Draws 30.3%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Vasily Smyslov  30 games
Boris Spassky  22 games
Anatoly Karpov  19 games
Mark Taimanov  11 games
Ljubomir Ljubojevic  11 games
Louis Paulsen  7 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
A Lehtinen vs T Simola, 1995
Smyslov vs Kotov, 1943
Smyslov vs Denker, 1946
Znosko-Borovsky vs J A Seitz, 1931
Capablanca vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky, 1925
Stoltz vs Nimzowitsch, 1928
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 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,129  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Paulsen vs G Neumann 0-131 1864 Berlin m3B24 Sicilian, Closed
2. Steinitz vs Blackburne 1-024 1869 LondonB24 Sicilian, Closed
3. S Rosenthal vs J Heral  0-146 1873 ViennaB24 Sicilian, Closed
4. A Clerc vs Zukertort 0-171 1878 ParisB24 Sicilian, Closed
5. Chigorin vs H Clemenz 1-024 1880 PetersburgB24 Sicilian, Closed
6. E Schallopp vs Paulsen  1-051 1880 WiesbadenB24 Sicilian, Closed
7. F Riemann vs Paulsen  ½-½55 1881 BerlinB24 Sicilian, Closed
8. J N Berger vs Paulsen 0-162 1881 BerlinB24 Sicilian, Closed
9. Max Weiss vs Paulsen  ½-½29 1882 ViennaB24 Sicilian, Closed
10. Chigorin vs Paulsen  0-138 1882 ViennaB24 Sicilian, Closed
11. Chigorin vs Bird 1-059 1882 ViennaB24 Sicilian, Closed
12. W Paulsen vs Bird 0-172 1883 NurembergB24 Sicilian, Closed
13. F Riemann vs Paulsen 1-094 1883 NurembergB24 Sicilian, Closed
14. E Schallopp vs Mackenzie  0-141 1885 HamburgB24 Sicilian, Closed
15. Mieses vs Paulsen 1-031 1889 BreslauB24 Sicilian, Closed
16. Blackburne vs C Golmayo 1-034 1891 Blackburne - GolmayoB24 Sicilian, Closed
17. A Ettlinger vs Lasker 0-138 1892 New York simB24 Sicilian, Closed
18. Von Bardeleben vs K A Walbrodt  1-027 1893 8th DSB KongressB24 Sicilian, Closed
19. Mieses vs Tarrasch  1-040 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigB24 Sicilian, Closed
20. Von Bardeleben vs Schiffers  ½-½61 1895 HastingsB24 Sicilian, Closed
21. Chigorin vs Schiffers 1-030 1897 Petersburg (Match)B24 Sicilian, Closed
22. Mieses vs Von Popiel  ½-½54 1902 13th DSB Kongress (Hanover)B24 Sicilian, Closed
23. J Mason vs Von Popiel  ½-½36 1902 13th DSB Kongress (Hanover)B24 Sicilian, Closed
24. Chigorin vs Von Popiel  0-154 1902 Monte CarloB24 Sicilian, Closed
25. Mieses vs Von Popiel  ½-½51 1902 Monte CarloB24 Sicilian, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  suenteus po 147: In my play with this opening as white I find many average players online avoid the later variations by playing 4...Nf6 in continuation of the line 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 d6 4.Bg2. Does anybody know instructive games that show white dealing with the 4...Nf6 theme successfully?
Mar-06-08  Dr. Siggy: <suenteus po 147>: Here's one from "the good old days": Tarrasch vs A Selezniev, 1922; and here's another from more recent days: Karpov vs Tsamriuk, 1967.
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  suenteus po 147: <Dr. Siggy> Thanks!
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