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Sicilian, Closed (B25)
1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 d3 d6

Number of games in database: 2237
Years covered: 1879 to 2018
Overall record:
   White wins 35.4%
   Black wins 36.9%
   Draws 27.8%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Boris Spassky  41 games
Frantisek Blatny  21 games
A Medina Garcia  17 games
Milan Matulovic  14 games
Jan Smejkal  8 games
Gawain Jones  7 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Spassky vs Geller, 1968
Navara vs Sasikiran, 2009
Spassky vs Geller, 1968
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954
W Walz vs Fischer, 1956
A Medina Garcia vs Ulf Andersson, 1974
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 page 1 of 90; games 1-25 of 2,237  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Chigorin vs Schiffers ½-½411879Chigorin - Schiffers Third MatchB25 Sicilian, Closed
2. Zukertort vs Blackburne 1-0491881Blackburne - ZukertortB25 Sicilian, Closed
3. W Siebenhaar vs C Messemaker  0-1211884DCA Congress 12thB25 Sicilian, Closed
4. W Siebenhaar vs Loman 0-1421884DCA Congress 12thB25 Sicilian, Closed
5. Von Gottschall vs Blackburne 0-1331887FrankfurtB25 Sicilian, Closed
6. Gossip vs J E Crewe 1-0211887Australian ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
7. D Heiman vs J E Crewe 1-0381887Australian ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
8. H Hookham vs J E Crewe 0-1721887Australian ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
9. Max Weiss vs Bird ½-½531889USA-06.Congress New YorkB25 Sicilian, Closed
10. Burn vs Bird 1-0511889USA-06.Congress New YorkB25 Sicilian, Closed
11. Loman vs G Wainwright  1-0361890matchB25 Sicilian, Closed
12. C D Locock vs O C Mueller  ½-½321890ManchesterB25 Sicilian, Closed
13. Showalter vs A Hodges 0-1291894Showalter - Hodges US ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
14. Loman vs E Thorold  1-04118957th British Amateur-ChB25 Sicilian, Closed
15. L Schmidt Jr vs H Voigt  ½-½311897Franklin CC - Manhattan CCB25 Sicilian, Closed
16. Salwe vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-05919033rd Russian National TournamentB25 Sicilian, Closed
17. V Nikolaev vs Dus Chotimirsky  0-14819033rd Russian National TournamentB25 Sicilian, Closed
18. Schiffers vs O Bernstein  0-12819033rd Russian National TournamentB25 Sicilian, Closed
19. Schiffers vs W Von Stamm  ½-½4719033rd Russian National TournamentB25 Sicilian, Closed
20. N Mannheimer vs H Weiss  0-1401904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier CB25 Sicilian, Closed
21. Leonhardt vs O Bernstein  1-0561905Barmen Meisterturnier AB25 Sicilian, Closed
22. Znosko-Borovsky vs L Nikolsky 1-0271905Tt 1st ClassB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. Lasker vs Stuart  1-0181906USA tour simB25 Sicilian, Closed
24. J Landauer vs Bram 1-0421906Amateur TtB25 Sicilian, Closed
25. J Giersing vs Schlechter  0-1261906StockholmB25 Sicilian, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-24-05  chess man: Take a look at game #17 Smyslov vs. Kotov.
Mar-16-06  Knight13: White wins 25.8%
Black wins 39.2%

Come on it can't be that bad a opening for White!

Premium Chessgames Member
  IMlday: Heh! It's just easier to play the line mechanically with Black than White. From the database, "Lawrence Day" and B25 gives +8=3-2 with one loss being where I was Black and one where I was up Q for R before falling asleep.
May-07-08  Elxiddicus: I like to play the 6. f4 line, even though my computer hates it, and my opponents seem to have a much easier time defeating it than anything else. Anybody have any basic tips on how to gain an advantage out of the f4 line?
Feb-07-09  number 23 NBer: Why does the total percentage add up to 100.1%?
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <number 23 NBer> rounding differences
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