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Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3 (B26)
1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 d3 d6 6 Be3

Number of games in database: 639
Years covered: 1890 to 2008
Overall record:
   White wins 26.4%
   Black wins 41.0%
   Draws 32.6%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Frantisek Blatny  27 games
Vlastimil Hort  14 games
Ljubomir Ljubojevic  10 games
Lajos Portisch  5 games
Jan Smejkal  5 games
Svetozar Gligoric  5 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Short vs Stefansson, 2002
Smyslov vs Bronstein, 1951
Ljubojevic vs Tringov, 1982
Adams vs Kasparov, 1999
Hecht vs Keene, 1972
A Misetane Burjan vs K Albert, 1992
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 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 639  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Lasker vs Bird ½-½59 1890 Lasker - BirdB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
2. Lasker vs Bird ½-½58 1890 Lasker - BirdB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
3. A Neumann vs H Caro 0-170 1905 Barmen Meisterturnier BB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
4. J Mieses vs W Fick  1-045 1923 ScheveningenB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
5. Tolush vs Bondarevsky  1-040 1939 Leningrad/Moscow trainingB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
6. G A Thomas vs N Folke Ekstrom  ½-½60 1946 ZaanstreekB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
7. H Mallison vs Ronald M Bruce  1-040 1947 WECUB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
8. Kholmov vs T Lubienski  ½-½38 1949 URS-ch sfB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
9. E Bykova vs M T Mora Iturralde  ½-½84 1950 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
10. W Heidenfeld vs J A Fred  0-155 1951 Marianske Lazne - PrahaB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
11. Smyslov vs Geller 1-048 1951 USSR ChampionshipB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
12. Smyslov vs Bronstein 1-039 1951 USSR ChampionshipB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
13. Pachman vs Filip  1-030 1953 Teplitz-SchonauB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
14. Pachman vs Rucha 1-048 1954 Czech Ch.B26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
15. Pachman vs Najdorf ½-½40 1954 AmsterdamB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
16. F Blatny vs L Alster  ½-½25 1954 CSR-chB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
17. Pachman vs Filip  ½-½15 1954 MatchB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
18. B Milic vs Ivkov  ½-½46 1954 BelgradeB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
19. F Blatny vs J Podgorny  0-142 1954 CSR-chB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
20. F Blatny vs V Brat  ½-½20 1954 CSR-ch sfB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
21. G Agustsson vs T van Scheltinga  ½-½31 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)B26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
22. G Agustsson vs G Barcza  0-132 1954 Amsterdam ol (Men)B26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
23. G Wheatcroft vs L Barden  0-138 1955 BCF-chB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
24. P Smederevac vs Ivkov  0-135 1955 Novi SadB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
25. Pachman vs R Toran Albero 1-042 1955 Buenos AiresB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  acirce: It is a pretty reasonable opening if you want to avoid the mainline Sicilian. You can't trust those statistics, they can be flawed for so many different reasons.
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  Zenchess: I used to like White in this line, but now I like Black. He lets White play Bh6 and grab h7 while he castles Q and gets counterplay on d4. Some of my opponents won't even grab the P 'cause they don't like Black's compensation.
Dec-22-04  drukenknight: Hey I finally win a closed sicilian, this ECO code was the closest I could find. No fianchettos, but the B did go to e3:

1. e4 c5
2. Nc3 (I decide to start w/ the QN after watching Nakamura do it this way)

2... Nc6
3. d3 d6
4. f4 (leaves book here, there were some corr. games in the 1970s that have something similar w/ Be3 but no f4)

4.... Nf6
5. Be3 Bg4
6. Be2 Bxe2
7. Qxe2 e6
8. Nf3 Be7
9. e5 dxe5
10. fxe5 Nd5
11. Ne4 Nxe3
12. Qxe3 O-O
13. g4 h6 (apparently …Bg5 would have helped a lot, either here or a few moves later, also ...Qa5 is useful in certain lines)

14. O-O-O Nd4
15. Nfd2 f6
16. exf6 Bxf6
17. c3 Nc6
18. h4 Ne5
19. g5 Qxd3
20. Qxc5 Qd5
21. Qe3 hxg5
22. hxg5 Be7
23. Qh3 Qxa2
24. Qh8+ Kf7
25. Rdf1+ Ke8
26. Qxg7 Qa1+
27. Kc2 Qa4+
28. Kb1 Nd7
29. Qg6+ Kd8
30. Qxe6 and it just gets worse, 1-0.

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  Knight13: White wins 24.4%
Black wins 40.7%

So that means this opening is bad for White?

Feb-16-07  ChessDude33: <Knight13> I know this is a long off response but you should probably take a look at acirce's post at the top^
Dec-01-07  notyetagm: <Knight13: White wins 24.4%
Black wins 40.7%

So that means this opening is bad for White?>

No, it means that weaker White players tends to play it against stronger Black Sicilian players to avoid their preparation in the main lines.

Do you really want to face someone rated 300 points above you and let them play their favorite Open Sicilian (Najdorf, Sveshnikov, Dragon, etc.) against you?

Dec-01-07  ongyj: I quite like this setup for White, with the only exception of 6.Be3. I know that it has the typical idea of doubling with Qd2, and after 0-0-0 (and Black goes ...0-0), Bh6, trade and play on the h-file. Often I find the allowance for Black's ...Nd4 outpost(and occasionally, the ...Ng4 kick) too much a concession. I prefer to make a "waste move" setup with b3 and Bb2, also avoiding the possibility of the "accelerated ...Qb6" that hits White's b pawn. Following which Knight on g1 belongs to e2 so that White can play f4 to cover a Bh6 pin (if White queen goes to d2). This somewhat allows White to consider castling either side[Though Queenside is usually better looking, if not intimidating.]

How would you think of the "Queen Pawn style" setup I try to describe above? [I don't know how to post positions. Pathetic=(]Thanks in advance for all comments and criticisms.

Dec-01-07  notyetagm: <ongyj: ... [I don't know how to post positions. Pathetic=(]>

You simply post the <FEN> string of the position you want. explains what <FEN> is.

Then you simply use a chess software tool that will allow you to create the <FEN> string from your chess position. Nearly all chess programs have this feature.

For example, I tend to use the <WINBOARD> program to examine PGNs. I open a PGN with <WINBOARD>, then under the <FILE> menu, I select "Copy Position To Clipboard". This command puts the <FEN> into the Windows Clipboard.

Then using the Windows paste command (CTRL-V) will place the <FEN> into the Kibitz box. software then automatically converts the <FEN> string into the chess diagrams you see all over the site.

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