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Sicilian (B33)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4

Number of games in database: 5791
Years covered: 1910 to 2018
Overall record:
   White wins 34.7%
   Black wins 27.4%
   Draws 37.9%

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Viswanathan Anand  57 games
Alexey Shirov  33 games
Judit Polgar  29 games
Michal Krasenkow  63 games
Vladimir Kramnik  63 games
Teimour Radjabov  53 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994
Kasparov vs Shirov, 1994
Gufeld vs B Ivanovic, 1979
M Brodsky vs Kramnik, 1991
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
Anand vs Leko, 2005
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 page 1 of 232; games 1-25 of 5,791 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lynch / Blixen vs Lasker ½-½491910Montevideo consB33 Sicilian
2. Schlechter vs Lasker ½-½651910Lasker - Schlechter World Championship MatchB33 Sicilian
3. F Treybal vs Hromadka 1-0371912Prague mB33 Sicilian
4. Bogoljubov vs Fahrni  1-0401916TribergB33 Sicilian
5. N Grigoriev vs Nenarokov  0-1271921Moscow m2B33 Sicilian
6. Weenink vs A Van Nuess  0-1491926RhW-NSBB33 Sicilian
7. Yates vs Sultan Khan 0-1421930ScarboroughB33 Sicilian
8. A Mellgren vs Alekhine 0-1191935OrebroB33 Sicilian
9. K Galia vs Gruenfeld 1-0201946ViennaB33 Sicilian
10. Szabo vs Sebastian  1-0391946BudapestB33 Sicilian
11. Rautenberg vs Kieninger  0-1711948Essen West German chB33 Sicilian
12. V Stulik vs Sajtar 1-0501948Karlovy VaryB33 Sicilian
13. A Colon vs H Daly  0-140194849th US OpenB33 Sicilian
14. A Colon vs O Tenner  1-052194849th US OpenB33 Sicilian
15. Ivkov vs Puc 1-0491949YUG-chB33 Sicilian
16. Janosevic vs Puc  0-1341949YUG-chB33 Sicilian
17. L Stumpers vs Kieninger  ½-½321951HoogovensB33 Sicilian
18. N Kopaev vs Korchnoi 1-0451952MinskB33 Sicilian
19. H Fajans vs Berliner  0-144195354th US OpenB33 Sicilian
20. Tal vs L Shamkovich 1-0471955TournamentB33 Sicilian
21. Spassky vs S Kagan 1-0211955Lyons (France)B33 Sicilian
22. Z Caputto vs Pelikan  ½-½561955corrB33 Sicilian
23. Najdorf vs Pelikan 1-0471955ARG-chB33 Sicilian
24. J Behrensen vs Pelikan  0-1511955ARG-chB33 Sicilian
25. A Khasin vs Spassky  ½-½181956Leningrad (Russia)B33 Sicilian
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Feb-18-05  aw1988: No, though a good move is a good move. I am highly passionate about the Sveshnikov, and aim for little else with black, so I am looking at this from an instructive point of view. My apologies.
Feb-19-05  Backward Development: no problem. I don't relish playing against the Sveshnikov, as it has quite a psychological impact to be DEFENDING on the kingside on the white side of a sicilian. I don't intend to pick it up anytime soon, as I've already got my hands full, but it is a strong line that's dealt me my share of losses in the past. Actually, my record v. the Sveshnikov is +2 -3 =0!
Feb-19-05  Bogdanel: It is the only line of sicilian that I like. I like solid but dynamic play and this seems the best solution to e4 for me. I used to play the french, but this is more solid than dynamic. Sveshnikov usulay forms a strong center with pawns at d6, e5 and f5 after the doubled f pawn ( if Bxf6) is pushed, but attack oportunities are much easier to generate than from the french. Plus the psychological impact underlined by backward developement. My gratitude to GM Sveshnikov who stubornly promoted it in the 60's when all respectable GM saw it as a bunch of weaknesses rather than a serious opening. Now is probably the most trusted variation of sicilian , althogether with the Najdorf
Feb-19-05  RisingChamp: GM Sveshnikov no longer believes in this opening,and has switched to the Kalashnikov,which according to him is the only opening which gives black drawing chances.I play the Kalashnikov myself,but mainly because its less fashionable than Sveshnikov and equally good.
Feb-19-05  aw1988: Yes, Sveshnikov no longer loves the Sveshnikov, convinced white can get an advantage, so now he plays the Kalashnikov 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5.

I like the French quite a bit too. Black is given excellent resources (as Bareev will no doubt tell you), although the problem with the French is that your opponent may shock you by playing the KIA, and that is another opening entirely. I've gotten so used to it, but back "in the day" I suffered some tragic losses at the hands of this opening. Not many people have/have the patience to play... what, 50 years or 55 years of tournament chess, so I suggest the French really only if you are prepared to meet Nf3&g3 by white.

PS, DON'T try to mix the French with another opening, unless you're positively sure about it. Mixed openings have the tendancy to lose, hard.

Mar-31-05  dragon40: Does anyone else have an opinion of the move 4...Qb6. I have found it makes a nice surprise weapon to get the player of the white pieces out of the book early and can lead to very original play! I thnk GM Atalik uses it quite a bit, although there are not many examples on which to go by. I have a book onit which helps for general ideas and typical positions that arise from that opening. It can get into a typical Sicilian position after 10-12 moves, but the early development of the black queen usually gets a raised eyebrow or 2 and a few good ticks off a clock:) Id be interested to hear other opinions and thoughts on this?!
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  tpstar: <dragon40> Against 4 ... Qb6 I like 5. Nb5 a6 6. Be3 Qa5+ 7. N5c3 Yudasin vs Judit Polgar, 1992 but both sides have chances. That game is one of my all-time favorites, with the Queen overcoming the 3 pieces.
Mar-31-05  dragon40: <tpstar> Yes, that variation is rather popular, and the game you referenced is a really entertaining one as well :) I have normally faced 5.Nb3 or 5.Be3 for the most part, with the latter getting very murky if Black accepts the P sacrifice with a further 5...Qxb2!? Plenty of scope for players of great creativity, imagination and fortitude :)
Mar-31-05  Backward Development: <dragon40>
It's an interesting novelty.
5.Nb3 and 5.Nb5!? seem to be the most common responses in my DB, with 5.Nb3 scoring highly, perhaps simply out of transposition to "Anti Sozin Lies<1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bc4 Qb6!?>". Anyways, let's see the merits of each move.

5.Nb3<This is probably what I'd play, hoping for a transposition, but white might have an even stronger strategy.> 5...Nf6<The most common move, although 5...e6 seems to score better and seems equally sound. It also seems less apt to transpose. After 5...e6 6.Be3 Qc7 7.Bd3 ~ but maybe a little better for White.> 6.Nc3 e6
7.Be3<There are minor alternatives, but this develops with tempo, and so must be ok.> 7...Qc7 8.Bd3 a6<a typically good waiting move, although 8...Bb4 is probably also strong. 9.0-0 Bxc3<Nb5 was threatened.> 10.bxc3 0-0 ~ but probably equal chances.>
9.0-0 Be7
10.f4 d6 and the game is very similar to a 6.f4 Scheveningen in which white castled short quickly. Thus, the game is probably =.

5.Nb5!? a6
6.Be3 Qd8
7.N5c3 e6
8.a4 Nf6
9.Bc4 Be7
10.0-0 0-0
11.f4 <=>

IMO, The 6.Nb3 seems to have the best chances for the advantage, but there are probably improvements for both sides.

Apr-01-05  dragon40: <backward development> Most of my lines come from a book I have' "The Sicilian with...Qb6" by Zoran llic and it is very interesting! Many of the games are played ( on the black pieces by GM Akopian and Atalik) and it is a good, instructive book! Directly with what you have given <Backward>: 5.Nb3 is the most popular it seems and probably the most flexible... and a very dangerous variation that I have seen is: 5. Nb3 Nf6
6. Nc3 e6
7. Bd3 (one of the main variations given for White in the afore-mentioned book) a6 8. 0-0 Be7
9. Be3 Qc7
10. f4 d6
11. Qf3 0-0 This is the main starting point of the "main variation" and from here, the most dangerous move is: 12. g4 This is a popular choice that was given a GM's seal of approval (GMs Nunn and Gallagher) and can be a real sore spot for black unless he reacts in a counter-attacking way on the Queenside, namely with either 12...Nb4!?, or b5. I can get more into depth in later postings if the need arises. Another variation that has proven, for me at least to be a headache is when White plays for a fast QSide castling: 5. Nb3 Nf6
6. Nc3 e6
7. Be3 Qc7
8. Bd3 a6 (2 viable options are: 8...Be7 which will many times simply transpose into this variation) or 8...Nb4 which leads to slightly trickier play). 9.f4 a6
And now there are 3 main tries for White when he considers castling to the Qside: 10. g4!?
10. Qe2 and
10. Qf3
Each of these has a different purpose and are dangerous in their own way...with 10. g4 being to me , the most dangerous.

Curiously enough in the book I mentioned before, 5. Nb5!? is mentioned in a small chapter under 5th move deviations..and at the time was given only a couple pages but with the comment <This is the main alternative to 5.Nb3, and is slowly starting to enjoy a respectable theoretical status> The variation given by <backward development> isnt listed but these 2 below are which I give briefly w.o comments but with the annotation symbols: 5. Nb5 a6
6. Be3 Qd8!
7. N5c3 e6
and now:
8. Be2 or
8. g3 or
8. Na4!?
All of these are interesting, althoigh 8. Be2 seems a little too passive and easy-going on the black position.

All in all, this can be a very good variation for black to play, particularly if he is an imaginative and creative person. It is growing all the time and has lots of possibilities and new theroy is just there for the writing:)

Also as a side note, you can also play:
1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 E6
3. d4 cd4
4. Nd4 Qb6
This is called the "Advanced Kveinys Variation" in some books I have seen...again there are subtle differences between the pushing of black;s E pawn on the 2nd move as opposed to 2...Nc6 and it is a good idea to know the difference, especially if you play black or it might get you into trouble (I found this out the hard way early into using this 2...e6 variation) and now, I usually only play 2...Nc6 in conjunction with 4...Qb6.

Hope this was helpful to some people, and I will discuss more in particular as we talk onit more hopefully:)

Apr-01-05  Backward Development: <@dragon40>
The lines with queenside castling seem too risky for this variation, mainly because black has a ...Bb4 resource available. Typically in Taimanov type lines, positional play is required to win. That's because the black position is too flexible to wither under an attack, even a very fierce one. Just look at the many games in the Sicilian Kan in which white has gone 'all out' against black just to be repulsed and mopped up. As De Firmian notes:<Black plays to avoid an early confrontation, maintaining a flexible position at the cost of reducing his aggressive posibilities. Quick attacks against the king or long tactical lines are less common than most Sicilian variations, so White must usually opt to play for positional pressure.<Regarding the structurally similar Taimanov variation.>>

Actually, de Firmian includes a very brief line on this particular move<4...Qb6>. It runs as follows: 5.Nb5<More circumspect is 5.Nb3 Nf6< > 6.Nc3 e6 7.Bd3 Be7 8.0-0 a6 9.Kh1 Qc7 10.f4 d6 11.Qf3 "with attacking chances -Lobron-Gruenfeld 1983"> a6 6.Be3 Qd8! 7.N5c3 e6 8.Na4 b5 9.Nb6 Rb8 10.Nxc8 Qxc8 11.Bf4 e5 12.Be3 Nf6 <=>

I believe that one of the best ways to counter this type of setup is a kingside fianchetto with a prolonged siege of the center

Thus, 5.Nb5 a6 6.Be3 Qd8 7.N5c3 e6 8.g3!?<with this move, white makes his intentions clear. He plans to restrain the ..d5 break as much as possible and develop the QN at either b3 or do a changing of the guard with a Nc3-e2 Nb1-c3 maneuver.> 8...Bb4<The most vigorous response; black must play actively or he will be squashed.> 9.Bg2<Tempi are of the utmost importance! He shouldn't play a3 until it's necessary. The knight on b1 supports c3, so black is really threatening nothing.>9...Nf6 10.0-0 0-0<more elastic than ...d6> 11.a3 Ba5 ~ but more than likely a slight edge for white. He has made no mistakes, and thus should be a little better.

Apr-01-05  Backward Development: as a supplementary question, what would you play against the 3.Nc3 order that I usually use?
Apr-01-05  Backward Development: A probable improvement for White is
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qb6 5. Nb5 a6
6. Be3 Qd8 7. N5c3 e6 8. g3 Bb4 9. Bg2 Nf6 10. O-O O-O 11. Kh1! d6 12. f4 Qc7 13. a3 Bc5 14. Bxc5 dxc5 15. Rf2 Rd8 16. Rd2 Rxd2 17. Nxd2 e5 18. Nd5 Qd8 19.Nc4 exf4 20. Nxf4 Bg4 ~
Apr-01-05  Backward Development: A possible continuation for the given line could be:
21.Qxd8+ Rxd8 22.e5! Nh5?! 23.Nd3 Rd4 24.Bxc6 bxc6 25.Ne3< White's knights are excellent and black's is marooned. Thus, Nh5 is rather dubious. From here, the rest is technique.> 25...c4 26.Nc5 Be2!<A Lasker-like move, but to no avail.> 27.Kg1! Rd2 28.Nxa6 c3 29.Nc5 cxb2 30.Rb1 f6 31.e6 Kf8 32.Rxb2 g6 33.g4! 1-0 <after 33...Ng7 34.Rb8+ Ne8 35.Ne4 Rd4 36.Nxf6, it's over.> A potentially important TN perhaps? The game was analysis by me and Fritz 8. PLEASE, anybody, try and find some improvements.
Apr-02-05  dragon40: <backward development> I will try to give you some specific answers to your question and look at that line for you as soon as I can. I do not analyze very much as my time is limited, but I shall see what I can do! <as a supplementary question, what would you play against the 3.Nc3 order that I usually use> As in 1.e4 c5; 2. Nf3,Nc6; 3Nc3?! I would have to think on it, but Id probably just play 3...e6 against it. But again, I will try and look into this and we can continue our discussion ASAP :)
Apr-04-05  dragon40: <backward development> the Kside fiancheto looks like a very intertesting idea, it is hard to say how "good" it is yet, but I'd say with testing it will or could be as viable as many of the other variations are against this relatively new and unexplored sub variation:) I am analyzing a little of your line on my Fritz now and will post it here when it is finished! Are you an E pawn player as White as well or prefer others? Drop me an e-mail sometime, love to get seeper into this with you, it is in my profile!
Apr-04-05  dragon40: <backward development> Here is some of your variation..I do tend not to trust very long variations, because at so many times, there are other paths and all players are more or less inclined to make moves depending upon their taste or evaluation os a position..but here it what my Fritz came up with so far. It seems White maintains a slight pull. but it would be hard to squeeze a full point from barring any blunders or time difficulties...good idea in general tho :)

1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Qb6
5. Nb5 a6
6. Be3 Qd8
7. N5c3 <7. N5a3 b5 8. c4 b4 9. Nc2 Nf6 10. Nd2 Bb7 11. f4 d6 12. Qf3 g6 13. O-O-O Bg7 14. e5 dxe5 15. fxe5 Nd7 16. e6 fxe6 17. Nb3 Qc7 18. Qh3 Bc8 19. Be2 Nf6 20. Bh6 O-O 21. Bxg7 Kxg7 { Gurevich,I-Polgar,J/New York 1992/CBM 31/1/2-1/2 (35)> 7... e6 8. g3
<8.Be2 Nf6 9. f4 (9. O-O b5 10. Nd2 Bb7 11. f4 d6 12. Bf3 Qc7 13. Nb3 Be7 14. Qe2 O-O 15. Rad1 Rfe8 16. Qf2 Rac8 17. g4 b4 18. Na4 Nb8 19. e5 Bxf3 20. exd6 Bxd6 21. Qxf3 Nd5 22. Rd2 Nd7 23. Nd4 N7f6 {
Khakimov,T-Gazizov,R/Samara 2002/CBM 89 ext/0-1 (33)>
<9... d5 10. e5 Nd7 11.Bf3 g5 12. fxg5 Ndxe5 13. Bxd5 exd5 14. Nxd5 Bg4 15. Qd2 Nc4 16. Qd3 N6e5 17. Qe4 Bf5 18. Qd4 Bg7 19. Nbc3 Nf3+ 20. gxf3 Bxd4 21. Bxd4 Qxg5 22. Nf6+ Ke7 ♖ogers,I-♔arpman,V/♗elgrade 1988/C♗M 10/0-1> <(8. Nd2 b5 9. a4 b4 10. Nd5 exd5 11. exd5 Na5 12. Qe2 Qe7 13. d6 Qe6 14. Qh5 Nc6 15. Bc4 Qg6 16. Qe2 Bxd6 17.Bc5+ Nge7 18. Bxd6 Qxd6 19. Ne4 Qh6 20. Rd1 d5 21. Bxd5 O-O
22. O-O Nxd5
Fahnenschmidt,G-Guenther,T/♗ad Woerishofen 2000/C♗M 75 ext/0-1 (66)>
8... Bb4
9. Bg2 Nf6
10. O-O O-O <(10... d6 11. Na4 =)> 11. Kh1 <(11. a3 Ba5 )> 11... d6 <Secures c5> 12. f4 Qc7
13. a3 Bc5
14. Bxc5 dxc5
15. Rf2 Rd8
16. Rd2 Rxd2
17. Nxd2 e5
18. Nd5 Qd8
19. Nc4 <(19. Qg1 Be6 20. Qxc5 Rc8 )> 19... exf4 <(19... Be6 20. fxe5 Ng4 21. Qg1 = )> 20. Nxf4 Bg4 <(20... Bg4 21.Qxd8+ Rxd8 )> <(20... Qe8 21. Nd5 Ng4 22. Qg1 =)>

Overall evaluation in the final position after 20...Bg4 was 0.35 so a very minute edge for White according to silicon analysis :)

Apr-16-05  Backward Development: <@dragon40, and all> I wrote up the analysis for the line 4...Qb6 5.Nb5 a6 6.Be3 Qd8 7.N5c3 e6 8.g3!? and put it on a webpage I've recently created. You may view it here:

BTW dragon40, when are you going to send me your move in our e-mail game? :-)

Apr-20-05  dragon40: <backward development> I will check the web page out, and I sent my move to you a while back, I have been waiting on your reply! LOL
Jul-19-05  aw1988: For some reason, this isn't doing too well in tournaments lately. What is it, new resources for White or just sloppy playing.
Jul-19-05  aw1988: Replace the latter period with a question mark.
Oct-13-05  AlexanderMorphy: i like this sicilian but from here i play the accelerated fiachetto variation with Bc4...well not in tournaments i don't lol
Oct-13-05  AlexanderMorphy: what i mean is 1.e4,c5 2.Nf3,Nc6 3.d4,cxd4 4.Nxd4,g6 5.Nc3,Bg7 6.Be3,Nf6!
Jan-06-06  blingice: I play 5. ♘xc6. Is this a good strategy? I see only 13 games, so I'm guessing it isn't good against very good players, or it just hasn't been used.
Jan-14-06  mikhail kams: i wish see leko profile
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