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Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4 (B35)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 g6 5 Nc3 Bg7 6 Be3 Nf6
7 Bc4

Number of games in database: 636
Years covered: 1901 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 39.8%
   Black wins 25.0%
   Draws 35.2%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Enrico Paoli  16 games
Milan Matulovic  9 games
Vitaly Tseshkovsky  7 games
Vladimir Malakhov  24 games
Dragoljub Velimirovic  15 games
Bent Larsen  11 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962
Kramnik vs Van Wely, 2004
Fischer vs E Cobo Arteaga, 1965
D Bubalovic vs V Malakhov, 1996
L Ross vs D Gurevich, 2004
Ivkov vs Larsen, 1964
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 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 636  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. W H Jonas vs W J Miles  1-031 1901 NSW chB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
2. S Mlotkowski vs E W Gruer  1-058 1917 Off-hand GameB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
3. C Heath vs A Vajda ½-½36 1922 Minor OpenB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
4. E Paoli vs Wade  ½-½26 1955 Clare Benedict CupB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
5. Kostiuchenko vs Savon  ½-½15 1959 UKR-chB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
6. Petko Kostov vs Minev  ½-½18 1959 BUL-chB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
7. O Sarapu vs L Endzelins  1-023 1960 Adelaide InternationalB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
8. P Kondratiev vs I Nei  1-028 1960 Baltic NationsB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
9. Jansa vs J Marsalek  1-038 1960 CSR-chB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
10. G Kluger vs Ujtelky  ½-½20 1960 Leipzig ol (Men) qual-CB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
11. Minev vs P Trifunovic  1-030 1960 VarnaB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
12. G Gresser vs L Lane 1-028 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
13. U Vaskan vs Velimirovic  0-141 1961 YUG-URSB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
14. S Handsuren vs L Lane  0-140 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
15. K Darga vs Pirc  ½-½35 1961 Graz 1stB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
16. E Paoli vs S Krivec  ½-½62 1961 Arlesheim intB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
17. J Marsalek vs Ujtelky  ½-½17 1961 CSR-chB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
18. Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov 1-033 1962 RostovB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
19. Gligoric vs E Haag 1-024 1962 Capablanca memB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
20. V Sergievsky vs A Bannik  0-162 1962 Spartak-chB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
21. A Bannik vs A Zaitsev  0-128 1962 Spartak-chB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
22. A Bannik vs A Roizman  ½-½25 1962 URS-chTB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
23. A Bannik vs Aronin  ½-½38 1962 USSR ChampionshipB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
24. Z Gabrys vs W Schmidt  0-155 1962 POL-ch 19thB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
25. E Paoli vs Fazekas  1-041 1962 Asztalos memB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-13-03  Benjamin Lau: <Sicilian Experts>

I've been taught that in the Sicilian, white should not play Nxc6 because is strenghtens black's center. But one thing though- does Nxc6 bxc6 close up the c-file? Isn't that bad for black in a way?

Aug-13-03  xu fei: <Benjamin Lau> Nxc6 bxc6 in the sicilian often strengthens the center, but it also allows a Maroczy bind of sorts with Na4, c4, and Nc3, cramping up the black center. this is why some prefer to recapture with Bxc6 when possible. On the topic of the c-file, i don't see why the b-file wouldn't be as good as the c-file. An open file is an open file, after all.
Aug-13-03  Benjamin Lau: <Xu Fei>

I guess you're right, but I still like my c-files more... :)

Mar-06-04  731: The c-file and the f-file are the optimal open files in my opinion. Mostly because a short castle places the rook directly in the f-file and because a rook on the c-file is often exerting extra pressure on c3 backed up with the kings bishop from g7, a piece exchange at c4 is good too, getting the rook into play. I don't like Nxc6 or Bxc6 very much so this is why I play the hyperaccelerated dragon (e4-c5, Nf3-g6) instead of the usual accelerated.
Mar-06-04  BiLL RobeRTiE: Exchanging your light-squared bishop for a knight on c6 is a major positional error in the Open Sicilian (generally). Nxc6, although also somewhat dubious positionally, does allow the follow-up e5 (in the Accelerated), forcing ...Ng8 in response. For example: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Nxc6!? bxc6 7. e5 Ng8 8. Bc4 (idea Qf3, forcing a weakening of the Black kingside). This particular idea has scored very well in practice. Another Sicilian that the Nxc6-e5 idea comes up in is the Four Knights variation. Of course 6. Nxc6 in response to the Sveshnikov is ridiculous because the e5 advance is not possible.
Mar-06-04  Benjamin Lau: Robertie, 731, nice analysis. I asked the question a very long time ago and since have come up with my own solution- to simply not play the knight to c6 until it is possible to recapture with a bishop on d7 or a queen on c7. The problem rarely shows up now however since I don't play lines with the Sicilian in which the knight is placed on c6; now I played the Kan in which ...Nbd7 is almost always preferable.
Jul-14-04  rochade18: <Exchanging your light-squared bishop for a knight on c6 is a major positional error in the Open Sicilian (generally)> BiLL RobeRTie, do you want to say that the Rossolimo with 4.Bxc6 is bad for white?
Aug-16-04  tomh72000: Is the Rossolimo an <open> Sicilian? I would say no, but perhaps I am wrong...
Jun-20-05  vampiero: what are the moves of the Rossolimo
Jun-20-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: <Vampiero> http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
Jun-20-05  vampiero: oh i know this one, but for me it just usually transforms into the canal-sokolovsky attack with the Nc6 d4 cxd4 Nxd4 Be7 moves that tend to follow in my games
Jun-20-05  pyryk: Actually 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ is, I think, known as the Moscow variation. In the Rossolimo Black plays 2...Nc6 instead of 2...d6.
Jun-20-05  vampiero: i understand that d5 is still the main breaking point in the accelarated. but in this variation, how can d5 be a breaking point to? perhaps a pawn sacrifice to open up the b-file?? for example after Bc4 b4 Bxb4 a3 Bc4 Rb8 followed by Qb6
Jun-20-05  aw1988: What is this "Accelerated Fianchetto with Bc4" nonsense? Isn't this just a Dragon?
Jun-20-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: <aw1988> hasn't moved the d-pawn yet
Jun-20-05  aw1988: Does it make a big difference? Well, I was only asking for the technical term. Thank you.
Jun-20-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: it does make a big difference, because black is attempting to hold back on pushing the d-pawn, and attempting to play it to "d5" in one move instead of two...that is one of the main ideas in the "accelerated" dragon. if black eventually plays ...d6 it transposes into the dragon, usually :)
Dec-04-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6

i'm not a master theoretician <anymore :)> but why can't black just play an accelerated dragon while avoiding the maroczy bind...assuming you don't like to face the maroczy bind

Aug-09-12  fisayo123: <refutor> Its white who binds here.
Aug-09-12  Marmot PFL: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6

<i'm not a master theoretician <anymore :)> but why can't black just play an accelerated dragon while avoiding the maroczy bind...assuming you don't like to face the maroczy bind>

That's playable but unpleasant for black after either 6 Nxc6 bc 7 e5 Ng8 8 Bc4 or 6 Nxc6 dc 7 Qxd8+ Kxe8 8 Bc4, both with initiative for white.

Aug-09-12  fisayo123: <marmot PFL> This is why black must mix up his move order by playing <4..g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 Ng8 9.f4 Nh6! 10.Qd2 0-0 11.0-0-0 d6!>, (with black gaining the initiative with a pseudo-pawn "sac" where white is forced to capture; black wins thew pawn back eventually and stands much better in the end-game.

My main point is that its white who plays the maroczy bind with 5.c4. So in essence black can't <<<avoid>>> the Marcozy in the mainlines of the accelerated dragon :)

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