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Sicilian (B57)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 Nc6 6 Bc4

Number of games in database: 1310
Years covered: 1882 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 30.9%
   Black wins 37.2%
   Draws 31.9%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Dragoljub Velimirovic  30 games
Nick DeFirmian  25 games
Bozidar Ivanovic  23 games
Branko Damljanovic  18 games
Istvan Csom  18 games
Zdenko Kozul  17 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Fischer vs Benko, 1959
Fischer vs Gligoric, 1959
Fischer vs NN, 1959
Topalov vs Kramnik, 1995
Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 1993
Tarjan vs Ljubojevic, 1969
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 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,310  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Blackburne vs Paulsen  0-1571882ViennaB57 Sicilian
2. L Rosen vs Burn 0-1601900ParisB57 Sicilian
3. Salwe vs Rubinstein 1-0301903MatchB57 Sicilian
4. Schlechter vs Dus Chotimirsky 1-0381909St. PetersburgB57 Sicilian
5. Schlechter vs Lasker ½-½481910Lasker - Schlechter World Championship MatchB57 Sicilian
6. Vidmar vs O Bernstein 1-0421911San SebastianB57 Sicilian
7. Nimzowitsch vs Dus Chotimirsky 1-0321911KarlsbadB57 Sicilian
8. Bogoljubov vs A Selezniev  1-0301917TribergB57 Sicilian
9. Olland vs Euwe  0-1431921HollandB57 Sicilian
10. Loman vs Euwe  ½-½441922?B57 Sicilian
11. Bogoljubov vs S Takacs  ½-½871922ViennaB57 Sicilian
12. Spielmann vs O Chajes 0-1521923KarlsbadB57 Sicilian
13. I A Horowitz vs Kupchik 1-03119282nd National Chess Federation-chB57 Sicilian
14. L Roedl vs L Engels 1-0271930MatchB57 Sicilian
15. G Kluger vs Szabo  ½-½511937Budapest m ;HCL 28B57 Sicilian
16. G A Thomas vs W Winter  ½-½351937Hastings 1936/37B57 Sicilian
17. G A Thomas vs Golombek  ½-½351938MargateB57 Sicilian
18. L Laurine vs Keres ½-½631943EST-chB57 Sicilian
19. L Bauza vs Najdorf 0-1321946Mar del PlataB57 Sicilian
20. F Surmann vs G Menke 1-0311947LueneburgB57 Sicilian
21. Tartakower vs Grob 0-1721948VeniceB57 Sicilian
22. Rossolimo vs B H Wood  1-0331949OldenburgB57 Sicilian
23. F Blatny vs Dasek 1-0121950Chocen qual5B57 Sicilian
24. J Balogh vs Szabo  0-1251950Budapest HUN chB57 Sicilian
25. Korchnoi vs O Moiseev 0-1411950TulaB57 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  notyetagm: Yermolisnky has a book coming out from GAMBIT on the Classical Sicilian and will cover B57 I believe. Get more information about this book at
Feb-05-06  Isolani: From my perspective it seems that 6...♕b6 has become increasingly popular recently. White is having more success lately with 8.♗f4 than with the traditional 8.O-O after the common 7♘b3 e6 moves are played.
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  Marmot PFL: I don't take online games too seriously, but this one one of my better ones w black. Played at 20 min each, maybe someone could improve it for white -

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 Nc6 6 Bc4 Qb6 7 Nb3 e6 8 Be3 Qc7 9 f4 a6 10 Qe2 Be7 11 0-0 0-0 12 Bd3 b5 13 a4 b4 14 Nd1 Na5 (e5 & d5 looks more dynamic but i think this is also ok) 15 Nxa5 Qxa5 16 g4 Bb7 17 Nf2 Rac8 18 g5 Nd7 19 Ng4 Nc5 20 Bd4 Rfd8 21 Nh6+ (tempting but not sound) gh 22 gh Nxd3 23 Qg4+ Kf8 24 cd Ke8 25 Qg7 Kd7 26 Qxf7 Rg8+ 27 Kh1 Qf5 (attack is over) 28 Qxf5 ef 29 Rae1 Rc2 30 Rf2 (white is really low on time) fe4! 31 de4 Bxe4+ 0-1

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  Robin01: In a recent OTB game after the moves 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nc6 6. Bg5 Qb6 7. Nb3 e6 8. Be3 Qc7 9. Bd3 a6 10. O-O Be7 11. f4 O-O, I played the move 12.Na4. Does anybody have any comments or analysis regarding this move? More in line with theory is 12.a4, I believe, but I just kind of liked this move. Thanks.

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