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Sicilian (B83)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e6 6 Be2

Number of games in database: 2105
Years covered: 1889 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 29.8%
   Black wins 31.7%
   Draws 38.5%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Efim Geller  39 games
Varlam Vepkhvishvili  22 games
Aleksandar Matanovic  18 games
Vlastimil Jansa  42 games
Max Euwe  27 games
Andrei Sokolov  22 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Smyslov vs I Rudakovsky, 1945
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974
D Tomic vs F Winzbeck, 1993
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974
R Slade vs D Hooper, 1947
R Fuchs vs Korchnoi, 1965
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 page 1 of 85; games 1-25 of 2,105  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gossip vs Paulsen  0-1321889BreslauB83 Sicilian
2. Znosko-Borovsky vs Euwe 1-0501922LondonB83 Sicilian
3. Euwe vs J Plukker 1-0311923AmsterdamB83 Sicilian
4. G Kroone vs Euwe  0-1251923AmsterdamB83 Sicilian
5. R A J Meijer vs Euwe 0-1291923AmsterdamB83 Sicilian
6. R A J Meijer vs Euwe  0-1521923AmsterdamB83 Sicilian
7. D C W Spaans vs Euwe  ½-½301923AmsterdamB83 Sicilian
8. H van Hartingsvelt vs Euwe  0-1371923AmsterdamB83 Sicilian
9. L Weltevreede vs Euwe  0-1361923AmsterdamB83 Sicilian
10. Hromadka vs Euwe 0-1461923Maehrisch-OstrauB83 Sicilian
11. H Wolf vs Euwe 0-1451923Maehrisch-OstrauB83 Sicilian
12. Maroczy vs Euwe 1-0311923ScheveningenB83 Sicilian
13. Yates vs E Straat  1-0291923ScheveningenB83 Sicilian
14. H Strick van Linschoten vs E Straat  0-1291923ScheveningenB83 Sicilian
15. J H Blake vs Euwe 0-1361923Hastings 1923/24B83 Sicilian
16. R P Michell vs Maroczy  0-1491924Hastings 1923/24B83 Sicilian
17. Janowski vs Lasker 0-1681924New YorkB83 Sicilian
18. E de Haas vs Euwe  0-1331924NRSV-ASCB83 Sicilian
19. Znosko-Borovsky vs Euwe 0-1391924WestonB83 Sicilian
20. Euwe vs Colle  ½-½541924Paris ol (Men) f-AB83 Sicilian
21. J J O'Hanlon vs Euwe  0-1441924Paris prel-3B83 Sicilian
22. L Miliani vs Euwe 0-1371924Paris prel-3B83 Sicilian
23. H K Handasyde vs A Gibaud  ½-½451924Paris prel-9B83 Sicilian
24. G V R Exner vs E Steiner 0-1571924GyorB83 Sicilian
25. C Y C Dawbarn vs S I Groen  0-1441925Scarborough-BB83 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-02-05  aw1988: White wins in the Keres attack, not with this wimpy Be2.
Oct-12-05  Averageguy: It's not bad, white simply aims to get a strong classical position before going for an all-out attack on blacs king.
Feb-04-06  chess55: i hope i will do the Roy Lopez someday.
Feb-04-06  aw1988: Well, it was more or less a joke when I said it, though this isn't obvious. People whine and complain when the Keres isn't played, but this is not terrible.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Robin01: Can this opening be played without the move ...a6 by black? Can anyone suggest a good book on the line without ...a6? Thanks.
Jul-10-12  Shams: <Robin01> I can't point you to any good books, but here's a nice game from Uncle Viktor where he omits ...a6 in this line: R Fuchs vs Korchnoi, 1965

Try <parisattack>'s forum, he knows every chess book ever printed.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Robin01: <Shams>Thanks.
Nov-01-15  zanzibar: Has anybody a game with the TN 12.f5 in this line:

Scheveningen, Classical, 7.O-O Nbd7 8.f4

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with the continuation

<8...b5 9.Bf3 Bb7 10.e5 Bxf3 11.Nxf3 Ng4>

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and now the TN 12.f5

It leads to some exciting chess (imo). And is much more of an attempt to challenge Black's aggressive play in kind than 12.Qe1 or even 12.exd6. The idea is to expose Black's king in the center, and catch the knight out of position on g4.

There's 27 games in <MillBase> which match, none of which play 12.f5.

Nov-01-15  zanzibar: Here's another game w/o ...a6

M Stean vs Hartston, 1975

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