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Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical (B85)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e6 6 Be2 a6
7 O-O Qc7 8 f4 Nc6

Number of games in database: 820
Years covered: 1927 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 38.2%
   Black wins 22.8%
   Draws 39.0%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Ilya Smirin  16 games
Vitaly Tseshkovsky  15 games
Milan Matulovic  10 games
Wlodzimierz Schmidt  22 games
Alexander Kotov  13 games
Sergei Movsesian  13 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Adams vs Topalov, 2006
Lasker vs Pirc, 1935
Carlsen vs Grischuk, 2009
L Barden vs Rossolimo, 1950
Tseshkovsky vs Kasparov, 2004
Z Almasi vs A David, 2005
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 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 820  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Leonhardt vs Hilse  ½-½46 1927 25. DSB KongressB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
2. F Bohatirchuk vs B Verlinsky  1-053 1933 USSR ChampionshipB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
3. E Steiner vs Pirc  0-141 1934 UjpestB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
4. L Steiner vs B Stupan  1-039 1934 MariborB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
5. L Merenyi vs L Steiner  0-117 1935 Tatatovaros itB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
6. Lasker vs Pirc 1-020 1935 MoscowB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
7. Fazekas vs Pirc 1-056 1936 PodebradyB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
8. Szabo vs F Gygli  ½-½33 1936 Muenchen-T ;HCL 38B85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
9. K Richter vs E Reinhardt  ½-½57 1938 GER-ch 5thB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
10. Grob vs Szily  ½-½53 1939 Stuttgart, GermanyB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
11. Boleslavsky vs Kotov 1-033 1940 USSR ChampionshipB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
12. V Soultanbeieff vs V Borodin 1-026 1943 BrusselsB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
13. B Simonovic vs Pirc  ½-½39 1946 JUG-chB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
14. Gligoric vs Najdorf 1-051 1946 PragueB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
15. Pilnik vs Najdorf  ½-½44 1947 Mar del PlataB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
16. Bidev vs B Tot 1-042 1947 Ljubljana ch-YUGB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
17. Euwe vs Najdorf ½-½59 1947 Buenos AiresB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
18. M Luckis vs Najdorf  0-138 1947 Mar del PlataB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
19. Euwe vs Stahlberg  0-139 1947 Buenos AiresB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
20. C H Alexander vs Szabo 1-026 1947 Hilversum ztB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
21. Bronstein vs Kotov  0-165 1947 Parnu itB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
22. Boleslavsky vs Kotov  ½-½24 1947 MoscowB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
23. Rautenberg vs L Schmid  1-035 1948 Essen West German chB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
24. A Medina Garcia vs M De Freitas  1-041 1948 Mar del PlataB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
25. Boleslavsky vs E E Book 1-025 1948 Saltsj÷baden InterzonalB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jul-23-04  russep: I have the book but it only looks at one system against a particular variation
Jul-23-04  dragon40: I am lock and stock D Pawn player, so I don not face the Sicilain as White. As Black, I usually use the Najdorf when I decide on the Sicilian... and if White playes 6. Be2, I willingly go into the 6...e6 positions! they are great study material and really do take an understanding of the type of positions that come from the classic Schveningen...It isnt easy tho:)
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  OneArmedScissor: Hello. I'm new to the "Kibitz." Although I've been reading these things for almost 3 months now.

Anyways, I've used this opening many times as black. I find it very difficult to use. Your tactics must be sharp as a needle, and your strategy must be as solid as a brick. 8. f4 always scares me. =]

Jul-24-04  Lawrence: Hi, <OneArmedScissor>, glad to have you as a kibbitzer. A warm welcome from all of us.
Jul-24-04  dragon40: <OneArmedScissor> I agree and welcome to our happy little spot on the Web!:) Don't be TOO scared of 8.f4 in the Sicilian becasue it is one of White's main moves in many variations that are consistent with the overall theme of the Sicilian for him...begin to prepare for a KSide assault and to clamp down on the E5 square...try and make him worry about his own QSIDE and center so he has less time to try and run you over on the Kingside! 8. f4 is an aggresive move, but you can play against it as long as you keep your wits about you:)
Jul-24-04  OneBadDog: In chess, in order to gain an advantage, you often have to accept a disadvantage; the hope is that the advantage outweighs the disadvantage. Playing 6 f4 is an aggressive move as it potentially threatens either an e5 or an f5 push. However, this move weakens the the dark squares around white's king and it weakens the a7-g1 diagonal. If white does play f4, he usually has to invest an additional tempo in moving his king to h1.
Jul-31-04  russep: The best game i have seen when this open was used was the game Shirov vs Benjamin
Aug-01-04  russep: has anyone seen any great games when this opening was used?
Aug-01-04  OneBadDog: I think that both Geller and Tal played some great games on the white side of this opening.
Aug-02-04  russep: do you know the specific games or should i just browse?
Aug-02-04  OneBadDog: Geller-Anikaev (I'm not sure of the spelling), Tal-Andersson and Tal-Ribli come to mind.
Aug-03-04  russep: Any more games????????
Aug-03-04  AdrianP: <Russep> This opening was one of the main battlegrounds in the Kasparov v Anand 1995 World Championship - there are quite a few draws but if you can find some annotations these would be well worth playing over. Anand scored a win with it. Anand has played both the white and black sides of this opening many times and Kasparov is a bit of an expert as well (he co-authored a monograph on the Scheveningen with Nikitin).
Aug-03-04  OneBadDog: Kasparov also used the black side of this opening to beat Karpov in the final gane of the '85 match.
Aug-23-04  russep: The best game i have seen so far is Shirov vs Joel Benjamin, 1994
Mar-12-05  ksadler: <russep> Do you mean Shirov vs Joel Benjamin, 1994 ? Quite a game!
Mar-12-05  Dick Brain: <Does anyone have any thoughts about this opening?> I loved it. It was one of the first sicilian variations I played as a yungun just when I started playing USCF chess around 1973; I think I was rated around 1500-1600 at the time. About all I knew of it was what Al Horowitz in his fat opening book said: that the manouver of Black's knight to c4 was a positional threat for White. I didn't know why that was a threat, but I didn't care. Now I had a UNIVERSAL PLAN. The funny thing is, that manouver tended to work for me very successfully even though I didn't know all the reasons for it. Eventually, though, just to be fashionable, I switched over to the najdorf sicilian.

I recommend this opening as a practical defense for black.

Mar-01-06  LluviaSean: Well...Kasparov played this a lot, huh? This must be a good opening! I think I'll try it. Cya at Pogo Games!!
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  OneArmedScissor: <Dick Brain> Exactly what manouvers did you take to place your knight on c4? Do you have any games in particular where this is accomplished?
Sep-27-06  Erwin.Oosterbeek: Who has a oppion about this line?

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Be2 Be7 7.O-O Nc6 8.Le3 O-O 9.Kh1 a6 10.f4 Qc7 11.Qe1 Pxd4 12.Bxd4 b5 13.a3(e5?!) Bb7 14.Qg3 Bc6?

Why play 14...Bc6? in order to play Qb7 in the future? Why not 14...Rc8, holding a open line.

Sep-27-06  euripides: <Erwin> yes, the queen and bishop make a nice battery hitting e4. Bc6 also allows the knight a retreat square on d7 after e5 in some lines, which can be very important.

Kasparov often put his rooks on b8 and e8 in similar positions, but maybe that was to shore up b6 when white has played a4 - here Rc8 looks sensible. But I think getting space for the knight may be more urgent; also doesn't Bc6 force White to defend e4 ?

Sep-27-06  Erwin.Oosterbeek: <euripides> After 14...Bc6 White will play a;15.e5 so no need to defend e4 or b;15.Bd3. Black can't take on e4 because 15...Bxe4 16.Nxe4 will cost a piece to avoid mate on g7.

Nasty one to analyse. Reactions please to this line.

Oct-04-06  Erwin.Oosterbeek: 1.e4 c5
2.Nf3 d6
3.d4 cxd4
4.Nxd4 Nf6
5.Nc3 e6
6.Be2 Be7
7.O-O Nc6
8.Be3 O-O
9.Kh1 a6
10.f4 Qc7
11.Qe1 Nxd4
12.Bxd4 b5
13.a3 Bb7
14.Qg3 Bc6
15.Rae1 Rae8
16.Bf3 Rd8

So far well known, but what after:

17.Nd5?! exd5
18.exd5 Ba8
19.Rxe7 Qxd7
20.Re1 and the Knight is hanging so I have to play 20...Qxe1.

This could be a nive ending. But didn't I mise something?

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  OhioChessFan: Surprising to me that there are no comments on this opening in 7 years.
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  parisattack: Openings aren't a big think on <> I have long ago concluded.
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