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Sicilian, Closed (B25)
1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 d3 d6

Number of games in database: 5176
Years covered: 1867 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 37.6%
   Black wins 32.9%
   Draws 29.5%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Ilmars Starostits  79 games
Herbert Bastian  49 games
Boris Spassky  39 games
Miso Cebalo  19 games
Pavel Potapov  16 games
Rauf Mamedov  15 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Lasker vs W Napier, 1904
Sutovsky vs Smirin, 2002
Spassky vs Geller, 1968
S Iuldachev vs Aronian, 2004
Tiviakov vs Shirov, 2010
W Walz vs Fischer, 1956
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 page 1 of 208; games 1-25 of 5,176 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Neumann vs G MacDonnell ½-½611867Dundee CongressB25 Sicilian, Closed
2. Steinitz vs J Walsh 1-0151870Blindfold simul, 6bB25 Sicilian, Closed
3. Winawer vs Andreas Ascharin / Emmanuel Schiff 0-1301875Consultation gameB25 Sicilian, Closed
4. Chigorin vs Schiffers ½-½411879Chigorin - Schiffers Third MatchB25 Sicilian, Closed
5. F Riemann vs Paulsen  ½-½321880WSB-13.KongressB25 Sicilian, Closed
6. C F Schmid vs Paulsen ½-½6418812nd DSB Congress, BerlinB25 Sicilian, Closed
7. Englisch vs Paulsen 1-0451882ViennaB25 Sicilian, Closed
8. Mackenzie vs Paulsen 1-0351882ViennaB25 Sicilian, Closed
9. Wittek vs Paulsen  ½-½611882ViennaB25 Sicilian, Closed
10. Winawer vs Paulsen 1-0301882ViennaB25 Sicilian, Closed
11. Winawer vs Bird 1-0851882ViennaB25 Sicilian, Closed
12. Winawer vs B Fleissig 0-1651882ViennaB25 Sicilian, Closed
13. Englisch vs Chigorin 1-0481883LondonB25 Sicilian, Closed
14. Blackburne vs Bird ½-½761883LondonB25 Sicilian, Closed
15. Gunsberg vs Bird ½-½5018833rd DSB Congress, NurembergB25 Sicilian, Closed
16. W Siebenhaar vs C Messemaker  0-1211884DCA Congress 12thB25 Sicilian, Closed
17. W Siebenhaar vs R Loman 0-1421884DCA Congress 12thB25 Sicilian, Closed
18. W Pollock vs R Loman  1-0431884Counties CA Congress Class 1, Div. 2 playoffB25 Sicilian, Closed
19. Steinitz vs H Voigt 0-1121885Offhand gameB25 Sicilian, Closed
20. Gunsberg vs Bird 1-0301885Hereford BCAB25 Sicilian, Closed
21. J N Berger vs Tarrasch ½-½4218854th DSB Congress, HamburgB25 Sicilian, Closed
22. J N Berger vs Bird ½-½7318854th DSB Congress, HamburgB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. Mackenzie vs Tarrasch 1-03018875th DSB Congress, FrankfurtB25 Sicilian, Closed
24. E Schallopp vs Mackenzie 0-14718875th DSB Congress, FrankfurtB25 Sicilian, Closed
25. J N Berger vs Tarrasch ½-½4518875th DSB Congress, FrankfurtB25 Sicilian, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-24-05  chess man: Take a look at game #17 Smyslov vs. Kotov.
Mar-16-06  Knight13: White wins 25.8%
Black wins 39.2%

Come on it can't be that bad a opening for White!

Premium Chessgames Member
  IMlday: Heh! It's just easier to play the line mechanically with Black than White. From the database, "Lawrence Day" and B25 gives +8=3-2 with one loss being where I was Black and one where I was up Q for R before falling asleep.
May-07-08  Elxiddicus: I like to play the 6. f4 line, even though my computer hates it, and my opponents seem to have a much easier time defeating it than anything else. Anybody have any basic tips on how to gain an advantage out of the f4 line?
Feb-07-09  number 23 NBer: Why does the total percentage add up to 100.1%?
Feb-07-09  whiteshark: <number 23 NBer> rounding differences

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