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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: 3189
Years covered: 1867 to 2020
Overall record:
   White wins 38.5%
   Black wins 33.5%
   Draws 28.1%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Boris Spassky  41 games
Frantisek Blatny  21 games
A Medina Garcia  17 games
Milan Matulovic  14 games
Jan Smejkal  8 games
Gawain Jones  7 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Spassky vs Geller, 1968
Navara vs Sasikiran, 2009
Spassky vs Geller, 1968
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954
W Walz vs Fischer, 1956
A Medina Garcia vs Ulf Andersson, 1974
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 page 1 of 128; games 1-25 of 3,189  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Neumann vs G MacDonnell ½-½611867Dundee CongressB25 Sicilian, Closed
2. Steinitz vs J H Walsh 1-0151870LondonB25 Sicilian, Closed
3. Chigorin vs Schiffers ½-½411879Chigorin - Schiffers Third MatchB25 Sicilian, Closed
4. F Riemann vs Paulsen  ½-½321880WSB-13.KongressB25 Sicilian, Closed
5. C F Schmid vs Paulsen ½-½641881BerlinB25 Sicilian, Closed
6. Englisch vs Paulsen 1-0451882ViennaB25 Sicilian, Closed
7. Mackenzie vs Paulsen 1-0351882ViennaB25 Sicilian, Closed
8. Wittek vs Paulsen  ½-½611882ViennaB25 Sicilian, Closed
9. Winawer vs Paulsen 1-0301882ViennaB25 Sicilian, Closed
10. Winawer vs Bird 1-0851882ViennaB25 Sicilian, Closed
11. Winawer vs B Fleissig 0-1651882ViennaB25 Sicilian, Closed
12. Englisch vs Chigorin 1-0481883LondonB25 Sicilian, Closed
13. Blackburne vs Bird ½-½761883LondonB25 Sicilian, Closed
14. Gunsberg vs Bird ½-½501883NurembergB25 Sicilian, Closed
15. W Siebenhaar vs C Messemaker  0-1211884DCA Congress 12thB25 Sicilian, Closed
16. W Siebenhaar vs Loman 0-1421884DCA Congress 12thB25 Sicilian, Closed
17. Gunsberg vs Bird 1-0301885Hereford BCAB25 Sicilian, Closed
18. Steinitz vs H Voigt 0-1121885Offhand gameB25 Sicilian, Closed
19. J N Berger vs Tarrasch ½-½421885HamburgB25 Sicilian, Closed
20. J N Berger vs Bird ½-½731885HamburgB25 Sicilian, Closed
21. Mackenzie vs Tarrasch 1-0301887FrankfurtB25 Sicilian, Closed
22. J N Berger vs Tarrasch ½-½451887FrankfurtB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. E Schallopp vs Mackenzie 0-1471887FrankfurtB25 Sicilian, Closed
24. Gunsberg vs Von Gottschall 1-0251887FrankfurtB25 Sicilian, Closed
25. J N Berger vs Mackenzie ½-½571887FrankfurtB25 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%?
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <number 23 NBer> rounding differences

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