Sicilian Defense

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1 e4 c5

The Sicilian Defense is an aggressive counter to a King’s Pawn opening launched from the flank. Black has a myriad number of variations, each with their own distinct characteristics, to challenge White for control of the game.

A diversion…
The Bowlder Attack – 1 e4 c5 2 Bc4 – is an example of White’s attempt to blunt Black’s plans and take early control of the game. Here is a illustrative game from 1851…

Black must be aware of White trying for a Fool’s Mate with either 3.Qf3 or 3.Qh5.


Either way, the developing move 2… e6 short circuits White’s plans. However a 2… Nc6 may be better since it tempts White to try, thereby loosing tempo. Black has two ways to stop the mate: the quiet developing move 3… e6, or the the sharp 3… Ne5 (if 3.Qf3) simultaneously stopping the mate, and forking the Queen and Bishop.

Now back to mainline play by the Book:

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3

Rossolimo Variation

Sveshnikov Variation