Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...c5/2. Nf3/2...b6

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Sicilian - Katalimov variation
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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Sicilian - Katalimov variation[edit]

2...b6[edit]

This fianchetto of the Queen's Bishop leaves Black with many weak white colours squares on the Queenside where allowing a possible Bb5 or Nb5, while it does nothing to develop on the Kingside.

Theory table[edit]

For explanation of notation, see Chess Opening Theory Table.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 b6

3 4 5
d4
cxd4
Nxd4
Bb7
Nc3
d6
+=
...
Bb7
d5

+=

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References[edit]

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.