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Poisoned Pawn 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)

rnb1kb1r/1p3ppp/p2ppn2/6B1/3NPP2/2N5/PqPQ2PP/R3KB1R

Sicilian Defence, Poisoned Pawn Variation[edit]

The famous Poisoned Pawn Variation. Black accepts the pawn. This line after good results from Black, initially Fischer but later Kasparov has seen a decline in popularity of 6.Bg5.

The line was popularized by Bobby Fischer, who in playing this line said that he could grab a pawn, give his opponent three or four moves in development, and still win! Today the line is just as messy as it was in its heyday in the 1970s, but is now considered to be equal with best play. Today there have been lines analyzed up to twenty or thirty moves in depth, such as this one, the main one.

Theory table[edit]

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2

9 10 11 12 13 14
Rb1
Qa3
f5
Nc6
fxe6
fxe6
Nxc6
bxc6
e5
dxe5
Ne4
Qxa2
=
Nb3
Qa3
Bxf6
gxf6
Be2
Nc6
O-O
Bd7
Kh1
Rc8
Bh5
Bg7
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References[edit]

de Firmian, Nick. Modern Chess Openings, 15th Edition. New York, NY: Random House, 2008.