Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...c5/2. Nc3/2...Nc6

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Closed Sicilian
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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Closed Sicilian[edit]

2...Nc6
Most of the time in the Sicilian, White puts his Knight on c3. White may yet play d4, but for the moment the question is yet to be answered. White's second move of 2.Nc3 suggests the possibility of NOT playing d4 (avoiding the exchange), and playing a closed position instead of the slashing, attacking types of position, that are more common to the Sicilian Defence. Leads to 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6

Statistics[edit]

Estimated next move popularity: Nf3 30%, g3 29%, f4 16%, Nge2 12%, Bb5 12%, d3 1%, Bc4 1%, other moves less than 0.3%.

Theory table[edit]

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

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6

3 4 5 6
Nf3
d6
d4
cxd4
Nxd4
Nf6
= to 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3
g3
g6
Bg2
Bg7
d3
d6
Be3
e6
=
Grand Prix Attack f4
g6
Nf3
Bg7
Bc4
e6
f5
Nge7
=

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References[edit]

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