Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...c5/2. Nf3/2...d6/3. d4/3...cxd4/4. Nxd4/4...Nf6/5. Nc3

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Open 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)
Moves: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3

Open Sicilian[edit | edit source]

Time has come for Black to make an important strategic choice.

They may keep on developing their forces by playing 5...Nc6.
They can choose to strengthen their pawn structure and to reinforce their control of the center with 5...e6.
They can also start to take the control of the queen-side with 5...a6.
They may decide to put a deadly bishop in g7 and play 5...g6.

These are the four main variations. Another more aggressive option is 5...e5, less popular than the previous moves.

Theory table[edit | edit source]

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

5 6 7 8
Najdorf variation ...
a6
+=
Sicilian Scheveningen ...
e6
+=
Dragon variation ...
g6
Be3
Bg7
f3
O-O
Qd2
Nc6
+=
Classical variation ...
Nc6
Bg5
e6
Qd2
Be7
O-O
O-O
+=
Venice attack ...
e5
Bb5+
Nbd7
Nf5
a6
+=

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References[edit | edit source]