Fighting the Anti-Sicilians: Combating 2 c3, the Closed, Bb5 lines, the Morra Gambit and other tricky ideas

Overview

The Sicilian Defence is by far Black’s most popular answer to 1 e4 at all levels of chess. The reason is easy to understand: from the very first move Black unbalances the position and can play for a win without needing to take unjustified risks. This is particularly the case with the Open Sicilians, where Black can take comfort in the fact that his superior pawn structure ensures control of the centre and excellent long term chances.

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Overview

The Sicilian Defence is by far Black’s most popular answer to 1 e4 at all levels of chess. The reason is easy to understand: from the very first move Black unbalances the position and can play for a win without needing to take unjustified risks. This is particularly the case with the Open Sicilians, where Black can take comfort in the fact that his superior pawn structure ensures control of the centre and excellent long term chances.

Faced this with type of problem, along with the fact that many Open Sicilians carry with them a massive build-up of opening theory, it’s unsurprising that many White players prefer to avoid the Open Sicilian altogether, preferring one of the many ‘Anti-Sicilians’ lines on offer.

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‘Simply masterful’
Grandmaster Glenn Flear reviewing Palliser’s earlier work Tango! for New In Chess

‘Palliser is an admirably reliable guide.’
British Chess Magazine’s review of Palliser’s Bb5 Sicilian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857445206
  • Publisher: Everyman Chess
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: Everyman Chess Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Palliser is a young English International Master who is quickly carving out a reputation as a skilled and prolific chess writer. His previous works for Everyman Chess include The Bb5 Sicilian and Tango!, both of which were warmly received by the critics and chess public alike.

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