The Sicilian Defense is the most popular defense against white’s opening 1.e4 and is used extensively at top level play. Black can then choose between four major variations: the Najdorf (5...a6), Dragon (5...g6), Classical (5...Nc6), and Scheveningen (5...e6). One of Black’s main answers 2…d5 is analyzed in-depth with a plenty of fresh examples from grandmaster's practice. The move 6.Bg5 was Kurt Richter's invention, threatening to double Black's pawns after Bxf6 and forestalling the Dragon by rendering 6...g6 unplayable. White's powerful knight on d5 and Black's shattered kingside pawn structure are compensated by Black's bishop pair and White's offside knight on a3. This pawn structure with the pawn on e4 and c4 is considered very solid. Codes B60 through B69 cover the Richter–Rauzer Attack of the Classical Variation. White can also play Bc4 placing the bishop on a strategically good square keeping an eye on the f7 pawn and hoping to play f5 at some point in the game. Sicilian Defense is one of the most common openings that can be seen on all levels of chess competition. Another typical response to white’s g4 is also a6. Nxd4 Nf6 Of course, there might be some safe variations for White, but most of the cases when White goes for a principal theoretical line, Black always has a chance to make things complicated and get advantage. In order to avoid this, White can play 11.Nxf6+ or 11.c4. Its rejection by Morphy in 1857–8, and by Steinitz in 1862, caused it again to lapse in consideration as not being a perfectly valid and reliable defence. After 1.e4 c5, other moves besides 2.Nf3 and 2.Nc3 are popular. On move 3 without giving black extra options white gives check on b5 and now its white who controls how game will begin. By advancing the c-pawn two squares, Black asserts control over the d4-square and begins the fight for the centre of the board. Against best play, however, it is bound to fail. How can it be good? Morra Gambit can prove to be dangerous, especially if Black is unprepared for this opening. The Sicilian Defence was analysed by Giulio Polerio in his 1594 manuscript on chess,[9] though he did not use the term 'Sicilian Defence'. Qa5+), Black can transpose to the Scheveningen Variation with 5...d6, play 5...Nc6, the Four Knights Variation or 5...Bb4, the Pin Variation. Black usually responds with e6 to prevent double pawns on the kingside in the former and to limit the c4 bishop’s range, and e5, the Boleslavsky system, the most typical setup, in the latter. The rare Kupreichik Variation (5...Bd7) may transpose to one of the more common variations such as the Classical or Dragon, but it may also lead to a number of independent lines. When white plays C4, it enters in Maroczy Bind pawn structure. White is. However, if determined to play the g4 thrust, White can prepare it by responding to 5...a6 with 6.h3 or 6.Rg1. White's third most common move is 6.Be2, (ECO codes B58–B59), after which Black can remain in independent variations with the Boleslavsky Variation 6...e5, named after Isaac Boleslavsky. Although the Sicilian Defense has proven to be the most popular and strongest response to White’s e4, it is believed to be a double-edged sword. White hopes to cramp Black's position by impeding the ...d7–d5 and ...b7–b5 pawn thrusts. What are the levels of classes that are available? Command of the field, especially in the centre, is too readily given over to the invading force. Jan 17. Top players who have used this variation include Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov, Teimour Radjabov, Boris Gelfand, Michael Adams and Alexander Khalifman, among many others. The great French player and theoretician André Danican Philidoropined of the Sicilian in 1777, "This way of opening the game ... is absolutely defensive, and very far from being the be… An alternative idea is the immediate 5...b5 to create pressure from the queenside with the idea of playing ...b4 attacking the c3-knight, or ...Bb7 to build pressure along the long white-squared diagonal. White often support the e5-pawn with 3.f4 or 3.Nf3. At all levels, we will have 4 hours of coaching classes per month and 4 hours of optional practice sessions every weekend. 2.a4 is usually followed up with 3.f4, with play similar to a. On the other hand, in the Four Knights move order, White acquires the extra option of 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.e5 Nd5 8.Ne4, so White is not obliged to enter the Sveshnikov. 7.Qg4! White can play 2.Nf3 without intending to follow up with 3.d4. 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 is the Smith–Morra Gambit. The Sicilian Dragon is one of the lines of the Sicilian Defence for Black. The move resembles 1…e5, the next most common response to 1.e4, in that respect. Taimanov's idea was to play 5...a6 (preventing Nb5) followed by ...Nge7 and ...Nxd4; however, the modern treatment of the line is to play ...Nf6, for example 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 a6 7.Be3 Nf6. Efim Geller was an early proponent of this move, after which Black can stay in "pure" Najdorf territory with 6...e5 or transpose to the Scheveningen with 6...e6. In view of this, Paul Keres introduced 6.g4, the Keres Attack, in 1943. After 5.c4, the main line runs 5...Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 and now 7...0-0 or 7...Ng4 is most frequently played. Capablanca, World Champion from 1921 to 1927, famously denounced it as an opening where "Black's game is full of holes". White’s Response to the Sicilian Defense. "[11], In 1813, the English master Jacob Henry Sarratt effectively standardised his English translation of the name of this opening as 'the Sicilian Defence', referring to an old Italian manuscript that used the phrase il gioco siciliano ('the Sicilian game'). Minchin (editor) (1973). At Chess KLUB we accept students who are at least 5 years or older. The immediate 5...e5?! This is a well-developed line that advances white along the kingside but does not attack the center as in the Open Sicilian variants. As mentioned, the logic behind the Sicilian Defense in chess is that while White places a pawn in the center, Black is immediately playing for an advantage on the Queenside.. "[17] George H. D. Gossip, in The Chess Player's Manual, first published in 1874, wrote, "Of late years ... discoveries have been made which have the effect of considerably strengthening White's attack, and the 'Sicilian' is now considered by most modern authorities to be a comparatively weak mode of play. Nf3 - Chess Opening explorer. The primary point of the g6 move is to fianchetto the black bishop on h8-a1 diagonal in the next move. Possible moves are 3.g3 and 3.f4 in general, also 3.Nge2, and less commonly 3.d3 and 3.Bc4. White can follow Nc3 with Nf3, and other possible moves are g3,f4 and Nge2. B27: Sicilian defence - 1. e4 c5 2. Several eminent players have, however, held to the opinion that it is quite trustworthy. 6.Be3 and 6.f4 are also common. 3.c3 will transpose to lines of the Alapin Variation after 3...Nf6, or the French Defence after 3...d5 4.e5 Nc6 5.d4, though 4...d4 is stronger, as after 5.cxd4 cxd4 6.Qa4+ Nc6 7.Bb5 Bd7 8.Bxc6 Bxc6 9.Qxd4 Bxf3 is a strong pawn sacrifice, giving Black excellent compensation. [1] New In Chess stated in its 2000 Yearbook that of the games in its database, White scored 56.1% in 296,200 games beginning 1.d4, but 54.1% in 349,855 games beginning 1.e4, mainly because the Sicilian held White to a 52.3% score in 145,996 games. White's most important alternative to the Yugoslav Attack is 6.Be2, the Classical Variation. In order to profit from the initiative granted by the first move, White has to make use of his opportunity to do something before Black has an equal number of opportunities of his own. A typical line is 2...Nc6 3.g3 (ECO code B24). Closed Sicilian is not as challenging for Black as Black has various responses to Nc3. f6 7.Ne5! [10] It was later the subject of analyses by leading players of the day Alessandro Salvio (1604), Don Pietro Carrera (c. 1617), and Gioachino Greco (1623), and later Conte Carlo Francesco Cozio (c. 1740). A quick draw is possible after 9.Nd5 Qa5+!? The Rossolimo Variation, 3.Bb5, is a well-respected alternative to 3.d4. Later, Bent Larsen, Ljubomir Ljubojević, Lev Polugaevsky, Leonid Stein, Mark Taimanov, and Mikhail Tal all made extensive contributions to the theory and practice of the defence. To this, white can play g4, called the Keres attack, further threatening g5 to attack the knight. Amant match, and the 1851 London Tournament. The first point of contact usually comes in the form of a pawn exchange, which leads to the opening of the position. Black can also transpose to the Scheveningen Variation with 6...e6; or to the Classical Variation of the Dragon with 6...g6. Why not move a center pawn as White did with 1. e4? It was played six times (out of 110 games) at New York 1924. A 21-year-old pursuing her Bachelor’s in Physiotherapy with a keen passion for writing and a life long love for chess. Initially, the chess players of the world deemed it defensive and far from the best. A lot of strong players have a love-hate relationship with this opening, but the spectrum of options makes the sharpest minds the most curious. pp. Another idea for White is 5.Bc4, which is met by 5...Qc7. Instead of 9.Bxf6, White can also play 9.Nd5, which usually leads to quieter play. White is further planning on playing f3, Qd2 and then long side castling. When White does play 5.Nc3, it is usually with the idea of continuing 5...Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.Bb3 (forestalling any tricks involving ...Nxe4 and ...d5), followed by kingside castling. This is black’s most famous variation in the Sicilian Defense. Or, Black can delay bringing out the knight in favour of playing ...Be7–g5 or a quick ...f5. It is very important to know how to play this famous opening for both sides, for White as well as for Black. Unlike the other major variations considered in this section, Black defers the development of the king's bishop in favour of bringing out the queen's knight. The game usually continues 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3. This immensely strong opening is not a beginners play. While theory indicates that Black can hold the balance in the Keres Attack, players today often prefer to avoid it by playing 5...a6 first, an idea popularized by Kasparov. The Sicilian is the most popular and best-scoring response to White's first move 1.e4. c5 is the most popular response to white’s e4 and is considered to break the symmetry of the board, unlike the e5 opening, which is the second most common response to e4. Named after Mark Taimanov, the Taimanov Variation can be reached through 2...e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 or 2...Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6. Other possibilities for White include 6.Bc4 (the Fischer–Sozin Attack), 6.f4, 6.f3, 6.g3, and 6.h3, (the Adams Attack, named after Weaver Adams), which was used several times by Bobby Fischer. As the most popular opening from black, Sicilian Opening has caused a fair share of troubles and victories in some of the most remarkable games in the world. White's idea is to play f3, Qd2, g4 and 0-0-0 in some order. "[13] Staunton wrote of the Sicilian, "In the opinion of Jaenisch and the German Handbuch, with which I coincide, this is the best possible reply to 1.P-K4, [1.e4 in algebraic notation] 'as it renders the formation of a centre impracticable for White and prevents every attack.' Unlike 1...e5, however, 1...c5 breaks the symmetry of the position, which strongly influences both players' future actions. For example, if White tries to play in the style of the Yugoslav Attack with 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2, 8...d5! Although this opening is strategically rich, it is highly complex. Other important moves are 4...e6 (transposing to the Taimanov Variation), 4...g6 (the Accelerated Dragon) and 4...e5 (the Kalashnikov Variation). SBN 90084608-9.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link), Position after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3, Najdorf Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6, Dragon Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6, Classical Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6, Scheveningen Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6, Position after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4, Sveshnikov Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5, Chelyabinsk Variation: 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5, Accelerated Dragon: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6, Kalashnikov Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6, Taimanov Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6, Kan Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6, Four Knights Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6, Pin Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4, Moscow Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+, Rossolimo Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5, Hyper-Accelerated Dragon: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6, Nimzowitsch–Rubinstein Variation: 2...Nf6, Closed Sicilian (Main line): 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6, Closed Sicilian (Grand Prix Attack): 1.e4 c5 2.f4, Four Knights Variation: 4...Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6, 2.Nf3 without 3.d4: White's third move alternatives, "Steinitz, throughout his life, had a certain dislike of the Sicilian. With 3.d3, White plans to develop in King's Indian Attack style with g3 and Bg2; this line was used by Fischer to crush Oscar Panno in a famous game (Fischer–Panno, Buenos Aires 1970). It is a very aggressive defense and immediately stakes claim at the center, denying white the double pawns on e4 and d4. It produces the psychological and tension factors which denote the best in modern play and gives notice of a fierce fight on the very first move."[32]. 1. After 9.Bxf6, 9...Qxf6?! The difference is that Black avoids playing ...d7–d6 and can later play ...d7–d5 in one move if possible. In the Scheveningen Variation, Black is content to place the e-pawn on e6, where it guards the d5-square, rather than play the space-gaining ...e5. Only in the late 1980s did Black players revive 4...e5 with the intention of meeting 5.Nb5 with 5...d6: this is the Kalashnikov Variation. Sicilian Defence 1.e4 c5 are the moves which define the Sicilian Defence. Codes B80 through B89 cover the Scheveningen Variation. after 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 b5 8.Nd5 Nge7, which avoids White's plan of Bg5 and Bxf6 to inflict doubled f-pawns on Black. I am launching a new rubric for the 1.e4 fans – full repertoire for White pieces. The Four Knights Variation is mainly used as a way of getting into the main line Sveshnikov Variation, reached after 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bf4 e5 8.Bg5 a6 9.Na3 b5 or 6.Bf4 d6 7.Ndb5 e5 8.Bg5 a6 9.Na3 b5. Many chess champions actually prefer to start with 1.d4 because of how well the Sicilian Defense plays against 1.e4. The former allows White to exchange off Black's light-squared bishop, after which the d5-square becomes very weak; but the latter allows 7.Nf5, when Black can only save the d-pawn by playing the awkward 7...a6 8.Bxd7+ Qxd7. Black then trades the c5 pawn and d4 pawn to get central advantage and gains an open ‘c’ file. The difference between the two variations is that Black has not developed the knight to f6 and White has not brought the knight to c3, so both players have extra options. 3.c3 transposes to lines of the Alapin Variation after 3...Nf6 or 3...d5, while 3.c4 transposes into the Symmetrical English. [45] White may decline the gambit with 3.Nc3, called the "Toilet Variation", so named after its reputed place of invention. It brings the bishop to an aggressive square. The drawback of 2.e5 is that no additional pressure is brought to the centre, allowing Black various options. After the trade of the d4 pawns and Nf6 and Nc3, black plays – a6, Najdorf. Black usually responds by playing moves like e6,e5 or Ng4. Here we discuss various lines in the sicilian defense and key concepts to consider when you play the sicilian. 75% of the games beginning with e4,c5 are followed with white playing Nf3, after which black has three main choices- d6, Nc6 and e6. Nxc3 8.Qxg7 Rf8 9.a3 Nb5+ 10.axb4 Nxd4 11.Bg5 Qb6 12.Bh6 Qxb4+ 13.c3 Nf5 14.cxb4 Nxg7 15.Bxg7 with a clear advantage to White, Szabo-Mikenas, Kemeri 1939. The main line after 5...e5 runs as follows: The Sveshnikov Variation has become very popular in master level chess. In the diagrammed position after 8...b5, White usually parries the threat of ...b4 by playing 9.Bxf6 or 9.Nd5. Black usually plays 6...e6 to limit the range of White's bishop, but White can eventually put pressure on the e6-pawn by pushing the f-pawn to f5 (pawn-based attack beginning with f4). Black usually avoids the trade and plays a popular move – Nd5. If you already know chess, then we will assess where you stand and let you know which class you should opt for. The free version contains 61 interesting exercises on combinations with a victory, gaining an advantage, winning pieces and mating in a few moves. [B][16] The death of the opening's two greatest proponents, Staunton and Anderssen, in 1874 and 1879 respectively, also contributed to its decline. In this line, White usually ends up with an isolated queen's pawn after pawns are exchanged on d4. Codes B90 through B99 cover the Najdorf Variation. Codes B30 through B39 cover the lines beginning 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 that do not transpose into lines that can also begin with 2...d6. The move fell out of use, however, once it was determined that White kept the advantage in these lines. Zahar Efimenko is not only an extremely strong GM but also a famous coach and Vladimir Kramnik's former second. This weakens Black's kingside pawn structure, but in return Black gains the two bishops and a central pawn majority. Codes B20 through B29 cover lines after 1.e4 c5 where White does not play 2.Nf3, and lines where White plays 2.Nf3 and Black responds with a move other than 2...d6, 2...Nc6 or 2...e6. Both players favoured sharp, aggressive play and employed the Sicilian almost exclusively throughout their careers, burnishing the defence's present reputation. The Dragon Variation is the most aggressive and sharpest line that black has in the Sicilian Defense. "[18] Freeborough and Ranken, in their treatise Chess Openings: Ancient and Modern (1889, 1896), wrote that the Sicilian "had at one time the reputation of being the best reply to 1.P-K4, but this has not been confirmed by popular practice. 10.Nd5 Qd8 fails to 11.c4 b4 (11...bxc4 12.Nxc4 is good for White, who threatens 13.Qa4) 12.Qa4 Bd7 13.Nb5! 6...Nd5 7.Bd2 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Be7 9.Qg4 and Black must either weaken the kingside with 9 ... g6 or give up the exchange after 9 ... 0-0 10.Bh6 g6. If White plays Bb5, attacking the Knight on Nc6, it is Black’s decision to either allow the double pawns by doing bxc6 or to prevent the trade between the bishop and the knight. Black's move 2...e6 gives priority to developing the dark-squared bishop. Najdorf's intention with 5...a6 was to prepare ...e5 on the next move to gain space in the centre. Sergei Rublevsky and Tomáš Oral both play this line as well as the Moscow Variation. Nb5!, with 6...Nxe4?! White’s common responses are Bg5 called the Richter-Rauzer Attack, and Bc4, the Sozin variation. Although the Sicilian Defense has proven to be the most popular and strongest response to White’s e4, it is believed to be a double-edged sword. Also possible is 5.c4 to create a Maróczy Bind setup. Sicilian Defense it's not only the most frequently seen test opening but the most scoring one I mean black players got a lot of wins. Hall of Fame Black’s strategy now is to play Bb4 and develop his king side. You will find a good mix of important forced lines and typical ideas, plans and motifs. Like the standard Dragon Variation, Black develops the bishop to g7 in the Accelerated Dragon. 10.exf6 Qe5+ winning the bishop in return for the knight. 2...Nc6 is a natural developing move, and also prepares ...Nf6 (like 2...d6, Black stops White from replying e5). [47] After 4.Nxc3, White is considered not to have enough compensation for the pawn;[48][49][50][51] however, it can be dangerous for Black if he is unprepared, as there are many pitfalls for the unwary.[52]. Another possibility for White is 3.c3, intending to establish a pawn centre with d4 next move. The Kasparov Gambit 8...d5 was played twice in the World Chess Championship 1985, but virtually disappeared from master praxis after the game Karpov–van der Wiel, Brussels (SWIFT) 1986. Refer a Student Giulio Polerio introduced this opening to the world in his 1594 manuscript on Chess where he did not name it the Sicilian defence. However, in return, Black gets a foothold in the centre and gains time on White's knight, which has been driven to the edge of the board on a3. Less common choices include 4...Qc7, which may later transpose to the Taimanov Variation, 4...Qb6, the Grivas Variation, and 4...d6. This usually leads to one of the main variations of Alapin. Fianchetto means to develop a bishop by placing it at a square where it controls a long diagonal of the board. [4], Grandmaster John Nunn attributes the Sicilian Defence's popularity to its combative nature; in many lines Black is playing not just for equality, but for the advantage. [15] Wilhelm Steinitz, the first World Champion, also disliked the Sicilian and rejected it in favour of 1...e5. White can prevent this by 5.Nb5 d6, when 6.c4 leads to a version of the Maróczy Bind favoured by Karpov. "[23] The Sicilian was not seen even once in the 75 games played at the great St. Petersburg 1914 tournament. Today, Sergei Tiviakov is one of the Grand Masters that is often seen playing this opening. By playing 5...a6 first, Black temporarily prevents White's g4 thrust and waits to see what White plays instead. One of the ideas of this system is to develop the king's bishop to b4 or c5. The Sicilian Defense is the most frequently used defense from club players to Grandmasters. If Black prevents this with 6...h6, which is the most common answer, White has gained kingside space and discouraged Black from castling on that side, and may later play Bg2. 2.c3 is the Alapin Variation or c3 Sicilian. "[C] In this period Black's approach was usually slow and positional, and the all-out attacks by White that became common after World War II had not yet been developed. [40] White's strongest reply is to chase the knight by 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nc3 and now (a) 4...Nxc3 5.dxc3, when 5...b6?, as Nimzowitsch played and recommended, loses to 6.e6! This plan of 5...a6 followed by ...e5 represents Black's traditional approach in the Najdorf Variation. The first article features Alapin Variation of Sicilian Defense. 2.Nc3 is White's second most common move responding to 1.e4 c5. However, 3...Nf6 gives White an extra option in 4.dxc5! Still, if you are interested in playing an exciting, aggressive game with dozens of possibilities and complications, this one is for you. The most popular fifth move for White is 5.Bd3, when after 5...Bc5 6.Nb3 Black can either retreat 6...Be7 where 7.Qg4 makes Black's kingside problematic, or 6...Ba7. There are too many holes created in the Pawn line. The Najdorf Variation is Black's most popular system in the Sicilian Defence. "[22] Siegbert Tarrasch wrote that 1...c5 "is certainly not strictly correct, for it does nothing toward development and merely attempts to render difficult the building up of a centre by the first player. 1...c5 has the benefit of introducing an element of asymmetry into the position – White would not be advised to play 2.c4(the English-like Staunton–Cochrane variation) imitating Black's move, since White could no longer control the d4 square with a pawn and thus will have trouble playing d4 later. If white responds with d4, then all the lines that continue after are known as ‘Open Sicilian’. The opening moves are 1. e4 c5 2. c3 White plays an early c2-c3, intending to follow up with d2-d4 to grab the center! White, having pushed a kingside pawn, tends to hold the initiative on that side of the board. Here, after trading the d4 pawns and developing the knights, black plays e6 covering a small centre. The ideas in this line are similar to those in the Sveshnikov – Black accepts a backward pawn on d6 and weakens the d5-square but gains time by chasing the knight. Many lines of the Closed Sicilian can transpose into Open Sicilian. Instead of 6...e6, Black can also try Benko's move 6...Qb6, which forces White to make a decision over the d4-knight. After 6...e6, Vsevolod Rauzer introduced the modern plan of Qd2 and 0-0-0 in the 1930s. The Sveshnikov Variation was pioneered by Evgeny Sveshnikov and Gennadi Timoshchenko [ru] in the 1970s. 10.Bd2 (in order to prevent 10...Nxe4) 10...Qd8 11.Bg5 Qa5+ etc. ?, when Black can play either 4...Nxe4 or 4...Qa5+. White sometimes plays 3.Nc3 as a waiting move, though it has little independent significance. However, to do this, he has to make "contact" with the black position. "Indeed, most statistical surveys suggest that 1.d4 is the most successful first move for White, but only because 1...c5 scores so … White can now play Bc4 and gain a spatial advantage. For those of you who have been following the Q drops, you will understand what I am about to discuss better than others. Codes B50 through B59 cover the lines after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 not covered in codes B60–B99. After white plays Nxd4, black can branch out into the following variations : In this variation, black goes with d6, after which there is a trade of the d4 pawn followed by knight playing Nf6 and then Nc6. The Sicilian Defense is widely considered the best defense against white's e4 opening move. Emanuel Lasker played it once in his world championship match against Carl Schlechter, and Jorge Pelikan played it a few times in the 1950s, but Sveshnikov's treatment of the variation was the key to its revitalization. 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