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Beating the Sicilian Main Lines

384 pages, paperback, Everyman, 1. edition 2020

From the series »opening repertoire«

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The Sicilian Defence is the most popular reply to 1 e4. With 1...c5 Black comes out fighting, immediately challenging any sense of a “natural white advantage”. Sicilian Defence players are often very well prepared theoretically and the tremendous dynamism of the Sicilian can often disturb their opponents. In this book, German FIDE master Jonas Hacker provides a complete repertoire for White when facing the Sicilian. The recommended systems are based on solid strategic considerations. The backbone of the repertoire is the line 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 f3!? This is a perfect line to throw Najdorf and Dragon players off their stride. White will (usually) follow up with c2-c4 and establish a useful space advantage. Many of the other recommended lines are also based around the space-gaining c2-c4 advance providing cohesion across the whole repertoire.

In Opening Repertoire: Beating the Sicilian, Jonas Hacker guides the reader through the complexities of the Sicilian and carves out a repertoire for White. He examines all aspects of this highly complex opening and provides the reader with well-researched, fresh, and innovative analysis. Each annotated game has valuable lessons on how to play the opening and contains instructive commentary on typical middlegame plans.

  • A complete repertoire for White against the Sicilian.

  • A question and answer approach provides an excellent study method.

Jonas Hacker is a German FIDE Master. He has more than five years teaching experience and is a professional chess coach.

More Information
Weight 650 g
Manufacturer Everyman
Width 17 cm
Height 24 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2020
Author Jonas Hacker
Series opening repertoire
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 9781781945711
Pages 384
Binding paperback

003 About the Author

005 Bibliography

006 Introduction

Part I: Anti-Najdorf

010 1) Early Deviations

042 2) 5...e5 6 Nb3 d5!?

088 3) 5...e5 without ...d6-d5

136 4) 5...a6

155 5) 5...g6

Part II: Other Sicilians

186 6) Kan Variation

212 7) Taimanov Variation

254 8) Kalashnikov Variation

290 9) Sveshnikov Variation

321 10) Scheveningen Variation

347 11) Classical Variation

376 Index of Variations

382 Index of Complete Games

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