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The Sicilian Defense

Parent: King Knight’s Opening ECO: B20-B99 Origin: 1594

The Sicilian Defense

The Sicilian Defense, Julio Campi, The Chess Players

The Sicilian is currently the most popular response to White’s first move 1.e4. It also has the best results as an answer to 1.e4. As a matter of fact the positive results the Sicilian Defense is the reason that 1.d4 is a statistically a more successful opening for White.

The earliest recorded notes on the Sicilian Defence date back to the late 16th century by the Italian chess players Giulio Polerio and Gioachino Greco.

The Sicilian Defense was analyzed by Giulio Polerio in his 1594 manuscript on chess though he did not use the term ‘Sicilian Defense’ but “il Gioco Siciliano”. It fell out of grace with many Grandmasters in the early 19th century. The fortunes of the Sicilian were further revived in the 1940s and 1950s by many players and especially by Miguel Najdorf who left a big print with the Sicilian Najdorf variation.

The Sicilian Opening

The Sicilian Defense

LESSON 1

THE SVESHNIKOV SICILIAN

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