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Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...c5/2. Nf3/2...d6

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)

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Moves: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6
ECO code: B50-B99
Parent: Sicilian Defence

Open SicilianEdit

Black's 2...d6 gives him the option of several popular attacking lines, controls the e5 square, supports the c-pawn and activates his queen's bishop.

White's rationale for playing 2. Nf3 was to support a 3. d4 advance which he may now play. His best alternative to this, for rapid development, is 3. Bb5+, forcing Black to block the check with a minor piece that would then be pinned to the king. Swashbuckling players might be tempted by 3. b4, planning an unopposed d4 when the Black c-pawn is diverted to b4.

Theory tableEdit

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6

3 4 5 6
Main line d4
cxd4
Nxd4
Nf6
Nc3
a6
Be3
e6
=
Moscow Variation
(or Canal-Sokolsky Attack)
Bb5+
Bd7
Bxd7+
Qxd7
O-O
Nc6
c3
Nf6
=
Nc3
Nf6
e5
dxe5
Nxe5
Nbd7
Nc4
e6
=
c3
Nf6
Be2
g6
O-O
Bg7
Bb5+
Nbd7
=
b4
cxb4
d4
Nf6
Bd3
e6
O-O
Be7
=

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ReferencesEdit

  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.
  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.