Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...c5/2. Nc3/2...d6

Closed 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)
Moves: 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6

Closed Sicilian edit

2...d6 edit

This move is a perfectly reasonable move, often favored by Najdorf players to avoid some move-order tricks like 2...Nc6 3.Nf3 when White firmly avoids the Najdorf, but has the downside that ...d5 would cost a tempo since Black has already played ...d6.

Estimated next move popularity: Nf3 32%, f4 29%, g3 17%, Nge2 16%, Bb5+ 2%, d4 2%, Bc4 1%, d3 1%, other moves less than 0.5%.

Theory table edit

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1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6

Sicilian Nf3
to 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3
Sicilian, Closed f4
Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3 g3

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