Modernized: The Open Sicilian by IM Zhanibek Amanov & FM Kostya Kavutskiy
Paperback (softcover), 562 pages
IM Zhanibek Amanov and FM Kostya Kavutskiy present a repertoire vs. the Sicilian Defense, one of the most complex and powerful defenses available to Black, and the choice of many top players.
The critical test is to attack it directly with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 followed by 3.d4, the Open Sicilian.
The dynamics of the resulting positions are such that White will get a lead in development while Black will have an extra central pawn. This leads to very sharp middlegames.
The main goal in choosing lines was to reach positions with well-defined plans for both sides, then illustrate how to handle a typical middlegame in each variation through the use of well-chosen instructive games.
The choices against the most frequently seen Sicilians are:
- The Najdorf: 6.h3
- The Kan and Taimanov: 6.g3
- The Classical: 6.Bc4
- The Dragon: 9.O-O-O
- The Accelerated Dragon: Maróczy Bind
- The Sveshnikov: 9.Nd5
The authors provide memory markers, reminders of the ideas and motifs, at the end of each chapter, as well as lots of exercises to test your understanding.
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ISBN: 978-0-9856281-1-6, Metropolitan Chess Publishing
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