The Easiest Sicilian

The Easiest Sicilian Author
File size 11MB
Year 2008
Pages 240
Language English
File format PDF
Category Sport

Book Description:

This is one of the best opening books I have ever read. The authors are both very strong players, who are extremely knowledgeable about the sveshnikov, and about chess in general. They propose an ambitious black repertoire, focusing on the main lines of the Sveshnikov. Back-up lines, such as the Novosibirsk, are also analyzed in depth, in case one of the main lines gets busted in the future. Each chapter of the book is divided into 3 parts: quick repertoire, step by step, and complete games. This makes learning the opening a lot easier, because you can spend a few hours reading the quick repertoire section, which basically covers the lines that you must know, and then you are ready to start playing the svesh right away in your own games! Once you gain some sveshnikov experience, you are then ready to go through the step by step section and analyze the complete games, to learn more about the variations. I wish all opening books had this format.
Now this book doesn't only cover the sveshnikov, it gives a complete black repertoire after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6. The rossolimo variation (3.Bb5) is covered in depth. The authors propose an ambitious repertoire starting with 3...Nf6, which is almost garunteed to unbalance the position and make for an interesting game. Other 3rd more alternatives, such as 3.c3 are covered, but this book does not cover anti-sicilians that start on the second move(closed, grand prix, smith-morra etc). The authors are honest. They don't try to sugar-coat the opening, by claiming that black is fine in all variations, like some authors do. They recognize that black is struggling in some lines, and propose novelties for the readers to try out in there own games. If for some reason the proposed novelties are refuted in the future, then worst case there is always the back-up variations. Either way they have you covered, and since the main lines of the sveshnikov are still played at the highest level regularly, I highly doubt that any of them will be completely refuted.
Don't let the title of the book fool you, the sveshnikov is by no means an easy opening to play, and the variations in this book are not at all easy to understand and remember. The reason it is called the easiest sicilian, is because the pawn structures and tabiyas are similar in most of the main lines. Black's plans are also similar in most lines, and are usually very straightforward. While this opening can be strategically simple, it is usually tactically complex. Many of the postions that arise are razor sharp, where more often than not, one mistake is all it takes for either side to lose. The theory also runs very deep, past move 30 in some lines. I have not played this for very long as black, but I have crushed many sveshnikov players as white, just because they didn't know their stuff. Study is very important if you want to succeed with this opening. If you want to base your play off of general chess principals and ideas, rather than concrete variations, then look elsewhere. The authors assume that reader already has a good understanding of chess, and therefore don't waste space by explaning obvious, and sometimes not so obvious, traps and tactics. The sveshnikov leads to very wild positions, and black's play is often very unprincipled in the classical sense. He allows white to get a strong knight out-post on d5, double his pawns, and he gives himself a fragile pawn structure. However, he also gets two bishops, open lines, and a lot of counterplay most of the time. I am rated around 2000 on FICS, however I don't have an official FIDE rating. I consider myself an intermediate player, yet I still struggle with some of the content in this book. Therefore, I think that players under 1800 strength should probably play something easier. If you are willing to work hard, love to play dynamic unbalanced positions, and want to play aggressively with the black pieces, than this may very well be the book for you.


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