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Try this one:

Starting Out: 1 e4: A Reliable Repertoire for the Improving Player

Leads you down the path to playing the open Sicilian.

It covers playing white against the Sicilian Classical, Schveningen, Najdorf, Dragon, Sveshnikov & Kalashnikov, Taimanov & other variations.

Beyond that it covers all the other stuff white may face by playing e4 (French, Caro Cann, Pirc....) offering lines. As the main line it offers the Scotch.

I am looking to add e4 to the repertoire. I want to study the Spanish. I wanted something to help me respond to everything "non Spamish". It was recommended to me by a fellow member of the chess club I belong to. I just got my copy yesterday.



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I just picked up a "Starting Out: Sicilian Najdorf" by Palliser. Has all of the mainlines. Didn't see anything offbeat in this book.



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Wed Jul 19 2006 2:08PM | MsgID: 4780602


Originally posted by: "OFishyOne"
Does Bishop B5 open up the game? I really want to play open positions lately to improve my tactics. I will either win big or lose big but hopefully my chess will improve!




No. 5.Bb5 actually keeps the game closed. Its main value is that it is outside the realm of the more deeply analysed variations, so Black can't "put it on automatic," if he is well-booked. You could try the Smith-Morra Gambit, as one poster suggested (and I frequently play it myself), if you don't mind playing a Pawn down for most (or all) of the game.



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Wed Jul 19 2006 2:05PM | edited: 2:09:21 | MsgID: 4780587


Originally posted by: "DoomLord"
"Banoboy, Earl of Norfolk"Since there isn't much in the way of published works on this variation.

Bashing the Sicillian with Bb5




One book hardly constitutes a wealth of analysis.



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Wed Jul 19 2006 12:16PM | edited: 12:16:47 | MsgID: 4780067


Originally posted by: "OFishyOne"
Does Bishop B5 open up the game? I really want to play open positions lately to improve my tactics. I will either win big or lose big but hopefully my chess will improve!



If you really want to play open, tactical positions v the Sicilian, you might consider the Smith-Morra Gambit, ie [[1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3]].

The most tactical lines of the Open Siclian are probably the Yugoslav Attack versus the Dragon, and 6. Bg5 versus the Najdorf. The Dragon and the Najdorf are probably blacks most uncompromising variations of the Sicilian, but as such they both invite big attacks. Slower or simpler systems like the Kan or Sveshnikov are safer for a while. I am sure if you google these kinds of terms you will find a lot of games and analysis any how. Good luck!

PS. No, Bb5(+) isn't usually played to open up the position with a lot of tactics.

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Does Bishop B5 open up the game? I really want to play open positions lately to improve my tactics. I will either win big or lose big but hopefully my chess will improve!



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Tue Jul 18 2006 11:31PM | MsgID: 4777840


Originally posted by: "Banoboy, Earl of Norfolk"
Since there isn't much in the way of published works on this variation




Bashing the Sicillian with Bb5




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Lately, I've been answering the Sicilian with 2.Nf3 followed by 3.Bb5, usually called the Rossolimo Variation. Since there isn't much in the way of published works on this variation, it usually deadens Black's ability for a virulent assault. On the down side, White's opening advantage usually evaporates pretty quickly, but it does cut down on a lot of stock analysis and surprise attacks. It's great for over-the-board.



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Tue Jul 18 2006 7:43PM | MsgID: 4776410


Originally posted by: "OFishyOne"
Any good books on this (particularly from the white side i.e. d4 on the 3rd move. Maybe an everyman Starting out guide?




There is a "Starting out.. the Sicilian" book by Emms.

If you want 'meaty' lines, then "Experts vs the Sicilian" hits all the main lines - with each chapter written by a specialist on the topic.
They don't cop out either - Hitting each variation with a real heavyweight.



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Tue Jul 18 2006 9:30AM | MsgID: 4773506


Hmmm, there seems to be a whole bunch of books named "bashing the Sicilian with...".

Sorry, that I don't know any books dedicated to the main line; I simply use a general opening book.

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