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  1. Standard member wittywonka
    Chocolate Expert
    06 Aug '07 04:09 / 1 edit
    Has anyone ever seen or played as or against the Sicilian Variation below?

    1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Qb6

  2. 06 Aug '07 04:10
    Originally posted by wittywonka
    Has anyone ever seen or played as or against the Sicilian Variation below?

    1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Qb6

    [fen]r1b1kbnr/pp1ppppp/1qn5/8/3NP3/8/PPP2PPP/RNBQKB1R[/fen]
    No, but it seems very playable for black.
  3. 06 Aug '07 04:11 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by wittywonka
    Has anyone ever seen or played as or against the Sicilian Variation below?

    1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Qb6

    [fen]r1b1kbnr/pp1ppppp/1qn5/8/3NP3/8/PPP2PPP/RNBQKB1R[/fen]
    yes, its called the Grivas variation ( by some )
    This Greek GM plays it all the time, with good results.

    I prefer 4...Bc5 though, the Basman Sale variation!

    edit: 2... e6 and 4. ..Bc5 that is.
  4. Standard member wittywonka
    Chocolate Expert
    06 Aug '07 04:12
    I was scrolling through www.wholesalechess.com and came across a book on the opening, apparently called the Sicilian Defense Grivas Variation.

    Looked interesting.

    http://www.wholesalechess.com/chess/chess_books/Grivas+Sicilian+Complete+Guide
  5. 06 Aug '07 04:14
    Originally posted by wittywonka
    I was scrolling through www.wholesalechess.com and came across a book on the opening, apparently called the Sicilian Defense Grivas Variation.

    Looked interesting.

    http://www.wholesalechess.com/chess/chess_books/Grivas+Sicilian+Complete+Guide
    I had a quick look into it, looks quite good.
    Also his surveys in the NIC yearbooks on this variation are a good read.
  6. 06 Aug '07 07:53
    Originally posted by wittywonka
    I was scrolling through www.wholesalechess.com and came across a book on the opening, apparently called the Sicilian Defense Grivas Variation.

    Looked interesting.

    http://www.wholesalechess.com/chess/chess_books/Grivas+Sicilian+Complete+Guide
    It does seem quite playable. Had a couple of games on this site as white against Dave Tebb and didn't get that much from the opening. After 5.Nb3 I think it may often transpose into other variations of the Sicilian if you consider both Qb6 and Nb3 as potentially a loss of a tempo.
  7. Standard member Exuma
    Anansi
    06 Aug '07 07:56
    Originally posted by wittywonka
    Has anyone ever seen or played as or against the Sicilian Variation below?

    1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Qb6

    [fen]r1b1kbnr/pp1ppppp/1qn5/8/3NP3/8/PPP2PPP/RNBQKB1R[/fen]
    I vaguely remember this as a variation Waitzkin played for a while