|Price: £ 14,99
|Reviewed by: Soren
||Date: 17/1 2003
Quick-Review: Taming the Sicilian
Many chessplayers have troubles finding a good answer to The
Sicilian Defence and therefore they avoid the Open Sicilian and
instead plays 2.Nc3 or 2.c3. Now Grandmaster Nigel Davies has
another suggestion on how to "tame the Sicilian"
with a setup with g3 and Bg2.
A great idea, but if you think you
with this setup don't have to study a lot of theory then you will be
disappointed ;-) Of course you cannot play the open Sicilian without
having to know a lot of theory, and Davies is very honest about
this in the introduction and give the reader good advice on how to
use the book:
- Familiarise yourself with the basic patterns by playing
through the games at speed. At this stage you should ignore the
notes and sub-variations.
- Play these lines in quick games at your local club or
on the Internet.
- Look up the lines that occurred in your games and
cross-check your play against the lines I recommend.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 for a month or two.
- Study the book more carefully, working from cover to
cover and making notes about any point of interest. Analyse the
points of interest.
- Adopt your new weapon in competitive games and matches.
- Analyse your competitive games to establish what
happened and whether either side could improve.
As always with the opening books from Everyman Chess each chapter
starts with an introduction followed by illustrative games. At the
end of each you find a short "Summary" which I find
is very revealing (that it is short!) considering the fact that many of the opening
books from Everyman Chess you find the same information in the
summary as in the introduction. The book is round up with "Index
of Variations" and "Indexes of complete games".
As this is a Quick-Review, I won't go into details about the
theory, but going over the book and trying out some of the
suggestions I find Davies did a fine job. The book is a repertoire
book and I think it is best suited for players up to ELO 2200. I
tried the setup in a few games on the net, and it soon turned out
that I have to study some theory before using it further ;-) The
idea of having a easy setup with g3 and Bg2 is nice, but in practice
I think it is difficult to play for White. On the other hand you can
find a World Class player like Adams playing it against Anand so if
you try it out you are in good company ;-)
If you are looking for a repertoire book against The Sicilian and
want to try something new, I can recommend this book by Davies. As
you can see from the content each variation only gets 10-20 pages so
Davies can't examine every variation, but to start with I think
you get the most important variations. At the end I have to warn you
about some variations where you can't play the g3-setup like the
Pelikan-Sveshnikov Variation. This means that you have to study a
great deal of theory and you also have to know in which variations
you should avoid playing the g3-setup.
- The Najdorf Variation (13 pages)
- The Classical Variation (17 pages)
- The Scheveningen Variation (19 pages)
- The Paulsen and Taimanov Variations (15 pages)
- The Kan Variation (9 pages)
- The Pelikan-Sveshnikov Variation (14 pages)
- The Löwenthal, Kalashnikov and other ...e7-e5 Lines (11
- The Dragon and other ...g6 Lines (17 pages)
- Other Lines (14 pages)