Zhanibek Amanov & Kostya Kavutskiy
IM Zhanibek Amanov and FM Kostya Kavutskiy present a repertoire against the Sicilian Defence, one of the most complex and powerful defences 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 43 well-chosen instructive games. 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.
The repertoire choices against the most frequently seen Sicilians are:
The Najdorf: 6.h3
The Kan and Taimanov: 6.g3
The Classical: 6.Bc4
The Dragon: 9.0-0-0
The Accelerated Dragon: Maróczy Bind
The Sveshnikov: 9.Nd5
A final chapter looks at rare systems for Black such as 2..a6; or 2..Nf6.
The purpose of this book is not only to provide a complete repertoire for the White side of the Open Sicilian, but also to ingrain a number of thematic positional and tactical motifs as well.
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.
Published 2015, softback, 564 pages.Sample pages (pdf)