This comprehensive work gives detailed coverage of White's Anti-Sicilian system 1.e5,c5; 2.a3!? With this move White intends to play 3.b4, diverting Black's c-pawn from the centre and allowing White to build a powerful central position with his e and d pawns. Depending on Black's 2nd move this may or may not involve sacrificing a pawn.
In this book Russian I.M. Sergei Soloviov examines Black's six major 2nd move options: 2..Nc6; 2..e6; 2..d6; 2..g6; 2..d5; and 2..Nf6. A final chapter considers lesser options for Black such as 2..Qa5; and 2..e5.
Soloviov's book expands and builds upon a pioneering work "Challenging the Sicilian with 2.a3!?" written by Alexei Bezgodov in 2004. Since then many games have been played and new ideas developed. All this new information is included in the present volume. This surprise weapon is used by Grandmasters Bezgodov, Dobrov, Sh. Mamedyarov, T.L. Petrosian and others.
Sergei Soloviov is a Russian International Master and editor of Chess Stars Publishing. He is author of books on Spassky, Shirov, Bogoljubow and Chigorin.
Published 2013, softback, 552 pages.View preface (pdf)