Easy Guide to the Classical Sicilian
The Classical Sicilian is one of the most popular openings among top-class grandmasters as Black develops in straightforward and logical fashion. Whether White tries an immediate attack or chooses a quieter approach, Black retains the famed Sicilian counter-punch. The Classical is surprisingly neglected in chess literature; Grandmaster Yrjölä finally reveals both the theory and concepts behind this well-respected opening, making it accessible to players of all levels.
- Written by a renowned Classical Sicilian expert
- Covers all of White´s main replies
- Explains an opening played regularly by Anand, Kramnik and Shirov
Everyman´s Easy Guide series represents a new approach to chess openings books: just enough detail and just enough explanation to enable readers to play an opening with confidence, without months of memorizing theory: the easy way to master a chess opening.
Finnish grandmaster Jouni Yrjölä has played the Classical Sicilian with considerable success thoughout his career. He has won the Finnish Championship twice, and regards Sochi 1984 where he shared third place with the legendary Mikhail Tal, as his best tournament result. He was awarded his grandmaster title in 1990.
006 1. Introduction
010 2. The Boleslavsky Position-Type
032 3. The Dragon Position-Type
042 4. The Sozin and Velimirovic Attacks
079 5. The Rauzer with 8...h6
096 6. The Rauzer with 8...Ld7
119 7. The Richter-Rauzer: Others
123 8. Other Variations
127 Index of Variations