Surprising Your Opponents with the Lazy Sicilian

The Sicilian is known to be one of the most theory-heavy openings in chess, in which you cannot afford to be lazy and avoid learning lengthy lines. Have you ever encountered a variation in the Open Sicilian, which does not require spending hours on memorization and constantly worrying about your opponents’ theoretical novelties? If this sounds like something you would enjoy, “The Lazy Sicilian” (1. e4-c5 2. Nf3-e6 3. d4-cxd4 4. Nxd4-Bc5) might be an interesting option to add to your opening repertoire. In just 60 minutes, you will be well-equipped with a surprise weapon, which will take most of your opponents out of book right from the start.


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  • Introduction
  • Theory
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5
  • Introductory Game and history
  • 5.Nc3 Qb6
  • 5.Nb3 Bb6 6th move sidelines
  • 5.Nb3 Bb6 6.Nc3 Ne7 Main line
  • 5th move sidelines 5.Be3/Nb5/c3
  • Typical plans
  • Tactics
  • Exercise 1
  • Exercise 2
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