A surprise weapon against the d6-Sicilian

Surprise Najdorf and Dragon experts the way Carlsen, Aronian and Harikrishna do! In this 60-Minutes Markus Ragger presents a repertoire which has been tested at top level that takes your opponents into more unfamiliar territory. The basic system is introduced with the rather unusual capture on d4 with the queen. Subsequently, the queen finds its main square on e3, the king is castled short and the minor pieces are being developed to the usual squares in the Open Sicilian.


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  • Introduction
  • Theory
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4
  • 3...Nf6
  • 3...cxd4 4.Qxd4 a6
  • Road to the Aronian System
  • Aronian System: 3...cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qe3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.0-0 Nf6 8.h3 0-0 9.Nc3
  • Road to the Harikrishna system
  • Harikrishna System: 3...cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qe3 Nf6 6.Be2 g6 7.0-0 Bg7 8.Rd1 0-0 9.h3
  • Esipenko System: 3...cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qe3 Nf6 6.Be2 g6 7.0-0 Bg7 8.Rd1 0-0 9.Nc3
  • Outro

Sicilian Defence

1.e4 c5 are the moves which define the Sicilian Defence. Black fights for the d4-square, but unlike with the double move of the black e-pawn the symmetry is immediately destroyed and Black is indicating that he is not simply aiming to achieve equality. Then things can continue in quite different directions. 2.Nf3 followed by 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 leads to the Open Sicilian. But before that, Black has the option of laying down the direction in which the opening will go, according to whether he plays 2...d6, 2...e6 or 2...Nc6. But nowadays systems in which White does without an early d4 are also very popular.

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