The main objective of this move is to decentralize the strongly placed white knight that sits on the d4-square. It is well known to most chess players that a white knight is misplaced on b2 and b4, but it is actually also misplaced on b3. If white plays Nf3 it is in the way of the f-pawn and on Nb3 the route to the white king g8 is long. The most direct way to apply this idea is the Grivas Sicilian, which arises after the moves 1. Nxd4 Qb6 With this method black immediately achieves his goal. It will cost a tempo, because later the exposed black queen will have to retreat, in order to free the b7-pawn.
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The main objective of this move is to decentralize the strongly placed white knight that sits on the d4-square. It is well known to most chess players that a white knight is misplaced on b2 and b4, but it is actually also misplaced on b3. If white plays Nf3 it is in the way of the f-pawn and on Nb3 the route to the white king g8 is long. The most direct way to apply this idea is the Grivas Sicilian, which arises after the moves 1.
Nxd4 Qb6 With this method black immediately achieves his goal. It will cost a tempo, because later the exposed black queen will have to retreat, in order to free the b7-pawn. Your question is probably: " It is to good to be true, have any top players played this Grivas Sicilian? Polgar and Kasparov Internet Blitz are among the 25 grandmasters who have played it. After the introduction, the 13 chapters cover the theory and the rest of the book covers 12 illustrative games played by the author.
Breakdown of Chapters The first two chapters are deviations until we arrive at the position shown below at move 7. The author has chosen to include all Whites seven moves that does not loose a piece, but e. Ne2 would not been seen discussed often. In average there is one page per variation, with good argumentations. Nb3 Nf6 6. Be3 just loses a pawn for inadequate compensation and 6. Bd3 looks too odd and invite for the equalizing d5. The next five chapters of the book take action from this position, where White has several options: Chapter 3 Cyclops deals with the Fianchetto system 7.
Bg5 is played Chapter 5 Hestia provides coverage of all lines where starts with 7. Qe2 and queenside castling Chapter 7 Fates deals with a rare line starting with 7. Be2 Chapter 8 Teiresias begins the coverage of 7. Anyhow it is necessary for Black to be prepared if White has made a home preparation. The target group of this book is players from who wants a complete defence as black they can use every time.
The book gives good short variations, but I miss conclusions after every chapter and some exercises to involve the reader. Language :. Reviewed by : Thomas Christensen.
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Does anyone know more info on the Grivas sicilian?
I am a sicilian player and i find the Grivas sicilian very interesting. Can someone provide me with more info for this variation of the sicilian? Be3 is quite aggressive, and if this move works at all it does bring Black's entire opening into question. You've clearly seen these lines somewhere before, any idea what Grivas thinks about this variation? My instinct is, in the Qd6 rather than going out to the edge
A Complete Guide to the Grivas Sicilian
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