Sicilian Defence

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1. e4 c5 is the favourite alternative to

1. e4 e5.

 

Black is waiting for White to play pawn to d4, in which case Black will capture this centre pawn with their c-pawn, even though this pawn is likely to be re-taken straight away.

 

The game typically continues (though there are lots of variations)

 

1.  e4      e5

2.  Nf3    d6

3.  d4      cxd4

4.  Nxd4 Nf6

5.  Nc3   a6

 

Black’s pawn move to a6 (preventing a white knight on b5) is the most common variation

 

This position is shown in the diagram on the left.

Another common variation is the Sicilian Dragon.  Here, instead of a6, Black plays g6, intending to build a stronghold.

 

5.  Nc3   g6

6.  Be3   Bg7

7.  f3      0-0

 

This position is shown in the diagram on the left.