GM Roman Dzindzichasvili has long recommended the Sicilian Defence. During the past decade his videos and dvds have been all the rage among tournament players of all ages. Roman is passionate about the lines he plays and explains them thoroughly. From 2005-2009 there have been various editions of his book "Chess Openings for Black, Explained: A Complete Repertoire" written by Roman Dzindzichasvili and co-authored by his friend former US champ GM Lev Alburt, Roman's student GM Eugene Perelshteyen and Al Lawrence who has written a lot on chess.
Dzindzi's favorite line for Black against 1.e4 is the Accelerated Dragon Sicilian Defence. The book has this to say about the Sicilian Defence:
"...the Sicilian Defence is a fighting choice that yields Black the most victories. A search of more than 100,000 games from international play shows that the Sicilian yields Black a 30.5% chance of winning a full point and, in addition, a 34.2 % of drawing. Impressive results for the second-to-move -especially against high level competitors who know how to make the most of their opening initiative."
Today's opponent was Juan Magarinos in a game that was played at Borders bookstore in Orlando, Florida. Juan was a tournament player would had hit his peak USCF rating at 1798 (just shy of 1800) four years before this game. During that time period, I was frequently playing 1.Nc3. The game starts as a Queens Knight Defence but after 1...c5, White chose to head for an Open Sicilian Defence with an eventual e2-e4. I missed several chances to get an advantage. We finish in an even endgame when the store closes and we have to quit.
Sawyer-Magarinos, Orlando,FL, 04.12.2003 begins 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 [2.e4 is the Closed Sicilian] 2...g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bg7 5.e4 [Transposing to the Open Sicilian Defence.] 5...Nc6 6.Be3 a6?[This leaves weaknesses on the dark squares and does not help in the center. Correct is 6...Nf6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.Bb3 a5 reaching the main line of book Dzindzichashvili book.] 7.Bc4 [Good but not the best. Very powerful is 7.Nd5!+/= e6 8.Nxc6 bxc6 (8...dxc6 9.Bb6 Qd7 10.Nc7+ Kf8 11.Bc5+ Ne7 12.Qxd7 Bxd7 13.Nxa8+-) 9.Bb6 Qh4 10.Nc7+ Kf8 11.Qd6+ Ne7 12.Nxa8+-] 7...e6 8.0-0 [8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.Qd6+/=] 8...Nge7 9.Qd2 b5 10.Bb3 Bb7 11.f3 Rc8 12.Rad1 0-0 13.Nde2 [13.Nxc6 Bxc6 14.Qd6+/=] 13...Ne5 14.h3 [14.f4!? Ng4 15.Bd4 Bxd4+ 16.Nxd4 b4 17.Nce2 Bxe4 18.h3 Nf6 19.Qxb4+/=] 14...b4 15.Na4 d5 16.exd5 [16.Qxb4!+-] 16...Nxd5 17.Bxd5 Bxd5 18.Nb6 Nc4 19.Nxc4 Rxc4 [19...Bxc4 20.Qxb4 Qc7=] 20.b3 Rc8 21.Qxb4 Rxc2 22.Rd2 Qc8 23.Rxc2 [23.Nf4 Ba8 24.Rxc2 Qxc2=/+] 23...Qxc2 24.Qd2 Qxd2 25.Bxd2 Rc8 26.Rc1 Rxc1+ 27.Bxc1 Kf8 28.Kf2 Ke7 29.Ba3+ Kd7 30.Nf4 Bb7 31.Nd3 Bd4+ 32.Ke2 Kc7 33.Nc5 [The position is equal. The game was discontinued at this point (most likely because the store was closing), thus I list it as a draw for database purposes.] 1/2-1/2
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