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Anti-Sicilians: A Guide for Black [Paperback]

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The Sicilian is far and away the most popular chess opening, and many players prefer to side-step the Open Sicilian with one of the Anti-Sicilian systems at White's disposal. This book equips Black to fight against all these lines. The Anti-Sicilian systems include: positionally motivated lines such as the 2 c3 Sicilian and the 3 Bb5 systems; slow but tricky attacking lines including the Closed Sicilian and the King's Indian Attack; aggressive but loosening ideas like the Grand Prix Attack and a variety of gambits. In the most critical variations, Rogozenko provides a choice between a solid and an aggressive option. He caters for those who meet 2 Nf3 with the three main moves, 2...d6, 2...e6 and 2...Nc6.

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.34" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   0.61 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  1901983846  
ISBN13  9781901983845  

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Good approach, easy to learn theory  Aug 20, 2008
This book follows the traditional theory-then-games but still it doesnt go into n+5 depth in variations so although its a very complete guide it doesnt dwell into too complicated lines. As a general way of dealing with the antis the author recommends a kingside fianchettoe and pretty much goes along these lines so if you're a fond one of the dragon like lines this book is going to fit into your repertoire perfectly.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do
Anti-Sicilians:A Guide for Black  Jan 4, 2007
Anti-Sicilians for Black by GM Dorian Rogozenko is exactly what the title claims;a Black repertoire vs anything but open Sicilians. Specifically,the chapter headings are:Early Deviations (2.c4,2.b4,2.b3,2.d3,2.g3,2.d4),Grand Prix Attack,Closed Sicilian,Alapin,"Misc Lines after 2.Nf3",3.Bb5(+),and 2.Nf3,d6 3.d4,cxd4,4.Qxd4.

I very much admire this book for both the completness and explanations provided by GM Rogozenko. As pointed out in the Intro,Rogozenko is himself a lifelong Sicilian player,and I think it shows. Rogozenko's consistent attitude,carefully threatened in the Introduction and referred to throughout, is to present solid,objectively equal lines for Black.By good luck for me,this is just the approach that appeals. But of course,it won't be to everyone's taste.

Foe example, regarding attempts to play the Morra gambit,Rogozenko "merely" recommends 2...Nf6 and transpose to the Alapin. A very pragmatic approach,given that to prepare for the Morra would be a lot of work for a very rare opening,plus the fact that the 2...Nf6 Alapin is completely acceptable for Black. But others might wish for a more combative attitude.

Rogozenko provides both a solid (early ...e6) and a more contentious approach to the Alapin,but in general the lines are main line with an eye to simplification and solidity.

A big plus to the book,in my opinion, is that Rogozenko is very careful to delineate recommendations according to one's Open Sicilian preference (2...e6 vs 2...d6 vs 2...Nc6). Thus all Sicilian players are provided with a repertoire that is easy to find.

And in my opinion the book is suitable for a very wide range of levels,as Rogozenko recommends mostly GM main lines, but consistently inserts refutations of plausible mistakes that lesser players are liable to make.

Rogozenko's style is what one might call fatherly and encouraging, and the prose is informative and not filler. For an opening book, there is very little of the mysterious "and Black is clearly better" etc. that irritates a club player like myself. Altho without complete games (customary for a Gambit book), Rogozenko ably lays out the plans for the remainder at the end of the variations. Exceptionally clearly,in my opinion.

In summary,I truly believe one could successfully prepare vs Anti-Silians with this single volume,and enjoy doing so. I congratulate GM Rogozenko on his contribution and look forward to future efforts.
This book is a MUST HAVE for any Sicilian player  Nov 8, 2005
The Sicilian Defence is meant to give Black a dynamic position with a lot of possibilities for counterplay. An attractive aspect of Sicilian Defence for Black is that he is the one who decides wich line to play in the Open Sicilian. Most of the people who choose an Anti-Sicilian line do so because of need, because for various reasons they are not able or they don't wish to learn the theory of the Open Sicilian. The goal of this book is to provide readers with complete,objective,safe and well-organized repertoire for Black against all possible Anti-Sicilians:

1. Early Deviations(White second move deviations: 1.e4 c5 and now:2.c4,2.b4,2.b3,2.d3,2.g3,2.d4)10 pages.
2. The Grand Prix Attack (1.e4 c5 and now 2.f4,2.Nc3) 15 pages.
3. The Closed Sicilian 13 pages.
4. The Alapin Variation (2.c3) 34 pages.
5. Miscellaneous Lines after Nf3 49 pages.
6. 3.Bb5(+) Lines 49 pages.
7. 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 9 pages.

According to my Fritz Powerbook 2005 reccomended variatons scores wery well for Black in practical play.
Dorian Rogozenko: Please keep writing more books!  Jan 12, 2005
I think its clear by now that if you are a serious chess player, then gambit books are the books for you. I've had nothing but laughs at everymans.

To the book review:

This book is excellent for its theoretical content. The variations are all relevant, and detailed. Basically he went through all the anti sicilian lines in NCO and tries to improve for black, or gives better details.

Too bad the other review said this book is not for beginners, well it is. The reason is because the analysis is dead on and gives you the best lines. Dont expect to play the sicilian without memorizing, that is if you want to play it with success.
If you play the Sicilian, you should get this  Oct 2, 2004
Rogozenko gives online lectures all the time. He understands how most club-level players think better than most GMs. But this book is not a simple, low-level book full of tips. Rogo is a grandmaster that has worked hard on the Sicilian throughout his career. He shares his insights along with a lot of computer assisted analysis to make sure it holds up. Again, this is not simply theory. It is a recommended repertoire for black whenever white avoids the open sicilian.

This book often gives you multiple lines against the most common anti-sicilian systems. You can play solid and safe or risk more for winning chances.

If you play the Sicilian you know that many, many white players avoid the open Sicilian so they don't need to learn the white side of the Najdorf and Dragon and scheveningen, etc. Few books have addressed all anti-sicilians from the black point-of-view and those that have are years and years out-of-date with comtemporary opening theory.

This is simply a must-have for all serious chess students that want to play the Sicilian in tournaments. You simply HAVE to know a line against the Smith-Morra, Bb5 lines, c3 Sicilian, etc.
You cannot just study the Najdorf or the Dragon and not really know what to do when white plays something other than Nf3, d4, and Nxd4.

Unless you are below 1200 or above 2550 than this book is perfect. Its is an up-to-date manual written from a current tournament GM (i.e. these ideas WILL be played against him).
Buy it if you play the Sicilian (the most popular defense against e4).

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