Item description for Play the 2 c3 Sicilian by Eduardas Rozentalis...
A book that guides readers in how to handle a popular variation of the Sicilian Defence, which is far and away the most popular chess opening. An intimidating body of theory has been developed around the Sicilian's main lines, in which White grants his opponent a central majority which may prove an important factor later on. Many players prefer to avoid the all-or-nothing attacks of the Open Sicilian, turning instead to the positionally sound 2 c3 line. White prepares to seize space and will develop his pieces rapidly to natural squares. Those who specialize in the 2 c3 Sicilian find it to be an excellent point-scorer, as Black has not only objective difficulties to contend with, but also has the psychological problem that he is battling just for equality, with little prospect of taking the initiative.
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First rate - best book on the opening Feb 27, 2005
This is both a repertoire book for white, and also a complete guide, written with passion by two authors who are both enthusiastic exponents. It presents an honest and detailed account of the theory of the 2 c3 Sicilian, a line many Sicilian Defense players loathe facing. Obviously anyone taking up the opening with white will require this book, but also players of the black side of the Sicilian will find it required reading, because of the extensive original analysis it contains. Well done Gambit for keeping alive the traditional objective openings book when the search for truth is paramount.
hmm Jan 12, 2005
whats going on here, this is a gambit book!
I have some problems with the accuracy of the analysis.
p 110 6.dxc5 'this represent s in our opinion the most promising continuations'
thats true if black is not familar with the idea that he must push the kingside pawns almst immediately. but thats not even the point. I expected much more detailed variations, certainly more than just 2 pages! of coverage on something they consider the best try. Really I could have done better with my sister on that part than these two 'experts'..thats not a joke either
13.qh4 qe2 14.bd2 this is important var. for white from a theoretical point of view to getting the advantage with c3 agaisnt nf6. overall this was very skimpy and the analysis was nothing you couldnt figure out by yourself with even an out of date database.
conclusions: these guys are either saving the good analysis for tournaments (highly likely) or are too lazy to look at the position deeper. You can save you money for the next edition.