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This book is in every way a definitive guide: Efstratios Grivas provides the inside story on a variation of the Sicilian Defence that he has worked for more than 20 years to perfect, and which rightly bears his name. The Grivas Sicilian (1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Qb6) has proved itself sound and reliable in practice, but is also far less well investigated than most Sicilian systems. This gives it an extra sting in practice, which readers will be able to use to their advantage over the board - it is most unlikely that their opponents will have a well-worked-out response ready. The Grivas Sicilian generally leads to positions akin to the Scheveningen, but with some subtle differences. Grivas explains these subtleties at length, helping readers to exploit all their chances to seize the initiative.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher Gambit Publications
ISBN 1904600360 ISBN13 9781904600367
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More About Efstratios Grivas
Efstratios Grivas is an international grandmaster and highly experienced chess trainer and chess author. He works with both the Greek and Turkish Chess Federations as a national trainer. He has also authored many popular chess books and articles have been published by chess magazines and websites worldwide.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Complete Guide to the Grivas Sicilian?
just ever so slightly an offbeat sicilian Jan 24, 2007
I noticed some articles on Grivas sicilians in 'New in Chess Yearbooks' 78 and 80 and decided to go to straight to the source and buy his book.
Grivas' annotated games are excellent and his commentary is lucid and honest. At times I had a sense of deja-vu that I'd been in some similar positions before when playing scheveningens and Benko sozins.
The opening won't guarantee a win but the idea is that you know the themes better than your opponent.
In ICC play facing a white charge in an opposite side castling line proved a test of resilience. My only disappointments were with some of my opponents who went for the early exchange (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6 5.Nxc6?!)
The Grivas sicilian is easy to learn and fun to play. I recommend the book.
Original work, somewhat suspect opening Jul 5, 2006
I enjoyed Mr Grivas' work - particularly as a fellow Greek! The book is very well researched. I think the main value lies with some of the sidelines as well as a surprise weapon. IMO the main line is very pleasant for White, as his plan develops by itself while Black is very close to the edge on several variations. I know that the name (Grivas Sicilian) has created some controversy - unjustified in my opinion. I think the different variation names, however, are a bit too much...