The Sicilian Defence1.e2-e4 c7-c5
The basic position of the Sicilian Defence. From the start Black is seeking an open struggle with this asymmetrical pawn structure in the centre. The Sicilian is the most frequently played opening both at grandmaster and at amateur levels. It gives Black very good chances of counterplay. One important idea for Black is the opening of the c-file which he would like to use for his counterplay.
Sizilianisch selbst spielen
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