Miscellaneous Variations

This final section deals with an assortment of lines which were difficult to put in anywhere else. In game 67 Black meets the Ab5 plan with d6 and Ad7. White missed a chance to inflict doubled pawns on move 6 but Black could have got to the same position with something like 1 e4 c5 2 f4 d63 13 c6 4 b5 Ad7 5 c3 g6 60-0 Ad7 and avoided this possibility. Game 68 shows a delayed c6 by Black before which White played Ab5+ and exchanged on d6. As with game 67 Black seems to be able to maintain...

Lilil bam m m

Surprisingly, the game which did most to popularise tllis plan was not a Sicilian Defence but an English Opening. The game in question is Saidy-Fischer, New York 1969 which went 1 c4e5 2 ftc3 ftc6 3 g3 f5 4 Ag2 ft f6 5 d3 Ac5 6 e3 f4 7 efO-O 8 ftge2 e8 9 0-0 d6 10 fta4 Ad4 11 ftxd4 ed 12 h3 h5 13a3a5 14 b3 fg 15 ftb2 Af5 16 c2 ftd7 17 Sel ftc5 18 Afl 2a6 19 Ad2 2b6 20 Axa5 2xb3.21 Ad2 2a8 22 a4 2a6 23 a5 4'h7 24 ledl b6 25 lei ba 26 fta4 2xd3 27 Axd3 Axd3 28 Wa2 ftb4 29 Wa3 ftc2 30 Wb2 ftxal 31...

Closed lines Big Clamp and Antoshin

The so called Big Clamp is a method of play closely related to the Closed Sicilian. The difference is that White's queen's knight does not go to c3. Games 37, 38 and 39 were examples of the 'Big Clamp' not being met by a Black king-side fianchetto. The present section is devoted to games in which he does fianchetto. The line of pawns White sets up acts as .a kind of shock-absorber. Black finds it difficult to open lines in the centre or on the queenside. White will gradually increase his space...