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The Sicilian Nimzovitch (8 part series)

The Sicilian Nimzovitch (8 part series)
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Ronen's Opening Survey: The Sicilian Nimzovitch.

B29: Sicilian: Nimzovich-Rubinstein; Rubinstein counter-gambit.

The Sicilian Nimzovich - 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 - is a rare and surprising line in the endless ocean of Sicilian lines. It is not played by the very top players almost at all, yet we can see some strong GMs playing that: Hikaru Nakamura and German top player Arkadij Naiditsch for example, and several other strong GMs. Black main plan is to attack white central pawn immediately, in something that resembles the Alekhine defense. The Sicilian Nimzovich is a surprising and dangerous weapon for almost any level. GM Ronen Har-Zvi, with his usual precise and detailed analysis, and with numerous examples of games, guides us through the pros and cons of this unusual variant of the ever-green Sicilian defense.
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Ronen's Opening Survey: The Sicilian Nimzovitch. B29: Sicilian: Nimzovich-Rubinstein; Rubinstein counter-gambit. The Sicilian Nimzovich - 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 - is a rare and surprising line in the endless ocean of Sicilian lines. It is not played by the very top players almost at all, yet we can see some strong GMs playing that: Hikaru Nakamura and German top player Arkadij Naiditsch for example, and several other strong GMs. Black main plan is to attack white central pawn immediately, in something that resembles the Alekhine defense. The Sicilian Nimzovich is a surprising and dangerous weapon for almost any level. GM Ronen Har-Zvi, with his usual precise and detailed analysis, and with numerous examples of games, guides us through the pros and cons of this unusual variant of the ever-green Sicilian defense.
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Very interesting and up to date. Review by frankukai
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Planning to play this variation with black, I bought this product on the Sicilian Nimzovitch. It is detailed and up to date. I believe common theory is somewhat behind in the line 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nc3 e6 5.Nxd5. Especialy in the variation with 8...Qb6 black sometimes has a promising exchange sacrifice that is never discussed but can be found nowadays with the help of powerful engines. Ronen does mention this sacrifice in one sideline. With the help of engines, I believe this idea can be used to rehabilitate the 8...Qb6 variation. The video on 4...Nxc3 is honest and does not claim to hold a refutation for the black strategy. 'The stronger player will usually win' is the summary of that line. To me, it is somewhat amusing that most authors do find the Sicilian Nimzovitch to be a worse version of the Alekhine, yet white never gets that strong center as in the Alekhine while the positions arising are not usual/common Sicilian positions. These videos here are the most up to date regarding what can be found on this Sicilian sideline. If you want to study the Sicilian Nimzovitch variation, then these videos are mandatory. (Posted on July 6, 2017)
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