Friday, August 12, 2011

Sicilian Scheveningen - At First Glance

A variation from the World's finest openings the Sicilian Defense is the Sicilian Scheveningen which is characterized by hitting the tempo and solid mid way defense of Bd7 and Be7 for black. Recently I frequently explore the possibilities of this game and quite amazed of the solidity for black and the tactical aggression of white. Black must play in the queen side while white must bombard attacks at the king side.

Few steps to complete of what I think is a good play of Scheveningen are 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Be7 6. Be2 Nc6 7. Be3 Bd7 8. 0-0 a6. This is basically my way to play this game and the rest of up to the player. While I'm still at the stage of learning the basic of chess, this opening makes me comfortable playing with my chess friends and even in the recent competition that I participated. Although we are at a level of chess "amateurs", this makes the game more exciting.

Today whenever I come across a chess board this opening is my top priority. I keep on this setting to search for its greatest strength and win. I know this theme isn't the best for everybody but at least I think I can win some chess if this happens. "Drawish" lines for black is also possible that's why this is my favorite against better players including tournaments.

I wish to gather more ideas from everyone who read this post. If you are better in scheveningen, please comment your variation for my additional data for this opening.

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