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98_B20 / B30 / B50 Sicillian Wing Gambits ftw
Compiled by whiteshark

The Wing Gambit in the Sicilian Defence runs 1.e4 c5 2.b4 (see diagram). After Black takes with 2...cxb4, the usual continuation is 3.a3 bxa3 (3...d5! is more recently considered superior, when White must avoid 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.axb4?? Qe5+ winning the rook, a blunder actually seen in tournament play in Shirazi–Peters, Berkeley 1984; instead 5.Nf3 is better) and now the main line is 4.Nxa3, though 4.Bxa3 and 4.d4 are also seen. It is also possible to decline (or at least delay acceptance of) the gambit with 2...d5.

For his pawn, White gets quicker development and a central advantage, but it is not generally considered one of White's better choices against the Sicilian and it is virtually never seen at the professional level. Amongst amateurs it is more common, though still not so popular as other systems.

After Black's 2...cxb4, another popular third move alternative for White is 3.d4. GMs George Koltanowski, David Bronstein and World Champion Alexander Alekhine have played this line.

<White can postpone the gambit one move by playing the Wing Gambit Deferred, playing 2.Nf3 followed by 3.b4. The deferred Wing Gambit is considered to be best when black responds <2...e6>.1 The Portsmouth Gambit runs <2.Nf3 Nc6 3.b4>, where Black is disinclined to refuse the gambit due to the positional threat 3.b5, displacing the knight and disrupting Black's smooth development.>

It is also possible to prepare the gambit by playing 2.a3!? followed by 3.b4

Wikipedia article: Wing Gambit#In the Sicilian Defence

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In his book about the Sicilian Wing Gambit (1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.a3) Marcus Schmücker takes a closer look at a very interesting opening, which for a long time has been regarded as a daredevil's approach or, at best, as an exotic option to avoid the enormous theoretical material of the Sicilian Defence. As a matter of fact, the idea of this gambit is quite serious. By eliminating Black's c-pawn and ensuring a swift development of his queen side, White wants to obtain positional compensation for the sacrificed pawn. The author concentrates on the best answer 3 ... d5, which enables Black to prevent his opponent from building a strong center with pawns on e4 and d4. The often ensuing sharp tactical skirmishes in most cases fill white spots on the theoretical rnaps. White has good chances to obtain advantage early on, which can even lead to a quick win if the opponent is completely unprepared.

Of course, it's not to be expected that the Sicilian Wing Gambit will be used more often in GM tournaments from now on. But maybe the book can encourage more main stream players to include this neglected but serious anti-Sicilian weapon in their opening repertoire. Whether the popularity of this gambit will grow depends, however, on its success in practical games.

It's the author's intention to treat all alternatives of the 'standard move' 3 ... d5 in a second volume.

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G1 from Davies Gambiteer I
Bronstein vs Chessmaster, 1995 
(B20) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

G2 from Davies Gambiteer I
T M Haub vs V Lukov, 1994
(B20) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

G4 from Davies Gambiteer I
Marshall vs C Heinemann, 1942 
(B20) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

G5 from Davies Gambiteer I
Bronstein vs Benko, 1949 
(B20) Sicilian, 76 moves, 1/2-1/2

Another pawn storm, chasing knights.
Marshall vs H Rogosin, 1940 
(B20) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

Chasing knights with pawns.
R Kujoth vs J Fashingbauer, 1950 
(B20) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

Idea with 7.f4
Marshall vs A Haida, 1925 
(B20) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs B Verlinsky, 1925 
(B20) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Thematic h7 bishop sac.
Marshall vs Stodie, 1920 
(B20) Sicilian, 13 moves, 1-0

Very interesting line, Bb2, followed by c4.
A Zajarnyi vs V Malakhov, 1999 
(B20) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

3...bxa3 4. d4!
V Grabinsky vs V Malakhatko, 2005 
(B20) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Groupe de Joueurs isoles, 1925 
(B20) Sicilian, 19 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs C Portela, 1926 
(B20) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs B Filipcic, 1930 
(B20) Sicilian, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs M Konyovits, 1930 
(B20) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs A A Surber, 1933 
(B20) Sicilian, 45 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs E D G Frahm, 1933 
(B20) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs P F Rumat, 1933 
(B20) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Tarrasch, 1912 
(B20) Sicilian, 90 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs J W Taylor, 1915 
(B20) Sicilian, 39 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs Saemisch, 1925 
(B20) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs H Sussman, 1941 
(B20) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs A Cass, 1941 
(B20) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs D H Mugridge, 1944 
(B20) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1-0

Bird vs Paulsen, 1882 
(B20) Sicilian, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bird vs G MacDonnell, 1882 
(B20) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bird vs Mackenzie, 1883 
(B20) Sicilian, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tartakower vs J Schenkein, 1905 
(B20) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs R T Black, 1911 
(B20) Sicilian, 43 moves, 0-1

Spielmann vs I Koenig, 1922
(B20) Sicilian, 43 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Saemisch, 1923 
(B20) Sicilian, 46 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Colle, 1925 
(B20) Sicilian, 21 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Saemisch, 1925 
(B20) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Grob, 1926 
(B20) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs G Patay, 1926 
(B20) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs H Gebhard, 1926 
(B20) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

Keres vs V Uulberg, 1934 
(B20) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

Koltanowski vs C Milesi, 1937 
(B20) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

Koltanowski vs Kearns, 1938
(B20) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

Koltanowski vs Solomon, 1941
(B20) Sicilian, 46 moves, 1-0

Koltanowski vs NN, 1941 
(B20) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Koltanowski vs NN, 1946 
(B20) Sicilian, 14 moves, 1-0

Koltanowski vs R Wyllie, 1947 
(B20) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

L Day vs G Sigurjonsson, 1967 
(B20) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

L Day vs P Biyiasas, 1975
(B20) Sicilian, 76 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein vs Deep Blue, 1996 
(B20) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

K G Shirazi vs K Spraggett, 2006
(B20) Sicilian, 49 moves, 0-1

Keres vs Eliskases, 1937 
(B50) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

Keres vs T Gauffin, 1935 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 21 moves, 1-0

M Corden vs Gligoric, 1969
(B50) Sicilian, 45 moves, 0-1

J Strejc vs L Cernousek, 1999
(B20) Sicilian, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein vs Deep Thought, 1992 
(B20) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

"Standard Trap" ;)
A Lenton vs F Parr, 1938 
(B50) Sicilian, 13 moves, 1-0

A Forgotten Idea Against the Wing Gambit ...
G Nagy vs J Balogh, 1932 
(B20) Sicilian, 11 moves, 0-1

L O Hauge vs R Djurhuus, 2018
(B30) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1-0

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