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Sicilian (B57)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 Nc6 6 Bc4

Number of games in database: 1320
Years covered: 1928 to 2021
Overall record:
   White wins 30.2%
   Black wins 39.0%
   Draws 30.8%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Dragoljub Velimirovic  28 games
Nick de Firmian  23 games
Bozidar Ivanovic  21 games
Istvan Csom  34 games
Zdenko Kozul  20 games
Branko Damljanovic  18 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Fischer vs Benko, 1959
Kupreichik vs Tal, 1970
Kasparov vs Anand, 1994
Topalov vs Kramnik, 1995
Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 1993
Topalov vs G Minchev, 1988
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 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,320  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I A Horowitz vs Kupchik 1-03119282nd NCF CongressB57 Sicilian
2. G A Thomas vs S Landau  1-0591937NED-ENGB57 Sicilian
3. G Kluger vs Szabo  ½-½511937MatchB57 Sicilian
4. G A Thomas vs W Winter  ½-½351937Hastings 1936/37B57 Sicilian
5. G A Thomas vs V Berger  1-0341937MargateB57 Sicilian
6. G A Thomas vs Golombek  ½-½351938MargateB57 Sicilian
7. G A Thomas vs S Landau  0-1391939NED-ENGB57 Sicilian
8. H Antonetty vs Mross  0-1251942Cracow ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
9. L Laurine vs Keres ½-½631943EST-chB57 Sicilian
10. N Divinsky vs L M Duval  ½-½321945Canadian ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
11. L Bauza vs Najdorf 0-1321946Mar del PlataB57 Sicilian
12. W Jursevskis vs A Liepnieks  1-0311946Meerbeck Displaced Persons itB57 Sicilian
13. A Von Pohl vs Saemisch  0-1281947LueneburgB57 Sicilian
14. Korchnoi vs O L Moiseev 0-1411950URS-ch sfB57 Sicilian
15. J Balogh vs Szabo  0-1251950HUN-ch 06thB57 Sicilian
16. J Balogh vs I Molnar  ½-½211950HUN-ch 06thB57 Sicilian
17. Korchnoi vs Y N Sakharov 1-0281951LeningradB57 Sicilian
18. J Mangini vs J Canepa  1-0431951Punta del Este 5152B57 Sicilian
19. J Mangini vs M Luckis  ½-½421951Mar del Plata ZonalB57 Sicilian
20. J Mangini vs F Pinzon 0-1261951Mar del Plata ZonalB57 Sicilian
21. J Mangini vs R Flores Alvarez  0-1251951Mar del Plata ZonalB57 Sicilian
22. Stefan Szabo vs L Herrmann  0-1421951Przepiorka MemorialB57 Sicilian
23. I Gecsey vs E Gereben  ½-½731951Hungarian ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
24. J Mangini vs F Scafarelli  ½-½371952Helsinki Olympiad qual-2B57 Sicilian
25. A Vajda vs Szabo 0-1421952Hungarian ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-11-05  notyetagm: Yermolisnky has a book coming out from GAMBIT on the Classical Sicilian and will cover B57 I believe. Get more information about this book at
Feb-05-06  Isolani: From my perspective it seems that 6...♕b6 has become increasingly popular recently. White is having more success lately with 8.♗f4 than with the traditional 8.O-O after the common 7♘b3 e6 moves are played.
Jun-30-10  Marmot PFL: I don't take online games too seriously, but this one one of my better ones w black. Played at 20 min each, maybe someone could improve it for white -

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 Nc6 6 Bc4 Qb6 7 Nb3 e6 8 Be3 Qc7 9 f4 a6 10 Qe2 Be7 11 0-0 0-0 12 Bd3 b5 13 a4 b4 14 Nd1 Na5 (e5 & d5 looks more dynamic but i think this is also ok) 15 Nxa5 Qxa5 16 g4 Bb7 17 Nf2 Rac8 18 g5 Nd7 19 Ng4 Nc5 20 Bd4 Rfd8 21 Nh6+ (tempting but not sound) gh 22 gh Nxd3 23 Qg4+ Kf8 24 cd Ke8 25 Qg7 Kd7 26 Qxf7 Rg8+ 27 Kh1 Qf5 (attack is over) 28 Qxf5 ef 29 Rae1 Rc2 30 Rf2 (white is really low on time) fe4! 31 de4 Bxe4+ 0-1

Aug-25-10  Robin01: In a recent OTB game after the moves 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nc6 6. Bg5 Qb6 7. Nb3 e6 8. Be3 Qc7 9. Bd3 a6 10. O-O Be7 11. f4 O-O, I played the move 12.Na4. Does anybody have any comments or analysis regarding this move? More in line with theory is 12.a4, I believe, but I just kind of liked this move. Thanks.

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