23 ( +1 | -1 ) Closed sicilian anyone?Does anyone nearly always play a closed sicilian to c5 why so and what are your strategies i was looking at it certainly looks like an interesting alternative. But eventually the position opens up resulting in a bit like a open sicilian.
44 ( +1 | -1 ) closed sicilianI always play the closed sicilian. The startegy I use is trade off the dark square bishops and play for an attack on the kingside. Also I fianchetto the white square bishop. This is useful in keeping the position closed making the middle game position different from open sicilian. The main reason I play closed sicilian is so I don't have to worry about all the sicilian theory. I know what I'm getting into.
62 ( +1 | -1 ) I also play closed SicilianBut I'm still a beginner at it. I play the Spassky variation, trying to get an attack on the kingside, with the ideas Spassky used against Geller in the 1968. Candidates Match. There where several reasons why I chose the variation -- I like closed games, I don't feel like learning the theory of the open Sicilian (there is just too many to know), and 2002. Latvian Champion Ilmars Starostits uses it. I eywittnessed his great win against estonian IM Kaido Kulaots in the 100 board match Latvia - Estonia. The game was just magnificent. It left big influence on me, therefore I chose to play the variation myself.