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Welcome to the Sicilian Defence 1.e4 c5. Author Tim Sawyer analyzes 184 chess games. The 2018 Second Edition covers the Sicilian Defence, especially the Najdorf, Dragon, and Sveshnikov Variation, 2.c3 Alapin, 2.d4 Smith-Morra Gambit, 2.Nc3 Closed, and the 2.b4 Wing Gambit. About half the games in this book were played by the author. Many were against masters, experts and club players over 45 years of play. The author discusses typical examples of chess and tactics in the Sicilian Defence chess opening. Of special note is the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Declined Sicilian Defence. The very same position occurs in both openings after 1.d4 d5 2.e4 c5 (BDG) or 1.e4 c5 2.d4 d5 (Sicilian Defense). This expanded version has updated commentary and an Index of Names to Games. Most of the games are by experts or masters. You benefit from the author’s lifetime study of grandmasters who play the Sicilian Defense. They include Paulsen, Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Nimzowitsch, Kotov, Botvinnik, Polugaevsky, Korchnoi, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer, Larsen, Karpov, and Kasparov of old. Modern players include Anand, Leko, Gelfand, Ivanchuk, Nunn, Shirov, Svidler, Topalov, Caruana and Magnus Carlsen. Follow ideas to surprise your opponent and win. Have fun playing chess. Try this book!