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The Lazy Man's Sicilian

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About the Author

Ukrainian International Master Valeri Bronznik lives and works in Germany. He has written a number of highly acclaimed books, such as 'Techniques of Positional Play'. Steve Giddins is a FIDE Master and a former editor of British Chess Magazine. He's the author of several outstanding books and is well known for his clarity and no-nonsense advice.


"The variation retains surprise effect and remains playable to this day, with this work explaining both the theory and the key ideas behind Black's approach." CHESS Magazine "A very good book which offers a relatively simple Sicilian system." -- Dirk Schuh, International Master "The funnily-named Basman-Sale variation is prospering. It has lost its place among rare variations in which Black scores 50 percent, but the variation is a live and kicking. When I wrote my first Survey in Yearbook 73 (2004), there were 424 games in MegaBase 2004, with Black scoring a respectable 50 percent. Today, MegaBase 2015 has 1581 games and Black's score is 46 percent." -- Srdjan Sale, International Master, Yearbook 117 "Well represented and neatly organized, with a good balance between prose and variations." -- Carsten Hansen "Of course, no opening is quite as easy to learn as the publicity might suggest because there are transpositions and critical lines just like any other line. However, if you stick with 4...Bc5 then the long-term experience will certainly help you to handle the positions better than White who might only rarely come across the variation. Nowadays, anybody with computer software is a critic so there has been a suggestion on chess forums that the line: 5 Be3 Qb6 is refuted by 6 b4. The short answer is no and the long answer is that after 6...Bxb4+ 7 c3 Be7 the chances are roughly equal. A book full of inspirational ideas for players who wish to play something a bit different." -- Gary Lane, International Master British Chess Magazine "The Lazy Man's Sicilian is fun and offers lots of original positions." -- Jeremy Silman, International Master, author of "How to Reasses Your Chess" "On a lazy day I am certainly going to try this." -- Florian Jacobs Max Euwe Center, Amsterdam "A good way to understand an opening and surprise future opponents." Chess Moves Magazine "I can highly recommend this original and diligently-researched book to everyone." -- John Watson The Week in Chess, on the original German edition "A must-have opening book." Elburg Chess Reviews "The writing style is a nice combination of strategy, sensible clear logic and a touch of humor (...) The new edition does contain a fair proportion of recent developments and Giddins has added in home analysis to bolster his case." -- Glenn Flear

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