Sicilian Warfare - Ilya Smirin

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Paperback, 336 pages, 2020 Quality Chess


Sicilian Warfare by Ilya Smirin

Sicilian Warfare is a practical guide to the most dynamic and ambitious defence against 1.e4, starting where opening theory ends and the middlegame begins. Ilya Smirin breaks down the strategic battle into easily understood elements and then looks at them in a dynamic setting.

With illuminating annotations of Smirin’s best Sicilian games with both colours, Sicilian Warfare offers a feast of attacking chess and a world-class guide to the most ambitious reply to 1.e4.

Ilya Smirin peaked at number 13 in the world with a rating over 2700. He is considered one of the most creative grandmasters of his generation.

Reviews of the author’s previous work King’s Indian Warfare:

“King's Indian Warfare by Ilya Smirin is an inspirational read.”
GM Michael Adams, Daily Telegraph

“I have been frankly awed at the number of fantastic games that Smirin has played and haven’t stopped oohing and aahing as I’ve played through them. Smirin’s comments are also a perfect balance of analysis and general advice.
My favourite book of the year 2016! ***** (5/5)”
GM Matthew Sadler, New in Chess



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