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snyper 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Whats your fave sicilian variation? and why? Mine is the dragon// i love havin that bishop in that position!
brobishkin 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Agreed... Enter the Dragon I state while playing in non-tournament games...

brunetti 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Are you together with the Pink Floyd, a Bruce Lee fan? :)

acne 3 ( +1 | -1 )
i don't know any sicilian variation
tulkos 5 ( +1 | -1 )
I hate the sicilian,so I usually take of on my own variation.;-)
frodan 20 ( +1 | -1 )
...the najdorf... ...of course.just look at my name.One time, while playing the black side of a sicilian,i sprang a novelty(!!) but went astray and was eventually unsprung by my opponent who called my variation the "frodjan".....
gimpgoth 11 ( +1 | -1 )
sheshnikov because i dont see
it very often and
it is fun to play
with the black or
white and it leads
to an even game
brobishkin 34 ( +1 | -1 )
Brunetti... "Board don't hit back" a quote from Bruce Lee after an opponent chopped a board in half with his hand before the tournament... Some can say "Im a jack of all trades" but I am still trying to become a Master at some... The Musician in me is the closest... Chess is running a close second... I would name a third one but I am on a cease-fire agreement...

myocardial 34 ( +1 | -1 )
The Sveshnikov Sicilian The Sveshnikov (properly spelled) is a dynamic opening for black; it shows no sign of being played out, despite intense analysis by strategists. The secret of its success is that if Black is not worse, he is usually better. It offers a challenge for black to be on his toes. There is no middle ground.
9. Bxf6 gxf6
10.Nd5 f5
11.Bd3 Be6
Above considered Main Line
nottop 87 ( +1 | -1 )
Only problem The only problem with Sveshnikov is that there are some lines that black can only win if white is also playing for a win.
Opening has been analysed so deeply it's hard for black to win if white just wants a draw.
I guess that's true of a lot of other openings.
The last time I played the Sveshnikov against a player rated lower than me, he played a line that surely lead to a draw - unless black is willing to make inferior moves in the hope of outplaying his opponent.
I really like the Sveshnikov but now only play it against players rated no more than 100 points lower than me.
I also like the French defense, but there are also drawish lines there.
Against a player rated well below you, maybe the Pirc or Modern is a good try - because the lines are so nebulous.
taoistlunatic 128 ( +1 | -1 )
nottop.... interesting idea, I just started studying openings a few months ago and I never thought of playing different openings against different rated players until just recently. I discovered this while playing in a local club I just joined. Here on gameknot I tend to play strong players and choose solid openings, especially with such long time controls. But over-the-board, specialy against lower rated players, I found that gambits are extremely strong openings, as the pawn usually isn't even a factor, since most amateur games are decided by a blunder. Plus... gaining a lead in development, or taking the initiative from white seems to be more than enough compensation for the pawn.

I finally discovered this, because I was getting frustrated playing boring games which led to draws against players who are lower-rated than me, so I am beginning to understand what you mean about choosing different openings against different level players. For example I love to play the sicilian dragon over the board against ho-hum players, but I would almost never play it against a master...He would probably wipe me off the board with tactics!!!
experiment2001 4 ( +1 | -1 )
When I choose it's the sveshnikov for corr. and dragon for blitz.