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How to Play the Sicilian Defence (A Batsford chess book) Paperback – 24 Sep 1987

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (24 Sept. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713453966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713453966
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 869,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Neil Lawrence Levy (b. March 14, 1945, in London), is a Scottish International Master of chess, a businessman noted for his involvement with computer chess, and the founder of the Computer Olympiads and the Mind Sports Olympiads. He has written more than 40 books on chess and computers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 20 Mar. 2014
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I am just an average player who only plays for fun. Since I have decided to adopt the Sicilian as my main defence against P-K4 I have chosen this book to give me a good grounding, so I can avoid the common traps. This book is more than good enough for me.
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Excellent instructive Sicilian manual 28 July 2003
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This book by Levy and O'Connell is a wonderful primer on the Sicilian defence, that is instructive as well as entertaining. The authors mention Fine's Ideas Behind the Chess Openings in the intro., and it is apparent that they tried to write the book they thought Fine would write, if he were to focus just on the Sicilian. There is a great deal about pawn structures. The book is similar to the "Mastering the ..." opening series, such as the Bellin and Ponzetto books. An excellent, high quality work. I would recommend getting the hardback copy.
Five Stars 16 Mar. 2015
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Caution - Descriptive Notation Edition - Great Book Though! 27 April 2014
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The hardback edition of this book described in this listing, published in 2009 by Ishi Press, appears to be simply a reprint of the 1978 hardback edition published by David McKay Co. As such, both books are printed using the older, more difficult to read 'Descriptive' chess notation. From what I have been able to determine, the only edition of this book published using the newer, modern 'Algebraic' chess notation (much easier to read) is the 1987 paperback edition published by Collier Books, division of McMillan Publishing Co.. While currently (as this review is being written) Amazon does list a 1987 paperback edition (now out of print) for sale, there is no indication whether it is the Collier Books, algebraic edition (although I suspect it is).

These caveats notwithstanding, I have found this book to be very instructive in explaining the fundamental principles underlying the Sicilian Defense. In fact, this book is unique in that it is focused exclusively on elucidating the principles and techniques of the opening, in contrast to the more usual opening books which deal with specific variations and lines of play. For these reasons I can highly recommend (the algebraic version of) this book for anyone looking to understand How to Play the Sicilian Defense.
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