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Ultimate Closed Sicilian Paperback – 26 Oct 2001

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd (26 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713486872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713486872
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.1 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,985,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary Lane is a well known author and chess player. He learned to play at the age of 8 when his brother taught him the moves but when Gary started winning the brother took up fishing as a hobby.
A well known coach for junior and senior chess champions he has written over 30 books. Some of the more popular titiles include
"Improve Your chess in 7 Days", Sharpen Your Chess tactics in 7 Days and "Prepare to Attack".

As a player he has won the Commonwealth Championship in 1988 (beating Michael Adams on tie-break) and also the Australian Championship in 2004. In 2012 he won elite tournaments in two New Zealand including the South Islands Championship without losing a game.
He lives in Sydney.

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About the Author

Gary Lane is an International Master, former Commonwealth Champion and experienced chess coach. He currently lives in Devon, and has proven to be one of Batsford's most successful authors due to his lucid explanations of strategy and tactics. Other books he has written include Colle Opening, Beating the French, The Grand Prix Attack, A Guide to Attacking Chess, Victory in the Opening! and Winning with the Closed Sicilian.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
I have been playing the Closed Sicilian for White for more years than I care to remember. In this book Gary Lane has managed to introduce me to new ideas and interesting attacking games that are an inspiration. I had read his previous book on the subject 'Winning with the Closed Sicilian' and was a little concerned this might be a cut and paste job. This is absolutely not the case and the result is a completely new book that I would recommend to anyone. There are games by leading chess stars Michael Adams and Nigel Short, while the new world champion Ponomariov is seen playing Black in a heavily annotated game struggling to cope with White's opening.
The Ultimate Closed Sicilian is ideal for club players who want to play something good against the Sicilian and have limited time to study.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By the great amphibian on 18 April 2007
Format: Paperback
Gary lane is one of my favourite chess writers. Obviously you can't choose what author to buy a book from a particular opening system from as there are usually just one or two good books on the market for any system or variation. So it's just luck for me that my favoured weapon against the sicilian is the Closed Sicilian. The first book I read of Gary Lane's was his recent work on the Ruy Lopez, and I was very impressed by that work. I am not disappointed with "The Ultimate Closed Sicilian". The same concise and clear annotations of variations in all the lines of the system are given, and as with the Ruy Lopez book, the book is planned out in a very logical way.

There are in total 64 annotated games in the book, each of which are used to illustrate the theory in various lines, with game segments given in variations. The explanations are concise and in clear English, which makes the book very readable.

Overall, Closed Sicilian players are lucky to have this comprehensive and well written manual. I just hope that Gary Lane writes some opening books on other variations that I play.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
How to smash the Sicilian 11 July 2002
By Robert Flood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this book Gary Lane reveals a reliable opening system against the Sicilian. It has potential for kingside attacks and leads to middlegames where White has an easy plan. I also bought 'Winning with the Closed Sicilian' also by Lane many years ago but this is a completely new product.
I have won many games with this opening system because I can follow a basic plan without having to remember lots of moves.
A great book.
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The New Closed Sicilian 3 Oct. 2002
By "brooktom27" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Closed Sicilian is a good way to beat the Sicilian Defence. It is easy to understand and there is always a big chance to attack. I have played it on the internet and won games against players rated USCF 2150, which is three hundred points higher than me!! Mr Lane includes lots of fantastic games by White although I am not sure if I can remember everything.
A great book if you want to beat the Sicilian.
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