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Would you take this variation? If so, why? Kalashnikov Variation: Nf3 Nc6 3. The move
A Sicilian Stunner - The Kalashnikov
The Sicilian Defence is a chess opening that begins with the following moves:. The Sicilian is the most popular and best-scoring response to White's first move 1. Grandmaster John Nunn attributes the Sicilian Defence's popularity to its combative nature; in many lines Black is playing not just for equality, but for the advantage. The drawback is that White often obtains an early initiative, so Black has to take care not to fall victim to a quick attack. Rowson writes:. To my mind there is quite a straightforward explanation. In order to profit from the initiative granted by the first move, White has to make use of his opportunity to do something before Black has an equal number of opportunities of his own.