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Starting Out: The Sicilian (Anglais) Broché – 30 avril 2002

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un livre complet sur l'ouverture sicilienne qui fournira une réponse à e4,joueur de tout niveau je pense et de se faire une idée précise de cette ouverture par rapport à son efficacité surtout.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Good First-Introduction to the Sicilian 1 mai 2015
Par David Milliern - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I really teetered between four and five stars for this book, and I just can’t give it five. The deciding factor is that I think Emms is a little bit unclear in his writing in some places, dropping a misplaced pronoun with sentences like “And he’s fine.” There wasn’t anyone being talked about, in particular, previously, so who is “he.” I haven’t had this problem with the other “Starting Out” books (Ruy Lopez, Caro-Kann, and Dutch), so it’s certainly not me. This happens in in a few places in the text, but it isn’t rampant or anything. The major reason the book pushed me on the side of 4 stars is that I think it is a monumental task to put this book kind of general introduction to the Sicilian together, and it is an achievement just doing so, as John Watson’s blurb says, but it is nearly impossible to do a great job with this project. I felt some of the lines of discussion that were given on lines was a bit too much and overly complicated for a “Starting Out” book. Compare this to others in the “Starting Out” series, and I think you’ll come away from each variation with the key ideas, objectives, and popular mentalities that go into plan construction for that variation. In Emms’ book, my take away was decent, but much vaguer in some cases. Finally, the minor detraction I haven’t mentioned is that Emms includes games that do not represent the latest in theory, but that are, as he says, some of the funner games. That’s okay, but the idea of including practical games as concrete examples is to show the execution of ideas mentioned in the body of the chapter. Therefore, not only are the ideas in a variation sometimes vague in a section or chapter, but the practical games don’t serve as a presentation for the ideas.

Aside from these downsides, I think this is a good book to launch yourself into play against the Sicilian or to employ the Sicilian. Everyman has an excellent recipe in this “Starting Out” series, and they are typical so good as a first introduction to an opening that I think it is nearly a waste of time to habitually remark on all of the positives, but I’ll list a few. The books in this series, Emms’ included, are well organized, the diagram choices are exceptions, the content is relevant to popularly played club games AND to the international scene, the lightbulb indicators (symbols used in the text) are usually extremely helpful, as are the boldfaced notices for dangers, and the books are reasonably sturdy. I haven’t found a better first-introduction to the Sicilian, and I trust “Starting Out” by name.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book is heavily read and reviewed for a good reason! 8 février 2012
Par Patrick D. Goonan - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Starting Out: The Sicilian 2nd Edition by John Emms is exactly targeted to an audience who wants to become familiar with the general plans, strategies, difficulty learning and challenges of the various options in the Sicilian. As such, it does not cover every possible variation, but it does do an excellent job of discussing the basic plans, type of play you can expect and even gives statistics for each variation.

If you are trying to make decisions as white or black as to what to include in an opening repertoire, this will meet your needs. In addition to providing basic plans, it also includes illustrative games by grand masters. With this book, you can make good decisions about what variations fit with your playing style, personality, tolerance for risk, etc.

I primarily enjoy playing against Sicilian Defenses, but I also utilize them in tournament play. In general, I avoid the most theoretical variations as black, but the ones I use I try to learn deeply. Once you have read this book and made some decisions as to what will work for you, you will need to study the particular variations and about the specific positions you most enjoy playing.

A good basic book with a simple, but fun repertoire as white against the various Sicilians is Starting Out: 1 e4!: A Reliable Repertoire for the Improving Player (Starting Out - Everyman Chess). This is also NOT a deep exploration of the openings, but rather a starting repertoire for white in the Open Sicilians. After getting experience playing them, you can decide what to include or not include in your own games.

One argument that McDonald makes for his repertoire of having solid plans as White in Open Sicilians is that it helps you to become a better player via having you play tactically sharp positions. Later, you will need and want more in-depth content, but this book provides a solid foundation that complements Starting Out: the Sicilian.

If you are very serious about being a tournament player and want to have a competitive, but rigorously analyzed interconnected repertoire, I can't recommend Chess Openings for Black, Explained: A Complete Repertoire (Revised and Updated) and Chess Openings for White, Explained: Winning with 1.e4, Second Revised and Updated Edition. These two books are truly comprehensive, easy to follow and you can score highly without having to turn the openings into a part-time job. However, they don't use gimmick openings, they are solid choices e.g. the Nimzo-Indian in response to queen pawn openings and the Hyperaccelerated move order of the Accelerated Dragon. As white, the recommendations are entering the sharp variations of the Italian via the Scotch.

Starting Out: The Sicilian gives you a LOT of value for your money. A lot of chess books don't have much content these days and they aren't always well-organized. The second edition of this book is a major exception. I wouldn't want to be without it even though I have many other opening books. With that said, if I had to play tournament chess quickly in competition, I would pursue the two books above like my hair was on fire. The disadvantage, however, is that the repertoire is what it is and you can't adapt it to your style of play or the type of positions you enjoy most.

In reality, for most players below 2000 it is tactics applied in familiar positions that win games. If one adheres to good opening principles, one should win more games as long as you have chosen relatively solid openings. Hour-for-hour studying tactics will pay off more than a similar amount of time learning critical variations. Only between 1500-1600 do the openings take on more critical importance. At the lower levels, I would explore a lot of openings, but focus on tactics, endgames and reviewing master games that are annotated.

With all of the above said, I am not a master level player, but I suspect for these players Starting Out: The Sicilian would be largely a review or survey without out much value beyond entertainment. On the other hand, these folks aren't the target audience and therefore, I must rate this work from the perspective of the audience it was intended for. As such, it is quite good, interesting and engaging along with being very informative.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 the sicilian - very first step 1 juillet 2008
Par chess reader - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
the book is well written , very clear no ambiguity , but it is better called an "introduction to the sicilian" since it will only help anybody who knows nothing about the sicilian except it is 1 e4 c5 nothing else ..... so it will open a window to a completely new world called the sicilian....but if u already played sicilian before or at least know the first 6 or 7 moves of any of its variation this book will not take u any further in that direction......the contents can be grasped more or less from other sources like will need probably another book after that under the title "starting out the sicilian" which should take you further and assist u in chosing which variation you would like to play , and then a specialized book in that variation to continue deeper if you like that very early and primitive step go ahead and buy it its very well written book and so simple to understand.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Great Book for Anyone that Plays 1.e4 25 août 2011
Par Carl Armstrong - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This 2nd edition by GM John Emms covers all the major systems and variations of the various Sicilian Defence's that you are most likely to encounter.He explains the plans and objectives, for both sides, of each variation, and gives many illustrative games to prove his point.Whether you play against the Sicilian Defence as white, or whether you play it as black, this book gives many valuable insights and suggestions.Very up to date also, considering that some variations undergo theoretical changes frequently.A great book for the novice, student and club player.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Aims to clarify and educate 20 décembre 2016
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I have many texts on chess. If the author is accurate and understandable in commentary about games and lines, I am satisfied.
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