Lesson 42(5): Sicilian Defense - Scheveningen Variation

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This chess information is designed for chess beginners to learn the Scheveningen variation of the Sicilian Defense. On this page you can find general description of the Scheveningen variation of the Sicilian Defense, its main and less common playing lines and see chess video on the Scheveningen variation.

The Scheveningen variation of the Sicilian Defense was first noticed in 1923 during a chess tournament in the village Scheveningen near the Hague. During the tournament this variation was played several times by several players, including Euwe playing the variation against Maroczy.

The Sicilian Scheveningen was a favorite variation of the famous chess player Garry Kasparov. It is ambitious and popular today. It may transpose into the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian Defense. Black may build the pawn structure 1... c5 2... d6 3... e6 as an answer to a non-standard White play of the Sicilian.

The following is more official data on the Scheveningen:
Variation Name: The Scheveningen variation of the Sicilian Defense
Moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6
ECO Codes: B80-B89

The Sicilian Scheveningen has 3 main lines to play and 4 less common lines:
Main line 1: 6.g4 (most popular today)
Main line 2: 6.Be2
Main line 3: 6.Be3

Less common line 1: 6.g3
Less common line 2: 6.f4
Less common line 3: 6.Bc4
Less common line 4: 6.Bb5+

To understand in a visible way the Scheveningen variation of the Sicilian, to get a general picture and presentation of this variation and to study the most common play lines of the Scheveningen, you are recommended to see the below video. Here is a short description of the video:

The video runs for 5 minutes. It shows the designated moves of the Sicilian Defense and its Scheveningen variation at the beginning. Then you can see and read general information about the Scheveningen variation. At last, you can see how to play its 3 main lines and 4 less common. To see the video, click the Play button below:

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Note. One video may be not enough to learn the Sicilian Scheveningen. Because the variation is large, there will be published a special PGN file. The Scheveningen PGN files will be placed on the next separate page of this chess openings blog. Thank you!