Kill ’em with the Kan

Some of you might have been expecting the King’s Gambit for ‘K’ but the Kan Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6) is something that is closer to my heart. I used it from the late 1990s with pretty good effect until I found it difficult to find time for tournaments after my son was born. The games you will find on databases represent a small sample of those I actually played because I was also using it extensively in weekend tournaments.

The Kan is probably Black’s most flexible Sicilian as he maintains a wide range of possible piece formations. This makes it ideal for strong players who wish to sidestep their opponent’s preparation whilst at the same time maintaining the natural dynamism that characterises all Sicilians.

In the following game I beat the former British Champion Robert Bellin using some dynamic play as Black:

Nigel Davies

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer living in St. Helens in the UK. He works as a chess coach and author and Nigel runs the Tiger Chess Academy which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos, courses and a regular blog. His students include his 18 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: View all posts by NigelD

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