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The Close Variation

Black sought Q5(d4) control for a Q-side counter.
White knows he will need complete control of his Q4(d4) for a strong centre but develops his Queen's Knight first, deciding to defer the struggle for the centre until the middlegame. Positional rather than sharp, the Closed Sicilian can suit novices. W-Alt.
      White   Black
 1.   P-K4    P-QB4
 2.   Kt-QB3	    Transp.from Hein.O.

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