Play the Sicilian Four Knights by IM Robert Ris


In this database, IM Robert Ris builds a complete repertoire for Black based on the Sicilian Four Knights. The starting position of this variation arises after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6

In this line, Black immediately puts pressure on the central squares e4 and d4. Additionally, he is planning to increase the pressure by playing ...Bb4 on the next move. This line is considered to be a very practical choice. Since Black is going for an active play at the very beginning, White's choice is limited. As a rule of thumb, by playing solid and natural moves, White does not get anything in this line.

For a long period of time, the Sicilian Four Knights was considered to be slightly dubious. Nevertheless, the recent top-level and correspondence practice has proven otherwise. According to the analysis of IM Ris, currently, this variation is in a very good theoretical shape.

Furthermore, we can say that this is one of the easiest to learn variations in the Sicilian. In this line, usually, you do not get the pawn structures which are typical for almost all popular Sicilian lines (Najdorf, Scheveningen, Sveshnikov, Rauzer, Dragon, Paulsen, Kan, etc.) That's why you do not need prior experience in the Sicilian, in order to start playing successfully the Sicilian Four Knights.

The database consists of 10 theoretical chapters and 15 interactive test positions.