One of the most popular openings at club level, the Closed Sicilian was also a favourite of two World Champions, Vasilly Smyslov and Boris Spassky. Not only does it offer White some dangerous attacking chances, it avoids the dreaded main lines that require countless hours of study.
Gary Lane is an International Master, former Commonwealth Champion and experienced chess coach. He currently lives in Devon, and has proven to be one of Batsford's most successful authors due to his lucid explanations of strategy and tactics. Other books he has written include Colle Opening, Beating the French, The Grand Prix Attack, A Guide to Attacking Chess, Victory in the Opening! and Winning with the Closed Sicilian.