Tomas Bragesjös Sicilian games


I play Open Sicilian with white and sometimes plays Taimanov Sicilian with black and on some rare occasions I play Accelerated Dragon as black as well. I play Reversed Sicilian with black since the extra tempo is irrelevent if black follows up correctly.

I play Open Sicilian since I played it for many years so I know how to handle that type of positions and also since in my experience with the black pieces the Open Sicilian is very rare at club level since anti sicilians like Closed Sicilian, c3 Sicilian , Grand Prix, Morra Gambit, KIA, Bb5(+) etc etc are more common to meet. Also club players rarely knows theory on Open Sicilian systems not common at elite level like Be2 or g3 systems or other more positional mainlines.

Sicilian in Correspondence Chess

Particularly Najdorf and Svechnikov but also Dragon are popular openings at ICCF and I met both openings in many rated games, including in several team matches for Team Sweden. ICCF starts Najdorf 6 Be3 events at regular basic. Thematical tournaments are by the way not rated. I will however not post any Correspondence Chess games at my site.

I qualified to play in 2 different Najdorf final events by winning 2 different events. However, I have also won 1 event that did not lead to a final event, since many events does not have finals even if it is the same opening as events with a final.

After 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 white has two respected options that are a grey area of being an open sicilian or not where white white aims for a Marocy Bind setup. I have played the Chekhover variation, 4 Qxd4, in a few games, where there has been developments where white plays Carlsens 5 Qe3 as a reply to Nc6. But Qe3 is better after that a6 or Bd7 are inserted or after that Nf6 Be2 are inserted than after a direct Nc6 where Bb5 is preferable, meeting Bd7 with Qd3 but it also leads to an equal game. The other respected grey area option is to play 4 Nxd4 and reply Nf6 with 5 f3 called the the Prins variation. I have however never played the Prins variation myself.

Reversed Dragon is also a very popular opening at ICCF, I met in many rated games, including in several team matches for Team Sweden.

In thematical tournaments at ICCF

Start yearEventPointsResult
2016WSTT/SEA/22 - Sicilian, English Attack, B906/8: +5 =2 -12nd place .
2017WSTT/SEA/26 - Sicilian, English Attack, B907/8: +6 =2 -01st place .
2018WSTT/7/17 - Sicilian Dragon, B70-B796,5/12: +1 =11 -04th in section .
2018WSTT/SEA/29 - Sicilian, English Attack, B905,5/8: +4 =3 -13rd place .
2018WSTT/SEA/30 - Sicilian, English Attack, B905,5/8: +3 =5 -01st place .
2018WSTT/SEA/31 - Sicilian, English Attack, B905,5/8: +3 =5 -01st place .
2019WSTT/SEA/Final 06 - Sicilian, English Attack, B905/8: +2 =6 -03rd place .
2020WSTT/7/19/2 - Sicilian, Accelerated Dragon, B276/7: +5 =2 -0I have 3 games left in in this 10 game tournament .
2020WSTT/7/20 Sicilian Nimzowitsch Brohinka, B290/0: +0 =0 -0Starts 2020-12-15. 10 game tournament .
????WSTT/SEA/Final ?? - Sicilian, English Attack, B900/0: +0 =0 -0I qualified to this event by winning WSTT/SEA/31 .
????WSTT/SEA/?? - Sicilian, English Attack, B900/0: +0 =0 -0Starts when filled. 8 game tournament .
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