The Sicilian Kan is one of the most flexible and easy to play variations of the entire Sicilian complex. In contrast to opening monsters such as the infamous Dragon and Najdorf Variations, Black players are not forced to memorise massive chunks of opening theory. Success in the Sicilian Kan is more dependent on uunderstanding certain principles and a system of development. Another point in its favour is that even more experienced white players are flummoxed by Black's elastic approach. Recently the Kan has received a seal of approval, with both Kasparov and Kramnik employing it in the last couple of years.