“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement”
Bo Bennett (businessman)
The Closed Sicilian is not as popular as it used to be. One of the reasons could be the arising middle game positions offer only a slight advantage at best; most of the times they just offer equal play for both sides. In an era of instant gratification and/ or results, that does not sound too appealing. Why would White consider playing it anyway? The element of surprise remains a factor and in OTB chess surprising your opponent by getting them out of their opening preparation is an important weapon. You can also be a strong positional player feeling you can outsmart your opposition or simply consider yourself a stronger player (i.e. based on rating or title) wishing to test the strength of your opposition when the opening preparation is minimal. I have chosen two games as samples. The first one shows a relatively simple plan to follow for white, finishing with a perpetual combination. The second one shows equal play until massive exchanges lead to a completely drawn position. Conclusion: neither side has a lot to worry about and the half points available for both sides are as good as in the bank.
Valer Eugen Demian