How many times have you played white and, after e4 c5 sighed resignedly at the prospects of another boring Sicilian? Alright, truthfully you've probably never even given it that much thought, but that's not the point. The point is that you can, with white, direct the "flow" of the game. The reason for this is simple. With white, you have an extra move to burn. You can either use it to obtain a slightly better position (albeit usually a sharp one) or you can use it to move the game in a direction of your choice.
The point of this post is to give the reader an alternative to the sharper lines in the Sicilian Defense without compromising accuracy as early as move 5! Alright, by now you've probably happened to glance at the title of this post which is... Sicilian Surprise: The Prins Variation. A volley of questions arise: What is the Prins Variation? I've never even heard of it, so it's probably not any good. Anyway who does this pianoman guy think he is to disrupt modern theory as early as move 5? He's probably just one of those guys with nothing better to do with his time than try to get blog views. Sigh.
Actually, the Prins is a fine line to play for pretty much anyone. Here are the moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3!? Question: What is the point of this move? Is he just trying to get clock time by making his opponent think before transposing back to the regular lines? Answer: Absolutely not. Sometimes that is possible, but the point of this post is to show you something new, and not just a cheap way to get clock time. I should probably say... WARNING!!! please set down any beverages you may be drinking at the moment. That said, The point of the line I'm going to show you is to get a Maroczy Bind in a mainline Sicilian. Now for those of you who just choked on your coffee, I would like to say three things.
1. Sorry about your coffee.
2. You read correctly, you really CAN get a Maroczy Bind in the mainline.
3. You should have set down your coffee. That said, I'll give you the theory.
Here is a game that illustrates the plan in this variation.
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