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How to respond if your opponent plays the Sicilian Defense?

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #1


  • 21 months ago · Quote · #2


    YOu have options here.

    3.Bb5 + Moscow variation of the Sicilian, which was made very popular by Kasparov in his game vs the World.  It was most recently seen at the highest level of chess in the Candidates matches.

    3.b3 is a rare and obscure line, used mostly at the lower levels if and when it's used.

    3.c4 is also rare and obscure, a hyper accelerated attempt at the Maroczy Bind set-up.

    3.d4 is by far the Main Line.

    These are just a few options.

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #3


    Just go 3.d4 and go into Main Line. 

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #4


    Play the rossolimo 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bb5 or the moscow variation 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5 and then maybe.... 3. ...Bd7 4.Bxd7 N or Q x d7 5.c4

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #5


    Valek, that is actually the Classical set-up vs the Sicilian.  Check the book, Ideas Behind the Chess Openings by GM Reuben Fine, if you are lucky to find such an old book.  That classical set-up has been known for a vast amount of time.  The Be2, Be3, with pawns on e4, f4, and then the push is the father of all White's variations excent the Rauzer set-ups in the Open Sicilian set-ups.

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #6


  • 21 months ago · Quote · #7


    The Sicilian defense is a defense for Black vs 1.e4

    The only move order which matters or the transposition that establishes the Sicilian defense is White pawn on e4, Black pawn on c5.

    If White opens with 1.c4  this is the English opening. 

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #8


    I don't know what Master_Valek is talking about. However, 1. e4 c5 2. c4 is just as much a Symetrical English as it is a Sicilian. 2...Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 d6 6. Nge2 e6 7. O-O Nge7 8. d3 O-O is a Botvinnik formation. The position is comfortable for Black, but it is still an option.

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #9


    I have the easiest answer.  AVOID IT!  Play 1.d4! (or 1.c4 or 1.Nf3 with intention of transposing to a QP Opening).  It scores a full 2% better than 1.e4 in GM play anyway!

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