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There are many other motifs involved. For instance, trading the c-Pawn for the opponent's d-Pawn leaves you with two center-Pawns against one, which is a middle-game advantage.
Also, White gains an open center-file (useful for positional pressure) while you gain an open flank-file (useful for direct attack).
The Sicilian sucks. I never play it.
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A great opening if you want to laugh at your opponents as they ferociously attack your king but ultimately over press and fail.
more like a fail opening when they open lines of attack and u lose
cool give us a refutation then
Sicilian players love getting attacked. We kill your attacks!
It takes a certain mentality. You concede white a developmental advantage at a cost, a center pawn. You then need to counter-attack aggressively. If you hold your own, then black often comes out at least equal and highly active. But if you play passively, and don't take advantage of your tactical and positional resources...it won't end well.
From the white perspective, it feels like black is much more in the driver's seat than he is than in most french and ruy lopez lines. I remember my first game against a sveshnikov, it was a very disconcerting loss of control having no knowledge of the lines. It is much clearer (to me) in most french and ruy lopez lines what you should be doing as white.
Have you ever failed to defend?
Sure I've lost, but white isn't going to have any advantage in main line Sicilians.
What do you think of the Sicilian? One of the most Popular, if not the most popular, Openings.
It's ok. I just wish there were several variations of it. Then it could be more interesting.
I would indeed sacrifice development for a little central control
I thought there were...
Sicilian is really interesting specially for attacking players! Here you have a little introduction about one of the most popular Sicilians... http://www.chess.com/blog/JRgascon/introduction-to-najdorf-sicilian
Najdorf is my favorite
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