Best way to meet the c3 sicilian?

  • #1

    Hey, so i am an expert level player looking for an aggressive or full of complications line for black against the c3 sicilian. For all this time, i had been playing the following line:

    Although it is a risky line, I felt that in my games against lower rated players, the positions got some what dull. Another line i looked at was the Nf6 line:

    But i felt again after reading Experts on the anti-sicilians, that the main lines end in many simplifications and even some of the side lines end in dead equal endgames. So my question is: Is there a more dynamic way or improvements for black in the lines above? Thanks

  • #2

    2. ...Nf6 is what I always hated seeing. It is also a transposition to the declined Smith Morra Gambit.

    And nevermind what GMs say in books, you won't be playing many GMs anyhow. Laughing

  • #3

    Thanks guys! Ok, i'll take a second look at the 2. Nf6 stuff Wink especially if a c3 sicilian player says he hated seeing it

  • #4

    Against the c3 line I usually play the e6 line. 1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.d4 d5. It tis the most solid line against the c3 Sicilian, but it can turn into the French. So I switched to the d5 line. 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5

  • #5

    I just recently had 2.c3 played against me on ICCF. This guy specialized in what he attributed to GM Tiviakov with 2.c2 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Bc4, and I noticed this player had been getting some good results. Ultimately, I found a line that buzz-kills Bc4:

     



  • #6

    Tiviakov at his dvd claims that 2...Qa5 is playable for black.You may want to look closer at this variation.

  • #7

    Depends on where your main strengths lie, but if you really want winning chances at this level, maybe you should look at some sidelines (2...d6+g6, 2...e6, 2...b6).

  • #8
    pellik wrote:

    That's not dead equal.

    Yes it is. White has absolutely nothing in that position. A check with Houdini shows 0.00 no matter how long you let it think.

  • #9
    FirebrandX wrote:
    pellik wrote:

    That's not dead equal.

    Yes it is. White has absolutely nothing in that position. A check with Houdini shows 0.00 no matter how long you let it think.

    Tbh, i think you look at the engine evaluation a bit too much. Of course its a draw, but humanistically speaking, if white is the only one to win this position, that in my mind gives white the advantage.

  • #10
    Randomemory wrote:
    FirebrandX wrote:
    pellik wrote:

    That's not dead equal.

    Yes it is. White has absolutely nothing in that position. A check with Houdini shows 0.00 no matter how long you let it think.

    Tbh, i think you look at the engine evaluation a bit too much. Of course its a draw, but humanistically speaking, if white is the only one to win this position, that in my mind gives white the advantage.

    Merely suggesting the engine evaluation shows 0.00 in a position with:

    A. Material perfectly balanced.

    B. Pawns on the same files.

    C. Queens off the board.

    Does NOT equal "you look at the engine evaluation a bit too much." Rather, it's backing up the facts above. I half expected someone to pull that crap, so I was just waiting for the reply to happen. White has NO more right to expect to win this than black does.

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