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French Vs Sicilian

Dsmith42

A lot of Sicilian players wanted in on the "French Vs Caro-Kann" correspondence match:

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-openings/french-vs-caro-kann?page=1

This, of course ended in a decisive 10-4 victory for Team French.

To that end, I'd like to propose the same for a "French Vs Sicilian" match.

Team French Team Sicilian Result
Board 1 @ThrillerFan Board 1 @AustinL0926  
Board 2 @dsmith42 Board 2 @Batman2508  
Board 3 @chamo2074 Board 3 @little_guinea_pig French 0, Sicilian 2
Board 4 @NoSignOfTheta Board 4 @Moonwarrior_1 French 1, Sicilian 1
Board 5 @Mr_Winawer Board 5 @Lord_Ultron  
Board 6 @kingsindianattack7 Board 6 @Dah_happyhoppyhorsi3 French 1, Sicilian 1
Board 7 @2Kd21-0 Board 7 @Ravenclawesome  

 

Same rules as the prior match.  Each board features two games, one with each color.  Every player must play 1. e4 as white, Team Sicilian players must respond with 1. ..c5, and Team French players must further respond to 2. d4 with 2. ..d5.  Total score is what determines the winner.  All games by correspondence, with 3 days per move.

Team French - Please confirm that you are all up for this second match, and if you want to move up/down on the Board pairings.

Team Sicilian - We'll do first-come, first served, except that Team Sicilian is limited to 2 titled players maximum.

I'll edit this first post once the pairings are set, and keep the score updated on the table above.

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ThrillerFan

I'll stay in.

So for the Sicilian, any 2nd move for White, right?  The 2...d5 obligation for French players is simply to avoid Owen's Defense and Sicilian Defense Transpositions, right?

ThrillerFan

Oh, and once we smash Team Sicilian, do we get Team 1...e5 for the Trifecta?

2Kd21-0

Staying for team Français

Mr_Winawer

I'll stay in as well 

2Kd21-0

Any Sicilian players up to bat?

Shadic_the_Hedgehog

Hello/

 

Moonwarrior_1

I’ll get in for Sicilian 

Moonwarrior_1

I love the Sicilian and hate the French so it’s perfect lol

Lord_Ultron

I'll get in for Sicilian

Dsmith42

@ThrillerFan - Correct, the 2. ..d5 requirement for Team French is to avoid transpositions.  The point of the challenge is to prove out the relative strength of the French Defense, so transposing to an Owen or a Sicilian misses the point.  Team Sicilian has no such restrictions for move 2.

Dsmith42

So four players have confirmed for Team French, and we have two volunteers for Team Sicilian.

As many Sicilians as were jumping on the French vs. Caro-Kann threads before, I was expecting to fill up the Team Sicilian roster faster than this.  I guess taking on the Caro-Kann isn't as frightening as facing French players who know what they're doing.

adrian_mclain

i would join team sicilian but i am not good at the sicilian at all

Moonwarrior_1
Dsmith42 wrote:

So four players have confirmed for Team French, and we have two volunteers for Team Sicilian.

As many Sicilians as were jumping on the French vs. Caro-Kann threads before, I was expecting to fill up the Team Sicilian roster faster than this.  I guess taking on the Caro-Kann isn't as frightening as facing French players who know what they're doing.

Yeah, I’m also surprised 

ThrillerFan

Team Sicilian - Be afraid!  Be VERY afraid!

 

I am confident enough that I will even disclose what my opponent can expect!

 

Your eyes are this when you are sleeping!

Chick-Fil-A is this on Sundays!

adrian_mclain
ThrillerFan wrote:

Team Sicilian - Be afraid!  Be VERY afraid!

 

I am confident enough that I will even disclose what my opponent can expect!

 

Your eyes are this when you are sleeping!

Chick-Fil-A is this on Sundays!

whats wrong with a closed sicilian?

Dsmith42

This should be a better match than we had against the Caro-Kann.  Sicilian players should be more accustomed to sharp fights in the center.  The French Defense is different from the Sicilian, to be sure, but you need similar tactical awareness to play both, and most Sicilian players are, like French players, playing to win, not merely hold the draw.

AustinL0926

I'll sign up for team sicilian

 

jamesstack

I dont want in but Im kind of wondering what would prevent a transposition from the alapin sicilian to the french advanced? 1. e4 c5 2. c3 e6 3. d4 d5 4. e5?