Looking for a way to refute the Sicilian

isjatt

I play against the sicilian so much and hate going into lines people know better than me.What are some counters to the sicilian that can lead to nontheoretical positions or just something fun to play?

sachin884

Play smith morra gambit

horselover123

i basically play this all the time because it's the only thing that gives me a chance of winning above 0%, any mainline theory gets me crushed

B1ZMARK

1. stop trying

2. cri

IHaveTHEChessSkill

Never play 2.a3

TheMoistOstrich

Someone said never play a3 but the delayed wing gambit is a good gambit imo that gives you the initiative and a strong center.
1. Alapin
2. b3
3. Closed Sicillian
4. a3
Just play them and see which one you like best. happy.png

WolfKid18

delayed alapin or maroczy bind

ShamusMcFlannigan

Play the open sicilian but specialize in the more positional lines.  Pick lines that are sound but not as critical, so they have less theory.  Black usually doesn't put as much time/effort into these lines as well so you often have a practical advantage.  Eventually if you wanted to switch over to something more critical against a specific line in the sicilian, you could do so without messing up the rest of your repertoire.  

FizzyBand

a3 g6 = and White is the one needing to be precise to stay equal

Open Sicilian is the only objective test of the main Sicilians (The Rossolimo is a good test as well, it's just that you can't force Black to allow it)

IHaveTHEChessSkill

a3 = bad

IHaveTHEChessSkill

wasting tempos

wornaki

I like the idea of the Keres (2.ne2), which forces some degree of initiative from black... Very similarly off-putting to many Sicilian players is 2.be2, with similar ideas. Then again, as it was previously said, the main challenge to the sicilian comes from playing open variations of it.

IMBacon
isjatt wrote:

I play against the sicilian so much and hate going into lines people know better than me.What are some counters to the sicilian that can lead to nontheoretical positions or just something fun to play?

This stops everyone in their tracks...

 

Mr_Winawer

Try the Prins Variation against 2...d6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7qzruXqPsw&t=307s

Try the Rossolimo against 2...Nc6 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iddK1iAVP70&t=1s

and the Kramnik Variation against 2...e6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04mHPHxmdkg&list=PLssNbVBYrGcDUDYiWilH-mQxXM4ixS2z6&index=9&t=289s

EdanLeung-ChessBot
sachin884 wrote:

Play smith morra gambit

don't play Smith-Morra Gambit; play Sicilian Defense: Closed it's the best opening even @GothamChess and @EricRosen plays it

 

Susik_Gaboyan

1. Anti-Sicilian with Nc3!? Part 1 - ChessMood Grand-Prix for sure. I learn this too now.

rychessmaster1

every good sicilian player knows how to kill the morra

Play anything where you trade your LSB and you have a good position 

isjatt

what do u think about the grand prix?

FizzyBand
isjatt wrote:

what do u think about the grand prix?

Effective in Blitz and low-rating games but not so much among strong players with decently long TCs.

isjatt

Makes Sense Thanks!