Sicilian Bowlder Attack - Could it work out in white's favor?

DeirdreSkye
TwoMove wrote:

Don't think so, Bc4 isn't particularly well placed in e6 sicilian's. Think there is the same long term problem for white after 2Nc3 Nc6 3Bb3 Nd4 4Bc4 after something like 4...a6 5a4 e6 6Ng-e2 Nf6 followed by d5. 

The details with possible knight exchange on d4, mean white may be able to maintain equality but don't think there is much for a sicilian player to worry about.

    You might be wrong about this. IMPoucin says that it is not clear how Black equalises in this line and Bryan Smith  says that it's a line that gives white very good practical chances. It doesn't worry you maybee because no good player ever played it against you or maybe because you don't know it as well as you think. 

Efaferal

Bc4 on move 2 leads to a fairly narrow set of lines that invariably involve dodging Black's pawns.  OTB at under 2,000 I see a lot of  3 Nf3 ( going for an early d4 pawn break ) and 3 a3 (usually passive middle game but potential ambushes ), occasionally I see 3 c3 (sets up for a middle game pawn exchange ).  But in general Black can push d5 immediately and get early control of center.  so I guess the short answer is 'Not Really' Nc3 prevents early pawn shenanigans and allows white to fight for the center.  On the other hand you can try to push and early f4 after guarding against the Qh4+ 

I do play Bc4 in blitz and usually play d3 and let Black spend time chasing the B while I try to get my other Bishop on the b8-h2 diagonal.  If Black uses his knight on the B I park on b3 using the a3 pawn to recapture if he takes the exchange or drop into c2 if Black tries to pawn storm. 

Against strong players there is just too much theory for me and I usually fall to a sharp variation somewhere.

 

 

 

pfren

2.Bc4: Not the most testing move, but perfectly playable.

Equal? Yes, no doubt about it. Aren't the main lines of the major Sicilian variations equal?

TwoMove
DeirdreSkye wrote:
TwoMove wrote:

Don't think so, Bc4 isn't particularly well placed in e6 sicilian's. Think there is the same long term problem for white after 2Nc3 Nc6 3Bb3 Nd4 4Bc4 after something like 4...a6 5a4 e6 6Ng-e2 Nf6 followed by d5. 

The details with possible knight exchange on d4, mean white may be able to maintain equality but don't think there is much for a sicilian player to worry about.

    You might be wrong about this. IMPoucin says that it is not clear how Black equalises in this line and Bryan Smith  says that it's a line that gives white very good practical chances. It doesn't worry you maybee because no good player ever played it against you or maybe because you don't know it as well as you think. 

Or I am quoting from GM Kotronias's book on anti-sicilians. Truthfully speaking have never played against this line, and has an e6 sicilian player have option of playing 2...e6, although have always played 2,,,Nc6 in the past. It is allowed to have different opinions on opening lines though, otherwise would all be playing the same thing.

m_n0

Quoting sources gets you nowhere when discussing openings - this is the point where someone gives a line they think equalizes for Black/is challenging for White, and then the other side gets to try to come up with a reply.