Sicilian defense

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #1


    What's the main difference in plans for white in the Be3 (English attack) and Bg5 variations of the Sicilian? Which would you recommend for white?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #3


    What, for instance, would you say is different?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #5


    Thank you. You're right, I'm not interested or capable of learning that much theory. I just wanted to know, if there was one, the basic difference in plans. This seems to be a much too difficult question to explain to a 1900 player I suppose.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #7


    I was talking about 1900 USCF which I realize is about 200 points greater than the equivalent FIDE rating. Thanks for your help pfren.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #9


    Are you saying that class players should avoid the Sicilian altogether?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #11


    Is the alapin Sicilian a good choice instead?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #13


    pfren wrote:

    Their main difference is that theory ends around move 30 for 6.Be3, while for 6.Bg5 it ends around move 40.

    A class player like you should not care at all about theoretical lines going over move six. So...


    Oh, are you jealous that people with a life outside of chess play the cool lines? Would you like them to be reserved only to you and your "elite"?

    Let me tell you what. If GMs know the 6.Bg5 theory until move 40 this has absolutely no relevance to us class players. If a line has complicated theory we just need to know as much theory as our opponent. So if a 1700 knows, let's say, theory until move 15 (understanding it, not just memorized) he's not going to be outbooked by another 1700.

    And studying theory of complicated stuff (with moderation) is the best way to improve the positional understanding.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #14


    I would recommend the closed sicilian, Boris Spassky played this more than probably any other World Champ and had good success with it.  In my opinion the Alapin is very dry(many players love it though, give it a shot to see what you think).  Here's a line I would suggest trying as well:  

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  • 4 years ago · Quote · #18


    @ pfren: I agree with your posts.  I have a question though:

    Given the highly theoretical nature of some chess openings, such as the Najdorf, would it be better for class players to just not play those openings at all?  If a class player wants to play the Najdorf as Black anyways, do you recommend memorizing the main lines (or as much of it as the player can do) or to just play some offbeat stuff to avoid the main lines and to avoid having to memorize, as you said, 30 moves?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #20


    Yeah, I may try that, because the Sveshnikov always scared me away for precisely that reason. Black just looks so busted to my poor class eyes.

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