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I checked this line with a computer and 5.Nf3 is theoretically a stronger move to play than developing it on e2
1.e4 c5 2.c3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.Nf3
In case of 5...cxd4 6.cxd4 Bg4
white has 7.d5 then if 7...Ne5 8.Nxe5
It looks like the queen on d1 is hanging but it's poisoned.
1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Nbd2 e6 7.Bc4 Qd6 8.Nb3 cxd4 9.Nbxd4 Qc7 10.Bd3 a6 11.0–0 Nbd7 12.h3 Bh5 13.Re1 Be7 14.g4 Bg6 15.Bxg6 hxg6 16.Ng5 0–0 17.Qf3
Maybe this line is good enough actually, but I probably wont be able to remember it. Certainly here, it is wrong for white to play 17.Qf3 though due to 17...e5. Instead he should try the immediate 17.Ngxe6. At least this is according to my computer.
Actually I think that sacrifice idea I gave in the last message is probably not lead to anything. I just got excited and decided to share the idea when my computer recommended it to me. Maybe because it is freeware the evaluations are not good enough?
1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Nbd2 e6 7.Bc4 Qd6 8.h3 [8.Nb3 cxd4 9.Nbxd4 Qc7 10.Bd3 a6 11.0–0 Nbd7 12.h3 Bh5 13.Re1 Be7 14.g4 Bg6 15.Bxg6 hxg6 16.Ng5 0–0–0 17.Nxf7 Rxh3 18.Nxe6]
I checked the line with the computer and it is certainly suspicious. 8.h3 is the move recommended to be played by SF 2.3.1, 8.Nb3 is the move given by Dzindzi.
13...Be7 definately is not the most accurate move by black in this position (better would have been 0-0-0)
Instead of 14.g4 white should have followed up with 14.Rxe6 fxe6 15.Nxe6 etc which is clearly winning.
yeah, i took a look with Rybka and it is fairly even through the start with white working a little ahead (~+0.20) but once g4 is played it becomes even (~0.00). Even after white Ng5 it is virtually even.. but if black is allowed to play Rh3 it takes the lead (~ -0.36) but if white ever played the other knight forward to Ne6 it is all over and black wins with a few options to Checkmate.. so the opening may be fairly solid but there is an error there around 13min...
at 13 mins it will be black to move...lets see what happens
EDIT: Thank you as I know many who use the sicilian.
Thank you! Very nice video.
I always enjoy a good Sicilian, or anti-Sicilian lecture in this case! Will this line be covered? - 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 I seem to face this a lot otb as black. Thanks
Others more learned than I may have a better move to recommend, but being an accelerated dragon fan, I usually respond to 2.c3 with 3...d5 with fair results.
heplful video, but give me a knochout against the anti sicilian, I'm toying with the accelerated dragon with mixed results
Probably not pumpupthevolume, because 3...cxd4 there is considered slightly dubious and 3...Nf6 is much more common.
Thanks for the great video.
Me too, Firepower8. :)
Another great video. More please. I hope you will cover ... g3 and ... e6. Is there any way to ensure that white can't get into drawish situations.
Thanks in advance
Great video, GM Dzindzi. I have a request for you: can you please do a video on how to counter the catalan opening as black? I play the classical queen's gambit declined all the time with both colors, but I feel under tremendous pressure whenever I face the catalan. Thank you very much.
by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
With this new series, GM Roman Dzindzichashvili intends to provide a "stop gap" opening for players struggling against the Sicilian Defense. This is the first of 5 videos in a series that will hopefully jump start your approach/repertoire against black's most popular weapon against 1.e4. Today he covers the c3 Sicilian with a focus on 2...d5 and 2...d6 (the d-pawn) moves for black!
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation (B22)
Related: Part 2 »
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