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An antidote for the Sicilian?
What strategy do you as White prefer to play after 1. e4 c5? And why?
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I prefer ...
to play open lines with 2.Nf3 & 3.d4 and play for Checkmate; because it makes the game shorter and avoids more pesky endgames!
Although I Will take a Maroczy-bind position, if a favorable variant is offered, and play to cramp black. Depending how he responds to it, WT may play: for the center; for Q-side advance with b4; or for King-side advance, usually with f4 to start it.
Another variation I have really enjoyed playing games with, & admittedly have gotten a lot of wins in otb tournaments against unprepared opponents rated as high as 2100, but BL usually makes a terrible blunder in such games.
So I have to believe The Morra(aka Smith-Morra)Gambit should tend to be drawish.
Although David C. Taylor did use it enroute to 1st in a U.S. Correspondence Chess Championship, that was back in the 1980's and the black side was improved after that. However, there are some newer books out on this opening that I haven't read yet, and perhaps they offer WT some new winning potentials?!(Anyone up to date on that?)
WT has never had to be greatly concerned with losing however, to my knowledge; even tho GM Larry Evans has given preference to having BL & the extra pawn in the past. But I don't recall anyone ever converting that pawn to a win for BL in my own games. Of course, I never had to play GM Evans either! So that may have saved me.
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I would take
ccmcacollister advice and just resign immediately if your opponenet answers your E4 with C5. We all know that white doesn't have a chance. Continue to play E4 hoping for C6, E6, B6, E5, Nf6, A6, H6, H5, G5, D5, A5, F6, F5, :)-
_ While the Sicilian is played by at least 50% (possibly higher) of responders to E4 I think if that/this is the case, Leko and other GrandMasters would have quit along time ago!
_There is so much available theory out there that a 1200 player with the least bit of knowledge can flog theory for 15-20 moves!
_Systems for the Sicilian are many. At move 2., B4, C3, G3, D4, F4, C4, D3, A3, Nc3, Nf3, Na3, Bc4, NE2., and etc... That is 8 pawn moves and that is at the second move, which goes to show you that the opening for white, is rich in possibilities.
_If you are looking for a magic bullet in the Sicilian, for white, forget it, there is none or the C5 move would be passe and gone from topical chess in the modern era! If you really want a magic bullet then you need to see ccmcacollister back and arms as he looks like a werewolf in London, and he is a lawyer with guns and money :))-
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... a very quick glance at a few of your active games indicates that you like open games with plenty of piece play, and enjoy gambits as well.
1. The Morra Gambit (1.e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 (or ...Nc6) 3. d4 cxd4 4.c3) or the Sicilian Centre Gambit (1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 ...), both aiming for quick development, might suit your tastes. Black can't get his pieces out so fast, though with care he can retain a solid enough position.
2. Don't overlook the Wing Gambit, though: 1.e4 c5 2.b4 ... After 2...cxb4, 3.a3 (bxa3 4.Bxa3) is usual, but you could equally well play 3.Bb2, or 3.Bc4 or 3.d4, all with aggressive intent. Plenty of scope for exploration. I'm not sure what master opinion is on this line, but I suspect less is known about it than people think... See if you can unearth game Keres-Winter in this line...
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The best antidote is 1.d4...
Otherwise, I actually think the standard main-line open Sicilians are best for white. Black gives you a free all-out assault on his kingside! Well, not completely free. I guess there is that queenside pressure you have to deal with. So sometimes you'll lose to a brilliant counterattack, but other times you'll win with a brilliant attack.
Especailly if ionadowman is correct that "you like open games," then I don't know what would be better than an open Sicillian.
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F.Marshall vs. A. Haida; 1925
... Frank Marshall and Rudolf Spielmann used to play the Wing Gambit now and then. Here's an interesting example, played at Marienbad, 1925:
1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.a3 e6 4.axb4 Bxb4 5.c3 Be7
6.d4 d6 7.f4 f5 8.Nd2 Nf6 9.Bd3 0-0 10.Ngf3 Nc6
11.0-0 a6 ... apparently expecting 12.e5 in response, but Marshall transforms the game:
12.exf5 exf5 13.d5! Nxd5 14.Bc4 Qb6+ 15.Kh1 Be6
16.Rb1 Qc7 17.Nb3 Nxf4 18.Bxe6+ Nxe6 19.Qd5 Nd8 20.Nfd4 Rf6
21.Re1 Qc8 (If 21...Qc5, 22.Qxb7. But now there is enormous pressure on the pinned N.e5)
22.Nxe6 Nxe6 23.Nd4 Kf2 24.Rxb7 ... and now the breakthrough, though not where you would have expected!
24...Qc5 25.Rxe7+! Kxe7
26.Qb7+ Kf8 27.Qxa8+ Kf7 28.Qb7+ Kg6 29.Nxe6 1-0 Black's 2 extra pawns are thin compenstaion for White's 2 extra pieces!
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ganstaman is right...
... there is a lot to be said for the standard lines against the Dragon, the Najdorf, and etc. The drawback is that there is quite a lot to know, or at least to be aware of. Since the question was asked to begin this thread, one infers you are looking for something a bit ... different from what is normally played.
Having looked at your profile, lynvingen, I do strongly recommend the Wing Gambit,mainly to exercise your tactical imagination. At the same time, though, you might want to investigate the main lines beginning with the standard 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 (or...2.Nc6) 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf3 5.Nc3
For instance, once you have developed a feel for the Wing Gambit, start alternating between the gambit and the standard line. The tactical feel that you will have developed in gambit play will stand you in good stead in the more usual lines...
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Thanks for the replies
Both the open Sicilian and especially the Wing-Gambit looks interesting.
The Marshall-game also quite instruktiv (seems to be a small error in the notation, though: 23....Kf2 must be Kf7)
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A link to Chessgames.com with a collection of Wing-Gambit victories:
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Playing against the Sicilian
I can recommend the Rossolimo (1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5) as a way to get a game that is often easier for White to play, and fairly simple. The only downside of it is, you need other lines against 2...d6 and e6, as well as a6 and Nf6 (which aren't considered to be so good). 3. Bb5+ against d6, the Moscow Variation, is one choice, and I play d4 and Qxd4, the Chekhover, which avoids the heavy theory of the Najdorf and Dragon, although those who play the Scheveningen or Classical variations may be perfectly happy playing against this. Against e6, you can try 3. Nc3, and if Nc6 play Bb5 (you can always consider going for the Open Sicilian if Black plays something odd).
You can always go for the Closed, Alapin, or KIA lines, as well as the Grand Prix, but you can be sure that any player that knows the Sicilian will probably be expecting those lines rather than the main lines, anyway. So, try some different things out, for now, and then go for the Open if it really interests you.
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The Wing Gambit is an old favorite, the few times I play 1. e4. The Sozin is also a sound pattern (1. e4 c5, 2. Nf3 d6, 3. d4 cxd4, 4. Nxd4 Nf6, 5. Nc3 with the 6th move being Bc4, unless Black essays something like ...e5).
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in "Attacking with e4" recommends the Closed Sicilian, 2. Nc3. If one of the ways to gain an advantage is to play a type of game your opponent doesn't want to play psychologically it's not a bad choice. When someone plays 1...c5 there's a message - I'm up for a open game fight. A Closed Sicilian response takes that off the table to a large extent. Also, there's a lot less theory to learn. ws
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Exactly! All too true. I cring to see such a thing from WT. Another reason why declining the Smith-Morra can be so devastating psychologically, especially with the ...Nf6, turning into Very Dull French type line.
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Play the Alpine Sicilian
by playing 2.c3, you get rid of masses of opening theory for a reletavly simple system. It gets rid of any "long term" aims by black. Lots of world champions have played it at least once in their career: Kasparov, karpov etc. It's an amazing system.