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  1. 06 Aug '10 15:19
    The other thread got me thinking about less common replies to the Sicilian Defence. Nf3 is clearly the most popular, I also see a lot of Nc3 or Bc4. What other responses are playable?

    I was pretty intrigued by this game:
    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1379718
  2. Standard member JedStuart
    Elephant Cobbler
    06 Aug '10 15:24
    b4!

    I don't know if it's the best response, but it's a lot of fun. Of course, I love attacking and b4 sets up your bishops in attacking position early and you have a couple half open files (your side is open) to attack with your rooks.
  3. Standard member clandarkfire
    Grammar Nazi
    06 Aug '10 16:23
    Playable? I don't think there are any responces that aren't.

    Good?

    Nf3, Nc3, c3, d4, f4.
  4. 06 Aug '10 16:35
    Ooh that is a great game.
  5. 06 Aug '10 18:08
    Getting off topic, I also love this game of his:



    Topalov as black is threatening mate, so what do you do?
  6. 06 Aug '10 18:29
    Q-h7+ Kxh7
    B-e6+
  7. 07 Aug '10 17:18
    2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 is how I usually play the opening for black
  8. 07 Aug '10 17:19
    Originally posted by Thomaster
    Q-h7+ Kxh7
    B-e6+
    Discovered check ftw
  9. 07 Aug '10 19:08
    Originally posted by clandarkfire
    Playable? I don't think there are any responces that aren't.

    Good?

    Nf3, Nc3, c3, d4, f4.
    2.Ne2 perfectly ok too.
    Then maybe not really "good" but interesting are also b4(?!), a3(an elaborate variant of the previous, planning b4), 2.b3, 2.d3, 2.g3 ...
    or even 2.Na3!? (looks silly but played by successfully at GM level by zviagintsev, proof that there's always room for innovation ! )
    But 2.Bc4 is supposed to be inferior because the bishop is not stable there and encourages an early d5 or b5 with tempo
  10. 07 Aug '10 20:00
    Originally posted by Willzzz
    The other thread got me thinking about less common replies to the Sicilian Defence. Nf3 is clearly the most popular, I also see a lot of Nc3 or Bc4. What other responses are playable?

    I was pretty intrigued by this game:
    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1379718
    2. Na3!
  11. 07 Aug '10 21:02
    Originally posted by TerrierJack
    2. Na3!
    Did you read my post? i just quoted this move !
    And i agree it's certainly less risky and sounder than the gambits (morra or wing), and less dull than d3 or g3...certainly worth the surprise effect (if you understand the positionnal ideas, behind it, not that easy of course)
    The problem is that it looks more like a master level surprise weapon, since its main ideas seem to be to reach setups which will look like either the rossolimo (Bb5) or the alapin (c3), depending on what black answers. Which means you have understand the positionnal ideas behind both the rossolimo and the Alapin !