Originally posted by HomerJSimpson
Something about that opening pisses me off. Im not sure I can pin point what exactly I dont like about it.
What I do know is that I do hate the fact that I give up my strong central d pawn for my opponents c pawn. I also dont like the fact that my opponent knows more about the opening then I do. I also dont like the fact that it scores a higher ...[text shortened]... osition.
What are your thoughts people, how do you like to attack the sicilian?
The thing about the sicilian, is that it's good for white and ambitious for black.
You're talking about your frustration at encoutering sicilian players who know the theory of the open sicilian better than you do. The single unfortunate answer is that the open sicilian is the strongest reply and you must learn it to some extent.
You can try closed variations but in most cases this is simply granting immediate equality to black. If you try g6 , c4 or f4 early then you need to understand closed d4 or c4 style games.
I'm an 1800 player and after trying everything over many years, the sicilian became my main e4 defence.
Against anything but the open sicilian, I am in happyland; I get an calm game with black where i can play for a draw very easily if I start to lose.
Against open sicilian variations such as The english attack, the Richter Rauzer, The Bc4 sicilian , I am very scared as black. black usually delays castling and as a result white has a wealth of dangerous sacrifices at his disposal. It is a delicate dancing defence that is very difficult. So as an e4 practitioner If you want to succed beyond 1600 level, you need to learn the many open variations. You will start seeing well known piece sacs after 10 moves.
The sicilian must be studied at least a few moves into the middle game. You will need to understand all the white sacs that threaten (mostly based around the e6 square) here. Only then may proficiency of known continuations be achieved.
I know this sucks but such is chess. If you want to specialize in e4 AND go beyond 1600, then this theory is necessary.
The white side of the sicilian is VERY dangerous.
As a sicilian fan and practitioner, I can still say that IMHO white is better and when I encounter strong white play, I am hoping and playing for a draw.