Originally posted by wittywonka
Has anyone had any experience playing as or against Black in this unusual Sicilian variation?
The Kupreichik Sicilian
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bd7
I'm honestly curious as to why it doesn't appear more often, if for nothing more than the fact that nobody else seems to be playing it, either.
I think it's because it doesn't help black castle quickly and comfortably, there's still the dark squared bishop and the king's knight to be developed, and probably more importantly, black gives too much information. by that I mean, the opening has just started, and black may want to develop his bishop to somewhere else, depending on the many various continuations.