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  • Essential antisicilians

    Hi

    I am trying to build a list of antisicilians to study

    Smith moron gambit
    Rossolimo/moscow Bishop B5
    Closed Sicilian
    Alapin
    Wing Gambit
    (i hate this one) the Grand prix attack

    Is there anything else I am missing???

  • #2
    For the black or white side?

    2 b3 and 2 a3 were given some master-level attention a few years ago.

    But by making this post I'm enabling a study behavior that I might not promote. If you want to have a list so you can memorize lines, your time would be better spent studying tactical motifs and endgame strategies. If you wanted to study the resulting middlegame positions/strategies and look at full games, then go ahead.

    One thing to keep in mind is that while some of these anti-sicilians have traps to avoid, amateurs are playing them so they have time to study other things. If you neglect those other things that they know better than you will (i.e. tactics) then even if you get a theoretically superior position you'll still lose at amateur level.

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    • #3
      I knew somebody would advise me to do tactics and endgame... I have Jesus de la villas 100 endgames and am learning. Them. I have ct art and use chess tempo too. Openings are an important part of chess and my knowledge of 1.c4 has helped me punch above my weight. I will look into the lines you suggested many thanks

      For anyone reading this I should suggest ct art 100 essential end games and Eric schillers end game book to anyone serious about improving at chess as well as simple chess by Michael stean

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      • #4
        I'm assuming you play the Sicilian as black and are just looking to be prepared for the anti-Sicilians you could face?

        I'm no expert on the Sicilian. In fact, I learned the Morra Gambit as white just so I could avoid having to be. I will say, as a Morra Gambit player, that if you want to avoid having to learn theory, you should decline it, but not with the most common Nf6. Learn one of the less common ways to decline it, just because Morra players look forward to the accepted lines, and see the Nf6 variation often enough to know it well, but stuff like the d5 or g6 declined lines are pretty good, and Morra players don't see them often enough to know them as well.

        I'm thinking of learning the Grand Prix Attack. I already have the "Killer Grand Prix" DVD by Gawain Jones, but I never got around to watching it.

        "Don't be afraid of ghosts! Always play the moves you want to play unless you see a genuine tactical drawback." --Grandmaster Neil McDonald

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        • #5
          Nice one for replying . The Andrew Martin YouTube video has helped me beat the Grand Prix as black.

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          • #6
            The Keres Attack looks dangerous though I am not sure if it is an antisicilian

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            • #7
              The Chameleon Sicilian (1.e4 c4 2.Nc3 followed by Nge2 and a choice of d4 or g3 depending on your taste and feel for what black does.

              The Treger Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2. Qh5)

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              *I found I needed a change in study material as what I felt there was a difference in 'just studying chess' and 'studying chess for tournament play'.

              The King In Jeopardy
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              The Middlegame, Book I
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              • #8
                I hope you meant Smith-Morra
                I float like a pawn island and sting like an ignored knight

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ketchuplover View Post
                  I hope you meant Smith-Morra
                  Some openings are a bunch of Tarrasch.

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                  • #10
                    The best anti-Sicilian?

                    Don't play 1. e4.
                    Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
                      The best anti-Sicilian?

                      Don't play 1. e4.
                      Probably true.

                      "Don't be afraid of ghosts! Always play the moves you want to play unless you see a genuine tactical drawback." --Grandmaster Neil McDonald

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                      • #12
                        Chess Opening is like clothing fashion. What's popular today can be out of fashion tomorrow. It seems Bb5 against the d6 sicilian is the most popular move at GM level.
                        " Deep calculation is not what distinguishes the champions. It does not matter how far ahead you see if you don't understand what you are looking at. When I contemplate my move, I first must consider all the elements in the position so that i can develop a strategy and develop intermediate objectives"

                        -- Garry Kasparov--

                        "Tactics must be guided by strategy"

                        --- Garry Kasparov--

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Fromper View Post
                          I'm assuming you play the Sicilian as black and are just looking to be prepared for the anti-Sicilians you could face?

                          I'm no expert on the Sicilian. In fact, I learned the Morra Gambit as white just so I could avoid having to be. I will say, as a Morra Gambit player, that if you want to avoid having to learn theory, you should decline it, but not with the most common Nf6. Learn one of the less common ways to decline it, just because Morra players look forward to the accepted lines, and see the Nf6 variation often enough to know it well, but stuff like the d5 or g6 declined lines are pretty good, and Morra players don't see them often enough to know them as well.

                          I'm thinking of learning the Grand Prix Attack. I already have the "Killer Grand Prix" DVD by Gawain Jones, but I never got around to watching it.
                          Sveshnikov in his book on the Anti-Sicilians (New in Chess, 2014) strongly recommends the Nf6 line against the Morra and Tony Rotella in his Killer Sicialian (Everyman Chess, 2014) which offers decent coverage of anti-Sicilian lines also recommends Nf6.

                          I have several students who play the Grand Prix and am warming up to it.
                          Last edited by Crash; 03-20-2015, 06:09 AM.

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                          • #14
                            I've had good results against the Sicilian using the Grand Prix Attack. But, my opponents didn't play what GM Sveshnikov considers the best lines. I played 1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5 3.exd Qxd5 4.Nc3. The expert says 3...Qxd5 is not good. Instead, I believe he suggest 3....Nf6. My games went well for me.

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                            • #15
                              @birdmove: 1 e4 c5 2 f4 d5 can be subverted by 1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 f4 and is typically recommended as such.

                              Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
                              The best anti-Sicilian?

                              Don't play 1. e4.
                              I believe that's the anti-Berlin.

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