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Sicilian Bc4 sidelines

I've never been able to play well against Bc4 after 1. e4 c5 Nf3 Nc6 Bc4, or even on the second move 1. e4 c5 2. Bc4 (even though e6 is recommended to blunt the bishop). White can play a3 or not to preserve the bishop if d3 is played.

I assume this will eventually be covered in the anti-Sicilian course. What would be the right way for Black to play against it? Always found developing Black's light-squared bishop to then be a problem.

Giorgos Kechagias

Giorgos Kechagias 1 week ago

Usually I play: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 e6 4a. d4 cxd4 5a. Nxd4 Ne7, then fianchetto the kingside Bishop and advance on the queenside. Orelse I chose castling, then Re8 and breakthrough with e6-d5. Or play like symmetrical english or modern maroczy bind.
David, today it's in Gabuzyan to-do list :) 
We'll upload the section soon. 

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David Flynn

David Flynn 1 day ago

Great work, look forward to it, thanks.
Kevin D

Kevin D 1 day ago

@David Flynn

This is why Sicilian structures should be studied as a whole, there is tendency to only examine the particular Sicilian system we play as Black but that is a big mistake. Besides the Fianchetto Structures we have to learn the fundamentals of the Scheveningen Structures, Taimanov/Paulsen  Structures, Sveshnikov Structure and by so doing when we get favorable versions of them we know exactly the best plans to adopt and the most effective places for our pieces.