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Re: 2...a6 against the Grand Prix
Reply #13 - 12/02/14 at 03:40:03
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I think it is fair to say that 2. f4 is usually met by 2. ...d5(!). A rook pawn move here would be surprising.

2. ...a6 is a common enough response to 2. Nc3, particularly for Najdorfers.
  
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Re: 2...a6 against the Grand Prix
Reply #12 - 12/01/14 at 16:11:57
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Sure, 1.e4 c5 2.f4 a6 is played every second day at the highest level...  Roll Eyes
  
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Re: 2...a6 against the Grand Prix
Reply #11 - 01/12/13 at 04:58:29
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You can respond with  2....a6 on your second move in response to 2.f4 . Then immediately continue with b5and Bb7 attacking e4 (the point of this line).This is not a speculative line - it is played at the highest levels of chess.


  
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Re: 2...a6 against the Grand Prix
Reply #10 - 11/29/12 at 15:38:41
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BobbyDigital80: Okay, I see. Smiley  In my experience though, I have switched openings more times from not getting what I want than from getting what I want and still getting crushed.
  
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Re: 2...a6 against the Grand Prix
Reply #9 - 11/29/12 at 09:25:53
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Not intentionally Smiley
  
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Re: 2...a6 against the Grand Prix
Reply #8 - 11/29/12 at 07:40:33
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MartinC wrote on 11/20/12 at 16:29:33:
Stopping the attack comes from being prepared and playing accurately subsequently Smiley So sure, more risk initially but potentially greater internal satisfaction at the end of it.

More seriously it is a little inconsistent for a Nardojf to run scared of 2.. d6 3 f4 when they've got stuff like 6 Bg5 etc to deal with!


Howcome you always spell Najdorf as Nardojf?
  
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Re: 2...a6 against the Grand Prix
Reply #7 - 11/29/12 at 07:37:46
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Pikachulord6 wrote on 11/20/12 at 15:56:02:
2...d6 frustrates a Grand Prix Attack player?! I always thought that it gave a GPA player exactly what he wanted. The main two moves that frustrate (at least to me) are 2...e6 and 2...a6. In both cases, I believe f2-f4 is less optimal, and some GPA players prefer to transpose to the Open Sicilian instead.

EDIT: I just realized that you already acknowledged that 2...d6 gives White what he wants. But I still don't see how it stops any attack.


If I recall correctly, if White insists on a Closed Sicilian against 2...a6, then g2-g3 is preferable to the immediate f2-f4.


I was half-joking, but my point was I like it when I give White what he wants and still beat him, making him lose confidence in his anti-Sicilian.
  
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Re: 2...a6 against the Grand Prix
Reply #6 - 11/21/12 at 10:15:47
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I think playing 2. ... a6 is quite convenient for a Najdorf player. Though, accepting the attack is not to be feared, it is stil a rather double-edged attempt.

The problem of course is as Pikachulord6 mentions:
White has the option to enter the Closed Sicilian instead and ...a6 may turn out to be a waste of tempo in many lines (though one may argue that the closed nature of the position may allow for a waste of 1 tempo).

I play the Najdorf and follow this recipe:
a) If I know my opponent plays the GP: 2. ... a6
b) If I know nothing about him/her: 2. ... d6
=> I prefer not to miss the option to enter a Najdorf by committing with 2. Nc3 Nc6, but this is also a good option, e.g. you could play an Acc. Dragon instead, while avoiding the Maroczy (plus you get a more unbalanced game if you want to play for a win).
  

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Re: 2...a6 against the Grand Prix
Reply #5 - 11/21/12 at 09:39:33
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I don't get personally involved at all but can appreciate the thinking behind taking it on Smiley
  
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Re: 2...a6 against the Grand Prix
Reply #4 - 11/20/12 at 23:49:14
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MartinC wrote on 11/20/12 at 16:29:33:
Stopping the attack comes from being prepared and playing accurately subsequently Smiley So sure, more risk initially but potentially greater internal satisfaction at the end of it.

More seriously it is a little inconsistent for a Nardojf to run scared of 2.. d6 3 f4 when they've got stuff like 6 Bg5 etc to deal with!

Do you play the usual Nge7 or Ftacnik's Nf6?
  
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Re: 2...a6 against the Grand Prix
Reply #3 - 11/20/12 at 16:29:33
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Stopping the attack comes from being prepared and playing accurately subsequently Smiley So sure, more risk initially but potentially greater internal satisfaction at the end of it.

More seriously it is a little inconsistent for a Nardojf to run scared of 2.. d6 3 f4 when they've got stuff like 6 Bg5 etc to deal with!
  
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Re: 2...a6 against the Grand Prix
Reply #2 - 11/20/12 at 15:56:02
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2...d6 frustrates a Grand Prix Attack player?! I always thought that it gave a GPA player exactly what he wanted. The main two moves that frustrate (at least to me) are 2...e6 and 2...a6. In both cases, I believe f2-f4 is less optimal, and some GPA players prefer to transpose to the Open Sicilian instead.

EDIT: I just realized that you already acknowledged that 2...d6 gives White what he wants. But I still don't see how it stops any attack.


If I recall correctly, if White insists on a Closed Sicilian against 2...a6, then g2-g3 is preferable to the immediate f2-f4.
  
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Re: 2...a6 against the Grand Prix
Reply #1 - 11/20/12 at 10:04:59
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Yeah it's a cool line, but I also like 2...d6, giving White what he wants, and putting an end to his attack! That really frustrates a Grand Prix player.   Wink
  
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2...a6 against the Grand Prix
11/20/12 at 08:25:27
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I like this move against 2.Nc3...What do other players think.
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 a6 is the line chosen in the new book The Sharpest Sicilian 2012 and Fighting the Anti-Sicilians by Richard here at Chesspub.  I like the idea of not giving white the Fianchetto to try and break open with his king side pawns!

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