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Re: Interesting side lines
Reply #5 - 05/06/08 at 19:02:42
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I recommend you check out Joel Benjamin's series on the Anti-Sicilian at the Jeremy Silman site:
http://www.jeremysilman.com/chess_opng_shrtcts/archive.html
I think that comes closest to your repertoire, though he fails to discuss the Grand Prix, even though he himself uses it on occasion -- as here:
http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org/games/java/2006/gpa-explained.htm

A book that may interest you is the recent Starting Out: Sicilian Grand Prix by Gawain Jones, which discusses some alternate systems, especially one beginning 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5!?  That seems promising and can lead to all sorts of interesting transpositions, including back to the Grand Prix.
  
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Re: Interesting side lines
Reply #4 - 05/04/08 at 10:47:03
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What is the advantage of 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Bb5 (Nd4) compared to 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 ? The moves Nf3 and Bg7 are the most useful thinkable in this variation.
  

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Reply #3 - 05/04/08 at 08:16:30
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Whilst on the topic of the Grand Prix, you could consider 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Bb5!?, which has played successfully numerous times by Tigran Petrosian (TIGRANO) on ICC with success. Obviously ICC and competitive play are completely different, but if it works for Tigran, it could work for you as well.

However, you should definitely make 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 your main line in the Grand Prix, especially since even Grandmasters have been caught out in this variation (Jones-Van Wely, 2007 springs to mind).
  

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Re: Interesting side lines
Reply #2 - 05/03/08 at 11:23:09
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The 6.g3 Sicilian lacks punch. The simple plan Bd7, a6, Rb8, b5 offers Black all the counterplay he needs.
If you already intend to play Bb5 why not the GPA again? 2...Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.a4!? offers no advantage (but neither does 2...d6 3.f4) but is quite interesting.
After 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 Black still has a wide choice: Paulsen/Kan/Taimanov (3...a6 or 3...Nc6 without ...Nf6), Scheveningen (3...d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Be7 and Black avoids the Keres Attack proper), Four Knights.
  

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Re: Interesting side lines
Reply #1 - 05/03/08 at 06:50:33
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Against 2...Nc6, consider 3.Nge2!?. This renders 3...e5 dubious in view of 4.Nd5 and 5.Nec3, which is better for White, whilst still leaving you with the option of reaching an Open Sicilian. Against 3...Nf6, you can play 4.g3, 5.Bg2 and 6.d4 to reach a g3 Dragon, which may not be in your opponent's repertoire. Against 3...g6, you can play 4.g3, 5.Bg2 and 6.d4, again transposing to the g3 Dragon. Finally, against 3...e6 you can transpose to an Open Sicilian with 4.d4.

Perhaps 3.Bb5!? is another idea worth investigating, playing in similar fashion to the Rossolimo, but with much less theory.
  

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Interesting side lines
05/03/08 at 04:35:17
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Hi all,
What do you guys think of this repertoire:
1.e4 c5
2.Nc3 d6
then Grand prix attack      if 2...Nc6 then 3.Nf3 if 3...Nf6 then 4.Bb5
                                             if 3...e5 then 4.Bc4 if 3...g6 then go into Accelerated Dragon line with nc3

Finally if 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 then 3.nf3 and go into main lines as in Experts versus the sicilian and playing an early Nxc6 to avoid the Sveshnikov. 
thanks for your time,
ZATARA
  
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