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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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