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Re: The "Big clamp" Anti-Sicilian against the French
Reply #5 - 05/11/15 at 12:36:14
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Stigma wrote on 05/03/15 at 00:57:52:
Whether to play with ...d6 or ...d5 is a significant choice, and White will likely answer ...d5 with e4-e5 closing the centre, but I haven't gotten much further.


You can also look for inspiration in the English, where a set up of c4, Nc3, e3, Nge2, g3, Bg2 is not uncommon.


  
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Re: The "Big clamp" Anti-Sicilian against the French
Reply #4 - 05/04/15 at 07:15:09
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The Big Clamp was coined by Lawrence Day. You can probably find the original articles online. Chessgames.com has a short article on it:

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?cid=1025557
  
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Re: The "Big clamp" Anti-Sicilian against the French
Reply #3 - 05/03/15 at 14:58:41
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I don't know of a place to look for good coverage, but I'd also check the Sicilian move order.  I myself had this played against me once: 1.e4 c5 2.d3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.c3!?  I remember feeling pretty annoyed by White's move order, and played 5...e5. 

5...e6 scores very well for Black, though after 6.Be3 d6 7.f4 Nge7 8.Nf3 0-0 9.0-0 you're back into normal "Big Clamp" territory, with 1,400+ games in my database and a normal score for White.  I presume this stuff is covered by Rogozenko for instance, but I don't have a copy anymore.
  
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Re: The "Big clamp" Anti-Sicilian against the French
Reply #2 - 05/03/15 at 09:48:03
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There's some good material in the ChessPublishing French section - you may want to have a look there.
  

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Re: The "Big clamp" Anti-Sicilian against the French
Reply #1 - 05/03/15 at 04:23:40
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It seems to me that this is a Sicilian, not a French, so you'd be more likely to find coverage in a Sicilian book than a French one. Just don't ask me which one. Is 1. e4 c5 2. d3 even a line? I guess you'd have to look for all the things it could transpose to.
  

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The "Big clamp" Anti-Sicilian against the French
05/03/15 at 00:57:52
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I'm looking for any coverage of a line that seems have fallen through the cracks of theory:

1.e4 e6 2.d3 c5 I'm trying to build a complete repertoire for Black with this move, since I like the Botvinnik System, but now White can be tricky with 3.g3!? (hoping for Black to aquiesce and play ...d5 anyway) 3...Nc6 4.Bg2 g6.
The last two Black repertoires to recommend 2...c5 are sadly lacking here; Williams in Attacking Chess: The French doesn't mention any White alternative to 3.Nf3, while Watson's old Play the French 2 had just a brief paragraph on 5.Ne2 (after 4...g6).

Williams really should have been aware of this, since his Everyman editor John Emms recommended 3.g3 in 2001, intending to switch to a Closed Sicilian with 6.Be3 (with ...e6 already in, so a Botvinnik setup now unlikely to work). That is annoying enough, but I think I've finally found something playable there.

But what if White doesn't play Nc3? f4, Nf3, 0-0 and c3 are all natural moves. This is the "Big Clamp" Sicilian, but I can't recall anyone covering that from the Black side who happened to choose a setup with ...e6! So any idea for Black would be appreciated. Whether to play with ...d6 or ...d5 is a significant choice, and White will likely answer ...d5 with e4-e5 closing the centre, but I haven't gotten much further.
  

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