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Re: What move 2 is best vs the anti sicilians
Reply #6 - 07/20/21 at 14:09:06
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In my opinion, 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 limits White's options the most.  A wise philosopher once said:
mn wrote on 07/18/21 at 11:55:08:
- 2...e6 is a good choice if you don't mind having your pawn on e6
  

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Re: What move 2 is best vs the anti sicilians
Reply #5 - 07/20/21 at 08:11:39
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2 Nf3 g6 gives white the independent option of Qxd4 or white can play c3 an and it depends if black likes g6 setups vs c3 Sicilian. White can consider 3 c4 if he wants a Marozy position.

An other thing to consider is 2 Nc3 and how to combine with a Sicilian if white changes hes mind a transposes to open Sicilian. White has independent options. 2 .. d6 can be met with d4 Qxd4 Nc6 Qd2 with ideas b2 Bb2 000,. 2 .. e6 is no problem for e6 Sicilian players,  c4 setups are ruled out. 2 .. g6 can lead to a stange version of Dragon. 2 .. Nc6 Nf3 and black han choose to either e5  or else play g6 that can transpose to Dragon where 9 000 is ruled out or Rossolimo. Or play
d6 lif he plays classical Sicilian. There is also 2 .. a6 as independent option.
  
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Re: What move 2 is best vs the anti sicilians
Reply #4 - 07/18/21 at 12:34:29
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If you like to play the Sicilian Dragon, you should consider 1e4 c5 2Nf3 g6. I see this from the white side and it seems somewhat underexplored.

I think 2...e6 is a solid anti-anti-Sicilian move. It is suitable if you play the Kan, Taimanov, or 4Knights variation. Of course, the Najdorf is out of the question.
  
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Re: What move 2 is best vs the anti sicilians
Reply #3 - 07/18/21 at 11:55:08
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My sense is that:

- 2...d6 gives White many serious options (3.Bb5+, 3.c3, 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4, 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3) which are all very decent but maybe none are as dangerous as the Rossolimo.

- 2...Nc6 is a good choice if you don't mind facing the Rossolimo, and White's options for an Anti-Sicilian are relatively limited

- 2...e6 is a good choice if you don't mind having your pawn on e6 in, e.g. the c3-Sicilian and King's Indian Attack.
  
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Re: What move 2 is best vs the anti sicilians
Reply #2 - 07/18/21 at 09:58:12
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I assume Mtal meant "after 2.Nf3". My own preference is for 2...d6, chiefly because I dislike 2...e6 3.c3 and 2...Nc6 Bb5. I wouldn't suggest that it "works best", but it suits me.
  
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Re: What move 2 is best vs the anti sicilians
Reply #1 - 07/18/21 at 06:42:32
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Depends on white’s move 2.

Beyond that comment, you’d have to be much more specific to get useful answers. There’s lots of them - GPA, Morra, Closed ...
  
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What move 2 is best vs the anti sicilians
07/18/21 at 00:30:17
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Just wondering, is there a move 2 that works best vs the anti sicilians? I guess they all have there pros and cons. Just wanted to hear what sicilian players think.
  
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