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maca ♡ 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Sicilian Often i play the normal 1.e4 c5 2.Rf3 Rc6, but then my opponents often play Lb5. I assume it is not very good move, becouse it's not part of the opening line, but how should i answer?

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sodiumattack ♡ 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Rossolimo var. It is the Rossolimo variation, and it is also a main line in the Sicilian with 2. Nc6.
You can play a wide range of moves, following your personal style. 3. ... g6, 3. ... e6, 3. ... a6, 3. ... Nf6 and also 3. ... d6 coming back in the Canal Attack.
finduriel ♡ 88 ( +1 | -1 )
R&L I guess you mean N & B, do you?

I guess the standard response to 3.Bb5 is 3...d6. This pins the Knight completely but it supports the c-pawn against a d4 advance, and it frees the queen bishop. This is called the Rossolimo Variation, I think, and is definitely part of the opening line. You could alternatively go for a kingside fianchetto by 3...g6 (4.d4 Bg7). The third variation that is in my openings database is 3...a6?! but it's said to be inferior to the other two options.

The main line with 3...d6 continues like this: 4.0-0 Bd7 5.Re1 e5 6.c3 a6 7.Ba4 b5 8.Bc2 Be7 9.d4 (finally) Nf6 =
This is a supposedly equal position. Development and center control are roughly equal, white's a little stronger in the centre but has problems bringing her other knight into play. Probably black will try and play a queenside attack, while white will concentrate on the centre and maybe on the kingside.

I'm no expert on this opening though, so I would welcome anybody's comments on these evaluations!!


suihko ♡ 15 ( +1 | -1 )
A trap Note that if you move 3...a6 in Rossolimo variation and white then moves 4.Ba4, you can win that bishop with the same idea as in the Noah's Ark trap. :)
riga ♡ 44 ( +1 | -1 )
I know it as the Anti-Sicilian. the main line however seems to be 3.g6 nowadays. The game turns almost 100% postitional. It's good because it's very hard for white to lose. i know that 3.a6 (which is usually accompanied by the more harsh (?) rather than (?!)) because it is white's idea to exchange the minor pieces anyway. By moving a6, black messes up his pawn structure and in the positional atmoshere sentences himself to an inferer game.
premium_steve ♡ 25 ( +1 | -1 )
can 3.Bb5+ be played with confidence against 2...d6 as well as 2...Nc6?
i think i might try this as white some time, i'm not sure. usually i only play c3 sicilians.
i'll probably study up on both tonight and see if i'd like to have anything to do with them.

olympio ♡ 6 ( +1 | -1 )
see see Kasparov vs. the World that was a huge corresopndence match. 3. Bb5+