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nfp40uk 17 ( +1 | -1 )
sicilian whats with the sicilian...

A lot of people I play at the moment play 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 nxd4 nf6 5 nc3 e5?? surely this creates a backward d pawn and looks anti-positional!!
getoutofhere 31 ( +1 | -1 )
from nunn's chess openings: "this combative line leads to highly unbalanced positions in
which Black accepts serious structural weaknesses in
return for active piece play and a potentially powerful
pawn center"
i hope this is helpful... i have noticed too that this is a
popular line here.
chuckventimiglia 17 ( +1 | -1 )
Sicilian??? That is not the Sicilian it is the Scotch Four Knights opening. The Sicilian you may be referring to is:
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5

This is the Sveshinikov Sicilian also called the Pelikan. Chuck
atrifix 24 ( +1 | -1 )
Sveshnikov theory runs 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Bxf6 (or 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6) gxf6 10. Nd5 f5, usually leading to a roughly equal position where Black's static weaknesses are counterbalanced by chances along the g-file, breaks in the center and active pieces.
brunetti 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Chuck: 1...e5 in nfp40uk's post is obviously a typo for c5: you know this by the fact that "a lot of people plays it", by the 3...cxd4 move and, especially, by the 5...e5 move, quite impossible in a Scotch :)

lordoftherings 3 ( +1 | -1 )
Pelikan hey i am a pelikan don't think 5....e5 ??