This month I take a look at a rare option for White in the mainline e6-Sicilian.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6
This is just one of many moves Black can play, whether anticipating White playing the Open Sicilian (3.d4) or something else.
This move order is considered off the beaten path. More usual is 2.c3 and if 2...e6, then 3.d4 rather than 3.Nf3. Here there is less to learn for both sides. By playing 3.c3 White avoids certain lines such as 2.c3 Nf6 and 2.c3 d5.
On nearly a...
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