19 ( +1 | -1 ) grand prix attacki got a book called grand prix attack f4 against the sicilian . any one know if grand prix attack is a good way for white to play against the sicilian ? is the book worth reading ?
121 ( +1 | -1 ) Limited experience...I've been messing around with the Grand Prix Attack (with the 1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 f4 move order) for about a year. It's a fun opening with a bit of bite, but it's got its drawbacks as well.
With f4, you commit yourself to an attack on black's kingside, but black can also whip up pretty good pressure against your queenside if you're not careful. Black is assisted in this by the fact that the advance of white's f-pawn also weakens white's kingside castled position, something which is occasionally highlighted by ...Qb6, targeting both wings. White also has to be careful about piece development in order to keep his troops from stepping on each others' feet--white's KB, for instance, is very often sent to the strategic Siberia of the queenside. And perhaps the most important thing is to take great care in planning the advance f5, something which is supposed to open attacking lines against black's king but which can also either lock things up or make black's KR a threat.
My general advice: give the GPA a whirl. But you've got to be willing to attack, all the time, or else your exposed king is going to find himself backed into the corner very quickly.
228 ( +1 | -1 ) My experience has been ....That if BL does not come right out and contest things from early on, then WT can get an easy game. From something of an equal counterattacking game on opposite wings, if BL has played a small center and expands his Q-side, as if playing a typical Closed Sicilian. To a position where WT might get an overwhelming k-side attack from his space advantage there, if BL dallies too much. On the other-hand, I've never feared to meet a Gran-Prix as black, using either the immediate 2...d5 center strike, or a Closed French formation ... tho in the latter, BL does need to be a bit careful of both his move order and avoiding tempo loss, or WT might well gain advantage. (The Closed French for Black is considered by some to be slightly inferior to the BL side of a Closed Sicilian. Admittedly that is something of a broad, generalization however, since there are more than a couple Closed Sicilian formations for both BL and WT to adopt.) As a caveat, let me say that I've never studied a Gran-Prix book for WT and so do not know what proponents might consider their essential variations, rather my experience has been with black. I only recall one loss from that side, being in an otb game where a tempo losing move was made and reply overlooked, but BL need not have decided to blunder and lose there :) One variation that I have found to be interesting is where WT plays f5 early, as a gambit vs a BL fianchetto, and Bc4. Now that I recall, there was an otb loss vs this variation also, to be strictly honest. But it was a time-forfeit in a not unfavorable endgame I believe. But still let's give the Prix its due, call it a loss; to make for two in 30 years :) What I have heard is that one should look into some of the games from British GM's who have played it, if they were going to take it up seriously. Against a certain type of player, I think it does have the potential to score big. If the opponent will let you do what you want for just awhile without contesting in the center, or building for a rapid q-side counteroffensive. I think it is different than facing an English Opening for eg, in that way. ...where BL might avoid "Clash" for quite some time, if desired. Seems to me he does better to Clash quickly here :) imo