favored position of grandmaster Mark Byerly.
Black will eventually fianchetto both Bishops and thereby maintain
strong central pressure via counterattack.
Defense - Closed Variation
avoids opening the center (via Nf3, d4) and allowing Black to take advantage of
his fianchetto. But at a cost. Black will play d6 and e6,and Qc7 which
limits White’s knight development, while maintaining kingside pressure.
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3
symmetrical position. Both sides have
knight outposts along the dfile. Both
will castle into the kingside fianchetto.
Seems a bit drawish to me,
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6
4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6
Defense - Alapin Variation
in this system, attempts to maintain two central pawns. Three things can happen: Black, following d4, can allow the
traditional exchange, develop normally and hope to counterattack White’s over
extended pawn structure. Black can play
d3 or b3 and enter a quasi-slav defense, or Black offer a counter exchange with
d5, exd5, qxd5.
1.e4 c5 2.c3