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chris21 37 ( +1 | -1 )
1.e4 c5 2.b4!? I thought i was well booked up on the sicilian till somebody played this strange second move against me in a tournament. Does anyone know any typical lines and what set up to use? I took the pawn and then my opponent played 3.a3 to which I responded 3...Nc6. i thought taking the second pawn would be greedy and I'd suffer. Big mistake. I got destroyed! Any opinions?

Thanks.
caldazar 45 ( +1 | -1 )
The Sicilian Wing Gambit The idea of course is to deflect Black's c-pawn so as to play d4, gaining the nice pawn center. It has most of the elements of a classical gambit and can be treated as such with all the typical ways of meeting such gambits: decline the gambit, snatch the pawn and return it later with a well-timed counterthrust to free your game, snatch the pawn and use the pawn as temporary cramping weapon while you free your game, and so on.
philaretus 31 ( +1 | -1 )
Not playing 3...bxa3 is in effect to decline the gambit, and allows White to pursue his strategy free of charge. Of course, White should not fall for the recommended 3...d5 4.exd5 Qxd5, but push on with 4.e5.

All the same, it must be admitted that 3...bxa3 4.Nxa3 d6 5.Bb2 can leave Black feeling that he has no prospects.
atrifix 8 ( +1 | -1 )
First suggestion The fact that you got destroyed after 3... Nc6 doesn't necessarily mean it was a big mistake.
chris21 24 ( +1 | -1 )
atrifix, your right. I think there was a lot of factors that day. it was my first tournament for a starters and I think nerves played a part. It didn't help when I castled into his pawnstorm either.

Thanks for all the replys everyone!