The Paulsen Sicilian begins with the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 (diagram).
This variation was named after the 19th-century chess master Louis Paulsen, where play usually continues 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6. There are other options on move 3 for White, such as the 3.c3 Alapin, but GM Damian Lemos recommends the move 3.b3.
This 3.b3 option is flexible and allows us to see how Black will proceed before we decide where we want to develop our pieces.
This video is the final part of an ongoing series about the Anti-Paulsen Sicilian. If you haven’t seen the previous parts, it’s a good idea to do so first as each video builds on the last.
- Watch Anti-Paulsen Sicilian Part 1
- Watch Anti-Paulsen Sicilian Part 2
- Watch Anti-Paulsen Sicilian Part 3
In Part 4, GM Lemos takes a look at play after 3..d6.
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