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The moves 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 characterize the Grand Prix Attack in the Sicilian defense.

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     1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4

How did the Grand Prix Attack get its name?

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maybe because it was first played in a major tournament. Grand prix = grand prize, the name is usually associated with big events and not with racing, as in F1 grand prix – Lynob Apr 6 '14 at 8:09
up vote 7 down vote accepted

From this page, I quote

The Grand Prix Attack got its name from the many strong British players who used it on the Grand Prix Circuit in the 1980's

As Remco Gerlich said, It was used by British players on the British Grand Prix circuit. Weekend tournaments that also have a combined standings.

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