After 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6
Why is the Rossolimo line impossible for white?
[fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6
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In the Rossolimo proper,
[FEN ""] [Title "Rossolimo variation"] [Startply "5"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6
white usually holds back pawn to
d4 and doubles black pawns with
Bxc6, or later builds a center with an eventual
c3 followed by
In the Open Sicilian,
[FEN ""] [Title "Open Sicilian"] [Startply "9"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Bb5?!
none of these plans are available, and
5. Bb5 doesn't make much sense. Besides, the bishop on
b5 is tactically vulnerable to a later black