# Suggest a line for a player who does not want to be dragged into the Sicilian

I am a very bad Sicilian player and I am easily played out of book in the Sicilian defense. I need a line that would prevent my opponents fom going into the Sicilian defense. I have tried c4, but sometimes it transposes into a Sicilian with the Maroczy bind. I know d4 is good, but are there any other suggestions I could play?

You could transpose to the Botvinnik English System:

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1. e4 c5 2. c4


Because it is a system opening, you usually put your pieces on the same squares regardless of what Black does. For example:

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1. e4 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 Nf6 6. Nge2 O-O 7. O-O d6 8. d3


The usual piece placements are:

1. Fianchettoed kingside castle
2. Knights on c3 and e2
3. Queen on d2 and bishop on e3
4. A rook off the a1-h8 diagonal, e.g. on b1

Evaluating this opening we see that:

1. It's a system opening, so it is easy to learn. But it doesn't give the best chances to win
2. The Botvinnik Triangle, pawns on c4, d3 and e4, allow White to play on any sector of the board. For example: breaking with d4, attacking with f4 or gaining space with b4
3. White has a hole on d4, which might be quite tender