I want to learn a new opening in the Sicilian defense called the Keres variation. What is White's main plan here?

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1. e4 c5 2. Ne2
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    What's the Keres Variation? Are you referring to 6.g4 in the Scheveningen Sicilian?
    – David
    Apr 18 '21 at 11:36
  • No it's different to keres attack Apr 18 '21 at 11:46
  • This how the opening proceed 1.e4 c5 2. Ne2 ... Apr 18 '21 at 11:46
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    Keres has many opening innovations named after him, please edit the question to make clear which one it is. Best would be to add what you have leant so far, and what is particularly confusing you.
    – Ian Bush
    Apr 18 '21 at 11:56
  • I only know very little i just curious how to use that opening Apr 18 '21 at 12:22

Disclaimer: there might be other ideas too.

I used to play this some time ago against sicilian. My idea was that I liked closed sicilian positions (2. Nc3) if black did not play the "main" setup against it (that is, 2. ... Nc6, 3. ... g6 etc). So with Ne2, I still could play the closed variation against, for example, 2. ... e6 and 3... d5, and after 2. ... a6, but if black replied 2. ... Nc6 I could play 3. d4 ( or 4. d4) and return back to the "open", more sound sicilian. What white gains is a little bit of flexibility, and a chance to confuse the opponent if black has an inconsistent repertoire. I knew one guy who played d6-a6 setup against open sicilian and e6-d5 against closed one, so Ne2 was very confusing against him.


Check out this website for more information: https://thechessworld.com/articles/openings/the-keres-variation-against-the-sicilian-defense/

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