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The Sicilian Wing Gambit is never popular with good players, thus, it is only played as a surprise. But, how to deal with this unexpected surprise? It seems to me that all responses would just worsen Black's position. What to do if I face it?

[White "Wing"]
[Black "Gambit"]
[fen ""]

1.e4 c5 2.b4
  • The term "wing gambit" is at least sometimes used for more different openings. Do you mean "How to handle 1. e4 c5 2. b4?! as Black"? – Keba Mar 21 '15 at 12:42
  • @Keba, that's how I interpreted it, and added pgn for clarification. Amr, is this your intent? – ETD Mar 21 '15 at 12:44
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The easy way out is to just play 2…b6. This move certainly doesn't "just worsen" blacks position:

  • Now both players can fiancetto the bishop, but a black bishop on b7 actually has a target, the e4-pawn.
  • If white plays 3.bc bc the b-line is open. This makes the option of 0-0-0 quite unattractive, an option that is much more often utilised by white, especially in the sicilian.
  • If white doesn't take on c5, he will sooner or later have to deal with the threat against b4. Actually, he will have to evaluate the threat against b4 every move!
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  • 2....b6, an interesting idea! Although it cannot be the refution of 2.b4, it does take white out of his comfort zone. – Maxwell86 Jun 18 '15 at 20:04
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I take the pawn and use it to cramp White's QN.

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1. e4 c5 2. b4 cxb4 3. a3 d5! 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. Nf3 e5

Black has a pawn, controls the center, and it's difficult for White to develop to effective squares.

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The classic counterattack is 3.... d5. This attacks the White pawn and improves (not worsens) Black's position. If White plays e5, Black plays e6 and transposes into a quasi French defense, or just takes the a pawn, with a pawn up.

White's better bet is to exchange the e pawn for the d pawn, but then Black's queen ends up in a dominating position in the center because White can't move Nc3 to chase the queen.

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What about 2...e6:

[fen ""]
1. e4 c5 2. b4 e6

It forces whites to reconsider its agressive behavior while giving good opportunities for blacks.

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    Do you mean 2... e6? – Dag Oskar Madsen Mar 22 '16 at 13:34
  • @DagOskarMadsen Yes indeed, edited :) – Blue_Elephant Mar 22 '16 at 15:43
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    Play usually continues 3.bxc5 Bxc5 4.d4. This looks pretty good for White. – Stephen Mar 22 '16 at 19:50
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Step back for a moment and consider ideas: With 2. b4, white sacrifices a pawn for virtually nothing. His idea is to get a pawn on d4 without exchanging it for the black c-pawn (the basic underlying idea of 1...c5), but black will have ...d5 as a response and be fine. So, you accept the pawn with 2...cxb4 (there is no good reason not to - do not play in fear), and now white has to chose between 3. a3, a quasi-Volga gambit in reverse, or go for 3. d4. Both moves are met with 3...d5 by black. Black will end up with quicker development and a better pawn structure and should have an advantage going into the middlegame.

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