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I managed to find a line that seems playable for White, although Black is definitely somewhat better here: [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nge2 Nc6 4.g3!? d5! 5.exd5 exd5 6.d4 Bg4! 7.Be3 Bf3 8.Rg1 c4 9.a3 Black plays 8...c4 because we are in fact threatening to capture on c5 (note that 9.dxc5 d4? would not win a piece), and we play 9.a3 to prevent ...


Bc4 is a reasonable move in most Sicilians. The drawback is that the Bishop might find itself blocked out of the action after ..e6, and the likelihood of that is different in different variations. For example, in the Dragon, Black always plays ..g6 and playing ..e6 as well would leave weaknesses on the Black squares. In lines where ..e6 is played, White ...


Bc4 is a good move in every Sicilian. As with all aggressive moves, it provides a target, specifically for a rook on c8, a queenside expansion by b5, and the center pawn fork. The gambit requires active pieces and quick development for the pawn, so not only is Bc4 a good move, but it's necessary.

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