now my opponente played 5... Nf6, which strangely enough isn't in my opening book, so 'viola', I'm on my own at move 6. In retrospect, I probably should have played 6. Bb5+, but I didn't, I played Bd3, allowing him 6. .... c4, 7. Bc2 Nc6 .
Then what for white? 8. Bf4 seemed natural.
I found myself just looking move by move with no plan. So, what should my plan be? Take over the e file? It seems like black can quite easily stop that. Attack his c-pawn and advance my central pawns? I guess I have 2 different questions, (ie, 1.how should i have continued in this game, and 2. the goals of the paulsen for white) because the Paulsen doesn't usually allow for black to have pawns on c4 and d5 does it? Anyway, basic theoretical input would be appreciated. Thanks!
113 ( +1 | -1 ) Hmm...IMO that looks like french exchange variation. And some sort of a passive white setup. I think black can easely equalise here. You certaily shouldn't play 4 exd5?! Better is 4. e5 (as suggested by GM Sveshnikov in his analysis about 2. c3 Sicilian) transposing into advanced (aka Paulsen) variation of the french.
But if you want to play 4. exd5 you should try playing against the black's isolated queens pawn at some point. IMO 6. Bb5+ is not the bets move -- I as a french player would be glad to see this move -- it allows the white square bishop exchange. Thought 6. ... Nc6 is also fine. 6. Bd3 is a good move, because 6. ... c4?! also is not very good -- black forgets about development and white should be able to destroy this pawn chain quickly. IMO you should have played b3 (and a4 if necessary) before black manages to finish his development. Other plan is to capture the e file and try to attack the d5 pawn, though I'm not shure if white is quick enough to carry this out, general assasments won't work here.
I don't know what are whites plans against Paulsen Sicilian because I don't play 2. Nf3.
36 ( +1 | -1 ) cautionThis is an active game in the middle game stages where the c-pawn hasn't been attacked, and the e-file is contested, so I'm not sure you should be seeking advice about strategy. Would be better to wait until after the match is played, or to a point at least where any ongoing discussions of strategy aren't still potentially in play.
27 ( +1 | -1 ) jjw ...Sorry, I figured that as we have each already played 11 -12 moves passed the variations I gave, it wouldn't be a problem to ask some general questions about the strategies. We can wait, and I'll bump this thread again after we've passed into the endgame.
65 ( +1 | -1 ) roland_l, my only concern for you was that strategic issues brought up in your original post were still not yet resolved in the current game status. And some out there might make a bigger issue out of it for you, hence I just pointed out the caution. Keep in mind that databases are legal for use, and even if games deviate from your line looking at these games may give you some ideas to handle situations like you've identified (some have played through the 6. ... c4 move). Good luck. And would look forward to seeing additional comments once your game is further along.
40 ( +1 | -1 ) Not a Paulsen!!!This is technically not a Paulsen (aka Kan) Sicilian, which arises after 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6. Instead 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 exd5 5. d4 Nf6 and black is already equal. If you like the positions of the c3-sicilian lines, 2. c3 is probably more accurate. The line you played can also be arived at via 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd4 5. Nf3 c5 6. c3 which is a very unambitious line for white to play. In general, if you want to play c3-d4, 2. c3 is probably a better alternative.