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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

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1. e4 c6
games, MTGO, Niv-Mizzet
The existence of the Sicilian Defense is why I tend to play 1. d4 as White. I honestly think that it's the better play- I really do think 1. e4 c6 leaves Black with much better chances throughout the game.

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If I knew anything about chess, this statement would tell me a lot about Kistaro.

Oh, durr. I thought he was talking about Archon. ;)

That makes sense. After all, you should never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line.

More seriously, ignoring the obvious (and exceedingly common) rimshot:

Wikipedia actually explains this topic well. I'm assuming you've read it, but for everyone else, I like Jonathan Rowson's explanation:</p>

To my mind there is quite a straightforward explanation. In order to profit from the initiative granted by the first move, White has to make use of his opportunity to do something before Black has an equal number of opportunities of his own. However, to do this, he has to make 'contact' with the black position. The first point of contact usually comes in the form of a pawn exchange, which leads to the opening of the position. ... So the thought behind 1...c5 is this: "OK, I'll let you open the position, and develop your pieces aggressively, but at a price – you have to give me one of your center pawns."

Early advantage is important, especially in professional play. Not giving an opponent that advantage, when they've grown to expect it, is strategically correct.

I used to be very good at chess. I stopped when chess engines began requiring perfect play in the late endgame, but I should pick it up again regardless.

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