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    Aussie Attack in Sicilian

    I have read several mentions of this opening. Does anyone know the moves, as I have not been able to find any reference that provides them.
    Thanks in advance.
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    aussie attack?? lol...sounds like an opening thought up by two drunken bogans while playing chess at a pub

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intuition
    aussie attack?? lol...sounds like an opening thought up by two drunken bogans while playing chess at a pub
    Would make it even more interesting if it were
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    I strongly believe this line was discussed in an issue of Australian Chess Forum (think it was before the "Forum" was dropped) but have not been able to find it by checking the front cover contents of my large pile of copies of said magazine.

    [EDIT: In searching for info about it online I have discovered that "Chess" magazine, which credits Nick Speck with invention of the line, also wrongly described him as Australian Champion at a time when he was merely the joint winner of the title and waiting for a playoff, in which he was eventually defeated.]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    I strongly believe this line was discussed in an issue of Australian Chess Forum (think it was before the "Forum" was dropped) but have not been able to find it by checking the front cover contents of my large pile of copies of said magazine.
    You often think that http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=676

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mangafranga
    Yes, I found that previous post while looking for more info about it, but it looks like I either never got around to checking for the article, or else attempted and failed to find it! (I have a very vague memory of it being the latter).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Yes, I found that previous post while looking for more info about it
    Must have been funny to find it.

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    It looks like the Aussie Attack is:

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Bg5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    It looks like the Aussie Attack is:

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Bg5.
    Ohhhhhhhhhhh. I should have known that!

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    And the article on it was in Australian Chess (no Forum) May/June 2003. "Low-Blows against the ...e6 Sicilian" by Nick Speck, pp. 19-24.

    Nick notes that the main initial idea was to win queens in bullet when black foolishly pre-clicked on 4...a6.

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    Chessbase has just 14 games with it. Five had 2200+ players with white, and the first of these is Wohl who has played it twice for a win against a lower rated player and a loss against a higher rated one.

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    I thought the Australian attack was something like 1.e4 c5 2.b3 or something like that.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by TCN
    I thought the Australian attack was something like 1.e4 c5 2.b3 or something like that.....
    2.b3 has a pedigree going well back into the 19th century and I am not aware of much that is specifically Australian about it. Probably it has had some local vogue but it is far too widely played for it to really be "Australian".

    Many online sources call 2.b3 the Snyder Sicilian, but while that has a nice sound to it, it appears that (i) Snyder himself baptised it as such in a book he wrote about it in 1977 (ii) Snyder did not beat anyone of note in a major event with the line (indeed chessbase has only six games by him in it) (iii) Snyder does not deserve any positive publicity, so I strongly suggest not using that name for it either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    It looks like the Aussie Attack is:

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Bg5.
    Surely we can think of a more solid opening to call Auzzie Attack
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    It looks like the Aussie Attack is:

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Bg5.
    This variation is dealt with in an article in "Secret Opening Surprises" volume 6.

    by Jeroin Bosch. The line is totally respectable despite being developed by a group of Adelaide chess players. Apparently the name "aussie attack" has been attributed to Gary Lane writing in Chess Horizons but I suspect that he was not the first to use it.

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