Anti-Sicilian Openings

Opening lines where White dodges most of the theory of the Sicilian Defence are called “Anti-Sicilian” lines. They tend to be either closed forms of the game (where White avoids d4), or uncommon sidelines in the open Sicilian lines (with d4). Some of the lines for White against the Sicilian Defence include:

Some of these lines are so popular that they might have more theory than the main lines! In particular, the “c3 Sicilian” and the “Grand Prix Attack” are not often going to have surprise value for White.

And, of course, you can play a main line as an anti-Sicilian: the main lines in the Sicilian Defences are quite playable for White! The only problem is that there’s a lot of theory!