White does not have to combat the Sicilian by playing with 3 and 3.d4; one This leads to completely different kinds of positions, and is known as the Alapin. According to the Gameknot database, the Alapin Variation is the third most popular reply to the Sicilian. Many top grandmasters have used. (B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 55 moves, Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Smith- Morra Declined M Boe vs E Relange, (B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 17 moves.

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Anti Sicilians: Fighting the Alapin (2.c3)

Nc6 has been the most popular move. Please observe our posting guidelines: In the Nf6 line, both of blacks knights get shoved to the edge of the board b6 and c6 and white has great central control and minor piece development. For reference, the Alapin opening is 1. I think also for the average player, playing the Alapin is totally reasonable and smart, because unless you have time to study all the sharp lines that the black player has played his whole career that can arise from all the sicilians, the open sicilian is a scary place.

In either case, 6.

Repertoire Against Sicilian Defense – Alapin Variation

Nf3 is the move Fruit played – and it is also the most popular move according to database. And, just for my own safety, I’d just like to point out that Russian GM Victor Kupreichik played this opening occasionally.


One move caught my attention. Nf3 a6 or 2. As others have pointed out, black scores alapn well in these lines. The main line in current practice is That seems to be like a lot of things, and that is.

Sicilian-phobia Part Four – Alapin Variation

This page was last edited on 12 Aprilat J De Soyres vs B Leussen. Fighting the Alapin 2.

If you are comfortable in the positions that arise, then that is a good advantage for you. Blacks pieces are developed actively as well after I know that A local master, from where we were playing suggested that trading the c pawns is bad and if that is done correctly he was sure it was equal. In the d5 line, As I pointed out earlier the debate is really entertaining and engaged in by true gentlemen like yourself Chessman Nf6 gives me some kind of a Alekhine.

In this line black is ready to part ways with his bishops in order to simplify the position and create hanging pawns that he can later attack. Ng4, should black castle kingside, white will pawnstorm the kingside by gaining tempo on the black bishop on g4. The line we are going to examine here starts after the moves:. Qb5, however, should white accept the pawn sacrifice, the position is a bit too similar to Najdorf Sicilian – where black took the ‘poisened pawn’.


Maybe I just need to hit the woodshed and learn the theory. The chance of that is similar to the chance of a midget in this case, me winning a duel against three, strong, muscular giant in this case, the two GMs and the one IM. That’s not to say the Alapin is a bad opening choice. Bb4 10 I have not looked at c3 after Nf3 nor f4 which would often transpose into Grand Prix attack-style games.

Trying anything else is very dangerous and could likely give white an extra tempo in a position he already understands. Do not post direct links to, or links to sites hosting, pirated content. Another big line for black instead of 2…d5 is 2…Nf6, but we are leaving that for another occasion. For many years, it was not held in high regard, since I’m almost at the point of trying to just play I’ve never understood or felt comfortable with the It just seems like you have a very classical style and you are projecting your stylistic choice onto your evaluation of the position.

Bxe2 12 Nxe2 and Nc6! Nxd4 white should probably just aim to castle kingside. Abusive behaviour and discrimination against others will not be tolerated.