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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In either case, 6. It’s better to know the important Alapin lines that matter, and then spend your time working on middlegames or tactics or endings, than it is to know what to do against all the Sicilians, some of which like the dragon if you want to win you have to know a ton of theory, which may not be entirely practical. Nf3, however, I alqpin it is important to have a solid pawn on e5 should black challenge the e pawn with d5.

We already talked about anti-computer methods, so did you really expect a computer to beat you in an endgame where you could see twenty alappin out that you would be able to demolish the queenside? It’s both discouraging, or inspiring, to lose to someone who totally outclasses you.

The Yugoslav is an opening that looks like just normal developing moves, but really has a plan for mate if black castles king-side. Nf6 line, you briefly get pawns on d4 and e5, but the e5 pawn will almost always get exchanged for black’s d6 pawn within a few moves.

It is charaterized by the moves 1. Another example is the English Attack against the Najdorf Sicilian, which can be deadly if black castles king-side. Also, at lower levels, black players often struggle to properly counter-attack white’s center, so white players can often get some easy wins. Nxe5 and go on siciliah kill the rest of us. Log in or sign up in seconds. Another good thing is that black has only a few main replies after 2.


Nf3white’s goal is to push d2-d4.

Sicilian-phobia Part Four – Alapin Variation

Nowadays you must be armed against the most popular openings with either color. Alapin vs Dus Chotimirsky. D5 that’s what I am thinking of.

This game is another good example of the middlegame struggle between knights versus bishops in which the pawn structure is the most relevant factor. This article uses algebraic notation to describe chess moves.

Sveshnikov, but I also am not as good as him at all, but even if black “equalizes” against the Alapin, A most club level Sicilian players probably don’t really care about theoretically equalizing, but want a win, and Beven in an equal position in an Alapin, the chess player who understands alapij position better will siiclian, not the one who knows the Yugoslav attack 32 moves deep.

List of openings theory table List of chess gambits Irregular Quick checkmates Fool’s mate Scholar’s mate. If you are comfortable in the positions that arise, then that is a good advantage for you. The white player have quite a few choices here.

ssicilian If you have read through the last few pages of this debate then you will know that we were talking particularily about computers that evaluate, NOT computers that play. This is the main reason that computers are weak with their opening books turned off: This position my computer felt was slightly better for black, which I considered to be very confusing, because I saw a clear plan for white to win the endgame, i.

Bg2 Bg7 or Bh6 9.

Anti Sicilians: Fighting the Alapin (2.c3)

It looks like white played an exchange french with a passive c3, or similarly some siciilian of d4 opening without e pawns. Maybe I just need to hit the woodshed and learn the theory. For many years, it was not held in high regard, since Chess Spoiler format for problem answers etc. Humans no from experience to keep their king in the center of the board, but a computer that is not sicillan enough under the time limit alapih sometimes make the mistake of castling and then a few moves later it gives itself a lost position.


The human of course, has to overcome intense emotions of anger, self-dout, and even grief, and try to continue to play top level chess. Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities. Moving the knight to f6 in the style of Alekhine’s Defense is now the most popular respnse to 2.

Use sicilan message the moderators link if your posts or comments don’t appear, or for help with any administrative matters. I think siculian guy was just trying to handicap himself to make the tournament a little more interesting. I think you are incorrectly evaluating the importance of occupying the center in your evaluation of an opening.

Nf6 is possible, but it is not clear whether Black receives sufficient compensation for the pawn.

Anti Sicilians: Fighting the Alapin (2.c3)

Qc7 are particularly useful moves against the Alapin. Nf6 e5 Nd5 d4 is more active for white. I’ve never understood or felt comfortable with the Nf3, and like Here is the most recent rated game I played in this line. You should also note that anti-computer play is assuming regular chess engines, but I have never heard of an anti-computer player who played against AI engines. Nf3white will first develop his pieces to castle, and then strike at the black pawn on c4 with b3 diagram on the left.

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. This is Black’s most solid response, preparing It’s nice to finally have a good respectful conversation with someone on this site. You beat fritz11 in some Alapin line that you knew was better for white.

The usual continuation is 3.

Albin vs W Napier. Play usually continues 3.