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Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation

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  • 12 days ago

    HaveAnotherGame

    You know what? That made me rethink my other comment. You're right. I imagine you have to play it a certain way  to give Black convincing odds. But if it were me, I would at least smile about the position  I am getting out of that game.

  • 2 weeks ago

    eneskristo

    @HaveAnotherGame

    Only if you know how to play as black. Only if. And even that isn't enough.

  • 2 weeks ago

    HaveAnotherGame

    Statistics... make me happy to play as Black.

  • 2 weeks ago

    eneskristo

    @N_Solo

    Historically, openings from white are called Attacks, and those from Black Defenses. When an opening reaches a certain point in the game, it breaks into variations. Like in the Caro-Kann Defense (I'm pointing this out) 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5, you have The Exchange variation 3.exd5, the advance 3.e5 and many other variations.

  • 2 weeks ago

    N_Solo

    Two questions coming from a novice: The use of "Defense" means what? That the opening for white is a defense against black, and black's response is a defense against white?

    Then when they call it a "variation," this means white's or black's opening moves are a little different than the traditional opening? 

  • 2 weeks ago

    Zowad-K-Khan

    I am not a high rate player, but don't like this Sicilian opening, a bit slow and defensive. If with white, I like queen-sided gambit.

  • 3 weeks ago

    eneskristo

    http://www.chess.com/tournament/c3-sicilian-specialists-tournament

    There is a tournament for the c3 sicilian, if you are interested.  

  • 3 weeks ago

    MuhammadTalented

    Very helpful to me...Thanks a lot

  • 4 weeks ago

    HaveAnotherGame

    True. This cramps up the position for White.

  • 4 weeks ago

    gigot

    kstorn, any chess player over 200 wouldnt play the alapin that way

  • 7 weeks ago

    HaveAnotherGame

    This Opening gives Black better chances than the Najdorf or the Dragon.

  • 7 weeks ago

    mr-strong

    ,bnkgjgj

  • 8 weeks ago

    yangxuan2004

    Yay it's a ship!

  • 8 weeks ago

    HaveAnotherGame

    This kind of opening seems to be more of an equalizer for Black mainly because of the close statistical percentage. In winning, White only edges Black by 1%!!! This seems to offer better chances for Black than most other sicilian variations. It gives Black too much to hope for or prepare against. I say this opening can be classed as theoretically and positionally unsound.

  • 8 weeks ago

    HaveAnotherGame

    This Opening most of the time leaves White with a cramped position in trying to guard e4 with a Knight. Since c3 is occupied by a pawn, the Knight on the Q-Side will have to move somewhere else just to be developed.

  • 9 weeks ago

    Justdesmond

    Cool

  • 2 months ago

    eneskristo

    The Alapin is a great opening! I use it all the time. There is a group on the Alapin if you want to learn more! 
    c3 sicilian specialists
    http://www.chess.com/groups/home/c3-sicilian-specialists 
     

  • 3 months ago

    chandimagayan

    nice

  • 3 months ago

    TraceKnight

    very good I learned a lot!!!

  • 3 months ago

    2484132

    hi

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