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Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin Variation

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  • 14 months ago


    This has been my main anti-sicilian approach

  • 15 months ago


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  • 3 years ago

    FM testviking


    What I meant is that if Black wants to play the variation with Qxd5 and Bg4 then black should not play e6 and instead play Nc6. I did not mean that it is bad to have the bishop on c8 behind a pawn on e6. I meant that some players prefer to take it out to g4 in some variations. Yep.

  • 3 years ago


    It's just a matter of tastes. Maybe that player with 2...e6 is aiming for the scheveningen and doesn't want to develop the knight to c6 too early(in the scheveningen it may go to c6 d7 and sometimes to a6). 

    It is more important as black to think what will he do against 3.d4 rather than against the antisicilians  as the first one is much more dangerous. 

    Correct me if I misunderstood but what you said is very similar to say: "all the systems with e6 are better for white as the bishop of c8 will always be trapped" and I can't agree with that. I play the Najdorf variation with black and I don't think that the f8 bishop gives any advantage to white

  • 3 years ago

    FM testviking

    I think someone who plays 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5, can then answer 2.Nf3 with 2...Nc6 because then the bishop on c8 is still free to go to f5 and g4. Then after 3.c3 black can play 3...d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 and enter those positions.

  • 3 years ago


    I'm not sure that Nf6 is really good as the usual continuation in the alapin variation is d6, not e6. 

    d5 should equalize as e5, trying to traspose to the French can be met by d4 or by Nc6. Both of them should equalize

    respect to d5 exd5 it's true that the bishop can develope actively to f5 or g4 but even in this systems black can equalize(without many posibilities of winning. I'd prefer exd5 that seems harmless for black

  • 3 years ago

    FM testviking

    As far as I know, the point of this move order is to prevent black's light squared bishop to get out to f5 and g4. For example after 3...d5 4.exd5 Qxd5, black can no longer pin the white knight on f3 with Bc8-g4 because the e6 pawn is in the way. Then, black has to opt for 3...Nf6 variations or accept that the bishop cannot get out and play the position after 4...Qxd5 or 4...exd5.

  • 4 years ago


    maybe against d6 this is a good option but against e6... d5 is simpler way to get a good position for black.

  • 5 years ago


    3 move not so great

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