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Great Video! I wanted to share with everyone that Evgeny Sveshnikov who you mention in your video has a book out now called “The complete C3 Sicilian, The Alapin Variation by its Greatest Expert”.
This book is very good for those wishing to have a deeper understanding on this opening.
Excellent stuff. Thanks, GM Kaidanov, I'm going to try the Alapin.
Thanks for this video, GM Gregory Kaidanov, it was quite enlightening. Now I will watch part 2 which I hope will be as good as part 1.
can you please tell me what happens when it is 1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 Qc7 but thank you it was an excellent video
at 23:11; blacks e5 is bad because of Re1? Ah, yes; I forgot about the finochetto bishop.
In the intro when I heard 1.e4 I almost stopped the video, but then I carried on... because I always like your lectures... and because I play Sicilian's against 1.e4 I thought I can invert the lesson in my favour and see what white's plans are and how black can stop them, and I now know what I need to look out for
Like I said, I almost stopped it when I heard 1.e4 but not only was I in need of a little Sicilian refresher, I got an amazing cagalogue of great analytical info that I can now use. Top lecture!
This video convinced me to try diamond. Well worth it! Look forward to more lessons from Kaidanov!
plz do some vids on the Danish Gambit!
Great. Looking much forward to the next in the series. Thanks.
lol he says if you lose with an extra piece then ill have to do a video on how to win with an extra piece, classic chess humor.
Hey, why did you say smith-morra was bad. Dzidzi said that the Smith-Morra gambit is a legit opening and that black only equalizes with perfect play. White always has sufficient compensation for the pawn. I don't know where you get your information but I know one thing: Dzidzi's word is law.
Excellent video. Just the right pace and clear descriptions and ideas.
Great video.I was more interested in blacks moves against the c3 sicilian.Thanks
@modonohue and others -- I'm pretty sure Gregory said he would be reviewing other lines (like your 2...d5 request) of the Alapin in future videos.
Thank you for a very lucid discussion of the ideas involved in this variation of the Alapin. I used to play the c3 Sicilian but never considered the g3 line. I look forward to future insights.
Excellent lecture GM Kaidanov. Keep them coming! A very interesting, and under-utilized, opening tool.
by GM Gregory Kaidanov
With good reason, most players who aren't, well, chess professionals, would prefer to avoid the many complicated variations of the Open Sicilian. So what are your options? As GM Kaidanov explains, you have one major weapon in addition to the Closed Sicilian Grand Prix Attack (GM Dzindzichashvili's recommendation). Today he describes the important features of the Alapin Sicilian, and then reviews the 4.g3 varation of the 2..Nf6 line.
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GM Gregory Kaidanov
Considered one of "the" premier chess trainers in America for more than ten years, Chess.com is very proud to add Grandmaster Gregory Kaidanov to its list of prestigious Video Authors. Arguably one of the strongest GMs never to have won the US Championship, GM Kaidanov's list of accomplishments does however include first place finishes in many other major events, including first place at both the World Open and US Open in 1992. A certified FIDE Senior Trainer, his reputation as a chess coach precedes him internationally. Gregory currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Valeria and their three children.
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