Alapin Variation

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #1


    what is best move order by black against alapin by white....?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #2


    Every expert I've played this against seems to swear by the g6-fianchetto type of system as it offers black a very comfortable game.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #3


    u mean 2...d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 g6 ?

    question mark is to the sentence, not to the move eh eh.

    It's supposed to be one of the most aggressive ways for black.


    For now I play the line with 2.d6 and I really like it.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #4



    Actually more so the early 2...g6. Though your move-order is definitely another way to go about it.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #5


    There is no "best" variation/move-order against the Alapin, or against most openings in general. Rather there are several good lines. Which one to choose depending on personal preference.

    However there is a move-order issue you need to have in mind before picking a variation against the Alapin.

    The problem is that white can actually play 2. Nf3 and pretend hes playing an open sicilian before going c3 and enter the Alapin.

    Which means if you for example play the line I think shivsky is talking about 1. e4 c5 2. c3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 d5. Then let's say your weapon against the open sicilian is the taimanov. You will suddenly be in a pickle if white goes 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c3! when you can't use your g6 line anymore.

    However the approach of playing 2. Nf3 and 3. c3 is not that common. The main issue being that if black goes 2...d6 then 3. c3 can be met effectively with 3...Nf6 when the threat against the e-pawn ruins whites plan of playing d2-d4.
    Which means if you play 2...d6 against 2. Nf3 you don't have to care about this move-order issue.

    However if you play any other move than 2...d6 you need to make sure that your line against the c3 sicilian doesn't get messed up if the opponent plays 2. Nf3 first.


  • 3 years ago · Quote · #6


    d5 combined with e6 is what i play

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #7


    Very valuable bit of advice, Conzipe! :)

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