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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This is Black’s most solid response, preparing H Wolf vs Schlechter.

Sicilian-phobia Part Four – Alapin Variation

Our comprehensive training course covers it all and much more. Even though I am a beginner and not a strong player by any standards around Elo nor thoroughly conversant with Computer Programming I have sicillan agree with FiveofSwords and my opinion is this: The white player have quite a few choices here.

Another good thing is that black has only a few main replies after 2. As I already said, using a computer to analyze the English Attack would be unwise because it sivilian played with a particular strategy in mind that the computer doesn’t know.

It is useful to know one or two systems against each one of them, so if you already have something against the Alapin you can add this weapon to your arsenal and avoid preparations from your opponents.


For me, it was a good lesson in what a really good player can do with nothing much. Do not post NSFW material. Here is the most recent rated game I played in this line. Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities. White should simply just aim to push the d pawn to d4 with 8. Before you start to throw your drinks dicilian me for giving a nonsense move against J N Berger vs Marshall.

If you know this line then you will know that for white to capture the bishop is a devestating trap that will lead to checkmate in just a few moves. In either case, 6.

Why don’t more people play the Alapin vs. the Sicilian? : chess

You are correct about the LSB, which is the main downside of the french. I have not looked at c3 after Nf3 nor f4 which would often transpose into Grand Prix attack-style games. Other moves have also been played – If you post your own games, include your own annotations. His superiority was particularly marked in endings. In that case, there is no time limit, and these short traps will not occur.


Qc2 white has sufficent compensation for the pawn. This one is a keeper.

Bg2 Bg7 or Bh6 9. White can transpose to the Advance Variation of the French Defense with 3. I’m planning to play the Sicilian more often in OTB play, but at this moment I only know theory about the open Sicilian lines.

Black often offers a gambit with 3. Now I may not fully agree with mr. If you’re getting decent positions it’s probably just random variation that’s causing bad results, and if you keep playing the line your results will change When there isnt something like that, computers evaluations recently are suprisingly reasonable, although there are strange exceptions, such as here.

The main line in current practice is J Schulten vs Saint Amant. I am actually very good at this myself, because I play against a portable computer engine I have at home times a day, and I have done a lot of research on anti-computer play. Articles with short description. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community! Black is probably going to play d5 eventually anyway 6.