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Sicilian Defense | Alapin Variation
Everything You Need to Know
The variation is named after Russian master Semyon Alapin. It is a strong response against the Sicilian Defense, 1.e4-c5, 2.c3. This is a very popular variation because it is extremely sharp and offers great opportunities to win the game instantly!
Many fantastic players choose it, as World Champions Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Vishwanathan Anand, Anatoly Karpov, Veselin Topalov. Other strong Grandmasters as Evgeny Sveshnikov, Eduardas Rozentalis, Sergei Tiviakov played it as well. Last but not least, the computer Deep Blue played the Alapin Variation against Kasparov in their 1996 match!
It is an attempted to avoid the main stream theory. A fantastic choise for busy (not professional) players. If you don't like to spend your life (!!) analyzing Sicilian main lines, then Alapin variation is for you.
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