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2. c3 d5 variation: pros/cons of ...Bf5 vs. ...Bg4
I play 2. c3 vs the Sicilian, and when Black plays 2...d5 against me, and bearing in mind me and my opponents are club players, I'd say as often as not my opponents eventually develop with ...Bf5 as o...

Started 03/15/12 at 15:13:02 by George Jempty
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By: George Jempty
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Goodger's TN
In his December update, John Shaw presented an excellent idea of Martyn Goodger's: 1 e4 c5 2 c3 Nf6 3 e5 Nd5 4 Nf3 e6 5 d4 cxd4 6 cxd4 d6 7 Bc4 Nc6 8 0-0 Be7 9 a3 0-0 10 Re1 Bd7 11 Bd2!? Rc8 12 Nc3 Nx...

Started 02/03/08 at 14:12:34 by IMRichardPalliser
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By: IMRichardPalliser
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c3-Sicilian: Sidestepping the 10. d5! Gambit?
I am quite succesfull with the gambit arising after
1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. ed5 Qd5 4. d4 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be2 cd4 7. cd4 e6 8. h3 Bh5 9. Nc3 Qa5 10. d5,
but  I am not sure how White shold co...

Started 11/18/07 at 18:58:55 by Bernhard
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By: Bernhard
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When White play the Alapin, usually I like to answer with this variation:
1. e4 c5 2. c3 d6 3. d4 Qc7
a) 4. dxc5 Qxc5 5. Be3 Qc7 6. Nf3 Nf6 7.Bd3 g6 8. O-O Bg7
b) 4. Nf3 g6 5. Bd3 Bg7 ...

Started 04/01/07 at 15:57:50 by Batz
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By: Batz
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C3 Sicilian options in 2..Nf6 line.
I noticed that in the c3 ebook the line :
1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nf4 e6 5. d4 cd4 6. cd4 d6 is given as the "mainline" while there is only a brief mention of 6...b6.
I also found th...

Started 04/24/05 at 15:08:47 by johnmac
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By: johnmac
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1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6
6. cxd4 d6 7. Bc4 Nb6 8. Bb3 dxe5 9. d5 Nb4 10. Nc3---> is there any analysis on this line?

Started 10/12/03 at 00:30:49 by BlueMeanieKing (Guest)
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By: BlueMeanieKing (Guest)
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Alapin after 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3!?
Is there any known disadvantage for White in playing the c3-Sicilian after 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 ?
After 2.c3 d5 3.ed5: Qd5: 4.d4 I like the 4. ... g6 variation, but that doesn't make a whole lot of sense here as N...

Started 11/18/17 at 13:08:39 by PatzerNoster
1 2122 Last Post 11/18/17 at 13:34:48
By: Paddy
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Alapin Sicilian 2...Nf6 with early d2-d4
I´m playing the Sicilian Alapin (1.e4 c5 2.c3) for over 20 years and I want to combine it now with the Morra Gambit after reading “Mayhem in the Morra” by Marc Esserman. The only thing I am n...

Started 12/31/12 at 14:09:51 by PatzerKing
1 4386 Last Post 01/08/13 at 16:44:32
By: Djy
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Sveshnikov's c3 sicilian book (in French)
Not read anything here about it yet though was published last year.
or<br /...

Started 09/13/09 at 12:30:39 by Bibs
1 3372 Last Post 09/14/09 at 12:36:21
By: Alias
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Alapin 2...d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bg4
this is known to be the most ambitious system for black in the 2...d5 lines.  During making complete repertoire databases for black with this system i couldn't find any advantage for white in any line...

Started 04/25/09 at 23:14:32 by MatrixX
1 1690 Last Post 04/26/09 at 03:08:21
By: Bibs
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Alapin 2...Nf6, 7...g6!?
In two weeks I have to play with black against a higher rated Alapin player. Based on some information in an opening book I want to play with an early g6. The main line should be
1.e4 c5 2.c3 ...

Started 10/13/08 at 13:41:07 by Lou_Cyber
1 2467 Last Post 10/14/08 at 16:28:01
By: Templare2
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I just lost a correpondence game in which i played with black against this gambit: 1.- e4 c5 2.- c3 Nf6 3.- e5 Nd5 4.- d4 cxd 5.- Nf3 d6 6.- cxd4 Nc6 7.- Bc4 Nb6 8.- Bb3 dxe5 9.- d5 Na5 10.- Nc3 Bg4 (...

Started 03/24/08 at 01:37:22 by Onslaught
1 2151 Last Post 03/24/08 at 07:04:34
By: DoubledPawns
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2. ... d6 against the Alapin
I have explored e4 c5 c3 d6 and it seems the line with 4. Bd3 is its critical test. Any ideas against e4 c5 c3 d6 d4 Nf6 Bd3
Thanks very much

Started 02/23/08 at 15:26:05 by buffalo
1 2212 Last Post 02/23/08 at 16:36:19
By: Matemax
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Alapin 2...Nf6 and 5.Qd4
1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cd 5.Qd4 e6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Qe4 f5 8.ef Nf6 9.Qh4 d5.
I have two questions. One is, how should one play against 8.Qe2 followed by overprotecting the e-pawn? White seems...

Started 04/15/07 at 12:29:11 by sssthepro
1 1376 Last Post 04/16/07 at 01:56:27
By: MNb
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The C3 Sicillian-early e5 system
Ok ,at the moment im working through Murray Chandler's book on the c3 sicillian.In the early e5 system in the 2...d5 variation as given below he touches on an idea by a player called Milner who analys...

Started 03/07/06 at 13:29:29 by DarMc2
1 1876 Last Post 03/07/06 at 16:50:40
By: kylemeister
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What about 2...g6
Forgive me if I'm wrong but I can't see any discussion of 2...g6 against 2.c3. Anyway, I'm looking for info on this line because I'd like to give it a go. Currently I have some stuff on 1.e4 c5 2.c3 g...

Started 04/28/04 at 11:42:14 by March38253
1 1683 Last Post 04/29/04 at 03:34:49
By: alumbrado
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c3 Sicilian - 2...d6 variation
I'm currently investigating the 2...d6 variation of the Alapin Sicilian.
I'm looking for a game quoted by Rozentalis that I couldn't locate in online databases : it's a Junior (comp.) - J.Polgar ...

Started 10/26/03 at 17:55:55 by hicetnunc
1 1878 Last Post 10/26/03 at 18:39:41
By: AmateurDragoneer
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Has Anand killed the Alapin as a viable weapon?
To answer my own question I think he has. His victory over Gawain Jones at Tata Steele this year I suspect signals the last time we see the Alapin from Gawain and many other adherents. This relatively...

Started 02/14/18 at 22:37:40 by TopNotch
2 3208 Last Post 02/15/18 at 09:39:04
By: bragesjo
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c3 Sicilian: a drawish line?
I've had the following or similar about 3 times now:
1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nf3 e6 6. cxd4 d6 7. Nc3 Nxc3 8. bxc3 Qc7 9. Bd2 Nd7 10. exd6 Bxd6 11. Bd3 O-O 12. O-O b6 13. Re...

Started 10/15/09 at 08:53:43 by TicklyTim
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By: TicklyTim
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c3 sicilian
Hi all,
What is a good line to play for the win against the Alapin?

Started 09/11/09 at 04:00:12 by Zatara
2 2051 Last Post 09/14/09 at 03:55:54
By: Zatara
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