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Reply #18 - 10/27/14 at 12:00:01
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I have the dvd "Killer c3 Sicilian" by IM Sam Collins which I like.
I also have the book "Grandmaster repertoire,The sicilian Defence" by Lubomir Ftacnik which have a chapter about c3 but I think it is easier to learn from dvds.
  
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Reply #17 - 10/04/14 at 21:27:16
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I'm reminded of 1. e4 c5 2. c3 e6 3. d4 d5 4. ed ed 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Be2 (an old book line); substituting ...Qa5 for ...Nc6 seems doubtful.
  
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Reply #16 - 10/04/14 at 20:19:03
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4...d5 looks playable (but I have my doubts whether this d4-idea by black works)
in the other line I think 4...Nf6 5.e5 Nd5 6.O-O Nf4 7.d4 Nxe2+ 8.Qxe2 cxd4 9.Rd1 is critical, again a Morra idea
  
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Reply #15 - 10/04/14 at 19:49:09
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It's true, the computer loves White's Morra-style tries and that makes sense since Black doesn't play ...Qa5 in the Morra. But another reason I'm interested in this line is that so many ideas haven't been explored. For instance, Black could argue that 4.Be2 is passive and allows 4...d5, when either you get a non-critical French Advance (5.e5 Nc6 6.0-0 d4!? has been tried) or a French Tarrasch where Black will be able to put his knight on f6. (Neither the Be2 nor Qa5 are well placed but the tempi they have to spend moving again might cancel each other out.) Or could he get the outlandish bishop grab 4.Be2 Nf6 5.e5 Nd5 6.0-0 Nf4!? to work?
  
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Reply #14 - 10/04/14 at 18:23:42
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Aziridine wrote on 10/03/14 at 20:13:48:
Is anyone aware of analysis of 2.c3 Qa5 beyond what's in Secrets of Opening Surprises 1 and the standard Alapin books? I'm impressed by Romanishin's handling of 3.Nf3 e6!? and the results he's gotten with it.

never looked at this line before, toying with Houdini I found 3.Nf3 e6 4.Be2 d6 (as played by Romanishin) 5.d4!? (a novelty as far as I can see) cxd4 (5...Nf6 6.e5) 6.O-O dxc3 7.Nxc3 Nc6 (7...Nf6 8.Bf4 e5 9.Bg5 Nc6 (9...Be6 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Nd5) 10.Bc4 Be7 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Nd5) 8.b4!?
  
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Reply #13 - 10/03/14 at 20:13:48
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Is anyone aware of analysis of 2.c3 Qa5 beyond what's in Secrets of Opening Surprises 1 and the standard Alapin books? I'm impressed by Romanishin's handling of 3.Nf3 e6!? and the results he's gotten with it.
  
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Reply #12 - 03/09/14 at 23:33:29
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I know the OP was some time ago but in case anyone else comes across this thread it's worth mentioning 'Starting out: the c3 Sicilian' by Emms, published 2008.
Lots of good explanations and analysis in there from a GM who plays it fairly regularly.
  

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Reply #11 - 02/18/14 at 20:08:58
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[quote author=696D7063746B020 link=1203670156/10#10 date=1392745121][quote author=56555F59380 link=1203670156/6#6 date=1304114514]Try this:

http://hem.passagen.se/tjmisha/unboringc3.html

Well worth watching, this Miezis guy ...[/quote]
Link is not working my friend[/quote]

Well, it was posted two years ago... :P
  

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Reply #10 - 02/18/14 at 17:38:41
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[quote author=56555F59380 link=1203670156/6#6 date=1304114514]Try this:

http://hem.passagen.se/tjmisha/unboringc3.html

Well worth watching, this Miezis guy ...[/quote]
Link is not working my friend
  
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Reply #9 - 05/18/11 at 07:02:42
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The "experts on the anti-sicilian" c3 chapter also looks awesome on first reading (haven't checked the lines yet) but is a black repertoire.
  
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Reply #8 - 05/16/11 at 16:50:44
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Sveshnikov's 'The Complete c3 sicilian' is really recommended
  
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Reply #7 - 04/30/11 at 13:03:55
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Now there are at least two more books, Sveshnikov - Complete c3, and Experts on the Anti-Sicilians.
  
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Reply #6 - 04/29/11 at 22:01:54
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Try this:

http://hem.passagen.se/tjmisha/unboringc3.html

Well worth watching, this Miezis guy ...
  
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2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 d5 4.exd exd 5.d4 Nc6
Reply #5 - 04/29/11 at 16:47:40
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There is this very well-known Sicilian Alapin position after 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 exd5 5.d4 Nc6....
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As the second player, I tend to avoid IQP positions but since it can be reached via _various move-orders_ in my future repertoire, this time I can't help studying this one.
Where is this exact position covered? (a book/study/etc)
  

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Reply #4 - 02/22/08 at 16:37:27
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Be careful of his dc5 line in 2...d5. Omits some stuff that Palliser covers very well (...Bf5)
Very tough to play for white anyhow that line.

Rest of DVD very impressive.
  
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Reply #3 - 02/22/08 at 15:04:23
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Thanks to both of you.  I will get the Tiviakov DVD to start - ease myself into it!
  
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Reply #2 - 02/22/08 at 14:49:44
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I own all.
The ultimate c3 book yet to be written. Gaps, problems in all sadly.

Rogozenko plus Tiv for sure, maybe Gallagher c3 or Harley too, should short you out. Too many omissions from Collins - though may be as much a fault of the minimalist series as his.

  
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Re: 2.c3 Sicilian - Books, CDs, DVDs?
Reply #1 - 02/22/08 at 11:04:56
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There is probably a previous thread on this topic, but I can't really be bothered finding it, so here are some books on this topic:

"Fighting the Anti-Sicilians" - Palliser

"Beating the Anti-Sicilians" - Gallagher

"Anti-Sicilians: A Guide for Black" - Rogozenko

"The Safest Sicilian" - Delchev/Semkov

The above books are aimed at how to meet the Alapin, but I assume that you are after books from White's point of view as well, so here they are:

"Play the c3 Sicilian" - Rozentalis & Harley

"c3 Sicilian" - Gallagher

"Chess Explained: The Alapin Sicilian" - Collins

"Alapin Sicilian" - Rogozenko CD

"Play the 2.c3 Sicilian" - Tiviakov DVD.

As you can see from this lengthy list, there are a lot of books on the Alapin in view of its vast popularity with club players/amateurs, but my advice would be to pick two good sources (I would suggest Collins' book and Tiviakov's DVD in view of their publication date of 2007, although I don't own either product) and study them. I think Rozentalis's book would offer a more complete coverage in relation to the number of variations covered (again I could be wrong; you will have to see for yourself), but most of the above sources have improvements over their analysis, which is why I recommend the more recent products.

Hope this helps!
  

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2.c3 Sicilian - Books, CDs, DVDs?
02/22/08 at 08:49:15
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What are the best books, CDs and DVDs available on the 2.c3 Sicilian?

Thanks
  
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