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Re: Alapin after 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3!?
Reply #1 - 11/18/17 at 13:34:48
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I often use that move order. I've never found any disadvantages.

I also like to play 3 c3 against 2...e6.

I'm finding that 2...g6 is becoming problematic. I always used to play 3 c3 but the theory has expanded and I'm finding it hard to keep up (and remember!) it all, especially after the trendy 3...d5. I've looked at 3 d4 cxd4 4 Qxd4 but I'm not convinced it's anything for White. So, since I don't find that I play the white side of the Maroczy particulary well, and I don't want to risk transposition to a main line Dragon, I've been investigating the rare option 3 Bc4!? Bg7 and only now 4 c3, covered in Gawain Jones's book.

Of course the main problem is that you can't get a 'real' Alapin after the most popular (in my experience, playing over the board mostly against opponents in the range 1800-2200 ) 2...d6, although there is no shortage of Anti-Sicilians then to choose from.
I tend to mix it up between
a) the 3 c3 Nf6 4 h3 Kopek
b) 3 Bb5+
c) 3 Bc4
d) 3 d4 exd4 4 Qxd4
e) 3 c3 Nf6 4 g3!? aiming for a King's Indian Attack - a particularly useful line against an opponent who you know likes to develop his knight to e7 vs the KIA.

I find the Quality Chess "Experts on the Anti-Sicilians" book from 2011 is still a very useful reference on most of these.
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Alapin after 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3!?
11/18/17 at 13:08:39
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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 Nc6 doesn't fit in because of a quick d5 by White.
Another advantage of that moveorder is that after 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.Bc4 White has avoided the dangerous new try 2. ... Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nf3 d6!?, keeping the knight on b8 and planning 5.Bc4 de5: 6.Ne5: e6 and Bd6

Is there a variation where the 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 move order actually cuts down on White's options (and not only Black's)?
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