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GM Repertoire against the Sicilian - Alapin variation - Part 2

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Dear Readers of the magazine “Modern chess”,

In front of you is the continuation of the series on Sicilian defense with 2.c3 or so-called Alapin variation. As in the previous issue, we discussed 2….d5, now we will focus on another main move 2...Nf6. The repertoire that I propose is quite aggressive and in all variations, White seeks to acquire the initiative. I tried to cover in this article all attacking ideas and maneuvers. In the following analysis, I chose continuations that lead to positions with an isolated pawn, in which the vast majority of our readers must feel quite comfortable considering how well they are explained in the articles of GM Viktor Gavrikov. We wish you a pleasant reading and good luck.

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 Black immediately attacks the white center 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.cxd4 d6 7.Bc4 


Black has a choice here between 3 main moves: 7...e6, 7...dxe5 and 7...Nb6.

Black plays 7...e6 


 At this point, I suggest the following fresh idea 8.0-0 Be7 9.Bd2! with the idea after Nc3 to take on c3 with a piece.

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