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Advance Variation against French and Caro-Kann

Play the Sicilian Alapin - Part 1 

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Introduction and Free Preview  Free
  • Introduction  Closed
  • Chapter 1 - 2.c3 Minor Lines  Closed
  • Chapter 1 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 2 - 2.c3 d6  Closed
  • Chapter 2 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 3 - 2.c3 g6  Closed
  • Chapter 3 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 4 - 3.exd5 Nf6  Closed
  • Chapter 4 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 5 - 4.d4 e5  Closed
  • Chapter 5 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 6 - 4.d4 g6  Closed
  • Chapter 6 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 7 - 4.d4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bg4  Closed
  • Chapter 7 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 8 - 5.Nf3 cxd4 6.cxd4 Bg4  Closed
  • Chapter 8 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 9 - 5.Nf3 cxd4 6.cxd4 e5  Closed
  • Chapter 9 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 10 - 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.dxc5 Qxd1  Closed
  • Chapter 10 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 11 - 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.dxc5 Qxc5  Closed
  • Chapter 11 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 12 - 5.Nf3 Bf5  Closed
  • Chapter 12 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 13 - 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.dxc5 Qxd1+  Closed
  • Chapter 13 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 14 - 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.dxc5 Qxc5  Closed
  • Chapter 14 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 15 - 6.Na3 Nbd7  Closed
  • Chapter 15 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 16 - 6.Na3 cxd4 7.Nb5  Closed
  • Chapter 16 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 17 - 6.Na3 a6  Closed
  • Chapter 17 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 18 - 6.Na3 Be7  Closed
  • Chapter 18 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 19 - 6....Qd8 7.Nc4  Closed
  • Chapter 19 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 20 - Main Line: 6...Nc6 7.Be3 cxd4  Closed
  • Chapter 20 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 21 - Modern Line: 8.Nb5 Qd7  Closed
  • Chapter 21 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Pawn Structures I  Closed
  • 1st Yerevan Open 2016 - Tiviakov, S.. - Davtyan, David Arm  Closed
  • Moscow op4 B - Menshikov, Alexander - Matyushin, Lev  Closed
  • Mitropa Cup 22nd - Pavasovic, Dusko - Likavsky, Tomas  Closed
  • Pawn Structures II  Closed
  • Budapest - Vajda, L.. - Bui, Vinh  Closed
  • Bundesliga 0102 - Rozentalis, Eduardas - Babula, Vlastimil  Closed
  • Chigorin Memorial 16th - Vysochin, Spartak - Loginov, Valery A  Closed
  • Pawn Structures III  Closed
  • 47th GM 2019 - Fridman, D.. - Kulaots, K..  Closed
  • 14th ch-SRB 20120 - Kovacevic, A.. - Budisavljevic, Luka  Closed
  • Bad Woerishofen op 21st - Tiviakov, Sergei - Espig, Lutz  Closed
  • Pawn Structures IV  Closed
  • EICC IX - Tiviakov, Sergei - Sutovsky, Emil  Closed
  • Wroclaw Polonia op 4th - Tiviakov, Sergei - Yemelin, Vasily  Closed
  • EU-chT (Men) 14th - Tiviakov, Sergei - Arlandi, Ennio  Closed
  • Test Section  Closed
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    Play the Sicilian Alapin - Part 1

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    We are happy to present the new opening course by GM Martin Lorenzini - Play the Sicilian Alapin - Part 1. In this database, GM Lorenzini covers all Black's moves, except 2...Nf6.

    The database consists of 21 theoretical chapters, 4 typical pawn structures (model games for each structure), 20 interactive test positions, and Memory Booster.

    Below, you can take a look at how the author presents the database himself.

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    The starting position of the current repertoire arises after 1.e4 c5 2.c3


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    When asking ourselves what to play against the Sicilian Defence, we find ourselves before a wide range of different approaches. The most usual is to choose an open Sicilian with a sharp fight. This requires a lot of study time.  Once done, it again requires resources to stay updated on new games of each variation. This is perfectly feasible for a professional player, but an amateur may find it to take up too much time that would be better spent on other aspects of the game.

    The Alapin Variation is a different, more economic approach. It has a reputation of being peaceful and for players without great ambition, but I consider this an error of judgment. Move 2.c3 is a choice for the pragmatic player looking to fight for victory while saving resources.  Different types of positions can be reached, from high complexity to endgames with a slight advantage. Many typical schemes, for example, isolated pawn positions, where the white player can demonstrate his greater familiarity with them.

    From the other angle, it is often annoying for the average Sicilian player to face structures that are rare in his practice. And as nowadays even on the highest level players often stay away from mainline theory to avoid preparation, it has been put into practice by Anand, Kramnik, Aronian,  Vachier-Lagrave, Ponomariov, and Adams, among others. There is also a group of strong grandmasters who have played it regularly for many years, like Tiviakov,  Rozentalis, and Sveshnikov. For all these reasons, I recommend adding the  Alapin to your repertoire and wish you many victories with it.

    In the first part of this huge project, I cover the moves 2...d5, 2...g6, 2...d6, 2...Qa5, 2...e5, and 2...a6.

    In order to make the study of the theoretical variations easier, I have also covered 4 very important pawn structures.

    Structure 1

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    Structure 2

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    Structure 3

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    Structure 4

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    The coverage of each one of these 4 structures features three extensively annotated model games. I strongly recommend to study the pawn structures before proceeding with the theoretical section.

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