According to the Gameknot database, the Alapin Variation is the third most popular reply to the Sicilian. Many top grandmasters have used sometimes during their chess playing career - giving Alapin a reputation of solid, and highly respectable.
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The Open Sicilian is the most popular response to 1...c5, with more than 287897 games played by players rated above 2000 according to Gameknot database. Obviously, white intend to open up the centre with d4, usually on move three, after 2.Nf3.
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As the name suggests, players playing white (with the Closed Sicilian) does not intend to open up the centre with d4 in the near future. Instead, they usually play on the king-side first, then decide whether they want to open up the centre or not.... | Czytaj więcej
I am writing this really just to talk about my experiances with chess. It's pretty much a biography, but an interesting story. To start, my love of chess didn't really catch on until I was 13. I knew how to play chess before then beca... | Czytaj więcej