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    Kill the Sicilian: 2. c3 Alapin
    1. In LESSON 1 you will learn how to take advantage of Black’s subpar moves when facing the Alapin
    2. In LESSON 2 you will learn how to deal with 2…e6 and the generally “French” structures
    3. In LESSON 3 we will discuss 2… d6 system, similar to the “Pirc” openings
    4. In LESSON 4 we will discuss 2… g6 system, where Black immediately fianchettos the Bishop
    5. In LESSON 5 we will deal with Black playing one of the most common and solid lines against the Alapin- the 2…Nf6 system
    6. In LESSON 6 we will discuss the most widely used weapon against the Alapin- the 2… d5 move. It will be divided into 3 distinct parts.
    7. Here in PART 1 we will discuss the quick e7-e5 pawn advance for Black that is aimed at breaking white’s center as quickly as possible
    8. Now here in PART 2 we will take a look at the much more solid system for Black, where he chooses to develop simply and does not mind locking the Bc8 out of the main action scene
    9. Finally in PART 3 here we will discuss Black’s most dangerous looking option of the LESSON 6- moving the Bc8 out early into the battlefield, to help combat White’s center
    • 1Trick 2. Black loses an offsid...
    • 9.5Trick 6: A Pseudo-Pin...
    • 23. 2... d6...
    • 10.5Trick 1. Black does not contes...
    • 3Trick 4. Black forgets about a...
    • 11.55. 2... Nf6...
    • 4Trick 7. Too strong a center....
    • 12.57. 2... d5 part 2 (with e6)...
    • 5Trick 5. Black allows decisive...
    • 13.5Trick 8. A decisive knight for...
    • 62. 2... e6 Systems...
    • 14.5Trick 3. Black plays g6 too so...
    • 76. 2... d5 with a quick e7-e5...
    • 15.5Alapin Overview...
    • 88. 2... d5 Part 3 with Bg4...
    • 16.54. 2...g6...
    • 91. Black Sidelines...
  • Author
    Levon Altounian

    IM Levon Altounian is on the list of the most prominent chess players, coaches and organizers in the USA. He was a participant of three of the most prestigious US Championships, winner of the 2000 National Open and 2011 G10 National Open, many Arizona and California State Championships, including the 2010 “Champion of the State Champions” title. He also holds numerous records on ICC (chessclub.com) where he recently played a match with GM Hikaru Nakamura. Under his leadership, his students from all over the US won more than 100 Individual and Team State and National titles, including the K-5 Nationals in 2004 (Tucson, AZ team) and Denker competitions. His organization, called Arizona Chess For Schools, works tirelessly to promote chess on every level and also specializes in organizing chess events, camps and providing private and group lessons. To find out more please visit Arizonachessforschools.com or contact Levon directly at laltounian@msn.com.