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Over the years, the c3 Sicilian, otherwise known as the Alapin Variation, has become increasingly popular not least because it avoids the reams of theory associated with Open Sicilians, but also because it offers White the opportunity to be flexible. Indeed, the positions that arise from this opening can be either tactical or positional and are therefore suitable for chess players of all strengths.
Utilised by some of the world's leading grandmasters such as Michael Adams and Sergei Tiviakov, the c3 Sicilian is the perfect opening for any player wishing to find a reliable and easy to learn system against the Sicilian Defence.
Follow International Master and former Irish Champion Sam Collins as he explains the fundamental principles and ideas behind this fascinating opening.
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