[May 14, 2017] Updated Opening Line by Bojan Vučković:
Sicilian Defense, Alapin Variation with 2… Nf6 (Miscellaneous)

[Line 419 : 1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6]

After the (almost) exclusively played 3. e5 Nd5, White usually proceeds with 4. Nf3, where 4… Nc6 is covered in Line 420.

Another fashionable option is 4… e6, where we think that 5. d4 cxd4 6. cxd4 is suitable for club level players, while 5. g3 Nc6 6. Bg2 should be more appropriate for beginners. The main line goes 5. Bc4 d6 6. d4 cxd4 7. cxd4, and here 7… Be7, followed by O-O, b7-b6 and Bb7 is a good alternative to the more common 7… Nc6. White has, after 7… Nc6 8. O-O Be7, a few options of about the same strength: 9. Qe2, 9. Bd2 (with the idea Nc3), and 9. exd6 Qxd6 10. Nc3. Black’s position is generally fine, though he needs to play a couple of accuracies to equalize.

[Diagram: White to Move] S. Dolmatov – V. Tukmakov, Elenite 1995. Black intends to play a7-a6 and Bb7, which would lead to a perfectly fine position. However, it is White’s move and he can seize the initiative with enterprising play. How would you continue?

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