The BEST Chess Opening Against The Sicilian Defense – Every Move is a Trap!

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🔹 Crush the Sicilian Defense: Unknown & DEADLY TRAP for White –

In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shows you how to crush the Sicilian Defense as White with a solid yet tricky opening variation. It is the delayed Alapin variation which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3.

This seemingly simple move is so powerful as it helps you to establish strong central pawns. And not just that, there are so many tricks, traps, and pitfalls along the way and Black would end up losing if they are not careful.

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00:00 Crush the Sicilian Defense as White
00:38 3.c3 Delayed Alapin Variation
04:04 Why delayed Alapin Variation?
06:05 Deadly traps and tricks
09:15 Key move you should remember
11:47 Can you find the best continuation?
12:05 Final variation

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72 Comments

  1. ► Chapters

    00:00 Crush the Sicilian Defense as White

    00:38 3.c3 Delayed Alapin Variation

    04:04 Why delayed Alapin Variation?

    06:05 Deadly traps and tricks

    09:15 Key move you should remember

    11:47 Can you find the best continuation?

    12:05 Final variation

  2. I started watching your videos about half a year ago and so far I'm up 300+ rating points, love your content man! Was also wondering if you could cover even more additional lines in the bishops opening / tennison gambit as well sometime in the future :).

  3. in my experience the best response to whatever white plays in move 2 – Alapin or Nf3 is 2.g6 – the hyperaccelerated dragon – my absolute favorite opening

  4. as black at 9:37 in the video, would it be a mistake to take the pawn on A2 with the queen?

  5. @12:00 white can play Bxf6 taking a pawn and attacking the queen, so black plays Bxf6 taking white bishop.

    But now, Bxd7+ Qxd7 Qxf6 gets the bishop back and attacks the rook on h8. So Rf8 but now we get another pawn with Qxe5+.

    Now if Qe7, then we play Qxe7 Kxe7 Rxb7+ winning a third pawn with a check. Or if Kf7, then Rfd1 is pretty strong!

  6. Ok. I got Qe6+. The bishop is pinned. So if…Qe6 Then Bxd7+ wins the bishop with tempo. +-. So instead Black's King must move to …Kf8 and then we win the Bishop. Bxd7. …fxg4 and Rxb7 and its looking bad for black. Their pawn is super weak on e5. We have a rook on the 7th and blacks rooks are stuck or undeveloped at the moment.

  7. Thank you, GM Smirnoff! Interesting and challenging as always.

  8. Against …2 d6, there is also the very sharp Ginsberg Gambit : 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Bc4 Nxe4 6. Qh5 e6 7. Bb5+ Bd7 8. Nxe6

  9. I started watching your videos last year, my rating was 500, now a year later, I'm at an 850 and climbing

  10. 1. Qe6+ Kf8 2. Bxd7 Qe7 3. Rxb7 fxg5 4. Qb3

  11. how i should play as black, Nf6. Don't even have to think about it. …. I got crushed a week ago in a club level match with the moves 2.a3 and 3. b4 … never saw that gambit before. I realised too late i should have played g6 as my 2nd move

  12. Great video! I'm now tempted to play 1.e4!. Eversince i watched your video regarding Italian versus Two Knights game there's not a single white player that moved the antidote 5 or 6.d4 so, until now i'm using that two nights addictively😊! Played maybe like a hundred times?

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