A chess opening or simply an opening refers to the initial moves of a chess game. The term can refer to the initial moves by either side, White or Black, but an opening by Black may also be known as a defense. There are dozens of different openings, and hundreds of variants.
The Alapin Variation of the Sicilian Defense is one of the “anti-Sicilian” openings White can play against 1…c5. A solid opening, the Alapin is a well-respected way of bypassing the extensive theory of other Sicilian […]