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|Jul-11-04|| ||nikolaas: Semion Zvinovievich Alapin
He invented some strange openings like the Alapin opening (1.e4 e5 2.Ne2), the Alapin-Diemer gambit (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Be3), the Alapin gambit in the Ruy Lopez (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bc6 dc6 5.0-0 Bg4 6.h3 h5)and of course the Sicilian Alapin (1.e4 c5 2.c3).
He was born in st Petersburg 7.11.1856
He was an important theoretician but not so fantastic in practice chess. Relatively. In 1892 he played in Dresden and victoried over Mieses. In 1897 he played in Berlin and defeated Teichmann and many others. In 1898 he played in Vienna and beated a.o. Blackburne In 1909 he played in Praga and defeated among others Marshall, Mieses and Spielmann.In 1923 he died, but I didn't found a real biography.
|Jul-11-04|| ||acirce: The Sicilian Alapin is quite fine, I use it with good results, even though it is objectively a slight error ( <cu8sfan> :-) ). I will however learn to play the real thing against ..c5 too. |
|Aug-23-04|| ||BaranDuin: He also helped to make the Slav defense popular |
|Jul-23-05|| ||fred lennox: This great russian player, a personal favorite, is more known for his openings than playing. Perhaps more noted for being a talented eccentric than a great player. Like Bird, he had a genius for creating tactical complications. His most impressive achievement as a tournament player is tying for first with Chigorin at St. Petersburg in 1878 and as a match player tying against Schlechter in 1899.|
|Apr-06-06|| ||Resignation Trap: Poor Alapin! In the game Dus Chotimirsky vs Alapin, 1908 he wins a pawn in the endgame, and nurtures it to become a queen, and one move later....|
|Jun-19-06|| ||Bartleby: Semion Alapin looks like Silas Adams from HBO's Deadwood (when he starts to let his beard grow out). Definitely looks the part of a period era master!|
He patented his namesake in the Sicilian, which Nimzovitch often employed as an anti-Sicilian system, when Nimzo wasn't also toying with the Rossolimo (the Variation) before Rossolimo (the Master) came along.
His Alapin Opening is suspect to say the least, but the similar 1. e4 c5 2. Ne2 is an interesting idea, something Bronstein played occassionally to good effect:
Bronstein vs Psakhis, 1981
My "Sorceror's Apprentice" book has two others apparently not in CG's database.
|Oct-20-06|| ||Phony Benoni: Bronstein's "200 Open Games" has a marvelous funny final chapter concerning his meeting with the legendary Master, B.S. Queenabber. |
When Queenabber played Alapin's Opening (1.e4 e5 2.Ne2), Bronstein asked in awe, "Did you know Alapin?"
"I even knew B. Lapin!"
|Oct-20-06|| ||aw1988: 1. e4 e5 2. Ne2 is not a bad move. It can transpose into the KIA.|
|Oct-20-06|| ||Phony Benoni: <aw1988> It would make for an odd KIA, since White usually has his knight on f3 in that line, just as Black normally has his knight on f6 in the King's Indian Defense. Having the knight on e2/e7 is more of a Modern Defense idea.|
As I recall, White's original idea in the Alapin is to support the move f4, sort of ungambitting the King's Gambit.
|Nov-07-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Semion Alapin|
Born 19 november
|Apr-10-07|| ||refutor: his gambit v. the exchange ruy lopez is strong 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Bg4 6.h3 h5|
|Apr-18-07|| ||vonKrolock: A case in point is Alapin's treatment of the Falkbeer: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.d3 f6 5.dxe4 xe4 6.f3! c5 7.e2! His analysis on this line appeared in "Monde Illustrť" in 1903, and later reproduced in the "Wiener Schachzeitung" - N. Minev tells, in his article for "The Skittles Room", in chesscafe.com, how Alapin's efforts arrived to be atributed to Paul Keres (1916-1975) in this instance - not that this was Keres own intention, of course...|
|Jul-30-07|| ||gBizzle: he was obsessed with trying to force d4|
|Sep-29-07|| ||valuim97: There is a trap in his opening:1.e4 e5 2.e2!? f6 3.f4 ef4 4.f4 e4? 5.e2 e7 6.d5 e5 7.bc3 , but there Black has 7...c6, and I forgot what White play next. Anyone can found it?|
|Sep-29-07|| ||MaxxLange: <refutor> That's a great line. White has to know the analysis. Unfortunately, the GMs have neutralized it, I think.|
|Nov-20-07|| ||valuim97: I FOUND!!!! 1 e4 e5 2 e2 f6 3 f4 ef4 4 f4 e4?? 5 e2 e7 6 d5 e5 7 bc3 c6 8 d4! d4 9 e4 cd4 10 d6! d8 11 e8 c7 12 b5 Poor Black!|
|Oct-03-08|| ||Karpova: IM Nikolay Minev's interesting article <Historical Perspectives on Chess: Semion Alapin>: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/skitt...|
Minev gives an overview over some of Alapin's opening ideas and forgotten or good chessgames.
His line with 1.e4 c5 2.c3, practically a new opening in his day, is now very popular. Batsford Chess Openings
(solely!), the "record holder" for launching new and unjustified opening names, calls it the Alapin-Sveshnikov.
However, I must mention that in Alapin's day this line was played by Alekhine, Tartakower, etc., and at that time
nobody added any other names to Alapin's variation. As for the development of new and interesting ideas in
Alapin's Sicilian line, I would give much more credit to Adorjan and Nunn than to Sveshnikov.>
Here there are many continuations associated with Alapin's name. Probably his most interesting idea is that the
Falkbeer Countergambit is a dubious defense for Black. As far as I know, he analyzed and introduced into practice
for White the following variation: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.d3 Nf6 5.dxe4 Nxe4 6.Nf3 (! Alapin) 6...Bc5 7.Qe2
(! Alapin). Even now this line is considered to be White's best.
After 7...f5 8.Nc3, ECO (C 32, note 77) gives 8...0-0 9.Nxe4 fxe4 10.
Qxe4 Bf5 with an advantage for Black, and claims that the author is
This is unfair! This analysis was published by Alapin in "Monde Illustre"
(France) in 1903 and reproduced in "Wiener Schachzeitung". Keres was not
even born at that time!
I will present Alapin's original analysis further, because it is not
mentioned in the opening guides: 11.Qc4 Nd7! 12.Bd3 Qf6! 13.h3 Rae8+
14.Kd1. Assessment: unclear. Black has plenty of attacking possibilities,
but White has two extra pawns.>
Minev also mentions a match against Tarrasch played at the end of 1902 and the beginning of 1903 (I'll submit the three games he gives). Alapin won the match but lost the battle.
Minev: <Was there an Alapin ? Tarrasch match? Officially such a contest is not mentioned in recent chess history. But in
1903/4 many newspapers and chess magazines were involved in a dispute over whether the nine games played
between these two in Monaco and Marseilles, at the end of 1902 and beginning of 1903, were match games (as
claimed by Alapin), or friendly games (as claimed by Tarrasch).
The games were played with a clock and a normal time control. From the evidence available to me, this was
probably some sort of training match, with some pre-conditions - the games, for example, were to be played
without spectators, and (probably) the score was not to be released. But a Belgian newspaper published the score
anyway: +4, -3, =2, in favor of Alapin.
Tarrasch was furious and used bitter, insulting words against his opponent. Alapin's answer was more polite,
making the point that he had nothing to do with the Belgian publication. He also showed a great deal of
satisfaction in the fact that at least Tarrasch did not deny the score.
The result of this dispute was unfortunate for Alapin. After the furor, the German chess press (with Tarrasch and
Mieses in the lead) virtually ignored Alapin's existence for years.>
Jeremy Gaige gives Alapin's birthday as 1856.11.19 ("Chess Personalia: A Biobilbiography").
|Nov-19-08|| ||brankat: A colourful and multi-talented person was master Alapin. A player and a theorist, a linguist and an author, an engineer and a businessman.|
R.I.P. Master Semion.
|Nov-19-08|| ||FHBradley: "[a] man who devoted his life entirely to chess" (according to Minev's column), how did he find time for being a linguist, an author, an engineer and a businessman as well?|
|Dec-03-08|| ||Karpova: C.N. 5877 mentions that some sources claim that Alapin was born in St. Petersburg. |
To quote Edward Winter: <We note that St Petersburg was specified in the ten-line obituary of Alapin in the October 1923 BCM, page 374, on page 333 of Schachjahrbuch 1923 by L. Bachmann (Ansbach, 1924) and in a number of other publications of the time.>
|Mar-26-11|| ||Marcelo Bruno: Hi, folks! Does someone have his games with Attakinsky and Defendarov?|
|Mar-27-11|| ||sneaky pete: <Marcelo Bruno> It gladdens my heart to know there is still some interest in that great old master Defendarow-Pechinski. I posted his game against Attakinski on the page Staunton / Owen vs Morphy / Barnes, 1858. You'll find his games against Opferaroff and Agressewitsch on Steinitz vs Rainer, 1885 and Dgebuadze vs P Claesen, 2005.|
|Nov-19-12|| ||brankat: 156th Birthday today!|
|Nov-19-13|| ||Penguincw: Make that 157th birthday to Alapin.|
|Mar-07-14|| ||Karpova: Alapin, when on his way to Munich, gave a Simul in the Berlin <Arbeiter Schachklub> (Workers Chess Club) and scored in 44 games in less than 4 hours +27 -2 =15.|
Source: 'Pester Lloyd', 1912.10.27, p. 10 (Dr. Emanuel Lasker wrote it in Berlin, on October 24)
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