Little Known Openings: Part I

Over the next few days I thought I’d present some interesting chess openings that have been totally neglected by ‘theory’. Here’s the first of them, a way of meeting the Sicilian that has been totally ignored.

The move 2.c4 switches play to that of Closed Openings and can transpose into a Botvinnik Variation of the English Opening. Who plays it? Nobody. But Alexander Alekhine evidently thought it was interesting:

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Besides teaching chess, Nigel is a registered tai chi and qigong instructor and runs several weekly classes.