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: