Grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov has been a confirmed advocate of the c3 Sicilian for a long time. As he says in the introduction ".. The move 2.c3 has fed me and my family for almost forty years!"
In this book he gives an historical overview, explains the basic plans and ideas, annotates important games and includes diagrammed exercises involving typical c3 Sicilian situations.
The book is divided into two parts according to Black's 2nd move: either 2..Nf6; or 2..d5; and others. Each part offers a comprehensive coverage of the history, tactics, strategy and theory of the opening system.
The Complete c3 Sicilian brings you the basic ideas, the tactical tricks and the latest developments from recent grandmaster practice; with hundreds of games, accessibly explained, and many test positions.
It is not difficult to understand why the c3 (or Alapin) Sicilian is such a popular opening with amateur and professional chess players all over the world. Against Black's most dangerous reply to 1.e4 it offers everything you need if you are looking for a reliable scheme that does not take much time to learn.
It could even be argued that 2.c3 is the most logical response to the Sicilian Defence. White aims at creating a strong pawn centre and obtains an easily manageable middlegame.
Some key advantages of the c3 Sicilian are:
White has only to study a few set-ups, since Black has basically two sensible replies
The system can be learned quickly, since the positions are generally less complicated than in many other Sicilian lines
Theory doesn't develop quickly, so maintaining your knowledge is fairly simple
Black has to take big risks in order to win
Universally recognized as the world's greatest c3 Sicilian expert, Grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov has written the most comprehensive guide ever: a well structured book, indispensable for masters and yet easily accessible for club players.
Published 2010, softback, 574 pages.View sample pages (pdf)