|One of the rarer King's Pawn defences adopted by White after initial
steps along the "Épine Dorsale"
(a set of moves common to several openings). Named after
Semyon Alapin (1856-1923), a Latvian player and openings analyst,
it was also jokingly called "The Hippopotamus Game" for a period.
White plays 2.Kt-K2 in move 2 (left) with the intention of reserving P-KB4 (a delayed King's Gambit manoevre) as a third (and supported) move.
White's king's-side knight and central pawns gain a slight lead in
development while sending Black's knight on a short tour, before Black
regains equality (move 8, right).
Alternative lines include the Exchange Variation
as well as the famous "Hippopotamus Game"
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