Semyon Alapin[ edit ]

Semyon Alapin, 1856-1923, was a Latvian-Jewish chess player, openings analyst and puzzle setter. He was one of the strongest players in Russia in the late 19th Century. He is best remembered for the Alapin Opening, a king´s pawn opening. It was at one time jokingly called "The Hippopotamus Game". He also developed variants of the French Defence and Sicilian Defence.

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