Originally posted by exigentsky
Please someone help me out a little. What do you think about this position compared to the mainline Alapin?
Personally, I think it looks pretty bad for Black. The pawn structure in the centre and on the kingside is nullified. I would be more than happy to play from this position with the White pieces.
Why not try 2...d5? Leaves White with an isolated pawn while you don't, which will give you an endgame advantage (the point of playing the Sicilian anyway).
Edit: A couple of ideas in it: The main lines goes like
1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 Nc6 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.Nc3, when you could look at playing Qa5-c7, a6, Bf5 and e6. The dark-squared bishop development is up to you but I would be inclined to play it to b4.
White's goal will be to develop quickly and try to use his d-pawn as a battering ram, so that is why Balck plays ...e6. Black will try to stop the d-pawn and seek counterplay down the c-file. He will caslte short and put the rooks on c8 and d8.
Hope that helps.