This is a common concern with chess players who play the sicillian as black. The Alapin variation 1.e4 c5 2.c3 rightly has a reputation as a drawish, sterile way to play chess; perfect for lower rated players to use against higher rated players where simply not losing is a moral victory. I would like to show two of my black wins using the somewhat cagey 2...d6 in exactly this situation. My opponents both were younger, lower rated and I needed to win as black against this solid opening.
It is my hope that you find these two games and analysis with the cagey 2...d6 vs. the Alapin interesting and are successful as well in your own games with it. My goal as a coach is to help my students build up an opening battle plan that suits their personality, chess goals and practical study time. Please see www.foxvalleychess.com to learn more about my training methods and how I can help you achieve your chess potential.