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Chess Openings: Learn the Basics of the Sicilian Defense

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Publisher : Chessfactor Official

Course Language : English

The Sicilian Defense is recognized as the most aggressive and best-scoring response of black to white’s first move 1.e4. It is a very complex and sharp opening with many distinct variations, each of which leads to different types of positions. It is definitely one worth to know a little bit about it from both, the white and the black side.

In this course on the Sicilian Defense, we will cover the major Sicilian’s because the Sicilian Defense isn’t just one opening, it is more like a group of openings. Knowing the basics of each of the different variations will help you to understand which of them is the right choice for you. The main variations of the Open Sicilians which will be covered in this course are:

1. The Sicilian Defense after 2…d6:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3

· Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation 5…g6

· Sicilian Defense: Classical Variation 5…Nc6

· Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation 5…e6

· Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation 5…a6

2. The Sicilian Defense after 2…Nc6:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4

· Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon 4…g6

· Sicilian Defense: Loewenthal Variation (Kalashnikov Variation) 4…e5

· Sicilian Defense: Sveshnikov Variation 4…Nf6

3. The Sicilian Defense after 2…e6:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3

· Sicilian Defense: Pin Variation 5...Bb4

· Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation 5…Nc6

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4

· Sicilian Defense: Kan Variation 4...a6

· Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation 4…Nc6

4. The Sicilian Najdorf

5. The Yugoslav Attack

If you are looking for a top-scoring opening against 1.e4, this course will help you to obtain better positions in the middlegame and successfully apply the different strategies. All lessons are very easy to follow. A complete set of PGNs of everything covered in this course can be downloaded and will help you to analyze it at your own pace and convenience.

Hope you enjoy the course!