The Sicilian Defense, a chess opening that begins with the moves 1. e4 c5, is
one of the most popular and highest scoring Black responses to the King's Pawn
Opening - 1. e4. With 1... c5, Black asserts control over the critical d4 square
and launches an aggressive counter-attack to seize control of the center of the
chess board. By choosing to play the Sicilian Defense, Black is willing to offer
White both the initiative of the Kingside and an advantage in piece development
opportunities in exchange for an advanced Queenside pawn and a spatial advantage
that often lead to flank attacks.
Popular Variations of the Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Sicilian, Schveshnikov Sicilian, Scheveningen Sicilian
Practitioners of the Sicilian Defense: Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, Mikhail Tal, Viswanathan Anand, Boris Gelfand and Alexei Shirov
Presented by GM Bryan Smith
Learn an aggressive and effective repertoire against the Sicilian Kan, Najdorf, Dragon, and Classical variations of the Sicilian. Bryan explains the variations that arise in great detail and shows you how to counter.
Sicilicide - How to Beat the Sicilian Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 157
GM Andrei Volokitin presents a 3 hour masterclass on the Sicilian Najdorf – considered the Rolls Royce (or Cadillac) of chess openings. A favorite of Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov, the Najdorf variation gives both White and Black many ways to play for a win. However, the opening is so sharp that one mistake can mean defeat – which is why it is essential to understand the Najdorf properly if you are going to play it yourself or if you are a 1.e4 player. Even after the initial moves (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6) there are many good alternatives.
Mastering the Sicilian Najdorf - EMPIRE CHESS
by IM David Vigorito and IM Bryan Smith
The Dragon is one of the main lines of the Sicillian where Black fianchettoes their bishop on the h8–a1 diagonal. The line is one of the sharpest variations of the Sicilian, making it one of the sharpest of all chess openings.
Studies in: The Dragon - Chess Lecture - Volume 132
by IM Bill Paschall
The Rossolimo Variation, 3.Bb5, is a well-respected alternative to 3.d4. Originally criticized by Kasparov but later played by him.
Dealing with the Bishop to b5 in the Sicilian - Chess Lecture - Volume 127
Hosted by IM David Vigorito
The Sicilian is known as the “Cadillac or Rolls Royce'' of chess openings. The Najdorf version of the opening is named after the Polish-Argentine Grandmaster Miguel Najdorf. Over the years many players have lived by the Najdorf most notably Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. The Najdorf begins: 1. E4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 NF6 5. Nc3 a6 David takes us through several variations including 6.g3, 6.Bg5, and several lines of play for Black with modern twists.
Studies in: The Najdorf Sicilian - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 130
Master the Bb5 System
This DVD (part 1 of 2) covers Bb5 Systems against The Sicilian Defense with an emphasis on the core White strategies involving immediate and sometimes unprovoked Bxc6! This Anti -Sicilian approach will have opponents frightened to play their favorite Sicilian once the Bb5 Mastery is reached.
Destroy the Sicilian Defense - PART 1 - EMPIRE CHESS
This DVD (part 2 of 2) covers Bb5 Systems against The Sicilian Defense with an emphasis on the core White strategies involving immediate and sometimes unprovoked Bxc6! This Anti-Sicilian approach will have opponents frightened to play their favourite Sicilian once the Bb5 Mastery is reached.
Destroy the Sicilian Defense - PART 2 - EMPIRE CHESS
Hosted by GM Bryan Smith
In this DVD Bryan explains the sacrifices with both the Scheveningen ''small center'' structure of pawns on d6 and e6 and as well as the Sicilian Dragon.
The Exchange Sacrifice on c3 in the Sicilian - Chess Lecture - Volume 98
Hosted by GM Bryan Smith
A pawn is said to be poisoned because its capture can result in a positional disadvantage and or the loss of material l. The best known of these is a line of the Sicillian Defense, Najdorf Variation. One of the pioneers of this line was David Bronstein, who tied the 1951World Championship match against Mikhail Botvinnik 12–12.
The Najdorf Poison Pawn - Then and Now - Chess Lecture - Volume 99
With FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos
25% of all club level games begin with the Sicilian and 17% of all grandmaster games begin with the Sicilian. Dennis gives you tools for dealing with the Sicilian, an essential skill for every serious chess player.
An Anti-Sicilian Line b3 before d4 - Chess Lecture - Volume 92
In part 2 of the series IM Valeri Lilov examines a sharp repertoire for both black and white. A complete system you can employ in your own games! Valeri's take on theory is both aggressive and based on sound strategic principles. He examines White e 4 and one good line of play for all of Black's possible responses with the Budapest Gambit. Also, how White can respond to the Budapest Gambit and how to respond to deviations on most of the various openings including with the Grand Prix attack.
An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player Lectures 5-9 - Chess Lecture - Volume 81
GM Bryan Smith explores A fresh, relatively unexplored system for white to surprise Sicilian players ! In depth 4 part series that will help you take your opponents outside the book.
Beating the Sicilian with the Tiviakov Grand Prix - Chess Lecture - Volume 78
Life Master Dana Mackenzie explains a system that he developed originally to defeat the computer program ''Fritz.'' It was also played by Swedish correspondence player Arne Bryntse in the 1960s and early 1970s. However, Mackenzie's victory over IM David Pruess in 2006 is believed to be the first appearance of the Bryntse Gambit in an over-the-board master game.
Nuke the Sicillian - Chess Lecture - Volume 67
The Maroczy Bind is a pawn formation named after the Hungarian Grandmaster Geza Maroczy. It is primarily, but not exclusively, used against the Sicilian Defense. It is characterized by white pawns on c4 and e4, with White's d-pawn having been exchanged for Black's c-pawn.GM Jesse Kraai shows how to use middle game strategy to gain advantage for white. Expert handling of the Maroczy Bind is illustrated with an explanation of the theory, a classic game, and an additional instructive game of his own.ECO: B36, B38
Playing the Maroczy Bind For White - Chess Lecture - Volume 63
IM Attila Turzo currently resides in Hungary. Attila became an international Master at age 18, and was hungarian Junior Champion at 19. He has won first place in more than ten international tournaments. Attila has been a professional chess coah since 2001.
The Basic Principles of the Closed Sicilian for White - Chess Lecture - Volume 21
GM Eugene Perelshteyn earned his third GM norm and the title GM after sharing first place in the 2006 Foxwoods Open, He won the Samford Chess Fellowship in 2002, awarded to the top American Player under 25 years old earning $64,000, Eugene also led the Unversity of Maryland, Baltimore County to a few Pan American championships from 1998-2002.
The Accelerated Dragon - Chess Lecture - Volume 22
FM Valeri Lilov of Bulgaria resides in Varna, and works in practical chess and chess pedagogy. In 2000 in Moscow, Russia, he became the European Individual School Chess Champion U10 with the record of 6, 5 out of 7.
An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player Part I - Sicilian vs. 1.e4 - Chess Lecture - Volume 16
The Sveshnikov Sicilian is one of the most sharpest and heavily-analysed of opening systems, yet it can be played successfully by the average player.
FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 82 - The Sveshnikov Sicilian - Part 1
On this DVD, Grandmaster Roman and Rybka gives a thorough analysis of games played for Black against the Maroczy Bind. These games have been selected by Roman because they are very typical for those that feature the Accelerated Dragon: Maroczy Bind and extremely insightful for players of all skill levels. You will see the key ideas of the opening integrated in every game.
ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 89 - Highly Instructive and Educational games for Black against the Maroczy Bind
Sicilian expert GM Chris Ward recommends dynamic lines for Black against all of the anti-Sicilian systems. Part 1: 2.c3 Part 2: 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Part 3: Closed & Fianchetto Systems - 2.Nc3 & 3.g3/2.g3/2.Ne2/2.b3 Part 4: Grand Prix Attack - 2.Nc3 & 3.f4 Part 5: 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3 Part 6: 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4Part 7: 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+/3.c4 Part 8: Smith-Morra Gambit & Wing Gambit Ward blasts holes in systems favored by many club players!
FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 8 - Beating all the Anti-Sicilian Systems
The Accelerated Dragon is an exciting way to meet 1. e4. By stationing the Bishop on g7, Black hopes to breathe fire on the White queenside.
FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 105 - Accelerated Dragon Easily Explained
Roman's Favorite Opening to meet the Sicilian Defense. Roman will show you a clear plan which will give you a comfortable position, however, if your opponent makes a tactical or positional mistake, he will get crushed or wind up with at least a bad position. Roman has had great success with this opening and is passing his own ideas and concepts on to you.
ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 23 - The Easy Way to Play the Grand Prix and Reti Openings
The Chinese Dragon is a solid way for Black to get a Winning edge against the Yugo-Slav Attack. Black's attack is quicker and rich with tactics and sacrifices. Easy to learn less to memorize after white plays 9.Bc4 Black can Play N-a5, B-d7, R-b8, b5! This system has recorded great results at the highest level. Now White has to be worried about getting checkmated!
FOXY OPENINGS VOLUME 142 - The Sicilian Dragon Series Vol 3
The Dragon variation is considered to be one of the sharpest openings in chess. Made popular due to its aggressive nature, it is little wonder that the Dragon has attracted the likes of world number one Magnus Carlsen as one of its enthusiasts.
Killer Dragon - DVD 2 with Grandmaster Simon Williams
On this instructional DVD Roman will teach you how to get an advantage in the opening against passive, and unsound openings by not trying to refute these inferior openings quickly but to play active, logical chess. Roman will show you by following the basic principles of chess you will be able to take advantage of your opponents anti-positional play giving you the winning edge.
ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 44 - New Lines & Novelties for White in Grand Prix, Hippo, Latvian & Philidor
Why fall victim to your opponent's pet Sicilian line when you can out-fox him with the cunning 2.d3? GM Nigel Davies, the pioneer of this new and vital system, explains exactly how you can squash those booked-up Sicilian-ites! Transpositions to King's Indian Attack formations for White are noted and explored.
FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 49 - Strangling The Sicilian with 2.d3
The Accelerated Dragon is an exceptionally effective system for black against 1. e4 because black develops rapidly and achieves strong activity early in the game via minor piece-play in the center. The Accelerated Dragon has been employed by countless top Grandmasters over the last 70 years, including legendary names Viktor Korchnoi, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Morozevich, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Khalifman, and many more.
Destroy White with the Accelerated Dragon - EMPIRE CHESS
The Sicilian Kan is the most flexible and easy to play variation of all the lines in the Sicilian. On this DVD, IM Andrew Martin will teach you how understanding certain principles and development will help you master this dependable repertoire for Black.
FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 77 - Sicilian Kan
On this DVD, Grandmaster Roman and Rybka will give you a thorough understanding of the Grand Prix Attack. Roman has selected a number of typical Grand Prix games, the kind that you might experience in your own games for maximum education value.
ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 86 - Highly Instructive and Educational Games for the Grand Prix Player
The Accelerated Dragon is an exciting way to meet 1. e4. By stationing the Bishop on g7, Black hopes to breathe fire on the White queenside. In Part One of a two-part DVD series, IM Andrew Martin covers the most popular White counter among Grandmasters, the Maroczy Bind.
FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 104 - Accelerated Dragon - A Sharp and Solid System to Play Against the Marozcy Bind
Chess grandmaster and author Gawain Jones presents Killer Grand Prix a DVD that takes a comprehensive look at the white side of The Grand Prix Attack. Regarded as one of the worlds leading exponents of this opening, Gawain reveals the secrets behind his success in a system that has even been used by the current world number one, Magnus Carlsen to defeat former FIDE World Champion, Veselin Topalov.
Killer Grand Prix
GM Gareev covers the key ideas and tactical routes for Black to gain a counter-attacking edge. Also Modern Examples-Mastering the sharpest theoretical variations and understanding White's attacking motives. Material is made easy to understand and learn by avoiding long complicated lines.
FOXY OPENINGS VOLUME 140 - The Sicilian Dragon Series Vol 1
Over the years, the c3 Sicilian, otherwise known as the Alapin Variation, has become increasingly popular not least because it avoids the reams of theory associated with Open Sicilians, but also because it offers White the opportunity to be flexible. Indeed, the positions that arise from this opening can be either tactical or positional and are therefore suitable for chess players of all strengths.
Killer c3 Sicilian with International Master Sam Collins
Get on board the Cadillac of Sicilians with GM Nigel Davies without having to learn reams of theory. The best defense to 1.e4 as played by Fischer and Kasparov
FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 38 - Najdorf
New and deadly ways to disrupt all known Sicilian schemes. Create no end of confusion as you nonchalantly develop your knights with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 & 3.Nc3 and get ready to wrong-foot Dragon and Najdorf players. Check out a full range of little known anti-Sicilian executions. Death to the Sicilian! Long live 1.e4!
FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 46 - Sicilicide
In this DVD series, we will review seven carefully chosen games in which white mounted a successful attack against the Sicilian Defense. The critical theme that ties all the games together is that white is best advised to develop his pieces to active squares and create a sound, harmonious position that limits counterplay before launching the trademark pawn storm to break down the defenses to the black king. While opening theory is not the main subject of the series, the seven games come from many different Sicilians, most prominently the Dragon, Taimanov, Sveshnikov, and Najdorf variations. All of the chosen games are discussed in their entirety, and all of them were played by world class players. It is my hope that this series will give the aspiring 1. e4 player knowledge, experience, and inspiration in tackling the most complex of all opening systems.
Stomping the Sicilian Defense - EMPIRE CHESS