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
When choosing an opening repertoire, it is common to consider two types of variations. One is usually a solid opening, like 1...e5 against 1.e4, with plenty of strategical ideas and quiet paths of play. However, there are of course days when you want to play for a win with Black, when you want to bear down on your opponent’s position with a potentially crushing attack. The Najdorf is perfect for just such occasions – and it’s no coincidence that Garry Kasparov played it the most out of all the variations in the Sicilian – the opening served him well throughout his brilliant career. I myself have played it with both colours, but even I discover more to its endless depths every day! Strategy, combinations, attack and defence, sacrifices and marvelous manoeuvres – exciting chess is all about the Najdorf!
The Complex Najdorf - A Complete Repertoire for Black - GM Victor Bologan
The English Attack against the Najdorf and the Scheveningen is one of the most exciting and entertaining variations in modern chess. The line, developed in the 1980s by the English top players John Nunn and Nigel Short, was a mainstay of such chess legends as Garry Kasparov and Vishy Anand, and is now also a favourite of players of the younger generation such as Fabiano Caruana and Alexander Grischuk. On this instructive DVD English Grandmaster Daniel Gormally, himself an accomplished attacking player, explains the most important lines of this fascinating system.
English Attack - Daniel Gormally
The Sicilian family is big but the Sicilian that puts most pressure on White’s centre is the Classical Variation – Black quickly develops both knights to their most active squares. This DVD offers Black a complete repertoire against all weapons White may employ on move six. The recommended repertoire is not as risky as other Sicilians but still offers Black plenty of counter-play. It is an ideal system for players who want to enter the wonderful world of the Sicilian.
The Classical Sicilian - Mihail Marin
For years the only correct way to play against the Sicilian was to tackle it head-on with the Open Sicilian (i.e. when white plays an early d4). In recent years, some of the worlds best players have started to essay some dangerous anti Sicilian lines, with great success. In this Master & Amateur DVD, International Master Lorin D’Costa and chess software expert Nick Murphy outline the various “anti-Sicilians”. These openings can give you a potential advantage, whilst avoiding your opponent’s favourite Sicilian line.
A Repertoire Against the Sicilian - Lorin D'Costa & Nick Murphy
Lubomir Ftacnik complements his popular Scheveningen DVD with fresh material for training tactical themes. The world’s most popular opening, the Sicilian defense (played in more than 50% of all games!) rises and falls with attack, fantasy and combinations. The ability to spot a tactical opportunity, calculate variations and choose the best line decides the game in sharp Sicilian positions and, even on its own, is a skill worth having.
Tactic Toolbox Scheveningen - Lubomir Ftacnik
This DVD looks at the most important and most frequent tactical themes and sacrifices in the Sicilian Najdorf. Grandmaster Niclas Huschenbeth shows us the typical tactical ideas for both White and Black along with the criteria that need to be met for a particular sacrifice to work in this opening in several demonstrative games.
Tactics Toolbox Najdorf - Niclas Huschenbeth
Accept the Morra Gambit with confidence. Tame the Grand Prix Attack. Put fear into the heart of every tedious 2 c3 player. You can make 1...c5 a dangerous weapon whether it’s an open or closed Sicilian.
POWER PLAY - A Repertoire for Black Against the Anti-Sicilians - Daniel King
A Safe Path Through the Sicilian Jungle
The Sicilian has been known for decades as the most reliable way for Black to obtain an unbalanced but good position. Among the most popular Sicilians at the top level the two that certainly stand out are the Najdorf and the Paulsen. Unlike the Najdorf, the Paulsen provides a safer and more positionally based way of fighting against 1.e4. Black is able to obtain adequate counterplay in all variations without going for a do-or-die type of attack.
The Sicilian Tajmanov-Scheveningen - Alejandro Ramirez
The Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defence is the opening of champions. Kasparov, Anand and Bobby Fischer all made this uncompromising opening a central part of their repertoire – with success.
POWER PLAY - The Sicilian Najdorf - A Repertoire for Black - Daniel King - VOLUME 18
4... Qb6 - A Subtle and Reliable System for Black Explained in Detail
This book is in every way a definitive guide: Efstratios Grivas provides the inside story on a variation of the Sicilian Defence that he has worked for more than 20 years to perfect, and which rightly bears his name. The Grivas Sicilian (1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Qb6) has proved itself sound and reliable in practice, but is also far less well investigated than most Sicilian systems.
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There is little doubt that, with its numerous sub-systems, the Sicilian Defence represents a powerful challenge for anyone who plays 1.e4.
Sicilian Alapin System
On this DVD Davies makes a cogent argument for White playing 2.Nc3 rather than 2.f4 because of the gambit line with 2...d5!
f4 Sicilian - Nigel Davies
The Morra Gambit, characterised by the moves 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 is one of the least played, yet according to IM Trent most underrated Anti-Sicilians that White has at his disposal.
Smith-Morra Gambit - Lawrence Trent
The Najdorf system in the Sicilian Defence has a legendary reputation as a defensive weapon for Black.
MR. KASPAROV - How to Play the Najdorf - VOLUME 2
On this DVD, Shirov focuses on his most outstanding achievements in the Sicilian, a personal selection combining highest chess quality with aesthetic pleasure.
My Best Games in the Sicilian - Alexei Shirov
The Dragon system of the Sicilian Defence belongs to those openings, which you do not simply play casually, but about which you become passionate.
Sicilian Dragon 2
During his career he has played the 3.Bb5 system with both colours and he shares with you on this DVD his valuable experience in the form of video lessons which take up a total running time of more than seven hours.
Sicilian with 3. BB5 - Alexei Shirov
Club players will enjoy adding the O’Kelly to their repertoire and many opponents will be unfamiliar with the unusual problems that Black is posing.
O'Kelly Sicilian - Andrew Martin
In the third volume of the Open Sicilian we will deal with Black's second move 2....e6 which he usually adopts when striving for a complex game full of subtleties in order to outplay White, especially when his opponent is lower rated.
BEATING THE SICILIAN - A Grandmaster's Repertoire - Victor Bologan - VOLUME 3
The Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian also known as Lasker-Pelikan or Cheliabinsk Variation – is one of the most popular and fascinating replies to 1.e4
Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian - Loek Van Wely
The Dragon is one of Black’s most daring openings, leading to fascinating positions with opposite castling and strong mutual attacks. This DVD provides a complete and up to date repertoire to help Black to score with the Dragon. Daring exchange sacrifices are mixed with in-depth analysis of Black’s most reliable defences to give Black numerous options to play.
The Sicilian Dragon - All Lines Except 9. Bc4 - PETER NIELSEN - VOL. 2
Especially against stronger opponents, 2.c3 is an excellent weapon.
Sicilian Defense with 2. c3 Alapin Variation - Sergei Tiviakov
The Closed Sicilian, by Nigel Davies is produced by Chessbase as part of the Fritz Trainer Opening series.
Closed Sicilian - Nigel Davies
His first CD is intended first of all for players who already have some experience with the Dragon.
Dragon for Experts
he Kan's many innovative ideas combine with the fool-proof teaching approach of FIDE Master Valeri Lilov on this new Fritz Trainer DVD - The Sicilian Kan Variation.
Sicilian Kan - Valeri Lilov
With the help of this DVD one can forget about fears concerning the tons of theory in the Open Sicilian and can get straight into the real fight!
BEATING THE SICILIAN - A Grandmaster's Repertoire - Victor Bologan - VOLUME 1
The Sicilian Defense is an old but nevertheless very modern opening. The continuous stream of new ideas in the Sicilian makes 1..c5 the most popular answer to 1.e4. On this DVD I do give an introduction to the most important Sicilian systems. However, the focus lies not on memorizing variations. Instead, I present some of my own games to show typical plans and strategies and to indicate typical and important tactical motifs, which can be used in various systems.
How to Play the Sicilian Defence! - Elisabeth Pahtz
The Najdorf system in the Sicilian Defense has a legendary reputation as a defensive weapon for Black. It is an opening where people often strive for a full point, instead of simply defending the position with the black pieces.
MR. KASPAROV - How to Play the Najdorf - VOLUME 3
The Sicilian Dragon is one of the most extensively analysed openings in the entire realm of chess theory.
ABC of the Sicilian Dragon - Andrew Martin
This is the position which has been examined by our English author. GM Kosten's very commited work is an exclusive database with ''only'' 942 entries.
The Scheveningen Sicilian is central to an understanding of all the individual versions of the most popular response to the move 1.e4 - including the related Najdorf system.
Scheveningen Sicilian - Lubomir Ftacnik
The Rossolimo Variation 3.Bb5 is considered to be one of the strongest replies to 2…Nc6 in the Sicilian Defence.
Sicilian Rossolimo for White - Victor Bologan
The DVD is separated into two parts - the first one provides the main ideas behind the opening, and the second gives the theoretical material.
Try the Sicilian Kalashnikov! - Dejan Bojkov
The Najdorf system in the Sicilian Defence has a legendary reputation as a defensive weapon for Black.
MR. KASPAROV - How to Play the Najdorf - VOLUME 1
The Grand Prix Attack is one of White’s most enterprising weapons against the Sicilian Defence, and a favourite among club players and Grandmasters alike. This is an opening that must be treated with both caution and respect. Over the past few years Grandmaster Gawain Jones, arguably the world’s leading expert on the variation, has used the Grand Prix Attack to defeat a number of world class opponents, which demonstrates that underestimating its potential can cause casualties even at the highest level.
The Modern Grand Prix Attack - Lawrence Trent
The Maroczy System of the Sicilian Defence is one of the modern openings where Black attacks the white centre mainly with pieces.
Maroczy System - Sergei Tiviakov