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    CLEARANCE - A Complete Guide to the Grivas Sicilian
    4... Qb6 - A Subtle and Reliable System for Black Explained in Detail
    Catalog Code: B0052GB

    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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    CLEARANCE - A Complete Guide to the Grivas Sicilian

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    The Accelerated Dragon - Chess Lecture - Volume 22
    Catalog Code: DVD0022CL

    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.
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    The Accelerated Dragon - Chess Lecture - Volume 22

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    An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player Part I - Sicilian vs. 1.e4 - Chess Lecture - Volume 16
    Catalog Code: DVD0016CL

    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.
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    An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player Part I - Sicilian vs. 1.e4 - Chess Lecture - Volume 16

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    The Basic Principles of the Closed Sicilian for White - Chess Lecture - Volume 21
    Catalog Code: DVD0021CL

    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.
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    The Basic Principles of the Closed Sicilian for White - Chess Lecture - Volume 21

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    Playing the Maroczy Bind For White - Chess Lecture - Volume 63
    Catalog Code: DVD0063CL

    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
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    Playing the Maroczy Bind For White - Chess Lecture - Volume 63

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    Nuke the Sicillian - Chess Lecture - Volume 67
    Catalog Code: DVD0067CL

    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.
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    Nuke the Sicillian - Chess Lecture - Volume 67

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    Beating the Sicilian with the Tiviakov Grand Prix - Chess Lecture - Volume 78
    Catalog Code: DVD0078CL

    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.
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    Beating the Sicilian with the Tiviakov Grand Prix - Chess Lecture - Volume 78

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    An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player Lectures 5-9 - Chess Lecture - Volume 81
    Catalog Code: DVD0081CL

    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.
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    An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player Lectures 5-9 - Chess Lecture - Volume 81

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    An Anti-Sicilian Line b3 before d4 - Chess Lecture - Volume 92
    With FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos
    Catalog Code: DVD0092CL

    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.
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    An Anti-Sicilian Line b3 before d4 - Chess Lecture - Volume 92

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    The Exchange Sacrifice on c3 in the Sicilian - Chess Lecture - Volume 98
    Hosted by GM Bryan Smith
    Catalog Code: DVD0098CL

    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.
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    The Exchange Sacrifice on c3 in the Sicilian - Chess Lecture - Volume 98

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    The Najdorf Poison Pawn - Then and Now - Chess Lecture - Volume 99
    Hosted by GM Bryan Smith
    Catalog Code: DVD0099CL

    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.
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    The Najdorf Poison Pawn - Then and Now - Chess Lecture - Volume 99

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    Dealing with the Bishop to b5 in the Sicilian - Chess Lecture - Volume 127
    by IM Bill Paschall
    Catalog Code: DVD0127CL

    The Rossolimo Variation, 3.Bb5, is a well-respected alternative to 3.d4. Originally criticized by Kasparov but later played by him.
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    Dealing with the Bishop to b5 in the Sicilian - Chess Lecture - Volume 127

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    Studies in: The Najdorf Sicilian - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 130
    Hosted by IM David Vigorito
    Catalog Code: DVD0130CL

    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.
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    Studies in: The Najdorf Sicilian - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 130

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    Studies in: The Dragon - Chess Lecture - Volume 132
    by IM David Vigorito and IM Bryan Smith
    Catalog Code: DVD0132CL

    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.
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    Studies in: The Dragon - Chess Lecture - Volume 132

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Sicilian Defense

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 TalViswanathan Anand, Boris Gelfand and Alexei Shirov

 

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