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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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    The Sicilian Dragon - IM Valeri Lilov - 80/20 Tactics Multiplier
    Catalog Code: DVD-TACTICS-1

    IM Valeri Lilov’s course on the essential tactics in the Sicilian Dragon gives you a complete understanding of typical tactical patterns for both sides. The Sicilian Dragon is a strategically and dynamically complex opening full of tactical possibilities.
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    The Sicilian Dragon - IM Valeri Lilov - 80/20 Tactics Multiplier

    Regular Price: $109.00

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    Fighting Chess with Black
    Two Great Books in One Volume!
    Catalog Code: B0481EM

    Two great books for players who play the Sicilian Defence and King's Indian Defence in one volume. Fighting the anti-King's Indian by Yelena Denbo and Fighting the anti-Sicilians by Richard Palliser.
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    Fighting Chess with Black

    $29.95
    Foxy Openings - Volume 183 - A Shock Weapon Against the Sicilian For The Tournament Player
    Catalog Code: DVD0183FX

    In these computerized days of playing engines, databases and online search tools, the chess competitor needs to keep ahead of the field by having shock weapons at his command. On this all new Foxy Openings DVD , IM and FIDE Senior Trainer Andrew Martin shows you a dangerous idea against the Sicilian , which most club players probably won’t have even seen!
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    Foxy Openings - Volume 183 - A Shock Weapon Against the Sicilian For The Tournament Player

    $19.95
    Sabotaging the Sicilian, French & Caro-Kann with 2. b3
    Catalog Code: B0113RE

    The Queenside Fianchetto Factor. In the first full book to examine 2.b3 against the Sicilian, French and Caro-Kann, mainlines, interesting sidelines and current theory are reviewed. In addition, what actually happens in modern practice is surveyed. With 2.b3, you will have one more arrow in your theoretical quiver to battle Black. And, like it or not, Black will be compelled to do deal with the queenside fianchetto factor.
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    Sabotaging the Sicilian, French & Caro-Kann with 2. b3

    $19.95
    DOWNLOAD - The Surprising Sicilian! - Shock the Opposition with an early ...Qb6 - Andrew Martin
    Catalog Code: E-WIN0533CB

    In the modern game, a player has to be ready to play almost any opening variation at short notice. The plan is to interrupt the preparation of the opponent at every turn. A knowledge of dynamic and slightly unusual lines could well score many,many points for the resourceful player. The Kveinys Variation : 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Qb6! is surprisingly little-played, yet gives Black excellent chances and on this new ChessBase DVD, Andrew Martin explains how the system works. For the Master, we have a surprise weapon which players of the calibre of Svidler, Judit Polgar and Kveinys have used to defeat tough opposition. For the club player, where preparation is sketchy, we have a line which asks questions of the opponent right at the beginning of the game and creates immediate pressure on White to find good moves. That is the way to win! Perhaps the Kveinys variation will become more popular in the future. It does not deserve to be a comparatively rare sideline.
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    DOWNLOAD - The Surprising Sicilian! - Shock the Opposition with an early ...Qb6 - Andrew Martin

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    The Surprising Sicilian! - Shock the Opposition with an early ...Qb6 - Andrew Martin
    Catalog Code: WIN0533CB

    In the modern game, a player has to be ready to play almost any opening variation at short notice. The plan is to interrupt the preparation of the opponent at every turn. A knowledge of dynamic and slightly unusual lines could well score many,many points for the resourceful player. The Kveinys Variation : 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Qb6! is surprisingly little-played, yet gives Black excellent chances and on this new ChessBase DVD, Andrew Martin explains how the system works. For the Master, we have a surprise weapon which players of the calibre of Svidler, Judit Polgar and Kveinys have used to defeat tough opposition. For the club player, where preparation is sketchy, we have a line which asks questions of the opponent right at the beginning of the game and creates immediate pressure on White to find good moves. That is the way to win! Perhaps the Kveinys variation will become more popular in the future. It does not deserve to be a comparatively rare sideline.
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    The Surprising Sicilian! - Shock the Opposition with an early ...Qb6 - Andrew Martin

    $33.95
    The Najdorf in Black and White
    Catalog Code: B0137EU

    In many ways, the Najdorf Sicilian is the ideal defense against 1.e4 - aggressive and leading to creative and exciting play, allowing Black to play for a win and yet unquestionably sound. Despite the Najdorf's great popularity and reputation as a theoretical labyrinth, Bryan Smith believes it is possible to play it "by the light of nature," with experience providing a guide. The twenty-nine annotated games in this book were carefully selected for their instructional value, their theoretical relevance, and - most of all - their aesthetic appeal.
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    The Najdorf in Black and White

    $23.95
    Mastering the Sicilian
    Catalog Code: B0315IS

    In this instructive book, part of the acclaimed Batsford "Mastering the Openings" series, IM Dr. Danny Kopec explains the Sicilian from Black's point of view in terms of pawn structures, tactical themes and plans, rather than dense analysis of specific lines of play.By going through the mastery lessons, step by step, the reader will gain true understanding of the ideas behind the main variations of the Sicilian and the confidence to progress thereafter to a study of more advanced theory.
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    Mastering the Sicilian

    $15.95
    Dismantling the Sicilian - New and Updated Edition
    A Complete Modern Repertoire for White
    Catalog Code: B0194NIC

    The Sicilian Defence is the most widely played chess opening, both at club level as well as among top grandmasters. Since Black gets dynamic play in almost all variations, black players of all levels will probably continue to play the Sicilian for a long time to come. It has been difficult for White to obtain any advantage in Sicilian sidelines, and this book therefore presents a complete repertoire for White in the most widely played main lines: the Open Sicilians with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3.
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    Dismantling the Sicilian - New and Updated Edition

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    The Hedgehog
    Catalog Code: B0468EM

    An understanding of Hedgehog structures is an essential component in any chessplayer's knowledge. These structures arise when the black c-pawn is exchanged early on for the white d-pawn (as in the Sicilian Defence). White then adopts a formation with pawns on c4 and e4 and Black curls up in a Hedgehog formation with pawns on a6, b6, d6 and e6.
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    The Hedgehog

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    The Chameleon Variation
    Confronting the Sicilian on Your Own terms
    Catalog Code: B0110RE

    The Sicilian jungle is vast. Unless you have a massive amount of time on your hands, it is an exhausting task to keep a sharp opening repertoire together against Black's numerous possibilities. It does not mean that it is impossible, nor does it mean that you shouldn't do it. But for the average player with an average amount of time available for chess studies, it is important to pick the right battles. This is where our weapon, the Chameleon Sicilian, comes in handy.
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    The Chameleon Variation

    $19.95
    Miniatures in the Sicilian Najdorf
    Chess Miniatures
    Catalog Code: B0009CH

    The Najdorf Sicilian, which arises after 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 has been and continues to be a tremendously popular opening at all levels. It is sharp, unbalanced, with many theory-laden lines - and fun. The main lines after 6 Bg5 e6 7 f4 are steeped in theory, making them tricky to play, especially for players with limited time to study.
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    Miniatures in the Sicilian Najdorf

    $14.95
    Catastrophes & Tactics in the Chess Opening - Volume 5: Anti-Sicilians
    Winning Quickly at Chess Series
    Catalog Code: B0005CH

    Everybody wants to win fast, preferably straight out of the chess opening. This book is a collection of games played by top players i which either White or Black wins in 15 moves or less either a result if blunders, an accumulation of mistakes or brilliant chess tactics. 

    Through the study, if the games in this volume, you will improve your opening play, opening repertoire, strategies and tactical ability.
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    Catastrophes & Tactics in the Chess Opening - Volume 5: Anti-Sicilians

    $12.95
    Catastrophes & Tactics in the Chess Opening - Volume 6: Open Sicilians
    Winning Quickly at Chess Series
    Catalog Code: B0006CH

    Everybody wants to win fast, preferably straight out of the chess opening. This book is a collection of games played by top players i which either White or Black wins in 15 moves or less either a result if blunders, an accumulation of mistakes or brilliant chess tactics. 

    Through the study, if the games in this volume, you will improve your opening play, opening repertoire, strategies and tactical ability.
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    Catastrophes & Tactics in the Chess Opening - Volume 6: Open Sicilians

    $12.95
    Meeting 1. d4 & 1. e4
    Catalog Code: B0461EM

    Brought together for the first time in one book Meeting 1d4 and 1e4 International Master Jacob Aagaard and Esben Lund provide an all-in-one solution to the popular opening move 1 d4 based upon the Tarrasch Defence. In Meeting 1e4 The reader is provided with a complete repertoire for Black against 1 e4, based on the ever-reliable Sicilian Defence.
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    Meeting 1. d4 & 1. e4

    $25.95
    The Sicilian - Thematic Sacrifices and Attacks
    Catalog Code: B0117OB

    Each opening has its own specific features and strategies that need to be explored. In the variations of the Sicilian Defense, White often counts on material sacrifices for getting a short of long term initiative that has a fair chance to lead to a decisive attach. These typical sacrifices are the main topic of this work.
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    The Sicilian - Thematic Sacrifices and Attacks

    $16.75
    The Closed Sicilian - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0456EM

    The opponent who answers 1 e4 with an emphatic 1...c5 (The Sicilian Defence) is often looking for a fight. Such players can be highly theoretically prepared and itching to launch into their own pet variations after White has opted for the main lines with an early d2-d4. The Closed Sicilian is an ideal antidote to such aggression. In the Closed Sicilian an awareness of the strategies and plans is far more important than the simple memorising of variations. White's play is logical and the basic ideas are simple to master. However, do not be fooled into thinking the opening is without venom. The deliberate and slow burning attack that White often builds up has resulted in numerous fine attacking victories.
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    The Closed Sicilian - Move by Move

    $29.95
    Danger of Playing Strategically Risky Openings - Chess Lecture - Volume 165
    Presented by GM Eugene Perelshteyn
    Catalog Code: DVD0165CL

    Eugene shares his thoughts through experience over the board in his own games. Here he examines games in both The Dutch and the Sozin Sicilian.
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    Danger of Playing Strategically Risky Openings - Chess Lecture - Volume 165

    $15.95
    Lemos Deep Dive - #3 - Taimanov Sicilian - 2 DVDs - Over 8 Hours of Content!
    Hosted By GM Damian Lemos
    Catalog Code: DVD-DIVE03

    In this 8 hour Deep Dive course, GM Damian Lemos builds up your knowledge of this powerful opening weapon - The Sicilian Taimanov - starting with the main ideas and delving into the hidden nuances which will allow you to claim the full point against 1.e4 players.
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    Lemos Deep Dive - #3 - Taimanov Sicilian - 2 DVDs - Over 8 Hours of Content!

    $99.00
    Lemos Deep Dive - #4 - Accelerated Dragon - 2 DVDs Over 8 Hours of Content!
    Lemos Deep Dive By GM Damian Lemos
    Catalog Code: DVD-DIVE04

    In this 8 hour Deep Dive course, GM Damian Lemos builds up your knowledge of this powerful opening weapon - The Accelerated Dragon - starting with the main ideas and delving into the hidden nuances which will allow you to claim the full point against 1.e4 players
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    Lemos Deep Dive - #4 - Accelerated Dragon - 2 DVDs Over 8 Hours of Content!

    $99.00
    Understanding the Sicilian
    Practical lessons and Detailed Analysis from a Lifelong Sicilian Warrior
    Catalog Code: B0197GB

    Mikhail Golubev has played the Sicilian as Black and White for the whole of his chess career, specializing in the sharpest and most aggressive systems. Here he presents the whole undiluted truth – as best he sees it – about this most popular and cut-throat of openings.
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    Understanding the Sicilian

    $26.95
    The Hyper Accelerated Dragon
    Catalog Code: B0012TH

    In this book, IM Raja Panjwani presents the Hyper Accelerated Dragon. He demonstrates from the second move a dynamic way to fight 1. e4. He covers all of White's main variations and sidelines and even the most critical 'Maroczy bind' gets a new treatment. Raja's book is recommended for all players that are eager to enter the critical lines in this exciting Sicilian.
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    The Hyper Accelerated Dragon

    $29.95
    Attacking the Flexible Sicilian
    Catalog Code: B0128EU

    This book presents a full repertoire against open Sicilians with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6. The authors develop many new plans for White, relying on their chess instincts and original analysis.
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    Attacking the Flexible Sicilian

    $31.95
    The Sicilian Sveshnikov - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0443EM

    The Sveshnikov is a very important variation of the Sicilian Defence. One of the Sveshnikov's main attractions is that it provides a battleground for one of the key conflicts in chess: structure versus activity. Black sacrifices structure in return for active piece play – a dynamic that regularly leads to sharp and complex positions, rich in strategic and tactical possibilities. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala invites the reader to join him in studying the Sveshnikov Sicilian.
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    The Sicilian Sveshnikov - Move by Move

    $29.95
    The Fighting Dragon
    How to Defeat the Yugoslav Attack
    Catalog Code: B0126EU

    The Fighting Dragon is a revolutionary Chess book, allowing the reader to adsorb key patterns and themes that crop up over and over again in the Dragon variation of the Sicilian Defense. Using a carefully selected collection of short games from international play, Powell shows the dangers that lurk for White in one of the sharpest lines from the whole Sicilian complex, the Yugoslav Attack. In the process, the author lays out a different approach to mastering not just the opening, but both chess and even life itself.
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    The Fighting Dragon

    $15.95
    Grandmaster Repertoire - 1. e4 vs. the Sicilian III
    Tired of Bad Positions? Try the Main lines!
    Catalog Code: B0125QT

    The fourth volume of the Grandmaster Repertoire – 1.e4 series provides a top-class repertoire against the Taimanov, Kan and Scheveningen systems, plus all the other Sicilian lines that were not covered in the previous volumes. Negi takes the established main lines and injects them with his own innovative ideas, making the repertoire a nightmare for Sicilian players and an essential addition to the library of every ambitious player.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - 1. e4 vs. the Sicilian III

    $29.95
    Sicilicide - How to Beat the Sicilian Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 157
    Presented by GM Bryan Smith
    Catalog Code: DVD0157CL

    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.
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    Sicilicide - How to Beat the Sicilian Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 157

    $19.95
    The Sicilian Dragon - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0440EM

    In this book, FIDE Master Carsten Hansen invites you to join him in studying the Sicilian Dragon and its many variations. Using illustrative games, he explains the main positional and tactical ideas for both sides, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about successfully playing the Sicilian Dragon.
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    The Sicilian Dragon - Move by Move

    $29.95
    The Taimanov Bible
    Catalog Code: B0004TH

    The Sicilian Taimanov is one of the greatest dynamic opening choices for Black. The resulting positions are rich in dynamic, positional and strategic play. The authors have delivered a user-friendly work for players of all levels.
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    The Taimanov Bible

    $31.95
    Anti-Sicilians - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0426EM

    Anyone who plays the Sicilian Defence as Black must be prepared to meet a whole host of options for White known as the Anti-Sicilians. These includes popular choices such as the c3-Sicilian, the Grand Prix Attack, the Closed Sicilian, the King’s Indian Attack and all Bb5 lines, as well as numerous gambits and tricky sidelines which can be very difficult to meet for the unwary player. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines the Anti-Sicilian lines and provides repertoire options for Black against all of them.
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    Anti-Sicilians - Move by Move

    $29.95
    SHOPWORN - Anti-Sicilians - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0426EM

    Anyone who plays the Sicilian Defence as Black must be prepared to meet a whole host of options for White known as the Anti-Sicilians. These includes popular choices such as the c3-Sicilian, the Grand Prix Attack, the Closed Sicilian, the King’s Indian Attack and all Bb5 lines, as well as numerous gambits and tricky sidelines which can be very difficult to meet for the unwary player. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines the Anti-Sicilian lines and provides repertoire options for Black against all of them.
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    SHOPWORN - Anti-Sicilians - Move by Move

    Regular Price: $29.95

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    The Complex Najdorf - A Complete Repertoire for Black - GM Victor Bologan
    Catalog Code: WIN0480CB

    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!
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    The Complex Najdorf - A Complete Repertoire for Black - GM Victor Bologan

    $33.95
    Mastering the Sicilian Najdorf - EMPIRE CHESS
    Catalog Code: DVD0086EP

    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.
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    Mastering the Sicilian Najdorf - EMPIRE CHESS

    $34.95
    The Dragon 2
    Catalog Code: B0112QT

    In this two-volume work, the world's strongest Dragon specialist guides you through the Black repertoire he has played successfully against world-class opposition. This volume deals with the 9.0-0-0 variation of the Yugoslav Attack, along with the Classical and White's various other tries.
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    The Dragon 2

    $29.95
    Grandmaster Repertoire - The Dragon - Vol. 1
    Catalog Code: B0111QT

    In this two-volume work, the world's strongest Dragon specialist guides you through the Black repertoire he has played successfully against world-class opposition. This volume deals with the 9.Bc4 and 9.g4 variations of the Yugoslav Attack.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - The Dragon - Vol. 1

    $29.95
    Grandmaster Repertoire - 1. e4 vs. the Sicilian II
    Tired of Bad Positions? Try the Main lines!
    Catalog Code: B0117QT

    The third volume of the Grandmaster Repertoire – 1.e4 series tackles many challenging Sicilian lines – the Dragons, Rauzer, Sveshnikov and Kalashnikov. Building on a foundation of critical main lines, Negi reveals an arsenal of new ideas, making this an essential addition to the library of every ambitious player.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - 1. e4 vs. the Sicilian II

    $29.95

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