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
Volume Two continues Martin's new "Winning Repertoire Series for White - 1.e4", which outlines a complete repertoire system for the first player, built around the King's Pawn opening. Here IM Martin covers how to answer the Sicilian, the Center Counter and the Pirc. After 1.e4 c5 White will continue 2.b3! and enter prepared territory; if 1.e4 d5 we follow with 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.Rb1!, and the Pirc meets with 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be2 Bg7 5.g4! and attack as shown.
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 149 - White Repertoire Against the Sicilian, Center-Counter and Pirc
On this dvd GM Gareev and Har-Zv they recommends a more strategically positional approach giving new ideas for Black resulting in lots of wins at the highest level.
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS VOLUME 141 - The Sicilian Dragon Series Vol 2
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
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.Qxd4
Part 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!
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 8 - Beating all the Anti-Sicilian Systems
Get your opening on the board at move two! IM Gary Lane presents new ideas and attacking lines to lead Black out of familiar territory and into positions that are treacherous to defend!
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 16 - c3 Sicilian
The f4 Sicilian is a particularly dangerous weapon against the Sicilian which GM James Plaskett has used to launch blistering attacks against many of his grandmaster colleagues. He reveals his favorite plans and suggests new ideas for you to exploit. A top-notch anti-Sicilian weapon!
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 23 - f4 Sicilian
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.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 23 - The Easy Way to Play the Grand Prix and Reti Openings
A repertoire for White. You are about to enter a completely different world - the world of the Kopec Systems. IM Dr. Danny Kopec presents his original system which is deadly against all Sicilian set-ups. Fundamentally sound, it packs a venomous punch. With the Kopec System, you can spring virtually unknown theoretical gems on your unsuspecting opponents!
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 30 - Kopec Anti-Sicilian System
This DVD expands on the Black opening repertoire recommended by Grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvili. He spends one hour on the topic of The Dragons Accelerated Return and another hour on The Dragons Accelerated Battle Over the Maroczy Bind.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 31 - Mastering The Opening Forum Series - A Repertoire For Black - PART 1
Sweep Black off the board! With IM Andrew Martin's latest recommendations, you can be ready for all those book answers to the Morra!
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 36 - Morra Gambit Accepted
IM Andrew Martin presents potentially deadly set-ups for White when the Morra Gambit is declined.
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 37 - Morra Gambit Declined
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
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 38 - Najdorf
On this DVD, Roman brings to you his own orginal unpublished new additions to the Scotch and f4 Sicilian. These updates will help you get an edge on counter-improvements made by black. This is a great companion to Roman's earlier DVDs Vol. 22 on the Scotch and Vol. 23 on the f4 Scillian
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 41 - New Lines & Novelties in the Scotch and f4 Sicilian
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.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 44 - New Lines & Novelties for White in Grand Prix, Hippo, Latvian & Philidor
England's most dedicated Dragon warrior - GM Chris Ward - presents his complete up-to-date Dragon repertoire including antidotes to the topical white systems. No other defense can match the Dragon for thrills and spills. A highly entertaining two hour plus epic.
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 45 - Sicilian Dragon
On this DVD, Roman recommends the Accelerated Dragon for Black against e4. Roman has achieved great success at the highest level using the Accelerated Dragon and now he brings you his unplublished updates, new ideas and novelties. This is a great follow up to Romans earlier coverage of the Accelerated Dragon & King's Indian Defense.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 45 - New Lines & Novelties for Black in the Accelerated Dragon and King's Indian
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!
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 46 - Sicilicide
On this DVD Roman guarantees you very playable positions and some advantages for White against the Sicilian Defense. Roman will show you easy-to-learn universal plans and ideas in the opening and middle game. Roman shows you easy-to-remember setups and themes that will leave you well prepared to meet the Sicilian and get an advantage over your opponent!
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 48 - Complete Universal f3 Systems for White Against the Sicilian Fianchetto
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.
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 49 - Strangling The Sicilian with 2.d3
On this DVD Roman discusses a new and improved version of the Accelerated Dragon, one of the most ambitious way for Black to play against 1.e4. Roman, Larry Kaufman and Rybka (the World's Strongest Chess Program) have spent countless hours improving on lines that were previously thought to be better for White, but which now in fact have little or no advantage at all. Roman will also provide the latest updates as well as his own personal recommendations.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 66 - New and Improved Accelerated Dragon
On this DVD Roman, with the aid of Rybka, the world's strongest chess playing program, has revised and updated theory in The Maroczy Bind. Countless hours were spent on recent games played by strong players. These games were then analyzed and refined by Roman and Rybka, thereby creating new, active and unique lines for Black when face with the Maroczy Bind.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 67 - Progressive Way of Handling the Maroczy Bind
IMs Andrew Martin and Gary Lane have assemble a devastating array of shock weapons in the Sicilian Defense which will make you better prepared in the Sicilian than you ever had been before. You will not only beat your opponent but will knock him off his chair with some of the most amazing moves ever played in the Sicilian. There are lots of novelities and suprise traps, along with good lines for Black against the Morra Gambit and Closed Sicilian, and for White against the Najdorf.
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 71 - 20 Deadly Sicilian Shockers
Part of the Roman and Rybka, Perfecting the Opening Series by Grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvili using the analysis of the world computer champion Rybka. On this controversial DVD, Roman makes unprecedented claims that the Dragon variation of the Sicilian opening is in dire straits--this despite its recent popularity. Roman says it is fascinating to see how variation-by-variation, White emerges with sizable advantage. All of those variations are supported by Rybkss analysis.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 75 - Slaying the Dragon
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.
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 77 - Sicilian Kan
On this DVD, Roman and Rybka bring new opening theory to white's sixth move h3 against one of Blacks most popular defences - the Sicilian Najdorf. World Champion Bobby Fischer used the h3 variation to defeat Grandmaster Najdorf himself.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 81 - Easy and Promising Way for White to Play Against the Najdorf Sicilian
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.
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 82 - The Sveshnikov Sicilian - Part 1
On this Foxy Openings DVD, IM Andrew Martin takes you through the basic themes that underpin this exciting opening and then goes on to construct a point-scoring repertoire for Black, which will rely more on understanding than memory.
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 83 - The Sveshnikov Sicilian - Part 2
On this DVD , Roman will provide you with the latest in opening theory on the Grand Prix, Grunfeld and Accelerated Dragon. Those updates will introduce revolutionary new ideas to these well established openings, adding new approaches and ideas that will make these variations a solid part of your repertoire. A major focus of the DVD is on the Non-fianchetto lines, which are extremely aggressive in nature and have a tendency to lead to dangerous positions for black.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 83 -Staggering New Novelties for White in the Gran Prix Attack
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.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 86 - Highly Instructive and Educational Games for the Grand Prix Player
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