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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS VOLUME 142 - The Sicilian Dragon Series Vol 3
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, 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
GM Michal Krasenkow is one of the most respected chess trainers in the world. He is a FIDE Senior Trainer with decades of teaching and playing experience. GM Krasenkow’s crossed the 2700 FIDE rating mark in 2002 and entered the world top ten rating list, and remains a very strong Grandmaster today at over 2640 FIDE. Due to his extensive experience at the elite level, GM Krasenkow is a leading authority on many of the most complicated opening variations.
The Psycho Sveshnikov - EMPIRE CHESS
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
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
The Smith-Morra Gambit is an extremely effective surprise weapon because many Sicilian Defense players wrongly believe the Smith-Morra to be outdated and easily refutable. While the Smith-Morra Gambit is rarely seen at the elite Grandmaster level, it remains a strong opening for white against the Sicilian Defense as black is guaranteed to face long-lasting, unpleasant pressure in every part of the board.
Smith-Morra Gambit - Shattering the Sicilian - EMPIRE CHESS
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
One of the most valuable chess game collections ever! Roman's own games feature the most common continuations for Black against the Grand Prix and how to handle them. As White you'll enjoy lots of unexpected crashes and devastating results from your opponent with the Black chess pieces.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 102 - Killing The Sicilian With The Grand Prix Attack
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
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
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