In this DVD series, we will review seven carefully chosen games in which white mounted a successful attack against the Sicilian Defense. The critical theme that ties all the games together is that white is best advised to develop his pieces to active squares and create a sound, harmonious position that limits counterplay before launching the trademark pawn storm to break down the defenses to the black king. While opening theory is not the main subject of the series, the seven games come from many different Sicilians, most prominently the Dragon, Taimanov, Sveshnikov, and Najdorf variations. All of the chosen games are discussed in their entirety, and all of them were played by world class players. It is my hope that this series will give the aspiring 1. e4 player knowledge, experience, and inspiration in tackling the most complex of all opening systems.
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.
Destroy White with the Accelerated Dragon - EMPIRE CHESS
The Accelerated Dragon is an exceptionally effective system for black against 1. e4 because black develops rapidly and achieves strong activity early in the game via minor piece-play in the center. The Accelerated Dragon has been employed by countless top Grandmasters over the last 70 years, including legendary names Viktor Korchnoi, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Morozevich, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Khalifman, and many more.
Crushing White with the Sicilian Najdorf - EMPIRE CHESS
If you are looking for an opening for black against 1. e4 where you are guaranteed to be able to fight for a win in every variation, look no further! The Sicilian Najdorf is the most aggressive weapon for black against 1. e4, consistently providing the most double-edged positions in chess over the last 70 years.
Winning with the Grand Prix Attack Bb5 System - EMPIRE CHESS
The Grand Prix Attack Bb5 System is both an agressive and positional chess opening. White prepares an attack on the kingside with an early f4, while maintaining the threat of doubling black’s pawns with Bxc6 – applying similar positional concepts as found in the Nimzo-Indian Defense.
Smith-Morra Gambit - Shattering the Sicilian - EMPIRE CHESS
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.
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.
Playing the Maroczy Bind For White - Chess Lecture - Volume 63
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
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 ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 23 - The Easy Way to Play the Grand Prix and Reti Openings
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 FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 30 - Kopec Anti-Sicilian System
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 ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 31 - Mastering The Opening Forum Series - A Repertoire For Black - PART 1
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 41 - New Lines & Novelties in the Scotch and f4 Sicilian
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 44 - New Lines & Novelties for White in Grand Prix, Hippo, Latvian & Philidor
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.
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 ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 45 - New Lines & Novelties for Black in the Accelerated Dragon and King's Indian
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.
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 ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 48 - Complete Universal f3 Systems for White Against the Sicilian Fianchetto
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 FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 49 - Strangling The Sicilian with 2.d3
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 ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 66 - New and Improved Accelerated Dragon
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 67 - Progressive Way of Handling the Maroczy Bind
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.
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 ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 75 - Slaying the Dragon
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.
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 ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 81 - Easy and Promising Way for White to Play Against the Najdorf Sicilian
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 FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 83 - The Sveshnikov Sicilian - Part 2
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 ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 83 -Staggering New Novelties for White in the Gran Prix Attack
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 86 - Highly Instructive and Educational Games for the Grand Prix Player
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 88 - Highly Instructive and Educational games for the Accelerated Dragon Player
On this DVD, Grandmaster Roman and Rybka will give you a thorough understanding of the Accelerared Dragon for black. Roman has selected a number of typical Accelerated Dragon games, the kind that you might experience in your own games for maximum education value.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 89 - Highly Instructive and Educational games for Black against the Maroczy Bind
On this DVD, Grandmaster Roman and Rybka gives a thorough analysis of games played for Black against the Maroczy Bind. These games have been selected by Roman because they are very typical for those that feature the Accelerated Dragon: Maroczy Bind and extremely insightful for players of all skill levels. You will see the key ideas of the opening integrated in every game.
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
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