- The c4 push early on. How Carlsen, as White, played around his d4-square weakness and made Yifan pay for her weak kingside as Black. (Do pay heed to how Yifan looks after her innate d5-square and d6-pawn weaknesses.)
- The dicey Alapin. White sure challenges Black’s c5-pawn and also aims for centre control. Is it worth it? The White knight can’t go to c3 now! What to do when the Black queen gets harried across the board? Get the answers inside.
- Rare lines in the Anti-Sicilians. Don’t want to go for the popular Anti-Sicilians such as the Alapin, Moscow, Rossolimo, or the Smith-Morra Gambit? No worries. You learn rare sidelines too, for example, 2.b3.
- 6.N1c3 blown out of the water! Dubov’s opponent made the mistake of playing 6.N1c3 and fell prey to Black’s a6-b5 pushback. Learn how Dubov pressured White into sacrificing one pawn after another and end up losing the game.
- White’s 3.Bb5 punished. The move wants to capitalize on the White knight being on g1—and prepare for a kingside expansion with f2-f4. Not so fast, homeboy! See how Black can literally bring the sting out for a quick kill like Aronian in a 2016 match against Luldachev.
The Sicilian Defense is easily one of the hardest openings to master—especially when you are playing an “open” line like the Kalashnikov!
It has a 62.2% win (or draw) rate against White.
But you got to do it right though. That’s where this training will come in handy.
- Chapter 1. Introduction
- Chapter 2. Anti-Sicilians, Minor Lines
- Chapter 3. Smith-Morra (Matulovic) Gambit
- Chapter 4. Grand-Prix Attack
- Chapter 5. Closed Sicilian
- Chapter 6. c3 Sicilian (Alapin Sicilian)
- Chapter 7. 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 line
- Chapter 8. Rossolimo – 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 line
- Chapter 9. Nf3 and Nc3 Move Order
- Chapter 10. Kalashnikov Sicilian – Rare Lines
- Chapter 11. 6.c4 Line
- Chapter 12 6.N1c3 Line
- Chapter 13. Model games 1
- Chapter 14. Model games 2
Meet the Author
GM Misa Pap (FIDE 2521)
Is a self-made Serbian Grandmaster. He is a winner of 16 international tournaments with 2600+ performance, former youth Champion of Yugoslavia and 3-times Champion of Vojvodina. GM Pap is a regular participant of the European Chess League and has over 15 years of coaching experience. He is also a regular contributor to Chess Informant.