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Understand the Sicilian - 20 Must-Know Concepts (4h Running Time) 

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Introduction  Free
  • Kingside Majority Depressed in the Middlegame - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Kingside Majority Depressed in the Middlegame  Closed
  • White's Grand Plan- Kingside Attack - Video Lecture  Closed
  • White's Grand Plan- Kingside Attack  Closed
  • Kingside Majority Depressed in the Endgame - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Kingside Majority Depressed in the Endgame  Closed
  • Dark-Squared Strategy - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Dark-Squared Strategy  Closed
  • The Long White Diagonal - Video Lecture  Closed
  • The Long White Diagonal  Closed
  • Trade of the Dark-Squared Bishop - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Trade of the Dark-Squared Bishop  Closed
  • When the Dark-Squared Bishop is Worth It - Video Lecture  Closed
  • When the Dark-Squared Bishop is Worth It  Closed
  • Pawn for a Bishop Pair - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Pawn for a Bishop Pair  Closed
  • OCB Attacks - Video Lecture  Closed
  • OCB Attacks  Closed
  • Pawn for a Light-Squared Domination - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Pawn for a Light-Squared Domination  Closed
  • The Importance of the King - Video Lecture  Closed
  • The Importance of the King  Closed
  • Open Files - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Open Files  Closed
  • Open Files - Opposite Castling - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Open Files - Opposite Castling  Closed
  • Major Pieces Lifts - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Major Pieces Lifts  Closed
  • Opposite Castlings - Defence - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Opposite Castlings - Defence  Closed
  • Pawn for the d5-Outpost - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Pawn for the d5-Outpost  Closed
  • Queenside Majority - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Queenside Majority  Closed
  • Central Blockade - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Central Blockade  Closed
  • Exchange Sacrifice for the Attack - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Exchange Sacrifice for the Attack  Closed
  • Positional Exchange Sacrifice - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Positional Exchange Sacrifice  Closed
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    Understand the Sicilian - 20 Must-Know Concepts

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    Athletics is said to be the queen of sport because it is one of the most massive kinds of sports. Its huge variety is something that leaves none indifferent.

    In chess, this role is played by the Sicilian defence. The huge variety of arising positions, the complex nature of the battle, the immense pressure in every game is what crowns this opening as the Queen of the openings.

    Even the number of the arising lines arising after the first 1.e4 c5 moves speak volumes about its importance at the chess scene.

    The world champions have recognized its potential a long time ago. You do not need to scroll down too far in the past to notice its significance in the matches for the world crown. Check these facts out:

    1. Fischer winning against Spassky, while using his beloved Najdorf.
    2. Kasparov triumphing against the great Karpov thanks to his pet Scheweningen in the final game.
    3. Same Kasparov confidently holding Anand in the Dragon
    4. Anand dismantling Kramnik’s Classical Sicilian at their final match game.
    5. Gelfand holding the black colour against Anand thanks to the Sveshnikov Sicilian
    6. Carlsen following his footprints in his quest for the crown keeping against Caruana

    This list can be easily expanded further. But there is no need. Everyone knows how important the Sicilian is noways for both colours. Every strong player includes the opening in his/her repertoire to gain the maximum points for both colours.

    In this introductory course, I will try to present to you the main pawn structures and most common strategical ideas for both sides to build upon our knowledge for the future.

    The Sicilian Defence is and will remain one of the most complex openings, but the proper understanding of the middle game and endgame principles will guide through the jungle of the lines. The general direction of the play will also help you determine what to trade and what to keep, what to avoid and what to aim for.

    The huge variety of lines and sub-lines makes this task far more difficult than it seems, but I hope that most of your questions will find the right answers and that you can build upon that base your future understanding of the Sicilian Defence.

    Complex does not mean impossible, challenge yourself to become better!

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