GM Sam Shankland is a leading expert in the Sicilian Defense, bringing years of experience in this complicated opening system with both colors. In the below chess video excerpt from the Empire Chess DVD ¨Stomping the Sicilian Defense¨, GM Shankland reviews a tense encounter between current World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand and the young Super-GM Teimour Radjabov – played at the Linares Chess Festival of 2009. In the full chess DVD, GM Shankland reviews 7 critical variations in the Sicilian Defense – explaining white’s best responses in every line. With this video excerpt, viewers are treated to a preview of the DVD and will learn an exceptional approach for white against the Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian Defense. GM Shankland goes far into detail, explaining deep positional ideas in the middlegame and how they relate back to white’s aggressive opening play.
RECOMMENDED SOFTWARE: ¨Modern Chess Opening – Vol. 3 Sicilian Defense¨ includes over 500 lectures and games from the Sicilian Defense, extensively covering all main variations and sidelines. This chess training software also includes over 600 tactics exercises from common positions in the Sicilian Defense.