Beat the Sicilian Defense with IM Lawrence Trent

Every e4 player has to ask themselves… what to do against the Sicilian?

Black has so many options: 3…d6, 3…e6, 3…Nc6; the Najdorf, Dragon, Scheveningen and Sveshnikov structures…

And you need to know what to do against ALL of them… or face a quick and painful Sicilian slaughter.

But what if there was a way to slash your study time, ruin Black’s plans AND still play aggressive chess?

IM Lawrence Trent has the answer…

In his stunning new 8-hour 80/20 Tactics Multiplier course, Lawrence shows you how to tear apart …c5 players with 3.Bb5!

This video is a free preview of his course. Lawrence Trent loves this line – as do many top English players. You’re taught the ideas for both sides, opening innovations and recommended moves and, more importantly, the middlegame threats and attacks that win games.

Moscow Variation with 3…Nc6

The first line IM Trent looks at is an important and underrated line that you will get fairly often. The Moscow Variation begins with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+.

moscow 3nc6

3…Nc6 is the third most-played move in this position (after …Bd7 and …Nd7). …Nc6 blocks the check, and develops the knight to a natural square. We can explore this line by analyzing a game between Sutovsky and Grenionkin:

IM Trent recommends 4.0-0.

4…Bd7 is the main move, after which we should nearly always play 5.Re1, protecting the e4 pawn and creating a space on f1 in case our bishop needs to retreat. In a lot of positions, retreating the bishop to f1 is a good option to have (after, for example, something like 5…Nf6 6.c3 a6 7.Bf1).

It’s worth pointing out that if Black plays 5…a6 right away, as in the game, Bf1 would not actually be the best option for White as black could play …Bg4. A better option, then, would be 6.Bxc6.

6…Bxc6 7.d4

We give up the bishop pair, but at the same time we are striking at and opening up the center.

7…cxd4 8.Qxd4

Nxd4 is also perfectly fine, and has been played a lot, but Sutovsky and Gawain Jones have tended to take back with the queen. This is an aggressive option. You take with the queen because it can’t really be bothered by Black except from a move like …e5, in which case the queen retreats to d3 and Black has given himself a backward pawn on d6 that can be attacked, and he has weakened the d5 square that White can occupy later with a knight.

8…Nf6 9.Nc3

Already in this position, Black has to be very precise, otherwise there will be a lot of tactical opportunities at White’s fingertips.

sicilian defense moscow variation analyzed

Be sure to watch the video for IM Trent’s insightful analysis of the rest of this game!

Bb5 Sicilian for White – 80/20 Tactics Multiplier

80/20 Tactics Bb5 Sicilian for White

In his stunning new 8-hour 80/20 Tactics Multiplier course, Lawrence shows you how to tear apart …c5 players with 3.Bb5!

Lawrence gets the ideas behind this opening across clearly and concisely and does a great job of demonstrating the powerful tactics it contains too.

And as well as the 8 hours of world-class training material, you get the complete PGN file, PDF course notes and challenging puzzle sets – everything you need to get the most out of the course.

Click here to get your copy with 50% off.


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