Chess openings are a crucial phase in the game. Yet most club players have huge problems when it comes to opening preparation and creating a sound opening repertoire.
One of the questions many 1.e4 players ask themselves again and again is the following: What should I play against the Sicilian Defense in order to crush Black’s setup?
The Sicilian Defense is the biggest and most complex setup of all chess openings. It is a semi-open playing system, in which Black tries to avoid the classic playing manner for equalizing the game and immediately starts an uncompromising fight for the initiative. From the very first moves, we get unbalanced pawn structures and very dynamic positions.
Most chess players believe that White has to go for sharp lines against the Sicilian Defense as Black almost always has the better structure in the endgame. If White does not crush Black right out of the opening, he’ll suffer a long and unpleasant endgame. However, this is only half the story!
White does not necessarily have to crush Black tactically in the Sicilian Defense. A brilliant chess strategy to outplay club players who play the Sicilian Defense against the 1.e4 is to go for a positional setup.
In his latest video series, the young Dutch Grandmaster Robin van Kampen is going to provide you with exactly that – a complete repertoire against the Sicilian for White which avoids the highly theoretical main lines and instead offers tricky positional lines. His excellent repertoire suggestions allow you to catch your opponents off-guard and to squeeze plenty of easy positional wins out of seemingly calm positions.
Stomp the Sicilian Defense: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.b3
In this exclusive free preview video, GM Robin van Kampen focuses on the move 2…e6 for Black. This move can lead to various Sicilian main lines like the Taimanov, the Paulsen or the Kan-Variation. GM van Kampen’s suggestion is to go for the move 3.b3!? At first glance, this move does not look like the most ambitious attempt to gain an edge in the opening. However, White will bring his dark-squared bishop to b2, from where it will take full control of the a1-h8 diagonal. In many variations, it won’t be easy for Black to develop his own dark-squared bishop from f8 as the g7-square needs to be protected, preventing any Sicilian Dragon style setups with ..g6 and ..Bg7.
Let’s take a look at how GM Robin van Kampen navigates us through the different variations which Black can try.
Stomp the Sicilian Defense: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.b3 d5?!
After 3.b3, Black has several moves at their disposal. One logical follow-up is 3…d5. Black makes use of the fact that White avoids the main line after 3.d4 and occupies the center himself.
Stomp the Sicilian Defense: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.b3 a6!?
The move 3…a6 is possibly the most respectable option for Black after the main move 3…b6. The move 3…a6 is a good waiting move which is almost always useful in the Sicilian Defense.
Against both 3…d5 and 3…a6, White gets a nice positional edge with logical and easy to remember moves. GM van Kampen also analyzes two other ways to play for Black on the third move – 3…d6 and 3…Nc6. We definitely recommend you take a look at the whole video in order to be armed with a strong positional weapon against all Taimanov-, Paulsen- and Kan-players.
With GM Robin van Kampen’s repertoire suggestions against the Sicilian Defense, you neither have to spend ages trying to memorize a single line, nor do you get overwhelmed with endless variations. In his complete video series, he also deeply analyzes all the other moves with Black can choose on move two – 2…g6, 2…d6, 2…a6 and so on.
After studying this series you should feel right at home in the positions arising out of the different lines covered, knowing both specific moves and the key plans that both sides are trying to implement. Together with the first series, you have a complete grandmaster-level repertoire against the Sicilian for White at your disposal. Tackle the Sicilian with confidence! Click here to grab your copy with 35% off.
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