Beating 1.e4 with The Classical Sicilian – GM Bryan Smith

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Beating 1.e4 with The Classical Sicilian Defense – GM Bryan Smith

The Classical Variation of the Sicilian Defense is a chess opening for Black against 1.e4. It is a semi-open opening and has a reputation for being sharp and double-edged. It occurs after the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6.

The Classical Sicilian defense is an excellent opening choice for a Black player who wants to play uncompromising chess, leading to sharp as well as creative positions.

One of the main advantages of playing the Classical Sicilian defense is that it is not as theoretically explored as the Sicilian Najdorf, nor as forcing as the Sicilian Dragon.

GM Smith analyzes the best options for Black to counter White’s multiple efforts against the Classical Sicilian, providing you with several easy-to-learn and effective setups for Black to crush White.

About the Author: 

Bryan Smith is an American Grandmaster and chess coach. GM Smith has won many international tournaments including Limpedea Cup (Romania), Citta di Erba (Italy), Easter International (Serbia), Philadelphia International, National Chess Congress, US Masters, etc.

Grandmaster Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Some of his accomplishments include first place in the 2008 National Chess Congress, 2009 National Chess Congress, 2010 Philadelphia International, and 2011 Limpedea Cup.

How is this course going to help me?

In this comprehensive 4-hour Empire Chess course, GM Bryan Smith builds up your knowledge of this powerful opening weapon, demonstrating how to combat each of the main White variations in turn.

Not only will you frustrate White players used to trying their pet lines against Black’s most common variations in the Sicilian Defense, but they’ll also face a line they didn’t expect at all.

The Classical Sicilian defense also gives you excellent winning chances due to its complexities. It is a highly flexible, tricky, and double-edged opening with which Black can avoid premature simplifications and confidently go for the full point.

Here’s what you’ll learn with this course:

Powerful Pawn Sacs!

Just when your opponent thinks he has a strong attack with Qf3 — YOU play …Qf6!! and sac a pawn — 90% of players will accept the pawn and the compensation you get is HUGE…look at those bishops!

English Attack Embarrassed!

A lot of players think they can crush any Sicilian with the English attack. Luckily, GM Smith has a clever knight hop sequence shutting it down immediately and gaining a big advantage for black!

“Krazy” King Moves:

You’re gonna love the moment you get to play this clever king move …Ke7!! centralizing the king and preparing your own attack on the white king (Don’t worry…your king is COMPLETELY safe on e7!)

And like most of our courses, you’ll also get Complete PGN file of all covered games/examples, Challenging Puzzles for testing your knowledge, plus, a Comprehensive Summary PDF that’ll be your reference guide and blueprint for the course.

GM Bryan Smith’s brand-new course arms you once and for all to confidently fight against 1.e4 players.

Enjoy this course!

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4 Hours

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Chapter List:

  • Intro: About This Course
  • Chapter 1: The 6.Be2-Variation
  • Chapter 2: The 6.Be3-Variation
  • Chapter 3: The 6.g3-Variation
  • Chapter 4: The 6.f3-Variation
  • Chapter 5: The 6.f4-Variation
  • Chapter 6: The 6.Bc4-Variation – The Sozin Variation
  • Chapter 7: The 6.Bg5-Variation – The Richter-Rauzer Attack
  • Part 1: 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f3
  • Part 2: 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f4