Learn How to Play Against the Paulsen Sicilian
King’s pawn players of the world… listen up! The Paulsen Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6) is only one small pawn move different from the Najdorf, but frees the dark-squared bishop… sometimes with deadly effect.
The c3 knight gets pinned, e4 comes under pressure… it’s easy to get into a real mess.
You need to know how to keep Black responding to your threats… and this 8-hour course shows you how.
The author, GM Rashad Babaev, is from the same Azerbaijani School of Chess that produced Kasparov, Radjabov and Mamedjarov.
Like Kasparov, he was trained by the legendary Oleg Privorotsky.
His approach is centered around analyzing games to see what works and why – ideas first, theory later.
And that’s what you need to beat the Paulsen, and it’s why it’s the perfect opening for the 80/20 Tactics treatment – White’s strongest ideas are tactical in nature.
Play “ordinary” opening moves and you’ll be in for a tough game.
Instead, be prepared to put knights on the rim, retreat bishops, and place pieces en prise!
These weird moves will bring you brilliant victories by the truckload.
About the author
GM Rashad Babaev is a full-time chess coach and has focused his career as a Grandmaster around developing young talent – and has had extraordinary success in reaching his objectives.
A few of Rashad’s own students have themselves became Grandmasters. He was a sparring partner of many top Grandmasters in the World such as GM Vugar Gashimov.
Between 2003-2009, he worked as a trainer of Youth Chess Team of Azerbaijan.
Rashad is a very dynamic teacher who knows how to make chess exciting. His interactive teaching style engages young chess players and instills in them a love for the work ethic and challenges created on the chess board.
Is this course for me?
When you play e4, you have to be ready for war. And it’s not always clear who you will be fighting.
The French, the Spanish… the Sicilian mafia?
Even if you’ve got an understanding with Don Najdorf, what about the devious Don Paulsen?
By playing an early …e6 instead of …d6, your enemy threatens to unleash that dark-squared bishop, hold your c3 knight hostage and extort payment in the form of the e4 pawn.
Which is why the Paulsen (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6) is fast becoming the new favorite for Sicilian players.
If you play 1.e4, you need to know how to deal with it.
And GM Rashad Babaev is back to help you out with his stunning new 80/20 Tactics course.
Here’s what to expect:
Take a look at this position. Black threatens to take on c3 then capture the e4 pawn. ‘Normal’ moves aren’t too appealing:
- Defend e4 with f3 and the light-squared bishop becomes useless.
- Play Bf3, intending a later g2 and Bg2, takes too long – and still allows …Bxc3, doubling and isolating the c-pawns.
- If 9.Bd3 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 e5! 11.Be3 Bxc3 loses a pawn.
- 9.Qd3? Ne5.
So how should White defend e4? Answer… with 9.Na4!
Watch as everything now flows in White’s favor:
- 9.Na4! Nxe4? 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Qd4! hitting the bishop, knight and g7 pawn.
- 9.Na4! Nxe4? 10.Nxc6 Qxc6 11.Nb6 Rb8 12.Bf3 f5 13.Qd4!
- 9.Na4! b5 10.Nxc6 dxc6 11.Bc5!
- Or even, 9.Na4! b5 10.Nb6! Qxb6 11.Nxe6 Qb8 12.Nxg7+ Kf8 13.Bh6 with a powerful attack!
All that from an innocent-looking position… one where Black might have thought they had the advantage!
And that’s just the very tip of the iceberg in GM Babaev’s incredible course.
Start smashing those Sicilian players with moves they will never see coming!