The Exchange Sacrifice on c3 in the Sicilian – GM Bryan Smith

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An exchange sacrifice occurs when one player gives up a rook for a minor piece. It is often used to destroy the enemy pawn structure. In the Sicilian Defense, it is used where Black a knight on c3 with a rook to establish a minor piece on a strong square.

In this DVD Bryan explains the sacrifices with both the Scheveningen “small center” structure of pawns on d6 and e6 and as well as the Sicilian Dragon.

Content: 85 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 3 lectures. PGN Included.

Recommended for: Intermediate-Advanced Players.

Users rated this series:  4.02 out of 5

Chess Fans have said: A very instructive video! I found it informative in all facets of the game.

GM Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently splits his time between Novi Sad, Serbia and 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. He was on the national champion UMBC chess team from 1999 to 2001, and became a GM in 2013. Bryan is the first-ever Grandmaster from Alaska!


Part I: Scheveningen
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf, English Attack
Gilberto Milos vs. Judit Polgar
Run Time: 00:26:05

Part II: The Dragon
Sicilian Defense: Classical, Fianchetto Variation
Issac Boleslavsky vs. Efim Geller
Run Time: 00:19:15

The d5 Square and the Dragon
Sicilian Defense: Accelerated, Fianchetto
Bryan Smith vs.Allan Savage
Run Time: 00:40:22

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Running time

85 minutes


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