The Sicilian with 3.Bb5 – GM Alexei Shirov

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[caption id="attachment_442689" align="alignright" width="220"]<a href="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/The-Sicilian-with-3.Bb5_.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-442689" title="The Sicilian with 3.Bb5 - GM Alexei Shirov" src="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/The-Sicilian-with-3.Bb5_.jpg" alt="The Sicilian with 3.Bb5 - GM Alexei Shirov" width="220" height="304" data-wp-pid="442689" /></a> The Sicilian with 3.Bb5 - GM Alexei Shirov[/caption]

The <strong>Rossolimo Variation</strong> of the <strong>Sicilian Defense</strong> (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5) is always an excellent choice with White if you want to avoid the deeply analyzed main lines of the <strong>Open Sicilian</strong> (3.d4), in which the analysis frequently goes deep into the middlegame or sometimes even into the endgame.

For that reason, the move 3.Bb5 has a firm place in the repertoire of many grandmasters where it is welcome above all as an anti-Sveshnikov weapon.

[caption id="attachment_2696814" align="alignleft" width="400"]<a href="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/the-sicilian-with-3bb5-gm-alexei-shirov-ss.jpg"><img class="wp-image-2696814 size-full" title="The Sicilian with 3.Bb5 - GM Alexei Shirov" src="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/the-sicilian-with-3bb5-gm-alexei-shirov-ss.jpg" alt="The Sicilian with 3.Bb5 - GM Alexei Shirov " width="400" height="311" data-wp-pid="2696814" /></a> The Sicilian with 3.Bb5 - GM Alexei Shirov Screenshot[/caption]

Instead of getting involved in a theoretical duel, White logically aims for strategically complex positions, e.g. by exchanging on c6 and at the cost of the bishop pair degrading Black’s pawn structure (doubled pawns c6/c5).

This results in positions in which positional understanding is more important than knowledge of specific variations - meaning that only players who are aware of the general plans and typical piece maneuvres will be able to find their way through them.

<strong>Alexei Shirov</strong> provides you with the requisite understanding of the subtleties of these positions, by annotating extensively his most important games in this variation.

During his career, he has played the 3.Bb5 system with both colors and he shares with you on this DVD his valuable experience in the form of video lessons which take up a total running time of more than seven hours.

[caption id="attachment_2693819" align="alignright" width="220"]<a href="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/gm-alexei-shirov.jpg"><img class="wp-image-2693819 size-full" title="GM Alexei Shirov" src="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/gm-alexei-shirov.jpg" alt="GM Alexei Shirov" width="220" height="304" data-wp-pid="2693819" /></a> Grandmaster Alexei Shirov[/caption]
<h3>About the Author:</h3>
<strong>GM Alexei Shirov</strong> was born in Riga just like world champion <strong>Mihail Tal</strong>, and also his playing style reminds many chess fans of the young Tal.

At the beginning of the '90s, a comet-like rise brought the young Latvian to the world top within the shortest of time.

Being no older than 22 years, he already had an ELO rating of nearly 2750 and belonged to the absolute elite.

Since then <strong>Shirov</strong> has been one of the best players in the world, delighting all chess fans with original and amazing ideas on the board.
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The Sicilian with 3.Bb5 - GM Alexei Shirov
The Sicilian with 3.Bb5 – GM Alexei Shirov

The Rossolimo Variation of the Sicilian Defense (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5) is always an excellent choice with White if you want to avoid the deeply analyzed main lines of the Open Sicilian (3.d4), in which the analysis frequently goes deep into the middlegame or sometimes even into the endgame.

For that reason, the move 3.Bb5 has a firm place in the repertoire of many grandmasters where it is welcome above all as an anti-Sveshnikov weapon.

The Sicilian with 3.Bb5 - GM Alexei Shirov
The Sicilian with 3.Bb5 – GM Alexei Shirov Screenshot

Instead of getting involved in a theoretical duel, White logically aims for strategically complex positions, e.g. by exchanging on c6 and at the cost of the bishop pair degrading Black’s pawn structure (doubled pawns c6/c5).

This results in positions in which positional understanding is more important than knowledge of specific variations – meaning that only players who are aware of the general plans and typical piece maneuvres will be able to find their way through them.

Alexei Shirov provides you with the requisite understanding of the subtleties of these positions, by annotating extensively his most important games in this variation.

During his career, he has played the 3.Bb5 system with both colors and he shares with you on this DVD his valuable experience in the form of video lessons which take up a total running time of more than seven hours.

GM Alexei Shirov
Grandmaster Alexei Shirov

About the Author:

GM Alexei Shirov was born in Riga just like world champion Mihail Tal, and also his playing style reminds many chess fans of the young Tal.

At the beginning of the ’90s, a comet-like rise brought the young Latvian to the world top within the shortest of time.

Being no older than 22 years, he already had an ELO rating of nearly 2750 and belonged to the absolute elite.

Since then Shirov has been one of the best players in the world, delighting all chess fans with original and amazing ideas on the board.

System Requirements:

Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.

Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive, and internet access for program activation.


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