Sicilian Defense by Chess24

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In this 28+ hour bundle on the Sicilian Defense, you get 11 chess courses that will provide you with a useful repertoire of openings to fight with and against the Sicilian Defense in chess.

These courses cover such topics as the Sicilian Najdorf, the Taimanov Sicilian, Anti-Sicilians, sacrifices in the Sicilian Defense, the Rossolimo variation, the Closed Sicilian, the Classical Sicilian, and the Magnus Sicilian, as well as g3 against the Sveshnikov and a couple of courses for White vs the Sicilian.

These chess courses are presented by GM Robin van Kampen, GM Ivan Salgado, GM Pepe Cuenca, IM Lawrence Trent, IM Sopiko Guramishvili, IM Benjamin Haldorsen, and IM Christof Sielecki.

Courses Included

Sneaky Anti-Sicilians – IM Lawrence Trent

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IM Lawrence Trent gives you a wide array of unusual ways to play against the Sicilian Defence – a must for every 1.e4 player!

Even if you play the main lines of the open Sicilian, having a few anti-Sicilians in your repertoire will cause your opponents much more difficult problems by taking them outside their comfort zone early on.

IM Lawrence Trent reveals how to play 5 different anti-Sicilians in the Alapin (also known as the 2.c3 Sicilian), the Grand Prix Attack (2.Nc3 and 3.f4), the positional approach of 2.Nc3 and 3.Bb5, the Chameleon variation (2.Nc3 and 3.Nge2) and the Zaitsev variation (2. Nf3, 3.d4 and 4.Qxd4).

Not only do these systems give you the benefit of surprise, you can also dictate the nature of the game, directing play into wild attacks, quiet, closed positions, or somewhere in-between.

If you wish to take away your opponent’s book knowledge and force them to play on your territory then IM Trent’s course is what you need.

A Complete Najdorf Repertoire – IM Sopiko Guramishvili

The Sicilian Najdorf is considered the Rolls-Royce of chess openings: sharp, complex, full of tactical and strategic considerations. It has been used by virtually every World Champion and was a favorite of the greats Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fischer.

However, it can be unforgiving. One small slip can be enough to turn a good position into defeat. Master the Najdorf, however, and you will be a feared opponent who regularly wins as Black.

In this 4h 17m series, WGM Sopiko Guramishvili, a big fan of this opening, reveals the theory and ideas behind all the main variations as well as the sidelines.

This series is a must for anyone who plays or ever faces the Sicilian Najdorf.

Sicilian sacrifices – IM Sopiko Guramishvili

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In this highly instructive and entertaining video series, Grandmaster Sopiko Guramishvili shows you everything you need to know about Sicilian sacrifices.

Whether you play 1…c5 as Black or frequently face the Sicilian as White, these are thematic tactics that you simply must know.

WGM Sopiko Guramishvili teaches you how to master the Knight sacrifice on d5 and exchange sac on c3 – including how to tell when they work and when they don’t, as well as the most powerful ways to follow these moves up.

In the 4th Chapter, Sopiko covers other common ideas in the Sicilian such as the potentially deadly Bishop or Knight sacrifice on e6.

Add these weapons to your arsenal and scare the life out of your opponent!

The Taimanov Sicilian – GM Robin van Kampen

The Sicilian Defense is the most popular chess opening in existence and so it’s no surprise that it’s also the most theoretical. With whole books written on each of the 6 main 6th move choices for White in the Najdorf, sometimes it can be difficult to keep up.

Enter the Taimanov Sicilian, characterized by the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7. This opening has increased in popularity over the last couple of years but is still relatively fresh compared to other variations.

Dutch GM Robin van Kampen was persuaded to switch from the Najdorf to the Taimanov and is very happy with his decision, noting that success with the Taimanov Sicilian is based more on ideas than memorizing concrete variations.

In this 4h 16m course, Robin shows exactly how to tackle all White’s systems and reveals the many opportunities Black has for getting a decisive advantage if White goes wrong.

By learning the key strategic principles given by GM van Kampen, you will be able to meet 1.e4 with a very confident …c5! and push the game into territory you know much better than your opponent does.

My White Repertoire vs. The Sicilian: Part 1 – The Rossolimo – GM Robin van Kampen

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Young Dutch star Robin van Kampen is going to provide something we all need – a complete repertoire against the Sicilian for White. In this first installment he looks at the Rossolimo Sicilian – 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5.

After studying this series you should feel right at home in the positions arising from the Rossolimo Sicilian, knowing both specific moves and the key plans that both sides are trying to implement. Tackle the Sicilian with confidence!

My White Repertoire vs. The Sicilian: Part 2 – GM Robin van Kampen

Young Dutch star Robin van Kampen is providing something we all need – a complete repertoire against the Sicilian for White.

In this second installment, he covers 2…d6 (which he likes to answer with 3.Bb5+), 2…e6, 2…g6 and the rarer moves 2…Nf6 and 2…a6.

In the first video series, the Rossolimo Sicilian, Robin already dealt extensively with the 2…Nc6 3.Bb5 system.

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!

Fighting the Anti-Sicilians – GM Ivan Salgado


Grand Master Ivan Salgado presents us with a high-level repertoire against the Anti-Sicilians. Essential for club players and professionals alike!

Play the Sicilian without fear of running into any sidelines.


  1. Introduction to Anti-Sicilians
  2. 2.a3 and 2.b4
  3. 2.b3
  4. 2.d3
  5. 2.Be2
  6. 2.f4
  7. 2.g3
  8. 2.Na3
  9. Facing the Alapin (2.c3)
  10. Smith-Morra Gambit
  11. Alapin Deferred after 2.Nf3 e6
  12. Alapin Deferred after 2.Nf3 d6
  13. Alapin Deferred after 2.Nf3 Nc6
  14. The Anti-Najdorf with 4.e5
  15. 2.Nc3 and 2.Ne2
  16. Closed Sicilian with 6.f4 & 7.Nf3
  17. Closed Sicilian with 6.Be3
  18. Closed Dragon
  19. Closed Sicilian with 6.Nge2
  20. Grand Prix Attack

Winning with the Closed Sicilian – IM Sopiko Guramishvili

International Master Sopiko Guramishvili covers the Closed Sicilian – 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 – from White’s perspective.


To give the viewer a sound and complete repertoire after 1.e4 c5 that does not require hours of studying the Najdorf, Sveshnikov, Dragon and so on.

Chapter Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. 2… d6 3.f4
    Sopiko covers the game Grischuk 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave, 2017, which was the inspiration for this video series. 3.f4 followed by 7.d4 is a very interesting way to deal with 2…d6!
  3. 2… d6 3.Nge2
    3.Nge2 is another way to deal with 2…d6. In this video, Sopiko gives a thorough explanation of the plans and ideas in the position, showing you the correct move order to reach the desired setup.
  4. 2… a6
    A somewhat provocative way of meeting the Closed Sicilian. Sopiko offers an original way to pose Black opening problems.
  5. 2… Nc6
    One of the most flexible ways of meeting the Closed Sicilian. Sopiko shows the various plans White has at his or her disposal.
  6. 2… e6
    Sopiko offers a fresh concept to use against Taimanov and Kan lovers.
  7. Wrap- up
    Sopiko wraps up the series with some final thoughts.

Classical Sicilian – IM Benjamin Haldorsen

Learn How to Play the Classical Sicilian with IM Benjamin Haldorsen

benjamin haldorsen classical sicilianNorwegian IM Benjamin Haldorsen teaches us how to play the Classical Sicilian, a powerful chess opening for Black. With wild positions, both rich in tactical and strategic elements, the opening will leave you on the very edge of your seat!

This Sicilian Defense line is a regular guest at the top level and has been played by Magnus Carlsen, Alireza Firouzja and many others. It occurs after the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6.

The goal of this video series is to build a repertoire that gives you exciting positions and excellent chances of playing for a win with Black.

This chess course will give you an interesting and exciting repertoire against 1.e4.

Is this course for me?

IM Haldorsen has produced this +4 hour course on the Classical Sicilian, one of the best choices for Black against 1.e4.

If you are looking for a chess opening that allows you to play uncompromising chess, leading to sharp as well as creative positions, the Classical Sicilian is the way to go.

classical sicilian dvd product imageThe Classical Variation of the Sicilian Defense is a semi-open opening and has a reputation for being sharp and double-edged.

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.

g3 Against the Sveshnikov Sicilian – GM Pepe Cuenca

pepe cuenca g3 sveshnikovSpanish Grandmaster Pepe Cuenca shows us his favorite weapon against the Sveshnikov Sicilian, the g3 line. Magnus Carlsen made this opening his main choice with Black for the 2018 World Championship Match against Fabiano Caruana.

In this course, you will learn an opening that will scare your opponents from playing the Sveshnikov Sicilian against you!

Is this course for me?

The Sveshnikov Sicilian is one of the most sharpest and heavily analyzed opening systems, yet it can be played successfully by the average player.

GM Cuenca goes over the most critical plans, lines, and tricks of the g3 line for White against the Sveshnikov Sicilian in this 1 and a half-hour video series.

You will learn how to punish Black from the very beginning of the game and also how to play more slow and strategic positions that will take you to the win, step by step.

g3 sveshnikov pepe cuencaPlay the g3 line against the Sveshnikov Sicilian in your next game!

The Magnus Sicilian – IM Christof Sielecki

Ever wanted to know how Magnus Carlsen fights for a win with Black against 1.e4? He usually opts for the Sicilian Defence to create a non-symmetrical position right on move one. If White opts for the mainline, the Open Sicilian with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 and d4 next, his regular weapon of choice is the Sveshnikov Variation.

This video series presents some of the World Champion’s best wins in the Sicilian. We’ll take a look at the mentioned Sveshnikov Variation, but also at popular earlier deviations like the Alapin (2.c3) or Rossolimo (2.Nf3 Nc5 3.Bb5) Variations.

Magnus shows how to handle these lines and is a perfect ‘model player’ to base your opening repertoire on. The Chessable course ‘Fight like Magnus: The Sicilian’ presents a full repertoire against 1.e4 based on the lines in this course.