Play the Sicilian Defense like a Master – Empire Chess
The chess openings that you choose as your main weapons are CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. If you are not frequently achieving positions that are equal (or better!) out of the opening, it is time to switch it up.
So many players try to win safely with white and play for a draw with black. THIS IS COMPLETELY WRONG!!!
If you find yourself doing the exact same thing, you need to upgrade your repertoire in the right direction, and there’s no better way to start than learning an opening system for black against 1. e4 that will let you play to win from any position or variation.
The new Empire Chess Bundle ¨Sicilian Defense Mastery for Club Players¨ will teach you an opening that the best players in the history of the game have employed with great frequency at the highest levels of the game: Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, and Bobby Fischer all regularly played the Sicilian Defense in the most critical moments of their careers.
The Sicilian Defense is the most double-edged opening system that you can play, black is going to have chances to win every single game in any of the main lines or sidelines.
Diversifying your study of the Sicilian Defense by learning several of the different main variations for black will give you a more holistic understanding of this exceptionally aggressive opening system.
This series of chess videos with several different Grandmasters is guaranteed to provide you a deeper understanding of the most effective systems for black in the Sicilian Defense, and you will find yourself dominating opponents with black against 1. e4
About the Presenters:
This series about the always sharp Sicilian Defense features some very strong Grandmasters who have used this weapon successfully throughout their career:
GM Sam Shankland
Shankland has recently won the 2018 US chess championship, a tournament where he also had to compete with players like Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, and Wesley So.
Sam Shankland’s extensive experience with the Sicilian Defense at top levels, combined with the exceptional quality of his communication skills and presentation make this chess DVD really stand out from the rest.
GM Michal Krasenkow
Michal Krasenkow is one of the most respected chess trainers in the world. He is a FIDE Senior Trainer with decades of teaching and playing experience.
GM Krasenkow’s crossed the 2700 FIDE rating mark in 2002 and entered the world top ten rating list and remains a very strong Grandmaster today at over 2640 FIDE.
GM Krasenkow examines one of the most highly theoretical opening variations of all time – the Sicilian Defense, Sveshnikov variation.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn
GM Eugene Perelshteyn recommends a hypermodern approach with an immediate kingside fianchetto to avoid early deviations from the Accelerated Dragon (ie the Rossolimo Variation with 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5).
GM Rafael Leitao
GM Rafael Leitao has played the Sicilian Defense, especially de Najdorf variation for nearly 20 years and in this 3-hour chess DVD, he provides the viewers with the positional foundation that is required to achieve consistent success with this complicated defense against 1. e4.
GM Leitão explains that you should understand the positional concepts associated with mainline theory, but that doesn’t mean you have to memorize every single line.
GM Damian Lemos
Damian Lemos covers Bb5 Systems against The Sicilian Defense with an emphasis on the core White strategies involving immediate and sometimes unprovoked Bxc6! This Anti–Sicilian approach will have opponents frightened to play their favorite Sicilian once the Bb5 Mastery is reached.
Is this course for me?
Former world champion Vishy Anand stated that the Sicilian Defense and Ruy Lopez were the two openings players absolutely had to understand to be successful at chess.
The mix of sharp tactics and subtle strategy, not to mention the simultaneous attacks, mean being able to play with and against the Sicilian is a critical part of your chess education.
The 9 volumes included in this Bundle will teach you the following:
The “sac, sac, mate!” combination made famous by Bobby Fischer against the Sicilian Dragon
- How to crush White with the Najdorf variation – the Cadillac of chess openings. Playing the Najdorf can be like walking a tightrope… for both players. With GM Rafael Leitão’s training, you’ll soon find yourself on firm ground, ready to push your opponent off the board.
- Exactly how to play (and defend) the 3.Bb5 anti-Sicilian. If you play 1…c5 you will encounter this and it takes a switching of gears to deal with effectively. My 2 volumes will show you how to use this subtle system to catch your opponent off-guard early on.
- The rapid development trick GM Volokitin (2723) used to beat Magnus Carlsen – explained by the winner himself.
- Plus tons more, all with the professional production you’d expect from Empire Chess and the PGNs of all the featured games.
Now you can absorb decades of experience playing the Sicilian with GMs Sam Shankland, Michal Krasenkow, Rafael Leitao, Eugene Perelshteyn, Andrei Volokitin, FM Will Stewart, and Damian Lemos giving you all the tips, tricks and strategies you need to crush your rivals in the big games.
Enjoy this awesome course!