Chess Openings: Tutorial : Sicilian Defense for beginners guide – black opening

Chess Openings: Tutorial : Sicilian Defense for beginners guide – black opening

Hi all. I would like to give a brief
introduction to the Sicilian defense today. After 1.e4 the Sicilian defense 1…c5 is one of the most popular replies. Black is immediately seeking to
unbalance the position and the pawn structure. What is black doing with the move c5 which makes the Sicilian defense such a successful weapon and very
popular at all levels? Black is immediately contesting control of the d4
square so White has a few choices here. On move 2 – there are a number of
deviations for white for what is known as the “Mainline Sicilian”. The mainline
Sicilian is where white plays Knight f3 followed by d4 so black has a number of
replies here. Say d6 is chosen and the move d4 we have the open Sicilian. So it’s
called the open Sicilian because open lines are resulting from this pawn
exchange. Also black will usually have semi open c-file pressure and White
has some pressure on the d-file. In many variations of the Sicilian, White is casting
on the Queen side and black on the King side. And both sides of throwing
attacking resources at each other so it makes for very exciting games.
Before looking at some of the main names of open Sicilian related variations
let’s look quickly at some of the deviations that move 2 after Black
plays c5. The c3 Sicilian “Alapin variation” has become popular recently
so black needs to know what what he or she is doing. An early d5 is theoretical
there’s also Knight f6. Also black may play e6 to try and tempt White to
transpose into a French defense after d4 d5. So you need to know what you’re doing when white plays c3. Also there’s the dangerous Smith-Morra gambit which it’s
useful to to know a line. Where White is sacking another pawn here so playing an immediate d4 and then playing c3. And if you take you could be under a lot
of pressure. So either take that second pawn or maybe consider playing d3 giving
the pawn back immediately and playing g6 to fight on the dark squares. That’s what
I prefer doing after this Smith-Morra gambit offering of c3. I would recommend to just play d3 but there’s also other variations here. The wing gambit is quite
dangerous and very good statistically so White is playing almost like a
reversed Benko Gambit. If you take then a3 and if you take again again you’re
giving White a lot of pressure so that could really backfire if you’re not
careful. Also after c5 White might play the
Closed variation – the “Closed Sicilian” with Knight c3 so the idea here
is often on for example after knight c6 to play g3 and we might have this
example move sequence. So the play for both sides is distinctly different than
the open Sicilian. White is often playing for a later f4. As black if if you ever
reach this position try and make sure you can play f5 in return and keep your
control of d4 and maybe often play for a6 rook b8 b5 expand on the Queen side
to try and increase the influence of this bishop. So these variations need to
be understood as important move 2 alternatives if you really want to play
the Sicilian successfully because people won’t give you fun by default. They will try and make you suffer. They will want you to suffer (especially in the British Chess clubs where no one seems to play “Main line chess and we had GM Murray Chandler create the dreadful book on the 2.c3 Sicilian). They’ll play obscure variations or variations which give a small advantage
to White with minimal counterplay for black. Minimal counterplay has always
being a priority of grandmasters (especially Russian Grandmasters). They want to win games in a riskless manner.
But anyway let’s look at now at the open Sicilian variations which still remain
the most popular. So after Knight f3 let’s look first at the hugely popular
Najdorf variation. So d6 d4 so black takes Knight takes d4 Knight f6 so
immediately attacking that pawn on e4 so white usually replies with Knight c3 and
now you play a6. So this has been hugely popular and exponents include
Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fischer. They had deep theoretical knowledge of this variation and things like the poisoned pawn variation in particular are ultra sharp. The word
“sharp” is used you know as an adjective for positions which require great
precision and one move could spell disaster. So a6 here. Ideas of a6
include preventing an early Bishop b5 check but also maybe later black is
played b5 and Bishop b7 putting the bishop on an interesting and important
diagonal. Let’s have a look at an example variation so say Bishop b7 here as a
demonstration. So black is exerting more pressure on that e4 square. There’s
another idea of this b5. Later black can often play for a knight outpost on
c4 and if white ever takes for the bishop then you get the bishop pair. So
a6 has a number of ideas behind it. It’s a very useful move from a number of perspectives and that is the start of hugely popular Najdorf variation. The
classical variation is black actually here playing instead of a6 playing
knight c6 or developing another knight. The Scheveningen variation now let’s go
back to move 1 to make sure we have the right move order. I’ll just paste it in
and then rewind it. So d4 takes Knight takes d4 you play Knight f6 you attack
the pawn and now you play the immediate e6 so you don’t play a6.
So maybe whites will be boring and try and play Bishop b5 check and exchange
the bishops. If not you later play Bishop e7 castles and that plan of a6 is often
handy with b5 and Bishop b7. Or later you can play to liberate
these pawns in the center with d5 or e5. White always has to be careful
about black doing that. So the Scheveningen variation because of this flexible
pawn center. The Sicilian Dragon variation. Now this is very interesting.
Let’s paste the moves in. You have this pawn structure in the shape like a
fire-breathing dragon. This Bishop is the fire-breathing dragon
piece. Let’s rewind that and replay it. So 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 d4 you take then you
play Knight f6 now after Knight c3 you play g6 so the bishop is fianchettoed
and often you know white is castling queenside and they can lead to very
exciting games where White’s trying to attack you on the H file. But you have to
try and generate counterplay against White’s King. The games of Grandmaster
Chris Ward are worth looking at. Some brilliant games there involving
sacrifices often on c3 with rook takes c3. The Sveshnikov variation is one of my
favorites. Let’s have that variation pasted in and now rewind so 1.e4 c5
2. Knight f3 now instead of d6 or e6
Black plays now the immediate knight c6
so after d4 you take the pawn Knight takes d4 and now you play Knight f6.
That’s the proper Sveshnikov. If you want a backdoor Sveshnikov (another way of saying a really inferior version) then there’s the Kalashnikov with a major e5 which could transpose later (into proper Sveshnikov). After Nb5 if you did play Knight f6 and they did play Knight c3 you can play a6
you’ve transposed into regular Sveshnikov. But alternatively you can play more you
know uniquely. You can just play a6 and encourage Knight d6 so the
Kalashnikov is a bit of a poor relative of the Sveshnikov.
But anyway so Knight f6 Knight c3 e5, I fell in love with this variation for
many years. So Knight b5. The reason I fell in love with it is the dynamics.
After knight b5 d6 Bishop g5 a6 Na3 believe it or not so the knights are
hobbling around. b5 and now White has two main candidate moves. Bishop takes f6 or Knight d5. You need to know both if you want to play this. Bishop takes f6 is
very dynamic. gxf6 Knight d5 and black is accepting a terrible pawn structure
or terrible looking pawn structure rather with gaping hole on d5 but you get semi open
G file pressure. You’ve got the two bishops. There’s a lot to play for. It’s
become very popular at Grandmaster level. Kasparov has played it with white and
black. (Magnus Carlsen has played it in World Chess championships after this video was recorded). A number of Grandmasters have played this Sveshnikov variation. If you enjoyed this video please come and register at – and challenge Kingscrusher for a game 🙂 you

43 Replies to “Chess Openings: Tutorial : Sicilian Defense for beginners guide – black opening”

  1. Thank you so very much! I love playing the sicilian, but my theoretical knowledge beond the Najdorf and dragon variations has been limited at best. I'm looking forward to part2!

  2. King,you are great.I fell in love with your videos and have watched them all,some them a few times.I play Rubinsten variation of Sicilian,Dragon and,sometimes,Sveshnikov and Najdorf and Seveningen.I have a couple of books Sveshnikov wrote recently,including his works on Alapin system in Sicilian and French defence.He is got a son who plays in a local chess club in Riga,being FIDE master of around 2400.

  3. im confused

    who is opening the Sicilian Defence ?
    black or white?

    i looked on the internet but they never say clearly who is opening

    and after which move are the variations begin?

  4. 'people won't give you fun. by default. they want to make you suffer'

    that's a great philosophy to bring to the chess board ! 5stars

  5. Whenever you hear open, closed, or semi-open, they are talking about pawn structure.

    The open sicilian lines are named such because the theory involves early exchanges of pawns in the opening which open the game up for both sides.

    Conversely, closed sicilian lines avoid the early pawn exchanges that free the movement of black and give him more counterplay. They aren't necessarily the sharpest lines and thus, don't give white as big an advantage.

    It's a risk/reward kind of game.

  6. he means open files, ranks, and columns. yes – an open game.

    bishops are important in open games
    knights are important in closed games

    new players should get comfortable open games because they are more tacital.

    better players can play closed games as they are a bit slower and require more strategy.

    I have read all this in books and stuff.

  7. Please like this video if you got something out of it, or even better add it to your favourites. Help crush the Trolls! You could also subscribe to this channel to get notified of any new videos – subscribing is free and easy.Cheers, K.

  8. something like clamping down on d4, so Nc6, g6, Bg7, d6, and if Nf3 from white then Bg4 followed by a timely Bxf3 (loosening d4 for white) should be good for black.

  9. KC! i like the way how you elaborate some lines. i learned so much from your videos,i really enjoy it but please shorten the duration of the vids,too long for me who doesn't have my own pc.10 -15 mins is ok like this. thank you for your consideration. 🙂 God Bless!

  10. What would be the best move if white opens with the Sicilian, pawn to e4, black responds with pawn to e5, white counters with queen to f3, black responds with pawn to c5 – what would most probably be whites next move and what would be the best response for black in this scenario?

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  12. "Sicilian defense for beginners" would be one variation with every position explained, not a thousand variations with three seconds given to each.

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