The Sicilian is the most popular opening against 1.e4 because it is theoretically sound but offers Black double-edged play at the same time. Whilst you must know how to handle the main line (2. Nf3 and 3.d4), sidelines are also very important. In this video series I give a strong and practical Black repertoire against these sidelines such as the Bb5 Sicilian, the Grand Prix Attack, the Alapin and many more, from my years of experience playing the Sicilian.
IntroductionBb5 systems1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5Bb5 Sicilian with 3...g6 4.Bxc6 dxc6Bb5 Sicilian with 3...g6 4.0-0 Bg7Bb5 Sicilian with 3...g6 4.0-0 and 9.Be33...Nd4 4.Nf3 Nxb53...Nd4 4.Bc4 e6 5.Nf3 Nf63...Nd4 4.Bc4 e6 5.Nge2 Nf6Alapin 2.c31.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5White plays with early cxd4: 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.cxd4 d6/5.cxd4 d64.d4 cxd4 5.Bc4/Qxd4 and Morra Gambit (2.d4) transposition.White delays d4: 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 c4 7.Bc2 d6White plays d4 and Bc4 sidelines: 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bc4 Nb6 7.Bb3 d5 8.exd6 Qxd6 SidelinesWhite plays d4 and Bc4 with 10.Na3: 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bc4 Nb6 7.Bb3 d5 8.exd6 Qxd6 9.0-0 Be6 10.Na3Grand Prix and Closed Sicilian1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6Grand Prix Attack – 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4Grand Prix Attack – 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 e6Other f4 setups: 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.g3/a3/d3 and 2.f4 d5Closed Sicilian – 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6. Be3 and 6.Nge2Closed Sicilian – 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.f4 e62.d3 and 2.g3Miscellaneous1.e4 c5a3 Sicilian and Wing Gambit: 2.a3 g6 and 2.b4 cxb4b3 Sicilian: 2.b3 g6 3.Bb2 Nf6Miscellaneous2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nge2 Nd42.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 e5ExercisesExercise 01Exercise 02Exercise 03Exercise 04Exercise 05Exercise 06Exercise 07Exercise 08Exercise 09Exercise 10Exercise 11Exercise 12