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Wow! this video explain a lot... thanks
hehe cannibalism ;D
Ivanh3, I think the purpose of a6 is to prepare for black's queenside attack. It also prevents important white pieces to advance on the queenside.
I do not understand the purpose of the ...a6. Can someone explain this?
What a brilliant video I really learnt a lot about my favourite najdorf variation! Would chess.com please consider making a video on the bowler attack as I see it all the time?
What about the closed Sicilian? Like if there isn't a c-d pawn exchange?
When you say d5 is the most important square for black, is this an overall general statement, or is this statement particular only when Black is playing the Sicilian?
Thank you. I like videos where there is a clear explanation of what both sides are trying to achieve, and your descriptions of the overall plan for white and black certainly make it easier to decide which variations to choose.
I'll watch this video many times.
Hehe, cannibalism is not allowed in chess.
Hello, Lilov, can you teach me on this website if you have the time, I think you would teach well
Lilov your tutorials are excellent! And your commentary is entertaining haha.
Good intoductory Sicilian material.Thanks!
nice booby ficher lol
Awesome video. Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.
like it when you said"cannibalism(or however you spell it) is not allowed in chess"
so then don't comment
To call this a video for beginners strikes e as absurd. There is so much jam packed into one video I found it mind boggling. Surely there must be a better way to introduce Sicilian defenses but I am in no position to comment at this point in time.
I always play the Sicilian against 1.e4 - nice recap for me here, nicely explained
Overall I find this video quite good, but I would have liked a quick look on ...e6 systems as they are still quite popular if not so mainstream. Of course with his one-video overview series of most important openings, FM Lilov has to exclude certain lines, for example alapin, grand prix, smith-morra, accelerated dragons, closed sicilians, maroczy binds etc... Nevertheless, great job, I've (as 1600ish OTB) benefited a lot as I'm about to take the bull by the horns as 1. e4 player.
For non-diamond members I think there's no such thing as a free lunch, only some appetizers :)
by IM Valeri Lilov
FM Lilov is back with the next installment to his "Openings for Beginners" video series. Today he discusses one of the most popular defenses for black at any level in chess: The Sicilian Defense. He breaks it down to its most basic, and "easy to digest" principles and ideas for our beginner members. Enjoy!
Sicilian Defense (B20)
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IM Valeri Lilov
Valeri feels fortunate to have learned to play chess from his father when he was only three, immediately becoming seriously engaged. By the age of seven he was able to play blindfold chess in several games at the same time. At the age of eight, he achieved a record-breaking ELO of 1985, and subsequently became the European Individual School Chess Champion U10 in Moscow, Russia. He has won over 30 medals in national and international competitions, and in 2008 achieved his highest rating of 2443 and in 2013, the title of International master.
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