Mastery: Openings

Beating the Anti-Sicilians

Beating the Anti-Sicilians


Don't be surprised in the Sicilian again!

Do you play the Sicilian but have trouble against all the little sidelines your opponents can try? GM Ben Finegold understands! He frequently plays big open tournaments where it’s essential to win with the Black pieces. He’ll show you how by using his own games as examples of fighting chess against many Sicilian sidelines!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Learn how to use space and the bishop pair against the Rossolimo.
  • Learn how to get a comfortable game against the Alapin.
  • Learn how to take the initiative against the Closed Sicilian.

"I love to hear your comments on why you chose specific moves -- not a bunch of 'if I do this, then white will do this,' tactical comments, but comments that are useful for any opening or game." - member cdowis75

"I really like this series. I play Sicilian as Black and it seems to me I get a lot of people playing these anti-Sicilian lines." - member flatseven

  • Beat the Rossolimo

    What do you do when your opponent plays an anti-Sicilian system against your favorite opening? GM Ben Finegold shows you how to crush these openings once and for all. In this video, GM Finegold shows you the fine points of the Rossolimo variation,...

    • 13 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Beat the Alapin

    GM Ben Finegold continues his lesson on how to crush the anti-Sicilian systems. GM Finegold shows you the two main moves to handle the 2.c3 Sicilian (Alapin Variation) as Black. After imploring you to pick a pet variation of your own to play against...

    • 15 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Beating the Closed Sicilian

    GM Ben Finegold shows you what he considers the funniest game of his anti-Sicilian series, an instructive tilt against a National Master at the 2013 National Open. On a recommendation from his son, GM Finegold tries out 2 …a6 in response to his opponent’s...

    • 13 min
    • 5 challenges
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