Mastery: Openings

Beating the Anti-Sicilians

Beating the Anti-Sicilians

By CCSCATL

Join GM Ben Finegold as he shows how he defeats the anti-Sicilians in his own games. If you are trying to win big American open tournaments like Ben does you can't afford to give up too many draws, even with the Black pieces. Follow along and see how Ben creates sharp positions and attacks each sideline that White might throw at you.

  • 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, the most popular response from players avoiding Open Sicilians. Learn how to pick a “pet line” to get a quick advantage against these anti-Sicilian players!

    • 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 this common opening, GM Finegold goes through an instructive U.S. Open game where he rapidly tears apart his opponent’s Alapin.

    • 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 Nc3 anti-Sicilian. Learn the four things you need to know about playing a6 against an anti-Sicilian system in this exciting video.

    • 13 min
    • 5 challenges
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