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How To Play The Sicilian Kalashnikov

How To Play The Sicilian Kalashnikov

Are you looking for a way to fight against 1.e4?

GM Fabien Libiszewski brings you a look at his favorite weapon, the Sicilian Kalashnikov. Start fighting for the initiative right out of the opening and never let your opponent get comfortable!

  • Learn a sharp opening from one of its top practitioners.
  • Check out classic and modern handling of the Kalashnikov from GMs and world champions.
  • Learn key attacking and positional ideas.
  • Learn essential move orders so you can start playing the Kalashnikov today!

How To Play The Kalashnikov: Introduction

How To Play The Kalashnikov: Introduction

Are you looking for a fighting opening against 1.e4? GM Fabien Libiszewski brings you an in-depth look at his favorite weapon, the Kalashnikov Sicilian.
19 min
5 Challenges
How To Play The Kalashnikov: McDonnell vs Le Bourdonnais

How To Play The Kalashnikov: McDonnell vs Le Bourdonnais

GM Fabien Libiszewski is back to show you the most famous game ever played in the Kalashnikov Sicilian. See if you can find the moves from De Labourdonnais's amazing attack, played way back in 1834!
12 min
5 Challenges
How To Play The Kalashnikov: Leon Hoyos vs Maze

How To Play The Kalashnikov: Leon Hoyos vs Maze

How does the Kalashnikov Sicilian look in the hands of a modern Grandmaster? Check out a great game by our author's compatriot, GM Sebastien Maze.
17 min
5 Challenges
How To Play The Kalashnikov: Nunn vs Nataf

How To Play The Kalashnikov: Nunn vs Nataf

How can you use the Kalashnikov Sicilian to attack? GM Fabien Libiszewski shows you an amazing game by GM Igor Nataf, where he threw everything at the white king and won in style.
19 min
5 Challenges
How To Play The Kalashnikov: d5 Break

How To Play The Kalashnikov: d5 Break

Learning openings is more than just memorizing moves. GM Fabien Libiszewski demonstrates the key positional idea for players of the Kalashnikov, the d5 pawn break. Learn from a game between two world champions, Fischer and Petrosian!
22 min
5 Challenges
How To Play The Kalashnikov: Dark-Square Strategies

How To Play The Kalashnikov: Dark-Square Strategies

Learn how to fight for the darks squares in the Kalashnikov as GM Fabien Libiszewski demonstrates key attacking ideas by playing for dark-square dominance!
19 min
5 Challenges
How To Play The Kalashnikov: N1c3 Sidelines

How To Play The Kalashnikov: N1c3 Sidelines

You've learned the key ideas, now make sure you know the precise move orders. GM Fabien Libiszewski demonstrates how to play confidently against White's sidelines.
27 min
5 Challenges
How To Play The Kalashnikov: Nd4

How To Play The Kalashnikov: Nd4

GM Fabien Libiszewski is back to show some key Kalashnikov lines, all featuring a powerful black knight on d4. Black is usually happy to sacrifice a pawn in the center to create a monstrous bishop on g7.
22 min
5 Challenges
How To Play The Kalashnikov: Counterplay With The Bishop Pair

How To Play The Kalashnikov: Counterplay With The Bishop Pair

GM Fabien Libiszewski is back with more details to prepare your Kalashnikov repertoire. Check out one of the variations frequently debated by strong grandmasters.
26 min
5 Challenges
How To Play The Kalashnikov: White's c4 Push

How To Play The Kalashnikov: White's c4 Push

Often in the Sicilian White will try to grab space with an early c4 advance. Don't worry! GM Fabien Libiszewski is here to show you how Black can fight for the initiative.
19 min
5 Challenges
How To Play The Kalashnikov: All Of The Sidelines

How To Play The Kalashnikov: All Of The Sidelines

GM Fabien Libiszewski wraps up his extensive coverage of the Sicilian Kalashnikov by demonstrating Black's answers to any sideline White might throw your way.
28 min
5 Challenges

How To Play The Sicilian Kalashnikov

Openings
11 Lessons
230 Minutes
55 Challenges
Released June 8, 2021
2,590 Students