Mastery: Openings

Why Simon Loves the Sicilian

Why Simon Loves the Sicilian

Join GM Simon Williams as he demonstrates a full system against 1.e4. Simon meets the Open Sicilian with the rare and double edged Dragandorf variation. He also demonstrates sharp attacking lines against every anti-Sicilian that White can throw at you!

  • Why Simon Loves the Sicilian: The Dragodorf

    GM Simon Williams taught you a repertoire of spicy openings with the white pieces, but what about when you’re playing as Black? In this new series, learn how GM Williams responds to 1.e4 with the ever-aggressive “Dragodorf.” Learn how to attack from this promising set-up in this can’t-miss lesson.

    • 27 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Why Simon Loves the Sicilian: The Accelerated Dragodorf

    GM Simon Williams is back with more crucial information on the Dragodorf, a relatively unknown hybrid between the Dragon and the Najdorf. Use this new opening idea to surprise your opponents and attack them mercilessly. Learn how GM Williams shocked one of the best players in the world with this novel set-up.

    • 21 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Why Simon Loves the Sicilian: More Accelerated Dragodorf

    GM Simon Williams concludes his comprehensive lesson on the aggressive hybrid Sicilian system known as the Dragodorf. Learn what to do when White tries to counterpunch with the move a4, and how you can maintain your attacking initiative in this opening. Find out where GM Williams studies chess the most — is it in a pub or in his office?

    • 20 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Why Simon Loves the Sicilian: An Anti-Sicilian Introduction

    The Sicilian is great, but what happens if your opponent refuses to enter the Open Sicilian? You have ventured into anti-Sicilian territory. Join GM Simon Williams in his characteristically "spicy" introduction to the various anti-Sicilian systems, which you simply must know if you play the Sicilian! It may be the anti-Sicilian, but Simon shows us it doesn't have to be "anti-fun!"

    • 21 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Why Simon Loves the Sicilian: Busting The Yawn

    GM Simon Williams is back with another video on the anti-Sicilian openings, and he starts off today with one of the most annoying ways White can avoid the Open Sicilian while still fighting for an edge. Learn how to use a “crazy” pawn push inspired by Garry Kasparov to deliver the decisive counterpunch in this wild anti-Sicilian system.

    • 23 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Why Simon Loves the Sicilian: Busting The Grand Prix

    Have you ever faced an opponent who played the Grand Prix? GM Simon Williams shows you how to bust open this annoying anti-Sicilian system, gaining the wild and entertaining game you want. Learn how to play against jolly old England’s favorite anti-Sicilian in this enlightening video lesson.

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Why Simon Loves the Sicilian: Crushing The c3 Sicilian

    Every Sicilian player knows that one of the most annoying responses by White is the move c3. White threatens to build a powerful pawn center, so what can Black do about it? Never worry — GM Simon Williams is here to show you an aggressive way to punish the c3 Sicilian, shifting the game back onto your terms. Learn how to blast this opening off the board and rack up wins in the most active opening for Black.

    • 24 min
    • 5 challenges
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