Last time, GM Ben Finegold offered a defense of the Sicilian Dragon as a misunderstood opening.
But what’s the difference between the classical Dragon and the Accelerated Dragon?
GM Finegold shows you the key ideas behind the faster Dragon opening, and warns that as White you cannot try to play against the Accelerated Dragon like it’s a regular Dragon! | Watch video
The Dragon Sicilian is one of the most misunderstood openings, according to GM Ben Finegold.
Does it win by force, or lose by force? GM Finegold will demonstrate that neither is true.
The Dragon Sicilian is playable at even the highest levels of chess, and GM Finegold will show you the most important ideas in this fighting opening. | Watch video
GM Ben Finegold continues his series on exciting draws with this thrilling tilt between Caruana and Kramnik.
Learn how GM Finegold evaluates an unbalanced but equal middlegame resulting from the Berlin Defense, and learn why Kramnik chose his variation with Black.
See how Kramnik gets compensation from being down an entire rook and eventually secures the draw. | Watch video
Was Magnus Carlsen lucky to save a draw in this game? Or is he just that good?
GM Ben Finegold takes a look at an exciting Giri-Carlsen game where the world champion presses too much for a win with the black pieces.
Although Carlsen escapes with the draw, the game is instructive and has more fighting spirit than most wins. | Watch video
Are you ready for a wild game where both sides sacrifice material for better piece activity?
Doesn’t sound like a boring grandmaster draw, does it?
GM Ben Finegold agrees, and he explains why this Vitiugov-MVL drawn game is more exciting than most wins.
Watch how both grandmasters sacrifice exchanges for specific goals, and listen to GM Finegold’s advice on how to be patient after making a material sacrifice. | Watch video
When is a draw more exciting than a win? GM Ben Finegold makes his case for this fighting draw between two of the best players in the world, Magnus Carlsen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
Played in the recently concluded Sinquefield Cup (the strongest chess tournament of all time), this game helped set the standard for aggressive, dynamic chess early in the pairings.
Watch carefully for a secret move that according to GM Hikaru Nakamura was only known by three players in the world!
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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. | Watch video
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 beats his hapless opponent’s Alapin. | Watch video
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! | Watch video
GM Ben Finegold previews the upcoming Sinquefield Cup, which is set to be the strongest chess tournament in history.
Two young, exciting super GMs are playing: Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Which of these rising stars will shine the brightest in St. Louis?
GM Finegold takes a look at two amazing games between them. Can Caruana score a win against MVL’s dangerous Najdorf Sicilian? Will MVL be able to crack Caruana’s Berlin Wall? Watch to find out. | Watch video