• 3 months ago


    Great series - thank you
  • 23 months ago


    GM Gregory. At 13:40 black can play Na5 exclam! It is like a reverse colors of your Caro kann lecture.

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you! needed somethign to counter sicilian and have started playing this after watching the 3 videos. Had initial success, so feels good:)

  • 3 years ago


    Great series.... Thank you.

  • 4 years ago


    Thank you GM Kaidanov. I have always gone for the Bb5 vs. sicilian for white. But I think it's time for a change 2.c3!

  • 4 years ago


    Beautiful series and great introduction to the 2.c3 Sicilian. I know I have benefitted greatly and sincerely thank GM Kaidanov for explaining this for us.

    GM Kaidanov's recommendations do not address Palliser's recommendation for how Black should play against 2.c3 though. So don't abandon ship Sicilian players! Palliser likes the 2...d5 and ...Bg4 line, so 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4 e6 8.h3 Bh5 9.Nc3 (or 9.0-0 Nf6 10.Nc3) a la GM Kaidanov, but where should Black's Queen now go? GM Kaidanov always assumed the Queen would be going to d6 and in fact showed no other possibility. But true Sicilian defenders know the best square for the Queen is a5. After 9...Qa5, Black is doing just fine, thank you. In fact, Black has reached what Palliser refers to as "an important tabiya" of this line (Fighting the Anti-Sicilians, p. 15). After 10.0-0 Nf6 11.Be3 (GM Kaidanov liked Be3 in the ...Qd6 line, so presumably he would play it here too.) 11...Bd6! (Palliser's punctuation mark.) Palliser explains the move by saying "Not a standard development of the dark-squared bishop in IQP positions in general but a good one in this particular case in which Black's queen and light-squared bishop are both actively deployed.  Black wants to take control of the e5-square and may even, should White play too slowly, be able to reroute his c6-knight via e7 to the d5-square, the perfect blockading square." 12.a3 0-0 13.Qb3 (13.b4 Qd8!=) 13...Ne7! and Palliser shows how 14.Qxb7?!, 14.Bd2, and 14.Nb5 are dealt with, e.g. 14.Nb5 Bb8 15.Rac1 Nfd5= Aktunc - Gilimshin, Corr. 2003.

    Palliser's treatment was more extensive than what I have given above, and unlike GM Kaidanov I am not giving a full game score since I am writing rather than producing a video. Besides, Palliser's book is under copyright. I am just saying that Palliser's point is that Black should retreat the Queen to a5 and then play more actively. Having a good understanding of the principles of IQP positions, and there is no better treatise on them I know of than Baburin's misnomered book Pawn Structure Chess (he only discusses IQP positions), will keep Black in good stead. From Baburin's book I learned that Black has to always have an answer to White's d5 pawn push, and Black has to fight for space on equal terms.


  • 4 years ago


    its good

  • 4 years ago


    Thanks for the great three videos! As I play sicilian myself and usually have  problems how to resist 2 c3 Cry I would like to know how to beat the Alapin.Cool 

  • 4 years ago


    Very nice series! Thank you very much!

  • 4 years ago


    I just bought a book on the anti-sicilians,and these videos were a nice extra little supplemement.Thanks.

  • 4 years ago


    Thanks dear friend.  You have opened up so much new territory for me.  I am dedicated to c3 Sicilian.  Wish I could play it like this sooner than later.

  • 4 years ago


    Great tips!

  • 4 years ago


    Thank you Greg,this mini series was fantastic! Also belated congrats on your Kings Island win! It was a thrill seeing you in action.

  • 4 years ago


  • 4 years ago


    Very helpful! Thanks so much! I've been using this system for a while, and will continue employing it.

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