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🔹 5 Best Chess Opening Traps in the Sicilian Defense –
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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you a very simple and effective chess opening against the Sicilian Defense for White. The Sicilian Defense begins with the moves 1.e4 c5 and it is the most popular and best-scoring response for Black against White’s first move 1.e4.
Learning the Sicilian Defense requires you to study a bunch of opening theories from different variations including the Najdorf variation, the Dragon variation, the Classical variation, the Scheveningen variation, the Sveshnikov variation, and the list goes on.
If you are someone who finds it difficult to learn all these theories and variations and looking for a simpler opening variation against the Sicilian Defense, you are going to love this. You can play the Moscow variation which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+.
The Moscow variation (also known as the Canal–Sokolsky Attack) is used to avoid opening theory and it gives White a great position, rock-solid pawn structure in the center, and active pieces. Even the world champions Magnus Carlsen and Garry Kasparov have played this variation extensively.
00:00 Chess Opening Against Sicilian Defense
01:36 Moscow Variation 3.Bb5+ Anti-Sicilian
03:39 Beware of this attacking idea
05:26 White’s active position, Black’s passive
07:18 Stop Black’s plan of advancement
08:59 Black’s plan backfiring
11:18 Can you find the tactics?
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