The Sicilian family is big but the Sicilian that puts most pressure on White’s centre is the Classical Variation – Black quickly develops both knights to their most active squares. Now the English Attack, a dreaded weapon against Najdorf- and Scheveninger variations, is completely inoffensive. Moreover, the Richter-Rauzer Attack, a traditional main line in the Sicilian, does not give White the irrational attacks he might try against other Sicilians. The system of defence and counterattack recommended on this DVD leads to positions where strategic elements are at least as important as tactics. Against the positional systems Black has a relatively wide choice, including transpositions to peaceful Dragon and Scheveninger variations. But the most typical setup for the classical Sicilian is the Boleslavsky system (...e7-e5), examined on the DVD. This DVD offers Black a complete repertoire against all weapons White may employ on move six. The recommended repertoire is not as risky as other Sicilians but still offers Black plenty of counter-play. It is an ideal system for players who want to enter the wonderful world of the Sicilian.

• Video running time: 5 hours (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Exclusive training database with 150 games
• Including CB 12 – Reader


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Sample video


  • 01: Presentation [03:36]
  • 02: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 Generalities & particularities [05:57]
  • Richter Rauzer Main Line:
  • 03: 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f4 b5 10.Bxf6 gxf6 (11.f5 Qb6) - Video analysis [11:08]
  • 04: 12.Nxc6 Bxc6 (13.fxe6 fxe6 14.Qf4 h5) - Video analysis [11:54]
  • 05: 13.Kb1 b4 (14.Ne2 e5 15.Ng3 h5) - Video analysis [05:23]
  • 06: 16.h4 Bh6 17.Qxd6 - Video analysis [10:02]
  • 07: 17.Qe2/Qe1 - Video analysis [10:12]
  • 08: 13.Bd3 b4 (14.Ne2 h5 15.fxe6 fxe6 16.Kb1) - Video analysis [11:05]
  • 09: 15.Kb1 - Video analysis [05:48]
  • 10: 11.Nxc6 Bxc6 (12.Qe1 Ra7) - Video analysis [15:43]
  • 11: 12.Qe3 Qe7 (13.Bd3 Qa7) - Video analysis [06:16]
  • 12: 14.Qh3 - Video analysis [08:22]
  • 13: 14.Qe1 Qc5 (15.Nd5) - Video analysis [10:11]
  • 14: 15.Kb1 Be7 - Video analysis [07:43]
  • 15: 11.Kb1 Qb6 12.Nf3 Be7 - Video analysis [09:17]
  • 16: 12.Nce2 - Video analysis [03:03]
  • 17: 10. Miscellaneous - Video analysis [09:43]
  • 18: 9.Be2 h6 (10.Bh4 Rc8) - Video analysis [05:24]
  • 19: 11.f4 Nxe4 - Video analysis [06:13]
  • 20: 11.Nxc6 Bxc6 - Video analysis [03:36]
  • 21: 11.Rhe1 Be7 - Video analysis [04:37]
  • 22: 11.Bg3 Be7 - Video analysis [09:16]
  • 23: 9.f3 Be7 - Video analysis [10:08]
  • 24: 10.h4 h6 (11.Be3 h5) - Video analysis [05:04]
  • Sozin/Velimirovic
  • 25: 6.Bc4 e6 7.Be3 a6 8.Qe2 Qc7 9.0-0-0 Bd7 10.Bb3 b5 (11.Nxc6 Bxc6) - Video analysis [13:37]
  • 26: 11.g4 b4 - Video analysis [06:16]
  • 27: 11.f3 b4 - Video analysis [06:06]
  • 28: 11.Rhe1 Be7 - Video analysis [04:21]
  • 29: 11.Kb1 b4 - Video analysis [05:38]
  • Positional systems
  • 30: 6.Be2 e5 (7.Nb3) - Video analysis [06:13]
  • 31: 7.Nf3 - Video analysis [12:15]
  • 32: 6.f4 e5 - Video analysis [09:56]
  • 33: 6.Be3 Ng4 - Video analysis [06:21]
  • 34: 6.f3 e5 - Video analysis [08:28]
  • 35: 6.h3 e5 - Video analysis [06:48]
  • 36: 6.g3 e5 - Video analysis [04:30]
  • 37: 6.Bc4 e6 7.0-0 - Video analysis [09:08]
  • 38: 6.Bg5 e6 7. Miscellaneous - Video analysis [08:34]

Sicilian Defence

1.e4 c5 are the moves which define the Sicilian Defence. Black fights for the d4-square, but unlike with the double move of the black e-pawn the symmetry is immediately destroyed and Black is indicating that he is not simply aiming to achieve equality. Then things can continue in quite different directions. 2.Nf3 followed by 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 leads to the Open Sicilian. But before that, Black has the option of laying down the direction in which the opening will go, according to whether he plays 2...d6, 2...e6 or 2...Nc6. But nowadays systems in which White does without an early d4 are also very popular.

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