Do you have a fantastic memory and a liking for sharp positions, the evaluations of which can change with a few taps of a computer button? If so, then the main lines of the Open Sicilian are for you. But if you are one of the 99% of chess players who do NOT fall into this category, and open 1 e4, then the Closed Sicilian is a worthwhile option. The Closed Sicilian offers White a set of easy-to-understand plans, the chance of a kingside attack and little danger of being outgunned by tactics in the opening.

In this video course I will introduce you to several different lines, all operating under the Closed Sicilian banner, but which are all separate in their own way. You will have variety at your disposal! First, we will look at the main lines of the Closed Sicilian, where I will recommend a practical system for White. Then we go on to look at 2 d3, where you have the extra option of c2-c3, instead of Nc3. Finally, we will look at the unexpected 2 Be2!?, where White generally tries to turn the game into a reversed Dutch. All these weapons have distinct merit, and will make up a dangerous arsenal for club-players worldwide to face-down the Sicilian. The Closed Sicilian remains a solid and promising option for White, avoiding sharp theory and guaranteeing a complicated middlegame position with plenty of winning chances. We begin our investigation with that positive thought.

• Video running time: 5 hours (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Training with ChessBase apps - Memorize the opening repertoire and play key positions against Fritz on various levels


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • 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.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

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


  • Introduction
  • Closed Sicilian: 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3
  • Introduction
  • 2...Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Be3 e6 7.Qd2 Nge7: Adams vs Ward
  • 2...Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.d3 Bg7 5.Be3 d6 6.Qd2 Rb8 7.Bg2 b5: Klinger vs Schumi
  • 2...Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Be3 Rb8 7.Qd2 e6: Short vs Hossain
  • 2...Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 e6 6.Be3 d6 7.Qd2 Nge7: Dragomir vs Pachia
  • 2...e6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 5.d3 Bg7 6.Be3 d6 7.Qd2 Nd4 8.Nd1 e5: Stripunsky vs Van Wely
  • 2...Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Be3 e6 7.Qd2: Artemiev vs Zierk
  • 2...Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nh3: Artemiev vs Carlsen
  • 2...d6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 5.d3 Bg7 6.Be3 e5 7.Nh3: Carlsen vs Wojtaszek
  • 2...Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.h3 0-0 8.Qd2: Hjartarson vs Castaneda
  • 2...Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.d3 Bg7 5.Be3 d6 6.Qd2: Stukopin vs Li
  • 2...Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 e5 6.Be3 d6 7.Qd2: Chandler vs Kovalev
  • 2...Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Nge2: Utegaliev vs Pranav
  • 2...e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.d3: Alekseenko vs Goryachkina
  • 2...d6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.d3 e6 6.f4 Be7 7.Nf3 Qc7 8.0-0: Sigurjonsson vs Petersen
  • Summary
  • The Big Clamp: 1.e4 c5 2.d3
  • 2...Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.f4 d6 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.0-0 0-0: Korchnoi vs Karpov
  • 2...Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.f4 d6 6.Nf3 e6 7.0-0 Nge7 8.c3 0-0: McShane vs Khalifman
  • 2...g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.f4 d6 6.Nf3 e6 7.0-0 Nge7 8.c3 b6: Movsesian vs Danchevski
  • 2...g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.f4 d6 6.Nf3 e5 7.0-0 Nge7 8.c3 0-0: Marin vs Tolnai
  • 2...g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.f4 d6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.h3 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 Nf6: Fedorov vs Arvola
  • 2...d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 4.g3 Nf6 5.Bg2 e6 6.f4 dxe4 7.dxe4 Be7: Fedorov vs Kurochkin
  • 2..e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nd2 Nc6 5.Bg2 g6 6.f4 Bg7 7.Ne2 Nge7: Kuzmicz vs Robak
  • Summary
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Be2
  • 2...Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.0-0 Bg4: Jones vs Bates
  • 2...Nc6 3.d3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 d6 6.0-0 e6 7.c3 Nge7: Kovalev vs Klekowski
  • 2...d6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 g6 5.0-0 Bg7 6.d3 Nf6 7.Qe1 Bg4: Paravyan vs Kotanjian
  • 2...Nc6 3.f4 d5 4.d3 dxe4 5.dxe4 Qxd1 6.Bxd1 Nf6/e5: Kupreichik vs Magerramov/Kovalev vs Vakhidov
  • 2...Nc6 3.f4 d5 4.d3 g6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.e5 Nh5 7.0-0 Ng7: Wei Yi vs Giri
  • 2...Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.0-0 d6 6.d3 f5: Ider vs Rakotomaharo
  • 2...Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.0-0 d6 6.d3 Nf6: Fedoseev vs Yu
  • 2...Nc6 3.f4 e6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.d3 d5 6.e5 Nd7 7.0-0 g6: Narciso Dublan vs Plaskett
  • Summary
  • Exercises
  • Description
  • Exercise 1
  • Exercise 2
  • Exercise 3
  • Exercise 4
  • Exercise 5
  • Exercise 6
  • Exercise 7
  • Exercise 8
  • Exercise 9
  • Exercise 10
  • Exercise 11
  • Exercise 12
  • Exercise 13
  • Exercise 14
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