A Black Repertoire versus the Anti-Sicilians

The Sicilian is the most popular opening against 1.e4 because it is theoretically sound but offers Black double-edged play at the same time. Whilst you must know how to handle the main line (2. Nf3 and 3.d4), sidelines are also very important. In this video series I give a strong and practical Black repertoire against these sidelines such as the Bb5 Sicilian, the Grand Prix Attack, the Alapin and many more, from my years of experience playing the Sicilian.

The repertoire is designed for players who play 2...Nc6 against the main line Sicilian. This video series is the perfect complement to my Kalashnikov video series in order to give Black a complete repertoire against 1...e4, but it will also complement other Sicilian lines. For example if you play the Sveshnikov Sicilian (Magnus Carlsen’s recent choice), Accelerated Dragon, Grivas Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, Flohr Variation or Loewenthal Variation against the main line Sicilian, then this video series can be used to cover all of the important sidelines that White might play. There are also many useful chapters for players who play other Sicilian variations (not involving an early Nc6). I find that sidelines are more common than the main line at club level, and possibly at top level too, so having a strong repertoire against these sidelines is essential for any Sicilian player.

• Video running time: More than 6 hours
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Further Training chapter with repertoire and play features


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
  • Bb5 systems
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5
  • Bb5 Sicilian with 3...g6 4.Bxc6 dxc6
  • Bb5 Sicilian with 3...g6 4.0-0 Bg7
  • Bb5 Sicilian with 3...g6 4.0-0 and 9.Be3
  • 3...Nd4 4.Nf3 Nxb5
  • 3...Nd4 4.Bc4 e6 5.Nf3 Nf6
  • 3...Nd4 4.Bc4 e6 5.Nge2 Nf6
  • Alapin 2.c3
  • 1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5
  • White plays with early cxd4: 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.cxd4 d6/5.cxd4 d6
  • 4.d4 cxd4 5.Bc4/Qxd4 and Morra Gambit (2.d4) transposition.
  • White delays d4: 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 c4 7.Bc2 d6
  • White plays d4 and Bc4 sidelines: 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bc4 Nb6 7.Bb3 d5 8.exd6 Qxd6 Sidelines
  • White plays d4 and Bc4 with 10.Na3: 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bc4 Nb6 7.Bb3 d5 8.exd6 Qxd6 9.0-0 Be6 10.Na3
  • Grand Prix and Closed Sicilian
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6
  • Grand Prix Attack – 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4
  • Grand Prix Attack – 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 e6
  • Other f4 setups: 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.g3/a3/d3 and 2.f4 d5
  • Closed Sicilian – 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6. Be3 and 6.Nge2
  • Closed Sicilian – 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.f4 e6
  • 2.d3 and 2.g3
  • Miscellaneous
  • 1.e4 c5
  • a3 Sicilian and Wing Gambit: 2.a3 g6 and 2.b4 cxb4
  • b3 Sicilian: 2.b3 g6 3.Bb2 Nf6
  • Miscellaneous
  • 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nge2 Nd4
  • 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 e5
  • Exercises
  • Exercise 01
  • Exercise 02
  • Exercise 03
  • Exercise 04
  • Exercise 05
  • Exercise 06
  • Exercise 07
  • Exercise 08
  • Exercise 09
  • Exercise 10
  • Exercise 11
  • Exercise 12

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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