A Sicilian Stunner - The Kalashnikov

The Kalashnikov is a favourite weapon of mine in the main line of the Sicilian Defense. It is closely related to the Sveshnikov but with much less theory to learn. This increasingly popular opening is easy to pick up as the Black pieces can usually be developed quickly and smoothly. When I was looking for a Sicilian variation to play, this one ticked all of the boxes. Many of the ideas are thematic and Black can achieve attacking positions in several of the variations. The lines have all been thoroughly checked and will hopefully provide the viewer with the confidence to play this opening. The starting position for this video series is 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5. A full Black repertoire is provided from this point. There are several interactive questions to test the viewers’ knowledge of the material.

• Video running time: 5 hours (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Training chapter with repertoire and play features
• Including ChessBase 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


  • 00: Introduction [06:58]
  • Sidelines Move 5/6
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5
  • 01: 5.Nf5 analysis [09:04]
  • 02: 5.Nb3 and 5.Nf3 analysis [13:03]
  • 03: 5.Nxc6 and 5.Ne2 analysis [09:05]
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6
  • 04: 6.Bg5 analysis [05:40]
  • 05: 6.Bc4 analysis [12:52]
  • 06: 6.a4 and 6.g3 analysis [14:24]
  • 07: 6.N5c3 analysis [05:35]
  • 08: 6.Be3 analysis [07:43]
  • 6. N1c3
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Be7
  • 09: 8.Be2 and 8.g3 analysis [09:34]
  • 10: 8.Be3 analysis
  • 11: 8.Nc4 with 10.Bd3 analysis [09:07]
  • 12: 8.Nc4 with 10.g3 analysis [07:00]
  • 13: 8.Nd5 analysis [14:58]
  • 6. c4
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.c4 Be7
  • 14: 7.N5c3 analysis [08:12]
  • 15: 7.Bd3 and 7.Be3 analysis [23:16]
  • 16: 7.Be2 analysis [13:23]
  • 17: 7.b3 and 7.g3 analysis [19:39]
  • 18: 7.N1c3 with 9.Be2 analysis [12:14]
  • 19: 7.N1c3 with 9.Nc2 analysis [23:56]
  • Additions
  • 20: 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nge2 analysis [11:42]
  • 21: 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 analysis [17:18]
  • 22: Examplegame Sagues,V - Pert,N 0-1 [07:32]
  • Test Positions
  • Quiz 1 [02:16]
  • Quiz 2 [02:15]
  • Quiz 3 [01:57]
  • Quiz 4 [02:04]
  • Quiz 5 [01:56]
  • Quiz 6 [01:42]
  • Quiz 7 [01:47]
  • Quiz 8 [02:12]
  • Quiz 9 [01:46]
  • Quiz 10 [02:28]
  • Quiz 11 [01:00]
  • Quiz 12 [01:30]
  • Quiz 13 [02:04]
  • Quiz 14 [01:57]
  • Quiz 15 [02:04]

Kalashnikov Variation

A completely new development of the whole system was initiated in 1987, when Evgeny Sveshnikov, the godfather of the Sveshnikov Sicilian (4...Nf6 5.Nc3 e5), changed to 4...e5 and followed this with 5...d6, which is positionally more sound. The Kalashnikov system or the Neo-Sveshnikov was born. The main point behind Black’s idea is that he occupies the centre without any delay, with tempo. The main drawback - the weakening of the d5-square. Which factor should prevail?

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