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The Kupreichik is a fine Sicilian variation. Magnus Carlsen himself managed to beat MVL in the final round of the London Chess Classic to finish joint-first. Subsequently he won the blitz-tiebreak. The Kupreichik starts with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bd7. It is a flexible move, as it doesn’t tell white much about the set-up black will choose. Most often black goes for a Dragon or a Classical Sicilian set-up. It depends a lot on white’s 6th move. In some cases, it will even transpose to a Najdorf. One of the advantages there is that black hasn’t committed to a6, so a5 can also be played in one go. More details and benefits are explained in this 60 minutes course which will provide you with a good and surprising weapon for black!


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  • The Kupreichik Sicilian 5...Bd7
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bd7
  • Introduction
  • 6.Be2 & 6.Bc4
  • 6.f4 & 6.g3
  • 6.h3
  • 6.Be3 & 6.f3
  • 6.Bg5


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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