Master the Kalashnikov Sicilian

Dive into the fascinating world of the Sicilian Kalashnikov variation! In this captivating Fritztrainer you will uncover the secrets of this explosive opening from the very first moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5.

Black willingly makes long-term strategic concessions, but in return forcing White to waste precious development time. This versatile opening will appeal to enthusiasts of dynamic play while offering a solid strategic foundation. You will learn the key ideas and crucial strategic plans so you feel more comfortable navigating through the sharp lines. This opening, introduced in 1834 by one of the greatest players of his time - Charles de La Bourdonnais, has stood the test of time and continues to be employed at the highest level by top players. Among the modern heroes of this opening, you’ll find Teimour Radjabov, Alexei Shirov, and more recently, Parham Maghsoodloo and Hikaru Nakamura who used the Kalasnikov in the crucial final round of the Grand Swiss 2023 securing his qualification for the Candidates Tournament this way! Expand your repertoire with cutting-edge variations to surprise your opponents. Explore the modern perspective on this opening alongside French GM Fabien Libiszewski, an expert in the Kalashnikov for nearly two decades.

  • Video running time: 5 h 7 minutes
  • Interactive training including video feedback
  • Database with over 300 model games
  • Extra: Training with ChessBase apps - test your knowledge and practice your Repertoire.

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
  • 5th move alternatives
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 xd4 4.Nxd4 e5
  • Introduction
  • Game: McDonnell - De Labourdonnais
  • 5.Nxc6
  • Game: Bosch - Ikonnikov
  • 5.Nf3
  • 5.Ne2
  • 5.Nb3
  • 5.Nf5
  • 6th move alternatives
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 xd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6
  • Introduction
  • 6.Bg5
  • 6.Be2
  • 6.Bc4
  • 6.g3
  • 6.Be3
  • 6.a4
  • 6.c4
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 xd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6
  • Introduction
  • Game: Pichot - Giri
  • Game: Anand - Maghsoodloo
  • 6.c4 without N1-c3
  • 6.c4 Be6 7.N1c3 a6 8.Na3 g6 Main Line
  • 6.Nb1-c3
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 xd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6
  • Introduction
  • Game: Dominguez - Nakamura
  • Game: Duda - Dubov
  • Game: Clarke - Bosiocic
  • 6.N1-c3 a6 7.Na3 Be6 8th move alternatives
  • 6.N1-c3 a6 7.Na3 Be6 8.Nc4 Rb8 9th move alternatives
  • 6.N1-c3 a6 7.Na3 Be6 8.Nc4 Rb8 9.a4
  • 6.N1-c3 a6 7.Na3 Be6 8.Nc4 Rb8 9.Be3
  • 6.N1-c3 a6 7.Na3 Be6 8.Nc4 Rb8 9.Nd5
  • 6.N1-c3 a6 7.Na3 Be6 8.Nc4 Rb8 9.Ne3 Main Line
  • Conclusion
  • Exercises
  • Exercise 1
  • Exercise 2
  • Exercise 3
  • Exercise 4
  • Exercise 5
  • Exercise 6
  • Exercise 7
  • Exercise 8
  • Exercise 9
  • Exercise 10
  • Exercise 11
  • Repertoire training
  • Description
  • 5th moves
  • 6th moves
  • 6.c4
  • 6.Nb1-c3
  • 9th moves
  • Bonus
  • Analysis
  • Games Database
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