Chess: Learn to Play the Sicilian Defense
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Chess: Learn to Play the Sicilian Defense

Improve your chess opening skills to defeat strong players!
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Created by Greg Vanderford
Last updated 8/2017
English
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play the Sicilian Defense chess opening
  • Defend against the Sicilian Defense chess opening
  • Play many variations of the Sicilian Defense chess opening
  • Analyze many different chess positions
  • Defeat strong chess players in the opening
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Requirements
  • Basic knowledge of chess
  • How to move the chess pieces
Description

THE SICILIAN DEFENSE has long been one of the most popular chess openings played at all levels. And for good reason, it's a very fun opening to play while also being extremely effective.

In this course, you will learn how to play the Sicilian Defense with both the black and white pieces, including:

1. Must know tactics

2. Must know positions

3. Key defensive moves to avoid checkmate

4. Key attacking patterns to crush your opponent's king

5. The Yugoslav Attack

6. The Keres Attack

7. The English Attack

8. The Adams Attack

9. The Closed Sicilian

10. The Dragon

11. The Najdorf

12. The Scheveningen

13. Much more

Understanding the opening phase of the game of chess is fundamental to becoming a strong player and will help you tremendously in blitz chess as the first several moves of the game can gain you a huge advantage and need to be made quickly in order to save time on the clock.

Once you finish this course and apply what you learn, you will be a relative expert at the Sicilian Defense and easily defeat most players that will not be as familiar with its many variations and intricacies. of this very effective opening.

LEARN TO PLAY THE SICILIAN DEFENSE, and drastically improve your overall chess performance!

Who is the target audience?
  • Chess lovers of all stripes
  • Serious chess players looking to improve
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
03:07:23
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Introduction
1 Lecture 12:59
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The Dragon Variation
4 Lectures 01:01:46
The Classic Dragon
15:28

The Accelerated Dragon is a slight change of move order from the Classic Dragon Variation, which can often confuse your opponent. Despite the name, the Accelerated Dragon actually tends to lead to a slightly more positional game of chess than the Classic Dragon, which also may catch an unprepared opponent by surprise. In this lesson, you will learn how to get an advantage out of the opening with the Accelerated Dragon.

The Accelerated Dragon
15:26

The Chinese Dragon is another variation that most opponents will not be prepared for, which makes it an excellent weapon for the serious Sicilian Defense player to use as black. In this lesson, you will learn how to build a successful attack in the Chinese Dragon Variation that is sure to confuse your unprepared opponent. 

The Chinese Dragon
15:26

The Yugoslav Attack is one of the most effective opening attack formations in all of chess. It is therefore critical that the Sicilian Defense player know how to defend against it. For the serious Dragon player, defending against the Yugoslav Attack is a simple matter of knowing a few key moves that will neutralize this dangerous weapon, and lead to a powerful counter-attack on the opponent's king. In this lesson, you will learn these all-important key moves.

The Yugoslav Attack
15:26
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The Najdorf Variation
4 Lectures 52:16

The Classic Najdorf was a favorite choice of both Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov, two of the game's most celebrated world champions. There are many reasons for this, not least of which is the fact that the Najdorf is a very flexible opening that allows Black to transpose into many different Sicilian Defense variations. It is this flexibility that gives it its power, and provides the Sicilian player with many ways to win the game.

The Classic Najdorf
16:40

The English Attack is the same general formation as the Yugoslav Attack in the Dragon Variation applied to the Najdorf. However, it is important to note that in chess, even a slight variation in the position leads to drastically different outcomes, so it is extremely important to study as many lines as possible. In this lesson, you will learn  how to attack using, as well as play against, the very strong English Attack.

The English Attack
13:35

The Adams Attack has become very popular among Grandmasters as a refutation to the ever powerful Sicilian Najdorf. The Variation starts with a very subtle pawn move, but leads to a very different position, which makes understanding this line critical for the serious Sicilian Najdorf player. In this lesson, you will learn the key moves and ideas to play the Adams Attack successfully.

The Adams Attack
09:13

The Fischer-Sozin attack has been used by Grandmasters throughout chess history. But it was only when the opening was revived in the 1950s and 60s by Bobby Fischer that it gained mainstream popularity as an effective weapon against the solid Najdorf and Scheveningen Variations of the Sicilian Defense. In this lesson, you will learn the key lines of the opening for both the white and black pieces.

The Fischer-Sozin Attack
12:48
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The Scheveningen Variation
4 Lectures 45:39

The Fischer-Sozin attack has been used by Grandmasters throughout chess history. But it was only when the opening was revived in the 1950s and 60s by Bobby Fischer that it gained mainstream popularity as an effective weapon against the solid Najdorf and Scheveningen Variations of the Sicilian Defense. In this lesson, you will learn the key lines of the opening for both the white and black pieces.

The Classic Scheveningen
10:50

The English Attack is the same general formation as the Yugoslav Attack in the Dragon Variation applied to the Scheveningen. However, it is important to note that in chess, even a slight variation in the position leads to drastically different outcomes, so it is extremely important to study as many lines as possible. In this lesson, you will learn  how to attack using, as well as play against, the very strong English Attack.

The English Attack
12:15

The Keres Attack is a powerful weapon against the strong defensive formation of the Scheveningen. In this lesson, you will learn how to aggressively attack black's castled position as white, while also learning all of the key defensive moves for black to fend off the attack. Since most Scheveningen players will not be well versed in the relatively obscure Keres Attack, it serves as a very nice surprise weapon that works particularly well in faster time-control blitz games.

The Keres Attack
08:58

The Fischer-Sozin attack has been used by Grandmasters throughout chess history. But it was only when the opening was revived in the 1950s and 60s by Bobby Fischer that it gained mainstream popularity as an effective weapon against the solid Najdorf and Scheveningen Variations of the Sicilian Defense. In this lesson, you will learn the key lines of the opening for both the white and black pieces.

The Fischer-Sozin Attack
13:36
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The Closed Sicilian
1 Lecture 11:37

The Closed Sicilian is a great option to use against the Sicilian Defense when playing with the white pieces as it avoids a lot of the most popular lines that lead to favorable outcomes for black. In this lesson, you will learn how to play this strong alternative to the most popular lines with both the white and black pieces.

The Closed Sicilian
11:37
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 03:06

There's non getting around it, the Sicilian Defense is a must know opening for the aspiring strong chess player. But the greatest part is that it's arguably the most fun and dynamic opening in all of chess for both the black and white pieces. Fluency in the Sicilian Defense will lead to many great victories, whether you're a lower rated beginner or quickly rising tournament player. By practicing daily and playing consistently, you will become a master at the Sicilian Defense and enjoy the game of chess more deeply than ever before!

Fluency in the Sicilian Defense
03:06
About the Instructor
Greg Vanderford
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My courses are designed based on my many years as a teacher and student of education and business. I hold a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and have been designing curricula for over a decade.

The business, language, and chess courses that I have built on Udemy are a reflection of this experience and dedication to education. My goal is to reach as many people as possible with my courses, which is why I have chosen the internet and the Udemy platform as my ideal mode of delivery.

The following is a little more about my expertise and background. I was born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho. I attended the University of Idaho where I earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2004. After a few years in the work force as an account manager I moved to Vietnam where I lived for over 5 years.

While in Vietnam I taught English as a second language for almost 2 years to students of all ages and backgrounds. For the 3 final years that I lived there I opened and ran a sports training company called Saigon Sports Academy. We coached sports such as soccer, chess, tennis, and basketball as well as ran large sporting events such as tournaments and leagues. My positions while at the company included Director of Strategic Initiatives as well as Director of the Chess Program.

While living in Vietnam I became fluent in the Vietnamese language and developed a deep love for teaching and traveling internationally. I then came back in the United States to work on a masters degree in education so that I would be an even more effective teacher in the future. It is my wish to be a positive force for education in the world, and to inspire my current and future students to be the best that they can be in whatever they do.