BEST Chess Opening for Black: Sicilian Defense: Basic Strategy, Moves, Variations, Ideas & Tricks

BEST Chess Opening for Black: Sicilian Defense: Basic Strategy, Moves, Variations, Ideas & Tricks

Today, I am going to share with you my favorite
& probably the best chess opening when you are playing as black. The opening I am going to talk about is called
the Sicilian Defense. Statistics show that this is one of the most
successful openings for black. This is also THE most popular opening played
at the grandmaster level. I will be showing you all the different variations,
moves, strategies and ideas behind this opening. So stay tuned till the end and keep watching
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you hit that Subscribe button. Coming to the opening. Look, Sicilian is one of the most versatile
openings for black with tons of different variations. In order to execute this perfectly, it is
important to understand the key concepts and ideas behind this opening. In this video, I will show you the most important
lines and the absolute basics of the Sicilian. So let’s get straight into it. The Sicilian starts with e4 and then pawn
c5. Black’s main aim here is to prevent white from playing d4 and expanding his control
in the center. If white still decides to play d4, then you
can capture and the queen can of course recapture but white has traded a more important central
pawn for a wing pawn. Plus, you can also develop your knight & attack
the queen. So it’s a better position for black. Going back, in this position, white also has
the option to play c3 to advance this central pawn on the next move. But by playing this, he actually takes away
the best development square for this knight. So as black, you can take advantage of this
by either playing knight f6 or you can play d5 to attack this pawn. So that’s the reason why white generally does
not play c3. Again going back, from this position, White
usually continues with knight to f3 basically trying to gain control of the d4 and e5 central
squares. From here, you have a lot of options for your
second move. You can play knight to c6 supporting the d4
square. You can play pawn to e6 in preparation for
d5 to attack the center. You can also go for g6 to bring out the bishop
to attack along this long diagonal. The most popular move though as black would
be pawn to d6. The idea behind this move is to support this pawn
on c5 plus, it also stops white from pushing this pawn forward. As you can see now, black also has this good
little pawn structure along with this open diagonal for his bishop. Now the most common and natural move from
white would be d4. He is trying to open up the center and get
rid of this c5 pawn. After this, you should definitely capture
this pawn on d4. From here, white has 2 options. He can capture this pawn with either the Knight
or the queen. Obviously, white would not like to bring out
the queen so early and be chased down by this knight. So white will generally play knight d4. Now if you look at the board carefully, you
can see that white has a slight advantage in piece development but at the same time,
black has 2 central pawns whereas white has only 1. In this position, you want to stop white from
playing c4. Because that gives him a strong center advantage. To stop this, you will play knight f6 attacking
the e4 pawn. So white will now have to support this pawn. The best way to do this would be knight to
c3. This is the main line that I showed you. Now from here, there are a few variations. One of the most popular ones is the Najdorf
variation which is pawn to a6. This is actually quite an aggressive move. White can no longer play bishop to b5 to attack
your king. Also, it blocks these knights from advancing
forward. Eventually, you can play pawn b5 and bring
out your bishop to attack on this long diagonal. So black has a lot of good options. Another variation we are going to look at
is the classical variation which is knight to c6. White can capture this knight and black can
recapture with his pawn. After this, you can push your pawns forward
to gain center control. Let me show you another variation. The Sicilian dragon, which is played by the
move, pawn to g6. As black, you can take out the bishop to g7
and castle king’s side and build a strong defense that way. So there are a lot of different ways in which
black can play the Sicilian. I would like to know which is your favorite
chess opening. Let me know in the comments below. Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts
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100 thoughts on “BEST Chess Opening for Black: Sicilian Defense: Basic Strategy, Moves, Variations, Ideas & Tricks

  1. Youโ€™re very good. Clear, easy to understand, exciting content, (traps) and all but one of the main attributes that isnโ€™t talked about a lot is your positivity and pure optimism. Pretentiousness and egotism surrounds chess as we all know unfortunately. Even my favorite YouTube chess tutors are probably not those with whom Iโ€™d like to meet. Your kindness and generosity is encouraging. There are clearly a few good people left in the world. Too bad youโ€™re on the other side of the earth, brother. Thanks for the efforts.

    Latvian Gambit is my favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. At first I thought you're all about clickbaitey titles and some cheap tricks…
    But…. You have good explainations and simple way to analyze….. Rare stuff.

  3. Hii sir, I follows caro kann defence all time,becoz I recognised that some of my opponents not familiar with that ,please post a video on caro kann defence…thank you

  4. my favorite opening is the grob gambit, I lose 70-80% of the time but when I win it makes it all worth it! another nice video Sir, thank you ๐Ÿ‘

  5. I have been subscribed for a few months. I came to your channel, after scrolling through plenty of bad videos, when I finally found a good video that explained chess techniques very well. You are a very underrated chess channel, and you really deserve to have millions of subscribers.Just a few months ago, I barely knew much about chess, other than how the pieces move, but now after watching your videos, I have climbed up in the rankings on This is the best chess channel on YouTube. Keep up the great work. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘

  6. What is the motive behind the central domination? How long should you try for the central domination? Does central domination hold importance after castling??

  7. I like the fact that you talk about the variations of the strategy should things not go exactly as you would hope, which is a big difference compared to other channels. Love you talking about what can be done by the opponent as well.

  8. All the comments in this comment section are so kind to you, and they are all perfectly right – your channel is the best chess channel in YouTube. You are helping me a lot along my chess journey, showing these different tactics and explaining them. Excellent job, maintain the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

    And my favourite opening is the English opening ( when I'm black)

  9. I like watch your videos because I learn from them. And, now I am a great player of chess.And also have won the school Interhouse Chess Trophy. Thankyou so much.

  10. Thanks sir because of u i become runner up in inter school chess tournament i won 4 matches out of 5 my favourite is evan gambit

  11. Bro u r too good really, but my favorite openings is Scotch game and say tricks too sir thanking u jeswin

  12. This is a really helpful assessment; thank you for providing it. Also, your English is excellent (the language, not the opening, haha!)

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