Bologan: Beating the Sicilian: A Grandmaster’s repertoire

7/12/2011 – For many years GM Viktor Bologan has been the number one in Moldava and has represented his country in nine Chess Olympiads. In 2003 he first of all won the Aeroflot Open and then the famous Dortmund Tournament, ahead of Kramnik and Anand. The Moldovan has extensive experience as a trainer, and his latest DVD is bound to be a bestseller. Check it out.

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Beating the Sicilian: A Grandmaster’s repertoire Vol. 1

By Viktor Bologan

Out of the dozens and dozens of openings played nowadays the Sicilian Defence remains the most fascinating, entertaining and complex. Here White understands that Black will not be a patient lamb but will try to get at him at the very first opportunity. For those who are ready to take on the challenge and plunge into the wonderful world of combinations, attacks and counter-attacks, for those who really love chess – this DVD is designed for you.

In the first volume of the Open Sicilian for White we present all black reactions to 2...Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4. This includes the Sveshnikov/Cheliabinsk Variation, the Rauzer Attack, the Maroczy Bind and a few other minor side lines. The approach is typical for Bologan’s DVDs, as he tries to describe in a compact format plans and reactions from White’s point of view. With the help of this DVD one can forget about fears concerning the tons of theory in the Open Sicilian and get straight into the real fight! Video running time: 6 hours.

Contents

Open Sicilian for White Vol.1: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 2.Nc6
01: Introduction
02: 2...g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.c:

Maroczy Systems: 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.c4
03: 5...Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 Ng4
04: 5...Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0
05: 5...Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.f3

Richter Rauzer: 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5
06: 6...a6 / Qb6
07: 6...Bd7 7.Qd2 Rc8
08: 6...Bd7 7.Qd2 h6
09: 6...Bd7 7.Qd2 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 Qa5 9.Bd2
10: 6...e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f3 Side lines
11: 6...e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f3 Main lines
12: 6...e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 Qb6
13: 6...e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 a6 10.f4 b5
14: 6...e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 0-0 9.f4 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 h6
15: 6...e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 0-0 9.f4 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Qa5 11.Bc4 Bd7
16: 6...e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 0-0 9.f4 Side lines
17: 6...e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 0-0 9.f4 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Qa5 11.Bc4 Rd8

Löwenthal: 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5
18: 5.Nb5 a6
19: 5.Nb6 d6 6.c4

Sveshnikov: 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5
20: 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 Be6
21: 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Qa5+
22: 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c4

3.d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qb6
23: 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6

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About the author: GM Viktor Bologan

Born in 1971, a pupil of the top Moldavan trainer Vecheslav Chebanenko. For many years Bologan has been the number one in Moldava and has represented his country in nine Chess Olympiads. His greatest successes were in 2003, when he first of all won the Aeroflot Open and then the famous Dortmund Tournament, ahead of Kramnik and Anand. The Moldovan has extensive experience as a trainer and has also published his first books.


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