Understanding before Moving 105: Play the Sicilian! (7)

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12/25/2022 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the 105th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman continues to explain why it is good to study and to play the Sicilian. | Photo: Pascal Simon

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We are approaching the end of the year and at this time it is a good custom to present you,  loyal viewers, some entertaining and instructive exercises. In my series of books "Understanding before Moving" published by Thinkers  Publishing it has become a good habit - apart from showing you typical plans and concepts  - to alternate theoretical analyses with examples from practice.

With the help of model games, I try to guide the reader through the typical middlegames that arise from the different lines of an opening. Because "Knowing something” is different from being able to do something, it is usually useful to test newly acquired knowledge. Hence the sections with tasks.

In the video below, I am happy to offer a few typical Sicilian combinations that allow you to try to test  your tactical understanding of this opening. During the video, you will be asked to pause  the recording for a moment so that you can try to find the combination in the positions presented.

In the diagram position below, Black has just played 13...Re8 to  clear the square f8 for a knight or a bishop. However, that turned out to be a bit slow and White managed to take advantage of this. What did White play here and how did the battle develop?

 

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