Why do top players like Fischer, Karpov, Garry Kasparov, Kramnik and Carlsen prefer playing the Reversed Sicilian?
Because it gives you an insane edge against the mighty English as Black.
Let’s face it—the English opening is not the easiest to play as Black. If you don’t know the theory, you might end up doing yourself more harm than you think.
That’s where the Reversed Sicilian comes in.
It’s sharp and dynamic, and a “potent” weapon against the English opening.
Bring out your dark-squared bishop to b4, exchange the c3-knight and do structural damage in White’s camp right away…
The ultimate question is, would you dare to play this defense against the English without knowing the ins and outs of it?
If you ask me, I would not. This leads to complicated positions (I mean, really complicated positions).
If you don’t know what you are doing, you can end up hurting yourself—and I don’t want that. 😊
And thus, here’s the latest Modern Chess course on Understanding the Reversed Sicilian where the resident grandmasters will cover A to Z of the opening… especially for those who are playing it for the first time.
Plenty of punishing lines, counterattacking blows and tactical ideas that makes White regret playing the English.
Here’s what you will learn:
- Not enough activity. Grischuk is one of the sharpest players of our time. Yet he ended up blowing up his position against Morozevich in this opening. Find out why. Hint: lack of activity.
- Kingside attacks. Carlsen plays it and also knows how to defuse it. Look how he castled long against Anand as White and paralyzed his attack into zero—with a kingside pawn storm.
- Predictability punished. Careful, amateurs! This opening is a double-edged sword. Learn how to tackle White’s devious tricks and nullify every attempt before it destroys your position.
- The innocent c4-c5. Black does not even begin to imagine how dangerous this little move can be. To illustrate, Grigorov goes through Pap’s game against Kadric in 2011.
- Black’s pawn formation. Try to understand the desired pawn setup for Black first. What color complex are you fighting for? What are the key squares? Which side to fight on? And so on.
The best thing about Modern Chess is that it is not just one grandmaster but a group of them who take on the opening and break it down in their own unique way… something that I personally like a lot.