The ABC of the Sicilian Dragon
The Sicilian Dragon is one of the most extensively analysed openings in the entire realm of chess theory. That is because it is one of Black's best counterattacking options against 1 e4 and therefore very attractive. After 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6! Black develops aggressively and rapidly, has clear intentions on the half-open c file and the long diagonal. He retains options of levering open the queenside with the help of ...b7-b5 and ...a7-a5. Black keeps the inherently flexible Sicilian pawn-structure intact.
Yet.....can it really be sensible for the club player to wade in these dangerous waters? Will the game not reduce to a battle of memory, particularly in the Yugoslav attack? Not everyone has the talent of Kasparov, Carlsen, Topalov or Golubev. In the ABC of the Sicilian Dragon, Andrew Martin constructs a battle plan for the average player, which relies less on theory and more on understanding. He argues conclusively that this excellent opening CAN be used by every player and give fine results. Video running time: 4 h 10 min.
IM Andrew Martin is 50 years old and is the manager of Coaching for the English Chess Federation. This is his 14th DVD for ChessBase.
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The sympathetic speaking IM Andrew Martin explains you in this fritztrainer openings DVD a exciting repertoire line for black on the Alekhine defence where he prefers to on less explored lines.
As for example on 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 c6 which was a favoured line of England's chess gladiator Tony Miles.
Nigel Davies one wrote in his book the Alekhine's defence Everyman Chess 2001;Tony Miles has been playing this a lot;it's a very reasonable move which theory has virtually ignored. Rather than challenge white's knight immediately, black first protects the horse on d5.This precludes the possibility of a sacrifice on f7, and indeed the German chess bible from Bagirow does not even mention the move 5..c6!
Andrew Martin does not only explain in these 25 multimedia files the secrets of the Alekhine but he also explains you how to explain and understand this aggressive line.
The running time of this DVD is nearly six hours and that makes it to one of the best loaded ChessBase openings DVD's.
In the 1970 Palma de Mallorca interzonal tournament Fischer started to experiment with the Alekhine defence and he played a fascinating 98 game move with Brown but at the 1972 world championship he out played Spassky in the 13th match game!
Later the Russians wrote after 1 ... Nf6 what a surprise!
And even later Botvinnink wrote: I think that Fischer's finest creative achievement was the 13th game of his match with Spassky, so with this DVD from Andrew Martin you are in excellent company to take up the Alekhine defence!
Conclusion: Buy it for the instructive explanations and tricky Alekhine tips!
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