Chess openings – c3 Sicilian

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148 Comments

  1. Great videos. It's unfortunate but I find that people rarely play as elegantly as you . Most of my opponents are often very aggressive.

  2. Thanks. Would love to see some example full annotated games though that would certainly take more time.

  3. I'm aiming to do this very soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the feedback! -Dereque

  4. Thank you for the very kind words! I'm really glad you are enjoying the videos. I played (and also studied) very frequently over the last few years but I'm slowing down this year in order to work on this site. What about you? -Dereque

  5. Sure thing ๐Ÿ™‚ It's great to hear about your efforts! Thank you again -Dereque

  6. Hey Dereque, could you please do a video on the Kan/Taimanov Sicilian? I'd appreciate it a lot. Thanks!

  7. These are very complicated openings to describe since they are so flexible! I'd have to think this one through really carefully … ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Thats true.. I think they're good surprise openings at the below 2000 level. I understand them fairly well but, I'd like to hear your opinion of them :).

  9. isn`t this called the alapin variation of the sicilian.. anyways, great vid keep up the good work

  10. Yes! The Alapin is also a name for this variation. Most books these days are going by "c3 Sicilian" and I kind of like the sound of that, so I stick with that. Thank you for the encouragment and kind words! -Dereque

  11. 2. … e6 is also very popular, turns into a similar French exchange 3. d4 d5 4. exd5 exd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd6 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. 0-0 Ne7 9. Nbd2 0-0 10. Nb3 Bb6(or Bd6) …etc, with black having the IQP, trying to maintain equality

    -Steven B.

  12. Those are some great suggestions! In particular the Dragon Variation should be great fun. Noted ๐Ÿ™‚ -Dereque

  13. What do you mean when you say "avoids a lot of theory"?

  14. The Sicilian is a highly "theoretical" opening in it's main lines, in which many players commit a lot of moves to memory due to the sharp nature of the positions. This means that in certain cases you can lose right out of the opening simply because you haven't memorized something. While I think people way overestimate the chances of this happening, many players like to play simpler systems with less published analysis. The c3 Sicilian is one way to do this. -Dereque

  15. Noted! Thank you for the suggestion ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Your video's are amazing; you explain the positions well and have really given me a lot of (perhaps mistaken!!!) confidence. Will you be going on from openings? I hope so. You're a fantastic teacher – thanks for taking the time to make these videos.

  17. Thanks so much!! I'm glad you find the videos confidence-inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a lot of hopes for future stuff, but for along time I hope to keep it centered on the openings. -Dereque

  18. Nope, it's just a Sicilian flag! No connection to chess, but a good shot at being clever… -Dereque

  19. oh i see. btw interesting and usefull videos.

  20. just won a game with this opening against an opponent who was 150 points above me. without you. no chance. thanks

  21. This is great news! I'm glad the video was so helpful for you! Keep up the good work

  22. Dreque kelley : u r the amazing teacher::::))))))Why not u update some tactics, endgame video like this???? But u r best :)).

  23. Thank you!! I'm glad you are enjoying the videos ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. I've watched pretty much all your videos and they're awesome (you're a great teacher) but how would you play against say a total novice who doesn't play according to an opening move ?

  25. Thank you for the kind remarks. I'd play the same way as in most of the vids! Get my pawns mobile, especially in the center. Bring my pieces out, and start causing problems. And sometimes pay attention to what the opponent is doing ๐Ÿ™‚ How else can you play?

  26. I have seen your videos too and love them! I was looking for a tutorial for openings and this was just right.

    Had a request for you though – could you take it one level up? Basically, could you come up with some generic rules for openings (eg. Take control of the center, place pawns in the center, develop your pieces early, …) and show how these openings align with that central "opening" theme?

  27. This could be quite interesting at some point ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm glad you are finding the videos helpful!

  28. Love your videos. I think I'm going to watch all of them. Thanks a lot.

  29. Glad you are enjoying the videos, thank you!

  30. U are a really great teacher! ๐Ÿ™‚ is this opening suitable to play people rated 1000 to 1500

  31. Thank you! I don't see any reason why it would not be suitable to anyone including 1000 to 1500

  32. damn if our internet is fast ill watch all of your video.but it our internet slow right now sorry hope you upload more video

  33. Maybe try pausing to give it time to load up more of the video before you start playing? Otherwise, I am sorry too ๐Ÿ˜

  34. Glad you are finding the videos helpful, thank you!

  35. the real name for this is the alapin sicilian

  36. Yes! Though "c3 Sicilian" should also suffice? There is a book by John Emms (I believe) which goes by the name "c3 Sicilian" as well.

  37. After deciding to take a look at the c3 Sicilian, I ran a search and found your video. This line is so well explained here…I learned alot. Thank you very much.
    Mart.

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