Chess Openings: Introduction to the Sicilian Kan

The first in a series on this flexible and dynamic Sicilian. Comments, Questions and Likes are always apreciated 🙂


  1. Instructive and nice, it includes your idea to avoid e5 in Kan which is also true, but would have been better by saying that a potential e5  like in Pin variation is possible which black wants to avoid, not immediate e5 though as there is a tactical shot, by Qa5 move  then things would have been a bit more potent. rest, it was good 🙂

  2. I think this Qc7 looks better than Taimanov 5..Nc6.

  3. @3:23 White cannot immediately play e5 without a Knight on c3. e5 ?! Qa5+ wins the pawn

  4. I saw that too and was about to comment the same thing until I read your comment!

  5. Thank you very much for this instructional video, esp. the final refutation against the eng/yugoslav setup vs the kan variation.

  6. You're very welcome. Thank you for subscribing. Welcome, I hope you find more videos you enjoy here 🙂

  7. Yeah someone mentioned that before, but them comment seems to have been deleted. That was indeed my mistake. He was Danish 🙂

  8. what can you do if white plays f4 without playing kh1?

  9. In the English, it turns out white can defend the knight with 10. Nde2. I didn't see it either–my engine pointed it out, giving black a small advantage. Also, it recommends 8. Bd3 instead of 8. f3.
    Great video though!

  10. Sorry but u make a very basic blunder. U say that black cant play Nf6 because of e5 coming, but then black just wins the pawn with Qa5+

  11. I enjoyed watching your Sicilian Kan video, very clear and instructive, thank you. Have you stopped making new videos? If you ever get back to it, I would love to see your recommendations on how to handle the closed and anti-Sicilian lines. Thanks again.

  12. Thanks, Glad you enjoyed. Yes I am making new videos regularly. Though I haven't done one on an opening in while. Check out the channel 🙂

  13. As with black strategies, getting white to your preferred line is key. To get to your desired arrangement here, moving directly to the Kan may not be the best strategy. After 4… a6 (Kan), white may very well play 5. Bd3, which is a very strong move. It isn't easy at all to get to the desired arrangement after that. Transposing through Taimanov seems a more sure-fire way to get there, with white's moves much more predictable. 4…Nc6, 5. Nc3 Qc7, 6. Be3 a6, 7. Bd3 Nf6, 8. 0-0 b5

  14. Apologies: that does get to your desired result. The Taimanov move changes the arrangement from the beginning, but the result is very similar. However, the proposed Taimanov line should have been 8. 0-0 Be7, 9. Kh1 b5, with white likely to move f2-f4 and black's option for b5-b4.

  15. Thanx for the effort of making the video, but you should 
    not introduce ideas that you havent studied, and are wrong. White is better of not playing e5 in Kan, Qa5+ Wins the pawn. It`s not a terrible mistake,
    but its clear pawn and the evaluation for black is something like +80

  16. The main idea of the Sicilian Kan is to not allow for white the english attack by Be3 Qd2 and 000. Thanks to Bb4 move.

  17. Does black really win a pawn after Nxd5 ? White can play Nd4-e2 and protect c3 once more. Black can double White's pawns but I don't see how he wins a pawn.

  18. You can play nf6 and if he pushed e5 qa5 check wins the pawn

  19. your videos are great…any chance of starting to include an tricks.ctg file for each session to download for practice…

  20. it is fantastic opening verry inportant

  21. when black trap gthe c3 knight with bishop and attack with queen and knight white can play Nde2 and he doesnt loose a pawn at 14:44

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