Play the Sicilian Defense like Beth Harmon

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Many of us have seen the Queens Gambit on Netflix with Beth Harmon, Benny Watts, Vasily Borgov, and others playing the Sicilian Defense. This video serves as a way to learn the opening, talking about the Najdorf, Dragon, Taimanov, Kan, Sveshnikov, Grand Prix Attack, Closed Sicilian, and others. Hope you enjoy!

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0:00 Intro
0:23 HOW TO PLAY THE SICILIAN
5:39 CLOSED SICILIAN
10:41 GAME 1 vs. 980
22:11 GAME 2 vs. 1603
31:23 FINAL GAME vs. 1507

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150 Comments

  1. after finishing the good repertoire (09:00….) he said something like "people watching in the future 2027" my question is Are there any possibilities

  2. Bro I just started studying, and I will say that it looked extremely hard to study chess cause I didn’t even know what to study, but the truth is the material will come to you!

  3. Remember kids, if you are White and your opponent plays the Kan variation, unleash your inner Shatner and cry out “Kaaaaan.”

  4. Some people call 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 the Hyper Accelerated Dragon 😁

  5. "The rook is locked in here with me" found that reference so funny

  6. Thank you! You are a good teacher. I have seen the most of your videos. And you are great teaching people. I'm a beginner so it has been learning to see.

  7. "i hope you're having a better year than 2020 was, yeah, take that people watching in 2027" -Levy (2020)

  8. Legends still watching in 2022 🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸

  9. ‘Never play the Sicilian’ Gotham Chess
    Also Gotham: Makes a video on how to play the Sicilian

  10. It's called the dragon Sicilian because of the kingside pawn structure's resemblance to the constellation, Draco

  11. 13:52 Rd1 is white's best try nxb 2. QxB and the queen defends the b6 square and the knight on c3 and the rook on d1 exposes itself to the queen on d8. But Qa5 would still be annoying.

  12. @GothamChess I have a question, from South Africa I ask this question 😅, what do you do if your Opponent (white) plays D4 and you wanna play the Sicilian as Black, how would you start your opening in this case

  13. after e4 c5, Nf3 e6, d4 c*d4, N*d4
    I go to d5, is it a good way to achieve better position?

  14. How do I spell knight orf?

  15. I just have one question. What software do you use where you can show the arrows to show how a piece is threatening other squares?

  16. Gonna comment on this video on 2027 and gotham will pin it .

  17. Because Gotham is the hero the chess world deserves.

  18. hello, yeah amm i watched your channel…and this game…and in the position where NxNc6, i would take back NOT on D6 but with B6, i don't want to trade Queens,,,i mean i would keep the Queen, but i guess it is my opinion and if it is better to tread Queens, it's fine… anyway you're videos are amazing and i am glad i followed you, also glad that you didn't stop…you made amazing videos

  19. Its called the Dragon because if you slip up on the long diagonal Imma be draaaaagggin that bish all the way across the board to trap your rook.

  20. I hope to be back here in 2027, and not only be back to revisit this lovely video but also to update my comment here with an elo of 2027. Seeing as I'm only a 1190 right now it seems unlikely I'll accomplish either goal….but I'm gonna try. Good luck everyone, and if your struggling with something that you don't talk about, remember hope! (Hold.On.Pain.Ends).

  21. Dude great Spanish pronunciation, much better than my English :')
    Love your content!

  22. That “La siciliana cerrada.” Made me wet my pants

  23. I love how whenever I play Sicilian, literally no one counter plays as you say they do and I am retarded so once it goes one step out of the orders you mentioned I am basically dead

  24. If you like chess you probably watched Queen's Gambit on Netflix, if you watched Queen's Gambit on Netflix you probably like chess.

  25. I was always told it's called the "Dragon" Sicilian because the knight on f6 looks like the head of a dragon with the pawns on f7, e7, and d6 forming the body and tail.

  26. Can you make a video on e4 e5 nf3 nc6 bc4 bc5 c3 nf6 d4 exd4 e5

  27. I want you to make a video on nimzo Larsen attack

  28. as a beginner this is crazy, its amazing how complicated this game can get.

  29. Is it perhaps better in the move order to have:

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Be3 Bg7 6.Nc3 0-0

    If they defend Nd4 with Be3 and do not move Nxc6?

  30. When your so early that Gotham hasn't pinned a comment yet.

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