Master the Sicilian Kalashnikov
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Dive into the fascinating world of the Sicilian Kalashnikov variation! We will uncover the secrets of this explosive opening from the very first moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5.
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Black willingly makes long-term strategic concessions, but in return forcing White to waste precious development time. This versatile opening will appeal to enthusiasts of dynamic play while offering a solid strategic foundation. You will learn the key ideas and crucial strategic plans so you feel more comfortable navigating through the sharp lines. This opening, introduced in 1834 by one of the greatest players of his time - Charles de La Bourdonnais, has stood the test of time and continues to be employed at the highest level by top players. Among the modern heroes of this opening, you’ll find Teimour Radjabov, Alexei Shirov, and more recently, Parham Maghsoodloo and Hikaru Nakamura who used the Kalasnikov in the crucial final round of the Grand Swiss 2023 securing his qualification for the Candidates Tournament this way! Expand your repertoire with cutting-edge variations to surprise your opponents. Explore the modern perspective on this opening alongside French GM Fabien Libiszewski, an expert in the Kalashnikov for nearly two decades.

  • Video running time: 5 h 7 minutes
  • Interactive training including video feedback
  • Database with over 300 model games
  • Extra: Training with ChessBase apps - test your knowledge and practice your Repertoire.
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