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Sicilian sidelines (move 2)

This refers to the variations that arise after White's second move in the Sicilian Defense. These sidelines are alternative move choices by White other than the mainline moves. While the Classical Sicilian Systems often revolve around the move order 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6, the "Sicilian sidelines (move 2)" explores lesser-known variations and move choices made by White on their second move. These sidelines can lead to unique positions and offer different strategic and tactical opportunities for both players.

Alapin plus 3. c3 & 3. Bb5 (Moscow variation)

The Alapin Variation is characterized by White playing 2.c3, aiming to establish a solid pawn structure and restrict Black's options. After 2...Nf6, White continues with 3.Bb5, known as the Moscow Variation.

In the Alapin plus 3. c3 and 3. Bb5 - Moscow variation, White combines the pawn move c3 with the development of the bishop to b5. This setup emphasizes piece development and control of central squares while limiting Black's counterplay. The Moscow Variation is named after the 1941 game between Botvinnik and Capablanca, where this line was first played at a high-level tournament.

4. Qd4 line and 4. Nxd4, 5.f3

"4. Nxd4, 5.f3" is an alternative line played by White. After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3, White chooses to play 5.f3 instead of the more common move 5.Nc3. This  intends to reinforce the control of the central e4 square and prevent a future Ng4 by Black.

The "4. Qd4 line" is a move played by White in response to Black's 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4. Instead of capturing the black knight with 4.Nxd4, White opts for 4.Qd4. This move aims to put immediate pressure on the black d6 pawn, potentially leading to dynamic and sharp positions.

Rare lines on move 6 for White

These are less commonly played moves or variations chosen by White on their sixth move in the Sicilian Defense. These lines deviate from the more traditional and mainstream moves, offering unique challenges and strategic possibilities.

These variations may involve moves such as 6.Be2, 6.Bc4, or other less frequently played alternatives.


After the move sequence 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6, White chooses to develop their bishop to e2 on the sixth move.

The move 6.Be2 aims to solidify White's position and maintain a flexible pawn structure. By placing the bishop on e2, White avoids potential pinning tactics from Black's pieces and develops their other pieces harmoniously.

The move 6.Be2 prioritizes positional considerations and control of the center while preventing certain Black counterplay options.


By placing the bishop on c4, White targets the f7 square, potentially preparing for an attack on Black's weakened kingside. This move often leads to tactical and strategic complications, forcing Black to carefully consider their defensive choices.

6.Bc4 is a dynamic choice within the Sicilian Classical Systems, emphasizing active piece development and the initiation of potential attacks.

6. Bg5, tricky 7th moves for White

After the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6, White plays 6.Bg5, pinning the knight on f6 and exerting pressure on Black's position.The move 6.Bg5 aims to disrupt Black's coordination and provoke weaknesses in their pawn structure.

After 6.Bg5, White often follows up with tricky 7th moves that can further complicate the position. These moves can include pawn advances, piece development, or creating threats that exploit Black's vulnerabilities.

White 9th move new trends

The 9th move for White is a critical juncture in many Sicilian Classical Systems, where both players must make crucial decisions that shape the subsequent middlegame.

This session discusses some recent developments and innovations in this particular stage of the game.

9.f3 variation

After the move sequence 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be2 e6 7.O-O Be7 8.f4 O-O, White plays 9.f3.

The move 9.f3 aims to reinforce White's control over the e4 square and restrict Black's counterplay options. By pushing the f-pawn forward, White prevents Black from challenging the central pawn structure with moves like ...g5 or ...Nh5.

The 9.f3 variation typically leads to a solid and stable pawn structure for White, providing a strong foundation for future maneuvering and piece development.

9.f3 second approach

In the context of Sicilian Classical Systems, the 9.f3 "second approach" refers to an alternative strategy employed by White on their ninth move in the Sicilian Defense. After the move sequence 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be2 e6 7.O-O Be7 8.f4 O-O, instead of playing 9.f3 (as in the traditional approach), White chooses a different move as their second approach.

The specific move  can vary but they aim to achieve similar strategic objectives as the traditional 9.f3 variation, such as reinforcing control over the central squares and restricting Black's counterplay.

10.f4 (part 1)

The move 10.f4 is a bold and aggressive choice that aims to launch a direct attack on Black's position. By pushing the f-pawn forward, White prepares to open up the f-file, potentially targeting Black's kingside and creating threats against the exposed pawns.

10.f4 (part 2)

By pushing the f-pawn forward, White maintains pressure on Black's position, potentially targeting weaknesses or creating attacking opportunities. This move aims to seize control of the center and launch an offensive on Black's kingside.


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Our video on demand library consists of professionally edited videos of live sessions as well as especially commissioned videos from celebrated chess coaches from around the world. You can see a partial list of our trainers here.

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Our live camps are group training sessions from top chess trainers. These are typically an hour long and are highly interactive. Our subscribers get key learnings and session PGNs after the class is over.

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Our bootcamps are live cohort based courses with a start and end date. These are interactive sessions and the focus is on imparting deep understanding ofthe topics being discussed.

How is Bootcamp different from  a Live Camp?

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