The Sicilian Defense | Chess Opening Tutorial

In this series, Chess Opening Tutorial, I give you an introduction to the Sicilian Opening, also known as the Sicilian Defense. The Sicilian Defence occurs after the moves 1.e4 c5. Now, a lot of different Sicilian variations can emerge. In this video, I will give an overview of the different possible Open Sicilian variations. In future videos, I will then provide more details regarding each Sicilian variation.

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Niclas Huschenbeth (born February 29, 1992 in Hann. Muenden) is a German Chess Grandmaster. Huschenbeth learned how to play chess at the age of five and participated in youth chess tournaments. He was awarded the title of International Master in 2008 and the Grandmaster title in 2012. At age 18, he achieved his most notable success, becoming the youngest German Champion in history. He has played 52 times for the German national team and participated in two chess olympiads. Currently, Huschenbeth studies industrial/organizational psychology at the Free University of Berlin.


  1. Nice video
    but could you also include the Morragambit ?
    Would be very happy about this 🙂

  2. Awesome video Sicilian defense is my favorite opening to play this video helped me better understand the moves

  3. Kan please detailed tutorial that would be so great, and please keep the board, its nice

  4. There is also the "trick" – e4 c5 Nf3 d6 d4 Nf6 where white can go dxc5 Nxe4 or transpose back with 4.Nc3

  5. I like the designs in the video and in the thumbnail both! 🙂

  6. Please make a video about italian game

  7. Obviously the najdorf with both colours… except when you walk into deep preparation. There was one time playing a 1700 where he follows computer vs. computer novelties till move 26 in a Bg5 najdorf. Luckily I drew that but it was quite embarrassing to walk into such a line unprepared and get punished for it.
    Niclas did you get the compositions I had posted on another video, sorry if I am a bother?

  8. I like this board style don't change it. Thanks for the video.

  9. Excellent! Keep up the good work!

  10. Pawn majority in the center, minority attack on the queenside, won endgame for black. Why all that as white, if you just can play 3. Bb5 vs 2. ..d6 and 2. ..Nc6 and something like 3. d3 oder 3. g3 against 2. ..e6. The black players can forget about their cheap little trick 3. d4

  11. Sicilian is just too much theory for me. I've tried to learn some variations in detail, but then your opponent just deviates to another. If I have to play it (usually only after my opponent played 2. e4 after 1. Nf3 c5), I play the Najdorf and hope that my oppenent isn't a Sicilian expert, as he played 1. Nf3 instead of 1. e4.
    With white against the Sicilian I always play 2. Nc3 3. f4, where there's less theory and I know more than the average Sicilian player and decent winning chances.

  12. Umm, a real board Would have been better along with an animation, Sort of like the one in masterslass

  13. Thank you for a very well constructed introduction. Your analysis is very clear and is presented well.

    Do you plan to post analyses/commentary on the World Championship match games?

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  17. Fantastic explanations! Much appreciated.

  18. I play the Maroczy bind in the Open Sicilian whenever possible. But only because I’ve been told to. Again here I understand that it is an advantage of space and center control however, can’t the white knight just be immediately spooked back by an black c or e pawn thrust? Still not so sure what good it does. Please advise. TY. Great vids, BTW. 🙂

  19. hey i have a Question when i play sicilian i have gotten 1 E4 C5 2 QF3… i have gotten that 6 times. what should i do here 2 QF3 D6 or something else?

  20. Sir, what's better close sicilian or open sicilian

  21. accelerated dragon has the most badass name

  22. Change the view to blacks perspective when you're explaining Sicilian Defense!

  23. solid tutorial! you have a great teaching style

  24. Please can you talk about Indian defence ? I really learned so good and I learn English .i benefit from you English and your chess experience and skills. I 💖 U

  25. NOTE: Sorry about the long post, but the complexities of chess are not subject to brevity. Your videos take me over 30 minutes to view…it will only take 3 minutes, or less, to read my post through. I have hit “Like” on all of your videos (that I have viewed thus far) and just subscribed to your channel. Seems like a fair exchange.

    Kasparov playing black used the Sicilian so many times that one could spend months studying his games alone (and capture his brilliance.)

    Could you please review the logic behind using the Sveshnikov variation instead of the Scheveningen, or the Najdorf when Kasparov was playing white, and had to “defend” the Sicilian Defense (does that make sense)?

    I returned a great book years ago on Kasparov to the library, and now I am confused by my own notes!

    Note: I am not at all concerned about the color of the board that you use, and think that comments on it are a waste of time. I play along on my favorite board and chess pieces in the 3rd dimension which makes the color scheme and board position irrelevant on your videos.

    It is your expertise that I want. Most of us old guys have spent hours and hours studying books with those one dimensional tiny chess boards in black and white print long before all of this social media. And, we had to play out all of the possibilities through the parenthetical notations that the author offers on all key moves.

    You have seen these, I am sure. The author gives the move: 5. Nc3 Nf6…then, offers the 5 or 6 possibilities that white has before move 6! Those notations are long and are imposing for an average player like myself. I have to keep repositioning the pieces as I run through the variations on the variation.

    You chess geniuses can do this from memory. I have to find my place each time and start from there. It takes so long repositioning the pieces on my practice board, and makes me realize how weak a player I am.

    With your videos it is so much easier! I have improved my rating because of them. I can pause the video! This is why today’s players are so much better. Can you imagine Anderssen or Morphy using today’s technology in their studies and preparation?

    KEY OBSERVATION! This is not always a good thing…because of computers today’s players have studied every possible variation and you no longer get to replay actual checkmates through notation. Players always resign…sometimes very early (Bobby Fischer complained about this in one of his masterpieces).

    We may not have had the Immortal Game. We most certainly would not have had the Evergreen Game. Face it, Dufresne never saw it coming when Anderssen did not allow him to castle, and once again sacrificed his queen and rook, and checkmated him with the same…Be7…move that Kierseritzky fell prey to. If Dufresne had computers there would have never been an Evergreen Game. That would have been a shame.

  26. The board and the the pieces , with black outlined in white, contrast well with the the darker board . I say , if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.
    One of the problems l have with many tutors is they go to quickly at times when they move the pieces. I know they expect us to be familiar with or have absorbed the information they’ ve just given out but sometimes it’s too quick for mere mortals.

  27. Been playing this style for years. Never knew what it was called. I thought I invented it lol.

  28. Hey!
    How should we proceed in case:

    e4 c5 c3 d6 d4 now how should we proceed, please explain the idea ahead the move you recommend as well

  29. I thought the title is all about playing the sicilian but instead it was more about how to counter the sicilian. Your title can get people misled, i typed how to play sicilian not how to counter myself lol.

  30. Im a beginner in chess, and I feel like remembering openings is such a massive part of this game and doing that will take a really long time. Should I focus on maybe 1-2 openings for starters until I get more the hang of chess? I'm really struggeling with creating good positions, which makes me often lose even though I have more or better pieces left, but getting better at openings might help me develop better.

  31. How about the Fischer-Sozin Attack?

  32. little remark ; when you explain a defense maybe use the black pieces on the lower side to make it easier to remember!

  33. I just got done beating a high rated player running this defense. I took my bishop, and waited for his knight to jump behind the pawn. Then I kept moving my bishop around forcing him to move other pawns up. I kept chipping away until he finally cracked. You want be safe castling on me.🤣

  34. Hab tihr auch eienn anderen zeitverlust Schrott ???

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