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The Sveshnikov Sicilian

In this online chess lesson we cover The Sveshnikov Sicilian, a variation of the Sicilian Defense that has 5. …e5 as its signature move. Numerous grandmasters have included it in their repertoire in recent years but the best endorsement for the opening has come from none other than Magnus Carlsen.

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The Sicilian Sveshnikov

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The Sveshnikov Sicilian is one of the most testing defenses to 1. e4. Not only is it theoretically sound but in many variations it gives black an active fighting game. Numerous grandmasters have included it in their repertoire in recent years but the best endorsement for the opening has come from none other than Magnus Carlsen. He used it in every single game in his last World Championship match against Fabiano Caruana! There is no better advertisement for the Sveshnikov Sicilian  than when the best player in the world uses it in the most important games he can play. He did not lose a single game and even managed to score a victory in their rapid games. I don’t think the opening needs any more of an introduction than this. Come check it out!

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