Hi Chess Opening Dragons!
We’re starting February with two opening miniatures in common Sicilian Sidelines! Check out this new pawn structure for Black we have against the Closed Sicilian. With an added …e7-e5, Black grabs to the d4 square and causes tactical problems for White.
In the second video, we’ll discuss the common club player choice, the timid Bc4, d3 set-up. We’re going to show you that White runs out of steam quickly, and there’s a lot of queenside attacking chances for Black.
We’ll also share some of GM Eugene Perelshteyn’s analysis from the Pittsburgh Pawngrabbers in this newsletter as well.
Grabbing the d4 Square
Did you know Black can opt for an e5-d6-c5 structure against the Closed Sicilian? In this miniature, GM Eugene Perelshteyn shows you how with a convincing assault against the White king. Take control of the d4 square and charge! Check out this video here!
Take Down the Club Line
GM Eugene Perelshteyn shows you how hard it can be for White to find a plan in these timid Bc4, d3 set-ups in the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon. Black gets a nice queenside attack and White simply falls apart, thanks to Black’s fianchettoed bishop. Click here to watch the video now!
The Pittsburgh Pawngrabbers have gotten off to a fast start, and if you haven’t seen the commentary yet, you’re missing out! Here’s some of GM Eugene Perelshteyn’s analysis from our match with Montreal!
In other news, I got a chance to play in the Cardinal Open in Columbus to last week. Despite some general rustiness, I got a decent result and talked about it in my most recent Chess^Summit article. Read more here!
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Have a fun, relaxing, and chess-filled week!
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