5 Best Chess Opening Traps in the Sicilian Defense
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5 Best Chess Opening Traps in the Sicilian Defense

5 Best Chess Opening Traps in the Sicilian Defense

Get ready to discover the top 5 best traps for the Sicilian Defense – the preferred opening for Black from club players to Grandmasters!

This combative opening is a favorite due to its aggressive nature, with Black fighting not for equality, but for advantage. Starting with the moves 1.e4 c5, the Sicilian Defense offers a thrilling challenge for chess enthusiasts.

In this article, we’ll delve into the five best traps in the Sicilian Defense, including the Sicilian Najdorf Trap and the Sicilian Paulsen Kan Variation Trap.

Plus, we’ll share a bonus trap used by current World Champion Magnus Carlsen, which packs a serious punch. Get ready to hone your skills and take your game to the next level!

The main reason for the popularity of the Sicilian Defense among all the openings available is its combative nature. Black fights not for equality, but advantage. The starting position of the Sicilian Defense begins with the moves: 1.e4 c5.

Sicilian Defense
Starting position for the Sicilian Defense

Master Sicilian Pawn Structures (Course)

Before we see those awesome traps, let me introduce to you our new chess course “Master Sicilian Pawn Structures” by IM Mateusz Kolosowski.

In this course, you’ll learn the general guidelines for the pawn structures resulting from the Sicilian Defense.

Master Sicilian Pawn Structures is a course suitable for all levels of players. It breaks down the necessary principles to know of the Sicilian Defense. By the end of the course, you will have a clear idea of all the Sicilian main lines for both White and Black.


5 Best Chess Opening Traps in the Sicilian Defense

1. Sicilian Najdorf Trap

Let’s look at the most famous Najdorf popularized by Fischer and then Kasparov. So, lot of chess players followed their footsteps.

2. Sicilian Accelerated Dragon Trap

Let’s see what happens if Black chooses a wrong move order in the Accelerated Dragon. You need to play Sicilian Defense openings quite precisely.

3. Sicilian Dragon Levenfish Variation Trap

Now, let’s talk about the right sequence of moves for Black if Black wants to play the Classical Dragon variation with pawn to g6.

At this point, White can still insist on realizing the same idea that we have just seen in the previous example.

White can play pawn to f4, preparing that advancement with a pawn to e5. Let’s see how to play against the Classical Dragon variation.

4. Sicilian O’Kelly Variation Trap

We have just analyzed a few of traps for White’s side and now let’s see what you can do if you’re playing Black. After White’s main move, 2. Nf3, there is also one unusual line that’s surprisingly effective.

5. Sicilian Paulsen Kan Variation Trap

“Here comes the final trap for this video, and it’s one of my favorite ones because my opponents fall into it so often.

Let’s look at Paulsen variation of the Sicilian Defense, which I used to play a lot.

Bonus Trap

I have already shared the 5 best chess opening traps in the Sicilian Defense; however, I would like to share an additional trap as a bonus that can help you win many games. This trap was used by none other than the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Unfortunately, Magnus forgot the correct order to follow and lost the game. But the trap contains poison and you should try it.🙂


We’ve explored the top 5 best traps for the Sicilian Defense – the preferred opening for Black. The Sicilian Defense is a combative opening, and these traps are sure to give you an edge in your game.

Plus, we’ve even got a bonus trap used by the World Champion himself! And if you’re looking to master the Sicilian Defense, check out the “Master Sicilian Pawn Structures” course. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to level up your chess game! Click below.


Also if you prefer to learn this trap in more detail, I invite you to watch the following video.

The following game is between Magnus Carlsen against Ian Nepomniachtchi. At the move seven, Magnus played a blunder that cost him the game, but he could have done much better if he had played 7. Bb5 instead!, creating problems to his opponent. Let’s see the game.


I hope you enjoy reading this blog post.

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