First, let me inform you that the RCA will conduct its second YouTube Live Stream on Friday, 10 July. This time, it will be done by our guest coach IM Mateusz Kolosowski and he will be teaching you about the “Sicilian Pawn Structures”. It will happen at 5 pm UTC on 10 July (check timings here).
How to Join?
First, make sure you subscribe to the RCA YouTube Channel and press the ‘bell’ 🔔 icon to get notified. On Friday (10 July) at 5 pm UTC, you will find the live video on the RCA YouTube Channel. Also for your convenience, we will post the link of the video here in this blog-post.
Update – below is the Live Stream
While we wait for Friday, you may like to watch IM Mateusz Kolosowski’s latest video lesson about a famous chess game played in the Sicilian Defense. The game was played between Sergey Karjakin and Viswanathan Anand in 2006 at the Corus Wijk aan Zee tournament. The Najdorf variation from the Sicilian Defense was played and it is a powerful attacking chess game.
The Najdorf variation is one of the theoretically heavy lines in the Sicilian Defense and it requires a lot of preparation to play this opening variation. In this game, Karjakin and Anand castled their kings on opposite sides and it opened doors for a classical attack on the king for both sides.
In this video, IM Mat will illustrate the strong opening preparation from both Karjakin and Anand, which went for about 22 moves. It was at move 23 when Karjakin played a novelty with 23.Qc3. You will learn how to attack during opposite side castling and you will learn the importance of a powerful pawn storm breaking the opponent’s castled king.
Watch the video lesson below:
P.S. Do you play the Sicilian Najdorf (or any other variation in the Sicilian Defense)? What are your thoughts about it? Please share them in the comments below.