The Magnus Sicilian: Introduction


The Magnus Sicilian Christof Sielecki

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Ever wanted to know how Magnus Carlsen fights for a win with Black against 1.e4? He usually opts for the Sicilian Defence to create a non-symmetrical position right on move one. If White opts for the main line, the Open Sicilian with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 and d4 next, his regular weapon of choice is the Sveshnikov Variation.

This video series presents some of the World Champion's best wins in the Sicilian. We'll take a look at the mentioned Sveshnikov Variation, but also at popular earlier deviations like the Alapin (2.c3) or Rossolimo (2.Nf3 Nc5 3.Bb5) Variations.

Magnus shows how to handle these lines and is a perfect 'model player' to base your opening repertoire on. The Chessable course 'Fight like Magnus: The Sicilian' presents a full repertoire against 1.e4 based on these lines. Click here to take a look.


Provide an overview of key lines in the Sicilian and show how Magnus Carlsen succeeds in them. The Sicilian is a great opening to fight for a win, and studying the World Champion's games is an excellent blueprint to start with.

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How does World Champion Magnus Carlsen play for a win with Black versus 1.e4? This video series shows you how he manages to stir up a fight with Black and play for a win with the Sicilian Defence.


  • The Magnus Sicilian: Introduction

    03:09 min
  • Fight against the Alapin: Karjakin-Carlsen

    24:52 min
  • Fight against the Rossolimo: Caruana-Carlsen

    27:27 min
  • The Sveshnikov Main Line with 9.Nd5: Smeets-Carlsen

    26:30 min
  • The Sveshnikov Main Line with 9.Bxf6: Cheparinov-Carlsen

    22:14 min
  • Summary and Final Words

    02:21 min
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