The Sicilian Defense | Chess Opening Tutorial

In this series, Chess Opening Tutorial, I give you an introduction to the Sicilian Opening, also known as the Sicilian Defense. The Sicilian Defence occurs after the moves 1.e4 c5. Now, a lot of different Sicilian variations can emerge. In this video, I will give an overview of the different possible Open Sicilian variations. In future videos, I will then provide more details regarding each Sicilian variation.

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Niclas Huschenbeth (born February 29, 1992 in Hann. Muenden) is a German Chess Grandmaster. Huschenbeth learned how to play chess at the age of five and participated in youth chess tournaments. He was awarded the title of International Master in 2008 and the Grandmaster title in 2012. At age 18, he achieved his most notable success, becoming the youngest German Champion in history. He has played 52 times for the German national team and participated in two chess olympiads. Currently, Huschenbeth studies industrial/organizational psychology at the Free University of Berlin.


  1. too many ads, just come on suddenly when you're mid sentence. very off putting

  2. Damn… I'm sure a lot of people here used to be good at chess… but then stopped, and after watching Queens gambit they got inspired.. . But after playing the game they realised they suck now

  3. People acting like chess didn't exist before a netflix series 🙄

  4. everyones here because of queen’s gambit, im here because of hunter x hunter.

  5. Die Frise und dannoch das Englisch. Ich mein mein Englisch ist nicht bvesser, aber in der Komni kickt das richtig.
    PS Geniale Videos. Wieder richtig süchtig gewortden seit dem Kandidatenturnier

  6. wie ein Punker, du solltest den Style wiederbeleben.

  7. keep calm and follow me hahahahah und das noch alte bekannte, alt bewehrte Intro, warum haben sich deinen Videos nur so verändert. Das waren noch Meisterwerke der Filmkunst.

  8. Your here from Beth harmons playing aren't you

  9. OK, but we all should agree that the queen's gambit is a very influential series.

  10. Thank you for the well-paced description and also sharing thoughts of alternatives that are possible but not ideal.

  11. High level, Niclas, and very inspiring!
    It’s an ambitious endeavor to explain the Open Sicilian in less than a quarter of an hour, and I think you managed to give a useful overview to get people started! Makes me want to redouble my own efforts, so thanks again!

  12. Keep telling people to not move the Queen early. I'm getting a lot of wins doing it. Thanks 🙂

  13. Your English is very easy to understand. It's simply formulated and limited to essentials. Maybe a bit to slow but everyone can comprehend. Content is great as always! :3

  14. this man wears a black long leather jacket and a cowboys cap with a light brown mustache.
    me: thankyou benny.

  15. Kann ich das Video auch in Deutsch anhören? Und wie geht das?

  16. Black and White board for my colorblind son who has a problem with seeing different shades of brown?

  17. I'm fine with the board you use. All I want is to learn, not marvel at different optics.

  18. Hello, I am a 9 year old girl at an orphanage. I like drugs and chess. Can you teach me?

  19. If white plays d4, can black still play f5? Is that still sicilian defense?

  20. Rodrigo Esteban Portillo Ticona (Roders't and Portilletti) says:

    Any fans The Queens Gambit?

  21. I've always loved chess but when I played a friend who got out of the military it was WAY MORE DIFFICULT. Always wondered why?

  22. How to destroy Sicilian Defense : Answer Queen's Pawn Opening

  23. Hi, GM Huschenbeth, I am interested to learn some theory behind black defensive positioning. Please would you explain the benefits of the dragon variation of the Sicilian from black standpoint @ 8:24 with the knight on F6 and Bishop on G7.

  24. Board should have been flipped to show black's perspective.

  25. Thank You, Niclas, for so good explaining the main variants 👍🏼

  26. To Your question at the end of video:
    I also like Sicilian (for black favorite) … and Gambit, KingGambit for White.

  27. Damn is that weird to see you speek english lol

  28. I’m here bc I’m just trying to get better

  29. Great video. But please say the names of openings etc more clearly. Eg. Can't make out the name of the pawn-Knight- pawn combo on rank 4

  30. Great video. I appreciate that you don't rush through it. My recommendation is when you name off the famously known moves to maybe have a title card and display the name as well for three – five seconds.

  31. Any tutorial be it chess or programming, getting to the point quickly and clearly is best. Compartmentalize information so that if they don't have the knowledge for this yet they have to watch a different video and it's not your problem or else all of your videos will have to just repeat the same info every time and waste time or confuse people.

  32. Did you do any more of these tutorials on the Sicilian defense?

  33. Rule Nr. 1 of the Sicilian: Never play the Sicilian

  34. cant understand ya, and the captions are sooo wrong

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