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ChessBase India Live coaching: How to play the Sicilian Kan

by Amruta Mokal - 04/04/2018

Today, 4th of April 2018, at 6 p.m. we have a Live coaching session where Amruta Mokal shows you an opening repertoire for Black against 1.e4. Amruta has been a Sicilian aficionado since she was a very little girl. She has played the Sicilian Kan her entire life. Over the years, she has used this opening to win her national title, beat some of the strongest players, get her norms and has even lost many crucial games. All this accumulated experience makes her one of the finest experts to teach you this opening. In this article you will find the video embed of the live coaching session which will begin at 6 p.m. IST. 

Live coaching session at 6.p.m. IST

This video will begin at 6 p.m. IST as Amruta Mokal will go Live!

A repertoire for Black against 1.e4

by Amruta Mokal


Ever since I was a young girl, I liked the Sicilian very much. Many people love to change their openings, but I was not one of them. I learnt the Sicilian and stayed true to it since the last 25 years of my playing career. Whenever my opponent would play 1.e4 I would push my c-pawn two squares ahead! For me chess had become synonymous to Sicilian when nearly half of my tournament games used to be played in that opening. Also I was faithful to the variation in the opening. It was the Sicilian Kan! The Sicilian Kan starts with the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6!?

The Sicilian Kan!

Why does Black make these little pawn moves. What is the idea behind this setup. Today, I would like to discuss with you the Fundamentals of the Sicilian Kan. It's only if your basics are strong that you will be able to master the complex lines of this opening that will follow in the next sessions.

Playing the Sicilian Kan against one of the big experts against the Sicilian from the white side - GM Pravin Thipsay. The game was drawn.

So I will be online at 6 p.m. IST to show you some cool ideas in the Kan, and I hope that you too will be there to interact with me and send me your questions via chat. In that way whatever doubts that you may have related to this opening will be cleared.

I will teach you a new repertoire against 1.e4 for Black!

A word of caution: Sagar and I are on this 365 day nomadic journey all over India and the world. In case there is some internet issue, please bear with us. The internet connection is often an issue when we are travelling, but I hope it will hold up well today.

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