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4. Nightmare of Rossolimo

4. Nightmare of Rossolimo

In the 2018 World Championship Match, the Rossolimo was Fabiano Caruana's primary weapon against Magnus Carlsen's Sicilian. 

However, after a few games, Caruana abandoned the Rossolimo and immediately switched to the mainline with 3.d4.

Turns out Carlsen had found improvements that made Black's life easier in this opening.

When our Grandmasters dived deep into the line Carlsen played, it became clear to them why Caruana had switched.

In this course, you'll learn the lines which Carlsen had in store against the Rossolimo.

Below are some positions from the course:

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After you grasp the content here, you'll also be ready to give your opponents a 'nightmare in Rossolimo'.

What you'll learn

  • The old theory where White could cause problems for Black.
  • Carlsen’s simple and strong improvement that gives Black an easy game.
  • The ideas and strategies for both sides in the opening.

Lesson Plan

64 episode(s) 3 hours 28 min
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Students give this course an average of 5 out of 5 stars.

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Great course!
Great course!
Mikhail Salnikov
Mikhail Salnikov
I wonder, how such a deep analyse is explained in a very easy and accessible way. Thank you a lot, mr. Avetik! Until this moment I was afraid to play the Sicilian defense through the move 2. ...Nc6 due to nasty positional Rossolimo's move 3. Bb5 (also through 2... d6 move the Moscow's variation is a pretty nasty for me to play with black, that's why in recent years I only played the Taimanov's system). After watching this video course, my opinion changed drastically. Finally, I can begin to study Chelyabinsk variation for black with a pure soul :) Thank you a lot again!
I wonder, how such a deep analyse is explained in a very easy and accessible way. Thank you a lot, mr. Avetik! Until this moment I was afraid to play the Sicilian defense through the move 2. ...Nc6 due to nasty positional Rossolimo's move 3. Bb5 (also through 2... d6 move the Moscow's variation is a pretty nasty for me to play with black, that's why in recent years I only played the Taimanov's system). After watching this video course, my opinion changed drastically. Finally, I can begin to study Chelyabinsk variation for black with a pure soul :) Thank you a lot again!
Dav Davtyan
Dav Davtyan
David Hakhinyan
David Hakhinyan
WIM_Siranush Ghukasyan
WIM_Siranush Ghukasyan
Artyom Manukyan
Artyom Manukyan
Giorgos Kechagias
Giorgos Kechagias
GM Avetik Grigoryan
GM Avetik Grigoryan

After having a successful playing career where he became the Armenian Champion in 2010, GM Avetik Grigoryan found his passion for chess coaching and switched to it full-time. 

Since then, he has guided many ambitious players to become Grandmasters and International Masters and has over 10 years of coaching experience.

He believes anyone can improve at chess, with the right mood and proper direction. And with that vision, he founded ChessMood in 2018.

After having a successful playing career where he became the Armenian Champion in 2010, GM Avetik Grigoryan found his passion for chess coaching and switched to it full-time. 

Since then, he has guided many ambitious players to become Grandmasters and International Masters and has over 10 years of coaching experience.

He believes anyone can improve at chess, with the right mood and proper direction. And with that vision, he founded ChessMood in 2018.

GM Hrant Melkumyan
GM Hrant Melkumyan

GM Hrant Melkumayan has been among the top 100 players in the world. He was also the European Blitz Champion in 2011 and the Armenian Chess960 Champion in 2012. For many years he was the second of GM Levon Aronian.

GM Hrant Melkumayan has been among the top 100 players in the world. He was also the European Blitz Champion in 2011 and the Armenian Chess960 Champion in 2012. For many years he was the second of GM Levon Aronian.

White employs the Rossolimo variation in the Sicilian Defense after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5.

Many super GMs, like Fabiano Caruana, play it because it has gained a reputation for being a good opening choice against the Sicilian. 

History of the Sicillian Rossolimo

The first game in this line was played between Henry Bird - Horwitz Bernhard, in a London knockout Tournament in 1851. Black won the game.

Coincidently, the second game was also played in the same tournament between Elijah Williams - James Mucklow.

However, it was Nicholas Rossolimo who popularized the opening in 1948 and had an impressive score with the White pieces. The opening is named in his honor.

In 1992 Robert James Fischer, playing the White pieces, used the Rossolimo to destroy Boris Spassky in their famous-comeback match.

How do you counter the Rossolimo?

We recommend playing 3…g6 and allowing White to play 4.Bxc6 dxc6 and double the pawns. In return, Black has good compensation in the form of 2 Bishops.

White could avoid capturing on c6. In that case, Black will look to finish their Kingside development with …Bg7, Nf6.

In the course, we cover all these lines in more detail. 

Course 64 episodes (3 hours 28 min)
Creators GM Avetik Grigoryan GM Hrant Melkumyan
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