Course: O'Kelly for Black

    Welcome to our deep dive into the O'Kelly Sicilian Defense, a dynamic and flexible opening for Black! In this video, we'll explore the key ideas, strategies, and tactical motifs you need to outplay your opponents.

The O'Kelly Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6) offers Black a unique way to sidestep the most heavily analyzed lines and steer the game into fresh, unexplored territory. By playing the mysterious move 2...a6, Black is hoping to seize the initiative and get a better position right off the bat!


  • Main Lines and Variations: A thorough examination of White's typical responses and how to counter them effectively.
  • Key Strategies for Black: Learn the core concepts, including pawn structure, piece placement, and typical middlegame plans.
  • Tactical Themes: Discover the common tactical motifs that arise in the O'Kelly Sicilian, helping you to exploit your opponent's mistakes.
  • Model Games: See how the ideas behind the variation can be effectively implemented.

O'Kelly for Black 7 episodes


GM Andrey Stukopin