Sicilian Kan (Hedgehog) Series 1

Sicilian Kan (Hedgehog) Series 1

February 10, 2020 0 By Sebastian Fry


Good Day…. Hello Everyone.. Welcome to my YouTube Channel, today we are going to study about Sicilian Kan (Hedgehog). We
also review two (2) games I played in Lichess and Continental Open where I
played with International Master David Strauss. Now let’s go to discuss about the Skeletal pawn formation of the Sicilian Kan (Hedgehog) and how to find weakness points. Please check the Diagram “A”. This is the
skeletal pawn formation of the Sicilian Kan (Hedgehog) where the strength of white lies on controlling the center by e4 and c4 pawn. Black needs to break this
pawn chain by pushing b5 and d5 on Proper – Right Timing . Now let us go to the Diagram “B” to analyze a game. This is a friendly game
one (1) minute bullet game at Lichess, let’s see how the position goes. We start
by playing e4, c5 – this is the Sicilian Defense, Nf3, e6, d4, cxd4, Nxd4,
a6 – this is the Kan variation, g3 – the fianchetto variation, Qc7 – this
is the best position for the Queen in the Sicilian Kan variation, Bg2, b6 –
must counter the control of diagonal from a8 to h1 by placing the Bishop at
b7, so continuously, castles, Bb7, Re1, d6 – by placing the pawns at 6th rank
forms a defensive stance but has counter attacking measures, continuously, c4
this is we call “Marocsy Bind” to control the d5 square, this is also a
poison pawn… the Queen at c7 cannot capture this due to White’s Rook at a1 soon goes
to c1, as well as Black will be delayed in development, so continuously,
Nd7, b3, Ngf6, Bb2 – developing, Be7, Nc3, castles
Rc1, Rfe8, Qe2, Bf8 – whenever white moves g3 – the black Bishop at e7 must position at f8 so continuously, h3 Rac8, Qe3 – this
is not the right place for the Queen, so continuously, Qb8 – making way for
the Rook at c8, Na4 – this move soon useless as b5 needs to be
moved, continuously, Ba8 – best place for the Bishop, and also ready to push the
pawn at b6 to b5, continuously g4, h6, Qg3, b5, cxb5, axb5, Nc3,
b4, Na4 – Knight at a4 is misplaced… g6, h4, Bg7 – Black has
already attained the Model Position of Sicilian Kan (Hedgehog). Black has won this game in 32 moves. This game shows you how to break the pawn at c4 via b5. So let
us continue by watching the Diagram “C’ to analyze the other game. This is my
game versus International Master David Strauss in the 1993 Continental Open
Concord, California, USA. Let’s start by playing Nf3,
Nf6, c4 – this is the English Opening , c5, g3, b6
Bg2,, Bb7, Nc3, e6, castling, d6, Re1 – this move is best
to place the Rook at e1 supporting e- pawn, Be7, e4, a6 – not allowing
Nb5, d4, cxd4, Nxd4, Qc7 – which converts to Kan variation –
supporting the bishop at b7 against e5 push, continuously, Be3 castles, Rc1, Nbd7, f4 -white is solidifying control of center and maximizing space
control, if you notice Black is only at 6th Rank, continuously Rac8, Bf2 – preparing to push the pawn at e4 to e5 continuously, Qb8, but there’s
another move which is g6, b3, e5 – I like this better for Black, so as we go back
after Qb8 then e5 – attacking the Knight, Ne8 – which is force, Bh3 – the
Kight at d4 wants to sacrifice to e6 to destroy the position of Black so
continuously, Nc5, b4 – pawn attacking the Knight at c5, dxe5,
fxe5 – but there’s another move which is Rxe5 – which is better for White, so as
we go back fxe5, Rd8 – pinning the Knght, so… Qe2 which is the only
move so if bxc5 – then bxc5 – Black is okay here, so
as we go back after Qe2 then Nd7, a3 – protecting the b4 pawn,
Ba8 – positioning, then Knight takes pawn directly attacks the center. White
strikes but Black has to hang on to prove that this is a Bad Move so
continuously, pawn takes Knight, Bishop takes pawn check, Kh8, Nd5 –
attacking the Bishop, Nc7 – attacking the Bishop at e6 too, Knight takes Knight,
Queen takes Knight, Bd5 – trying to place a square for the pawn at e5 to
push to e6, a5, Qb2, pawn takes pawn, pawn takes pawn, Bc6, Bd4 –
preparing an attack at g7 square, Qb7 – by attacking the Bishop at d5 via
Bishop at c6, Rcd1, b5 – wants to cut the connection between the pawn at c4 and d5, so, e6 -attacking the Knight while the Bishop at d4 attacking the g7 pawn,
Nf6 – covering it, Bishop takes, Queen takes, c5 – now White has 2 passed pawns which is the only way to win this. Rfe8, Qe2, Kg8 – King needs to go
towards the center, Rf1, Qe4 – Block has to exchange Queen here to
take the advantage, Queen takes, Knight takes, Rf7 – this is a bad move for
white because soon it’s gonna be trapped,
Nf6 – Black is winning here , c6 – another bad move,
Rc8, c7 Rook takes, Bishop takes Knight, pawn
takes Bishop, Kg2 – but there’s another move which is also bad which is Rd7,
Rook takes, exd7, Kxf7 – which is winning for Black as we go back to
Kg2 – then Black moved Rf8 – White Resigns. By playing patiently as this is
the way to play the Sicilian Kan (Hedgehog) to know the right placement of pieces and WHEN…to break the White’s pawn chain at e4 and c4. So… Thanks for
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