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Positional Repertoire against the Dutch Defence

The Dutch Defence has the reputation of an opening, which leads to sharp and complicated struggle. The former World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik contributed much to the popularity of the Stonewall System, proving its viability for years on end at the highest level. In recent times strong grandmasters like Nigel Short and Predrag Nikolic used it with success as well, while Vladimir Malanjuk's trademark was the Leningrad variation. The modern engines show that it is not easy for White to get an advantage in the main lines. Instead of studying long theoretical lines (with no advantage guaranteed), GM Kiril Georgiev provides a positional weapon that is entirely based on understanding - 1.d4 f5 2.Bf4

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Positional Nimzo-Indian Repertoire - Part 2

In his second database, GM Mihail Marin completes the examination of Nimzo-Indian Defense. After dealing with the two main moves (4.Qc2 and 4.e3) in Part 1, he now analyzes all other possibilities for White. The Romanian grandmaster stays loyal to his style and suggests some less explored systems based on solid positional grounds. Following his repertoire, you shouldn't memorize long and forced lines but build a fundamental understanding of the arising positions and structures. The database contains 20 theoretical chapters and 15 test positions!

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Double Fianchetto System with GM Sipke Ernst (Video Database - 9 hours running time)

GM Sipke Ernst is here to teach you Double Fianchetto System for white where you simply fianchetto both bishops and then follow the blueprints of guys like Vladimir Kramnik to crush your opponents... without learning a single complicated theoretical line!

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London System Reloaded (Video Database - 14 hours running time)

The London System is a flexible opening which White can use virtually against any of Black’s setups. It starts with the moves 1.d4 and 2.Bf4. This makes it the perfect choice for busy club players who prefer to understand key strategic and tactical ideas instead of having to memorize an endless number of theoretical variations.

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Tactics Multiplier - The London System (Video Database - 8 hours running time)

IM Eric Rosen’s course on the essential tactics in the London System gives you a complete understanding of the typical patterns for both sides. The London System is a flexible opening which White can use virtually against any of Black’s setups. This makes it the perfect choice for players who prefer to understand key strategic and tactical ideas instead of having to memorize an endless number of theoretical variations.

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Expert Repertoire against Queen's Gambit Declined

It goes without saying that Queen's Gambit Declined is one of the most reliable weapons for Black. Even at the highest level, White is struggling to create problems. The fact that in his World Championship match against Carlsen, Caruana opted for this opening tells enough. In his new database, GM Roiz deals with the difficult task to suggest a repertoire against Queen's Gambit Declined. In this extensive survey, Roiz comes up with a number of rare concepts and novelties in topical positions. At the very least, we can say that his suggested repertoire creates tons of practical problems for Black. The database consists of 13 theoretical chapters and 15 interactive test positions.

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Tricky Repertoire against King's Indian Defence (1h 46min Running Time)

GM Boris Avrukh introduces his suggestion in the following way: "Thе move 5.Nge2 is usually considered merely as a surprise weapon against the KID, but it actually contains more venom than it might seem. I was quite sceptical about it at first because the knight does not seem to belong on g3 square when Black already has a pawn on g6. However, one of my students had great results with this system (often called Hungarian System) as White, so I decided to check it more deeply. After careful analysis, I came to the conclusion that this is indeed a very playable system for White that could even form a base for a long-term repertoire and not only a temporary weapon. Black needs to show very good home preparation not to be worse out of the opening, which can be seen in the analysis below."

This partner product is based on a video group lecture by GM Avrukh.

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Understand the Ruy Lopez

“Milking a cow.” This is how once Bronstein described the Ruy Lopez opening. Despite the heavily explored lines this remains one of the most colourful and rich openings ever. The complex nature of the arising positions, the huge variety of tactical and positional ideas make it a must for every chess player. The more we study and the deeper we dive into the Ruy Lopez the more and more secrets will be revealed and the better the understanding of the structure and the typical ideas would become.

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Tactics Multiplier - The Grünfeld Defense (Video Database - 8 hours running time)

The Grünfeld is a tactical opening by nature. However, understanding the key strategic concepts and different pawn structures which frequently arise will help you to navigate through the waters of the Grünfeld and spot the right candidate moves. More often than not, tactical and positional play go hand in hand. Many lines which allow you to achieve positional goals are justified tactically. If you don’t spot these subtle tactics, you won’t be able to improve your position.

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Complete Repertoire against Alekhine and Scandinavian

Zahar Efimenko prepared a database for White against the Alekhine Defence (1.e4 Nf6) and Scandinavian Defence (1.e4 d5). Both are relatively rare but quite provocative openings in the sense that Black lures White into pushing his central pawns in the opening, only to attack and undermine them later. Such an approach is often dangerous in shorter time controls as Black gives up some space in the centre and then tries to launch a counter-attack while waiting for White's mistake as he is defending his central pawns. Another similarity between the two is that in both cases Black puts a piece on d5 (a knight in the Alekhine and typically the queen in the Scandinavian Defence) as early as move 2. In some cases, there are even overlaps in the type of position that arises out of the opening, such as the Scandinavian gambit (2.exd5 Nf6) which can lead to an Alekhine-Defence type of position once Black recaptures on d5 with the knight. The database, which consists of 15 chapters and 15 test positions, can naturally be divided into two parts.

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