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Symmetrical English - Complete Repertoire for White

Symmetrical English is one of the most strategic openings. In order to play with success, one needs a very good understanding of the typical positional ideas and pawn structures. There are no so many lines that require memorization. Therefore, this repertoire is very attractive for people who are tired of studying long computer preparations. The current database consists of 3 sections - Typical Positions, Theory, and Test Section. In other words, you will find 16 must-know typical positions, 16 theoretical chapters, and 15 interactive test positions.

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Solid Repertoire against 1.d4 - Slav Defence - Part 3

In his third, final database on the Slav IM Quintillano focuses on the highly important and critical tabiya which arises after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 As Renato himself admits, he did not except this position to be THIS theoretically demanding and challenging. To quote the author: “If I had been told before that the whole database would be required in order to cover one position, I would laugh hard. But, the arising positions turned out to be so complicated and interesting! I am very happy with the result of this research as I believe I've done a great job and now the readers can be very confident about the opening outcome and the arising middlegame positions.”.

Features:     Downloadable in PGN      Interactive tests


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

Every opening has its own stock of tactical motifs. Therefore, you also have to know the typical tactical patterns which frequently occur in your opening. GM Mihail Marin’s course on the essential patterns in the French Defense gives you a complete understanding of typical tactical and strategic patterns for both sides.

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Sicilian Defence - Repertoire against White's Sidelines after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6

Zahar Efimenko is not only an extremely strong GM but also a famous coach and Vladimir Kramnik's former second. His theoretical research is known for its profoundness as well as the amplitude of fresh ideas. In his current database, which happens to be his second work for Modern Chess, he comes up with a solution to a very significant issue – how to meet the Anti-Sicilians? Any Najdorf, Dragon and whatnot player studies his favourite Open Sicilian variations and learns them by heart. But, what to do when it comes to the nasty 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 or 3.Bb5+? This is what this work is about. The current database consists of 12 theoretical chapters and 15 interactive test positions

Features:     Downloadable in PGN      Interactive tests


Aggressive Repertoire against the French Defence - Part 2

This is the second part of the repertoire – in Part 1, he analyzed 3...dxe4 and 3...Nf6. In this database, Ruslan covers such sidelines as 3...Nc6 and 3...h6 before moving on to the dreaded Winaver Variation 3...Bb4. His current work consists of 9 theoretical chapters and 2 model games that would allow you to deepen your positional understanding of the standard plans, ideas and manoeuvres while also recalling and learning the tactical nuances. Additionally, in the Test Section, you will find 15 interactive test positions.

Features:     Downloadable in PGN      Interactive tests


Solid Repertoire against 1.d4 - Slav Defence - Part 2

In this database, IM Renato Quintillano comes up with the second part of his three-part series on the Slav Defense. As you know, the first part was devoted to sidelines and interesting attempts White can throw at Black early on. The current work is dedicated to the very serious mainlines after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 as well as 4.Nc3.

Features:     Downloadable in PGN      Interactive tests


Complete Guide to the Ruy Lopez Exchange Structure

This pawn structure usually arises after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 from one of the following lines: A) 3... a6 4.Bxc6 (Exchange Spanish) B) 3...a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Bxc6 or 5.0-0 Be7 6 Bxc6 (Delayed Exchange Spanish) C) 3...Nf6 4.Bxc6 (Anti-Berlin) In the introduction, GM Aleksander Delchev writes: n my survey, I deal with this position both from White and Black's perspective. Besides improving your play in the abovementioned theoretical lines, this material is designed to improve your general chess understanding as well. Hopefully, you will get a better feeling of the following strategical aspects: play with and against a bishop pair, find the right plan and execute the right pawn break in static structures, the importance of the space advantage, play positions with opposite castles. Additionally, I am sure that this database will help you to increase your endgame technique since I provide a number of instructive examples.

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Meet 1.Nf3 with 1...d5 - Complete Repertoire against 2.b3, 2.c4, 2.g3

In his second database for Modern Chess, the Ukrainian FM with 2 IM norms and an experienced coach Yuriy Krykun analyses the pesky sidelines and interesting mainlines that arise after 1.Nf3 d5. He focuses on three continuations: 2.g3, 2.c4 and 2.b3. As Yuriy himself explains, “While for some players those move orders don't present much of a difficulty: say, most Slav players would meet 2.c4 with 2...c6, while QGD players will play 2...e6, it is a very important subject to cover. The reason is that for one, those move orders are often tried to get you out of book or move-order you in some line you might not want to play. Secondly, the suggestions presented here are universal and would suit you no matter what your main opening after 2.d4 is – whether it is the Slav, Queen's Gambit Declined, Queen's Gambit Accepted, or anything else. And, finally, it is always nice to have some variety as opposed to being forced to play what White wants: the Anti-Meran, the Anti-Queen's Gambit, etc”. The current database contains 11 theoretical chapters and 15 test positions that would check both your tactical and positional knowledge, as well as how carefully you have remembered some important opening ideas and move orders.

Features:     Downloadable in PGN      Interactive tests


Play the Owen Defense against 1.c4

The Owen Defence is one of the most interesting and original among hyper-modern openings. It combines ideas from several different openings, such as the Queen's Indian, the Bogo-Indian, the Nimzo-Indian and the Dutch. Black completely refrains from occupying the centre with his pawns and controls it with his pieces from afar, frequently involving the f-pawn in the process. This database aims to offer a complete Owen repertoire against 1.c4 that avoids transpositions to the Queen's Indian or other main openings. The database consists of 24 theoretical chapters and 16 interactive test positions.

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Play Queen's Gambit Declined against 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 - Part 1

In the introduction to the current database, GM Eljanov writes: The Queen's Gambit Declined is truly a lifetime opening. Like no other it passed the test of centuries of chess practice. This opening was employed by almost all old maestros including Morphy, Chigorin and Steinitz as well as by modern super grandmasters like Carlsen, Ananda, Caruana and many others. Different move orders were popular at different times. If in the old days it was considered safe to allow the Carlsbad Variation after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5, nowadays most modern maestros tend to avoid typical Carlsbad pawn chains with Black and opt for 3...d5 only in response to 3.Nf3. Strangely enough, yours truly almost never played Queen's Gambit Declined with Black. Nevertheless, I suppose that it perfectly suits my style and chess philosophy. In this database, I decided to analyse Queen's Gambit Declined from Black's point of view and chose the most straightforward way to challenge the main move 5.Bf4 (after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4) with 6...c5!?. At some point, this move was a bit in the shadow of the solid 6...Nbd7 but recently it began to gain popularity again thanks to top GMs Nakamura, Caruana and Anand first of all.

Features:     Downloadable in PGN      Interactive tests