Opening Databases

Scotch Repertoire for Black

In the current database, GM Robert Hungaski will be offering you a comprehensive repertoire against the Scotch Opening. After the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4, he suggests the move 4...Bc5 with the idea to provide you with sound and intuitive positions. In his explanations, besides theoretical knowledge, the author pays attention to all the important positional ideas as well. Moreover, if you are a diligent student of the opening, you will also be able to incorporate some forced lines by which you can try to create concrete problems for your opponent very early in the game.

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Queen's Gambit Declined for Black - Part 2

Welcome to the second and final database dedicated to Queen's Gambit Declined. In Part 1, GM Marin has dealt with all the systems based on Bg5. This database mostly features the lines in which White opts for Bf4 via different move orders. The repertoire is very practical. When possible, Marin suggests rare and relatively unexplored continuations. Of course, all the lines have a solid positional foundation. The database includes three sections - Pawn structures, Theoretical Part, and Test Section.

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Complete Spanish Repertoire for Black - Sidelines

Welcome to the second and final Ruy Lopez database by GM Michael Roiz. In this survey, the author deals with all the variations except Breyer (which was covered in Part 1 ). True to his approach, Roiz provides you with reliable lifetime solutions. In many lines, he suggests new concepts or revives well forgotten old approaches. The vast majority of the lines are based on understanding. Once you finish and understand the current database, even if you do not follow every new game, you will enjoy a complete solution for your problems against Ruy Lopez. Thus, you will have plenty of time to focus on other aspects of your chess preparation. The database consists of 18 theoretical chapters and 18 interactive tests.

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Anti-Sicilian Repertoire - 2...e6 and Sidelines

Welcome to the third part of the Anti-Sicilian series which will mostly cover what to play against the ever-sharp 2...e6 Sicilian and other important sidelines. In the majority of the chapters, GM Neiksans will be advocating the fianchetto of the white bishop to g2, combined with a thrust in the centre d2-d4. Although the author cannot always promise an advantage, the variations tend to be fresh and in most cases - very entertaining.

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Queen's Gambit Declined for Black - Part 1

The Tartakower System has the reputation of being one of the most complicated lines in Queen's Gambit Declined. By playing early ...b7-b6 followed by ...Bb7, Black solves his main problem in QGD positions - the development of the light-squared bishop. Since the arising positions are very dynamic, this is a perfect variation for ambitious players. The current database is dealing with the systems in which White plays Bg5. Before diving into the deep theory, GM Mihail Marin covers 6 structures you should know. Armed with this structural knowledge, the reader can easily understand the theory. The database contains 6 pawn structures, 18 theoretical lines and 30 interactive test positions.

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Complete Scotch Repertoire

The Scotch Game has recently gained popularity as many top-level players have used it frequently. One of the benefits of choosing this opening is that White is taking his opponent out from his comfort zone in Italian and Ruy Lopez. The Scotch becomes very popular when Gary Kasparov scored many important wins with this opening. Nowadays almost all top players tried it from time to time, but Nakamura and Nepomniachti played it regularly and very successfully. IM Ris is providing us with a complete repertoire for White which offers many new and unexplored ideas. The main tactical and strategical ideas are very well explained, but also many interesting novelties are revealed. The database contains 15 Theoretical Chapters and 15 Test Positions.

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Complete Spanish Repertoire for Black - The Breyer System

The Ruy Lopez remains one of the most popular chess openings, both at club level and among top players. According to many grandmasters, this is the most complex opening in chess. Almost all world champions played it with both colours. Studying this opening will not only provide you with a repertoire but will increase your general chess understanding. In his two-part series, the renowned theoretician GM Michael Roiz is providing us with a complete repertoire for Black against it. In the current database, the author builds a repertoire based on the Breyer Variation. Roiz explains all strategical and tactical subtleties and proposes many fresh and unexplored ideas.

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Complete Caro - Kann Repertoire for Black - Part 3

In the third part of his Caro-Kann trilogy, GM Firat covers the Panov Аttack, Exchange Variation and minor sidelines for White on moves 2 and 3. He remains true to his investigative approach, uncovering new ideas and reviving forgotten development systems in virtually every variation. He often seeks dynamic options, not shying away from material sacrifices to solve opening problems or even take over the initiative with Black early in the game. Some of his novelties will have an added surprise value, as the opponent has likely not analyzed them in depth, or at all. In more solid variations, he offers sound positional advice when necessary, such as which plans to follow, which pieces to exchange, and which move orders to go for and which to avoid.

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Complete Najdorf Repertoire for Black - Part 3

The third and final database covers some of the most dangerous and topical systems against the Najdorf as well as all the sidelines. You will find a complete repertoire against the following moves: 6.h3, 6.Be3, 6.a3, 6.h4, 6.Bd3, 6.Nf3, 6.Qf3, 6.Qe2, and 6.Qd3. While 6.h3 and 6.Be3 are considered to be a mainstream theory, other moves are interesting sidelines. In the past few years, the approach in the opening has changed a little, and people are now looking to get a playable position with interesting possibilities instead of going for theoretical discussions and long forced lines (We may want to call it the "Magnus Carlsen" effect!). Due to this new approach, White players switched to less exploited fields in order to pose new problems for Black in the Najdorf. We will see that despite those lines not being concrete or so aggressive-looking as the ones analyzed in database 2, Black should be aware of them as to avoid getting into trouble. The database consists of 3 sections - Typical Pawn Structures, Theoretical Section and Test Section.

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Aggressive Repertoire against the Gruenfeld

Everyone, who is a 1.d4 player encountered a problem - what to do against the Gruenfeld Defence? It is a sound opening in which Black attacks White's center from the very beginning. In many lines, the theory goes so far that many games end in a forced draw without even a single own move from both players. In this database, GM Postny proves that the aggressive 5.h4 creates serious practical problems for Black. The author deals with many relatively unexplored position. In all the critical lines, he provides fresh ideas and novelties. After studying this database, you can play 5.h4 at any level.