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Opening Databases (134)


Carlsen's Alekhine Defence with IM David Fitzsimons (Video Database - 19+ hours running time) 

IM David Fitzsimons is here with his brand-new course “Carlsen’s Alekhine Defence”, where he dissects Carlsen’s most popular games in the Alekhine Defence—and finds out the secret behind his wins against his super-strong and highly prepared opponents.

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Play the Scandinavian - Complete Repertoire for Black 

In his first database for Modern Chess, GM Martin Lorenzini offers a combative repertoire against 1.e4. He presents us with the Scandinavian Defence. This opening is a rare guest at the top-level but can be a hazardous weapon for club players. The Argentinian GM defends Scandinavian with Black pieces on many occasions and is one of the great specialists for Black. He offers an aggressive repertoire, and all the lines are analyzed in great depth. The arising positions are all double-edged and give Black the chance to fight for the initiative from the start. The database contains 20 theoretical chapters and 21 test positions.


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Nimzo-Indian Complete Repertoire for White with GM Davorin Kuljasevic (Video Database - 11 hours running time) 

In this 11-hour course, GM Kuljasevic explains important ideas behind Classical Nimzo and arms you with the Grandmaster level opening repertoire that'll serve you a lifetime. The repertoire is based on 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 GM Kuljasevic explains not just the move orders, subtleties, and best variations but most importantly the middlegames, typical pawn structures, piece manoeuvres, common piece exchanges, and other strategically important concepts.

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1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nbd2 - Practical Repertoire for White 

Nowadays, it is getting extremely difficult to find fresh ideas in the opening. When you play White, it is not easy at all to even create some practical problems for your opponent. In his new database, GM Pavel Eljanov presents a very interesting and relatively unexplored idea - 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nbd2!? This flexible move is often quite annoying for the fans of King's Indian and Gruenfeld. Besides preparing the advance e2-e4, White is ready to restrict Black's dark-squared bishop by means of c2-c3. This approach has a huge practical value. Instead of delving into endless theoretical debates, White is heading for less explored positions when most likely he will be more experienced than his opponent. An additional advantage of this system is that it can be used even against the Pirc Defence.


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Understand the Italian Game (Running Time - Approx.4 hours) 

In this video series, GM Dejan Bojkov presents all the important ideas that an Italian player should know. Having experience with both colours, GM Bojkov explains all the subtle ideas in a very systematic way. After studying this video database, you will be able to build your Italian repertoire on a solid foundation.

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King's Indian Attack Mastermind with GM Jacek Stopa (Video Database - 10+ hours running time) 

GM Jacek Stopa gives you 10 hours of training in King’s Indian Attack and covers how GMs like Fischer, Kramnik and Sasikiran used this chess opening for White in their very own way. You’ll learn an easy-to-remember, non-theoretical system for White that had the 100% approval of Bobby Fischer himself.

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Sicilian Defence - Repertoire against White's Sidelines on the Second Move 

If you are a Sicilian player, you will mostly face different sidelines. Due to the complexity of the main lines, the vast majority of your opponents will try to surprise you as early as move 2. Some of the early deviations are very dangerous. Therefore, even top-level players try them from time to time. In this database, GM Efimenko provides a fighting repertoire against White's deviations on move 2. The database is rich in novelties and new concepts. The material is divided into 17 huge theoretical chapters and 16 interactive test positions.


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Dynamic Anti - Catalan Repertoire 

In the introduction to the current database, GM Kuljasevic writes, "Catalan Opening is one of the most popular closed openings on all levels. For White players, its main appeal is in its general soundness and flexibility. White usually expects to nurture a slight positional advantage in the middlegame or even well into the endgame, which is not something that black players typically enjoy. Moreover, White have several different move orders, combining moves d4, c4, g3 and Nf3 in different sequences, to get their favourite Catalan positions. Thus, I decided to create a 'Dynamic Anti-Catalan Repertoire for Black' with two main goals in mind: 1. To provide an opening repertoire that leads to dynamic positions in Catalan. 2. To address all the important move orders that White players typically use in this opening". The database includes 10 theoretical chapters and 15 interactive test positions.


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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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