Opening Databases



Play the Makagonov against King's Indian Defence

The system based on an early h2-h3 is named after the Soviet International Master Vladimir Makogonov who has used it with success more than half a century ago. Spassky revealed the essence of this opening very clearly: "White prepares the bishop's development to e3 by defending against the threat of ...Ng4. Besides, he has g2-g4 in mind, when unlike in the Saemisch attack, the f3-square is available for the knight". In this system, Black should know very well what he is doing in order not to find himself in a strategically lost position. In Makagonov, the understanding of the positional ideas is a way more important than the knowledge of concrete lines. That is the reason why besides the theoretical knowledge, Mihail Marin provides a complete overview of the arising structures as well as 30 strategical tests.

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Opening Trends in Sicilian, Caro-Kann, Philidor, Scandinavian, Pirc, and Alekhine - Batumi Olympiad

In Part 1 of his opening review of the Batumi Olympiad, GM Boris Avrukh covered all the opening developments in 1.e4 e6 and 1.e4 e5. The current database deals with all other Black's responses to 1.e4. As it was the case with the first part, the author goes through all the theoretically important games. Besides, making a short theoretical overview of each line and pointing out the novelties, the author often suggests improvements on his own. The database consists of 30 chapters which cover different theoretical lines. Such a format is ideal for those of you who want to follow the latest developments in their repertoire.

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Romanishin Variation against the Nimzo-Indian - Repertoire for White

The so-called Romanishin Variation is getting very popular recently. White goes for a flexible setup with the idea to build a long-term positional pressure. The fact that Black has plenty of ways to meet the Romanishin Variation makes its preparation arduous. Black’s available lines are fluctuating from solid equalizing attempts to highly complex and risky tries. As we can see Black faces an annoying dilemma, playing solid aiming for equality would mean in practice being under pressure for several moves. On the other hand, the interesting unbalanced lines tend to be risky. This line was first played by Akiba Rubinstein, later by Alekhine and much later in the 70s Oleg Romanishin used it extensively and with success, but perhaps the most important milestone for the variation came in 1985 when Kasparov used it successfully to beat Karpov. Nowadays, it is employed by the World’s best players occasionally.

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Opening Trends in 1.e4 e5 and 1.e4 e6 - Batumi Olympiad

In his newest database, GM Avrukh makes a detailed overview of all the lines in 1.e4 e5 and 1.e4 e6 (French Defence). The author took for base all games played at the Chess Olympiad in Batumi. This is the biggest chess event in the world and countless new ideas were shown there. The reader has the unique chance to see how the novelties are dealt with in one of the most famous chess opening laboratories in the world - the one of the famous theoretician GM Boris Avrukh. In the 27 chapters, you can find more than 100 novelties played in Batumi. The author gives his opinion about each line. He introduces new ideas but also shows previous and important for the opening theory lines and variations.

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Complete Najdorf Repertoire for Black - Part 2

In Part 1, IM Renato Quintillano wrote a quick summary of Black's main ideas and goals in the Najdorf, explaining the reasons why he thinks it is the most reliable option for Black in the Sicilian. In that database, he dealt with the positional lines, in which White wants to keep the position under control and prevent Black from taking the initiative, playing for a small advantage and a strategic approach. Time has come now to deal with those uncompromising lines, in which White seeks a direct attack against the black king, initiating a bloody battle for the initiative. Here the game tends to develop in a very concrete way, and both sides need to search for tactical resources and attacking ideas, instead of strategic motifs and positional maneuvers, as in the first database. Some move orders and subtleties gain in importance now, and strong calculation skills are required.

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1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 - Ragozin and Queen's Gambit with 4...a6 for Black

In the second installment of 'Repertoire for Black against 1.d4', GM Kuljasevic suggests an opening repertoire against 3.Nf3 based on the Ragozin Defense (4...Bb4) and Modern Queen's Gambit (4...a6). Similarly to the Repertoire against the Catalan, the idea is to have one equalizing opening system that you would be comfortable playing against strong opponents, as well as one sharp system that you would use to imbalance the game, get your opponent out of his comfort zone, or just get a playable game without much opening theory, hoping to outplay him in the long run. In this database, the Ragozin Defense will have the role of a solid equalizing weapon, while the Modern Queen's Gambit will be the sharp one.

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Complete Najdorf Repertoire for Black - Part 1

The Najdorf is the most popular Sicilian played in tournaments, and our author IM Renato Quintiliano considers it the most reliable option in the Sicilian universe. It promises an active game for Black and real chances of playing for a win. The main practical problem for Black, however, is that White has a really wide range of options to face the Najdorf. White can even avoid an open and sharp battle for the initiative and instead go for more solid and positional lines, which can prove a problem for aggressive Black players. It means that if you want to develop a deep knowledge about the Sicilian Najdorf, in order to use this opening as a weapon in your repertoire, it is necessary to not only be aware of long and sharp theoretical lines, but also of positional ideas, typical maneuvres and structures, developing a good strategic understanding about them. These positional lines will be the subject of our first (of three) databases dedicated to the Sicilian Najdorf.

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Complete Caro - Kann Repertoire for Black - Part 1

In his first database for Modern Chess, GM Burak Firat starts building a complete Caro-Kann repertoire for Black. The current database features the variation which arises after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6. Before dealing with the theory, GM Firat explains the most important pawn structures. In his analysis, he comes up with many new ideas in topical positions.

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Taimanov Attack against the Modern Benoni

This database features a powerful weapon against the Modern Benoni - the Taimanov Attack. Being able to effectively cope with this very popular defense is crucial for the success of a 1.d4 player. The repertoire covered in this database provides the required knowledge to achieve an opening edge.

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Rossolimo Variation against the Sicilian - Complete Repertoire against 2...Nc6

Rossolimo variation seems to be the only reasonable alternative to the main lines. In this database, GM Neiksans tries to stay true to the original spirit of the first part and offer you variations which are easy to remember and play on the board. After all, that is the whole concept of the Anti-Sicilian approach!

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