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Understand the Sicilian - 20 Must-Know Concepts (4h Running Time) 

In this introductory course, GM Bojkov presents to you the main pawn structures and most common strategical ideas for both sides to build upon our knowledge for the future. The Sicilian Defence is and will remain one of the most complex openings, but the proper understanding of the middle game and endgame principles will guide through the jungle of the lines. The general direction of the play will also help you determine what to trade and what to keep, what to avoid and what to aim for.

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Attack with Scotch Game - GM GM Avetik Grigoryan and GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (Video Database - 10+ hours running time) 

Players from all levels struggle to find a reliable repertoire for White after 1.e4 e5. Usually, Black is able to achieve a rock-solid position without theoretical problems. In this course, Armenian grandmasters Avetik Grigoryan and Samvel Ter-Sahakyan make a strong case for the Scotch Game that arises after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 The current video course suggests playing trendy and aggressive lines. Besides deep explanations of tactical and positional ideas, you will find many novelties and unexplored ideas. The content is structured in a way that players of all levels can benefit. The basic section makes sure that you get a strong foundation. Those of you who want to go even deeper can examine the Advanced Section which is very useful for a level of 2200+.

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Symmetrical English - Complete Repertoire for Black (6 hours video running time) 

Welcome to the Symmetrical English Repertoire Against 1.c4. 1.c4 has gained a lot of popularity these days. It is catching up with moves like 1.d4 and 1.e4.1.c4 also provides many opportunities to transpose to other openings in 1.d4, for example, the Catalan Defence. By playing the Symmetrical English starting with 1...c5 in response to 1.c4, we cut many of White's options to transpose to 1.d4 openings. Also, as you will witness, symmetrical English is a solid reply to 1.c4. While writing this repertoire and analyzing the lines in it, one of the author's main intentions was to recommend lines that are relatively fresh and has been tried in a few games rather than suggesting lines that have been played in hundreds and thousands of games and given in many books written on repertoires against the English opening. By learning some new and rarely played lines, we also carry an element of surprise. Of course, it is not possible to find new lines everywhere, but whenever possible, GM Dhopade made sure he includes some fresh suggestions and recommendations.


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Arkhangelsk Variation - Lifetime Solution for Black (Update - 18.05.2021)  Updated 

Welcome to the latest opening project of GM Boris Avrukh - Arkhangelsk Variation. Having worked on this opening with Fabiano Caruana, Avrukh is one of the biggest Arkhangelsk experts in the world. With a video running time of 6 hours and an integrated memory trainer, this project is different from anything we have done so far. After studying a given chapter, you can immediately challenge your knowledge via the memory trainer. All the training lines incorporated in the memory trainer are carefully selected by our team of grandmasters. In this way, we make sure that you will remember all the must-know key ideas and sequences.


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Accelerated Dragon with GM Alex Fier (Video Database - 9 hours and 55 mins running time) 

GM Alex Fier’s brand-new course on the Sicilian Accelerated Dragon gives you a complete understanding of essential fundamental ideas and tactical patterns… to get you ready for your next tournament game.

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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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