Opening Databases (149)


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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Double Fianchetto System with GM Sipke Ernst (Video Database - 9 hours running time) 

GM Sipke Ernst is here to teach you Double Fianchetto System for white where you simply fianchetto both bishops and then follow the blueprints of guys like Vladimir Kramnik to crush your opponents... without learning a single complicated theoretical line!

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London System Reloaded (Video Database - 14 hours running time) 

The London System is a flexible opening which White can use virtually against any of Black’s setups. It starts with the moves 1.d4 and 2.Bf4. This makes it the perfect choice for busy club players who prefer to understand key strategic and tactical ideas instead of having to memorize an endless number of theoretical variations.

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Tactics Multiplier - The London System (Video Database - 8 hours running time) 

IM Eric Rosen’s course on the essential tactics in the London System gives you a complete understanding of the typical patterns for both sides. The London System is a flexible opening which White can use virtually against any of Black’s setups. This makes it the perfect choice for players who prefer to understand key strategic and tactical ideas instead of having to memorize an endless number of theoretical variations.

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Expert Repertoire against Queen's Gambit Declined 

It goes without saying that Queen's Gambit Declined is one of the most reliable weapons for Black. Even at the highest level, White is struggling to create problems. The fact that in his World Championship match against Carlsen, Caruana opted for this opening tells enough. In his new database, GM Roiz deals with the difficult task to suggest a repertoire against Queen's Gambit Declined. In this extensive survey, Roiz comes up with a number of rare concepts and novelties in topical positions. At the very least, we can say that his suggested repertoire creates tons of practical problems for Black. The database consists of 13 theoretical chapters and 15 interactive test positions.


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Tricky Repertoire against King's Indian Defence (1h 46min Running Time) 

GM Boris Avrukh introduces his suggestion in the following way: "Thе move 5.Nge2 is usually considered merely as a surprise weapon against the KID, but it actually contains more venom than it might seem. I was quite sceptical about it at first because the knight does not seem to belong on g3 square when Black already has a pawn on g6. However, one of my students had great results with this system (often called Hungarian System) as White, so I decided to check it more deeply. After careful analysis, I came to the conclusion that this is indeed a very playable system for White that could even form a base for a long-term repertoire and not only a temporary weapon. Black needs to show very good home preparation not to be worse out of the opening, which can be seen in the analysis below."

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