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Opening Databases (172)


Understand the King's Indian Defence - Pawn Structures, Tactical Ideas, Endgames, and Theoretical Trends

The camp dedicated to the King's Indian Defence is already a digital product. This product includes all the videos from the camp as well as the PGN file related to the training sessions. Overall, the material consists of approximately 10 hours of video and a PGN database which includes 134 files!

Features:     Downloadable in PGN      Interactive Tests      Video Content


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."

This partner product is based on a video group lecture by GM Avrukh.

Partner Product:

AskAvrukh

Features:     Downloadable in PGN      Video Content


Masterclass - Improve Your Defence

The masterclass dedicated to the defence is already a digital product. This product includes all the videos from the masterclass as well as the PGN file related to the training sessions. Overall, the material consists of approximately 5 hours of video and a PGN database which includes 77 files!

Features:     Downloadable in PGN      Interactive Tests      Video Content


Understand the Ruy Lopez

“Milking a cow.” This is how once Bronstein described the Ruy Lopez opening. Despite the heavily explored lines this remains one of the most colourful and rich openings ever. The complex nature of the arising positions, the huge variety of tactical and positional ideas make it a must for every chess player. The more we study and the deeper we dive into the Ruy Lopez the more and more secrets will be revealed and the better the understanding of the structure and the typical ideas would become.

Partner Product:

Bojkov

Features:     Downloadable in PGN      Video Content


Accelerate Your Chess – GingerGM Simon Williams (Video Database - 15 hours running time)

Following on from his two hugely popular Master Methods, “GingerGM” Simon Williams has produced a 15-hour course designed to take you to the next level in your chess. Simon has collected the games that led to breakthroughs in his own development, and takes you through each one in such a way that you make the discoveries for yourself - a far more powerful method of teaching/learning than simply giving you the answers.

Partner Product:

iChess

Features:      Video Content


Tactics Multiplier - The Grünfeld Defense (Video Database - 8 hours running time)

The Grünfeld is a tactical opening by nature. However, understanding the key strategic concepts and different pawn structures which frequently arise will help you to navigate through the waters of the Grünfeld and spot the right candidate moves. More often than not, tactical and positional play go hand in hand. Many lines which allow you to achieve positional goals are justified tactically. If you don’t spot these subtle tactics, you won’t be able to improve your position.

Partner Product:

iChess

Features:      Video Content


Workshop - Improve Your Positional Play - Part 2

The second workshop dedicated to the positional play is already a digital product. This product includes all the videos from the workshop as well as the PGN file related to the training sessions. Overall, the material consists of approximately 7 hours of video and a PGN database which includes 136 files!

Features:     Downloadable in PGN      Interactive Tests      Video Content


Caro-Kann Camp - Pawn Structures, Tactical Ideas, Endgames, and Theoretical Trends

The Caro-Kann is one of the most popular and reliable openings nowadays. The current camp is designed to provide you with all key concepts related to the Caro-Kann. Due to the variety of possible pawn structures, the knowledge of this opening will contribute to the improvement of your general chess understanding.

Features:     Downloadable in PGN      Interactive Tests      Video Content


Complete Repertoire against Alekhine and Scandinavian

Zahar Efimenko prepared a database for White against the Alekhine Defence (1.e4 Nf6) and Scandinavian Defence (1.e4 d5). Both are relatively rare but quite provocative openings in the sense that Black lures White into pushing his central pawns in the opening, only to attack and undermine them later. Such an approach is often dangerous in shorter time controls as Black gives up some space in the centre and then tries to launch a counter-attack while waiting for White's mistake as he is defending his central pawns. Another similarity between the two is that in both cases Black puts a piece on d5 (a knight in the Alekhine and typically the queen in the Scandinavian Defence) as early as move 2. In some cases, there are even overlaps in the type of position that arises out of the opening, such as the Scandinavian gambit (2.exd5 Nf6) which can lead to an Alekhine-Defence type of position once Black recaptures on d5 with the knight. The database, which consists of 15 chapters and 15 test positions, can naturally be divided into two parts.

Features:     Downloadable in PGN      Interactive Tests


Positional Nimzo-Indian Repertoire - Part 1 (Video Version)

In this project, he is launching a very ambitious series of databases devoted to the “queen of openings” - the Nimzo-Indian. Arguably, the Nimzo, alongside with the Ruy Lopez, are the two openings every single top-player and almost every single GM have played at some point of their careers. The Nimzo is so vastly popular due to its versatility and flexibility – you can get literally any type of position, such as IQP, hanging pawns, positions with the bishop pair, pawn chains, lead in development, etc. Both sides have a massive amount of choice almost on every move.

Features:      Video Content      Video Version