Opening Databases



Complete Modern Benoni Repertoire - Part 2

After dealing with all the Nf3-based systems, GM Mihail Marin completes his Modern Benoni with another amazing database. This time, he deals with dangerous systems like Three Pawns Attack, Saemisch System, Penrose System, as well as with some relatively rare variations. As always, Marin divides his database into three sections - Pawn Structures, Theoretical Section, and Test Section.

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Positional Repertoire against the French

French Defence is a tough nut to crack. This opening has a reputation for being a very good counter-attacking weapon. It was used with success by almost all the great players at the past and nowadays. Since the arising middlegames are extremely complex, usually, all three results are possible. Above-mentioned considerations explain why the choice of weapon against the French Defence is so important when we play 1.e4. In the current database, IM Renier Castellanos suggests a positional repertoire against the French which is based on the so-called Tarrasch Variation.

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Classical Repertoire Against Bogo - Indian Defence

The Bogo - Indian Defence is one of the most topical opening after 1.d4. Every 1.d4 player should be very well prepared against it. White has several ways to meеt 3...Bb4+, but 4.Bd2 - is the most natural option, which would be the topic of the current survey. White is not aiming to get the pair of bishops but is continuing the normal development, counting on his space advantage in the center. What I like about the line 4.Bd2 is that White's play is natural and positionally sound. It's true that often White's advantage will be marginal. However, I strongly believe that when your opening is based on a good positional ground, it's easier, at least from a practical point of view, to handle the position in the middle game as well

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Complete Repertoire against King's Indian Defense

How to play against the King's Indian is a question that every 1.d4 player faces. The world-renowned theoretician and author GM Boris Avrukh provides you with an answer. His antidote is based on the set-up with 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 d6 6.Be3. This is a very interesting move order that has not been particularly popular until the Russian Champion Grandmaster Alexander Riazantsev has started to employ it actively. In his new opening database for Modern Chess, Avrukh presents some of the ideas he found while working as the second to former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik.

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Modernes Repertoire gegen die Italienische Eröffnung

Aufgrund der Schwierigkeiten von Weiß, einen Vorteil gegen die Berliner Variante im Spanier zu erreichen, greifen immer mehr Topspieler zu Italienisch. Daher sollte jeder 1...e5 - Spieler auf diese Eröffnung vorbereitet sein. In seiner Datenbank empfielt GM Boris Avrukh eine moderne Herangehensweise an diese klassische Eröffnung. Er versorgt den Leser mit neuen und wirkungsvollen Ideen, die er in detaillierter Form erklärt. Damit eignen sich die vorliegenden Analysen nicht nur für Vereinsspieler, sondern auch für starke Großmeister. Zum Schluss erhält der Leser die Möglichkeit, das Gelernte anhand von Testfragen zu prüfen.

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Modern Repertoire against the Italian Game

Since White has serious problems to obtain an advantage in the Berlin Defence, top players started searching for new ideas in the Italian Game. That is why every 1...e5 player should have a solid weapon against this opening. In his database, GM Boris Avrukh suggests a modern approach to this classical opening. He provides the reader with detailed explanations and valuable new ideas. This feature makes the survey suitable not only for club players but also for top grandmasters. At the end of the database, the reader could find a test section which helps him to test his understanding.

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Complete Repertoire against the Benko Gambit

In his first opening database, GM Evgeny Postny provides us with a complete repertoire against the Benko Gambit. Instead of taking the pawn, White starts fighting for the initiative by playing 4.Qc2. In his analysis, GM Postny proves that even if Black plays correctly, White manages to retain a small edge in a risk-free position. This is certainly the scenario Benko players are afraid of.

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Positional Repertoire against Nimzo-Indian Defence

Nimzo-Indian Defence is one of the most difficult openings to meet when you play 1.d4. Given the fact that the arising positions are very complicated, Black fights for more than equality. In his database, GM Kiril Georgiev builds a repertoire for White which is mainly based on a positional understanding. He suggests the solid Rubinstein System which arises after 4.e3. In most of the proposed variations, the move 4.e3 is followed by 5.Nge2. GM Kiril Georgiev not only provides you with a number of interesting novelties but at the same time he explains all the positional subtleties of the arising positions.

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Fight the Queen's Gambit with the Vienna Variation

In this database, GM Aleksander Delchev observes the so-called Vienna Variation in Queen's gambit. The position arises after the first moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4. This is a very dynamic option which requires some exact knowledge. With this database, you will have a GM repertoire against 1.d4 and you will be ready to face strong opponents and even to outplay them. The database contains 50 illustrative games and 23 original, theoretical analyses which cover all the deviations and the main lines. After completing this database, you will be able to play the Vienna Variation even at a top level.

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Play the Berlin against Ruy Lopez - Part 2

In the first database concerning the Berlin, we have learned how to handle the Berlin Endgame which arises after the move 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8 Kxd8. As we have seen, if Black knows what he is doing in this endgame, it's extremely difficult for White to pose any problems.That's the reason why White started to look for some possible deviations from the Berlin Endgame. Despite the fact that such lines don't promise an advantage, the arising posиtions and structures are complex and tricky to handle. That's why Black should be very familiar with all the positional and tactical subtleties in order to avoid entering a difficult position.

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