Practical 1.d4 Repertoire for White Part 2

Must-Know Endgames for 1.d4 Players

Play the Caro-Kann - Part 1 (7.5h Running Time) 


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Introduction and Free Preview  Free
  • LECTURE 1 - Video Lecture  Closed
  • 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4  Closed
  • 4.g4  Closed
  • 4.Nd2 e6 5.Nb3 - Model Games  Closed
  • Titled Tuesday intern op 16th Feb - Gokerkan, Cem Kaan - Abdusattorov, Nodirbek  Closed
  • Speed - So, Wesley - Abdusattorov, Nodirbek  Closed
  • White Avoids Knight Exchange  Closed
  • Closed Positions  Closed
  • Rated Blitz game - blueberry_pancakes - GrigorGrigorov  Closed
  • Rated Blitz game - blueberry_pancakes - GrigorGrigorov  Closed
  • The System with 4.Be3  Closed
  • 4.c4  Closed
  • 4.Bd3  Closed
  • 4.Ne2  Closed
  • LECTURE 2 - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Queenside Importance  Closed
  • Preparing ...c6-c5  Closed
  • Backward Pawn on d4 - Main Problem  Closed
  • Backward Pawn on d4  Closed
  • Structure with a pawn on e5  Closed
  • Closed Centre  Closed
  • Central Tension  Closed
  • Positions with Pawn on e5 - Model Games  Closed
  • FRA-chT Top 16 GpB - Ganguly, Surya Shekhar - Marcelin, Cyril  Closed
  • Bundesliga 2223 - Kryvoruchko, Yuriy - Eljanov, Pavel  Closed
  • Asian Continental op 20th - Atabayev, Saparmyrat - Daneshvar, Bardiya  Closed
  • Backward Pawn on e6 - Model Game  Closed
  • Live Chess - Particle-Accelerator - GrigorGrigorov  Closed
  • Casablanca Mohammed op 4th - Albornoz Cabrera, Carlos Daniel - Pultinevicius, Paulius  Closed
  • LECTURE 3 - Video Lecture  Closed
  • 4.h4 and 5.c4  Closed
  • 4.h4 h5 5.Bd3 Bxd3 - 6.Qxd3 Qa5+ 7.Bd2  Closed
  • 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h5 5.Bd3 Bxd3 - 6.Qxd3 Qa5+ 7.Nd2  Closed
  • 4.h4 h5 5.Bd3 Bxd3 6.Qxd3 Qa5 - 7.c3 and 7.Nc3  Closed
  • Titled Tuesday intern op 18th Apr Late - Martinez Alcantara, Jose Eduardo - Eljanov, Pavel  Closed
  • 4.h4 h5 5.Bg5  Closed
  • LECTURE 4 - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Typical Endgames  Closed
  • Dream Endgame  Closed
  • Endgame - Q+N vs Q+N  Closed
  • Endgame - Q&R vs Q&R  Closed
  • Endgame - Q&2R vs Q&2R  Closed
  • Endgame - Q&B vs Q&N  Closed
  • Endgame - Same-Coloured Bishops  Closed
  • Endgame - B&R vs B&R  Closed
  • Endgame to Avoid  Closed
  • Dream Endgame - Model Games  Closed
  • Titled Tuesday intern op 14th Feb Late - Bayo Milagro, Alvaro - Svane, Rasmus  Closed
  • Wch Blitz - Tissir, Mohamed - Shimanov, Aleksandr  Closed
  • Bishop vs Knight - Model Games  Closed
  • Titled Tuesday intern op 28th Jun Late - Rostovtsev, Dmitry - Svane, Rasmus  Closed
  • Levitov Christmas Online Q3 - Khripachenko, Alexander - Svane, Rasmus  Closed
  • Rooks and Minor Pieces - Model Games  Closed
  • Titled Tuesday intern op 14th Dec - Alexakis, Dimitris - Tari, Aryan  Closed
  • Gaprindashvili Cup 3rd - Kacharava, Nikoloz - Jojua, Davit  Closed
  • Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 22nd - Hacker, Jonas - Halkias, Stelios  Closed
  • Knight vs Knight with Queens - Model Game  Closed
  • Katara Bullet Final - Carlsen, Magnus - Svane, Rasmus  Closed
  • The Problematic f3-Knight  Closed
  • Diverse Ideas  Closed
  • HUN-ch Rapid - Nagy, Lajos - Prohaszka, Peter  Closed
  • Titled Tuesday intern op 26th May - Biryukov, Mikhail - Lintchevski, Daniil  Closed
  • LECTURE 5 - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Classical Variation - Main Line  Closed
  • Classical Variation - 12.Be3 Nf8 13.c4  Closed
  • Positional Approach  Closed
  • 4...Nf6 - Sidelines  Closed
  • Plans with 0-0-0  Closed
  • Q&A Session  Closed
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    Play the Caro-Kann - Part 1


    The camp of GM Grigorov - Play the Caro-Kann - Part 1 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 7.5 hours of video and a PGN database which includes 68 files! 

    You will find the following lectures:

     Advance Variation - 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 - Sidelines

    Advance Variation - 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 - Short System

     Advance Variation - 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4

    1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 - Part 1

    1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 - Part 2

    Now, we shall take a look at the different lectures.

    Preview by GM Grigor Grigorov

    Advance Variation - 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 - Sidelines

    This lecture is dedicated to White's sidelines in the Advance Variation arising after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5


    The Advance Variation is the  critical test of the Caro-Kann Defence. Therefore, three lectures in the camp  are dedicated to this system. Nowadays, White's most challenging systems are  considered to be 4.Nf3 followed by Be2 (the so-called Short System) and 4.h4.  The first lecture examines all other continuations for White. Even though   they are listed as sidelines in the title, we should take them very seriously.  For instance the move 4.Nd2 proved to be very challenging and was tried by a  bunch of top-level players. In this lecture, I also examine all the systems  based on the advance g2-g4. I think that strong computers manage to provide  Black with very good antidotes to these sharp and complex lines. Additionally,  I cover the moves 4.Bd3 and 4.Be3. Once again, Black should know what he is  doing. When possible, I try to suggest systems that are based on understanding.  I am sure that this lecture will improve your general understanding of the  closed structures in the Caro-Kann Defence.

    Below, you shall see one of the lines.

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    Advance Variation - 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 - Short System

    This lecture is dedicated to White's most challenging line against the Caro-Kann Defence - the Short System. This variation is characterized by the moves 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2


    Thousands of games have  been played from this position. Black has tried a variety of different systems.  White, however, always manages to put an annoying positional pressure. Black's  main problem is that the lack of space makes it difficult to develop the  kingside pieces. After a long consideration, I have decided to recommend the  pet line of Eljanov - 5...Nd7 6.0-0 a5!?


    This is probably the most useful waiting move in the position. As you will see in this lecture, gaining space  on the queenside is very important for both sides. Depending on White's reaction, Black will decide how to develop the kingside pieces. If allowed, Black will obviously follow with ...a5-a4. One of the main points behind our system is that the most popular and natural 7.a4 is well met by 7...f6. Black's idea is to proceed with ...fxe5 followed by ...Bc5. The system with 6.  ..a5 is quite rare and fresh. Therefore, I consider it to be a very good  practical weapon against the Short Variation. Once again, the knowledge of the  typical structures and strategic ideas is way more important than the concrete theory.

    Below, you can take a look at one of the examples.


    Advance Variation - 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4

    This lecture features probably the most annoying White's system against the Caro-Kann Defence. The starting position of this line arises after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4


    Besides gaining space on the kingside, White is also preventing the move 4...e6 which will be answered with 5.g4. In order to secure the bishop, Black should make a concession on the kingside. The main move, and also my suggestion, is 4...h5

    In my opinion, White shouldn't be given the possibility to keep gaining space on the kingside. Of course, our choice  has its own drawbacks. The g5-square becomes a perfect outpost for the white bishop. On the other hand, the inclusion of the moves h2-h4 and ...h7-h5 makes White's kingside pawns somewhat rigid. Therefore, we don't need to be afraid of plans based on advancing the kingside pawns. White has a variety of different options in this position. Every single line requires good knowledge  and understanding from us. The good news is that Black is doing objectively fine. In the following examples, I try to transmit my entire understanding of  this system. In the arising complex positions, both sides can play for a win.

    Here is an example taken from the lecture.


    1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 - Part 1

    In this lecture, we start dealing with the Classical Variation which is characterized by the move 3.Nc3. The main topic of the last two lectures will be the position arising after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6 exf6


    For a very long time, this structure was considered to be inferior for Black. Therefore, this line was a rare guest in high-level practice.  Modern computers, however, changed our understanding of this structure. Strong players quickly understood that Black's doubled pawns on the kingside can be  an important asset as well. There are two main advantages provided by Black's kingside formation:

    1) safety for the king

    2) the possibility of winning space  on the kingisde without creating weaknesses

    The real revolution in this line started when Black realized that even the endgames are not as dangerous as it was considered before. It's not by accident that this lecture starts with the examination of the most important endgames. Once you know how to handle the different endgame positions, you will know which type of exchanges are  favourable for you. Believe me, exchange operations are extremely important in this line. In this lecture, you will also get a very good understanding of the important strategic ideas in this pawn structure. The theoretical coverage will be the subject of the last lecture.

    Below, you shall take a look at one of the examples.

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    1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 - Part 2

    The last lecture of the camp is basically a theoretical overview of the variation with 4...Nf6. This lecture consists of theoretical analysis which is designed to complete your repertoire for Black. The idea here is not to cover every single move that White has at his disposal. At the same time, all the critical lines are covered in great detail. Additionally, you will find further explanations regarding the typical ideas and structures.

    Below, you can take a look at one of the analysis.