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  1. Killer Endgames  Part 2: Intermediate to Advanced - GM Nick Pert (DVD)
    Killer Endgames Part 2: Intermediate to Advanced - GM Nick Pert (DVD) Learn More
  2. Collection Empire Échecs Vol. 1-10

    Nous sommes heureux de vous présenter le 1er pack de 10 Volume de la collection Empire Echecs en français! Cette collection Empire Echecs regroupe les 10 premiers volumes présentés par nos entraineurs professionnels: Axel Delorme, Guillaume Sermier, Jean Hébert et Nicolas Brunner.

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  3. The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory 2
    “Advance your opening play to the level of Masters / Grandmasters ! Learn the general principles of opening play. Get a powerful opening repertoire.” Learn More
  4. Two Knights Chigorin Gambit (4 video series)

    4. Ng5 in the Two Knight's Defense is an interesting, sharp move that practically wins a pawn by force, but Siegbert Tarrasch called it a "duffer's move".

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  5. Unlocking the Grandmaster’s Mind
    In this course, you will learn what makes a Grandmaster a master at chess. Is it his training or just psychology? We will reveal the secret of handling a wide variety of games, ranging from rapid games to standard games. Learn More
  6. Repertoire for White - Trompowsky Attack (8 part series)
    Repertoire for White - Trompowsky Attack (8 part series) Players: Stefanova, Paehtz, De Waal, Maisuradze, Congiu, Chernyshov, Golichenko, Maisuradze, Congiu, Chernyshov, Golichenko, Trompowsky, Endzelins, Adams, Xie, Hodgson, Tseitlin, Sokolov, Har-Zvi, Stefanova, Royset, Murshed, Ahmed ECO: D00, D03, A45 IM John Watson, with his video course, helps us build a strong and efficient repertoire of openings, for White and for Black. In this new series John teaches us how to use the Trompovsky Attack. After 1.d4 Nf6, instead of playing the very common moves 2.c4 or 2.Nf3, White plays 2.Bg5, sidestepping the endless amount of opening theory that has been written about the Indian Defences, such as the Queen's Indian, the Nimzo-Indian, the King's Indian, as well as the Grunfeld. Study with John the interesting Tromposvky attack; make it part of your opening repertoire and use it as a weapon when you play your games! Learn More
  7. Endgames by method (8 part series)
    Endgames by method Opening: : Player(s): Polugaevsky, Vasikukov Learn More
  8. GM Igor-Alexander Nataf

    I am a 38 years old Grandmaster from Paris, France and my current FIDE Rating at 01-02-2017 is 2535Elo (Best rating was 2598 some years ago)

    Member of French Olympic team in 2000 (Istambul) and 2004 (Palma de Mallorca)
    Winner of Numerous International tournaments in Europe (Reykjavik, Montecatini Terme,Den Haag, Andorra,etc.)
    Coach/Second since 13 years of an Elite Grandmaster (top 20 in the world, rating 2750 Fide+)
    In January 2017, my 15 years old Student (girl) became WIM and won Oceania Zonal, so she qualified for next world cup in Tbilisi 2017.

    I can help you in various chess area from general play (to solve practical problems that you may encounter on the board, like Zeitnot, spoiling winning positions ,etc...) or more specifical ones (repairing openings, building a repetoire adapted to YOUR style , strategical training, etc... )
    My rates are quite reasonable : I charge 60 USD for a single hour and 80 Dollars for a 2 hours (in a row) lesson

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  9. The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory
    Know the secrets of proper and efficient opening preparation. With a complete opening repertoire this is a must-have. Learn More
  10. CT-Art 5.0
    CT-ART is the world's most recognized and effective chess tactics course. The new CT-ART 5.0 combines three levels of chess tactics on three discs: CT-ART for Beginners is, as the name suggests, the best training course for beginners. It contains 150 teaching examples introducing you to typical chess combinations and 1500 new exercises meant to develop your playing skills and reinforce the knowledge acquired. The exercises are classified according to more than 30 tactical methods and motifs. Languages: English, French, Italian. CT-ART. Mating Combinations is an excellent course for club players. Prepared by the famous coach Victor Khenkin, it includes 1200 instructive examples on 14 themes, each of them illustrating the peculiarities of using certain pieces in mating combinations, and 700 exercises for you to solve. The exercises include refutations of wrong moves and other hints. Language: English. CT-ART 4.0. This excellent tactics course has been voted more than once by the chess experts as the best training program on chess tactics. CT-ART is an indispensable training tool for intermediate players. The course incudes 2,200 basic and 1,800 auxiliary exercises. Learn More
  11. The 150 Attack  (7 part series)
    New Ideas in…: The 150 Attack (7 part series). B07: Pirc defense. In the latest of his "New Ideas In... " series, GM Ronen Har-Zvi looks at " The 150 Attack, " a sharp line for white against the Pirc that was pioneered in the 1980s by a new generation of English players, such as John Nunn, Nigel Short and Mickey Adams. The main idea is Be3, Qd2, Bh6, advance the h-pawn and then deliver mate. Naturally, this seemed too good to be true and was quickly dubbed the 150 Attack (a peculiarity of the English grading system, with 150 equating to 1800 Elo), since it seemed that only a club player would use such a blatant attacking system and expect the game to finish in checkmate. Learn More
  12. Los 100 finales que hay que saber

    Por primera vez, el libro superventas “Los 100 finales que hay que saber” del GM Jesús de la Villa, ha sido editado en una serie de vídeos y comentados por el propio autor. La obra del GM español ha sido varias veces reimpresa y actualizada en castellano e inglés, siendo uno de los libros de finales más vendidos y populares de los últimos años. En esta serie de 54 vídeos exclusivos, el autor, además, aprovecha para ampliar y mejorar algunos ejemplos de la edición impresa.

    Otra novedad importante de la colección es la inclusión de 5 exámenes de 2 niveles diferentes (básico y avanzado), que incluyen 75 posiciones clave de finales, con su pregunta, pista y solución detallada. Así, el aficionado podrá medir su nivel en finales y su progreso -antes y después de disfrutar los vídeos.

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  13. CHESS Magazine Special Offer - One Year Subscription for FIRST TIME SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Rest of World
    CHESS Magazine Special Offer - One Year Subscription for FIRST TIME SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Rest of World Learn More
  14. Chess Strategy Mastery with GM Bryan Smith
    “A world’s renowned chess expert, GM Bryan Smith compiled over a decade of his experience as a player and coach creating a “university level” course on chess strategy.” Learn More
  15. Time, Space and Harmony – The Krush Method Master Method Series #08
    Understand the essence of chess with the Krush Method, the 7 hours course from 7 times US Women’s Chess Champion GM Irina Krush. Learn More
  16. Queen's Gambit Accepted (6 part series)
    Queen’s Gambit Accepted Opening: D21: Queen's Gambit Accepted Player(s): Greenfeld, Korchnoi, Vitiugov, Rublevsky, Graf, Ibarra Jerez, Giri, Laznicka, Kozuk, Sermek, Bagaturov, Lima, Gelfand, Lautier, Pelletier, Domont, Anand, Adianto, Kasparov, Kamsky, Avrukh, Rublevsky, Shariyazdanov, Rustemov, Alekhine, Gruenfeld Learn More
  17. GM Alexander Kochyev

    GM Alexander Kochyev. Lessons in English for 50 chekels/hour. Discounts for long-term courses. Blitz and post-mortem analysis. "finger Kochyev" for more info about my current pupils and myself.

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  18. Panov Botvinnik (9 part series)
    New Ideas in…: Panov Botvinnik (9 part series). B13, B14: Caro-Kann: Panov-Botvinnik attack, Caro-Kann: Panov-Botvinnik attack, 5...e6. Panov-Botvinnik Attack against the Caro-Kann Defense - a line that can also be transposed to from many openings, including the Queen's Gambit and the Nimzo-Indian Defense. The Panov-Botvinnik Attack has a unique important place in chess lore. After Capablanca adopted the Caro-Kann, it assumed a status as the solid way for Black to escape attacking efforts of e4 players. But Vasily Panov, a Soviet master, theoretician and Chess correspondent for "Izvestia", took a different view of the situation and decided to test Black's mettle with the direct action of 1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 exd5 cxd5 4 c4. Mikhail Botvinnik picked up on this and quickly formed it into a potent weapon that has since become the choice of determined king pawn players. Learn More
  19. The Caveman Caro-Kann: Advance variation (7 part series)
    Ronen's Opening Survey: The Caveman Caro-Kann: Advance variation (7 part series). B12: Caro-Kann: advance variation 4.h4 h6 5.g4. Gone are the days when the Advance variation in the Caro-Kann (1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 e5) was thought to be a poor cousin to the French Advance - now it is arguably one of White’s best ways to secure the advantage against the notoriously solid defense. And thanks to the likes of Nigel Short, Mickey Adams, Alexei Shirov and Peter Svidler et al., the White lines became so much more aggressive. These highly aggressive lines (with an early h4, g4 or Ne2) took a direct, almost bludgeoning approach to the game, so much so that it got coined as “The Caveman Caro-Kann: Advance variation.” And in a new series, GM Ronen Har-Zvi trends the developments in all the sharpest lines. Learn More
  20. Introduction to Thought Process (2 video series)
    NM Dan Heisman continues his "Intro" series, analyzing what is the "Thought process" in this video. Dan explains everything that happens since when your opponent makes a moves until you make yours. The thought processes that lead you to take decisions while playing a chess game. It is extremely important to be able to guide your thought processes towards the right direction, when you are faced with crucial decisions. Chess is a thinking game, and there's nothing more important than thought process. This is why NM Dan Heisman offers a second video on this particularly important aspect of the game. In this second video, Dan talks about analytical and non-analytical positions. One of the more important skills that a chess player has to develop is the "sense of danger". Studying this video will help you understand the importance of the thinking processes in chess. Learn More
  21. English Openings (5 part series)
    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: English Openings (5 part series) ECO: A22, A39, A25: English: Bellon gambit, English: symmetrical, main line with d4, English: Sicilian reversed With the London Chess Classic in full-swing, it is fitting we pay homage to the English Opening, made famous by Howard Staunton, who organized the great London International Tournament of 1851, the world's first international chess tournament. Many are confused what to play against 1 c4 because it has a reputation of being solid - but in a new series of GM Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide, over the next few weeks our guru takes a closer look at three enterprising gambit lines against the English, where an unsuspecting and unprepared White player can easily be intimidated and terrorized: 1) the Bellon Gambit with 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 Nf3 e4 4 Ng5 b5!? 2) English Symmetrical with…. 3) the reversed Grand Prix Attack with 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 f5 4 Bg2 Nf6 5 d3 Bc5 6 e3 f4!? made famous by Bobby Fischer after his famous 1969 New York Metropolitan League demolition job of Anthony Saidy. Learn More
  22. The London System – IM Eric Rosen [80/20 Tactics]
    If you want to really know an opening, you should be familiar with its typical positional ideas and remember the most important theoretical lines. But this is not enough. Learn More
  23. Classical King's Indian with 7 … exd4 (3 part series)
    Ronen's Opening Survey: Classical King's Indian with 7 … exd4 (3 part series). E93: King's Indian: orthodox variation. Ronen's show "Opening Survey" follows carefully the most recent trends in the chess world. Lately the King's Indian has been suffering big time, with GM Bacrot scoring 0 out 3 in the first rounds of the Biel Chess Festival, losing all his King's Indian games; it's time for our opening expert GM Ronen Har-Zvi to suggest ideas and opinions on this important piece of chess opening theory. In this new series Ronen will address the classical King's Indian with a more dynamic approach, opening the center and playing fast: Kramnik scored a fantastic win in Dortmund against Jan Gustafsson this year with the variation Ronen is taking in consideration in this series. Let's try and keep the King's Indian alive, with GM Ronen Har-Zvi! Learn More
  24. Anti-Dutch 2 Bg5 (5 part series)
    Ronen's Opening Survey: Anti-Dutch 2 Bg5 (5 part series). A80: Dutch, 2.Bg5 variation. Players wishing to play the Dutch Defense must certainly pay as much attention to Anti-Dutch systems as they do to the main line, as it is these very lines that can more frequently arise at club level. And one of the most popular is the tricky 1 d4 f5 2 Bg5, a line that’s certainly a blood brother of the Trompowsky Attack. Black has to be extremely careful when facing 2 Bg5, because many up against this line have fallen victim to a miniature with White winning with a crushing attack in under 25 moves. This line is also a favorite in online play, and especially here on ICC! And in a new series of Ronen’s Opening Survey, GM Ronen Har-Zvi explores the cut and thrust of the blood-thirsty Anti-Dutch with 2 Bg5. Learn More
  25. Pawn Chains (5 part series)
    Pawn Chains (5 part series) Players: Smyslov, Ciocaltea, Timman, Kasparov, Wade, Uhlman, horvath, Ivanchuk, Anand, Shirov, Donaldson, Felegan, Nakamura, Paschall, Gutteriez, Matamoros, Movsesian, Gurevich, Nimzowitsch, Salwe, Steiniz ECO: It's pawn structures that determine what kind of game is being played on the board. Most of the openings courses insist on what happens right out of the opening, leaving behind the very important part about how to place your pawns during the opening. In this series IM John Watson explains different types of pawn structures, and how they influence the whole game. Learn More
  26. Jaquemate
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  27. Alekhine's defense (6 part series)
    New Ideas in…: Alekhine's defense (6 part series). B02: Alekhine's defense. The new year brings with it a new Ronen Har-Zvi here on Chess.FM, as we rebrand his poplar weekly show from "New Idea In…" to "Ronen's Opening Survey". And in the first of his new series, our opening expert GM Ronen Har-Zvi shows just how best to handle the sometime difficult Alekhine's Defense with White's most reliable weapon of (1 e4 Nf6 2 e5 Nd5 d4 d6) 4 Nf3 - a solid line used by all the top players that continues to score big for White. Learn More
  28. QGD with 5.Bf4 (7 part series)
    Ronen's Opening Survey: QGD with 5.Bf4 (7 part series). D37: QGD: classical variation (5.Bf4). The Orthodox Defense to the Queen's Gambit (1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 Be7) is an extremely resilient system for Black, and a solid favorite of not just your average club player but also many of the world's top stars. For many years, the two main lines against it used to be 5 Bg5 or 5 cxd5. But in the early 1970s, Hungary's Lajos Portisch revived an old favorite of English player Joseph Blackburne (1841-1924) of 5 Bf4 with some pioneering new ideas in it. Players such as Kasparov, Karpov, Kramnik, Fischer, Carlsen, Topalov and Ivanchuk added it to their repertoire. And in a new series of Ronen's Opening Survey for Chess.FM, our resident openings expert, GM Ronen Har-Zvi, takes a closer look at the many attractions to the Queen's Gambit Declined with 5 Bf4 and why you also should be adding it to your repertoire. Learn More

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  30. GM Varuzhan Akobian: 'Tarraschin' 1 d4
    The Tarrasch Defense to the Queen's Gambit (1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c5) is an excellent choice for Black, especially for players at club level, as it offers the kind of free piece play and contests control of central space that they find easier to comprehend rather than some of the more complex, strategy-based systems. It was a great favorite of World Champions Boris Spassky and Garry Kasparov, not to mention its originator, Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch. The modern- day Tarrasch maven though is the young American GM Varuzhan Akobian, who, in a new 3-part series, outlines a reliable Tarrasch repertoire - and with the added bonus of all being taken from his own practical experience of using it at the highest level. Learn More
  31. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 5

    Lesson 5

    In this session, Susan demonstrates through a number of practical examples how to exploit Weak Squares in the opponents position; and that Knights belongs on Outposts. Another topic discussed is the importance of the Kings active role in endgames. The Miracle in Chess feature in this lesson is a beautiful example of stalemate.

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  32. Tactical Mastery with GM Davorin Kuljasevic
    “If you ever wanted to learn how to become a world-class tactician and start finding tactics subconsciously on an autopilot here is your real chance!” Learn More
  33. Central Attack Philidor Defence (3 video series)
    Central Attack Philidor Defence (3 video series) "Pawns are the soul of chess," once opined the mild-mannered 18th century French musical composer Francois-Andre Philidor, who was also the most famous chess-player of his day. Learn More
  34. Play Like Tal - GM Simon Williams (DVD)
    Play Like Tal - GM Simon Williams (DVD) Learn More
  35. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 4

    Lesson 4

    In this first lesson, the power of having your Rooks on the 7th Rank will be discussed, followed by several examples of Pawn Races in King and Pawn endgames which often include the pattern of Skewer. The lesson ends with a delightfully surprising example of Miracle in Chess.

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  36. The Hedgehog (7 part series)
    Ronen's Opening Survey: The Hedgehog (7 part series). A05: English . The Hedgehog is a thoroughly modern defense where flexibility and understanding trumps all. This counter-punching system was a big favorite of the likes of Garry Kasparov, Ljubomir Ljubojevic and Ulf Andersson, and for player’s of the White pieces playing the English Opening, it can still be problematic at the best of times. But the late Polish-American GM Aleksander “Wojo” Wojtkiewicz - who was a feared player of the White pieces - came up with a simple, yet at the same time aggressive plan to “Sonic the Hedgehog” with 1 c4 c5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nc3 e6 4 g3 b6 5 Bg2 Bb7 6 0–0 a6 7 Re1. And in a new series, GM Ronen Har-Zvi returns to look more carefully at Wojo’s system - that led to him scoring many spectacular wins - as a potent weapon in your arsenal to make roadkill out of the prickly Hedgehog. Learn More
  37. Scandinavian Gambit (3 video series)
    The Scandinavian or Center Counter with 1 e4 d5 is one of the oldest asymmetric defenses in chess history, dating back to 1475. It became a theory backwater though for many years until it was revitalized and rechristened "the Scandinavian" due to it being adopted by Denmark's Bent Larsen, who defeated World Champion Anatoly Karpov with it. It is now extremely popular at club level, and particularly the line 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Nf6, the so-called Marshall Gambit (or Scandinavian Gambit) after U.S. Champion Frank Marshall. And in this Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman shows how the "Sizzling Scandinavian" can be a potent weapon for Black. Learn More
  38. Caro-Kann Defense: Fantasy variation (5 part series)
    Ronen's Opening Survey: Caro-Kann Defense: Fantasy variation (5 part series). B12: Caro-Kann: Tartakower (fantasy 3.f3) variation . We all know the classical variation of the Caro-Kann, with 3.Nc3 after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5, or the modern variation with 3.Nd2, the exchange variation with 3.exd5, and the advance variation with 3.e5, but the fantasy variation with 3.f3 has gained popularity in the last 2-3 years, since when GM Nepomniachtchi used it in some important games that allowed the young Russian talent to win the European Individual Chess Championship in 2010. White fights to keep his central pawns even at the cost of weakening his king, as most of the times his idea will be to caste queen-side. The likes of Ivanchuk, Timofeev, Judit Polgar and Jobava are used to play this variation. The line is mainly considered be aggressive, with play in the center and attack against black's king. GM Ronen Indiana-Jones Har-Zvi, in his 5-video series, takes us through the labyrinth of this interesting variation of the super-famous Caro-Kann Defense. Learn More
  39. 2014 World Chess Championship: Anand vs. Carlsen
  40. Le Manifeste du joueur de club – (Volumes 11-20)
    Le pack « Le Manifeste du joueur de club » permettra aux joueurs de club d’acquérir les bases pour devenir Candidat Maître (2200 elo) avec le Maître International français Axel Delorme. Learn More
  41. Membresia ICC 3 meses
    Membresía ICC 3 meses Learn More
  42. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 6

    Lesson 6

    This lesson focuses on the strength of the Bishops Pair when they work together in harmony to create a deadly attack. You will see a number of beautiful combinations involving Double Bishop Sacrifices on the kingside. You will also see a classical strategical example by the first official world champion William Steinitz. The Miracle in Chess feature this time fits in nicely with the general theme of the lesson.

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  43. Comprehensive Beginners Course
    Most beginners have problems improving at chess because they simply lack the foundation needed to build upon. They have bits and pieces of knowledge, but that’s not enough to see a sustainable progress. Those beginners tend to study wrong things, in the wrong way. They are spending countless hours on openings and tactics, while what they really need is getting the fundamentals straight. And I can’t blame them… it’s not their fault! There is a huge gap in chess courses. Learn More
  44. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 5

    Lesson 5

    The first part of this lesson introduces the element of Weak Squares & Outposts, through a tactical and then strategical example. The second part of this lecture demonstrates the power of the activity of the King in Pawn endgames. Finally, the lesson ends with a Miracle in Chess, this time an unexpected stalemate surprise.

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  45. Repertoire for Black - The Chigorin (7 part series)
    Repertoire for Black - The Chigorin (7 part series) Players: ECO: D07 Russian Grandmaster Mikhail Chigorin apparently valued the bishop pair less than most chess masters; some say he even preferred knights to bishops. This is probably why he developed the Defense named after him, to contrast the Queen's Gambit (1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6). The Cigoring Defense actually violates several classical principles: Black does not maintain the center pawn at d5, the c-pawn is blocked, and Black must be willing to trade a bishop for a knight; nonetheless this opening is considered playable for Black. In this video series IM John Watson investigates this interesting opening. Learn More
  46. Sicilian (5 part series)
    Sicilian (5 part series) Players: Rapport, Kuljasevic, Bologan, Bagdandan, Glek, Lemmers, Kornev, Kalegin, Tiviakov, Noritsyn, Rublevsky, Dreev,Caruana, Anand, Carlsen, Anand, Howell, Bitalzadeh, Alavkin, Poluljahov, Tiviakov, Vander Wiel, Rublevsky, Vitiugov, Nimzovitsch ECO: Building Black's opening repertoire against 1.e4 can't avoid the most famous and played defense of all time: The Sicilian Defense. Gm Jonathan Rowson writes about the Sicilian defense: "To my mind there is quite a straightforward explanation. In order to profit from the initiative granted by the first move, White has to make use of his opportunity to do something before Black has an equal number of opportunities of his own. However, to do this, he has to make 'contact' with the black position. The first point of contact usually comes in the form of a pawn exchange, which leads to the opening of the position. So the thought behind 1...c5 is this: OK, I'll let you open the position, and develop your pieces aggressively, but at a price – you have to give me one of your center pawns." IM John Watson, in this fantastic series, goes through all the main variations of this super-studied, yet greatly fascinating opening. Learn More
  47. Chatard-Alekhine Attack (2 video series)
    The Chatard-Alekhine Attack in the Classical French Defense with 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.h4!? is a formidable weapon in the hands of an aggressive player - and only a few years ago, Alexander Morozevich used it to demolish French expert Viktor Korchnoi in just 20 moves! White sacrifices his h-pawn for an immensely dangerous initiative. This leads to the complex struggle, where White has rapid and easy development. Now, in this Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman looks at the dangerous Chatard-Alekhine Attack. Learn More
  48. Staunton Gambit - Dutch defense (2 video series)
    GM Boris Alterman takes a look at the Staunton Gambit against the Dutch Defense with 1 d4 f5 2 e4!? Learn More
  49. Lasker defense (5 part series)
    Ronen's Opening Survey: Lasker defense (5 part series). D56: QGD: Lasker defense, QGD: Lasker defense, main line ,QGD: Lasker defense 8.Bg3, QGD: Lasker defense, Teichmann variation. The Lasker Defense (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.e3 Ne4) in the Queen's Gambit is one of those openings where the idea of "black to equalize" is seen in full force with the exchange of some minor pieces. It was the main weapon of Emanuel Lasker in his title defense against the American champion Frank Marshall in 1907, hence the name, and recently received a revival by being adopted by Vishy Anand in his title defense earlier this year against challenger Veselin Topalov. And in a new series of Ronen's Opening Survey, Chess.FM's resident openings expert, GM Ronen Har-Zvi, overviews the Lasker Defense in light of new interest shown in it following Anand's recent adoption of it. Learn More
  50. Sicilian: Moscow Variation (7 part series)
    New Ideas in…: Sicilian: Moscow Variation (7 part series). B51, B52: Sicilian: Canal-Sokolsky (Nimzovich-Rossolimo, Moscow) attack. Playing the White side of the Sicilian is a tricky business these days with all that main-line theory to remember. Indeed, if White is looking to present Black with some real problems while still avoiding mountains of theory, then the Anti-Sicilian Bb5 lines – more specifically, the Rossolimo (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5) and the Moscow (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+) – might just be the way to go. They are easy to play and often can resemble a Ruy Lopez - not what Black is looking for. Even players such as Anand, Carlsen and Svidler regularly use it - and with excellent results. So in his latest series “New Ideas In….” GM Ronen Har-Zvi examines the Anti-Sicilian Bb5 lines. Learn More

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