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  1. IM John Watson presents:  King's Indian Defense (16 part series)

    IM John Watson presents: King's Indian Defense (16 part series)

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    In must-win situations, the King's Indian Defense has been trusted by World Champions, such as Garry Kasparov, Bobby Fischer, and Mikhail Tal. It's a hypermodern defense, where Black builds a strong defense around the king and looks for counter-attacking chances in the middle game. In this 16-video series, International Master John Watson, gives you a complete picture of how to play this opening. John analyzes the most popular variations including the advance variation with 7.d5, and other main lines. In doing so, John explains the key plans, not just for Black but for White too! Learn More
  2. ATTACKING CHESS MEGA BUNDLE by GM LARRY CHRISTIANSEN
  3. Improve Your Chess Calculation

    Improve Your Chess Calculation

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    The Improve Your Chess Calculation is a full training program, which includes a course guide, 13 videos, an interactive training session in our Learning Center and over 200 puzzles in pgn format for you to practice.

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  4. Mastering Closed Positions by GM Davorin Kuljasevic

    Mastering Closed Positions by GM Davorin Kuljasevic

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    Mastering Closed Positions! is a full training program, which includes a course guide, 13 videos, an interactive training session in our Learning Center and over 80 puzzles for you to practice.

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  5. Ace Up Your Sleeve - 1. e4 repertoire - by IM Michael Rahal

    Ace Up Your Sleeve - 1. e4 repertoire - by IM Michael Rahal

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    In recent years, openings theory has evolved so much that it’s become increasingly difficult to decide between the tangle of lines, analysis and variations. It's a struggle even for Grandmasters to keep up with it all, not to mention club players! It’s no coincidence that the World Champion Magnus Carlsen often plays secondary lines to achieve a less-known middle game position and sidestep his opponent’s preparation. His incredible quality often allows him to accumulate small advantages in the late middlegame and endgame which he then converts to victory. But how many Carlsen’s are there in the world?
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  6. Ruy Lopez + 1. e4 e5 Compilation

    Ruy Lopez + 1. e4 e5 Compilation

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    In this video series, ICC’s Best of the Ruy Lopez, we searched ICC’s video library for the best instructional videos and created a compilation on this super popular opening. Mastering this opening doesn’t just improve your opening finesse, it improves your chess ability as a whole. You will learn all the key ideas, positional considerations and attacking chances from some of the most popular variations of this classical opening.
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  7. The London System by GM Damian Lemos

    The London System by GM Damian Lemos

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    GM Damian Lemos presents his newest series on an opening classic: The London System. A super versatile opening that works against any Black defensive setup. Damien Lemos is well-known for his video series, which are famous for their high-level of instruction and clarify. Damian covers all the latest, including the novel 8.Bb5!? line.
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  8. Attack the King! by GM Marian Petrov

    Attack the King! by GM Marian Petrov

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    In this brand new series, Gm Marian Petrov  covers the subject of attack on the enemy King, breaking down the content into different concepts, including when to attack, how to attack the king in the center, attacking on the h-file, f-file, c-file and much more

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  9. The Sicilian Nimzovitch (8 part series)

    The Sicilian Nimzovitch (8 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: The Sicilian Nimzovitch. B29: Sicilian: Nimzovich-Rubinstein; Rubinstein counter-gambit. The Sicilian Nimzovich - 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 - is a rare and surprising line in the endless ocean of Sicilian lines. It is not played by the very top players almost at all, yet we can see some strong GMs playing that: Hikaru Nakamura and German top player Arkadij Naiditsch for example, and several other strong GMs. Black main plan is to attack white central pawn immediately, in something that resembles the Alekhine defense. The Sicilian Nimzovich is a surprising and dangerous weapon for almost any level. GM Ronen Har-Zvi, with his usual precise and detailed analysis, and with numerous examples of games, guides us through the pros and cons of this unusual variant of the ever-green Sicilian defense. Learn More
  10. Anti-Dutch 2 Bg5 (5 part series)

    Anti-Dutch 2 Bg5 (5 part series)

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    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
  11. Panov Botvinnik (9 part series)

    Panov Botvinnik (9 part series)

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    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
  12. Alapin Sicilian (9 part series)

    Alapin Sicilian (9 part series)

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    New Ideas in…: Alapin Sicilian (9 part series). B22: Sicilian: Alapin's variation (2.c3). For many players not having the time or inclination studying the never-ending labyrinth of mainline Sicilians, such as the Najdorf, Dragon, Taimanov and Sveshnikov, the Alapin with 1. e4 c5 2. c3 has proved to be a very popular alternative. It is named after the Russian master Semyon Alapin (1856-1923), and today it is one of the most solid and respected Anti-Sicilians, championed by many club players and leading grandmasters, such as Evgeny Sveshnikov, Eduardas Rozentalis and Sergey Tiviakov. And now in his latest series of "New Ideas In... " , GM Ronen Har-Zvi takes a closer look at this very popular Anti-Sicilian line. Learn More
  13. New Ideas in the Opening by GM Alex Yermolinsky

    New Ideas in the Opening by GM Alex Yermolinsky

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    GM Alex Yermolinsky covers the latest ideas is opening play, from Carlsen's anti-sicilian methods to Kramniks's latest on the Reti, plus new ideas in the Catalan, Slav, and Modern Benko. Plus comes with bonus material!

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  14. French: Rubinstein variation (7 part series)

    French: Rubinstein variation (7 part series)

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    New Ideas in…: French: Rubinstein variation (7 part series). C10: French: Rubinstein variation 3… dxe4. With over 90% of White players opting for either 3 Nc3 or Nd2 against the French Defense, many players like the idea of the option of an easy-to-play sideline rather than the theory-trodden paths of the Winawer or Tarrasch variations. A simple solution is the Rubinstein variation with 3 ...dxe4 that can be deployed against both the big main-lines of 3 Nc3 and 3 Nd2 and has easy development and no pawn structure weaknesses for Black. And from there, there's also the solid Fort Knox variation with 4 ...Bd7 or the newer (neo-Rubinstein) Katalymov's variation with 4 ..Qd5. And in his latest series of "New Ideas In....", GM Ronen Harzvi shows just how easy and how handy the Rubinstein variation can be. Learn More
  15. Alekhine's defense (6 part series)

    Alekhine's defense (6 part series)

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    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
  16. Queens Gambit Accepted (6 video series)

    Queens Gambit Accepted (6 video series)

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    The Queen’s Gambit Accepted (1 d4 d5 2 c4 dxc4) is one classical opening that has had many famous elite exponents in recent years.

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  17. Sicilian OKelly (5 part series)

    Sicilian OKelly (5 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Sicilian O'Kelly #1. B28: Sicilian o'Kelly. The O'Kelly variation in the Sicilian is one of the most rare side interesting alternatives. The idea is to surprise white after 3.d4 with cxd4 4.Nxd4 and then Nf6, followed by e5 and Bb4, after white natural move 5.Nc3. White's main alternatives to 2...a6 should be 3.c4 or c3, transposing into positions where a6 might not assist black that much. All considered, 2. ...a6 is a dangerous weapon for and against any club up to master level players. In this new series Ronen, with his usual precision and detailed examples, explains us all the subtleties of this rare but useful variation of the widely used Sicilian Defense. Learn More
  18. French out of nothing ! (3 part series)

    French out of nothing ! (3 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: French out of nothing ! #1. C01: French. The French exchange variation - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4. exd5 - is a very simple and non-theoretical system, which simply aims at getting a solid position and let you play. Magnus Carlsen's win at the Bilbao tournament has a lot to do with simple systems against the French: first his 2.d3 win against Caruana, and then the Exchange Variation again Vallejo. In his new series, GM Ronen Har-Zvi - always up to to bring us the last fashionable openings - analyzes games and variations of this "French out of nothing" way to play the famous opening Learn More
  19. London System (4 part series)

    London System (4 part series)

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    London System (4 part series) Players: Blatny, Luchan, Acosta, Velasquez, McKenna, MacRae, Spassky, Bukic, Ivanchuk, Svidler, Speelman, Haik, Kovacevic, Byrne, Petrosian, Chistiakov, Vaganian, Kupreichik ECO: D02 , A80 IM Watson starts with 1.d4 to help you build your opening repertoire. Basically the London is a set of solid lines where after 1.d4 White quickly develops his dark-squared bishop to f4 and normally bolsters his center with  pawns on c3 and e3 rather than expanding. Although it has the potential for a quick kingside attack, the white forces are generally flexible enough to engage in a battle anywhere on the board. Historically it developed into a system mainly from three variations: 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4; 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4; 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4. Learn More
  20. French: Pseudo-Steinitz (3 part series)

    French: Pseudo-Steinitz (3 part series)

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    New Ideas in…: French: Pseudo-Steinitz (3 part series). C11: French: Steinitz variation with 4…. Ne4. In a new series of “New Ideas In….” to accompany his recent series on the Rubinstein French, GM Ronen Har-Zvi take as look at the Psuedo-Steinitz variation of the French Defence with 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e5 Ne4!? While this interesting line can also be played against the Tarrasch with 3 Nd2, it’s best against 3 Nc3, as White has the strong option of ignoring the Knight on e4 and playing Bd3 and c3. The idea is to break down the White center as quickly as possible - and, if White takes on e4, the Black pawn stops White’s natural development - and the Psuedo-Steintz is regarded as a good alternative line for players of the French Defence. Learn More
  21. Chatard-Alekhine Attack (2 video series)

    Chatard-Alekhine Attack (2 video series)

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    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
  22. Froms Gambit  (2 video series)

    Froms Gambit (2 video series)

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    The Bird's Opening with 1 f4 can take on the positional characteristics of a reversed Dutch Defense. But rather than that, Black has the sharp option of 1...e5!?, From's Gambit, named after the Danish player Severin From (1828-1895). White can then transpose into the King's Gambit with 2.e4. If he prefers to stay in the Bird's Opening, play can continue 2 fxe5 d6, where white must play very precisely to squelch Black's attacking chances. In this Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman looks at the From's Gambit as an ideal antidote to the Bird's Opening - and doubly so if black is a dedicated 1 e4 e5 player. Learn More
  23. Krejcik Gambit (2 video series)

    Krejcik Gambit (2 video series)

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    GM Boris Alterman again responds to ICC members who have asked our resident expert in all things gambits what to do in the Krejcik Gambit in the Dutch Defense! Learn More
  24. Urusov Gambit (2 video series)

    Urusov Gambit (2 video series)

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    GM Boris Alterman explores the exciting Urusov Gambit in the Bishop's Opening with 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4!, a fertile training ground for those looking to improve their basic understanding of tactics. Documented by Ponziani in the 18th century, this gambit was first analyzed in 1857 by Russian aristocrat Prince Sergei Urusov, a close friend of the chess-playing literary icon Leo Tolstoy, and one of Russia's best players of his day. The gambit was deployed in a number of correspondence games between the two and mentioned in surviving letters in the Tolstoy collection, but alas the games themselves have been lost. Learn More
  25. Falkbeer Counter Gambit (3 video series)

    Falkbeer Counter Gambit (3 video series)

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    GM Boris Alterman explores a reliable counter to the King's Gambit with 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4, the Falkbeer Counter Gambit. Ever since 1850, when Ernst Falkbeer published his analysis, the Falkbeer Counter Gambit has been a theoretically important and reliable system against the King's Gambit. There is a certain spirit in this defense that not only thwarts Whites aims of quick development of the venerable gambit but is complicated by an offer of a pawn on d5. This spirit is consistent with the great attacking play of Anderssen and Morphy and their Falkbeer games can be found in many classic game collections. Learn More
  26. Smith-Morra Gambit

    Smith-Morra Gambit

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    The Smith-Morra Gambit against the Sicilian Defense (1 e4 c5 2 d4 cxd4 3 c3 dxc3 4 Nxc3!?) is perhaps not common in grandmaster chess, but at club level it can be a very potent attacking weapon.  The gambit is named after two players, Pierre Morra from France (1900-1969) and Ken Smith (1930-1999) of the Dallas Chess Club, who popularized it to the masses by writing nine books and fifty articles about it. At grandmaster level, the Nge7 variations are seen as best play against it - but at the recent US Open in Orlando, one of the world’s top grandmasters, Loek van Wely of The Netherlands, proved to be the highest-profile victim yet for the Smith-Morra, as he lost in a spectacular attacking game to IM Marc Esserman.  Learn More
  27. French Unusual Lines

    French Unusual Lines

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    French Unusual Lines:

    Unusual lines against the French defense are rare, yet once in a while you can find a top grandmaster who would like to avoid the main theory of French and try 2. Qe2, which was played against me by GM Vitor Laznicka - 2684 FIDE rating - at the recent World Open Tournament 2013! In 2012 the move 2.d3 was uses by none other than number one in the world GM Magnus Carlsen, to win a nice positional game against another top 5 player in the world: GM Fabiano Caruana.

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  28. French Exchange Variation

    French Exchange Variation

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    French Exchange Variation:

    Exchange variation of the French defense usually doesn't pose many problems for black , however black needs to play accurately to equalize in the opening. In symmetrical lines black is absolutely safe. The only line that offers white some active play is the one with 4.c4, with chances to get an opening advantage. Overall I would say that the Exchange line is relatively safe for Black.

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  29. French Classical Variation

    French Classical Variation

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    French Classical Variation:

    The Classical line is the most principled and I believe the strongest response to the French defense. Currently many elite player opt for the classical line, when encountered with the French defense in the opening. White usually has more space advantage but black tries to put as much pressure as possible on the d4 pawn and try to exchange the bad light-squared bishop when there is an opportunity. If he manages to do that black is ok; if not usually black has to defend passively in a slightly cramped position.

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  30. Benko Gambit (4 video series)

    Benko Gambit (4 video series)

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    GM Boris Alterman explores the Benko Gambit (1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 b5).

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  31. Classical King's Indian with 7 … exd4 (7 part series)

    Classical King's Indian with 7 … exd4 (7 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Classical King's Indian with 7 … exd4 (7 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
  32. The Vienna Opening in the QGD (7 part series)

    The Vienna Opening in the QGD (7 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: The Vienna Opening in the QGD (7 part series). D37: QGD: 4.Nf3. The Vienna QGD is a very important part of the Ragozin opening - ECO D37-D39. This opening has been used in recent years by many of the top players, including Aronian, Topalov, Anand Morozevich and many more. By capturing on c4 with his d pawn, black immediately goes after white's center, deviating from the normal positional play after white himself plays cxd5. A very energetic opening for any level! Let's watch GM Ronen's shows, and learn all the tricks and subtleties of this interesting opening. Learn More
  33. Openings from World Championship Matches (7 part series)

    Openings from World Championship Matches (7 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Openings from World Championship Matches (7 part series). D17: QGD Slav: Wiesbaden variation. We are going to follow and enjoy the World Championship Match in May, with ICC Chess.FM LIVE commentary, and in a new series GM Ronen offers us a Special Opening Survey Series: he will be investigating openings played by the two contenders for the World Championship 2012: from Anand's opening in his previous Championship matches against Kramnik and Topalov, to Gelfand's openings in the candidates match that led the Israeli super-GM on to the great challenge. Ronen will be with us all the way through the big match, with updates and analysis on the openings and novelties played by World Champion GM Anand and challenger GM Gelfand. Learn More
  34. Caro-Kann Defense: Fantasy variation (5 part series)

    Caro-Kann Defense: Fantasy variation (5 part series)

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    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
  35. The Chinese Dragon (4 part series)

    The Chinese Dragon (4 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: The Chinese Dragon (4 part series). B78: Sicilian: chinese dragon, aka Yugoslav attack, 10.O-O-O. 2012 is the Year of the Dragon in China. We could not miss the opportunity to get into this popular and widely debated Opening Defense. Belgian Fide Master Luc Henris, who was living in China with his Chinese wife, christened the variation “Chinese Dragon” (e4 c5 Nf3 d6 d4 cxd4 Nxd4 Nf6 Nc3 g6 Be3 Bg7 f3 Nc6 Qd2 0-0 Bc4 Bd7 0-0-0 Rb8) when he wrote a ground-breaking article about it for Yearbook 62, and that is when the name Chinese Dragon came to the world. If you like aggressive action, then you are in for a treat. The Chinese Dragon is a new way to look at the Sicilian Dragon Defense, and allows Black to strike first in the pawn race. Many strong GMs play this variation, such as Magnus Carlsen, Teimour Radjabov and Vassily Ivanchuk. Usually in the Sicilian Defense, and especially the Dragon variation, Black will put his rook on c8, to get maximum pressure down the c-file. However, in the Chinese Dragon, Black puts his rook on b8 to allow a quick push of his b-pawn. The pawn is immune from capture due to the quick and deadly attack Black gets on both the b and c files. However, many opponents fall for the trap and eat the pawn. After putting his rook on b8 on move 10, Black's goal is simple. Play b5, Na5-Nc4, and force white to capture the knight, opening the b-file to attack down. After the b file is open, play Qb6 to double up on the b file, bring the other rook to c8 for maximum pressure, and if needed push the a pawn as well. It is a simple formula that can be played almost automatically. In his new series of the always interesting “Opening Survey” show, GM Ronen shows you all the “nip ‘n ’tips” of this intriguing variation of the Sicilian Defense. Learn More
  36. The Caveman Caro-Kann: Advance variation (7 part series)

    The Caveman Caro-Kann: Advance variation (7 part series)

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    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
  37. The DERLD (5 part series)

    The DERLD (5 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: The DERLD (5 part series). C85: Ruy Lopez: DERLD (Delayed Exchange of the Ruy Lopez Differed). Have you ever considered The DERLD? This was the acronym title given to the Delayed Exchange of the Ruy Lopez Differed with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Bxc6 by English authors Tony Swift & Len Pickett. While both authors were only top club players for Lewisham, in the early 1970s they collaborated on a series of critically-acclaimed opening research pamphlets (and many magazine articles). Their most famous was the DERLD, and their published analysis on it was even used by an untitled English player to crush one of the world's top theoreticians at the time, GM Ludek Pachman, in just 25 moves during a 1972 London tournament! However its modern-day treatment is considered more positional in nature, has a different character to it than that of the Exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez, and has been played by top GMs such as Mickey Adams and Gata Kamsky. Learn More
  38. The Hedgehog (7 part series)

    The Hedgehog (7 part series)

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    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
  39. London System (4 part series)

    London System (4 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: London System (4 part series). A47: "King's Indian/London System with c4, King's Indian/London System (different games played)". In the King’s Indian Defense, White has to memorize a labyrinth of variations if he hopes to have any real chance at walking away with an advantage. But the London System (1. d4 2. Nf3 3. Bf4) is an excellent way for amateurs to meet the King’s Indian Defense - and for a bit more bite, White can adopt a big Boris Spassky favorite by playing the London System with c4 against the KID. Not only was it a weapon of Spassky's, it was also used by the likes of Kasparov, Bronstein and Smyslov. And in a new four-part series, GM Ronen Har-Zvi takes a closer look at playing the London System (with c4) as an Anti-King’s Indian system. Learn More
  40. Anti-Grunfeld systems (7 part series)

    Anti-Grunfeld systems (7 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Anti-Grunfeld systems (7 part series). A15, A05: English opening, English opening with Qa4+. The Grunfeld Defense is one of those annoying openings that torment all 1 d4 players. After 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 Black immediately begins active operations in the center and, more importantly, forces White to memorize a labyrinth of variations if he hopes to have any real chance at walking away with an advantage. But have no fear as there’s one Anti-Grunfeld line - favored by Veselin Topalov, among others - that’s fast becoming a panacea for white with easy play and troubles for black, and that’s lines with 4 Qa4+. And in a new series of Ronen’s Opening Survey, our openings expert takes a look at these Anti-Grunfeld lines. Learn More
  41. Marshall Gambit in the Slav (7 part series)

    Marshall Gambit in the Slav (7 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Marshall Gambit in the Slav (7 part series). D10: QGD: semi-Slav, Marshall gambit 4. … Bb4. Frank J. Marshall, who held the U.S. championship title for 29 years before he relinquished it in 1936, had such a combinative style that he likened himself to boxing legend Jack Dempsey, who always went for a quick knockout blow. He left us his legacy of the Marshall Attack in the Ruy Lopez - but lesser known perhaps is his “other” gambit, a similarly vicious line against the notoriously tough Slav Defense that was also christened the Marshall Gambit after its inventor Learn More
  42. Scotch Game (10 part series)

    Scotch Game (10 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Scotch Game (10 part series). C45: Scotch game 4. … Bc5, Scotch game 5. Nxf6. The Scotch game with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 first came to prominence when one of the leading players of his day, Scottish barrister John Cochrane (who also came up with the Cochrane variation against the Petroff's with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nxe5 d6 4 Nxf7!?) suggested it for his London Chess Club team when they took on Edinburgh Chess Club in what went on to become a famous correspondence match in 1824. When London first played it, they got a great position - but Cochrane had to leave for India and they could't convert their advantage, and drew. Edinburgh then opted to play the new idea in the next game and won - so the opening was named in their honor. However the Scotch lay dormant for the best part of a century at elite level until Garry Kasparov sensationally brought it back into fashion when he used it to ruffle up Karpov during their 1990 world title match. Since then, the venerable Scotch has had a new lease of life. And in a new series of Ronen's Opening Survey, our resident theoretical guru, GM Ronen Har-Zvi shows us just how potent a good Scotch can be. Learn More
  43. Ruy Lopez: Breyer variation (5 part series)

    Ruy Lopez: Breyer variation (5 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Ruy Lopez: Breyer variation (5 part series). C94, C95: Ruy Lopez: closed, Breyer defense, Ruy Lopez: closed, Breyer, Borisenko variation, Ruy Lopez: closed, Breyer, Borisenko variation 13.b3, Ruy Lopez: closed, Breyer, Borisenko variation 13.Nf1. Hungarian master Gyula Breyer (1893-1921) was one of the leading members of the hypermodern school of chess theory, but is best remembered for the variation of the Ruy Lopez named after him: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d6 9.h3 Nb8. This line became fashionable in the 1960s, and soon became a big favorite of ex-world champion Boris Spassky and candidate Lajos Portisch during this period. It also received attention from both Kasparov and Karpov during their mighty duels through the 1980s. It then went out of fashion for over 20 years at the elite level, only to now come back in vogue as a new favorite of Norwegian superstar Magnus Carlsen. And in a new series of Ronen's Opening Survey, our resident theoretical guru, GM Ronen Har-Zvi tells us why we could be going back to the future by switching to lines such as the solid and ultrasound Breyer, especially as the Sicilian gets more and more "engined out". Learn More
  44. Sicilian Najdorf Poisoned Pawn (6 Part series)

    Sicilian Najdorf Poisoned Pawn (6 Part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Sicilian Najdorf Poisoned Pawn (6 Part series). B94: Sicilian: Najdorf, 6.Bg5. Back in the 60s and 70s everybody was playing the Sicilian Najdorf Variation, inspired by the genius of Bobby Fischer. One of the more controversial lines he championed in the mainline was the controversial Poisoned Pawn Variation with 7 …Qb6. After going out of fashion for a period, recently Sicilian aficionados have again resumed the maze-like challenges and complexities of the Fischer favorite, but this time with a new millennium twist of 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7. f4 Qb6. And in a new series of Ronen's Opening Survey, our theoretical guru, GM Ronen Har-Zvi casts a critical eye over this modern-day treatment of the Poisoned pawn. Learn More
  45. QGD with 5.Bf4 (7 part series)

    QGD with 5.Bf4 (7 part series)

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    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
  46. Lasker defense (5 part series)

    Lasker defense (5 part series)

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    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
  47. Archangel Variation (5 part series)

    Archangel Variation (5 part series)

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    New Ideas in…: Archangel Variation (5 part series). C78: Ruy Lopez: Archangelsk (counterthrust) variation. The Archangel Variation 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 b5 6 Bb3 Bb7 derives its name from a group of players from the Russian city of Arkhangelsk, who pioneered the development of the line in the early sixties. Although the twin lines 6...Bc5 (New Archangel) and 5...Bc5 (Moller Defence) are in fact older than the Archangel, both had been forgotten for many decades. But the Nineties saw a revival of these lines thanks to elite players such as Alexei Shirov and Mickey Adams regularly playing it. Learn More
  48. Sicilian: Moscow Variation (7 part series)

    Sicilian: Moscow Variation (7 part series)

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    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
  49. The 150 Attack  (7 part series)

    The 150 Attack (7 part series)

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    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
  50. Yugoslav Attack, Dragon Sicilian (8 part series)

    Yugoslav Attack, Dragon Sicilian (8 part series)

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    New Ideas in…: Yugoslav Attack, Dragon Sicilian (8 part series). B76, B77, B78: Sicilian: dragon, Yugoslav attack, 7...O-O ; Sicilian: dragon, Yugoslav attack, Rauser variation ; Sicilian: dragon, Yugoslav attack, 10.O-O-O ; Sicilian: dragon, Yugoslav attack, 9...Bd7 ;. In the latest of his "New Ideas in...." series for ICC Chess.FM, GM Ronen Har-Zvi investigates the latest developments and trends in the ultimate test of the Sicilian Dragon, the Yugoslav Attack with 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 0-0 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. Bc4. The Sicilian Dragon is back in vogue once again thanks to its recent addition to Magnus Carlsen's ever-growing arsenal. Years ago, Bobby Fischer gave his seal of approval to the Yugoslav attack, stating it was simply a case of preying open the h-file and sac, sac...mate! But this caveman approach in the Yugoslav Attack is well-worked out, as GM Ronen Har-Zvi shows that the Dragon still breathes fire for black with plenty of counter-play. Learn More

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