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  1. Pirc (3 part series)

    Pirc (3 part series)

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    Pirc (3 part series) Players: Kurnosov, Dzhumaev, Dreev, Anagostopoulos, Caruana, Peralta, Almasi, Marin, SantoMarin, Chabanon, Werle, Nijboer, Philidor, Mirzoev, Movsziszian ECO: C01, B07 IM John Watson is a renowned chess teacher, and with his new show he's going to put at your service his great teaching experience. In these videos, IM Watson is going to help you build your own opening repertoire, explaining the ideas that lie behind the moves; that's it, you won't have to memorize long sequences of moves in order to play your openings! Watson's lectures are going to sharpen your chess-sense, make you aware of what's going on over the 64-square beloved piece of wood (or the few pixels that it takes to see a board on your screen), and get a good "feeling" about your position. Every Tuesday at 3:00pm ICC time, don't miss the new and amazing Chess.FM show: Sharpen your chess-sense with IM John Watson! This week IM Watson concludes his series on the Pirc. Don't miss this formative and interesting series, and 'store' another great piece of opening repertoire for your future successes! Learn More
  2. Scandinavian (3 part series)

    Scandinavian (3 part series)

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    Scandinavian (3 part series) Players: Movsesian, Papaioannou, Iordachescu, VanDerLaan, Liss, Afek , Liss, Afek, Malbran, Slipak, Timofeev, Bryson, Topalov, Kamsky, Zjukin, Teelem, Leko, Morozevich ECO: B01, B00, B01 IM John Watson is a renowned chess teacher, and with his new show he's going to put at your service his great teaching experience. In these videos, IM Watson is going to help you build your own opening repertoire, explaining the ideas that lie behind the moves; that's it, you won't have to memorize long sequences of moves in order to play your openings! Watson's lectures are going to sharpen your chess-sense, make you aware of what's going on over the 64-square beloved piece of wood (or the few pixels that it takes to see a board on your screen), and get a good "feeling" about your position. Every Tuesday at 3:00pm ICC time, don't miss the new and amazing Chess.FM show: Sharpen your chess-sense with IM John Watson! This week IM Watson continues his series on the Scandinavian. Don't miss this formative and interesting series, and 'store' another great piece of opening repertoire for your future successes! Learn More
  3. Alekhine (2 part series)

    Alekhine (2 part series)

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    Alekhine (2 part series) Players: Manasterski, Zabierzanski, Glek, Ivanov, Ibarra, Asis, DellaVilla, SantoRoman, Marutkins, Pesl ECO: B03, B03 IM John Watson is a renowned chess teacher, and with his new show he's going to put at your service his great teaching experience. In these videos, IM Watson is going to help you build your own opening repertoire, explaining the ideas that lie behind the moves; that's it, you won't have to memorize long sequences of moves in order to play your openings! Watson's lectures are going to sharpen your chess-sense, make you aware of what's going on over the 64-square beloved piece of wood (or the few pixels that it takes to see a board on your screen), and get a good "feeling" about your position. Every Tuesday at 3:00pm ICC time, don't miss the new and amazing Chess.FM show: Sharpen your chess-sense with IM John Watson! This week IM Watson continues his short series on the Alekhine Defense. Don't miss this formative and interesting series, and 'store' another great piece of opening repertoire for your future successes! Learn More
  4. 1.e4 unusual replies(2 part series)

    1.e4 unusual replies(2 part series)

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    1.e4 unusual replies(2 part series) Players: Cebalo, Mestrovic, McShane, Solak, Paehtz, Gausel, Hillarp, Sorenfors, Muri ECO: B00,B07, B06, B27 IM John Watson is a renowned chess teacher, and with his new show he's going to put at your service his great teaching experience. In these videos, IM Watson is going to help you build your own opening repertoire, explaining the ideas that lie behind the moves; that's it, you won't have to memorize long sequences of moves in order to play your openings! Watson's lectures are going to sharpen your chess-sense, make you aware of what's going on over the 64-square beloved piece of wood (or the few pixels that it takes to see a board on your screen), and get a good "feeling" about your position. Every Tuesday at 3:00pm ICC time, don't miss the new and amazing Chess.FM show: Sharpen your chess-sense with IM John Watson! This week IM Watson concludes is new series on the unusual replies to 1.e4. Don't miss this formative and interesting series, and 'store' another great piece of opening repertoire for your future successes! Learn More
  5. Repertoire for Black - The Chigorin (7 part series)

    Repertoire for Black - The Chigorin (7 part series)

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    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
  6. Repertoire for White - Trompowsky Attack (8 part series)

    Repertoire for White - Trompowsky Attack (8 part series)

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    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. KID by method (5 part series)

    KID by method (5 part series)

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    KID by method Opening: : King's Indian Defense Player(s): Yermolinsky, Shashin, Becerra, Bercy, Atalik, Chekhov Learn More
  8. Queen's Gambit Declined (6 part series)

    Queen's Gambit Declined (6 part series)

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    The Move 2.c4 after 1. d4 d5 characterizes the Queen's Gambit, and allows White to attack the center. Black can reply 2. ... e6, entering in the widely used and famous QGD - Queen Gambit Declined. This is the subject of the new video-lecture series by opening expert IM John Watson. The QGD is a very important piece of chess opening theory, and it should be mastered by any chess player who wants to tackle the game seriously.
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  9. Queen's Gambit Accepted (6 part series)

    Queen's Gambit Accepted (6 part series)

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    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
  10.  Yermo’s My system on the KID (5 Part series)

    Yermo’s My system on the KID (5 Part series)

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    Yermo’s My system on the KID Opening: E71: King's Indian Defense Player(s): Yermolinsky, Piket, Kiewra, Kasimdzhanov, Rajlich, Manion, Treger, Barcenilla, Braunlich, Atoufi, Raptis, Perelshteyn, Braga, Learn More
  11. Two Knights Chigorin Gambit (4 video series)

    Two Knights Chigorin Gambit (4 video series)

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    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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  12. Albin Countergambit (3 video series)

    Albin Countergambit (3 video series)

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    Invented nearly 90 years ago by the Austrian master Adolf Albin (1848-1920), the Albin counter-gambit (1 d4 d5 2 c4 e5!?) gives up a pawn for space in the center and is generally thought to be unsound - but Black has many tricks and traps to hold the balance. Learn More
  13. Central Attack Philidor Defence (3 video series)

    Central Attack Philidor Defence (3 video series)

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    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
  14. Jaenisch Gambit (2 video series)

    Jaenisch Gambit (2 video series)

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    The Jaenisch or Schliemann Gambit in the Ruy Lopez with 3 ...f5 dates back to 1847. This provocative pawn sacrifice by black as early as move three often leads to games of a swashbuckling nature. Black dictates the action from the earliest moment - and often it can confuse the players of the white pieces. It has received a new lease of life with its adoption at elite level by Teimour Radjabov and others. And in this Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman takes a closer look at the Jaenisch/Schliemann Gambit. Learn More
  15. Panov Attack Caro-Kann defense (3 video series)

    Panov Attack Caro-Kann defense (3 video series)

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    GM Boris Alterman looks at the 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 Blacks 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
  16. Staunton Gambit - Dutch defense (2 video series)

    Staunton Gambit - Dutch defense (2 video series)

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    GM Boris Alterman takes a look at the Staunton Gambit against the Dutch Defense with 1 d4 f5 2 e4!? Learn More
  17. Kings Gambit (5 video series)

    Kings Gambit (5 video series)

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    King's Gambit (5 video series)

    No adventure in chess is complete without deploying a King's Gambit sometime in your career.

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  18. Alekhine 4-Pawns Attack (2 video series)

    Alekhine 4-Pawns Attack (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 Alekhine 4-Pawns Attack if Black eschews the big main line with 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. c4 Nb6 4. d4 d6 5. f4 dxe5 6. fxe5 Nc6 7. Be3 Bf5 8. Nc3 e6 9. Nf3 Be7 10. d5 Nb4?! His answer? Look no further than a particularly aggressive gambit line with 11. Rc1 f6 12. a3 Na6 13. g4!? - originally a recommendation of the leading Soviet master of his day Alexander Zaitsev (1935-71), and lately given the big thumbs up by another top Russian in Alexander Morozevich! Learn More
  19. Latvian Gambit (2 video series)

    Latvian Gambit (2 video series)

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    The Latvian Gambit with 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5!? is one of the most exciting and fascinating openings with a long and storied history in chess literature. The name was a tribute to the Latvian players, notably Karlis Betins (1867-1943), who analyzed it in the early part of the 20th century. Although it is almost impossible to find in the repertoire of a professional player, amateurs, correspondence players and online aficionados here at the ICC have long found the tactical labyrinth of the main lines to be highly appealing. And in this Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman puts the Latvian under the microscope. Learn More
  20. Scandinavian Gambit (3 video series)

    Scandinavian Gambit (3 video series)

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    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
  21. Goring Gambit (3 video series)

    Goring Gambit (3 video series)

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    GM Boris Alterman looks at the Goring Gambit, one of the most swashbuckling options for White in the Open Games after 1 e4 e5. It is fun, easy to learn and virtually unavoidable since White can deploy the crafty move order 2 d4 exd4 3 Nf3 Nc6 4 c3 to avoid the Petroff Defense and the Philidor Defense. Even today, the Goring Gambit is still a strong practical weapon where with best play Black achieves no more than equality. However, the lively attacking positions insure that White will have a lot of pressure, even against best play, and a slight error by Black can prove fatal. Learn More
  22. GM Varuzhan Akobian: 'Tarraschin' 1 d4

    GM Varuzhan Akobian: 'Tarraschin' 1 d4

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    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
  23. ICC’S BEST OF THE SICILIAN COMPILATION

    ICC’S BEST OF THE SICILIAN COMPILATION

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    In this series, we’re offering you a compilation of the best Sicilian Defense instructional video material from ICC’s top team of expert coaches and chess commentators. Here we’ll cover must-known variations such as the Sveshnikov, the Najdorf, the Smith Morra, and many more!

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  24. ATTACKING CHESS MEGA BUNDLE by GM LARRY CHRISTIANSEN
  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. Ace Up Your Sleeve - 1. d4 repertoire - by IM Michael Rahal

    Ace Up Your Sleeve - 1. d4 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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  28. The Trompowsky Attack Package

    The Trompowsky Attack Package

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    Keeping your opening repertoire fresh is not just recommended, it's a must. You never want to become a predictable opening player and you want to spring surprises every time you can, keep your rivals guessing. The Trompowsky Attack with 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 - named after the Brazilian master Octavio Trompowsky (1897 - 1984) is a great choice to maintain the surprise factor in your opening arsenal and use it when you might feel your game is getting predictable. The Trompowsky package includes 22 videos and is 13 hours, 54 minutes of top-level instruction on the Trompowsky Attack! Learn More
  29. 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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  30. My 10 Chess Heroes by NM Dan Heisman

    My 10 Chess Heroes by NM Dan Heisman

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    An instructional video series covering Dan's most inspirational chess players, he covers greats such as Morphy, Lasker, Keres, Fischer, Kasparov and more! Includes 11 videos, annotated games, 41 quizzes and interactive course in our learning center.  Watch the introduction:

     

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  31. 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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  32. 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.
    FREE BONUS #1: An interactive training session in ICC's Learning Center based on the course material. FREE BONUS #2: A full course guide, CLICK HERE Learn More
  33. Super Bowl Bundle: Three GREAT weapons to win the big game!

    Super Bowl Bundle: Three GREAT weapons to win the big game!

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    Super Bowl Bundle: Three GREAT weapons to win the BIG game! Watch a video from each author below:
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  34. Develop Your Counter-Intuitive Thinking by GM Davorin Kuljasevic

    Develop Your Counter-Intuitive Thinking by GM Davorin Kuljasevic

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    GM Davorin Kuljasevic takes an innovative approach to game improvement. Develop Your Counter-Intuitive Thinking! A topic mostly ignored, Davorin tackles it head-on to show you just how important it is to maintain a flexible mindset that allows you to bend and break common chess rules.

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  35. Two Knights Morphy Attack (2 video series)

    Two Knights Morphy Attack (2 video series)

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    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". A common response is 4... d5 5. exd5, and we all know of the swashbuckling Wilkes-Barre Variation, Lolli Variation and the sacrificial Fried Liver Attack. But Black usually eschews all this with the main-line counter-gambit with 5...Na5. Now, in this Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman looks into the Morphy Variation with 6 d3, where Paul Morphy, the "pride and sorrow of chess," advocated trying to hang on to the pawn. Can it really be so simple for White to hang on to the pawn, or does Black have sufficient counter-play? Learn More
  36. Max Lange Attack (2 video series)

    Max Lange Attack (2 video series)

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    Some openings are so unbalanced that one false move can cost you the game. A prime example being the Max Lange Attack, one of the stormiest opening systems of the 19th century that was named after the German master of the same name, who first suggested it in 1854. And in this Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman takes a closer look at the out of vogue Max Lange with 1. e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5. 0-0 Bc5!? - a position that can be reached by a plethora of openings, such as the Two Knights Defense, Petroff's Defense, Scotch Gambit, Bishop's Opening, Center Game and Giuoco Piano. Learn More
  37. Traxler counter-attack (3 video series)

    Traxler counter-attack (3 video series)

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    GM Boris Alterman explores the tricky Two Knights Defense with the Traxler (or Wilkes-Barre) counter-attack with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 Ng5 Bc5!? It's named after the Czech priest Karel Traxler, who first played a game in the line in 1890. However, it wasn't until Correspondence World champion Yakov Estrin wrote a famed book on the Two Knights some 80 years later that the main theory of the opening really developed. The idea is to ignore the early attack on f7 with the bold 4...Bc5!?, as a sacrificial blitz soon ensues. Learn More
  38. Fried Liver Attack (2 video series)

    Fried Liver Attack (2 video series)

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    GM Boris Alterman explores the legendary Fried Liver Attack in the Two Knights Defense with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 Ng5 d5 5 exd5 Nxd5 6 Nxf7!? The Two Knights Defense is one of the trickiest tactical openings around. If White initiates complications with the so-called Fried Liver Attack, play becomes extremely sharp and gambits and counter gambits abound. Anyone who enters the murky waters of the Fried Liver must be well prepared for the mind-boggling complications that ensue. Learn More
  39. Grunfeld Defense (4 video series)

    Grunfeld Defense (4 video series)

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    In this 4-video series, GM Varuzhan Akobian demonstrates his mastery of Grunfeld Defense, using real games. Learn More
  40. 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
  41. Cochrane Gambit (3 video series)

    Cochrane Gambit (3 video series)

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    Boris Alterman explores the Cochrane Gambit against the normally staid Petroff's Defence with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nxe5 d6 4 Nxf7!? - an idea that stunned the chess world not only when it was first played in 1848, but also when Veselin Topalov resurrected it again in 1999 against Vladimir Kramnik at Linares. A swashbuckler by nature, 19th-century Scottish master John Cochrane (1798 - 1878) - who is also associated with the confusing naming history of the Scotch Game - was the epitome of the early romantic era of chess, and his legacy lives on through the centuries with his daring tactical idea that survives unrefuted to this day. The Cochrane Gambit involves the sacrifice of a knight as early as move four to lure out the opponent's king in a complex board full of pieces, whilst pushing forward in the center with a mobile armada of pawns. Learn More
  42. Evans Gambit (4 video series)

    Evans Gambit (4 video series)

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    GM Boris Altermans presents a 4 video series investigating perhaps one of the soundest of the romantic gambits from the 18th century that is still used at top level in the game today - The Evans Gambit! Learn More
  43. Danish Gambit (2 video series)

    Danish Gambit (2 video series)

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    The Dashing Danish explores the 19th-century Danish Gambit, first popularized by Danish player Severin From at the Paris tournament of 1867, with 1 e4 e5 2 d4 exd4 3 c3 dxc3 4 Bc4 cxb2 5 Bxb2 - an instant attack favored by swashbuckling masters such as Alekhine, Marshall, Blackburne, and Mieses. Learn More
  44. French Defense

    French Defense

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    GM Varuzhan Akobian covers 5 main sections in the French Defense. Learn More
  45. Marshall Gambit (2 video series)

    Marshall Gambit (2 video series)

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    One of the world’s first Grandmasters, America’s Frank J. Marshall (1877-1944) left behind a lasting legacy to the chess world with his revered gambit against the Ruy Lopez:  the Marshall Attack with 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 d5! The myth goes that Marshall deliberately kept his analysis secret for seven years before playing it against Capablanca at New York 1918, but this has since been debunked by historians.   Regardless of its origins, it continues to wreck havoc both at club and elite level over 90 years on - and the latest high-profile victim is Ukrainian world No7 Vassily Ivanchuk, who got hit by some stunning new theory in it by Hungary’s Peter Leko at the recently concluded World Team Championship in Ningbo, China. ChessFM’s openings expert, GM Ronen Har-Zvi has comprehensively covered the Marshall Attack during his weekly openings show last year - but in a Gambit Guide special, GM Boris Alterman puts under the microscope Leko’s new novelty in the Marshall Attack that obviously wasn't covered during that particular series.  Learn More
  46. Krush Gambit

    Krush Gambit

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    Alexander Beliavsky is a product of the legendary Soviet School of Chess and once a contemporary of Anatoly Karpov.  "Big Al" as he's affectionately know as, is a four-time USSR Champion (1974, 1980, 1987 and 1990), and has played at the Olympiad for three countries, first starting with the USSR, the latest being his now adopted homeland of Slovenia.  In his time at the top, Big Al was a noted theorisist - and in 1996, he came up with an interesting line in the classical Nimzo-Indian after  1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 d5 5 cxd5 Qxd5 6 Nf3 Qf5 7 Qd1 e5!? that quickly got christened “The Beliavsky Gambit”.  The Beliavsky Gambit was quickly adopted by other top stars  such as Adams and Khalifman.  Although out of fashion these days, it has never been refuted outright. But top US Women’s player, IM Irina Krush, came up with her own counter-gambit to eschew the complications of the Beliavsky gambit, with the enterprising 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 d5 5 cxd5 Qxd5 6 Nf3 Qf5 7 Qb3 c5 8 a3 Bxc3+ 9 Qxc3 Nbd7 10 g4!? Learn More
  47. Kamsky Gambit

    Kamsky Gambit

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    US champion Gata Kamsky, came up with a new gambit idea in the Sicilian Najdorf with 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 a4 Nc6 7 a5!? GM Boris Alterman takes a closer look at the Kamsky Gambit in this video. Learn More
  48. French Tarrasch Variation

    French Tarrasch Variation

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    French Tarrasch Variation:

    Tarrasch line against the French is the most solid one and is a quiet position. Former world champion Anatoly Karpov used this line to score some fine victories in his career. Black needs to immediately put pressure on the d4 pawn and try to break thru with the f6 pawn move in order to be able to activate the light square bishop. In my opinion, one of the most memorable games in the Tarrasch is Reshevsky -Vaganian from 1976! I highly recommend all the French players to take a look at this fantastic game.

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  49. 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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  50. French Advanced Variation

    French Advanced Variation

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    French Advanced Variation:

    Lately the Advanced line has not been very popular against the French defense, since it leads to close positions where white has a weak pawn on d4 and usually manages to exchange his bad light-square bishop. After the most principled move 6. a3 c4 black has a space on the queen's side and a very easy plan. Also 6.Bd3 and 6.Be2 lines don't offer white any advantage.

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