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  1. Pawn Chains (5 part series)

    Pawn Chains (5 part series)

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    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
  2. Sicilian (5 part series)

    Sicilian (5 part series)

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    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
  3. Caro-Kann (2 part series)

    Caro-Kann (2 part series)

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    Caro-Kann (2 part series) Players: Andruet, Cocozza, Lie, Ogaard, Prie, Maenhout, Barasch, Akopov ECO: B13, A45 Another great piece of chess opening theory in this series by IM John Watson. Again against 1.e4, one of the most used replies is 1. … c6, the Caro-Kann. The Caro–Kann is a common defense against the King's Pawn Opening and is classified as a "Semi-Open Game" like the Sicilian Defense and French Defense, although it is thought to be more solid and less dynamic than either of those openings. It often leads to good endgames for Black, who has the better pawn structure. Watson explains this famous Defense with his usual pragmatic approach, to help you understand all the main motives of the opening. Learn More
  4. French (3 part series)

    French (3 part series)

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    French (3 part series) Players: Sax, Korchnoi, Potkin, Shulman, Miezis, Shirov, Kasparov, CompMephExclus, Okhotnik, Cheymol, Ulibin, Lautier, Meijers, Mullon, Miezis, Glek ECO: C01, A28, A13, B14, C42 Here at ICC Chess.FM we are always looking for improvement, and to provide our members with useful and interesting material to improve their game. We felt the need for a brand-new show, aimed at beginners up to intermediate players, where they can learn how to build an opening repertoire. 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 continueshis new interesting series, sticking with the 1.e4 repertoire: the immortal French Opening. Learn More
  5. Bishop Opening (5 part series)

    Bishop Opening (5 part series)

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    Bishop Opening (5 part series) Players: Kasparov, Giorgadze, Sermek, Gostisa, Kasparov, Bareev, Vorobiov, Belukhin, Shaposhnikov, Lastin, Howell, Bindrich, Adams, Gyimesi, Kobalia, Petkov, Ems, Ledger ECO: C41, C50, C24, C54 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 interesting series, about a typical piece of repertoire for White: 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 - The Bishop Opening. John will analyze for us the moves that Black can play as his second move, and explain us how this opening configuration can evolve on the board, converging into a number of different well-known opening lines. Don't miss this formative and interesting series, and 'store' another great piece of opening repertoire for your future successes! Learn More
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Repertoire for Black - The French (21 part series)

    Repertoire for Black - The French (21 part series)

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    Repertoire for Black - The French (21 part series)
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  11. 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
  12. Repertoire for Black - English defense (15 part series)

    Repertoire for Black - English defense (15 part series)

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    Repertoire for Black - English defense (15 part series) Players: Gamota, Karasev, Starostits, Bunzmann, Hirsso, Jyrki, Marchand, Gulko, Hager, Lempert, Partos Czebe, Onischuk, Nakamura, Z.Polgar, Speelman, Farago, Miles, Hertneck, King, Kosten, Bauer, Kleff, Koenig, Pavlov, Kovalenko, Piesina, Kengis, Kempinski, Miles, Lubczynski, Macieja, Watson, Leon Hoyos, Von Loehnysen, Schlemermeyer, Von Loehnysen, Schlemermeyer, Serper, Yermolinsky, Marjanovic, Ivanisevic, Knaak, Planinec, Handke, Bauer, Sher, Lempert, Eljanov, Delchev, Kallai, Hamdouchi, Avrukh, Grabliauskas, Arduman, Gurcan ECO: A10, A40, A50 IM John Watson, with his video course, helps us build a strong and efficient repertoire of openings, for White and for Black. In the previous few lectures, John showed us how to react to White's first move 1.e4 and 1.d4. In this new series our IM shows us how to play against 1.c4. The first opening Watson teaches us is the fianchetto system 1.c4 b6 2. d4 Bb7, which usually transposes to the classic English Defense (1.c4 b6 2. d4 e6), but avoids certain difficult-to-meet lines. By delaying or skipping ...Nf6, Black keeps his strategy flexible, and in most cases the move ...f5 is key to controlling the central light squares and creating counterplay. The result is a dynamic and challenging system which can easily lead to Black seizing the initiative. Don't miss your chance to add another great piece of opening theory to your repertoire! Learn More
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Let's get started!

    Let's get started!

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    Let's get started! Players: ECO: In this introductory video if his new show "Sharpen Your Chess Sense with IM John Watson", John explains how he will guide you through building your own openings repertoire. Basically he's going to explain openings by chess concepts. All you need is be familiar with simple chess concepts such as file, row, material value, pin, fork, etc. everyone can benefit from watching these interesting lessons, form the beginner to the expert player. "Keep it simple, use common sense, and feel the position": these are the concepts that IM John Watson is going to enforce in his new video course; an original and appealing approach to build a remarkable opening repertoire! Learn More
  16. Wrapping up "Beyond the Opening" (2 part series)

    Wrapping up "Beyond the Opening" (2 part series)

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    Wrapping up "Beyond the Opening" (2 part series) Players: ECO: IM John Watson wraps-up his fantastic and complete course on Pawn Structures, recapping all what he did to explain the essence of chess in the past months, and covering, with this two-video series, different aspects of this fundamental subject that he hasn't gone through in depth in the previous video lectures. Learn More
  17. Double Pawns (10 part series)

    Double Pawns (10 part series)

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    Double Pawns (10 part series) Players: Portisch, Kuijpers, Gligoric, Plater, Botvinnik, Chekover, Dickenson, Emms, Karpov, Brown, Kortchnoi, Panno, Pigott, Mestel, Sokolov, Har-Zvi, Kharlov, Timman, Salov, Yussupov, Salov, Yussupov, Dreev, Timofeev, Ashwath, Kostenko, Acs, Ivanchuk, Fischer, Portisch, KasparovS, Harikrishna, Shaw, Stefanova, Kasparov, Kramnik, Grischuk, Morozevich, Iuldachev, Kholmov, ECO: Theory of double pawns is one of the most complex and important in chess. Extremely often double pawns are acceptable, or even strong, depending on the whole structure. One of the big distinction for double pawns is if they are isolated or connected with other pawns. This can make a lot of difference on how to deal with this particular and common structure. In this series IM John Watson looks at double pawns in an extensive and complete way. Learn More
  18. Isolated Pawns (15 part series)

    Isolated Pawns (15 part series)

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    Isolated Pawns (15 part series) Players: Kortchnoi, Karpov, Boleslavsky, Kotov, Neukirch, Uhlman, Karpov, Vogt, Portisch, Karpov, Botvinnik, Flohr, Rubinstein, Rotlevi, Ivanchuk, Aronian, Rubinstein, Salwe, Kasparov, Illescas, Gligoric, Keres, Portisch, Botvinnik, Szabo, Yussupow, Ljuboljevic, Lautier, Short, Romanishin, Psakhis, Sargissian, Halkias,Petrossian, Smyslov, Botvinnik, Alekhine, Sokolov, Cebalo, Botvinnik, Petrossian, Kasparov, Karpov, Stein, Peterson, Larsen, Penrose, Nilson, Stolze, Ljubojevic, Karpov, Portisch, Donner, Antonio, Georgiev, Andersson, Rosberg, Flohr, Romanovsky, Chamier, Clerc, Lafreuchoux, Maleki, Nikolic, Mamedyarov, Schulman, Sekely,Avrukh, Kovalev ECO: In chess, an isolated pawn is a pawn which has no friendly pawn on an adjacent file. An isolated queen's pawn is often called an isolani. Isolated pawns are usually a weakness because they cannot be protected by other pawns. In practice, an isolated pawn is often a concern when it's placed on a open file, thus becoming an easy target for the enemy's pieces. In this series IM John Watson looks at all kinds of isolated pawns, and teaches us how to deal with this particular structural weakness. Learn More
  19. The Center (4 part series)

    The Center (4 part series)

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    The Center (4 part series) Players: Estrin, Libov, Kramnik, Svidler, Postny, Shahade, Ivanov, Mikhalevski, Yakhovich, Mathe, VallejoPons, Kopjonkin, Ulko, Kristinsson , Malich, PolgarS, Sharif, Bologan, Matousek, Gofstein, Bindrich, Geiling, PolgarJ, Spassky ECO: We all know how important the center of the board is in a chess game. The four squares d4-d4-e4-e5 are the center of the board, and controlling those squares is the aim of virtually every openings. Concept as "classical" or "Big" center are the subject of this interesting series by IM John Watson. He will show you how to control, directly or indirectly, the 'core' of the board, from which usually start any strategic and tactical ideas in the game. Starting from the very basics, John goes through this important subject to take you up to the more complicated situations, all aimed to control those findamental four squares. Learn More
  20. Surrender of Center (3 part series)

    Surrender of Center (3 part series)

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    Surrender of Center ((3 part series) Players: Simonsen, Stoll, Schoeneberg, Bronstein, Reti, Szekeli, Pillsbury, VonBardeleben, Capablanca, Thomas, Rohde, Speelman, Kasparov, Gurevich, Fercec, Pandurevic ECO: Surrender of the Center, a concept postulated by Aaron Nimzowitch in his uber-famous book "My system", is shorthand for "surrenders the pawn center" by giving up one's center pawn. For example, after 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4, the Scotch Game, when Black plays exd4 he is "surrendering the center." In this case he does so because it cannot be reasonably maintained. In other situations, like the Philidor Defense or the Steinitz Defense to the Ruy Lopez, Black may be able to maintain his pawn in e5, since he has played ...d6 and also either ...Nc6 or ...Nd7 to reinforce. In such cases, it is a different decision to "surrender the center" with ...e5xd4, but still may be the correct one. Black hopes to gain play on the half-open e-file against the White pawn in e4, and possibly to use the e5 square for his pieces at some point. A Knight may land there, or the King Bishop "see" a diagonal through it. In this series, Watson shows us how this idea has been again used in recent times, by elite GMs. Learn More
  21. Strong Point Centers (3 part series)

    Strong Point Centers (3 part series)

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    Strong Point Centers (3 part series) Players: Galkin, Yandemirov, Zaitzev, Tukmakov, Karpov, Ivanchuk, Graf, Ivanchuk, Graf, Khazimdzanov, Sokolov, Hunt, Davies, Sorokin, Ramesh, Kasparov, Karpov ECO: What's a Strong Point Center? In the surrender of the center we give up a center pawn to gain space and improve the strategic position of our forces; a strong point center is on the contrary a pawn we defend strongly, to make it the starting point of our attacking ideas, especially frustrating our opponent's attempts to make any progress in the center. IM John Watson continues with his amazing course on pawn structures, one of the most formative subject for players of any level. Learn More
  22. Closed Game Structure: QGD (7 part series)

    Closed Game Structure: QGD (7 part series)

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    Closed Game Structure: QGD (7 part series) Players: Botvinnik, Keres, Nenachev, Panchenko, Kasparov, Barua, Karpov, Ljuboljevic, Djuric, Pfleger, Watson, VanderSterren, Hansen, Seirawan, Jussupow, Gelfand, Ivanchuk, Andersson, Kasparov, Karpov, Pelletier,Schulman, Vouldis, Kasparov, Smyslov, Nielsen, Georgiev, Nikolic, Miladinovic, Kramnik, Morozevich, Atalik, Capablanca, Alekhine, Malaniuk, Petronijevic, Alekhine, Colle, Pillsburry, Chigorine, Karpov, Yussupov ECO: After several video lectures on structures that spring from 1.e4 e5, IM John Watson moves on to analyze 1.d4 d5 games. In this series, John tackles the structures that can happen in the Queen's Gambit Declined: 1. d4 d5; 2.c4 e6. The 'QGD' is one of the most played openings, either in classic times and nowadays, with a lot of different variations. Declining the Queen Gambit, Black goes for a strong point in the center, whereas by playing 2. … dxc4 (Queen's Gambit accepted), he would surrender the center. this is why the QGD is considered a 'closed game'. Learn More
  23. Hanging Pawns in the Queen Openings

    Hanging Pawns in the Queen Openings

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    Hanging Pawns in the Queen Openings Players: ECO: Hanging pawns are an open, half-isolated duo. It means that they are standing next to each other on the adjacent half-open files, usually on the fourth rank, mutually protecting their stop squares. They share a number of characteristics of weak pawns - they are not directly protected by other pawns and may become targets of attack - but unlike them they have dynamic potential of executing a pawn breakthrough and thus creating a passed pawn. In this video IM John Watson puts in practice all the theory he's explained in his series on the Pawn structures, by using the Queen Openings. Learn More
  24. 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
  25. The Triangle Structure in the Semi-Slav (4 part series)

    The Triangle Structure in the Semi-Slav (4 part series)

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    The Triangle Structure in the Semi-Slav (4 part series) Players: Illescas, Kramnik, Uhlma Larsen, Nikolic, Paunovic, Popov, Skatchov, Taimanov, Trifunovic, Jussupov, Kenkin, Gelfand, Shabalov, GrandaZunica, Dominguez, Gravaiev, Mikalchichin, Notkin, Makarov, Avrukh ECO: The triangle structure is usually associated with the Semi-Slav defense. In this series, IM John Watson shows some very famous games, such as Topalov vs. Kramnik (World Championship), to illustrate yet another important pawn structure: Black's pawn form a triangle in e6, d5 and c6, creating a barrier and controlling the center. Learn More
  26. Restraint Structures (2 part series

    Restraint Structures (2 part series

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    Restraint Structures (2 part series Players: Sasikiran, Rublevsky, Khalifma Anand, Christiansen, Sher,Topalov, Kramnik, Flear, Fressinet ECO: IM John Watson calls "restraint structures" those pawn formations where Black has pawns in c6 and e6 without a pawn in d7. This kind of structure comes out from the Caro-Kann defense, the French defense and the Alekhine defense, among other important openings. In the Caro-Kann, for example, the c6 and e6 pawns restrain White's d4 pawn from advancing, creating sort of a blockade in the center. Another great series on pawns structures by Watson. Learn More
  27. Restraint Structures: A final word on pawn structures

    Restraint Structures: A final word on pawn structures

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    Restraint Structures Players: Gulko, Lakdawala, Illescas, Dominguez, Vigorito, Ippolito ECO: IM John Watson calls "restraint structures" those pawn formations where Black has pawns in c6 and e6 without a pawn in d7. This kind of structure comes out from the Caro-Kann defense, the French defense and the Alekhine defense, among other important openings. In the Caro-Kann, for example, the c6 and e6 pawns restrain White's d4 pawn from advancing, creating sort of a blockade in the center. Another great series on pawns structures by Watson. Learn More
  28. A final Word on Pawn Structures in the QGD

    A final Word on Pawn Structures in the QGD

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    A final Word on Pawn Structures in the QGD Players: ECO: A final video lecture to wrap-up all the concepts and ideas IM John Watson has been exploring for us in the structures of the Queen's Gambit Declined Opening. Learn More
  29. Mastering Pawn Play

    Mastering Pawn Play

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    When evaluating a chess position, every Grandmaster considers four key factors: King Safety, Piece Activity, Material Count and Pawn Structure. Most amateurs tend to pay too much attention to piece activity and material and neglect how critical pawn play and pawn structure is to assessing positions and deciding on the correct strategy of play. Master the keys of pawn play with this new video series. In it, we cover crucial topics in pawn play such as:

    Pawn chains: how and when to attack them. 
    Isolated pawns: sometimes a weapon, other times a liability, learn how to play them both.
    Doubled pawns: find out why not all doubled pawns are bad, master how to use them to your advantage.
    Pawn endings: all you need ot know about pawn endings...and sample games with full analysis.

    Add a new weapon and dimension to your game with "Master Pawn Play" from top instructors IM John Watson, NM Dan Heisman and GM Alex Yermolinsky.

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  30. 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
  31. ICC’s Endgame Video Series Pack

    ICC’s Endgame Video Series Pack

    Regular Price: $119.95

    Special Price $69.95

    Your perfect weapon to conquer opponents in the endgame. 120 videos on endgame play by top chess coaches GM Ron Henley, GM Alex Yermolinsky,  GM Alex Lenderman, NM Dan Heisman.  Watch 2 of the Endgame lessons by CLICKING HERE.
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  32. ICC’S BEST OF THE SICILIAN COMPILATION

    ICC’S BEST OF THE SICILIAN COMPILATION

    $99.00

    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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  33. Your New Opening Repertoire by IM John Watson

    Your New Opening Repertoire by IM John Watson

    Regular Price: $169.95

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    The experts say you have to study the endings and we're not going to argue against that, but to reach an ending you must know your openings.
    You need to pick the right openings, otherwise, your game will be long over before it’s ever reached an ending.
    In this superb video series, top instructor IM John Watson aims to provide you with a powerful yet easy to learn opening repertoire for White and two major lines for Black! Watch video 1, FREE -> https://youtu.be/F5eKvCRA Learn More
  34. Slav Defense (11 part series)

    Slav Defense (11 part series)

    $32.89

    The Slav Defense is one of the most solid defenses to 1 d4, and a great favorite of the world's leading players. John Watson looks at the opening from White's point of view, recommending safe but strategically rich setups against each variation. He also examines the Semi-Slav Defense, a close relative of the Slav. Opening: D11: Slav Defense D15, D94: QGD Slav, Grunfeld D43: Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav Learn More
  35. Queen's Gambit Accepted (6 part series)

    Queen's Gambit Accepted (6 part series)

    $17.94

    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
  36. Queen's Gambit Declined (6 part series)

    Queen's Gambit Declined (6 part series)

    $17.94

    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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  37. Unconventional (16 part series)

    Unconventional (16 part series)

    $47.84

    Unconventional Opening: A00, B00: Irregular Opening Player(s): Lindkvist, Sorenfors, Bloodgood, Roberts, Van Geet, Pirc, Saratov, Andreikin, Van den Berg, Ljubarskij, Ekebjaerg, Quist, Timman, Huebner, Wojtkiewicz, Bronstein, Thierry, Van den Braak Learn More
  38. Tricks & traps - by IM John Watson

    Tricks & traps - by IM John Watson

    $49.95

    How many tricks and traps are there in the sea of opening theory? From the simplest ones to the more advanced, this amazing new video series by IM John Watson shows you how to fool (or not be fooled by!) your opponent, who might not know the intricacies of an opening. You'll learn many new tricks and traps in this 9+ hour videos series!

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