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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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

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