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  1. Chess Strategy Lessons by Grandmaster Miguel Illescas

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    "Chess Strategy Lessons" is a superb video series on various strategic concepts, developed by Spanish Grandmaster Miguel Illescas. Miguel developed this series based on years of top level experience as both player and coach, having been part of IBM's Deep Blue Team, and former coach to World Champion Vladimir Kramnik.

      

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  2. Puzzles 2.0 by Chess Coach Dan Heisman

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    Solving chess puzzles is nice and may even be useful, but in the long run, it can get dry, when not boring. But what if you had a renowned coach explaining you all the subtleties of the position, showing you all the possibilities, the potential mistakes and, eventually, the solution? Run time:  12 hours, 53 minutes Learn More
  3. 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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  4. Essential Dan Heisman: From A to Zugzwang

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    National Master Dan Heisman’s Essential video collection is an incredible compilation of over 100+ lessons and 50 hours of material from one of the most instructional chess coaches in the world.  This Mega bundle includes some of the highest quality training material Dan Heisman has ever produced, aimed at all levels of play, although especially valuable for the intermediate and club players. To quote one user:
    "The three types of Chess Vision, is one of your very best videos ever!! Creative and truly groundbreaking work!! Delightful puzzles and your final combo terrific! Never dreamed of conceiving of chess & mind in this way. *****Outstanding!!   COMES WITH ONE (1) MONTH OF BONUS ICC MEMBERSHIP Learn More
  5. 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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  6. My Students’ Games – GM Susan Polgar

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    Analysis of club players’ games is the surest way to fix the mistakes that are made at this level and advance to master. Garry Kasparov always said it was Botvinnik’s advice on analyzing games that made him the player he was. However, if you want to progress much quicker, it helps to have a GM coach to point out all those problems and help you find the solutions. That’s what you get with this superb instructive 11 hour bundle “My Students’ Games” from GM Susan Polgar. Learn More
  7. Thought Process Errors by NM Dan Heisman

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    What is "thought process"? It's related to thinking, of course, but there is a difference between thinking and thought process. In a sense, we can break "chess thinking" into three different types, each representing a different class where you may make errors. Let's put process in class one, knowledge in area two, and analytical in class three. The latter usually occurs at a higher level, but it's useful to know how errors during analysis can happen. Comes with one-month ICC membership bonus. Watch Introduction Video FREE.

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  8. Polgar Chess University Beginner Bundle

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    Attack, Defense and Chess Endgames: Susan reveals the essential principles to successful attacking chess. You will learn why the King is in danger when left in the center, how to find the most aggressive squares for your pieces and the best way to coordinate them in powerful attacks. The lessons contained in this bundle teach not just how to finish your opponent off but also how to get good positions in the first place.

    Positional Play and Chess Strategy: Susan teaches you how to find strong moves in every position by targeting your opponent’s weaknesses and avoiding creating any of your own. You will learn how to look deeper into the position and see further ahead with Susan Polgar’s invaluable advice on planning – a key skill in chess strategy. And you’ll find out how to reduce blunders – mistakes that lose material – with sound positional play.

    Improving Chess Tactics: Susan provides intensive training on chess tactics. Starting with the essential checkmate patterns and tactical motifs like the pin, skewer and fork, the material quickly advances to cover more complicated combinations – but with Susan breaking them down to show exactly how they work and the logic in the position that makes them possible. COMES WITH ONE (1) MONTH OF BONUS ICC MEMBERSHIP Learn More
  9. Improve your Positional Chess Skills - by FM Charlie Storey

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    FM Charlie Storey focuses on how to improve your positional chess skills. Positional chess in essence is the skill to correctly assess and evaluate positions and determine the right plan of action. Positional chess allows you to filter out what's key and important in any given position and from there you can devise your plan, make your necessary calculations, etc.   Learn More
  10. Tactics for Everyone Bundle

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    Improve your chess tactics! In this course, GM Ronen Har-Zvi tackles one of the most important parts of the game: Tactics. And he does this from a beginner and intermediate player's perspective: everyone will be able to enjoy, learn and improve watching these videos. All of us have at least once asked ourselves the typical questions: What is a tactic in chess? Why is tactics one of the most important piece of knowledge you need to play chess? How to spot tactics in a game? How to take advantage of it?  Ronen is here to answer our queries, by guiding us - with many interesting examples - through the basics of chess tactics, such as double-attacks, forks, pins, how to use material to create tactics; to then move on into more complicated topics, such as intermediate moves, double threats, and more! Learn More
  11. Carlsen's Positional Chess Secrets

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    IM Valeri Lilov's new course presents a revolutionary set of techniques and principles to guide you in any and every position of the middlegame. Starting with methods of planning, evaluation, calculation, and prophylaxis, you can watch and learn all the key techniques used by the reigning world chess champion Magnus Carlsen! This course comes with a bonus of 1 month of ICC membership Learn More
  12. HIGHLY INSTRUCTIVE GAMES - by Coach Dan Heisman

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    How many times have you heard an expert, or even a GM, tell you that to take your chess to the next level you need to study classic games? And how many times have you tried to go over famous games, failing to understand all the subtleties that the great masters used to get an advantage? It sounds almost like a rhetorical question, doesn't it? Learn More
  13. 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

    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

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  14. ICC’s Endgame Video Series Pack

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    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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  15. Your New Opening Repertoire by IM John Watson

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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
  16. The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory

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    Know the secrets of proper and efficient opening preparation. With a complete opening repertoire this is a must-have. Learn More
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Every Russian Schoolboy Knows:  Build you opening repertoire - Rauzer Attack  - (5 videos)

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    Every Russian Schoolboy Knows: Build you opening repertoire Opening: B67: Sicilian Defence: Richter-Rauzer - Rauzer Attack A 5 videos series Learn More
  21. The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory 2 Bonus Pack

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    Get all your opening questions ANSWERED! Learn More
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Candidates 2007: Aronian vs. Carlsen (3 part series)

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    Candidates 2007: Aronian vs. Carlsen Opening: C84, A30: Closed Ruy Lopez: Unusual 6th moves, Symmetrical English: Double Fianchetto and Hedgehog E14, E12 Queen's Indian:Classical Variation (4 e3), Queen's Indian: Unusual White 4th moves 4a3 4Nc3 A62, E12, A32, E29 Modern Benoni: Fianchetto Variation without early Nbd7, Queen's Indian: Unusual 4th moves, Symmetrical English: 2 Nf3 Nf6, Nimzo-Indian: Sämisch: 5… 0-0 6.e3 c5, Queen's Fianchetto Defence (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 b6) Player(s): Carlsen, Aronian Learn More
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. Schliemann Defense Deferred (2 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Schliemann Defense Deferred (2 part series) ECO: C70: Ruy Lopez: Schliemann defense deferred The Schliemann Defense Deferred, with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 f5 is, of course, very similar in nature to the more popular Schliemann Defense covered during an earlier series of Gambit Guide. It has never had a good reputation, but it remains a surprise weapon with no clear refutation. The key difference between the two is that in the deferred form Black can have a timely …b5 available. The deferred was a favorite of the original chess thinker David Bronstein, and even Viktor Korchnoi used it to draw with Anantoly Karpov during their many world championship battles; lately, Alexei Shirov has played it. And in a new series of Gambit Guide, we take a closer look at the nuances of the Schliemann Deferred. Learn More
  29. Game of the Week: Jobava, Mamedyarov

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    Game of the Week: Jobava, Mamedyarov Tournament: European Team Championship ECO: C29: Vienna Gambit France led the European Team Championship wire to wire until the last round. Russia dealt the French their first match loss, allowing Azerbaijan, who tied with Armenia, to slip past them into first place. France held on for silver while Russia edged out Armenia for bronze. For the Azeris, Shakhiyar Mamedyarov had an unspectacular +1 result, but he came up big in the sixth round against Baadur Jobava of Georgia. Jobava, one of the most original players on the scene, had an excellent result with five wins against two losses, but he could not find the answers to Shak Mammy’s enterprising and defiant opening strategy. Learn More
  30. Game Of the Week: GM Jobava vs. GM Nepomniachtchi

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    GM Jobava vs. GM Nepomniachtchi Opening: B22: Sicilian Alapin Player(s): Jobava, Nepomniachtchi Learn More
  31. Ronen Greatest Hits :  Avro 1938

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    Avro 1938 Opening: : Player(s): In this episode, Ronen Har-Zvi tells us about the AVRO 1938 tournament, arguably the strongest chess event ever held in history Learn More
  32. El Sistema Londres

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    Por primera vez en el mercado, el bestseller "El Sistema Londres-Pereyra" del MF Oscar de Prado se edita y amplía en una extraordinaria videoserie de 48 vídeos grabadas por el autor (+ 20 h. con descarga MP4 HD 1920x1080). Incluye ejercicios de táctica/estrategia y partidas del libro (PGN completo CON comentarios).

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  33. Siciliana Najdorf 6.Ag5 ...Cbd7

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    Boris Gelfand revolucionó en los '90 una de las variantes más agresivas contra la Najdorf: 6.Ag5. Se trata del sistema basado en ...Cbd7 y Dc7, para un rápido ...b5, sin necesidad de jugar el tradicional ...Ae7. El GM Rodrigo Vásquez es uno de los mayores expertos de todo el mundo.

    El curso en vídeo incluye:

    ♚ 24 vídeos en calidad HD 1920x1080 grabados en español por al Gran Maestro internacional Rodrigo Vásquez, uno de los mayores expertos mundiales en esta apertura.
    ♚ Fichero PGN con las partidas y ejemplos que incluyen los análisis del GM Rodrigo Vázquez.
    ♚ REGALO de 4 ebooks con 2 cursos completos de la Najdorf.
    - El ataqué inglés. 6. Ae3.
    - Líneas emprendedoras contra la Najdorf.
    ♚ Descargar Indice y muestra gratuita. Learn More
  34. Curso completo de ajedrez de táctica

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    Curso en vídeo y PGN que explica TODAS las armas tácticas necesarias para progresar en ajedrez. ¡El Curso más completo del mercado!

    El curso en vídeo incluye:

    ♚ 17 vídeos (12 h.) + bonus del GM Miguel Illescas.
    ♚ PGN completo del libro impreso: partidas y 192 ejercicios.
    DESCARGUE el PDF con el Índice del Curso.
    Vea la presentación del Curso - vídeo del GM Miguel Illescas. Learn More
  35. 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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  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. 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

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