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

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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

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