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  1. Polgar Chess University ALL THREE LESSON BUNDLES
    Own all three lesson tiers of the Polgar Chess University for one low, amazing price!  For a limited time, you can own all three complete levels with our lowest price ever! BONUS #1: COMES WITH ONE (1) MONTH OF BONUS ICC MEMBERSHIP My Student's games BONUS #2: Get GM Susan Polgar's "My Students' Games" for FREE!  To claim your free copy:

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    2) Once in the cart, you will be presented with a link to claim this package for free. Learn More
  2. The Anatoly Karpov Master Method
    The Anatoly Karpov Comprehensive Chess Course Karpov Master Method In this extraordinary 15-hour course, former World Champion Anatoly Karpov has put together the definitive training program on his approach to chess mastery.

    Watch the introduction: Part 1, Chapter 1

    Focusing on positional play, strategy, and endgames, The Karpov Method takes you into the inner circle, revealing Anatoly’s discoveries and some of the chess’ deepest secrets. This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from one of the greatest players of all time, as Anatoly Karpov talks candidly about his games, opponents and the method he used to solve problems at the board. Learn More
  3. 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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  4. My Students’ Games – GM Susan Polgar
    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
  5. Gambit Guide Super Pack:  All Gambit Guide Openings!

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    Over 100 hours of instruction! GM Boris Alterman explores all the best gambits! How many times have you wondered how to play against one of the many gambits that your opponents use to surprise you in the opening? Now, it's your turn to put your ace down! In this Mega Pack, GM Boris Alterman, with his straight and easy style, explains how to master most of the gambit openings you can find out there. Over 100 hours of amazing videos to understand positional, strategical and tactical tricks that will make your opening repertoire stronger than ever! COMES WITH ONE (1) MONTH OF BONUS ICC MEMBERSHIP

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  6. ICC’s Endgame Video Series Pack

    Regular Price: $119.95

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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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  7. Ruy Lopez + 1. e4 e5 Compilation

    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.
    But that’s not all! We also added a bonus section on 1.e4 e5 openings. As an e4 player, you should be familiar with other openings that arise after 1.e4 e5, including the Scotch, the Vienna, the Two knights and how to play the super versatile Breyer Variation, the solid Closed Variation, or the tactical  Marshall Attack, the Two knights and even the famous Fried Liver Attack!
    With better comprehension of this opening you will outplay your opponents time and time again.  Check out “ICC´s Best of the Ruy Lopez + 1.e4 e5” and become a better chess player.

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  8. 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
  9. Judit Polgar’s Secrets of the Sicilian - The Judit Polgar method
    Judit Polgar was destined for big things, smashing Bobby Fischer’s record as the youngest GM in history, before ruthlessly going toe-to-toe with the very best - defeating the likes of Kasparov, Carlsen, Topalov, Kramnik, Anand and Karpov in the process! Judit Polgar was destined for big things, smashing Bobby Fischer’s record as the youngest GM in history, before ruthlessly going toe-to-toe with the very best - defeating the likes of Kasparov, Carlsen, Topalov, Kramnik, Anand and Karpov in the process! And in 30 years at the top, she NEVER made a chess course or gave lessons of any type - she never revealed any of the secrets behind her supreme tactical mastery - until now. Learn More
  10. 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
  11. Polgar Chess University Intermediate Bundle

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    Attack, defense and instructive games:  GM Susan Polgar, a former chess prodigy and now an elite coach, teaches how to play more sophisticated chess attacks – and how to defend against them. Using the most instructive chess games to illustrate the themes, Susan shows the practical decisions both sides have to make in real games, how mistakes are punished and what can be done differently to save the day.

    Positional play and chess strategy: Susan Polgar at the most important components of positional chess, examining pawn structures, the relative value of the pieces, how to coordinate pieces most effectively and matters of chess technique. Even with completely level material, one side may have an overwhelming advantage because of the superior quality of their pieces. Susan’s lessons focus on what makes a position or a piece good or bad and precisely how to achieve (or avoid) that position.

    Chess tactics and endgames: Susan provides you with some of the more advanced ideas you will need as you play stronger opponents. With more games likely to reach the final phase, experience of these positions will pay dividends. COMES WITH ONE (1) MONTH OF BONUS ICC MEMBERSHIP Learn More

    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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  13. GM Petrov's TRIPLE PACK: Dominate with 1.d4 and 1.e4 and Opening and Positional Mastery

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    FIDE Trainer and Olympiad Coach GM Marian Petrov's Triple pack includes: 1) Opening Mastery – Dominate with 1.d4 (sells for $149) 2) Opening Mastery – Dominate with1.e4 (sells for $149) 3) Positional Chess Mastery (sells for $149) Learn More
  14. 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 -> Learn More
  15. Essential Guide to Middle Game Mastery, by GM Boris Alterman

    Regular Price: $199.95

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    If you’re aiming at reaching master level, or are chasing the dream of a major boost in your rating, this video series is a must. Nowadays, everyone is super prepped up in openings, you might be too, and you’re likely getting good positions out of them, but it’s in the middle game where battles are decided. In this magnificent video series, GM Alterman (ELO 2611) carefuly takes you through all the key aspects and secrets of middle game play. In this series you’re not only going to learn the essentials of middle play, you’re going to master critical topics such as ...Read More COMES WITH ONE (1) MONTH OF BONUS ICC MEMBERSHIP Learn More
  16. Revolutionize your Chess (The GingerGM Method 2)
    A major source of dropped points is missing tactical ideas – overlooking threats and simply not seeing winning combinations. Now GM Simon Williams, a master of attacking play, explains how to cure this problem. Learn More
  17.  Sicilian Defense Mastery for Club Players
    The new Empire Chess Bundle ¨Sicilian Defense Mastery for Club Players will teach you an opening that the best chess players in the history of the game have employed with great frequency at the highest levels of the game: Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, and Bobby Fischer all regularly played the Sicilian Defense in the most critical moments of their careers. Learn More
  18. Gambits against the Sicilian, the French and the Ruy Lopez

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    If you're looking for ways to bust the Sicilian, the French or the Ruy Lopez, then this video series is for you! Grandmaster Boris Alterman and Grandmaster Ronen Har-zvi cover several sharp and aggressive opening gambits you can play against the Sicilian, French and Ruy Lopez. You receive 49 top quality videos of Grandmaster analysis on these exciting openings.

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  19. Repertoire for Black - The French (21 part series)

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    Repertoire for Black - The French (21 part series)
  20. Learn Endgames from the Greats - by Dan Heisman
    Learning endgames is not an easy task. It demands long hours spent at the board (or in front of a computer screen), trying to memorize patterns and key positions. On the other hand, every player must know his endgame, if he wants to be successful on the board. In his new series on endgames, NM Heisman selects games that are decided in the endgame, showing the entire game but focusing on the endgame play. The idea is to present practical, instructive endgames of all types, not just "theoretical" positions or difficult wins. Learn More
  21. GM Larry Christiansen's Chess Tactics Handbook

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    Introducing GM Larry Christiansen's new Tactic Handbook. In this new series of instructional videos, Larry guides us through the most important concepts and ideas about tactic in chess: how to attack the enemy king, recognizable attacking patterns, rook lifts, pins, sacrifices, and all the needed knowledge to become a fearless barricade stormer! Total Run Time: 6 hours 23 minutes Learn More
  22. 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. Runtime: 05:28:01 Learn More
  23. Slav and Semi-Slav Defences (15 part series)
    New Ideas in…: Slav and Semi-Slav Defences (15 part series). D43, D44: QGD semi-Slav, QGD semi-Slav: Botvinnik system (anti-Meran), QGD semi-Slav: anti-Meran gambit. In a series of opening videos for ICC Chess.FM, GM Ronen Har-Zvi investigates the latest developments and trends that will keep you up-to-date in the rock-solid Slav and Semi-Slav Defences. Sneak preview in description. Learn More
  24. Piece sacrifice in the opening - by Coach Dan Heisman
    What's better than sacrificing a piece in the opening, to take your opponent into unknown territory, and increase your chances to score early in the game? Coach Dan Heisman presents a new video series to teach you how to use the sacrifice weapon to stun your opponent! Learn More
  25. Marshall Gambit in the Slav (7 part series)
    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
  26. The 150 Attack  (7 part series)
    New Ideas in…: The 150 Attack (7 part series). B07: Pirc defense. In the latest of his "New Ideas In... " series, GM Ronen Har-Zvi looks at " The 150 Attack, " a sharp line for white against the Pirc that was pioneered in the 1980s by a new generation of English players, such as John Nunn, Nigel Short and Mickey Adams. The main idea is Be3, Qd2, Bh6, advance the h-pawn and then deliver mate. Naturally, this seemed too good to be true and was quickly dubbed the 150 Attack (a peculiarity of the English grading system, with 150 equating to 1800 Elo), since it seemed that only a club player would use such a blatant attacking system and expect the game to finish in checkmate. Learn More
  27. Closed Game Structure: QGD (7 part series)
    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
  28. As en la Manga para las negras

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    Hola amig@s! Soy Michael Rahal, Maestro Internacional de Ajedrez. Muchos de vosotros me conoceréis ya de ICC, y de mi popular colección de vídeos "El As en la Manga".
    Ahora os presento "El As en la Manga para negras!" Una colección de videos desde la perspectiva de la negras, con ideas agresivas para sorprender a tu rival. En esta primera serie ofrezco una arma contra 1.e4: la defensa Siciliana variante Lowenthal NOVEDAD -> Vamos a obsequiar a todos los que compren esta serie, una sesion de preguntas/respuestas conmigo a traves de video streaming! ¡Muchas gracias, y nos vemos en ICC! MI Michael Rahal 

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  29. Alekhine's defense (6 part series)
    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
  30. French Defense
    GM Varuzhan Akobian covers 5 main sections in the French Defense. Learn More
  31. Pawn Chains (5 part series)
    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
  32. London System (4 part series)
    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
  33. Blackmar-Diemer gambit (3 part series)
    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Blackmar-Diemer gambit (3 part series) ECO: D00: Blackmar gambit "Play the Blackmar-Diemer gambit and mate will come by itself!" so wrote Emil Diemer (1908-1990), as he refashioned an opening once played by Armad Blackmar (1826-1888), which came to bear both their names. Diemer was an average player who shot to fame in the fifties and sixties through the popularity of his opening with the masses, especially in Germany and the Netherlands. The BDG with 1. d4 d5 2. e4!? has a large following and it does indeed go for the jugular early, as white plays for mate from move two. And in his latest Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman shows even today that the BDG can be just as lethal.tal. Learn More
  34. Alekhine (2 part series)
    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
  35. Staunton Gambit - Dutch defense (2 video series)
    GM Boris Alterman takes a look at the Staunton Gambit against the Dutch Defense with 1 d4 f5 2 e4!? Learn More
  36. Latvian Gambit (2 video series)
    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
  37. El Sistema Londres

    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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  38. Siciliana Najdorf 6.Ag5 ...Cbd7
    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
  39. Curso completo de ajedrez de táctica
    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
  40. Benko Gambit (4 video series)

    GM Boris Alterman explores the Benko Gambit (1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 b5).

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  41. Classical King's Indian with 7 … exd4 (3 part series)
    Ronen's Opening Survey: Classical King's Indian with 7 … exd4 (3 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
  42. The Vienna Opening in the QGD (7 part series)
    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
  43. Openings from World Championship Matches (7 part series)
    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
  44. Caro-Kann Defense: Fantasy variation (5 part series)
    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
  45. The Chinese Dragon (4 part series)
    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 b5 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
  46. The Caveman Caro-Kann: Advance variation (7 part series)
    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
  47. The DERLD (5 part series)
    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
  48. The Hedgehog (7 part series)
    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
  49. London System (4 part series)
    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
  50. Anti-Grunfeld systems (7 part series)
    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

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