Austrian Defense: Your Secret Weapon for Black by FM Armin Musovic

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austrian defence coverFM Armin Musovic is here with Austrian Defense: Your Secret Weapon for Black. In this 9-hour 45-minute video training, Armin uncovers the trickiest lines in this opening and reveals how to take advantage of them as Black.

Play the Austrian Defense right, and you can give the 1.d4 player a complete opening nightmare!

What is this opening?

The Austrian Defense (1. d4 d5 2. c4 c5).

Seems harmless and boring, right? Yet another symmetrical defense?

But that’s not the entire story…

There are many ways things can go wrong for White, here is just one of them:

After 11…Qh4 white is losing the game.

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You see, things are not as clear as they seemed at first.

About the Author

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Armin Musovic is a FIDE Master, holds a master’s degree in Psychology, and has а decade of chess coaching experience.

Armin is 3 times Montenegrin youth champion. He is a winner of several open tournaments in Montenegro, Serbia, and Bosnia, 5 times winner of the regional championships.

He has worked for chess schools in Bijelo Polje and Petnjica in Montenegro.

How is this course going to help me?

  • Black pushes d4. White takes on c5 and Black pushes the d-pawn forward. White can certainly bring out the king’s knight to f3, but Black’s Nc6 immediately nullifies that. Let Armin show you how Black gets into a dynamic position with this move.
  • White’s b4 disaster. After White takes on c5, Black goes for a more aggressive approach. He pushes e7-e6, threatening to take back the c5-pawn with the bishop. White acts smart plays a3, and looks to play b4 next… It’s a HUGE mistake! Why?
  • Black’s pawn sacrifice. Black can take the d4-pawn after White’s Nc3. Let White pick up the d5-pawn for free. What do you get as Black in return? A whole lotta initiative, mate! Long-term? White gets a bishop pair, and you have an active position.
  • Black’s 3…Nf6. Black can try to play solidly just like White. But this might not end as well as you expect. Armin shows you why you might end up exchanging a lot of pieces, giving White reign over the board in the next few moves.
  • Too much symmetry? Bad for Black’s health. Let’s play this line: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. cxd5 cxd4 5. Qxd4 Qxd5 6. Nc3… Now should Black play Nc6? Beware! Do not fall into the “symmetry” trap as Black. Let Armin show you how.

Become a pro at playing the Austrian Defense!

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9 hours 45 minutes

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Content Outline

Chapter 1. 3.dxc5 d4

Chapter 2. 3.dxc5 d4 Game Examples

Chapter 3. 3.dxc5 e6

Chapter 4. 3.dxc5 e6 Game Examples

Chapter 5. 3.Nc3 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qxd5 Be6

Chapter 6. 3.Nc3 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qxd5 Be6 Game Examples

Chapter 7. 3.Nc3 Nf6

Chapter 8. 3.Nc3 Nf6 Game Examples

Chapter 9. Queenless Variation

Chapter 10. Queenless variation Game Examples part I

Chapter 11. Queenless variation Game Examples part II

Chapter 12. Deep Symmetry

Chapter 13. Deep Symmetry Game Examples part I

Chapter 14. Deep Symmetry Game Examples part II

Chapter 15. Centralized Knights System

Chapter 16. Centralized Knights System Game Examples

Chapter 17. The Main Line

Chapter 18. The Main Line Game Examples

Chapter 19. 3.cxd5 Qxd5 4.e3 System

Chapter 20. 3.cxd5 Qxd5 4.e3 System Game Examples

Chapter 21. Rare systems

Chapter 22. Rare systems Game Examples