How to build your 1.d4 repertoire – GM Jan Gustafsson

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GM Jan Gustafsson

Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson (2635) gives you an overview of the real-life problems a 1.d4 player faces. By looking at every major opening from White’s perspective Jan teaches us what our options are and how to alter the move order to make life as unpleasant as possible for our opponents.

While this is a 1.d4 series, 1.c4 and 1.Nf3 are also taken into account, with their pros and cons covered against all the major lines.

This DVD teaches us all about the many different openings that can be played against 1. d4 and how white can meet each of them. This series of videos helps us to have a full understanding of how to get a good position against any of black’s openings after playing 1. d4.

Black has many different ways to play against this move, including openings such as the Queen’s Gambit Declined or Accepted, Slav, Nimzo-Indian, Queen’s Indian, King’s Indian, Grunfeld, Dutch, Benoni, Benko Gambit as well as other rare sidelines.

A very well produced DVD, explained in great detail. Jan helps us to understand the importance of being flexible with our openings, highlighting that many of the world’s top players are comfortable with all kinds of opening positions.

You’ll be learning how to mix up your opening preparation, but also how to understand what you are playing without having to memorize too many different things. By the end of the DVD, you will be completely prepared to play against any of black’s openings after 1. d4!


1. Intro
2. How to work with this series
3. The Queen’s Gambit Declined
4. The Queen’s Gambit Accepted
5. The Slav
6. The Semi-Slav
7. The a6-Slav
8. d4 d5 sidelines
9. The Nimzo-Indian
10. The Queen’s Indian
11. The King’s Indian
12. The Grünfeld
13. The Dutch
14. The Benoni
15. The Benko Gambit
16. Odds and ends – 1…e6, 1…g6, 1…d6 and other stuff