Play Against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3: A Repertoire for Black – GM Niclas Huschenbeth

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Chess Openings for Black against 1.c4 & 1.Nf3 – GM Niclas Huschenbeth

The opening moves 1.c4 and 1.Nf3 are less common than 1.e4/1.d4 and a lack of familiarity with playing against them can lead Black players into passive positions.

Thankfully, GM Niclas Huschenbeth has prepared a repertoire of chess openings for players who want to take the game to White.

In this near 4-hour course, GM Huschenbeth shows precisely why 1…c5! is the killer move to force specific positions which, with his training, you will be far more comfortable in than your opponent.

By making it difficult for White to play 2.d4, Black takes away a huge number of options from the first player, cramping his game in the process.

With both tactical and strategic elements to the resulting positions, the deep understanding provided by GM Huschenbeth will give you a big edge in your games.

Niclas also gives helpful tips on the best way to remember the key lines and ideas.

About the Author:

Niclas Huschenbeth is a German chess grandmaster. He played in the Chess Olympiads of 2008 and 2010 and won the German Chess Championship in 2010.

Niclas started to play chess at the age of five, his father began teaching him the rules because he noticed that Niclas was always putting up his toy cars nicely symmetrical in order. When his father was not available, an old wooden chess computer was his opponent.

Huschenbeth made his personal breakthrough in 2005 at the German U14 Youth Championships. With opening-expert Jan Gustafsson as his coach, He then became German Champion for the first time with one point ahead of his competitors.

What do I get with this course?

Many White players have the starting moves 1.c4 and 1.Nf3 in their chess openings repertoire to be flexible and possibly enter preferred variations through move transitions.

Grandmaster Niclas Huschenbeth suggests to reply to both moves with 1…c5 and presents a complete Black repertoire in a total of 14 videos.

Here’s what you will learn with this course:

  • Learn a complete black repertoire against the moves 1.c4 and 1.Nf3, update your theoretical knowledge and play the opening like a grandmaster!
  • Learn all the transpositions and combine the two starting moves in this repertoire to avoid being caught in your opponent’s home preparation easily.
  • You will have a very solid repertoire to get decent positions out of the opening and be able to play for a win as well!

GM Niclas Huschenbeth: 

Chess Openings for Black against 1.c4 & 1.Nf3 – GM Niclas HuschenbethFor a long time, I had difficulties facing 1.Nf3. As a Nimzo-Indian player as Black, I often found myself in uncomfortable positions, when White skillfully exploits move-order tricks. With this repertoire, Black doesn’t worry about move orders. With 1…c5 Black rules out certain White variations.

Be aware that with 1.Nf3 c5, White can, of course, play 2.e4 and so you must be prepared to play the Sicilian Defense. But most White players of 1.Nf3 will tend not to be aiming for a Sicilian.

We will first cover 1.c4 c5 and everything which does not transition to the Nf3 lines. Then we’ll consider 2.Nc3 Nc6. In the second half of the eBook, we’ll look at 1.Nf3 c5. There are two main approaches, one with g3 and Benoni or King’s Indian Attack structures, and the second when White plays c4.

You will encounter many similar setups for Black throughout the course. For example, we will often play g6, Bg7, e6, and Nge7, which turns out to be a harmonious setup for Black.

Ready to learn your new weapons against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3?

Let’s get started!

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Running Time

3 hours 49 minutes





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Chapter List

Chapter Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. 1.c4 c5 sidelines
  3. 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 sidelines
  4. 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3
  5. 1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 d5 sidelines
  6. 1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.0-0 e6 5.d3
  7. 1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.0-0 e6 5.c4
  8. 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 sidelines
  9. 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 sidelines
  10. 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 and 6.g3 sidelines
  11. 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 6.g3 Qb6 7.Ndb5 Ne5 8.Bg2
  12. 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 sidelines
  13. 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e3
  14. 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.g3 sidelines
  15. 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 e6 6.0-0
  16. Summary