chess24 Mega Bundle (Digital Download)




The  new, updated Mega Bundle brings together an incredible 60 premium courses (over 180 hours!) from our friends at chess24.

Every conceivable area of the game is covered, including:

  • illuminating explanations of GM strategy from Matthew Sadler
  • both basic and advanced tactics
  • how to play with and against hanging pawns and isolated pawns
  • elite level opening repertoires for the Sicilian Najdorf, French Tarrasch, Grünfeld, Nimzo and Bogo-Indian, Spanish/Ruy Lopez and King’s Indian Defense
  • In-depth looks at ways of playing against the Scandinavian,  Alekhine’s Defense and the Sicilian
  • a brilliant study of what makes Magnus Carlsen the strongest player alive by GM Artur Yusupov
  • the most important lessons from the classic games of great players including Kasparov, Alekhine, Capablanca and Tal
  • thematic sacrifices that will give you an edge in every game you play
  • the secrets to successful defending
  • …and tons more.

Some of these courses run at 7-12 hours long on their own! All packed with clearly explained information which will directly improve both your chess understanding and over-the-board success.

Quite simply, the chess24 Mega Bundle represents the most comprehensive collection of instructional chess content around.

With world class presenters such as former World Champion Vishy Anand, FIDE World Champion Rustam Khasimdzhanov, Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan and Super GM Peter Svidler, not to mention chess24 favorites IMs Lawrence Trent, Sopiko Guramishvili and Anna Rudolf, you are in very capable hands.

Each chess24 course can be viewed from either White or Black’s perspective and comes with relevant puzzles for you to test your newly acquired knowledge with as well as PGN files of the covered games where appropriate.

Included Products

On Magnus Carlsen – GM’s Artur Jussupow and Jan Gustafsson

Two top grandmasters look at the reasons behind Magnus Carlsen’s remarkable success

Cutting Edge King’s Indian Defense – GM Robin van Kampen

A comprehensive guide to modern King’s Indian theory! Rising Dutch star GM Robin van Kampen will teach you everything he knows about this dynamic defence to 1.d4

How to build your 1.d4 repertoire – 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.

A new look at the Italian (Giuoco Piano) – GM Ivan Saric

Known as the Giuoco Piannisimo, or “very slow game”, this opening can easily transpose to wild positions in as little as one move. Many people wrongly think that these systems are boring and drawish, when in fact this is far from true.

The French Tarrasch: A repertoire for White – IM Lawrence Trent

IM Lawrence Trent provides a complete repertoire for White against the French Defence. A veteran Tarrasch player, Trent will equip you to handle all the key variations as well as the sidelines, and even give you a few theoretical novelties to boot!

Latest trends in the Marshall – GM Jan Gustafsson

The Marshall Attack is one of the most respected and active defences Black has at his disposal to meet 1.e4.

Essential Tactics – IM Sopiko Guramishvili

Tactics are the most important part of the game, especially for beginning and amateur players. IM Sopiko Guramishvili will be your guide as you learn the most important tactical motifs in chess.

Carlsen vs Caruana: Past, Present, Future –  GM Jan Gustafsson and IM Lawrence Trent

A look at the growing rivalry between the world numbers 1 and 2 at the end of 2014.

Tricky Trompowsky – IM Lawrence Trent

Lawrence Trent provides a complete Trompowsky repertoire. Popular, especially at the club / amateur tournament player level, the Trompowsky continues to be employed occasionally by top GMs.

The 6.d3 Spanish according to Svidler – GM Peter Svidler

Peter Svidler is back! In this series, the 7-time Russian champion takes a deep look at the move 6.d3 in the Spanish (Ruy Lopez). The secrets of one of the hottest lines at top level are now available to everybody!

Grandmaster repertoire: 4.Qc2 against the Nimzo-Indian – GM Jan Gustafsson

The Nimzo Indian – 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 – is one of the most popular defences against 1.d4. In this series experienced German Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson shares his own white repertoire against it, based on the move 4.Qc2. The emphasis is put on solidity and surprise value.

Playing Practically: Tips to improve your results – IM Lawrence Trent

A series dedicated to the key aspects of practical play rather than your average guide to opening theory or middlegame strategy. In this series Trent looks at tips and tricks from years of experience to aid your decision-making ability.

Learn the Nimzo-Indian Defence – GM Niclas Huschenbeth

The Nimzowitsch-Indian Defence is one of the best and most popular openings against 1.d4. Grandmaster Niclas Huschenbeth presents a complete repertoire from Black’s perspective and reveals many secrets of his own practice. This video series is intended for advanced players.

Learn the Bogo-Indian Defence – GM Niclas Huschenbeth

Grandmaster Niclas Huschenbeth offers a complete opening repertoire in the Bogo-Indian Defence from Black’s perspective. A companion to his Nimzo-Indian repertoire, these series together provide a strong basis to fight against 1.d4. Efim Bogolyubov was a Russian-born German grandmaster and a World Championship challenger in 1929 and 1934, who lost twice to Alexander Alekhine.

Isolated pawns made easy – IM Sopiko Guramishvili

In a number of highly instructive and entertaining videos Grandmaster Sopiko Guramishvili shows you everything you need to know about positions with an isolated pawn.

My favourite Boris Spassky games – IM Lawrence Trent

Lawrence Trent shares his appreciation for some of the games of the tenth World Champion.

Planning Unveiled: A guide for improvement – IM Lawrence Trent

A guide for the improving player. IM Lawrence Trent presents a series which is “by far the most important” he will publish at chess24. Planning is one of the most difficult parts of chess; without it you cannot succeed in improving your level beyond a certain point.

Beating Alekhine’s Defence – IM Lawrence Trent

Lawrence Trent explains how to counter Alekhine’s Defence.

Matthew Sadler’s best games – GM Matthew Sadler

English Grandmaster Matthew Sadler deconstructs some of the best games of his chess career.

My favourite Garry Kasparov games – IM Lawrence Trent

Lawrence Trent shares his favourite games by Garry Kasparov, perhaps the greatest player in the history of chess. The series features a host of brilliant and instructive mating attacks.

My favourite Akiba Rubinstein games – GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov

Rustam Kasimdzhanov shares his favourite games by Akiba Rubinstein, a player whose positional feel is still considered the gold standard.

My favourite Alexander Alekhine games – IM Lawrence Trent

Lawrence Trent shares his appreciation for some of the games of the fourth World Champion.

Exploring tactics – GM Matthew Sadler

Grandmaster Matthew Sadler analyses some fascinating games and provides real insights into the recognition of tactical patterns.

Beware of the rook – IM Sopiko Guramishvili

In this instructive and entertaining video series Grandmaster Sopiko Guramishvili demonstrates the power of rooks by focusing on some themes every player needs to know.

Great games by women – WGM Anna Rudolf

The charming Anna Rudolf shows you some brilliant games played by the best female players, including Judit Polgar and World Champion Hou Yifan.

Hanging pawns explained – IM Sopiko Guramishvili

In a number of highly instructive and entertaining videos Grandmaster Sopiko Guramishvili shows you everything you need to know about positions with hanging pawns.

Expert strategy in the endgame – GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov

Grandmaster Rustam Kasimdzhanov shares some of the secrets of rook and rook vs. minor pieces endgames, a topic he describes as “rarely discussed but very important for a tournament player”. The former World Champion approaches it by analysing both his own games and some classic examples.

Thoughts on strategy – GM Matthew Sadler

In a number of highly instructive and entertaining videos Matthew Sadler shares his views on strategy in chess.

Advanced Defence  – IM Sopiko Guramishvili

IM Sopiko Guramishvili shows you various defensive techniques through an examination of her own games.

Learning from Capablanca – GM’s Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Jan Gustafsson and Paco Vallejo

GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov is joined by GMs Jan Gustafsson and Paco Vallejo as he shows you the games of Jose-Raul Capablanca, probably the most gifted player ever. Learn chess strategy from the best!

Sneaky Anti-Sicilians – IM Lawrence Trent

IM Lawrence Trent gives you a wide array of unusual ways to play against the Sicilian Defence – a very useful addition to your repertoire!

My Career So Far – GM Hou Yifan

In this series the reigning Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan looks back on the most important moments of her chess career so far. The Chinese star talks not only about her moves but also about what she felt and experienced during the games, giving a fascinating insight into the mind of a champion.

Secrets of top-level chess – GM Matthew Sadler

Matthew Sadler takes a look at some recent top games and shares his insights. Highly instructive stuff!

A repertoire against the Scandinavian – IM Lawrence Trent

In the Scandinavian Defence (also known as the Centre Counter) Black responds to 1.e4 with d5. Although an ancient opening it’s still relevant today and has been played by the likes of Alekhine, Larsen, Bronstein and Anand.

Miss Strategy vs. Miss Tactics – WGM’s Anna Rudolf and Sopiko Guramishvili 

Sopiko Guramishvili (Miss Tactics) joins Anna Rudolf (Miss Strategy) for a look at some of their favorite historical games.

Opening tips from a World Champion – GM Viswanathan Anand

Vishy Anand introduces you to the most common chess openings.

Learn to play chess with a World Champion – GM Viswanathan Anand

Let Vishy Anand guide you as you start your journey on the 64 squares.

Typical sacrifices – IM Sopiko Guramishvili

In this highly instructive and entertaining video series Grandmaster Sopiko Guramishvili shows you some spectacular sacrificial chess.

A complete Najdorf repertoire – WGM Sopiko Guramishvili

In this state-of-the-art series WGM Sopiko Guramishvili shows you everything you need to know to play the Najdorf against any opponent!

A personal look at Mikhail Tal’s games – GM Peter Svidler

Tal, nicknamed the “Magician from Riga,” was a gregarious and unworldly genius who overwhelmed his opponents with dazzling attacking chess. He made a strong impression on a young future Russian Champion: Peter Svidler.

Sicilian sacrifices – IM Sopiko Guramishvili

In this highly instructive and entertaining video series Grandmaster Sopiko Guramishvili shows you everything you need to know about Sicilian sacrifices.

Tips from a World Champion – GM Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand provides a wealth of middlegame and endgame advice based on tactical and strategic motifs from his own games.

The Grünfeld according to Svidler – GM Peter Svidler

The Grünfeld has fast become one of Black’s most popular choices when playing for a win thanks to its sharp nature and rich possibilities. Played everywhere from club level to the World Championship, it is a fascinating opening and one that repays its devotees with many memorable victories at the board.

Svidler’s Archangels – GM Peter Svidler

In this 4h 19m course, GM Peter Svidler guides you through all the possible variations White might steer towards including the quiet positional lines and the toe-to-toe, attack and counter-attack variations.

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

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.

The Taimanov Sicilian – GM Robin van Kampen

In this 4h 16m course, Robin shows exactly how to tackle all White’s systems and reveals the many opportunities Black has for getting a decisive advantage if White goes wrong.

A repertoire against 1.d4. Part 1: Dealing with the Catalan

In an earlier video series Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson looked at how to build a 1.d4 repertoire as White. Now he switches sides to show how Black should respond to 1.d4. His new series will build into a complete repertoire for Black and starts with how to meet one of White’s must trusted weapons: the Catalan.

Berlin Wall – GMs Jan Gustafsson and Paco Vallejo

The Berlin Wall (or Berlin Defense) went from relative obscurity to being the most discussed opening in chess when Vladimir Kramnik used it to successfully frustrate Garry Kasparov in 2000, ultimately winning the World Championship. Since then Magnus Carlsen has employed it in many top games, notably his matches against Vishy Anand in 2013 and 2014.

Young Magnus Carlsen – IM Sopiko Guramishvili and IM Anna Rudolf

In this 4.5 hour course the effervescent duo of Miss Strategy (IM Anna Rudolf) and Miss Tactics (IM Sopiko Guramishivili) look at the early years of Magnus Carlsen with 16 of his most impressive games on the way to becoming the youngest ever Grandmaster, aged 13.

A repertoire against 1.d4. Part 2: The Vienna – GM Jan Gustafsson

In Part 2 of his series on how to meet 1.d4, Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson tackles the biggest “tabiya” there is, the position after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3.

Prophylactic Thinking – GM Artur Yusupov and GM Jan Gustafsson

Artur Yusupov is back! The former World Number 3, famous coach and pupil of Mark Dvoretsky shares one of his secret weapons: prophylaxis.

The Triangle Slav – IM Sopiko Guramishvili

International Master Sopiko Guramishvili introduces “The Triangle” – Black puts pawns on c6, d5 and e6 against 1.d4 – which she describes as “tricky, very easy to understand and full of chances for counterplay”.

Aronian: Fighting for the Initiative with Black – GM Artur Yusupov and GM Jan Gustafsson

In this mini-series Artur takes a look at three Levon Aronian games that will help us to understand one of the toughest things to do in chess: fight for the initiative with the black pieces. Enjoy!

My White repertoire vs. the Sicilian: Part 1 – The Rossolimo – GM Robin van Kampen

Young Dutch star Robin van Kampen is going to provide something we all need – a complete repertoire against the Sicilian for White. In this first instalment he looks at the Rossolimo – 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5.

Magnus Carlsen’s Rise to the Top – IM Sopiko Guramishvili and IM Anna Rudolf

Part Two of our Magnus Carlsen trilogy covers some of Magnus’ best games from 2004 until the moment he became the world’s number one rated player in 2010. Magnus himself collaborated with us by recommending some of his favourite games from that period!

My White Repertoire vs Sicilian: Part 2 – GM Robin van Kampen

Young Dutch star Robin van Kampen is providing something we all need – a complete repertoire against the Sicilian for White. In this second instalment he covers 2…d6 (which he likes to answer with 3.Bb5+), 2…e6, 2…g6 and the rarer moves 2…Nf6 and 2…a6. In the first video series, the Rossolimo Sicilian, Robin already dealt extensively with the 2…Nc6 3.Bb5 system.

Lessons from Blindfold King – GM Timur Gareyev

I am excited to welcome you to experience my blindfold world record journey together! Here I show the examples, impressions, lessons I learned from my exhibition matches I play around the world in preparation for my ultimate world record attempt!

Endgames with Dvoretsky – IM Mark Dvoretsky and GM Jan Gustafsson

Mark Dvoretsky is arguably the world’s best chess coach and we’re honoured that the trainer of many world-class players and the author of such classics as “Positional Play” and “Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual” has joined chess24 to shoot his first ever video series!

Calculation with Dvoretsky – IM Mark Dvoretsky and GM Jan Gustafsson

World-renowned coach Mark Dvoretsky is back to help us tackle another topic that’s fundamental to chess success: Calculation. Using countless high-level examples and exercises, Mark makes us all that little bit sharper.

Magnus Carlsen: World Champion – IM Sopiko Guramishvili and IM Anna Rudolf

It all starts with the Candidates in London in 2013, where Magnus almost missed out after a last-round thriller. The next stop is the Chennai World Championship in the same year as Magnus dethrones World Champion Vishy Anand. Anna and Sopiko show the decisive moments from that match.

Finally Magnus defends his title in a rematch with Vishy in Sochi in 2014, with four games put under the microscope.

Jaenisch Gambit – GM Roeland Pruijssers

The Jaenisch (or Schliemann) Gambit – 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 – is a relatively underestimated reply to the hugely popular Ruy Lopez. In his first video series for chess24, Dutch Grandmaster Roeland Pruijssers, one of the world’s leading experts, shows you what the opening is all about. He gives a full overview and sometimes gives viewers a choice of what to play, so you can choose lines that match your own style of play.

The Dutch – GM Roeland Pruijssers

The Dutch Defence (1.d4 f5) is gaining in popularity at all levels of chess. In his second series for chess24 Dutch GM Roeland Pruijssers shares his in-depth analysis and personal take on what is his main weapon against 1.d4.

Beat the Grandmaster – IM Dorsa Derakhshani

In this series Dorsa will show you a series of positions in which even a strong grandmaster made a mistake and challenge you to find a better move.

Georgian Greats – IM Sopiko Guramishvili

Explore four spectacular highlights from Georgian Women Champions Nona Gaprindashvili and Maya Chiburdanidze.

Fighting the Anti-Sicilians – GM Ivan Salgado

Grand Master Ivan Salgado presents us with a high level repertoire against the Anti-Sicilians. Essential for club players and professionals alike!- Play the Sicilian without fear of running into any sidelines.

A repertoire against 1.d4. Part 3: Nimzo-Indian Defence –  GM Jan Gustafsson

Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson is back with the third part of his black repertoire against 1.d4. This time around we study the Nimzo-Indian, 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4.
Jan gives a solid and classical repertoire against all of White’s options on move 4.

A repertoire against 1.d4. Part 4: Sidelines – GM Jan Gustafsson

This is the fourth and final part of Jan’s repertoire against 1.d4 and provides us with reliable weapons against the London System, the Trompowsky, the Veresov and anything else that has not been covered yet.

Winning with the Scotch – IM Sopiko Guramishvili

Tired of learning Ruy Lopez theory? Bored by the Italian? Play the Scotch! IM Sopiko Guramishvili teaches you everything you need to employ 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4! and play the Open Games on your own turf.

Test your chess – IM Dorsa Derakhshani

Dorsa will evaluate your chess level while providing explanations and tips on how to improve.
To test your chess while you learn and receive recommendations for what to study next on chess24.

The Caro-Kann – FM  Lukas Winterberg

The Caro-Kann Defence is sometimes considered solid, drawish and a bit dull, but in this video series FM Lukas Winterberg, aka Shelling Ford, shows that it can lead to surprisingly sharp positions. Black can play the Caro-Kann for a win! These videos and the accompanying eBook contain a complete repertoire from Black’s perspective and cover all main and sidelines.

Grandmaster repertoire: Fighting the Italian – GM Jan Gustafsson

In this video series Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson deals with the Italian Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4), an old opening that has recently exploded in popularity at the very highest level. He provides a complete repertoire for Black, with the main focus on facing the Giuoco Piano, including such famous tries as the Evans Gambit.

Learn from AlphaZero & beat the Queen’s Indian – GM Jan Gustafsson

Google’s AlphaZero AI convincingly defeated Stockfish, the strongest chess engine we knew. The 10 games published made quite an impression on the chess world, and six of those happened to feature AlphaZero on the white side of the popular Queen’s Indian arising after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 with the main move 4.g3.

Peter Svidler | Best Games of 2017 – Peter Svidler

Peter Svidler had a good 2017. He won his 8th Russian Championship and re-entered the Top 10. In this series, the supergrandmaster shows us his favourite games of the year 2017. Enjoy!
Up to you – learn something by studying the games in-depth or just binge-watch some great chess!

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