Having an opening that you know inside-out as a response to White’s first move gives you a very good chance of success – but it does make you easy to prepare for.
That’s why every competitive player needs a range of openings they can choose from depending on factors like their opponent’s style or preferred openings. For instance, if your opponent likes playing against the Slav and wants to play for a draw, hit them with the Dutch Stonewall!
This Queens Pawn bundle gives you a comprehensive repertoire against 1.d4, covering the Slav, the Nimzo-Indian, Bogo-Indian and the Stonewall Defenses. Don’t let the name “Defenses” fool you – each of these openings has very powerful attacking opportunities so you can play for the win!
With expert analysis and explanations from 4 GMs, you will gain a complete understanding of the strategic aims and attacking formations for both colors in each opening so you always know what to play.
As useful for White as it is for Black, “Empire Chess Queen Pawn Openings” gives you a world class 1.d4 repertoire for life.
1. Dominate with the Slav Defense, Chameleon Variation
2. Crushing White with the Nimzo-Indian Defense
3. Crushing White with the Bogo-Indian Defense
4. Stomping White with the Stonewall Defense
5. Beating the Nimzo-Indian Defense with 4. QC2
“Dominate with the Slav Defense” covers the strong variation with 4….a6, also known as the Chebanenko Variation or Chameleon Variation. The first four clips cover sidelines which are not dangerous to Black but are played frequently at tournament level – knowing how to respond will give you a great early advantage! In the second part of the DVD we get into the main lines with 5. c5 and 5. e3. These variations lead to complex play where either side can make a mistake so knowing the precise move orders is critical for success.You will reap the rewards from studying this DVD a few times to understand all of the main ideas and subtle concepts.
GM Lemos shares his experience of playing the Nimzo-Indian (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4) at GM tournaments in this DVD, giving you a complete understanding of this aggressive opening. FM Will Stewart clarifies the key points and breaks down critical concepts for beginner and intermediate audiences. With over 2 hours of explanations and analysis, ¨Crushing White – The Nimzo-Indian Defense¨ will arm you with a great weapon to win with as Black.
The Bogo-Indian Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4 ) forms a powerful repertoire when combined with the Nimzo-Indian and, in this 75 minute DVD, GM Lemos gives his insight into how Black should play to wrestle the initiative from White and play the game on his own terms. With the emphasis on understanding the strategic concepts instead of memorizing long lines, you will quickly be equipped with a fearsome response to 1.d4.
The Dutch Stonewall (1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0) has been successfully employed at the highest level by World Champions Magnus Carlsen, Anand, Kramnik, Botvinnik and Smyslov to name just a few! It’s fair to say this opening is one of the best choices for players who like to win as Black, not settle for a draw. GM Perelshteyn reveals the formations and tactical themes that Black should aim for to crush White quickly and by covering the major plans for White too, Perelshteyn ensures you avoid any dangers yourself.
GM Timur Gareev examines the classical (or Capablanca) 4.Qc2 Nimzo Indian in great detail to provide intermediate to advanced players with a deep understanding of this trendy variation. With both Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen having revived the popularity of this line with excellent results, it is one that you need to know regardless of which color you play. The extensive analysis and GM insight will accelerate improvement in all players’ positional understanding and allow them to play the Nimzo-Indian to a very high standard.