Congratulations on your chess improvement! You’ve done well to stay the course long enough to realize the incredible benefits of a system-based opening repertoire.
Still, you wonder if it’s wise to invest all this time learning the kingside fianchetto systems when you might want to change later. That’s the beauty of this massive bundle!
There is enough variety in the individual openings to allow you to switch things up later without having to go out and buy another entirely new opening repertoire course.
Some of the chess openings covered in this 100+ hour mega bundle are:
- Catalan Opening
- Accelerated Dragon
- English Opening
- Double Fianchetto
- Modern Defense
- King’s Indian Attack
- King’s Indian Defense
- Reti Opening
- Pirc Defense
What you will get from the kingside fianchetto specialist bundle is a solid foundation to build upon.
Walk down a street, and you will see a lot of different houses. Their individuality is quite likely built upon a common foundation.
Why do they have the same foundation? Because it works!
You wouldn’t be considering this great bundle if you didn’t think the kingside fianchetto worked.
Maybe you’ve already discovered numerous great chess players of the present and past who have played this system. Do you think they would have become world champions if the system was broken? Obviously, you don’t, or you wouldn’t be considering playing the system. This bundle comprises courses presented by specialists in each of the openings.
These are chess grandmasters and international masters who have coached others. They know from helping others precisely what you need to know about the opening.
Included within this bundle are 80/20 Tactics Multiplier courses which teach you the typical tactics of a specific opening.
There are no more missed opportunities for an early win in your game or losing the game to an attacking tactic that caught you by surprise.
This bundle has something for every chess player, no matter what your playing style. You will learn how to make it safely through the opening into middlegames with winning chances.
Yes, even if you have the black pieces, you will reach many positions that give you every chance to win the game. Take a look at the following example when you get to take down an unsuspecting opponent.
You undoubtedly know many chess players who instinctively meet …Bg4 with h3 or who almost always play h3 to drive the bishop away. Wouldn’t you like to play …Bg4 knowing h3 is a mistake?
Not only will you know it’s a mistake, but you will also learn how to take advantage of it! In this position, you know h3 allows you to destroy the white center with 1…Bxf3 2.Bxf3 exd4 3.Bxd4 Nxe4 4.Bxe4 Nxd4
Show him that playing with the white pieces doesn’t guarantee him a win or even the right to play on autopilot! And this is just one of many such tactics you will learn from these top-class coaches.
Thanks to the kingside fianchetto super bundle, you might begin to prefer playing with the black pieces because of all the new winning opportunities you discover.
Let the kingside fianchetto system be your foundation. Let it be the solid floor upon which your chess pieces dance a victory dance.
The Catalan Opening – Empire Chess Volume 89
The Catalan Opening (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2) has experienced a resurgence in popularity with both Kramnik and Carlsen taking up the opening and achieving excellent positions and results.
With play on both sides being influenced more by strategic considerations than concrete variations, an understanding of the key themes will reward you with points over the board and an advancement of your chess knowledge.
GM Axel Delorme, a Catalan devotee, reveals the mysteries behind the opening with detailed analysis of games from the highest level including those of seven classical World Champions.
Even if you’re completely new to the Catalan Opening, this 3-hour course will enable you to play the opening with great confidence and give you many ways of playing for the win.
The King’s Indian Attack – Lemos Deep Dive
Follow in the footsteps of Bobby Fischer and play the King’s Indian Attack, a dangerous opening system you can use against nearly any reply from Black!
In this system, White adopts a setup similar to Black’s in the King’s Indian Defense; but White’s extra tempo makes it even more deadly.
This is an opening you can play against the French, Caro-Kann, and Sicilian, each time getting a dominant position full of powerful positional and tactical ideas.
In this 8-hour Deep Dive, Argentinian Grandmaster Damian Lemos explains the general strategy behind the opening before going on to give detailed instructions on how to deal with anything Black might try.
Through the analysis of instructive games, GM Lemos shows how these ideas play out in practice, making sure you’re ready with the most powerful reply!
If you prefer not to have to constantly update your openings against each of the popular responses to 1.e4, this 8 hour Deep Dive course provides all you need for a bulletproof opening repertoire.
Double Fianchetto Chess Opening – GM Damian Lemos
Since entering the computer age, chess opening theory has exploded, with razor-sharp novelties and tricky ideas being routinely “cooked” and sprung upon the unwary club player.
How do you deal with this?
You surely can’t memorize everything.
In Double Fianchetto Domination, GM Damian Lemos offers a refreshing break from rote-memorization, with a unique ideas-based opening system, favored by the likes of Vladimir Kramnik, Lev Aronian, and many other elite GMs.
This is your complete repertoire for white based on using the power of the double fianchetto for both bishops and then, regardless of how black responds, using GM Lemos’ reliable strategy for gaining an advantage and playing for a win.
Armed with this system, you have a reliable, non-theoretical opening that’s simple enough to learn in a weekend, yet powerful enough to crush grandmasters.
Deep Dive English Opening – GM Damian Lemos
Looking for a strong chess opening for White that doesn’t require memorizing endless amounts of theory to get an advantage?
The English Opening (1.c4) is an excellent choice to get an edge in the opening by learning recurring themes instead of navigating a jungle of variations.
With the world’s best players such as Aronian, Kramnik, and Karpov adopting this opening, you’re in an excellent company and can enjoy being a master of one of the most exciting options available to White.
In this comprehensive 8-hour Deep Dive course, GM Damian Lemos builds up your knowledge of this powerful opening weapon, demonstrating how to combat each of Black’s main variations in turn.
After covering all reasonable setups for Black, GM Lemos shows you how these ideas play out in practice through the analysis of instructive games, making sure you’re always ready with the strongest reply!
This is an excellent way to frustrate your rivals who have trusted responses to 1.d4 and 1.e4 but will find themselves clueless in the positions you will have mastered.
The English Opening gives you excellent winning chances due to its complexities. It is a highly flexible, tricky, and strategic opening with which White can outplay opponents before they even realize what’s happening, confidently going on to win the full point.
The Video Encyclopedia of Chess Openings Vol#5 – The Reti – GM Bryan Smith & GM Damian Lemos
The Reti Opening is a positionally interesting opening for White full of hidden bite. Thanks to its flexibility and many ways to play for a win, the Reti Opening has slowly become more and more popular among players of all levels. It occurs after the move 1.Nf3.
Not only has the Reti Opening been frequently played by the best grandmasters of the past such as Anatoly Karpov and Ulf Andersson, but it is also played by many leading grandmasters today – Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen, Peter Svidler, Hikaru Nakamura, Vladimir Kramnik and many more.
The opening is called the Reti because it was introduced and regularly played by the Czechoslovakian Grandmaster Richard Réti in the 1920s.
It’s a flank opening, meaning that White does not start off by pushing his central pawns, but goes for a different – a hypermodern – strategy. White does not try to control the center early on with his pawns but spends some time on fianchettoing his light-squared bishop and only then increases his central influence with the moves c2-c4 and sometimes d2-d4.
In many variations, the resulting unbalanced positions offer scope for both sides to play for a win.
The Video Encyclopedia of Chess Openings Vol#1 – The English Opening – GM Mihail Marin and GM Damian Lemos
Google’s AI AlphaZero loves the English Opening, finding it gives White the best chance of playing for a win.
And that’s against other chess engines – when you take into account most players only prepare for 1.d4 and 1.e4, you get an even bigger advantage!
Want a new opening, one that your opponents aren’t ready for, and one that gives you a better chance of winning?
GM Mihail Marin is here to help you out.
We’ve taken 3.5 hours of premium coaching from our iChess Club exclusive Video Encyclopedia of Chess Openings vault and put them together in this cutting-edge course…
Chess Tactics in the Catalan Opening!
Flexible, solid, central control, full of attacking potential…
But, like any opening, it helps to know the chess tactics… the combinations, sacrifices, and chess attacks that will win or lose you the game on the spot.
And IM Mat Kolosowski has prepared a 7h 40m briefing on all you need to know with his fantastic 80/20 Tactics Multiplier course on the Catalan Opening.
All the tricks, traps, and mating attacks – for BOTH colors!
Mat has split the course by theme, so you get sections on trapping pieces, attacking the king in the center, attacking the castled king, plus model games that show you how to build up pressure and keep the game sharp.
The Benko Gambit – Empire Chess Volume 9
The Benko Gambit is one of the sharpest answers Black can employ against 1.d4, sacrificing a pawn very early in the opening to obtain a temporary initiative in the center and permanent pressure on the queenside.
And that is exactly why any respectable 1. d4 player should have a solid system prepared against this wild gambit! In this chess DVD, GM Damian Lemos dissects his preferred Fianchetto Variation for white against the Benko Gambit, explaining the subtle tactical nuances and positional intricacies that have granted him numerous impressive victories at the Grandmaster level.
GM Lemos goes far and beyond the average chess DVD presentation, not focusing on specific move orders but rather making sure that his viewers understand the main ideas behind the moves in the Fianchetto Variation.
Viewers are guaranteed to walk away from this DVD with not only a greater understanding of how to beat the Benko Gambit, but a greater understanding of positional chess in general.
Smashing 1.d4 Players with The Kings Indian Defense – GM Bryan Smith
The King’s Indian Defense is a dynamic attacking response to 1.d4 and was favored by historical legends such as Bronstein, Fischer, Tal, and Kasparov.
In a counterintuitive approach, you’ll happily allow white to occupy the center with a massive pawn wall, only to target it later with your own pawn strikes that blow open the position to your benefit.
The best thing is that when playing this opening, you’ll attack with all the aggression you feel necessary, and score your black wins via devastating piece sacrifices, pawn storms and kingside invasions that lead to fast checkmates.
There is never a boring game!
In this course, Grandmaster Bryan Smith reveals how you can use this opening to storm the enemy king, fend off and swat away white’s positional squeeze play and win your games in brilliant style.
And to assure that you’re fully prepared and armed to the teeth, GM Smith covers ALL modern theory in detail, provides detailed strategic plans, reveals the typical piece sacrifices and even shares the “spirit” you should play your games in.
Chess Openings for Black: Classical King’s Indian Defense
Kasparov and Fischer loved it. Engines hate it. The King’s Indian Defense is an enigma.
Black gives up space and has to tip-toe around, trying to free their pieces. And yet somehow the second player often wins brilliantly.
What is going on?
Openings expert GM Marian Petrov explains that Black’s position is full of hidden power – BUT that power can only be released with perfectly timed breaks and devious maneuvers.
His new 4-hour course aims to teach you the secrets of the Classical King’s Indian Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5) with a blend of theory, explanations, and model games.
Whether you want better results in this opening as White or Black, this is the training you need.
80/20 Tactics Multiplier: Tactics in The King’s Indian Defense – GM Bryan Smith
If you want to know an opening, you should be familiar with its typical positional ideas and remember the most important theoretical lines. But this is not enough.
Every opening has its own stock of tactical motives. Therefore, you also have to know the typical tactical patterns which frequently recur in your opening.
GM Bryan Smith’s course on the essential chess tactics in the King’s Indian Defense gives you a complete understanding of typical tactical patterns for both sides. Even if you only play the King’s Indian as Black, it’s important to know the opportunities available to White so you can prevent them!
The KID is a complex and rewarding opening where White enjoys more space but Black has a number of surprising methods to lay siege to the enemy position, often resulting in brilliant wins.
GM Bryan Smith explains the mechanics behind some of the most powerful tactics in Grandmaster play before giving detailed commentary on 2 of his own games.
King’s Indian Defense Deep Dive
Put your opponent on the defensive with the classic counter-attacking weapon against 1.d4, the King’s Indian Defense – the choice of World Champions from Bobby Fischer to Garry Kasparov.
In this comprehensive 9-hour Deep Dive course, GM Damian Lemos reveals all you need to know to become an expert in the King’s Indian Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7), demonstrating how to combat each of the main White variations in turn.
The active King’s Indian Defense repertoire recommended by GM Lemos will frustrate White players used to trying their pet lines while giving Black excellent chances to play for a win in all variations.
The King’s Indian Defense is the definitive answer to 1.d4 and will serve you well for the whole of your playing career. If you want an opening system that your opponents will fear and will produce attacking wins by the bucketload, master the King’s Indian Defense with GM Damian Lemos’ Deep Dive course!
Chess Openings for Black: The Pirc Defense – GM Damian Lemos
In this comprehensive 8-hour Deep Dive course, GM Damian Lemos builds up your knowledge on one of the most dynamic chess openings for Black, the Pirc Defense.
Put your opponents on the defensive with a classic counter-attacking weapon against 1.e4, the Pirc Defense (1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6).
With Super GMs like Grischuk, Ivanchuk, and Kramnik adopting this opening, you’re in an excellent company and can enjoy being a master of one of the most exciting opening options available to Black.
As well as a huge theory section covering all reasonable setups White might try against the Pirc, GM Lemos shows how these ideas play out in practice through the analysis of instructive games, making sure you’re ready with the most powerful reply!
This is a great way to frustrate your rivals who are used to playing their pet lines as they will end up getting lost in the Pirc’s complexities. The Pirc Defense gives you excellent winning chances as it’s a highly flexible, tricky, and double-edged opening with which Black can avoid premature simplifications and confidently go for the full point.
How to Play The Modern Defense – GM Damian Lemos
Whether you prefer quiet strategic positions or wild tactical positions, the Modern Defense (1.e4 g6) gives you the flexibility to push the game in a direction where you feel totally comfortable.
And to be able to do this — without memorizing too much theory — as Black…is huge!
That’s why GMs like Aronian and Andreikin have really taken notice and are adopting this opening, often winning beautiful games in the process.
In this course, Volume #16 in his Deep Dive collection, Grandmaster Damian Lemos demystifies the Modern Defense — breaking down all of the theory, strategic plans and attacking ideas at your disposal.
GM Lemos also points out the critical strategic differences that distinguish this opening from the Pirc Defense, revealing how you could even combine the two openings to create the ultimate repertoire against 1.e4.
Your 6 hours training with Damian will fly by quickly as you soak up more and more weapons and add them to your arsenal — you’ll be dying to unleash them on unsuspecting 1.e4 players in your next tournament.
The Accelerated Dragon in the Sicilian Defense – GM Damian Lemos
The Accelerated Dragon is a great choice for players who want an aggressive opening they can play against a number of White set-ups. Know what you’re doing and you have fast development, great activity, and a tough-to-crack position.
In this 8-hour Deep Dive course, GM Damian Lemos builds up your knowledge of this powerful opening weapon, starting with the main ideas and delving into the hidden nuances which will allow you to claim the full point against 1.e4 players.
GM Lemos covers all of White’s main options, pinpoints all the things to watch out for, gives his most trusted suggestions and shows how they play out in practice by analyzing memorable model games.
With players like Carlsen, Kasparov, Ivanchuk and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave adopting this opening, you’re in an excellent company and can enjoy being a master of one of the most exciting opening options available to Black.
Dominate with the Pirc/Modern Defense with GM Fabien Libiszewski
Grandmaster and opening theoretician Fabien Libiszewski turns his attention to the Pirc Defense and Modern Defense for Black in this comprehensive 8 hour training.
The Pirc (1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6) is a hypermodern opening with a deceptively deadly attacking edge. Black’s g7 bishop and queen on a5 shred White’s position, setting a ton of tactical and strategic problems that will overwhelm most players.
The Modern Defense is similar to the Pirc but we delay the development of the knight to f6, staying flexible and giving White more opportunity to make mistakes.
These closely related openings contain multiple ways for Black to play for the win – all of which are revealed in GM Libiszewski’s complete training.
You get the perfect mix of plans and theory as Fabien explains the strongest strategies against each of White’s favored variations. Typical tactics that can win you the game on the spot, GM-level attacking ideas your opponents will struggle to resist… it’s all here.
Playable against 1.e4, 1.d4, and most other first moves, this is a complete repertoire you can use for the rest of your playing days.
The Video Encyclopedia of Chess Openings Vol#3 – The King’s Indian Defense – GM Damian Lemos
The King’s Indian Defense is a popular opening choice at all levels and is the choice of players looking to win as Black against 1.d4.
The reason for this is that many positions in the King’s Indian Defense promise Black more active play than in most other openings. Black is able to avoid early simplifications and can enter unbalanced positions, which allows him to play for more than equality.
From club players to Super-GMs like Hikaru Nakamura, Teimour Radjabov or Garry Kasparov, you regularly see this opening arising on the chessboard.