The Fianchetto Scandinavian – Nico Zwirs

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The Scandinavian is one of the most direct approaches against 1.e4. Right from the first move Black is attacking White’s centre. A lot of players, especially club players, don’t like to face this line because of this aggressive character. Most of them flee into offbeat lines which are not very critical. The ones who dare to go for the mainlines need to remember a lot of lines. This makes the Scandinavian a perfect choice for your repertoire. In the Fianchetto Scandinavian Dutch IM Nico Zwirs will share his experience with the love of his youth. The DVD will begin with an introduction, followed by starting with the main lines. The mainline from the repertoire will start with 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Nxd5 4.c4 Nb6 5.Nf3 g6. From there on, the repertoire will be worked out backwards till the second move options for White.

Fianchetto scandinavian
Fianchetto scandinavian

The Fianchetto Scandinavian is characterised by the …g6 …Bg7 setup. From there on, Black will attack the centre, just as in the Grünfeld Defence. Where it is possible, Zwirs will fianchetto his bishop and explain the ideas. The plus side of this setup is that Black players are able to learn the repertoire by heart very easily. Of course, there are some cases where Black can’t fianchetto his bishop and in those lines, Zwirs explains why it’s not a good idea and what the alternative is. Also, the viewer will learn about the dynamics of the opening. Normally one of the sides is going all out and sacrifices material or his pawn structure. In those cases, it’s important to know if you have to go all out or sit tight. In the end, there is a bonus chapter where all the choices are explained, especially the reason why the repertoire isn’t constructed around the Portuguese Gambit is interesting. This DVD is a must-have for Scandinavian players or players looking for a new and creative opening.

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4 hours 24 minutes

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Content Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Main Line 2.exd5 Nf6
  3. 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6
  4. 3.d4 Nxd5 4.c4 – Part 1
  5. 3.d4 Nxd5 4.c4 Nb6 5.Nf3 g6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Be2/h3 – Part 2
  6. 3.d4 Nxd5 4.c4 Nb6 5.Nf3 g6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.c5 – Part 3
  7. 3.d4 Nxd5 4.c4 Nb6 5.Nf3 g6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.c5 Nd5 8.Bc4 Nxc3 9.bxc3 0-0 10.0-0 Nc6 11.Bg5 – Part 4
  8. 3.Nf3 Nxd5 4.d4 g6
  9. 3.Bb5 Nbd7 4.Nf3 Nxd4 5.Nc3 g6 – Part 1
  10. 3.Bb5 Nbd7 4.Nc3/c4 – Part 2
  11. 3.c4 c6 4.dxc6/Nc3 – Part 1
  12. 3.c4 c6 4.d4 – Part 2
  13. 3.Nc3 Nxd5 4.Bc4/Nxd5/d4
  14. 2nd move alternatives
  15. 1.e4 d5
  16. 2.d4 dxe4 – Blackmar-Diemer-Gambit
  17. 2.Nc3 d4 3.Nce2 e5
  18. 2.Nf3 dxe4 3.Ng5 Bf5
  19. 2.e5 Bf5 3.d4 e6
  20. 2.d3 e5
  21. Why not the Portuguese Gambit – 1.e4 d5 2.esd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4
  22. Exercises 01-10
  23. Exercise 01
  24. Exercise 02
  25. Exercise 03
  26. Exercise 04
  27. Exercise 05
  28. Exercise 06
  29. Exercise 07
  30. Exercise 08
  31. Exercise 09
  32. Exercise 10
  33. Exercises 11-20
  34. Exercise 11
  35. Exercise 12
  36. Exercise 13
  37. Exercise 14
  38. Exercise 15
  39. Exercise 16
  40. Exercise 17
  41. Exercise 18
  42. Exercise 19
  43. Exercise 20
  44. Exercises 21-29
  45. Exercise 21
  46. Exercise 22
  47. Exercise 23
  48. Exercise 24
  49. Exercise 25
  50. Exercise 26
  51. Exercise 27
  52. Exercise 28
  53. Exercise 29