Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory 2 + Bonus Pack

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                    [description] => <p class="para-left"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">What determines your WIN/LOSS in a chess game?</span></strong> Whether or not you win or lose is determined by your <span style="text-decoration: underline;">opening preparation</span>, your <span style="text-decoration: underline;">middlegame skills</span>, and your <span style="text-decoration: underline;">endgame technique</span>.</p>
<p class="para-left">At the same time, the opening phase is MORE important because <strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">if you don’t play it well, you will lose sooner than you can demonstrate your middlegame/endgame skills</span></strong>. <img src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /></p>
<strong><span style="color: #000000;">How do you play an opening properly?</span></strong>
<p class="para-left">In order to play the opening properly, a lot of people believe that one should just study a lot of opening variations and typical ideas/tricks. Although this is partly correct, there’s actually a huge hole here.</p>
<p align="center"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">DIAGRAM 1</span></strong></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Scheveningen.png"><img class="size-medium wp-image-2805 aligncenter" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Scheveningen-300x300.png" alt="Scheveningen" width="300" height="300" /></a>White’s turn</p>
<p class="para-left">Above we see the starting position of the Scheveningen variation of the Sicilian defense. What move can White play here? Almost anything! For instance: <strong><span style="color: #000000;">Be2</span></strong>, <strong><span style="color: #000000;">Bc4</span></strong>, <strong><span style="color: #000000;"><strong>g3</strong></span></strong>, <strong><span style="color: #000000;">Be3</span></strong>, <strong><span style="color: #000000;">f4</span></strong>, <strong><span style="color: #000000;">g4</span></strong>, <strong><span style="color: #000000;">Bg5</span></strong>, <strong><span style="color: #000000;">f3</span></strong>, <strong><span style="color: #000000;">Qf3</span></strong> and the list goes on…</p>
Do you really need to study all these lines? Of course not!
<p class="para-left">The opening stage lasts for 15-20 moves and on every move, both opponents can play around 10 different logical moves. Ultimately this generates many thousands (perhaps millions) of variations. Obviously, there’s no way for us to analyze and remember them all.</p>
<p align="center"><a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/buried-under-books-300x104.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2825" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/buried-under-books-300x104.png" alt="buried-under-books" width="300" height="104" /></a></p>
<p class="para-left">Therefore <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>w</em>e should learn the most logical moves only</span>. For example, in the Scheveningen variation, Black certainly should know some theory in the main lines like <strong><span style="color: #000000;">6.Be2</span></strong>, <strong><span style="color: #000000;">6.g4</span></strong>, <strong><span style="color: #000000;">6.Be3</span></strong>, <strong><span style="color: #000000;">6.Bc4</span></strong></p>
<p align="center"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">DIAGRAM 2</span></strong></p>
<a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Scheveningen2.png"><img class="size-medium wp-image-2806 aligncenter" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Scheveningen2-300x300.png" alt="Scheveningen2" width="300" height="300" /></a>

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<p class="para-left">But what about other possible options for White? Should Black learn the lines arising from <strong><span style="color: #000000;">6.Bb5</span></strong>, <strong><span style="color: #000000;">6.Nb3</span></strong>, <strong><span style="color: #000000;">6.Qf3</span></strong>, <strong><span style="color: #000000;">6.h3</span></strong>,<b> </b>etc.?</p>
<p align="center"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">DIAGRAM 3</span></strong></p>
<a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Scheveningen3.png"><img class="size-medium wp-image-2807 aligncenter" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Scheveningen3-300x300.png" alt="Scheveningen3" width="300" height="300" /></a>

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<p class="para-left"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">NO!</span></strong> You can’t learn it all anyway. If you dig too deep in your opening study, you will not have time for mastering other vitally important skills: <span style="text-decoration: underline;">calculation</span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">tactics</span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">positional play</span>, etc.</p>
<p class="para-left">In conclusion, <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #000000;">there can be 2 situations in an opening:</span></strong></p>
<p class="para-left"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">1)</span></strong> You play a theoretical variation based on your home preparation.</p>
<p class="para-left"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">2)</span></strong> Your game turns into a sideline, or your opponent surprises you with an unexpected move. An unknown position appears and you need to find correct moves by yourself.</p>
<span style="text-decoration: underline;">These 2 situations will happen equally often</span>. Again, let’s be realistic. You can’t learn all possible opening variations; it’s an unworkable hope.
<p align="center"><img src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/zapara.jpg" alt="" /></p>
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FINAL CONCLUSION: how do you play an opening successfully?
<p class="para-left">1) You need to choose the right opening variations (your opening repertoire), and learn the NECESSARY lines within them.</p>
<p class="para-left">2) You need to know the general rules/principles of opening play, and how you can find correct moves in unknown opening positions.</p>
<p class="para-left">Regarding the 1<sup>st</sup> item – <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #000000;">opening variations</span></strong> – there are a lot of existing chess books/DVDs about virtually any opening that you can think of. Some of these tutorials are even pretty good. However, there are still some problems here:</p>
<p class="para-left">- Studying various opening variations takes a lot of your time.</p>
<p class="para-left">- As we’ve already discussed, you can’t learn <i>everything</i> anyway.</p>
<p class="para-left">- Your opponents have access to the same tutorials that you have.</p>
<p class="para-left">- There are opening tutorials about all possible opening variations, and you don’t know what will work best for YOU.</p>
<p class="para-left">As for the 2<sup>nd</sup> item – <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #000000;">the general rules/principles of an opening play </span></strong>– this topic is almost completely missing!</p>
<p class="para-left">Yes, there are some well-known opening rules like “develop pieces”, “fight for the center” and so on, but these are very basic rules. Even beginners know such ideas and in many positions, it simply cannot help you.</p>
<p align="center"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">DIAGRAM 4</span></strong></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Domin_Shirov-300x300.png"><img class="size-medium wp-image-2808 aligncenter" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Domin_Shirov-300x300.png" alt="Domin_Shirov" width="300" height="300" /></a>White’s turn</p>
<p class="para-left">Above we see a very popular variation of Ruy Lopez. How should White play here?</p>
<p class="para-left">As you can see, the basic opening rules don’t help here. For example, it is true that “we should fight for the center”, but he’s already fighting. So what should he do? <img class="wp-smiley" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /></p>
<p class="para-left">Most of the modern openings lead to complex positions where you need to use more advanced rules. Surprisingly, this topic is almost completely missing in the opening tutorials.</p>
<p class="para-left">In order to help you overcome these difficulties, I’ve created a new opening course “<strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory”- 2</span></strong>.</p>
<p align="center"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2781" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/chess_openings_lab_box_03-269x3001.jpg" alt="chess_openings_lab_box_03" width="269" height="300" /></p>
This course contains those <strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">2 items that you need for successful opening play</span></strong>:
<p class="para-left"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">1) Powerful Opening Repertoire</span></strong></p>
<p class="para-left">We’ve selected the best opening variations, analyzed them, removed unnecessary lines, and prepared training materials that will help you master the given openings gradually.</p>
<p class="para-left"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">2) The general rules/principles of opening play</span></strong></p>
<p class="para-left">It reveals <em>how Grandmasters find correct opening moves while playing a game</em>. I’ll show it to you in a real-time mode using various positions. Then you’ll train it and automate these skills. Thus you’ll be able to implement it in your games right after a study of the course.</p>
<p class="para-left">A SERIOUS study of the course will take 1-3 months (depending on the amount of time you allocate for chess, and your current chess level).</p>
<p class="para-left">After that, you will have improved your opening play and will have improved your general chess understanding as well.</p>
<p class="para-left">It should bring you an increase of 50 rating points for sure. The best students achieve an increase of 100-300 rating points.</p>
<p align="center"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2354" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ratings_progress-300x182.png" alt="ratings_progress" width="300" height="182" /></p>
And because I provide a 31-days full money-back guarantee, you can give it a try and find out how well it will work for you.

<strong> CONTENT</strong>
<p class="para-left"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">Note</span></strong>: I don’t mention here exactly what opening variations are presented in the course. There are a few reasons for this.</p>
<p class="para-left"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">1.</span></strong> It’s important to understand what opening you should play and WHY it is so. If I just list the variations here, it really will not clarify anything.</p>
<p class="para-left"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">2.</span></strong> This opening repertoire is a special weapon for our students! For this reason, it should not be exposed so publicly.</p>
<p class="para-left">Nevertheless, below you’ll find a lot of information about the materials presented in the course.</p>
<p align="center"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">VIDEO LESSONS</span></strong></p>
<p align="center"><a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/video-icon.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1131" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/video-icon.png" alt="video-icon" width="256" height="256" /></a></p>
<span style="color: #000000;"><strong>Lesson-1: Opening knowledge VS opening understanding</strong></span>
<p class="para-left">You’ll learn 2 main situations that can happen in an opening (playing by memory and finding the moves yourself) and exactly how you should handle them.</p>
<p class="para-left">Many times you’ve seen that Grandmasters recommend you to play some opening moves. Now you’ll finally be able to realize precisely WHY those opening moves should be played (and not something else).</p>
<p class="para-left">Using practical examples, we’ll analyze the 5 main mistakes that lead to opening troubles. Through these examples, you’ll learn how to prevent such situations occurring in your games.</p>
“Question of all-times”: which openings should you choose?

Choosing openings according to your style, and typical mistakes in this approach.

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<span style="color: #000000;"><strong>Lesson-2: How to play an opening</strong></span>
<p class="para-left">The 2<sup>nd</sup> and 3<sup>rd</sup> lessons are the <strong>KEY</strong> parts of the course and will provide you with <strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">a complete guide for finding proper opening moves in your games</span></strong>.</p>
<p class="para-left">Within this lesson, <strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">I’ll reveal to you how Grandmasters think in an opening so that you can do the same</span></strong>. More specifically you’ll learn:</p>

<ul>
 	<li>Rules for opening play</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>Which openings are the best and how to decide which variation to play within an opening</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>You will understand advanced positions where GMs make strange moves that seemingly break the common rules. Well, sometimes those GMs are just wrong. <img class="wp-smiley" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> But sometimes this is indeed a very profound idea. We’ll analyze both cases.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>How to find the right set up for your pieces in the opening.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>Pawn play in the opening. There are 3 reasons for making pawn moves. In all other cases, it is wrong. A lot of players make such mistakes and don’t even realize it.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>There are a lot of openings. But TOP players mainly play only a few openings. I’ll explain to you why it is so, and what is wrong with other openings.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>When you should fianchetto a bishop and when it is the wrong idea.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>We’ll analyze GM’s games where 1 player got into trouble and detect why this happens. Thus you’ll learn to avoid this in your own games.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>There are a lot of things you need to think about while you are considering the right move: center, development, pawn structure, good/bad bishops, king safety etc. How can you handle it all?</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>How do you attack in an opening? When is it suitable, and when is it a premature attack? How do you deal with an opponent’s early attacks?</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>How to choose the openings that are easier to play</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>How to detect the best positions for your pieces in the opening</li>
 	<li>The main tactical task of an opening: A simple guideline idea that helps you understand the strategic ideas of (and thus to play well) the Ruy Lopez, Queen’s gambit declined and 90% of all existing openings.</li>
</ul>
<span style="color: #000000;"><strong>Lesson 3: Advanced rules</strong></span>
<p class="para-left">In this lesson, we’ll deepen your opening understanding. This time we’ll analyze really difficult, complex positions. <strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">You’ll learn how to play openings on a Grandmaster level</span></strong>! For instance, you’ll learn:</p>

<ul>
 	<li>Why White can’t beat “Marshal counter-attack”</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>When you may sacrifice material in an opening</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>We’ll analyze advanced ideas and complex opening positions where common rules do not work.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>What you should do if there’s no good way of developing a certain piece.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>When you may ignore the development of your pieces: There’s only 1 alternative idea, which is good. In all other situations, it would be wrong.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>How to recognize an opponent’s opening mistakes, and how to make use of them.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>When a pawn moves a3 and h3 are useful in an opening, and when it is a waste of time.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>When you may leave your pieces on their initial positions for some time</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>When both players do similar things in an opening (develop pieces, fight for the center etc), how does one get an ADVANTAGE?</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>Modern GMs often push flank pawns forward at an early stage of the game. This looks strange as books teach us to develop all the pieces first. You’ll know when those GMs are correct, and when it is a mistake.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>What to do if your opponent delays his development.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>How to win a winning position. Let’s say you have an opening advantage. How then do you convert it into a WIN?</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>There are different opening rules for playing in open/closed positions. You’ll learn them all.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>When you should advance central pawns, and when it is wrong</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>When is it fine to take an opponent’s pawn, and when it is a mistake that will give him an attack?</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>One strategic idea that will be a guideline for you in most of the opening positions</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>How Black should try to equalize a game and how White can save his opening advantage</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>Imbalanced positions and how to play them</li>
 	<li>Practical tips for playing an opening quickly and avoiding mistakes.</li>
</ul>
<span style="color: #000000;"><strong>Lesson-4: Modern opening trends</strong></span>

Due to modern technologies (computer, Internet) and through competition amongst chess players, opening preparation is rather different nowadays. In this lesson, you’ll learn modern trends that will help you to be on the cutting edge of the best technologies!
<ul>
 	<li>Which 2 factors determine the success of your opening play.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>The right approach for studying and playing openings.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>Successful techniques of opening preparation used by Kasparov and Carlsen</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>Which openings you should play against stronger opponents</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>How to introduce NEW openings (that you never played before) into your opening repertoire easily</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>7 main ways to break your opponent’s opening preparation and confuse him</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>How to detect which opening is bad</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>How to TRAIN your opening play</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>How to prevent opening mistakes</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>2 cases when you really need to avoid an opponent’s opening preparation.</li>
</ul>
<span style="color: #000000;"><strong>Lesson-5.1 Opening Understanding in Action (part-1)</strong></span>

<span style="color: #000000;"><strong>Lesson-5.2 Opening Understanding in Action (part-2)</strong></span>
<p class="para-left">This is another <strong>KEY</strong> part of the course. It’s is simply not enough to just know about something. To truly know it you must introduce it into your practical games.</p>
<p class="para-left">For example, everybody knows about a positional sacrifice. But how often you really use it in your practical games? For most players, the answer is: almost never! Such “knowledge” is completely useless.</p>
<p class="para-left">My approach is different. <strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">I help you train the SKILLS, and to do it right during the course’s study. Thus you’ll be able to implement it in your practical games straight away</span></strong>!</p>
<p class="para-left">Here we will be analyzing different games and opening positions. You will use your new knowledge to detect the right moves. Then you’ll compare your thoughts with the actual game. After that, I’ll explain whether your thoughts were correct or not. If not, I’ll then show you how you should have done it.</p>
<p class="para-left">After passing this training, <strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">you have will have no chance but to understand the right way of finding powerful opening moves</span></strong>.</p>
<p align="center"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">PRACTICAL PART</span></strong></p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://chess-teacher.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/start.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-394" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/start-294x300.jpg" alt="start" width="294" height="300" /></a></p>
<p class="para-left">The practical part contains <strong><span style="color: #000000;">an extensive analysis of different openings</span></strong>. Together with the openings from my previous opening course, “The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory”, this will form your <strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">complete opening repertoire on an IM/GM level!</span></strong></p>
<p class="para-left">It’s NOT just a bunch of variations. <span style="color: #000000;">It’s <strong>a special system of study that will help you master a new opening</strong></span> <strong><span style="color: #000000;">gradually</span></strong>, starting with the base ideas, and then going deeper. Ultimately <strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">you’ll become a real expert in these openings who is familiar with all of the specific variations, as well as their typical ideas and plans</span></strong>.</p>
It contains 2 levels of study: <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">base</span></strong> and <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">advanced</span></strong>.
<ul>
 	<li><strong>For beginner/intermediate players</strong> it allows a study the base level only and does not waste time on complicated lines they don’t need anyway.</li>
 	<li><strong>For advanced players</strong>, it makes the study of an opening easier. Firstly you’ll study it at the base level. Then you’ll deepen your knowledge by studying it at the advanced level.</li>
</ul>
<strong><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #000000;">Some additional characteristics of the practical part:</span></strong>
<ul>
 	<li>It’s not just variations. It contains <strong>detailed text explanations</strong> of why the moves are so.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>For each opening variation, we provide <strong>fully commented games</strong> that explain how to play it.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>Also included are <strong>additional games that illustrate typical plans and tactical motifs</strong>.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>The opening repertoire is available in pgn format, thus you can open it with the chess program of your choice (one such program is included for you in the course). Hence you’ll be able to review a certain opening quickly and easily whenever necessary (for example, when you are preparing for a game).</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>Only NECESSARY lines and variations are included. We eliminated tons of variations that you don’t need really.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>You’ll study the BEST variations. We’ve chosen the lines very accurately, and analyzed them thoroughly. This ensures you will not get into an opening trouble because the line is just RIGHT.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>We’ve made an extensive analysis of the openings. You’ll find a lot of interesting ideas and moves that never happened in the games yet.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>You’ll learn from “<strong>Theoretical summary</strong>” files that help you systematize and digest better all the info you’ve learned about an opening.</li>
</ul>
<ul>
 	<li>In addition to studying the openings, in the practical part you’ll perform 1 other thing. <strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">You’ll complete some special training in order to detect your opening mistakes and eliminate them</span></strong>. We don’t want to wait until you lose a game. It’s a lot better to detect your weak points IN ADVANCE and correct them.</li>
</ul>
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<h2>“The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory – 2″ contains the following materials</h2>
<ul>
 	<li>Total duration of video lessons: 5 hours</li>
 	<li>Total number of commented games in the practical part: 220</li>
 	<li>Total number of instructive games that illustrate typical ideas and plans of different openings: 497</li>
 	<li>Total quantity of “Advanced theory files” (which is an extensive analysis of different openings): 34</li>
 	<li>Base theory files with opening analysis on a beginner &amp; intermediate level.</li>
 	<li>Text version of every video lesson (available for printing)</li>
 	<li>Detailed instructions on what you should do and how you should do it.</li>
 	<li>All the programs necessary to run the course and study it properly (including software for opening chess database).</li>
</ul>
<h2>Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory 2 BONUS PACK</h2>
While studying the opening courses, “The GM’s Openings Laboratory” and “The GM’s Openings Laboratory – 2″, <b>students sent me their <span style="color: #ff0000;">questions</span></b>.

Therefore, I’ve prepared <span style="text-decoration: underline;">a detailed answer to every query</span>.
<ul>
 	<li>In reply to questions about general opening rules, I’ve recorded a couple of video lessons (with additional rules and explanations).</li>
 	<li>As for specific opening questions, I’ve added more *.pgn files (chess databases) with specific lines, analyses, instructive games, etc.</li>
</ul>
All these materials were united and integrated into the <b><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Bonus Pack</span></b>. <strong><span style="color: #339966;">What will it give you?</span></strong>
<ul>
 	<li><span style="color: #000000;">You will get answers to most of your opening questions.</span></li>
 	<li><span style="color: #000000;">It will help you to digest FULLY the opening rules and principles presented in the courses “The GMs Openings Laboratory” – 1 and 2.</span></li>
 	<li><span style="color: #000000;">Consequently, it will help you get the MOST practical benefit from these courses.</span></li>
 	<li><span style="color: #000000;">You will extend your opening repertoire with some additional variations. Hence you’ll be a more universal player and it’ll be harder for your opponents to prepare against you.</span></li>
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Overview

What determines your WIN/LOSS in a chess game? Whether or not you win or lose is determined by your opening preparation, your middlegame skills, and your endgame technique.

At the same time, the opening phase is MORE important because if you don’t play it well, you will lose sooner than you can demonstrate your middlegame/endgame skills. :)

How do you play an opening properly?

In order to play the opening properly, a lot of people believe that one should just study a lot of opening variations and typical ideas/tricks. Although this is partly correct, there’s actually a huge hole here.

DIAGRAM 1

ScheveningenWhite’s turn

Above we see the starting position of the Scheveningen variation of the Sicilian defense. What move can White play here? Almost anything! For instance: Be2, Bc4, g3, Be3, f4, g4, Bg5, f3, Qf3 and the list goes on…

Do you really need to study all these lines? Of course not!

The opening stage lasts for 15-20 moves and on every move, both opponents can play around 10 different logical moves. Ultimately this generates many thousands (perhaps millions) of variations. Obviously, there’s no way for us to analyze and remember them all.

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Therefore we should learn the most logical moves only. For example, in the Scheveningen variation, Black certainly should know some theory in the main lines like 6.Be2, 6.g4, 6.Be3, 6.Bc4

DIAGRAM 2

Scheveningen2

 

But what about other possible options for White? Should Black learn the lines arising from 6.Bb5, 6.Nb3, 6.Qf3, 6.h3, etc.?

DIAGRAM 3

Scheveningen3

 

NO! You can’t learn it all anyway. If you dig too deep in your opening study, you will not have time for mastering other vitally important skills: calculation, tactics, positional play, etc.

In conclusion, there can be 2 situations in an opening:

1) You play a theoretical variation based on your home preparation.

2) Your game turns into a sideline, or your opponent surprises you with an unexpected move. An unknown position appears and you need to find correct moves by yourself.

These 2 situations will happen equally often. Again, let’s be realistic. You can’t learn all possible opening variations; it’s an unworkable hope.

 

FINAL CONCLUSION: how do you play an opening successfully?

1) You need to choose the right opening variations (your opening repertoire), and learn the NECESSARY lines within them.

2) You need to know the general rules/principles of opening play, and how you can find correct moves in unknown opening positions.

Regarding the 1st item – opening variations – there are a lot of existing chess books/DVDs about virtually any opening that you can think of. Some of these tutorials are even pretty good. However, there are still some problems here:

– Studying various opening variations takes a lot of your time.

– As we’ve already discussed, you can’t learn everything anyway.

– Your opponents have access to the same tutorials that you have.

– There are opening tutorials about all possible opening variations, and you don’t know what will work best for YOU.

As for the 2nd item – the general rules/principles of an opening play – this topic is almost completely missing!

Yes, there are some well-known opening rules like “develop pieces”, “fight for the center” and so on, but these are very basic rules. Even beginners know such ideas and in many positions, it simply cannot help you.

DIAGRAM 4

Domin_ShirovWhite’s turn

Above we see a very popular variation of Ruy Lopez. How should White play here?

As you can see, the basic opening rules don’t help here. For example, it is true that “we should fight for the center”, but he’s already fighting. So what should he do? :)

Most of the modern openings lead to complex positions where you need to use more advanced rules. Surprisingly, this topic is almost completely missing in the opening tutorials.

In order to help you overcome these difficulties, I’ve created a new opening course “The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory”- 2.

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This course contains those 2 items that you need for successful opening play:

1) Powerful Opening Repertoire

We’ve selected the best opening variations, analyzed them, removed unnecessary lines, and prepared training materials that will help you master the given openings gradually.

2) The general rules/principles of opening play

It reveals how Grandmasters find correct opening moves while playing a game. I’ll show it to you in a real-time mode using various positions. Then you’ll train it and automate these skills. Thus you’ll be able to implement it in your games right after a study of the course.

A SERIOUS study of the course will take 1-3 months (depending on the amount of time you allocate for chess, and your current chess level).

After that, you will have improved your opening play and will have improved your general chess understanding as well.

It should bring you an increase of 50 rating points for sure. The best students achieve an increase of 100-300 rating points.

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And because I provide a 31-days full money-back guarantee, you can give it a try and find out how well it will work for you.

CONTENT

Note: I don’t mention here exactly what opening variations are presented in the course. There are a few reasons for this.

1. It’s important to understand what opening you should play and WHY it is so. If I just list the variations here, it really will not clarify anything.

2. This opening repertoire is a special weapon for our students! For this reason, it should not be exposed so publicly.

Nevertheless, below you’ll find a lot of information about the materials presented in the course.

VIDEO LESSONS

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Lesson-1: Opening knowledge VS opening understanding

You’ll learn 2 main situations that can happen in an opening (playing by memory and finding the moves yourself) and exactly how you should handle them.

Many times you’ve seen that Grandmasters recommend you to play some opening moves. Now you’ll finally be able to realize precisely WHY those opening moves should be played (and not something else).

Using practical examples, we’ll analyze the 5 main mistakes that lead to opening troubles. Through these examples, you’ll learn how to prevent such situations occurring in your games.

“Question of all-times”: which openings should you choose?

Choosing openings according to your style, and typical mistakes in this approach.

 

Lesson-2: How to play an opening

The 2nd and 3rd lessons are the KEY parts of the course and will provide you with a complete guide for finding proper opening moves in your games.

Within this lesson, I’ll reveal to you how Grandmasters think in an opening so that you can do the same. More specifically you’ll learn:

  • Rules for opening play
  • Which openings are the best and how to decide which variation to play within an opening
  • You will understand advanced positions where GMs make strange moves that seemingly break the common rules. Well, sometimes those GMs are just wrong. :) But sometimes this is indeed a very profound idea. We’ll analyze both cases.
  • How to find the right set up for your pieces in the opening.
  • Pawn play in the opening. There are 3 reasons for making pawn moves. In all other cases, it is wrong. A lot of players make such mistakes and don’t even realize it.
  • There are a lot of openings. But TOP players mainly play only a few openings. I’ll explain to you why it is so, and what is wrong with other openings.
  • When you should fianchetto a bishop and when it is the wrong idea.
  • We’ll analyze GM’s games where 1 player got into trouble and detect why this happens. Thus you’ll learn to avoid this in your own games.
  • There are a lot of things you need to think about while you are considering the right move: center, development, pawn structure, good/bad bishops, king safety etc. How can you handle it all?
  • How do you attack in an opening? When is it suitable, and when is it a premature attack? How do you deal with an opponent’s early attacks?
  • How to choose the openings that are easier to play
  • How to detect the best positions for your pieces in the opening
  • The main tactical task of an opening: A simple guideline idea that helps you understand the strategic ideas of (and thus to play well) the Ruy Lopez, Queen’s gambit declined and 90% of all existing openings.

Lesson 3: Advanced rules

In this lesson, we’ll deepen your opening understanding. This time we’ll analyze really difficult, complex positions. You’ll learn how to play openings on a Grandmaster level! For instance, you’ll learn:

  • Why White can’t beat “Marshal counter-attack”
  • When you may sacrifice material in an opening
  • We’ll analyze advanced ideas and complex opening positions where common rules do not work.
  • What you should do if there’s no good way of developing a certain piece.
  • When you may ignore the development of your pieces: There’s only 1 alternative idea, which is good. In all other situations, it would be wrong.
  • How to recognize an opponent’s opening mistakes, and how to make use of them.
  • When a pawn moves a3 and h3 are useful in an opening, and when it is a waste of time.
  • When you may leave your pieces on their initial positions for some time
  • When both players do similar things in an opening (develop pieces, fight for the center etc), how does one get an ADVANTAGE?
  • Modern GMs often push flank pawns forward at an early stage of the game. This looks strange as books teach us to develop all the pieces first. You’ll know when those GMs are correct, and when it is a mistake.
  • What to do if your opponent delays his development.
  • How to win a winning position. Let’s say you have an opening advantage. How then do you convert it into a WIN?
  • There are different opening rules for playing in open/closed positions. You’ll learn them all.
  • When you should advance central pawns, and when it is wrong
  • When is it fine to take an opponent’s pawn, and when it is a mistake that will give him an attack?
  • One strategic idea that will be a guideline for you in most of the opening positions
  • How Black should try to equalize a game and how White can save his opening advantage
  • Imbalanced positions and how to play them
  • Practical tips for playing an opening quickly and avoiding mistakes.

Lesson-4: Modern opening trends

Due to modern technologies (computer, Internet) and through competition amongst chess players, opening preparation is rather different nowadays. In this lesson, you’ll learn modern trends that will help you to be on the cutting edge of the best technologies!

  • Which 2 factors determine the success of your opening play.
  • The right approach for studying and playing openings.
  • Successful techniques of opening preparation used by Kasparov and Carlsen
  • Which openings you should play against stronger opponents
  • How to introduce NEW openings (that you never played before) into your opening repertoire easily
  • 7 main ways to break your opponent’s opening preparation and confuse him
  • How to detect which opening is bad
  • How to TRAIN your opening play
  • How to prevent opening mistakes
  • 2 cases when you really need to avoid an opponent’s opening preparation.

Lesson-5.1 Opening Understanding in Action (part-1)

Lesson-5.2 Opening Understanding in Action (part-2)

This is another KEY part of the course. It’s is simply not enough to just know about something. To truly know it you must introduce it into your practical games.

For example, everybody knows about a positional sacrifice. But how often you really use it in your practical games? For most players, the answer is: almost never! Such “knowledge” is completely useless.

My approach is different. I help you train the SKILLS, and to do it right during the course’s study. Thus you’ll be able to implement it in your practical games straight away!

Here we will be analyzing different games and opening positions. You will use your new knowledge to detect the right moves. Then you’ll compare your thoughts with the actual game. After that, I’ll explain whether your thoughts were correct or not. If not, I’ll then show you how you should have done it.

After passing this training, you have will have no chance but to understand the right way of finding powerful opening moves.

PRACTICAL PART

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The practical part contains an extensive analysis of different openings. Together with the openings from my previous opening course, “The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory”, this will form your complete opening repertoire on an IM/GM level!

It’s NOT just a bunch of variations. It’s a special system of study that will help you master a new opening gradually, starting with the base ideas, and then going deeper. Ultimately you’ll become a real expert in these openings who is familiar with all of the specific variations, as well as their typical ideas and plans.

It contains 2 levels of study: base and advanced.

  • For beginner/intermediate players it allows a study the base level only and does not waste time on complicated lines they don’t need anyway.
  • For advanced players, it makes the study of an opening easier. Firstly you’ll study it at the base level. Then you’ll deepen your knowledge by studying it at the advanced level.

Some additional characteristics of the practical part:

  • It’s not just variations. It contains detailed text explanations of why the moves are so.
  • For each opening variation, we provide fully commented games that explain how to play it.
  • Also included are additional games that illustrate typical plans and tactical motifs.
  • The opening repertoire is available in pgn format, thus you can open it with the chess program of your choice (one such program is included for you in the course). Hence you’ll be able to review a certain opening quickly and easily whenever necessary (for example, when you are preparing for a game).
  • Only NECESSARY lines and variations are included. We eliminated tons of variations that you don’t need really.
  • You’ll study the BEST variations. We’ve chosen the lines very accurately, and analyzed them thoroughly. This ensures you will not get into an opening trouble because the line is just RIGHT.
  • We’ve made an extensive analysis of the openings. You’ll find a lot of interesting ideas and moves that never happened in the games yet.
  • You’ll learn from “Theoretical summary” files that help you systematize and digest better all the info you’ve learned about an opening.
  • In addition to studying the openings, in the practical part you’ll perform 1 other thing. You’ll complete some special training in order to detect your opening mistakes and eliminate them. We don’t want to wait until you lose a game. It’s a lot better to detect your weak points IN ADVANCE and correct them.

 

“The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory – 2″ contains the following materials

  • Total duration of video lessons: 5 hours
  • Total number of commented games in the practical part: 220
  • Total number of instructive games that illustrate typical ideas and plans of different openings: 497
  • Total quantity of “Advanced theory files” (which is an extensive analysis of different openings): 34
  • Base theory files with opening analysis on a beginner & intermediate level.
  • Text version of every video lesson (available for printing)
  • Detailed instructions on what you should do and how you should do it.
  • All the programs necessary to run the course and study it properly (including software for opening chess database).

Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory 2 BONUS PACK

While studying the opening courses, “The GM’s Openings Laboratory” and “The GM’s Openings Laboratory – 2″, students sent me their questions.

Therefore, I’ve prepared a detailed answer to every query.

  • In reply to questions about general opening rules, I’ve recorded a couple of video lessons (with additional rules and explanations).
  • As for specific opening questions, I’ve added more *.pgn files (chess databases) with specific lines, analyses, instructive games, etc.

All these materials were united and integrated into the Bonus Pack. What will it give you?

  • You will get answers to most of your opening questions.
  • It will help you to digest FULLY the opening rules and principles presented in the courses “The GMs Openings Laboratory” – 1 and 2.
  • Consequently, it will help you get the MOST practical benefit from these courses.
  • You will extend your opening repertoire with some additional variations. Hence you’ll be a more universal player and it’ll be harder for your opponents to prepare against you.

Additional information

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Requirements

Windows Platform

Delivery

Immediate Download

File-size

265MB

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