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In this 43+ hour bundle on chess openings to play with and vs 1.e4, you can enjoy 11 chess courses that will provide you with useful weapons to play -and challenge – 1.e4 with confidence.

Some of the openings covered in this bundle are the Italian Opening, Scotch Game, Caro-Kann Defense, Alekhine Defense, Scandinavian Defense, and more.

These chess courses are presented by players like GM Simon Williams, GM Jon Ludvig Hammer, GM Jan Gustafsson, and IM Lawrence Trent, among others.

Courses Included

Jaenisch Gambit – GM Roeland Pruijssers

Jaenisch Gambit-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 more than one option, so you can choose lines that match your own style of play.

Gambit Buffet – GM Simon Williams

Gambit Buffet - Gm Simon Williams

This series is all about gambits – chess openings where you give up a pawn early on, usually for an attack. It’s ideal for beginners, as Grandmaster Simon Williams combines an introduction to gambits after the first move 1.e4 with some famous games from chess history!

About the Author:

GM Simon Williams (aka Ginger GM) is an English chess grandmaster, author, and commentator.

He obtained Grandmaster the Grandmaster title 2008, by accomplishing the final norm at the Hastings International Chess Congress 2005/2006 and the 2500+ rating at Hastings 2007/2008.

His highest rating so far is 2550, achieved in November 2009. In 2009, he organized the Big Slick International in Purley, London, which comprised an invitational GM tournament and FIDE Rated Open.

His Achievements:

  • In 2003, he finished second at the British Chess Championship.
  • In 2005, he won the British Blitz Championship.
  • In 2009, he finished second at the British Chess Championship.
  • In 2009, Williams finished equal first at the Southend Chess Congress all-play-all tournament.
  • He was the joint winner with Gawain Jones of the London Chess Classic FIDE Rated Open in December 2010, with a rating performance of 2690

Course Goals

To learn all about playing and responding to gambits! From one of the most aggressive and dangerous attackers, come and join GingerGM on a historical trip with some of the most fun games ever! Come and see the best games from the legends like:

Morphy, Vukovic, Koltanowski, Nezhmetdin, Alekhine, Marshall,  Tartakower, and many more!

Beating The Alekhine Defense – IM Lawrence Trent

Lawrence Trent explains how to counter Alekhine’s Defence.

The goal of this series is to give you a repertoire against Alekhine’s Defence, covering lines with cxd6 and exd6.

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 shows that it can lead to surprisingly sharp positions.

Black can play the Caro-Kann Defence for a win! These videos and the accompanying eBook contain a complete repertoire from Black’s perspective and cover all main and sidelines.

You will learn a complete repertoire in the Caro-Kann as Black.

The Italian Chess Opening – GM Ivan Saric

One of the oldest chess openings, the Italian game (also known as the Giuoco Piano) still has relevance today.

The Italian game has seen a resurgence in the last couple of years due to the influence of defenses to the Spanish (Ruy Lopez) such as the Berlin and the Marshall and GM Ivan Saric believes every serious 1.e4 player should have both 3.Bb5 and 3.Bc4 in their repertoire.

With many 1…e5 players expecting 3.Bb5, the Italian can be a great surprise weapon, especially when you are well prepared.

In this 3-hour course, GM Ivan Saric shows you how to create maximum problems for your opponent using systems with d3. Known as the Giuoco Piannisimo, or “very slow game”, this opening is inaccurately named as the positions can become wild and full of attacking possibilities at any point.

With GM Saric’s advice on the key lines and plans, you will be able to get an early advantage in your games by playing the Italian.

About the Author:

Ivan Saric is a Croatian chess grandmaster. He won the Under-18 European Youth Chess Championship in 2007, and the Under-18 World Youth Chess Championship in 2008.

Saric obtained his IM title in 2007 and his GM title in 2008. In 2018 he won the European Individual Chess Championship in Batumi with a score of 8.5/11 points. He also has won the Croatian Chess Championship in 2009 and 2013, and holds a notable victory over Magnus Carlsen, which he achieved at the 2014 Chess Olympiad.

Saric won the Tata Steel Challengers tournament in 2014 with a score of 10/13 points. As a result, he qualified for the 2015 Tata Steel Masters, where he finished in 12th place scoring 4.5/11.

Is this course for me?

In this course, GM Ivan Saric will try to cover almost all possible choices for Black against the Giuoco Piano in order to create a complete repertoire for White starting with 3.Bc4.

A New Look At The Italian (giuoco Piano) - Gm Ivan Saric

If you’re a 1.e4 player, but you don’t want to face defenses such as the Berlin, Marshall, Ruy Lopez, etc, then playing 3.Bc4 would be a great choice for you. 

“The Giuoco Piano, also known as the Italian game, is one of the oldest chess openings. I’m sure many players will recall early tactical tricks noted in Greco’s games. We can clearly see the logic behind White’s starting moves.

In the very old days of chess, White’s idea was to play for quick development and initiative with c3-d4, and was often connected with ideas of sacrificing a pawn or even more.

The Evan’s gambit is one well known example, as well as the aggressive 4.Ng5 in the Two Knights Defence. This type of play is typical for beginners and indeed was the first opening I myself learned. It has brought me many victories and became one of my favorite openings.

I think every serious e4 player should have both 3.Bb5 and 3.Bc4 in their repertoire, which will make each opening more effective. I can’t guarantee you an advantage in all lines because that is impossible in modern chess, but I can show you how to create maximum problems for your opponent.

In this course, we will concentrate on systems with d3 which is known as Giuoco Pianisimo, or “very slow game”. However, as you shall see, this is a bit of a misnomer. Even a very slow game can easily transpose to wild positions in as little as one move. Many people wrongly think that these systems are boring and drawish. In fact this is far from true.”

GM Repertoire: Fighting the Italian – GM Jan Gustafsson

In this video series, Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson deals with the Italian Opening (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.

Play 1.e4: A Complete White Repertoire – GM Jon Ludvig Hammer


In this video series, Jon Ludvig Hammer provides a complete repertoire for playing 1.e4 with the white pieces. He focuses on solid lines with quick development, early castling and good central control.

GM Jon Ludvig Hammer will help you play 1.e4 with confidence, no matter what Black attempts to bring to the table. Whether they decide to go for open play, a semi-open Defense or even a closed one, you will be ready to face it, and succeed!

The 7-hour course by Norwegian no. 2 and former Magnus Carlsen second is aimed at players of every level, from those just starting out to strong players looking for a sound foundation to meet all Black’s responses to 1.e4.

Is this course for me?

jon ludvig hammer chess seriesOver the course of 17 clear and instructive videos chess Grandmaster Jon Ludvig Hammer covers all Black’s replies to 1.e4, from the major ones such as the Sicilian Defence (1…c5), French Defence (1…e6) and Caro-Kann Defence (1…c6) to obscure tries such as 1…a6, 1…b6 or 1…Nc6.

Hammer focuses on solid lines where you can be confident of not getting ambushed by tricky opponents, but this is not an opening repertoire that means avoiding the richest positions in chess. For instance, he recommends playing the main lines in the Spanish, also know as the Ruy Lopez, which begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I was looking for a good overview of dealing with responses to 1. e4, and Hammer exceeded my expectations. I feel I have a good overview of the responses, and, based on his basic assumptions, he gives practical recommendations, with rationale, for certain lines, while giving reasons to avoid others. Very satisfied. Streaming made it immediately available” – George G. (Verified Buyer) July 2020


A repertoire against the Scandinavian – IM Lawrence Trent

trick trompowskyIn the Scandinavian Defence,Black responds to 1.e4 with d5, immediately challenging White in the center. Although an ancient opening, it’s still relevant today and has been played by the likes of Alekhine, Larsen, Bronstein and Anand.

Very popular at club and tournament level, it is essential for 1.e4 players to know how to combat some of Black’s dangerous lines.

A thorough knowledge of the key moves and ideas against the 4 most common lines (2…Nf6, 3…Qd8, 3…Qd6 and 3…Qa5) will enable White to get a very comfortable position at worst and an early advantage if Black puts a foot wrong – something that is quite easy to do.

IM Lawrence Trent reveals his pet lines to crush the Scandinavian in this clearly explained video.

The Four Knights – GM Jan Gustafsson

If you’re a 1.e4 e5 player, you’ll soon realize that the Four Knights, 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 is a popular and annoying weapon at White’s disposal.

You need to learn how to deal with it, whether your weapon of choice against the Spanish (Ruy Lopez) is the Marshall, the Berlin or the Petroff.4 knights

Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson teaches you how to react to 3.Nc3 in the most ambitious manner.

  1. Introduction Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson welcomes you to his new mini-series, a full repertoire for Black against the solid Four Knights opening.
  2. The Scotch Four Knights Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson looks at one of the most solid lines White has at his disposal after 1.e4 e5 – the Scotch Four Knights: 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4.
  3. The Spanish Four Knights Jan takes a look at the move 4.Bb5, that can lead to very sharp and direct play in our main lines.
  4. The Spanish 4 Knights, 4…Nd4 and other moves We look at the alternatives White has on move 5 after 4.Bb5 Nd4, including 5.0-0, 5.Nxd4 and 5.Nxe5.
  5. Rare 4th moves 4.a3, 4.h3, 4.Be2 and 4.g3. There are many surprise weapons White has at his disposal on move 4. We take a look at them all and tie up the remaining loose ends.

Winning with the Scotch – IM Sopiko Guramishvili


Tired of learning Ruy Lopez theory? Bored by the Italian? Play the Scotch Opening!

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.


To provide the viewer with a complete repertoire against 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 and to help you win lots of games with the Scotch Opening. Of course the series can also be used by 1.e4 e5 players who want to know what’s in store for them.

Chess Openings for Black – GM Jon Ludvig Hammer

jon ludvig hammerIn this video series, Norwegian GM Jon Ludvig Hammer provides a complete repertoire for Black using the old-school openings the Spanish (Ruy Lopez), the Queen’s Gambit Declined, the Scotch, the London, and many more!

He focuses on solid lines with a pawn in the center, quick development, and early castling.

Learn the modern interpretation of openings that have stood the test of time to get good positions in your black games.

Is this course for me?

If you keep getting into a lot of trouble when playing as Black, this video series will definitely help you.

GM Hammer, an opening specialist, has produced more than 12 hours of content to teach you how to play to win with some of the most popular chess openings for black.

You will learn the plans for both sides but focusing more on the strategies for the Black pieces.

GM Hammer covers the main alternatives of each line with great deepness and yet his explanations are clear and easy to follow.

Even though he mostly focuses on the Spanish, Italian and Queen’s Gambit Declined, you will also find valuable lessons on the Catalan Opening, Reti Opening, English Opening, London System, and some not-so-frequent 1st moves and minor lines.