Play 1.e4: A Complete White Repertoire
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.
In this course, GM Jon Ludvig Hammer will help you play 1.e4 with confidence, no matter what Black attempts to bring to the table, either 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?
Over 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.
- Introduction and philosophy
Hammer explains his vision for this repertoire series.
- Offbeat first moves
Hammer takes a look at the Nimzowitsch (1…Nc6), St. George (1…a6) and Owen’s (1…b6) Defences.
- Modern and Pirc
Hammer approaches the Modern and Pirc (where Black plays an early g6/d6) by getting ready to castle early with a quick Nf3 and Be2.
Get quick development by chasing Black’s queen after Black meets 1.e4 with 1…d5.
- Alekhine’s Defence
Hammer shows how to meet Alekhine’s Defence – 1.e4 Nf6. He recommends 4.Nf3 – developing pieces rather than getting too aggressive with the pawns.
Hammer suggests meeting the Caro-Kann, 1.e4 c6, by getting quick development with the Two Knights variation.
- French Defence
Hammer recommends meeting the French Defence, 1.e4 e6, by taking control in the centre with 3.Nc3.
- Sicilian | Offbeat lines
Hammer begins his coverage of the Sicilian Defence (1.e4 c5) by looking at the O’Kelly, 2..Nf6 and Hyper-Accelerated Dragon lines.
- Sicilian | Kan and Taimanov
Hammer recommends meeting the Kan and Taimanov Sicilians by going for a fianchetto.
- Sicilian Rossolimo
Once again Hammer recommends going for quick development – and here it gets a World Championship stamp of approval.
- Sicilian | Moscow Variation
Hammer looks at how you can get quick development by following 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 with 3.Bb5+.
- 1.e4 e5 | Non-Ruy Lopez lines
These alternatives to the Spanish (Ruy Lopez) include the Latvian Gambit, the Elephant Gambit, the Petroff and the Philidor.
- Early Ruy Lopez deviations
These include playing the Ruy Lopez with g6, d6 and the Berlin.
- Minor Ruy Lopez variations
These include the Schliemann Gambit, the Archangelsk and the Bc5-variations.
- Ruy Lopez main line | Confrontational lines
Hammer looks at the Open Spanish and the Marshall Gambit.
- Ruy Lopez main line | Strategic lines
Hammer looks at the Chigorin, Zaitsev and Breyer Variations.
Well done for making it through the entire series!