The Four Knights – GM Jan Gustafsson

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

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  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.

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Running Time

1 hour 49 minutes