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                    [description] => <h2><strong>The Video Encyclopedia of Chess Openings Mega Bundle</strong></h2>
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Whether you want to learn a new chess opening or refine your existing opening repertoire, the Video Encyclopedia of Chess Openings is for you. THe world's top chess players and trainers show you the main ideas and the latest theory on openings like the English Opening, the Nimzo-Indian Defense, the King's Indian Defense, the Open Catalan, and the Reti.
<h2><strong>About the authors:</strong></h2>
<h3>GM Mihail Marin</h3>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Mihail Marin is a Romanian chess Grandmaster and a very popular chess coach and author. Marin's first major success in international chess was qualifying for the Interzonal in 1987.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">He has won the Romanian Championships on three occasions and has played in the Chess Olympiads ten times, winning a bronze individual medal in 1988. For several years he was editor of the magazine Chess Extra press.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">GM Mihail Marin is one of the most respected coaches in the world</span> today having trained the young Judit Polgar and being praised for his ability to explain deep chess truths in a way improving players can understand.</p>

<h3 style="text-align: justify;">GM Damian Lemos</h3>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina with a peak rating of 2559 Elo.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">In his lessons, Damian works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">By developing specifically-tailored training regimens for every one of his students, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches dream of.</p>

<h3>GM Eugene Perelshteyn</h3>
Eugene Perelshteyn is an international grandmaster and chess author. He earned the International Master title in 2001 and obtained his Grandmaster title in 2006. He won the U.S. Junior Closed Championship in 2000.

Perelshteyn is currently one of the top players in the United States, his rating hitting a peak of 2555 Elo.

He started playing chess when he was seven years old, taught by his father Mikhail Perelshteyn, a professional chess coach. At the age of 10, he played in his first tournaments.

In 2001, Perelshteyn was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship by the US Chess Trust. After taking two years off from school in order to play chess professionally, Perelshteyn returned to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and graduated in 2004.
<h3><strong>GM Bryan Smith</strong></h3>
American Grandmaster and chess coach. GM Smith has won many international tournaments including Limpedea Cup (Romania), Citta di Erba (Italy), Easter International (Serbia), Philadelphia International, National Chess Congress, US Masters, etc.

Grandmaster Bryan Smith <em>grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Some of his accomplishments include first place in the 2008 National Chess Congress, 2009 National Chess Congress, 2010 Philadelphia International, and 2011 Limpedea Cup.</em>
<h3 style="text-align: justify;"><strong>IM Robert Ris</strong></h3>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Ris learned how to play chess from his father when he was eight years old, and started playing in SV Amstelveen. In 2002 he started playing for SC Utrecht, and, later, in other clubs.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">In the same year, he also won the Open Dutch Youth Chess Championship, which he had also won the D category (up to 12 years) in 1999. Ris has been an international chess coach since 2007. He was also part of the selection of Young Orange.</p>

<h2><strong>How is this course going to help me?</strong></h2>
<h2><strong>The English Opening</strong></h2>
GM Damian Lemos shows you the ideas behind the opening and teaches you how to treat the English Opening as a Reversed Sicilian (with an extra tempo!)

Then Mihail Marin (family friend of the Polgars and the guy Jeremy Silman described as “one of the world's finest chess writers") takes over, giving you the in-depth theory that is going to help you dominate your rivals this year.

Black can go for very different structures, depending on their 5th move choice. You need to know how to meet 5...Nf6, 5...e6, 5...d6 and 5...e5.

GM Marin identifies the weak points in each of these setups, pinpointing the move-orders that give Black the biggest problems.

<a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/englishopening.jpg"><img class="alignright wp-image-923287" title="englishopening" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/englishopening-600x337.jpg" alt="englishopening" width="400" height="224" /></a><strong>English Opening Reversed Sicilian - GM Damian Lemos</strong>

After playing 1.c4, it's completely possible that our rival answers with 1…e5, where we'll have the choice of playing a reversed Sicilian with an extra tempo.

We'll use as a model the game Ding Liren - Michael Adams, both elite players, who clashed at the Tata Steel Masters in 2016. In this game we learn a lot from the bishops located on e3 and g2, and GM Lemos shows you when you should and when you shouldn't be trading these pieces.

Don't miss the chance to get into the Sicilian labyrinth with an extra tempo!

<strong>English Opening Symmetrical - GM Mihail Marin</strong>

There is also the chance that Black will play 1...c5 and we will go to an English Opening Symmetrical: 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 then after 5.Nc3 Black has many options that will be covered in the following chapters.
<ul>
 	<li><strong><a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/englishmarin.jpg"><img class="wp-image-923290 alignright" title="englishmarin" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/englishmarin-600x337.jpg" alt="englishmarin" width="400" height="225" /></a></strong>English Opening Symmetrical, 5...Nf6 - GM Mihail Marin</li>
 	<li>English Opening, Symmetrical Closed with 5...e6 - GM Mihail Marin</li>
 	<li>English Opening, Symmetrical with 5...e5 - GM Mihail Marin</li>
 	<li>English Opening, Symmetrical with 5...d6 - GM Mihail Marin</li>
</ul>
<h2><strong>The Nimzo-Indian</strong></h2>
You will learn GM secrets to play the Nimzo-Indian like a true professional along 8 great lessons from expert Grandmasters.

GM Eugene Perelshteyn, a renowned Nimzo expert who has often played the opening with Black throughout his career, has produced a series of videos on the different variations in the Nimzo Indian Defense.

<strong>The Nimzo Indian Defense: A Surprising Idea For Black Against The Capablanca Variation (4.Qc2)</strong>

<strong><a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/againstqc2.jpg"><img class="wp-image-952179 alignright" title="againstqc2" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/againstqc2-600x338.jpg" alt="againstqc2" width="400" height="225" /></a></strong>One of the most testing variations for White against the Nimzo Indian Defense is the move 4.Qc2, known as the Capablanca variation.

With this move, White not only protects the knight on c3 in order to avoid doubled pawns after ...Bxc3, but also keeps an eye on the e4-square to seize even more space in the center.

GM Eugene Perelshteyn, a renowned expert on the Nimzo Indian Defense, takes a look at a surprisingly easy-to-learn variation to neutralize White's pressure. He recommends the relatively rare move 4...Nc6 (4...d5, 4...0-0 and 4...c5 are the main moves).

<strong><a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/adorjangambit.jpg"><img class="alignright wp-image-952180" title="adorjangambit" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/adorjangambit-600x338.jpg" alt="adorjangambit" width="400" height="225" /></a>Nimzo-Indian Adorjan Gambit - GM Damian Lemos</strong>

iChess' own Damian Lemos treats you to a stunning choice while playing the Nimzo-Indian, the surprising gambit line 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 bxc3 6.Qxc3 b5! Better known as the Adorjan Gambit, this is a sharp and dangerous weapon that you will love to unleash against your rivals!
<h2><strong>The King's Indian Defense</strong></h2>
You will learn all the subtleties of the KID, playing against the Four Pawns, the Averbakh, and the Sämisch Variations!
<ul>
 	<li><strong>GM Lemos' recommendations for black:</strong>
<strong>Challenge White’s center with ...c5!</strong> This gambit smashes open the position in our favor - suddenly our Bg7 is breathing FIRE down the long diagonal, our queen is pressuring c3, all our pieces jump into position, and we’re ready to attack the uncastled king.</li>
 	<li><strong>Play on both sides of the board.</strong> White attacks on the queenside, Black on the kingside, right? Get better results by taking on White directly on the queenside while staying ready to pounce on the kingside.</li>
 	<li><strong>Trusted setup.</strong> Keep things simple by sticking to similar setups against every variation. By learning this system inside-out, you will <strong>develop your intuitive feel for <span style="text-decoration: underline;">any</span> position you end up in.</strong> Of course, you need to learn the exceptions too - and they are covered in the lessons.</li>
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<a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/kidb4.jpg"><img class="wp-image-971671 size-thumbnail alignright" title="kidw" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/kidb4-300x300.jpg" alt="kidb4" width="300" height="300" /></a>And if you play with White, you will love the powerful lines you will learn:

Easy development.
Safe kingside.
BIG surprise factor. (What would you play here? Bd3? Be2? c4? <strong>The killer move, incredibly, is b4!!</strong>)
A lethal queenside attack that 90% of your opponents will have no idea how to stop!

Bear in mind that most players will try their trusted King’s Indian setups (...d6 instead of ...d5, for example). This plays right into our hands.

All the lessons will prove invaluable <strong>no matter which side of the King’s Indian you’re on.</strong>

Every move, every line, has been checked by the engine and tested in practice.
<h2><strong>The Open Catalan</strong></h2>
<ul style="text-align: justify;">
 	<li style="text-align: justify;"><img class="alignright" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/catalan-chess-opening.jpg" alt="Open Catalan With 5...bd7, 9...0-0-0 - Im Robert Ris (ichess Club)" width="254" height="254" />Learn what to play when White opts to play 7.dxc5. At first, this looks pretty harmless for Black, however, this is a trendy move at the moment and it is something Black should take the time to study in order not to get caught out over the board.</li>
 	<li style="text-align: justify;">After the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2. (See the diagram)IM Ris also takes a look at how play continues when Black plays 5…Bd7. With this move, Black is trying to ease the pressure along the long diagonal by playing …Bc6 soon.</li>
 	<li style="text-align: justify;">In another chapter, IM Ris takes a look at how play continues when White plays 7.Ne5, or the currently trendy move of 7.Na3.</li>
 	<li style="text-align: justify;">King safety and killer counters. Don’t just castle out of habit… keeping the king in the center can be both the safest and most aggressive option!</li>
 	<li style="text-align: justify;">Human ideas, engine checked. IM Ris shows how elite GMs play the positions in each variation, so you understand the resulting middlegames. And every line, every suggestion, is checked by an engine so there are no nasty surprises.</li>
 	<li style="text-align: justify;">Masterful maneuvering. Focus on the important things in the position (like control of the a8-h1 diagonal) and you will usually get an advantage - even if you have to play irregular moves like Nfd2 and Na3! Familiarize yourself with ideas like this and your positional play will improve massively.</li>
</ul>
These and many other lines are extensively covered in this excellent series by an international renown trainer.

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<h2><strong>The Reti</strong></h2>
<ul>
 	<li><a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/reti-smith.jpg"><img class="alignright wp-image-1010163" title="reti smith" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/reti-smith-600x337.jpg" alt="reti smith" width="400" height="225" /></a>Come and learn the GMs special recommendations on the Reti, GM Smith will show you the dangers white may face if he tries to exploit the early development of the light-squared Bishop via Qb3, Black can play Nc6! sacrificing a pawn but getting a nice play after Qxb7 Bd7! and white must play carefully here. If you want to avoid this line, GM Smith has a sound option that will ensure you a safe but energic play where Black has to be alert not to get caught!</li>
 	<li>It's always useful to know what happens when Black takes on the c4 pawn! Maybe you won't be facing this very often as this capture seems counter-intuitive but you'd better be ready to face this over the board! Well, GM Smith will show you exactly how to play here.</li>
 	<li><a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/reti-lemos.jpg"><img class="wp-image-1010223 alignright" title="reti lemos" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/reti-lemos-600x338.jpg" alt="reti lemos" width="400" height="225" /></a>After developing your central control on hypermodern style, learn to perform breakthrough at the precise moment when white plays e4! sometimes even at the cost of a pawn that will pay huge dividends.</li>
 	<li>Also, you have to keep in mind that transpositions are a constant in the Reti, so the c4 move can be delayed, or even never performed! GM Lemos will show us how to proceed with this approach against several Black's choices.</li>
 	<li><img class="alignright wp-image-828778" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/reti.jpg" alt="Anti-Reti for Black" width="250" height="250" />If this wasn't enough, you will have a couple of videos on how to play against the Reti as Black, starting with a fianchetto of the queenside bishop and looking to play …e5 when possible.</li>
</ul>
These and many other lines are extensively covered in this excellent series by internationally renown trainers.

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<h2>The Ruy Lopez Arkhangelsk Variation</h2>
IM Ris will give you the tools to dominate a sharp variation to fight against the Ruy López.
<h3><strong><a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/robert-ris-arkhangelsk.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-1062699 alignright" title="robert ris arkhangelsk" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/robert-ris-arkhangelsk-600x336.jpg" alt="robert ris arkhangelsk" width="600" height="336" /></a>The Arkhangelsk</strong></h3>
The Arkhangelsk Defence was popularized by Soviet players from the city of Arkhangelsk such as GM Vladimir Malaniuk. This line often leads to sharp positions in which Black wagers that the fianchettoed bishop's influence on the centre and kingside will offset Black's delay in castling.

In the first part of this course, IM Robert Ris looks at the Arkhangelsk Variation which begins with <strong>1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bb7</strong>, and looks at <strong>how to play as Black after 7.c3, 7.Re1, and 7.d3</strong>. This variation often leads to sharp positions as both sides battle for the center.
<h3><strong>The Neo-Arkhangelsk</strong></h3>
<img class="wp-image-1056026 sp-no-webp alignleft" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/neo-akhangelsk-ruy-lopez.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" srcset="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/neo-akhangelsk-ruy-lopez.jpg 300w, https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/neo-akhangelsk-ruy-lopez-100x100.jpg 100w" alt="Ruy Lopez Neo Arkhangelsk" />The second part of the course is devoted to the so-called Neo-Arkhangelsk variation of the Ruy Lopez begins with the moves <strong>1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb4 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5</strong> (diagram).

This is different from the Arkhangelsk Variation where Black plays 6..Bb7. In the Neo-Arkhangelsk (or Modern Arkhangelsk), Black won’t look to fianchetto the light-squared bishop, but instead wants to play ..Bg4 at some point in order to increase pressure on White’s center.

The main move from White is <strong>7.a4</strong>, which is explained in the first video by IM Robert Ris. Other options for White on move 7 like <strong>7.d3</strong>, and <strong>7.c3</strong>, will also be explored.
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Overview

The Video Encyclopedia of Chess Openings Mega Bundle

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Whether you want to learn a new chess opening or refine your existing opening repertoire, the Video Encyclopedia of Chess Openings is for you. THe world’s top chess players and trainers show you the main ideas and the latest theory on openings like the English Opening, the Nimzo-Indian Defense, the King’s Indian Defense, the Open Catalan, and the Reti.

About the authors:

GM Mihail Marin

Mihail Marin is a Romanian chess Grandmaster and a very popular chess coach and author. Marin’s first major success in international chess was qualifying for the Interzonal in 1987.

He has won the Romanian Championships on three occasions and has played in the Chess Olympiads ten times, winning a bronze individual medal in 1988. For several years he was editor of the magazine Chess Extra press.

GM Mihail Marin is one of the most respected coaches in the world today having trained the young Judit Polgar and being praised for his ability to explain deep chess truths in a way improving players can understand.

GM Damian Lemos

Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina with a peak rating of 2559 Elo.

In his lessons, Damian works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected.

By developing specifically-tailored training regimens for every one of his students, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches dream of.

GM Eugene Perelshteyn

Eugene Perelshteyn is an international grandmaster and chess author. He earned the International Master title in 2001 and obtained his Grandmaster title in 2006. He won the U.S. Junior Closed Championship in 2000.

Perelshteyn is currently one of the top players in the United States, his rating hitting a peak of 2555 Elo.

He started playing chess when he was seven years old, taught by his father Mikhail Perelshteyn, a professional chess coach. At the age of 10, he played in his first tournaments.

In 2001, Perelshteyn was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship by the US Chess Trust. After taking two years off from school in order to play chess professionally, Perelshteyn returned to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and graduated in 2004.

GM Bryan Smith

American Grandmaster and chess coach. GM Smith has won many international tournaments including Limpedea Cup (Romania), Citta di Erba (Italy), Easter International (Serbia), Philadelphia International, National Chess Congress, US Masters, etc.

Grandmaster Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Some of his accomplishments include first place in the 2008 National Chess Congress, 2009 National Chess Congress, 2010 Philadelphia International, and 2011 Limpedea Cup.

IM Robert Ris

Ris learned how to play chess from his father when he was eight years old, and started playing in SV Amstelveen. In 2002 he started playing for SC Utrecht, and, later, in other clubs.

In the same year, he also won the Open Dutch Youth Chess Championship, which he had also won the D category (up to 12 years) in 1999. Ris has been an international chess coach since 2007. He was also part of the selection of Young Orange.

How is this course going to help me?

The English Opening

GM Damian Lemos shows you the ideas behind the opening and teaches you how to treat the English Opening as a Reversed Sicilian (with an extra tempo!)

Then Mihail Marin (family friend of the Polgars and the guy Jeremy Silman described as “one of the world’s finest chess writers”) takes over, giving you the in-depth theory that is going to help you dominate your rivals this year.

Black can go for very different structures, depending on their 5th move choice. You need to know how to meet 5…Nf6, 5…e6, 5…d6 and 5…e5.

GM Marin identifies the weak points in each of these setups, pinpointing the move-orders that give Black the biggest problems.

englishopeningEnglish Opening Reversed Sicilian – GM Damian Lemos

After playing 1.c4, it’s completely possible that our rival answers with 1…e5, where we’ll have the choice of playing a reversed Sicilian with an extra tempo.

We’ll use as a model the game Ding Liren – Michael Adams, both elite players, who clashed at the Tata Steel Masters in 2016. In this game we learn a lot from the bishops located on e3 and g2, and GM Lemos shows you when you should and when you shouldn’t be trading these pieces.

Don’t miss the chance to get into the Sicilian labyrinth with an extra tempo!

English Opening Symmetrical – GM Mihail Marin

There is also the chance that Black will play 1…c5 and we will go to an English Opening Symmetrical: 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 then after 5.Nc3 Black has many options that will be covered in the following chapters.

  • englishmarinEnglish Opening Symmetrical, 5…Nf6 – GM Mihail Marin
  • English Opening, Symmetrical Closed with 5…e6 – GM Mihail Marin
  • English Opening, Symmetrical with 5…e5 – GM Mihail Marin
  • English Opening, Symmetrical with 5…d6 – GM Mihail Marin

The Nimzo-Indian

You will learn GM secrets to play the Nimzo-Indian like a true professional along 8 great lessons from expert Grandmasters.

GM Eugene Perelshteyn, a renowned Nimzo expert who has often played the opening with Black throughout his career, has produced a series of videos on the different variations in the Nimzo Indian Defense.

The Nimzo Indian Defense: A Surprising Idea For Black Against The Capablanca Variation (4.Qc2)

againstqc2One of the most testing variations for White against the Nimzo Indian Defense is the move 4.Qc2, known as the Capablanca variation.

With this move, White not only protects the knight on c3 in order to avoid doubled pawns after …Bxc3, but also keeps an eye on the e4-square to seize even more space in the center.

GM Eugene Perelshteyn, a renowned expert on the Nimzo Indian Defense, takes a look at a surprisingly easy-to-learn variation to neutralize White’s pressure. He recommends the relatively rare move 4…Nc6 (4…d5, 4…0-0 and 4…c5 are the main moves).

adorjangambitNimzo-Indian Adorjan Gambit – GM Damian Lemos

iChess’ own Damian Lemos treats you to a stunning choice while playing the Nimzo-Indian, the surprising gambit line 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 bxc3 6.Qxc3 b5! Better known as the Adorjan Gambit, this is a sharp and dangerous weapon that you will love to unleash against your rivals!

The King’s Indian Defense

You will learn all the subtleties of the KID, playing against the Four Pawns, the Averbakh, and the Sämisch Variations!

  • GM Lemos’ recommendations for black:
    Challenge White’s center with …c5! This gambit smashes open the position in our favor – suddenly our Bg7 is breathing FIRE down the long diagonal, our queen is pressuring c3, all our pieces jump into position, and we’re ready to attack the uncastled king.
  • Play on both sides of the board. White attacks on the queenside, Black on the kingside, right? Get better results by taking on White directly on the queenside while staying ready to pounce on the kingside.
  • Trusted setup. Keep things simple by sticking to similar setups against every variation. By learning this system inside-out, you will develop your intuitive feel for any position you end up in. Of course, you need to learn the exceptions too – and they are covered in the lessons.

kidb4And if you play with White, you will love the powerful lines you will learn:

Easy development.
Safe kingside.
BIG surprise factor. (What would you play here? Bd3? Be2? c4? The killer move, incredibly, is b4!!)
A lethal queenside attack that 90% of your opponents will have no idea how to stop!

Bear in mind that most players will try their trusted King’s Indian setups (…d6 instead of …d5, for example). This plays right into our hands.

All the lessons will prove invaluable no matter which side of the King’s Indian you’re on.

Every move, every line, has been checked by the engine and tested in practice.

The Open Catalan

  • Open Catalan With 5...bd7, 9...0-0-0 - Im Robert Ris (ichess Club)Learn what to play when White opts to play 7.dxc5. At first, this looks pretty harmless for Black, however, this is a trendy move at the moment and it is something Black should take the time to study in order not to get caught out over the board.
  • After the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2. (See the diagram)IM Ris also takes a look at how play continues when Black plays 5…Bd7. With this move, Black is trying to ease the pressure along the long diagonal by playing …Bc6 soon.
  • In another chapter, IM Ris takes a look at how play continues when White plays 7.Ne5, or the currently trendy move of 7.Na3.
  • King safety and killer counters. Don’t just castle out of habit… keeping the king in the center can be both the safest and most aggressive option!
  • Human ideas, engine checked. IM Ris shows how elite GMs play the positions in each variation, so you understand the resulting middlegames. And every line, every suggestion, is checked by an engine so there are no nasty surprises.
  • Masterful maneuvering. Focus on the important things in the position (like control of the a8-h1 diagonal) and you will usually get an advantage – even if you have to play irregular moves like Nfd2 and Na3! Familiarize yourself with ideas like this and your positional play will improve massively.

These and many other lines are extensively covered in this excellent series by an international renown trainer.

PLUS over 500 GM games in the Catalan…

We’ve put together a 500+ game PGN of recent (2019-) games in the Catalan – the perfect resource for finding new ideas once you’ve mastered everything in this course.

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The Reti

  • reti smithCome and learn the GMs special recommendations on the Reti, GM Smith will show you the dangers white may face if he tries to exploit the early development of the light-squared Bishop via Qb3, Black can play Nc6! sacrificing a pawn but getting a nice play after Qxb7 Bd7! and white must play carefully here. If you want to avoid this line, GM Smith has a sound option that will ensure you a safe but energic play where Black has to be alert not to get caught!
  • It’s always useful to know what happens when Black takes on the c4 pawn! Maybe you won’t be facing this very often as this capture seems counter-intuitive but you’d better be ready to face this over the board! Well, GM Smith will show you exactly how to play here.
  • reti lemosAfter developing your central control on hypermodern style, learn to perform breakthrough at the precise moment when white plays e4! sometimes even at the cost of a pawn that will pay huge dividends.
  • Also, you have to keep in mind that transpositions are a constant in the Reti, so the c4 move can be delayed, or even never performed! GM Lemos will show us how to proceed with this approach against several Black’s choices.
  • Anti-Reti for BlackIf this wasn’t enough, you will have a couple of videos on how to play against the Reti as Black, starting with a fianchetto of the queenside bishop and looking to play …e5 when possible.

These and many other lines are extensively covered in this excellent series by internationally renown trainers.

PLUS over 1000 GM games in the Reti…

We’ve put together a 1000+ game PGN of recent (2019-) games in The Reti – the perfect resource for finding new ideas once you’ve mastered everything in this course.

The Ruy Lopez Arkhangelsk Variation

IM Ris will give you the tools to dominate a sharp variation to fight against the Ruy López.

robert ris arkhangelskThe Arkhangelsk

The Arkhangelsk Defence was popularized by Soviet players from the city of Arkhangelsk such as GM Vladimir Malaniuk. This line often leads to sharp positions in which Black wagers that the fianchettoed bishop’s influence on the centre and kingside will offset Black’s delay in castling.

In the first part of this course, IM Robert Ris looks at the Arkhangelsk Variation which begins with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bb7, and looks at how to play as Black after 7.c3, 7.Re1, and 7.d3. This variation often leads to sharp positions as both sides battle for the center.

The Neo-Arkhangelsk

Ruy Lopez Neo ArkhangelskThe second part of the course is devoted to the so-called Neo-Arkhangelsk variation of the Ruy Lopez begins with the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb4 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 (diagram).

This is different from the Arkhangelsk Variation where Black plays 6..Bb7. In the Neo-Arkhangelsk (or Modern Arkhangelsk), Black won’t look to fianchetto the light-squared bishop, but instead wants to play ..Bg4 at some point in order to increase pressure on White’s center.

The main move from White is 7.a4, which is explained in the first video by IM Robert Ris. Other options for White on move 7 like 7.d3, and 7.c3, will also be explored.

PLUS over 200 GM games in the Arkhangelsk…

We’ve put together a 200+ game PGN of recent (2019-) games in the Arkhangelsk and Neo-Arkhangelsk – the perfect resource for finding new ideas once you’ve mastered everything in this course.

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Content Outline

Chapter List

The English Opening

  1. English Opening Reversed Sicilian
  2. English Opening Symmetrical, 5…Nf6
  3. English Opening, Symmetrical Closed with 5…e6
  4. English Opening, Symmetrical with 5…e5
  5. English Opening, Symmetrical with 5…d6
  6. English Opening: New Trends In The Symmetrical Variation
  7. Win With The English Opening Against The Symmetrical Variation

The Nimzo Indian

  1. Nimzo Indian: A Surprising Idea For Black Against The Capablanca Variation (4.Qc2) – GM Eugene Perelshteyn
  2. Nimzo Indian: Win Against The 4.f3 Variation – GM Eugene Perelshteyn
  3. Nimzo Indian: Beat The Saemisch Variation (4.a3) with Black – GM Eugene Perelshteyn
  4. Nimzo-Indian Rubinstein Variation with 5.Bd3/5.Nf3 – GM Eugene Perelshteyn
  5. Nimzo-Indian Rubinstein Variation with 4.e3 – GM Eugene Perelshteyn
  6. Nimzo-Indian Fianchetto Variation 4.g3 – GM Eugene Perelshteyn
  7. Nimzo-Indian Adorjan Gambit – GM Damian Lemos

The King’s Indian Defense

  1. KID Four Pawns Attack.
  2. KID Sämisch Varation Part 1.
  3. KID Sämisch Variation Part 2.
  4. KID Averbakh Variation.
  5. Anti-KID Nbd2.
  6. Anti-KID Bg5, Nbd2.
  7. Anti-KID Bf4, Nc3.

The Open Catalan

  1. Open Catalan with 7.dxc5
  2. Open Catalan with 5…Bd7, 9…0-0-0
  3. Open Catalan with 7.Na3 and 7.Ne5
  4. Open Catalan with 7.Qa4
  5. Open Catalan 5…Bd7, Move 6 Alternatives
  6. Open Catalan with 5…Bd7, 9…Rd8

The Reti

  1. Lesson 1 on The Reti – GM Bryan Smith
  2. Lesson 2 on The Reti – GM Bryan Smith
  3. Lesson 3 on The Reti – GM Bryan Smith
  4. Reti Opening: Slav Defense With …Bf5 – GM Damian Lemos
  5. Reti Opening: Slav Defense With …Bg4 – GM Damian Lemos
  6. How to Play Against the Reti Part 1 – GM Damian Lemos
  7. How to Play Against the Reti Part 2 – GM Damian Lemos