Popular Chess Openings
Dzindzichashvili offers his analysis and insight on openings, covering aggressive play, tricks, traps and sound and unsound practices.
Dzindzichashvili on Openings - Chess Lecture - Volume 14
With International Master Bill Paschall
Is opening theory out of control? IM Bill Paschall takes us through a series of games where he used sound chess principals but stayed outside conventional opening methods. This confused his opponents and took them outside of their game. See his examples and learn how once you know the rules, you can break them and win!
Who Needs Openings? - Chess Lecture - Volume 90
by IM Bill Paschall
Bill explains opening concepts in abstract and then shows several concrete examples of new ways to apply openings to keep your opponent on edge. Bill also discusses his philosophy on creative openings and how to look for new material to add to your own personal arsenal.
Creative Opening Concepts - Chess Lecture - Volume 118
IM Valeri shares the lessons he uses for his 1 on 1 personal instruction with his students on opening theory. Learn about the principles of openings, opening initiative, how to play against unfamiliar openings and building your own personal repertoire of openings.
Tiger Lilov’s Chess Secrets Volume 1: Opening Play - Chess Lecture - Volume 146
The Tactical Grob This book is on the chess opening known as Grob's Attack. This chess opening starts with 1. g2-g4 or, in Descriptive Notation, 1. P-KN4. Once thought of as a joke, the Grob Opening is a very dangerous opening to both the white and black sides in chess.
The Tactical Grob
This is Henry Grob's groundbreaking work written in German on the move 1. g2-g4. The Grob opening is a very dangerous opening to both the white and black sides in chess.
Grob's Angriff - GERMAN EDITION
FIDE master Eric Schiller presents the opening in all its glory with detailed opening analysis and over. The complete illustrative games in this book you will find all you need to know to take up it as black and confront your opponents from the very earliest stages of the game.
Fly the Pterodactyl
A Complete Chess Opening Repertoire For Black
Are you constantly struggling with the black pieces? Cant make up your mind which openings to play? Are you looking for something new: an all-in-one solution to your problems? Look no further! In this original book, Christoph Wisnewski, who is renowned for his innovative and adventurous opening ideas, provides the reader with an ambitious and all-encompassing repertoire for Black against every main line opening that White can play, based on the initial move 1...Nc6.
EBOOK - Play 1... Nc6
The Trompowsky Attack is well known as an ambitious and aggressive opening. Initially an offbeat line favoured by club players, in recent history it has undergone somewhat of a transformation. Thanks to the efforts and innovations of Grandmasters such as Mickey Adams and Julian Hodgson, it has been fine-tuned into a powerful attacking weapon, and today it is seen as an important mainline opening in its own right.
EBOOK - Starting Out - The Trompowsky
The Benko Gambit is undoubtedly one of Black's most dynamic openings. In return for his pawn investment Black gains long-term pressure, which is often so powerful it continues right through into the endgame. White must decide whether to grab the pawn and try to hold on, or to choose a more aggressive approach. Either way, Black generally succeeds in his aim of unbalancing the position from a very early stage.
EBOOK - Play the Benko Gambit
Including the Schmidt Benoni, the Czech Benoni and the Benko Gambit
Ideal for those wanting to understand the basics of Benoni Systems. This book is a study of all the crucial Benoni systems apart from the Modern Benoni. It presents diverse and practical options against the queen's pawn opening for dynamic, tactical players and solid, positional players alike. Included are such daring defenses as the controversial Blumenfeld Counter-Gambit and the Benko Gambit, a favorite with uncompromising Grandmasters such as Veselin Topalov and Vassily Ivanchuk.
EBOOK - Starting Out - Benoni Systems
Dealing with the English, Reti, King's Indian Attack and Other Annoying Systems
Beating Unusual Chess Openings is a godsend to those chess players fed up with struggling against all opening moves other than White's main two: 1 e4 and 1 d4. From the respectable (English Opening, Reti and King's Indian Attack) through to the off-beat (Nimzo-Larsen Attack, Bird's Opening) and the totally bizarre (Orangutan, Grob); everything Black needs to know about facing unusual openings is covered within these pages.
EBOOK - Beating Unusual Chess Openings
Shock Your Opponents with the Sokolsky
Do you wish to surprise your opponents on the first move? Do you enjoy playing creatively from the beginning of the game? Look no further than 1 b4! With this aggressive pawn lunge White takes the game into relatively unknown territory and forces Black players onto their own devices. Those facing 1 b4 are not allowed to fall into the comfort zone of established theory; instead they have to think for themselves from very early on.
EBOOK - Play 1. b4
From relative obscurity to one of White's favorite queen's pawn openings, the rise in popularity of the Trompowsky Attack over the last decade or so has been quite staggering. Largely inspired by a group of English players headed by Julian Hodgson and Michael Adams, the "Tromp" has been enthusiastically taken up by club players and Grandmasters alike. Even the World number one Garry Kasparov has tried his hand at this dynamic opening.
EBOOK - Trompowsky
Founded in 2005 ChessLecture.com is one of the largest chess instructional libraries in the world. Our lectures are created and presented by Grand Masters, International Masters and National Masters and contain excellent instruction by experienced players for the chess enthusiast.
Openings Overview - a4,b4,g4,h4,1.e4, 1.d4, 1.c4/Nf3 - Chess Lecture - Volume 13
Play ...g6, ....Bg7 and ...c5!
The Sniper is a dynamic and universal opening weapon for Black which can be used against all mainline openings. Black's system of development with ...g6 and ...Bg7 initially allows White to occupy the centre but, in true hypermodern style, Black strikes back immediately with ...c5. The Sniper can lead to original or barely-known positions in which Black can strive for the initiative. It's also rich in move-order possibilities, with potential transpositions into Sicilian, King's Indian or Benko-type positions.
EBOOK - The Sniper
by the Masters of ChessLecture.com
GM Jesse Kraai gets us over the tired notion that everything worth playing has already been played. In this series Jesse reviews how to use 1 b6… against various openings including Reti Nf3 b6, English Defense 1.d4 e6 3.c4 b6, Kings Pawn 1.e4, English 1.c4 and the Birds 1.f4.
The B6 Files - A Hypermodern System Aiming To Attack the Center from the Sides - Chess Lecture - Volume 121
A Repertoire for Black Against 1. e4
Former US Open Champion Timothy Taylor takes a contemporary look at one of Black's most ambitious counters to 1 e4, the Alekhine Defence. This is a sharp opening in which Black attacks from the very beginning, luring White's central pawns forward in the expectation of destroying them later on.
EBOOK - Alekhine Alert
Hosted by GM Eugene Perelshteyn
Alexander Alekhine a Russian World Chess Champion is often considered one of the greatest chess players ever. He became the fourth World Chess Champion by defeating José Raúl Capablanca, who was widely considered invincible. Alekhine is known for his fierce and imaginative attacking style, combined with great positional and endgame skill. Here Bill shows us four of Alekhine’s stunning games.
Studies In: Alekhine Defense - Chess Lecture Volume 111
Alekhine's Defense is a hyper-modern chess opening that begins with the moves: 1.e4 NF6. This bizarre defense, introduced by the chess champion Alekhine and later practiced by Gruenfeld, is the extreme in hyper-modern openings because of its unbalanced nature provoking a weakness in White's center pawns.
Studies in: Alekhine's Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 145
Dazzle Your Opponents!
In this book, four renowned opening experts get together to take a revolutionary look at the Benoni, the Benko and all their associated variations. Instead of traveling down well-trodden and analyzed paths, they concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations, selecting a wealth of 'dangerous' options for both colors. Whether playing White or Black, a study of this book will leave you confident and fully-armed, and your opponents running for cover!
EBOOK - Dangerous Weapons - Benoni and Benko
The Budapest Gambit is an ambitious and adventurous opening for Black, who offers a pawn as early as the second move in return for active and rapid development. It has always been a particular favorite at club level, where it still provides a surprise weapon, but it has also been utilized with success by top-class Grandmasters.
EBOOK - The Budapest Gambit
In part 2 of the series IM Valeri Lilov examines a sharp repertoire for both black and white. A complete system you can employ in your own games! Valeri's take on theory is both aggressive and based on sound strategic principles. He examines White e 4 and one good line of play for all of Black's possible responses with the Budapest Gambit. Also, how White can respond to the Budapest Gambit and how to respond to deviations on most of the various openings including with the Grand Prix attack.
An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player Lectures 5-9 - Chess Lecture - Volume 81
by GM Eugene Perelshteyn and FM Dennis Monokroussos
The Budapest Gambit (or Budapest Defense) begins with the moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2. C4 e5 The Budapest Gambit contains several specific strategic themes. In numerous variations the move c4–c5 allows White to gain space and to open prospects for his light-square bishop. For Black, the check Bf8–b4+ often allows rapid development.Once used by Vidmar to beat Rubinstein convincingly in just 24 moves.
Studies in: The Budapest Gambit - Chess Lecture - Volume 131
Dazzle Your Opponents
Are you tired of playing the same old openings again and again? Perhaps it's time for a change: choose Dangerous Weapons and amaze your opponents with new and exciting opening ideas! In this book, three opening specialists get together to take a revolutionary look at the Caro-Kann. In doing so they take the road less travelled and concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations - selecting a wealth of 'dangerous' options for both colours.
EBOOK - Dangerous Weapons - Caro-Kann
A Complete Chess Opening Repertoire Against 1. e4
In this book, International Master Jovanka Houska presents the reader with a concise and trustworthy repertoire within the Caro-Kann, providing a solution against all of White's main options, and efficient methods to deal with tricky sidelines. Houska examines the important tactical and strategic plans for both sides, arming the reader with enough information to begin playing the Caro-Kann with confidence in their own games.
EBOOK - Play the Caro-Kann
In this easy-to-read guide, Grandmaster Joe Gallagher goes back to the basics of the Caro-Kann, studying the key principles of its many variations. Throughout the book there is an abundance of notes, tips, warnings and exercises to help the improving player, while important strategies, ideas and tactics for both sides are clearly illustrated.
E-BOOK - Starting Out - Caro-Kann
Hosted by IM David Vigorito
The Caro-Kann is a solid defense against e4. This opening has seen steady growth in popularity in recent years. Employed by such greats such as Kasparov and Karpov. Here David examines some sharp and some simple lines as well as a game where he was beaten in the Caro-Kann.
Studies in the Caro Kann Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 101
by GM Eugene Perelshteyn
GM Perelshtyen shows how to employ the Exchange Variation as he often has at the GM Level. The Exchange Variation 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 is a very subtle line for white to fight for a long-term positional advantage based on a rapid development of your two bishops that will make it very difficult in turn for black to develop his bishops to active diagonals.
The Caro-Kann Exchange Variation from White's Perspective - Chess Lecture Volume 112
by IM David Vigorito and IM Bryan Smith
David covers the main line and variations including Classical, Advanced for Black. Bryan gives us two lectures on the Fantasy or Tartakower variation.
Studies in: The Caro-Kann Defense 2 - Chess Lecture - Volume 116
by IM Bill Paschall
The Panov–Botvinnik Attack begins with the move 4.c4. It is named after Vasily Panov and the world champion Mikhail Botvinnik. This system often leads to typical isolated queen’s pawn (IQP) positions, with White obtaining rapid development, a grip on e5, and kingside attacking chances to compensate for the long-term structural weakness of the isolated d4-pawn. Here Bill shows you a system that has become the standard for experienced players.
A Trendy Answer in the Panov Botvinnik - Chess Lecture - Volume 114
The Catalan is a sophisticated and wide-ranging opening system which is popular at all levels of chess. In recent years it has been catapulted into the limelight by Vladimir Kramnik, who has revitalized it with many new ideas and has utilized it with great success against the world's strongest players - on occasion making it look like a forced win for White!
EBOOK - Play the Catalan
Hosted by IM David Vigorito
In the Catalan opening, White adopts a combination of the Queen’s Gambit and Reti Opening. White plays d4 and c4 and fianchettos the white bishop on g2. A common opening sequence is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3. The Catalan derives its name from Catalonia—a nation inside of Spain. Used by Kramnik three times in the World Chess Championship in 2006, the Catalan has recently gained a good deal of attention by high-level GMs. It was also played four times by Anand in the World Chess Championship in 2010 against Topalov, Vigorito explains that game and others in this DVD.
Opening Trends 3 - The Catalan - Chess Lecture - Volume 103
Dazzle Your Opponents!
Perhaps it's time for a change and here's the answer: choose Dangerous Weapons and amaze your opponents with new and exciting opening ideas! In this book, three renowned opening experts get together to take a revolutionary look at the Dutch Defense, one of Black's most ambitious answers to 1. d4. In doing so they take the road less traveled and concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations - selecting a wealth of 'dangerous' options for both colors.
EBOOK - Dangerous Weapons - The Dutch
An Opening Repertoire for Black Based on the Leningrad Variation
There's no doubt that the Dutch Defence is one of Black's most enterprising answers to 1 d4. Black strives to unbalance the position by creating an asymmetrical pawn structure on the very first move, giving himself every opportunity to fight for the initiative from the outset. It's no surprise that the Dutch particularly appeals to ambitious players who relish a complicated battle.
EBOOK - Play the Dutch
The Dutch Defence is an ambitious and underrated counter to the queen's pawn opening. With his very first move Black creates an asymmetrical pawn structure, thus unbalancing the position from a very early stage and allowing both White and Black players to fight for the initiative. Black also has many options within the Dutch Defence, from the ultra-solid Stonewall formation through to the fluid Classical System and the dynamic Leningrad Variation.
EBOOK - Starting Out - Dutch Defence