Popular Chess Openings
Playing 1.e4 with White is often associated with having to know reams of opening theory but this does not have to be the case.
1. e4 for the Creative Attacker - Nigel Davies
In his DVD series on the French Defence, Rustam Kasimdzhanov presents a promising White repertoire based upon 3.Nc3
BEATING THE FRENCH - Rustam Kasimdzhanov - VOLUME 2
On this Chessbase DVD, International Master Andrew Martin will teach you all the nuts and bolts of this fascinating opening, showing you when to duck and when to punch with Black and tackles some of the most critical move-orders of the day.
ABC of the Modern Benoni - Andrew Martin
Especially against stronger opponents, 2.c3 is an excellent weapon.
Sicilian Defense with 2. c3 Alapin Variation - Sergei Tiviakov
The Closed Sicilian, by Nigel Davies is produced by Chessbase as part of the Fritz Trainer Opening series.
Closed Sicilian - Nigel Davies
In this modern update Andrew Martin considers nine, new, interesting and important games, most involving strong grandmasters, which demonstrate that this is one of Black’s best defences to 1.d4.
ABC of the Modern Slav - Andrew Martin - 2nd Edition
The French defence is a very powerful opening against 1.e4-players who plays aggressively.
French Defense - Ari Ziegler
On this ChessBase DVD, International Master Andrew Martin makes a compelling case for playing the Leningrad in competitive games and demonstrates that this is the ideal opening for players willing to embrace risk and who like to WIN.
ABC of the Leningrad Dutch - Andrew Martin
The Sicilian Dragon is one of the most extensively analysed openings in the entire realm of chess theory.
ABC of the Sicilian Dragon - Andrew Martin
With ''The Queen's Indian – The easy way'', IM Jacob Aagaard presents a new DVD which, together with his previously published work on the Nimzo-Indian Defence, forms an almost complete black repertoire against 1.d4 and 2.c4
Queen's Indian Defense: The Easy Way - Jacob Aagaard
The Scheveningen Sicilian is central to an understanding of all the individual versions of the most popular response to the move 1.e4 - including the related Najdorf system.
Scheveningen Sicilian - Lubomir Ftacnik
In his DVD series on the French Defence, Rustam Kasimdzhanov presents a promising White repertoire based on 3.Nc3.
BEATING THE FRENCH - Rustam Kasimdzhanov - VOLUME 3
1...d6 can be used as a universal defense against every White opening.
1...d6 Universal - Nigel Davies
The Czech Benoni has never quite made it to the top of the charts as a reply to 1 d4.
ABC of the Czech Benoni - Andrew Martin
The Scotch Game by Nigel Davies is a lively alternative to the Ruy Lopez which has found favor amongst many leading Grandmasters.
Scotch Game - Nigel Davies
Torre Attack, with 1.d4 followed by 2.Nf3 and 3.Bg5, is a solid and easy to learn opening system with hidden dynamic potential.
Torre Attack - Nigel Davies
Rock Solid or Flexible - Your Choice!
The Stonewall Dutch is a traditional favourite amongst club players, as it offers Black ready-made attacking plans on the kingside. As Grandmaster Bent Larsen has noted, the Dutch also has the tendency to 'bring out the coward' in opponents, giving it an added practical sting. However, up until the late 1980s, the Stonewall wasn't fully trusted at grandmaster level, despite its earlier use by Alekhine and Botvinnik. Black's attacking plans were too one-sided, and White's methods too well worked out.
Win With The Stonewall Dutch
The Modern Benoni is a fighting defence that will suit players aiming for active play rather than patient defence.
The variations 4.f3 and the Sämisch, which are presented on this CD, are ideally suited to fight the Nimzo Indian.
Nimzo Indian 4. f3
When playing as White, if you do not want to enter sharp opening systems, you would do better to fight against the Dragon by castling short. These specific variations are the theme of Rogozenko‘s CD Dragon 1.
Sicilian Dragon 1
The Sicilian Sveshnikov variation is a increasingly popular line in the Sicilian Defense.
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There is little doubt that, with its numerous sub-systems, the Sicilian Defence represents a powerful challenge for anyone who plays 1.e4.
Sicilian Alapin System
The Meran Variation is an extremely dynamic opening, and its no coincidence that it belongs to the opening repertoire of geniusses such as Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand and Shirov.
The Philidor Denfence 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 combines a number of advantages. The black player has a choice of various types of positions - he can play with or without capturing on d4.
This excellent CD is loaded with insightful commentary, and includes several introductory texts, video clips, and middlegame theme keys. In addition, the reader will find training keys and trainings tasks for each game.
Winning in 20 Moves
The Nimzo-Indian is not only one of the most solid openings against 1.d4, but it also suits the player with Black who is aiming from the start for the full point.
The Dragon system of the Sicilian Defence belongs to those openings, which you do not simply play casually, but about which you become passionate.
Sicilian Dragon 2
The Queens Gambit Accepted is one of the classical openings against 1.d4 and has been (is) part of the repertoire of all World Champions.
Queen's Gambit Accepted
The Colle System is rather a playing scheme than an opening.
His first CD is intended first of all for players who already have some experience with the Dragon.
Dragon for Experts
The Pirc Defence is a highly flexible and double-edged opening with which Black can avoid premature simplification and go for the full point.
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A Complete Plan of Attack with 1. d4 and 2. c4
Such has been the acclaim for John Watson's ground-breaking works on modern chess strategy and his insightful opening books, that it is only natural that he now presents a strategic opening repertoire.
A Strategic Chess Opening Repertoire for White
A New Approach to Understanding the Chess Openings
Chess Explained is a new series of books about chess openings. They are not theoretical works in the traditional sense, but more a series of lessons from a chess expert with extensive over-the-board experience with an opening. You will gain an understanding of the opening and the middlegames to which it leads, enabling you to find the right moves and plans in your own games. It is as if you were sitting at the board with a chess coach answering your questions about the plans for both sides, the ideas behind particular moves, and what specific knowledge you need to have.
Chess Explained - The Modern Benoni