Do you want an exciting and aggressive option against 1. d4?
GM Simon Williams has a hypermodern opening for you to try: the English Defense.
Learn the basics of this offbeat defense and use it to throw off your opponent from the very beginning of the game. | Watch video
Do you know one of the most flexible openings against 1. d4?
GM Eugene Perelshteyn continues his theme on powerful attacking pawn chains with a lesson on the King’s Indian Defense, which is often the preferred system for aggressive players against the queen’s pawn opening.
GM Perelshteyn shows you all the relevant lines in this opening to achieve an attack with its signature central pawn chain. | Watch video
Sure, the Closed Spanish, Open Spanish and Berlin have all been popular at times in the last 30 years, but don't forget about another solid variation against the Lopez: the Steinitz Defense. Players looking for a solid structure with a minimal space disadvantage might just catch their opponents by surprise with 3...d6. Today GM Dzindzichashvili focuses on 4. d4 and both possible recaptures. If it is good enough for a preeminent theoretician, it it surely good enough for you! | Watch video
Back by popular demand, GM Ben Finegold begins a three-part series on his favorite defense to 1. d4 - the Chigorin. He promises you'll get an exciting position that you'll know better than White. Today he focuses on some pedestrian replies from the first player, but they also happen to be the most common moves. Watch and see that even though Ben knows a ton about the opening, he once had a 7-year-old student teach him something new! | Watch video
Want a unique system against the Closed Sicilian? No longer do you have to just drop knights into d4. GM Khachiyan shows that leaving the long dark-squared diagonal open can restrain all of White's queenside pieces. The king's bishop is the lion tamer, and the circus of pieces is definitely more enjoyable from Black's seat. White's thrusts go nowhere, and once the center collapses and the c-file opens, it is him wearing the clown suit. | Watch video