Can IM Daniel Rensch teach you 40 openings in a single video?
On Throwback Thursday, enjoy a crash course in pawn structure for every main-line chess opening.
In this fast-paced lesson, IM Rensch surveys the key elements of the openings, and shows you the crucial ideas for each arising structure.
If you’re a chess beginner, there isn’t a better video for your opening repertoire. If you’re a more advanced player, take this as a refresher course. | Watch video
The d6/e5 pawn structure for Black in the Sicilian is one of the most common patters. It's time you got to know the plans and themes for both sides! GM Khachiyan doesn't need to dig deep in his vault. Instead, why not show off a recent game from the red-hot GM Ivan Saric? That's right - not all Croatians went to the Dalmatian Coast this summer. Some were beating Super-GMs and rising in the ranks; Saric may well soon crack the top 50 if he keeps this up! | Watch video
If you want to see a superb demonstration of knight usage, look not further than GM Alejandro Ramirez's game from this year's U.S. Championship. First he offers an exchange, then he builds up a rock-solid pawn structure and makes Black's king walk the plank. The extra pawns prove useful, and with a losing endgame only getting worse, GM Mackenzie Molner commits Hari-kiri by mating himself. | Watch video
GM Dzindzi wants to be a trend setter. For years he has played and studied 3...d6 in the Spanish Game and he can't figure out any clear route to an advantage for White. Today you'll see more of why he thinks top players will eventually switch from the Berlin to the Steinitz. He covers all the missing gaps from part one, including early c3 and c4 systems, as well as similarities to pawn structures from other openings like the Yugoslav attack in the Dragon. Be a trend setter and play the Steinitz! | Watch video
What's better than beating a world-class GM? How about having him congratulate you afterward! Watch GM Simon Williams show no fear by playing the Classical Dutch against GM Boris Gelfand (OK, he was quite nervous). Today you'll see why an early ...a5 is the suggested antidote to an early b4. The Stonewall pawn structure is also recommended, but that trademark kingside attack is still there in waiting! | Watch video