You can’t play the Queen’s Gambit Declined if you don’t know Lasker’s Defense.
Take a lesson on this complex positional set-up from one of the world’s greatest chess theoreticians, GM Gregory Kaidanov.
Learn how to evaluate the opening from both sides in this informative video. | Watch video
GM Gregory Kaidanov continues his Queen’s Gambit primer with one of the most important variations: the Classical.
This historic opening was famously battle-tested in the Alekhine-Capablanca world championship match, and it remains relevant today.
Learn how there is still a lot of play left in this old opening from a master teacher. | Watch video
GM Gregory Kaidanov returns with another world-class lesson on the Queen’s Gambit.
You won’t believe how thoroughly GM Kaidanov teaches you The Cambridge Springs Defense, an opening that Kaidanov considers to be very popular with amateur players.
Learn the ins and outs of this solid opening, and you’ll be ready to unleash the Cambridge Springs Defense in your own games. | Watch video
If you’re going to play the Queen’s Gambit Declined, you’ll need to know several move orders in case your opponent chooses something you weren’t first expecting.
What can Black play against different White move orders? GM Gregory Kaidanov gives you a comprehensive lesson on this important opening topic.
Watch this video to round out your queen’s pawn opening repertoire. | Watch video
In his previous video, GM Gregory Kaidanov taught you everything you need to know about the Carlsbad variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined.
But what if you’re not a Carlsbad fan? What if you find your QGD games steered away from that move order?
GM Kaidanov has you covered with a comprehensive lesson on avoiding the Carlsbad, including a relevant game between two of the greatest world champions of all time. | Watch video
Last time, GM Gregory Kaidanov looked at the classical Carlsbad.
But how do modern grandmasters handle the Carlsbad for Black in the Queen’s Gambit Declined?
Learn the latest theory on Black’s options in this interesting and relevant opening.
You might be surprised about how similar each side’s goals are.
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GM Gregory Kaidanov is back with another installment of his comprehensive Queen’s Gambit Declined video series, and this time he examines the sharp Classical Carlsbad from Black’s point of view.
Learn how some of the best players in the world handled this oft-played structure, and the advances that have been achieved through the years with this set-up.
Don’t forget to check the related links for more information on the Carlsbad and minority attacks. | Watch video
The Queen’s Gambit Declined is one of the most important openings in chess, and GM Gregory Kaidanov begins a new series devoted to it.
Learn the origin, history, basic ideas, move orders, and transpositions of this solid opening. Then dive deep into the variations where the c and d pawns are exchanged early.
The Queen’s Gambit Declined is as relevant as ever today, even making an appearance at the most recent world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand. | Watch video
In GM Kaidanov's words, you are about to "witness the victory of spirit over material." True indeed - in the first 15 moves, White's king and queen switched places and he advanced all eight of his pawns! At times it looked like there had been an earthquake on the chessboard, as pieces were scattered everywhere. But nothing compares to one exquisite move by GM Volkov. He found a move that even Houdini didn't find! | Watch video
Who says the sequel is never as good as the original? In Part 2, GM Kaidanov shows the full package of in-between moves. He picks out two world champion games, a king-and-pawn ending with a myriad of variations, and a game with two intermediate moves in a row. These ideas are subtle and hard to see - while navigating a long series in your head, it is really easy overlook these distracting moves. The more you study it, the better chance you'll be ready when the time comes! | Watch video