The Sicilian is great, but what if you or your opponent choose to avoid the open Sicilian?
You’ve ventured into anti-Sicilian territory.
Join GM Simon Williams in his characteristically “spicy” introduction to the various anti-Sicilian systems, which you simply must know if you ever play 1. e4. | Watch video
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 Babaev has taught you both sides of the King’s Indian Defense and Attack, but what do you do when your opponent starts with e4?
You can still apply the same ideas as the KID by responding with the Pirc.
GM Babaev shows you exactly how to do it, including tips to turn your knight into a monster against a bad bishop. | 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 Simon Williams concludes his comprehensive lesson on the aggressive hybrid Sicilian system known as the Dragodorf.
Learn what to do when White tries to counterpunch with the move a4, and how you can maintain your attacking initiative in this opening.
Find out where GM Williams studies chess the most — is it in a pub or in his office? | Watch video
Do you want an opening to use especially for blitz games?
GM Maxim Dlugy, one of the best blitz players in the world, shows you how to use the Vienna Game to quickly get a good and playable position.
Learn how to throw your opponent off his game when time is ticking down fast! | 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
GM Simon Williams is back with more crucial information on the Dragodorf, a relatively unknown hybrid between the Dragon and the Najdorf.
Use this new opening idea to surprise your opponents and attack them mercilessly.
Learn how GM Williams shocked one of the best players in the world with this novel set-up. | Watch video
You’ve chosen to play the King’s Indian, but how can you expect your games to proceed?
GM Rashad Babaev shows you some quintessential King’s Indian games so you can familiarize yourself with the ideas and goals of the opening.
Learn the common plans crucial for success in this dynamic opening. | 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