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Master: Openings

FM Kostya Kavutskiy & IM Danny Rensch Avg Rating: 1200 Master

In this course you will get a basic introduction to 10 different "tournament level" openings. These are tried and true openings that have been played by many Grandmasters all throughout history. This final course is designed to help you gain the knowledge of what is most commonly played, so that you might take the first steps of choosing and preparing an opening repertoire.

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  • The Sicilian Defense

    The Sicilian Defense is one of Black's most reliable responses to 1.e4. Along with 1...e5 -- which you've seen in the majority of the opening lessons throughout this series of opening courses so far -- 1...c5 is one of Black's most popular approaches against 1.e4 by White. The Sicilian is extremely common at all levels of play because it usually leads to complicated and tactical positions, with dynamic opportunities for both sides.
  • The Caro-Kann Defense

    In this lesson you will be introduced to the Caro-Kann Defense, one of Black's most solid replies to 1.e4. A favorite opening choice of World Champions Mikhail Botvinnik and Anatoly Karpov.
  • The Pirc Defense

    In this lesson you will become acquainted with the Pirc Defense, which is a rarer but perfectly acceptable option for Black.
  • The Queen's Gambit

    In this lesson you will be introduced to the Queen's Gambit, the first of many queen pawn openings (White plays 1.d4).
  • The Slav Defense

    In this lesson you'll be introduced to the Slav Defense, one of Black's classic and most solid defenses to 1.d4.
  • The Nimzo-Indian Defense

    In this lesson you'll learn about the Nimzo-Indian defense, named after Aron Nimzowitsch, who was one of the most influential chess players of the early 20th century.
  • The Grunfeld Defense

    In this lesson you will be introduced to the Grunfeld Defense, one of the first openings in the hypermodern school of chess.
  • The King's Indian Defense

    In this lesson you will learn about the King's Indian Defense, one of Black's most dynamic replies to 1.d4.
  • The English Opening

    In this lesson you'll be introduced to the English Opening, which is characterized by the move 1.c4!
  • The Reti Opening

    In this lesson you will learn about the Reti Opening, named after chess legend Richard Reti.

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