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  • A Kaleidoscope of Openings

    Avg Rating: 1702
    A Kaleidoscope of Openings - IM John Grefe Former US Champion Grefe takes the novice and early intermediate level players (USCF or Elo ratings between 1000 and 1500) on a guided tour of many popular openings. Fundamental opening principles such as rapid development, mobility, struggle for control of the center and sound pawn structures are illustrated through practical examples. Grefe also gives numerous examples of tactical possibilities and traps in various innocent looking positions.
  • The Sicilian Defense

    Avg Rating: 1704
    This course contains 41 challenges chosen from all of the important systems in the Sicilian Defense and is suitable for players of all levels. You will learn all of the basic opening principles for both White and Black and also come across many original ideas and novelties. Players with Elo ratings up to 1800 and perhaps even higher will benefit from this course module. Novices may have some difficulty with these challenges, but will gain a good introduction to the Sicilian and the main strategies...
  • The King's Indian Defense

    Avg Rating: 1777
    The King's Indian Defense - FM Thomas Wolski. This module contains 40 challenges chosen from all of the important systems in the King's Indian Defense and is suitable for players of all levels. You will learn all of the basic opening principles for both White and Black and also come across many original ideas and novelties. Players with Elo ratings up to 1800 and perhaps even higher will benefit from this course module. Novices may have some difficulty with these challenges, but will gain a good...
  • First Chess Openings for White

    Avg Rating: 1416
    This course contains a set of lessons on basic chess openings for White that almost all new chess students run into at some point. These are positions you must know how to handle in order to escape the opening alive and take advantage of winning opportunities right from the beginning...
  • Understanding the Colle-Zukertort

    Avg Rating: 1712
    This course is designed to help players improve their opening play in a way that is rarely presented in the books. By going through positions featuring typical ideas it develops and understanding of typical Colle positions. With better PATTERN RECOGNITION players start to get a feel for where their pieces belong in the opening and what they should be trying to do. There are 25 lessons in total, most of which feature positions typical of the Colle-Zukertort (1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 or 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3...
  • First Chess Openings for Black

    Avg Rating: 1475
    This course for beginners provides advice for all the openings you are likely to have to deal with as Black. You'll find out how to avoid the dreaded Fried Liver Attack, cope with the Spanish Inquisition, deal with a variety of gambits and gain an all-purpose defense against all moves other than 1.e4. The suggested lines are not necessarily the ones you'll want to play when you are a more advanced player. We're not going to look at very complicated tactical lines where it is easy to make a fatal...
  • Defeating "Pet Openings"

    Avg Rating: 1593
    This course advices on handling non-mainstream openings. You'll see simple solutions to countering unexpected replies in the opening. We will look at various White approaches and unusual defenses to 1.e4. The openings covered are: 1. Introduction 2. Polish Opening 3. Grob Opening 4. Bird Opening 5. Nimzo-Larsen Opening 6. Reti Opening 7. King's Indian Ataack 8. Colle System 9. London System 10. Torre Attack 11. Blackmar-Diemer Gambit 12. Van Geet Opening 13. Elephant Gambit 14. Damiano...
  • Now What?

    Avg Rating: 1940
    We've all been there: you toss out your opening moves. At times you follow book (or at least think you are following book!), and at other times your opponent leaves book quickly, simply because he doesn't know the line as well as you do. In either case, once the basic moves are out of the way you find yourself pondering a burning question: Now what? Indeed, confusion is king as you find yourself having to reinvent the wheel over and over again. The followup questions haunt you: What's the plan? What...
  • Understanding the London System

    Avg Rating: 1693
    This course has been created so that players can improve their opening play in a way that is rarely presented in the books. By going through positions featuring typical strategies and tactics the reader can develop an understanding of typical positions arising from the London System. Once this better PATTERN RECOGNITION has been acquired, players start to get a feel for where their pieces belong in the opening and what they should be trying to do. There are 15 lessons in total, all of which...
  • Understanding the Sicilian Dragon

    Avg Rating: 1846
    The Sicilian Dragon (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6) was so named partly because of its ferocity and partly because Black's battle formation was deemed to resemble the mythical beast. It has been a favourite with many great players such as Bent Larsen and Victor Korchnoi. And Garry Kasparov himself used it in his successful World Championship defence against Vishwanathan Anand. This course is designed to familiarise players with typical Dragon strategies and develop a feel for...
  • Complete Scotch #2: Mieses Theory/Middlegame

    Avg Rating: 1960
    Here we continue our mastery of the Scotch Game opening; however, our focus now shifts from the Mieses Endgame positions to Mieses Opening Theory and Middlegame techniques. Your goal: To be be able to honestly claim mastery in all things concerning the Mieses Variation of the Scotch (assuming you review both this course and The Complete Scotch #1)! Review this course as many times as you need to in order to ensure that you can make that great claim! Good Luck...
  • Exploiting Typical Opening Errors

    Avg Rating: 1270
    In this course, I will try to teach you how to react to a dubious looking move that you have never seen before in the opening. Theory is all fine and good, but you need to be able to punish early mistakes on your own as well!
  • Exploiting Opening Errors 2

    Avg Rating: 1640
    This is part 2 of a course about exploiting typical opening errors or inaccuracies, aimed for stronger players than the first one. A variety of openings, themes, both tactical and positional, are presented. You will deepen your understanding of opening strategy and the balance between black and white's ideas, and particularly improve your ability to deal with unusual moves, off-beat lines, moves played out of order, and opening errors.
  • The Benoni and its Tactics

    Avg Rating: 1705
    The Benoni is one of the sharpest defenses to 1.d4. Here we will see some of the typical tactics and strategic themes that result from this opening. This course is for players from 1400 to 2200.
  • Exploiting Opening Errors 3

    Avg Rating: 2080
    This is the third part of my "Exploiting Opening Errors" Course. It is geared only for strong players who have already completed the first 2 easier courses-- You'll find no trivial problems here! And with that, I bid you good luck! Studying this course will allow the student to: * learn a few important opening ideas they won't know yet, * deepen their overall understanding of the opening phase of the game, and * improve their thought process in the opening, particularly how to think logically...
  • Slaying the Sicilian: Kingside Storms

    Avg Rating: 1783
    White's space advantage and mobile pawns in the Sicilian often lead to devastating kingside attacks!
  • Essentials of Opening Play

    Avg Rating: 1040
    This course on openings is designed to help you practice opening principles and learn more about common mistakes beginners and intermediate players make. This course will teach you how to develop optimally, how to approach gambits, and how to exploit your adversary's opening mistakes.
  • Slay the Slav with the Boor Attack

    Avg Rating: 1740
    Learn a surprise opening vs. the solid Slav defense. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.f3!? This course is loaded with opening traps, strategy and innovative play!
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