Mastery: Openings

Winning with the Chigorin Defense

Winning with the Chigorin Defense


Learn GM Ben Finegold's favorite surprise weapon!

Are you looking for an aggressive answer to 1.d4? Try Grandmaster Ben Finegold’s favorite, the Chigorin Defense! Ben has played it for years and uses his own experience to demonstrate the key ideas in this exciting variation! Be prepared for tactical opportunities early in the game and a chance to trip up even the most experienced opponents!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Learn sharp responses to each of White’s main replies to the Chigorin!
  • Learn learn common tactics and traps!
  • Learn the positional ideas of the opening, so you’ll play well even after leaving theory.

"Thanks, GM Finegold! Great video! I think I will watch this one three or four more times". - member one-of-many

  • Winning With The Chigorin - Part 1

    GM Ben Finegold begins a three-part series on his favorite defense to 1. d4 - the Chigorin. He promises you'll get an exciting position that you'll know better than White. Today he focuses on some uncritical replies from the first player, but they also...

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Winning with the Chigorin - Part 2

    What happens in the Chigorin, stays in the Chigorin. Except today, when GM Finegold spills the beans on the cxd5 variation. Black attacks the center with pieces, not pawns, and to great effect. Watch a trio of games in which our offbeat-opening expert...

    • 20 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Winning with the Chigorin - Part 3

    What happens when the Albin Counter Gambit meets up with GM Finegold's opening repertoire? A Chigorin cousin with queenside knights is born! Finegold thinks that the opening is far better than its reputation, and sets out to prove it by showing three...

    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
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