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Semi-Closed Games

If Black does not reply symmetrically to 1.d4 by moving his own d-pawn, what arise are the Semi-closed Openings. These comprise for a large part the Indian Openings – the first move is 1...Nf6, which first of all prevents e2-e4. There are, however, some alternatives. The best-known of these is the Dutch Defence – 1...f5. Over and above all that, Black also temporarily sidestep the struggle for the centre with moves such as 1...e6 and 1...g6.

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Winning against King's Indian - With the main line
Winning against King's Indian - With the main line
by Mihail Marin
In the classical system of the King’s Indian White develops naturally and refrains from chasing ghosts looking for a refutation of Black’s set-up. White instead relies on the fact that natural play should yield him a small but lasting advantage.
€29.90
Winning against the Grünfeld
Winning against the Grünfeld
by Mihail Marin
The Grünfeld is a highly dynamic opening in which Black’s position often seems to hang together by a single thread; and yet, this apparently precarious equilibrium appears to be enough to make it entirely viable - up to the highest level.
€29.90
Attacking with the Benko Gambit
Attacking with the Benko Gambit
by Alejandro Ramirez
Don’t give 1.d4 players an easy ride - sacrifice a pawn with 3.b5 for a lasting initiative. GM Ramirez shows you clear ideas for play in every variation.
€27.90
Meet the Nimzo-Indian with 4.Qc2
Meet the Nimzo-Indian with 4.Qc2
by Rustam Kasimdzhanov
€29.90
Never too late for the Nimzo-Indian
Never too late for the Nimzo-Indian
by Viktor Bologan
€29.90
No fear of 1.d4! Vol. 2 - Nimzo-Indian
No fear of 1.d4! Vol. 2 - Nimzo-Indian
by Sergei Tiviakov
€29.90
The ABC of the Bogo Indian
The ABC of the Bogo Indian
by Andrew Martin
After 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ Black develops smoothly and prepares to castle. He retains maximum flexibility with his central pawns. You do not need to know an enormous amount of theory to play.
€27.90
Modern Benoni for Advanced Players
Modern Benoni for Advanced Players
by Ari Ziegler
€27.90
The ABC of the Benko Gambit 2nd Edition
The ABC of the Benko Gambit 2nd Edition
by Andrew Martin
with updates and advice in all critical lines
€29.90
The Budapest Gambit
The Budapest Gambit
by Andrew Martin
€27.50
The ABC of the Czech Benoni
The ABC of the Czech Benoni
by Andrew Martin
€26.99
An ambitious setup against the Benoni
An ambitious setup against the Benoni
by Lubomir Ftacnik
The topic of this 60 minute video clip is the major idea of the 8.h3 0-0 9.Bd3 line. It has not won much love among defenders of the Benoni - White players are coming dangerously close to realising the dream of squeezing the opponent.
€9.90