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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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Power openings: Grünfeld Defence Volume 2 - Systems without cxd5
Power openings: Grünfeld Defence Volume 2 - Systems without cxd5
You are looking for an active answer to 1.d4? Then the Grünfeld Indian is an excellent choice! Not by chance this opening is one of the main weapons of some top grandmasters!
by Markus Ragger
€29.90
Power openings: Grünfeld Defence Volume 1 - Systems with cxd5
Power openings: Grünfeld Defence Volume 1 - Systems with cxd5
You are looking for an active answer to 1.d4? Then the Grünfeld Indian is an excellent choice! Not by chance this opening is one of the main weapons of some top grandmasters!
by Markus Ragger
€29.90
A surprise weapon against the d6-Sicilian
A surprise weapon against the d6-Sicilian
In this 60-Minutes Markus Ragger presents a repertoire which has been tested at top level that takes your opponents into more unfamiliar territory. The basic system is introduced with the rather unusual capture on d4 with the queen.
by Markus Ragger
€9.90
The Benko Gambit Explained
The Benko Gambit Explained
In this DVD, Erwin l’Ami guides you through the fascinating Benko Gambit. As early as move three Black starts a fight for the initiative, a strategy that has proved to be successful in countless amateur and master level games.
by Erwin l'Ami
€29.90
The Colle-Koltanowski System
The Colle-Koltanowski System
The Colle-Koltanowski system is very easy to learn, yet an extremely dangerous opening.
by Simon Williams
€29.90
The Torre Attack
The Torre Attack
The Torre Attack is an extremely effective way of taking your opponent into an uncomfortable situation right from move one.
by Simon Williams
€29.90
Le Système de Londres avec 2.Ff4 (French language)
Le Système de Londres avec 2.Ff4 (French language)
The popular London System now available in french language. GM Christian Bauer shows how to play the London System with 2.Bf4.
by Christian Bauer
€29.90
Anti-London System
Anti-London System
On this DVD GM Yannick Pelletier offers Black a repertoire against the London System that you can employ no matter which opening (Systems with d5, systems with g6, Queen’s Indian, Queen’s Gambit, Benoni, Benko, Dutch) you usually play against 1.d4 followe
by Yannick Pelletier
€29.90
The Beliavsky Plan vs. the Stonewall Dutch
The Beliavsky Plan vs. the Stonewall Dutch
You exchange the bishop on f4 to open the g-file (gxf4) and double rooks there. Black will protect his weakness on this file with all his forces. You transfer your pieces to the other side, create a new weakness there, and the opponent will be helpless
by Adrian Mikhalchishin
€9.90
Meeting the Gambits Vol.2 - Gambits after 1.d4
Meeting the Gambits Vol.2 - Gambits after 1.d4
When facing gambits the most important thing is not to panic, a feeling usually induced by lack of knowledge. Keep calm, learn the antidotes and face the aggression with renewed confidence.
by IM Andrew Martin
€29.90
The Hedgehog - a universal system against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3
The Hedgehog - a universal system against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3
At first glance, the Hedgehog setup might appear somewhat passive but in fact Black is always waiting to launch a counterattack. Let Yannick Pelletier provide you with a complete repertoire against the English and the Reti!
by Yannick Pelletier
€29.90
The Blumenfeld Gambit - A sharp weapon in the Benoni
The Blumenfeld Gambit - A sharp weapon in the Benoni
It was back in the 1920s that the Russian master Benjamin Blumenfeld invented his famous gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 b5!?, and to the present day the opening retains great popularity. Black plays for the initiative and the win from the word go.
by IM Andrew Martin
€29.90
A Black Repertoire against Offbeat Openings
A Black Repertoire against Offbeat Openings
A detailed Black repertoire against many Offbeat Opening choices
by Nicholas Pert
€29.90
Beat the Queen's Indian: The modern Fianchetto Line
Beat the Queen's Indian: The modern Fianchetto Line
This DVD is packed full of new, exciting and novel ideas; based on a repertoire starting with the moves 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 with g3! to follow.
by Simon Williams
€29.90
The Kasparov Gambit
The Kasparov Gambit
The usual move order is 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 Nf3 cxd4 4 Nxd4 e5!? 5 Nb5 d5 6 cxd5 Bc5 bringing us to a very sharp position. Andrew MArtin shows this variation from black's point of view.
by IM Andrew Martin
€9.90
Anti-Bajonete-Attack in the King's Indian
Anti-Bajonete-Attack in the King's Indian
The Mar del Plata Variation in the King's Indian could be faced with an uncomfortable Bayonette Attack. Marin shows how to face that.
by Mihail Marin
€9.90
Original and aggressive: 1...b6 for practical players
Original and aggressive: 1...b6 for practical players
Spruce up your opening repertoire with an early …b6! Let GM Nigel Davies show you how to transpose into the lines of your choice and how to through your opponent out of his opening book right away!
by Nigel Davies
€29.90
Winning against King's Indian - With the main line
Winning against King's Indian - With the main line
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.
by Mihail Marin
€29.90
An ambitious setup against the Benoni
An ambitious setup against the Benoni
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.
by Lubomir Ftacnik
€9.90
A waiting Game in the Queen's Indian 7...Na6
A waiting Game in the Queen's Indian 7...Na6
Let FIDE Senior Trainer and IM Andrew Martin introduce you to the Tiviakov method, where he covers all of 8.b3, 8.Re1, 8.Bf4, 8.Bg5, 8.a3, 8.Qa4 and 8.d5 and all in around an hour!
by IM Andrew Martin
€9.90
The ABC of the Bogo Indian
The ABC of the Bogo Indian
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.
by IM Andrew Martin
€27.90
Attacking with the Benko Gambit - Part 2
Attacking with the Benko Gambit - Part 2
GM Ramirez completes his repertoire suggestion versus 1.d4 with powerful systems among others against the ColleSystem, Trompowsky or the declining move 3.Nf3. An absolute asset - not only for friends of the Benko Gambit!
by Alejandro Ramirez
€27.90
The English Defence
The English Defence
The English Defence (1…b6) is a less well-known weapon against White setups with 1.c4 and 2.d4. Black has a number of nice tricks and ideas at his disposal that can quickly dispatch an unprepared opponent.
by Dejan Bojkov
€27.90
Attacking with the Benko Gambit
Attacking with the Benko Gambit
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.
by Alejandro Ramirez
€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
€29.90
The Grünfeld Main Line
The Grünfeld Main Line
by Lubomir Ftacnik
€9.90
The Benko Gambit with g3
The Benko Gambit with g3
by Henrik Danielsen
€9.90
1.Nf3 - a variable Repertoire for White
€27.90
Fighting against the King's Indian
€9.90
A modern way to play the King's Indian
€29.90
The ABC of the Benko Gambit 2nd Edition
The ABC of the Benko Gambit 2nd Edition
with updates and advice in all critical lines
by IM Andrew Martin
€29.90
The Gruenfeld Defence
The Gruenfeld Defence
by Lubomir Ftacnik
€27.50
The Budapest Gambit
The Budapest Gambit
by IM Andrew Martin
€27.50
The ABC of the Anti-Dutch
The ABC of the Anti-Dutch
by IM Andrew Martin
€26.99
My best games in the Grünfeld
€29.99
The ABC of the Czech Benoni
The ABC of the Czech Benoni
by IM Andrew Martin
€26.99
My best games in the Nimzo-Indian
€32.90
My best games in the King’s Indian
€32.90
Queen‘s Indian Defence - The easy way
€26.99
The Nimzoindian Defence - The easy way
The Nimzoindian Defence - The easy way
Danish IM Jacob Aargaard introduces you to the secrets of the Nimzoindian Defence
by Jacob Aagaard
€24.99