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Semi-Open Games

If after 1.e4 Black does not play 1...e5, then we have the Semi-open Openings. These include the Sicilian (1...c5) which is probably the most popular opening of all nowadays. But there is also a large fan-base for the French (1...e6) and the Caro-Kann (1...c6). In addition, this group of openings also contains some very modern systems such as the Alekhine Defence (1...Nf6), the Scandinavian Defence (1...d5) and the Pirc Defence (1...d6 or 1...g6).

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Tactic Toolbox Open Sicilian
Tactic Toolbox Open Sicilian
3.d4 is the most popular response to the Sicilian, both at grandmaster and club level. The theory of the opening is huge and grows continually. Knowing typical tactical patterns is important to keep the upper hand in these sharp lines.
by Roeland Pruijsses, Nico Zwirs
€29.90
The Shining Sveshnikov Sicilian
The Shining Sveshnikov Sicilian
Always wanted to play like a World Champion? Search no further! With Magnus Carlsen using the Sveshnikov variation as his weapon of choice in the World Championship match against Fabiano Caruana, this DVD could not be better timed.
by Erwin l'Ami
€29.90
The Löwenthal Variation in the Sicilian Defence
The Löwenthal Variation in the Sicilian Defence
In this 60 minutes video GM Nadezhda Kosintseva offers White a repertoire to counter the Löwenthal Variation.
by Nadezhda Kosintseva
€9.90
The surprising Sicilian - Shock your opponent with an early ...Qb6
The surprising Sicilian - Shock your opponent with an early ...Qb6
The Kveinys Variation : 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Qb6! is surprisingly little-played, yet gives Black excellent chances and on this new ChessBase DVD, Andrew Martin explains how the system works.
by IM Andrew Martin
€29.90
A solid Scandinavian Surprise
A solid Scandinavian Surprise
Accompany FIDE Senior Trainer and IM Andrew Martin on this 60 mins video. You can learn a new opening system in 60 mins and start to play it with confidence on the very same day!
by IM Andrew Martin
€9.90
Nimzowitsch Defence 1.e4 Nc6
Nimzowitsch Defence 1.e4 Nc6
Andrew Martin maps out an aggressive repertoire for Black, which is ideal for the club player. Few below the rating of 2000 will know what to do against 1..Nc6 and could easily get into a disasterous mess right out of the opening.
by IM Andrew Martin
€29.90
Beat 1.e4 like Karpov - 4...Nd7 in the Caro-Kann
Beat 1.e4 like Karpov - 4...Nd7 in the Caro-Kann
The author has played 4...Nd7 successfully in a lot of games and shows many new, unknown moves, idea and analyses.
by Markus Hochgräfe
€9.90
A dangerous Anti-Sicilian: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3!
A dangerous Anti-Sicilian: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3!
Play like Carlsen, avoid theory but without being passive or losing the initiative.
by IM Andrew Martin
€9.90
Beating the French according to Kupreichik
Beating the French according to Kupreichik
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Be3!?. Andrew Martin uses the games of Kupreichik to show why this line could catch many French aficionados unprepared and is very dangerous for Black.
by IM Andrew Martin
€9.90
A Repertoire against the Sicilian
A Repertoire against the Sicilian
Avoid long theoretical battles by playing 3.Bb5 or 3.b3/3.g3 against the sicilian. Lorin D’Costa and Nick Murphy show you, how you play for an advantage in these systems and how to punish knowledge gaps of your opponent.
by Lorin D'Costa, Nick Murphy
€27.90
The new McCutcheon
The new McCutcheon
Opening expert and former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov shows you the secrets in the McCutcheon (3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4). He shows why Bd2 is no longer the main line and which continuation will be the theory of tomorrow.
by Rustam Kasimdzhanov
€29.90
Tactic Toolbox Scheveningen
Tactic Toolbox Scheveningen
All players meeting the Sicilian with White or playing it with Black will be entertained, surprised and their knowledge enriched by spending moments with this selection of the best tactical positions.
by Lubomir Ftacnik
€27.90
The Sicilian Tajmanov-Scheveningen
The Sicilian Tajmanov-Scheveningen
The Sicilian has been known for decades as the most reliable way for Black to obtain an unbalanced but good position. Among the most popular Sicilians at the top level the two that certainly stand out are the Najdorf and the Paulsen.
by Alejandro Ramirez
€29.90
Power Play 21: A repertoire for black against the Anti-Sicilians
Power Play 21: A repertoire for black against the Anti-Sicilians
Accept the Morra Gambit with confidence. Tame the Grand Prix Attack. Put fear into the heart of every tedious 2 c3 player. You can make 1...c5 a dangerous weapon whether it’s an open or closed Sicilian.
by Daniel King
€29.90
The modern Grand Prix Attack
The modern Grand Prix Attack
This DVD will provide you with a comprehensive repertoire that explores all of Black’s ideas against the Grand Prix set up. My recommendations include a number of lines which are relatively unexplored by theory, and I have analysed them extensively.
by Lawrence Trent
€27.90
New ideas in the Najdorf
New ideas in the Najdorf
Such a dynamic and popular opening as the Najdorf is developing the whole time. On this download, Daniel King updates lines that were included on his DVD but also responds to viewers’ requests, considering lines that he omitted from his original repertoir
by Daniel King
€9.90
The Sicilian Dragon Vol. 2: All Lines except 9.Bc4
The Sicilian Dragon Vol. 2: All Lines except 9.Bc4
The Dragon is one of Black’s most daring openings, leading to fascinating positions with opposite castling and strong mutual attacks. This DVD provides a complete and up to date repertoire to help Black to score with the Dragon.
by GM Peter Heine Nielsen
€29.90
How to play the Sicilian Defence!
How to play the Sicilian Defence!
The continuous stream of new ideas in the Sicilian makes 1..c5 the most popular answer to 1.e4. On this DVD I do give an introduction to the most important Sicilian systems.
by Elisabeth Pähtz
€27.90
The French Defence for the Tournament Player
The French Defence for the Tournament Player
This French Defence DVD is a complete attacking opening repertoire for black after 1.e4 e6. GM Nick Pert has played the French defence his whole life and provides all his la test and most up to date analysis crammed into 1 DVD.
by Nicholas Pert
€29.90
Meeting the Alekhine - The classical way
Meeting the Alekhine - The classical way
The Alekhine Defence belongs to those openings which face White with their very special challenges. GM Bojkov shows you new ideas in the variation with 4.Nf3, enabling you to systematically build up a good attacking position free of risk.
by Dejan Bojkov
€9.90
No need to fear the Qd6 Scandinavian
No need to fear the Qd6 Scandinavian
In this “Learn in 60 Minutes” GM Dejan Bojkov from Bulgaria offers a complete repertoire for White after the moves: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 when all the main moves are covered: 5…Bg4; 5…g6; 5…a6 and Tiviakov’s specialty 5…c6.
by Dejan Bojkov
€9.90
Power Play 19: Attack with 1.e4 - Part 2
Power Play 19: Attack with 1.e4 - Part 2
Finally clear attacking plans against the Scandinavian, Pirc, Alekhine & Co! Let Daniel King show you how to pressurize these openings right from the start, forcing your opponents into mistakes.
by Daniel King
€29.90
1.e4 - How to tame the Alekhine, Scandinavian and Pirc
1.e4 - How to tame the Alekhine, Scandinavian and Pirc
On this DVD, Victor Bologan shows how to successfully combat the Pirc, Alekhine and Scandinavian Defences with a complete opening repertoire. As ever, Bologan recommends the main lines.
by Victor Bologan
€29.90
Power Play 18: The Sicilian Najdorf – a repertoire for Black
Power Play 18: The Sicilian Najdorf – a repertoire for Black
Learn the opening of the masters from the world’s most popular master trainer! Daniel King shows you a rock-solid and powerful Najdorf repertoire.
by Daniel King
€29.90
Winning with the fantasy variation
€9.90
An Anti-Sicilian Repertoire
An Anti-Sicilian Repertoire
by Loek van Wely
€9.90
Power Play 17 - Attack with 1.e4
€29.99
Fascinated by the French Winawer
€9.90
Play the Sicilian Najdorf
Play the Sicilian Najdorf
by Loek van Wely
€9.90
Fit for the French
Fit for the French
My complete White Repertoire
by Victor Bologan
€29.90
The Smith-Morra Gambit
The Smith-Morra Gambit
by Lawrence Trent
€27.90
The Sicilian Rossolimo for White
€27.50
The Fighting Philidor
The Fighting Philidor
by Victor Bologan
€27.50
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5
by Alexei Shirov
€32.90
1.e4 Repertoire
1.e4 Repertoire
by Sam Collins
€27.50
The Caro-Kann
The Caro-Kann
by Victor Bologan
€27.50
The Sicilian with 3.Bb5
The Sicilian with 3.Bb5
by Alexei Shirov
€32.90
My best games in the Sveshnikov
€29.99
Beating the French Vol.1
Beating the French Vol.1
by Rustam Kasimdzhanov
€26.99
How to play the Najdorf Vol. 3
€39.99
The Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian
€29.99
The ABC of the Caro-Kann
The ABC of the Caro-Kann
by IM Andrew Martin
€26.99
My best games in the Najdorf
My best games in the Najdorf
The genius from Riga presents and explains his best games
by Alexei Shirov
€29.99
My best games in the Sicilian
My best games in the Sicilian
A peronal selection combining highest chess quality with aesthetic pleasure.
by Alexei Shirov
€29.99
How to play the Najdorf Vol. 2
How to play the Najdorf Vol. 2
A defensive weapon for Black.
by Garry Kasparov
€29.99
How to play the Najdorf Vol. 1
How to play the Najdorf Vol. 1
A great moment when the world‘s leading expert shares all the secrets in his favourite opening.
by Garry Kasparov
€29.99