Experienced trainers often recommend playing positions with similar pawn structures, so that ideas learned in one variation can easily be transferred to another. With a similar objective, Sam Collins has designed a repertoire based on systems with …Bc5 after 1.e4 e5. Each of these lines (built around 3…Bc5 against the Ruy Lopez and the Italian, the Spanish Four Knights with 4…Bc5, 3…Bb4+ 4.c3 Bc5 against the Scotch, and 2…Bc5 against the King’s Gambit) share common aspirations of developing the bishop actively outside the pawn chain, fighting for control of the key d4-square and ultimately supporting attacking ideas on the kingside. They also share common challenges, such as the risk of the bishop being buried by pawns on c3 and d4, the Nxe5! fork trick, and the potential for an unpleasant pin of Black’s king’s knight with Bg5. This DVD will equip players to play each of these lines as Black with confidence, and develop their understanding of an active and classical approach against 1.e4.

• Video running time: 5 h 13 min (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Database with more than 1600 model games
• Including CB 12 Reader


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Sample video


  • 01: Introduction [09:31]
  • Spanish - 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5
  • 02: 4.Nxe5 Nxe5 5.d4 - Video analysis [06:55]
  • 03: 4.0-0 Nd4 various 5th moves - Video analysis [11:51]
  • 04: 4.0-0 Nd4 5.Nxd4 Bxd4 6.c3 Bb6 various 7th moves - Video analysis [12:22]
  • 05: 4.0-0 Nd4 5.Nxd4 Bxd4 6.c3 Bb6 7.d4 c6 8.Bc4 d6 various 9th moves - Video analysis [14:48]
  • 06: 4.0-0 Nd4 5.Nxd4 Bxd4 6.c3 Bb6 7.d4 c6 8.Ba4 d6 various 9th moves - Video analysis [13:21]
  • 07: 4.0-0 Nd4 5.Nxd4 Bxd4 6.c3 Bb6 7.d4 c6 8.Ba4 d6 9.Na3 Nf6 various 10th moves - Video anaylsis [08:33]
  • 08: 4.0-0 Nd4 5.Nxd4 Bxd4 6.c3 Bb6 7.d4 c6 8.Ba4 d6 9.Na3 Nf6 10.Bg5 - Video analysis [23:07]
  • 09: 4.c3 Nf6 5.0-0 0-0 6.d3 d5 or - 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 d5 Intro - Video analysis [18:59]
  • 10: 4.c3 Nf6 5.0-0 0-0 6.d3 d5 7.Nbd2 dxe4 - Video analysis [08:32]
  • 11: 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 Intro - Video analysis [19:31]
  • 12: 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5 Ne4 7.0-0 d5 - Video analysis [08:18]
  • 13: 4.c3 Nf6 5.0-0 0-0 6.d4 Bb6 7.Re1 - Video analysis [06:41]
  • 14: 4.c3 Nf6 5.0-0 0-0 6.d4 Bb6 7.dxe5 - Video analysis [08:40]
  • 15: 4.c3 Nf6 5.0-0 0-0 6.d4 Bb6 7.Bg5 d6 8.Bxc6 - Video analysis [05:46]
  • 16: 4.c3 Nf6 5.0-0 0-0 6.d4 Bb6 7.Bg5 d6 8.a4 - Video analysis [08:00]
  • 17: 4.c3 Nf6 5.0-0 0-0 6.d4 Bb6 7.Bg5 d6 8.Qd3 - Video analysis [10:05]
  • Italian Game - 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5
  • 18: 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 - Video analysis [19:33]
  • 19: various 4th moves - Video analysis [11:20]
  • 20: 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 a6 - Video analysis [12:40]
  • 21: 4.b4 Bb6 5.a4 a6 - Video analysis [05:38]
  • Four Knights - 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6
  • 22: Spanish 4.Bb5 Bc5 - Video analysis [09:35]
  • 23: Scotch and others: 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4 and 4.Be2 d5 and 4.g3 d5 - Video analysis [10:58]
  • Scotch: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4
  • 24: 3...exd4 4.Nxd4 Bb4 5.c3 Bc5 - Video analysis [07:21]
  • King's Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.f4
  • 25: 2...Bc5 3.Nf3 d6 - Video analysis [12:06]
  • The Vienna: 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6
  • 26: 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 Bc5 or 3.Bc4 Nc6 or 3.f4 d5 - Video analysis [05:30]
  • Centre Game: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4
  • 27: 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 Nf6 or 3.c3 d5 or 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.c3 d5 - Video analysis [11:05]
  • Interactive positions
  • 28: Test 1 [01:40]
  • 29: Test 2 [01:42]
  • 30: Test 3 [01:08]
  • 31: Test 4 [01:13]
  • 32: Test 5 [00:55]
  • 33: Test 6 [01:07]
  • 34: Test 7 [01:04]
  • 35: Test 8 [01:08]
  • 36: Test 9 [01:12]
  • 37: Test 10 [00:56]

Open Games

After 1.e4 e5 we have the so-called Open Games. Previously this move order was almost obligatory and this is how some of the most famous games in the history of chess began, such as the Immortal and the Evergreen games. Nowadays beginners learn first of all to play the open games, and it is only in this group of openings that we can come across Scholar’s Mate (2.Qh5 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Qxf7 mate). But at the same time 1...e5 is considered to be the most solid continuation of them all and so dominates top level chess.

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