The story goes that a low-rated player once bravely asked Viktor Korchnoi his advice about what opening to play against a stronger opponent. “Play Grünfeld” was the grumpy reply. “Play Grünfeld against everything apart from 1 e4.” I have no way of verifying this story, but it certainly inspired me to think about whether this was possible and the end result is this new ChessBase course.

Naturally, a universal approach using ...Nf6, ...g7-g6 and ...d7-d5 as the base would be very useful for players of all classes, saving time and energy and promising a fluid, dynamic position. I’ve found Korchnoi’s advice to be mostly true, but there are a few important exceptions when Black can do better than just trot out the Grünfeld Formula. Look out for those differences! This is a course full of opening ideas and suggestions for Black, against all of:
1 b3
1 b4
King’s Indian Attack
1 f4
1 c4
1 Nf3
QP Systems including London, Torre, Trompowski, Barry Attack, Colle, Stonewall.
A comprehensive list!

• Video running time: 6 hours (English)
• Exclusive database with model games


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • 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.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

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


  • IntroductionIntroduction
  • Typical Ideas
  • Fluid development
  • Fluid development II
  • Central pawn breaks
  • Central pawn breaks II
  • Active play where possible
  • Off the beaten track I
  • Off the beaten track II
  • 1.b3, b4, f4 and King's Indian Attack
  • 1.b3 g6 2.Bb2 Nf6 3.Bxf6 exf6 4.c4 d5 Game One
  • King's Indian Attack 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.d3 0-0 Intro
  • King's Indian Attack 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.d3 0-0 Game 1
  • King's Indian Attack 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.d3 0-0 Game 2
  • 1.b4 d5 2.Bb2 Nf6 3.e3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 Game One
  • 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3/e3 Bg7 Intro
  • 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 g6 3.e3 Bg7 Game 1
  • 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 Game 2
  • English and Reti
  • 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.e4 e5 Game 1
  • 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.e4 e5 Game 2
  • 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.e4 e5 Game 3
  • 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.e4 e5 Outro
  • 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 e5 Game 1
  • 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 e5 Game 2
  • 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 e5 Outro
  • Barry Attack
  • 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3/Qd2
  • Barry Game One
  • Barry Game Two
  • Barry Game Three
  • Barry Game Four
  • Barry Game Five
  • Barry Game Six
  • Barry Game Seven
  • Barry Game Eight
  • London System
  • 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4
  • Jobava London Game One
  • Jobava London Game Two
  • Jobava London Game Three
  • Jobava London Game Four
  • Jobava London Extra Game
  • 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4
  • Proper London System Game One
  • Veresov, Colle and Torre
  • Veresov 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bg5 g6 Game One
  • Veresov 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bg5 g6 Game Two
  • Colle 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.e3 d5 Game One
  • Torre 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bg5 Game One
  • Torre 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bg5 Game Two
  • Torre 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bg5 Game Three
  • Trompowksy
  • 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5
  • Trompowsky Game One
  • Trompowsky Game Two
  • Trompowsky Game Three
  • Trompowsky Game Four

Grünfeld Defence

The Grünfeld Defence is part of the group of openings which arose only when a new understanding of the struggle for the centre was developed. In 1922 the Austrian grandmaster Ernst Grünfeld (1893–1962) introduced to practice this system which would later be taken up by Botvinnik, Fischer and Kasparov and which nowadays counts as one of the most important defences to 1.d4. In the diagram above, which shows the main line, Black has actually exchanged his d-pawn for the white b-pawn. And White has not only been able to set up the ideal centre e4/d4, but his d-pawn is even supported by the pawn on c3. The secret underlying the vitality of the black position can be found in the subsequent piece development and the counter-attack against the d4-square. Black only requires two moves, ...c5 and ...Nc6, in order to be able to exert strong pressure against the d4-pawn.

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