An Elite Choice -
a reliable and ambitious weapon vs. 1.d4!

The Vienna Variation is a particular and independent system of the Queen’s Gambit. It arises after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4, when black’s capture on move 4 is strongly reminiscent of the Queen’s Gambit Accepted. But the Vienna Variation is also inspired by Nimzo-Indian structures while keeping its own character. The main variations usually lead to asymmetrical pawn structures, where Black can hope to get a fighting game.

The Vienna Variation requires precise theoretical knowledge. No wonder it is regularly employed by top players such as Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian. GM Yannick Pelletier offers you a complete repertoire in the Vienna, while covering the numerous possible deviations by White. He also analyses thematic games which illustrate the most important middlegame ideas. This is an interactive DVD. In the test section, Gandmaster Pelletier pauses and asks you to find and play the best move. He then gives feedback to your chosen move. The database with illustrative games will also help you understand and play the Vienna Variation better. The author has selected all games in the database carefully and annotated many of them.

• Video running time: 4 h 22 min(English)
• With interactive training incuding video feedback
• Extra: Database with model games
• Including CB 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 [05:37]
  • 02: Explanation [12:42]
  • 03: Move orders [07:33]
  • Chapter 2: 5.e3
  • 01: Overview 5...a6 6.a4 c5 7.Bxc4 Nc6 8.0-0 Be7 - Video notation [15:24]
  • 02: 5...a6 6.Bxc4 c5 7.0-0 b5 - Video notation [12:42]
  • Chapter 3: 5.e4
  • 01: Deviations - 5...Bb4 6.Bg5 c5 7.Bxc4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Qa5 9.Bd2 Qc5 - Video notation [08:27]
  • 02: 5...Bb4 6.Bg5 c5 7.e5 cxd4 8.Qa4+ Nc6 9.0-0-0 Bd7 10.Ne4 Be7 11.exf6 gxf6 - Video notation [12:31]
  • 03: 5...Bb4 6.Bg5 c5 7.Bxc4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bxc3 9.bxc3 Qa5 10.Nb5 - Video notation [08:44]
  • 04: 5...Bb4 6.Bg5 c5 7.Bxc4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bxc3 9.bxc3 Qa5 10.Bxf6 - Video notation [10:55]
  • 05: 5...Bb4 6.Bg5 c5 7.Bxc4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bxc3 9.bxc3 Qa5 10.Bb5 - Video notation [15:25]
  • 06: Overview Modern Line - 5...Bb4 6.Bxc4 Nxe4 7.0-0 - Video notation [17:53]
  • Chapter 4: Side Lines 5.Bg5/g3/Qa4
  • 01: 5.Bg5 Bb4 6.Qa4/a3 and 5.g3 - Video notation [12:09]
  • 02: 5.Qa4 c6/Nbd7 - Video notation [14:52]
  • Chapter 5: Games
  • 01: Karpov,A - Huebner,R [08:25]
  • 02: Anand,V - Kramnik,V [09:36]
  • 03: Giri,A - Aronian,L [13:31]
  • 04: Topalov,V - Laznicka,V [16:47]
  • 05: Ivanchuk,V - Grischuk,A [13:18]
  • Chapter 6: Test section
  • 01: Test 1 - Video notation [01:32]
  • 02: Test 2 - Video notation [01:51]
  • 03: Test 3 - Video notation [02:33]
  • 04: Test 4 - Video notation [04:55]
  • 05: Test 5 - Video notation [03:41]
  • 06: Test 6 - Video notation [02:49]
  • 07: Test 7 - Video notation [03:37]
  • 08: Test 8 - Vidoe notation [02:13]
  • 09: Test 9 - Video notation [07:00]
  • 10: Test 10 - Video notation [04:35]
  • 11: Test 11 - Video notation [07:00]
  • 12: Test 12 - Video notation [02:20]
  • 13: Conclusion [02:32]

Queen's Gambit

The occupation of the centre with 1.d4 is, with 1.e4, one of the most popular ways to start a game. If Black meets the move of the queen’s pawn with the symmetrical 1...d5, we have after 2.c4 the Queen’s Gambit. In most cases, Black will now support the pawn on d5, which gives him a share of the centre: either with 2...e6 – the Queen’s Gambit Declined – or 2...c6 – the Slav Defence. A third and very different possibility is 2...dxc4, the Queen’s Gambit Accepted.

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