Solid and safe against the Indian openings: Play the Fianchetto

The King’s Indian and Grunfeld are notoriously tricky and theoretical openings. The Fianchetto variation avoids the main lines which Black players enjoy, and goes for a small but safe edge. Many people fear playing against the King’s Indian because of Black’s ability to attack the White King, but in the Fianchetto variation it is very hard for Black to generate any attacking chances, instead play is often positional, with White having slightly more space for his or her pieces. The Grunfeld is renowned for long forcing lines, that often lead to a draw, but the Fianchetto variation cuts out all these lines and you just get a position to play, whilst almost all of the pieces are still on the board. In this DVD I have gone a long way to finding the best lines for White to gain an advantage against Black’s various responses. I have played the Fianchetto variation for over 20 years now, and at the time of recording this DVD I was unbeaten with white since November 2011. It is in no small part due to having a repertoire whereby White is able to safely push for the win, with a certain amount of drawing margin in hand in case things start to go wrong! I have concentrated on both theory and ideas. I hope you learn a lot from watching this DVD, which will provide you with a long term opening repertoire against both the King’s Indian and Grunfeld. It doesn’t require a ton of theory, but does offer real chances for an opening advantage.

• Video running time: 5 hours 44 minutes
• Interactive training including video feedback
• Exclusive database with selected 83 games
• Including CB 12 Reader

System requirements

Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphic card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 12/Fritz 13 or included Reader and internet connection for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7 or Windows 8, DirectX10 graphic card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or better, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet connection for program activation.


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


  • Solid and Safe against the wild Indians: Play the Fianchetto
  • 01: Introduction [11:15]
  • 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.g3
  • 02: King's Indian: 6...Nc6 and 7...Bf5 or 7...Bg4 - Pert,N - Hasman,C
  • 03: King's Indian: 6...Nc6 and 7...e5 - Pert,N - Hennigan,M
  • 04: King's Indian: 6...Nc6 and 7...a6 (Part 1) - Grachev,B - Kurnosov,I [11:47]
  • 05: King's Indian: 6...Nc6 and 7...a6 (Part 2) - Wang Hao - Grischuk,A [18:59]
  • 06: King's Indian: 6...c6 and 7...Bf5 or 6...Bf5 - Pert,N - Daly,C [15:31]
  • 07: King's Indian: ...Nbd7, ...c6, ...e5, ...Qa5 - Grachev,B - Kabanov,N [12:13]
  • 08: King's Indian: 6...c6 and 7...Qa5 - Pert,N - Walker,D [10:25]
  • 09: King's Indian: ...Nbd7, ...c6, ...e5, ...Qb6 - Pert,N - Lewis,A [12:53]
  • 10: King's Indian: Gallagher Variation - Pert,N - Gourlay,I [17:53]
  • 11: King's Indian: 8...exd4, 9...Re8 and 10...Nc5 (Part 1) - Fridman,D - Krnan,T [11:21]
  • 12: King's Indian: 8...exd4, 9...Re8 and 10...Nc5 (Part 2) - Fridman,D - Krnan,T [11:53]
  • 13: King's Indian: ...c5 and 6...d6 - Khalifman,A - Yrjola,J [18:46]
  • 14: King's Indian: ...c5 sidelines - Pert,N - Degraeve,J [18:16]
  • 15: King's Indian: ...c5 and 6...cxd4 - Pert,N - Suarez Real,A [12:32]
  • 16: King's Indian: Early b6 lines [05:24]
  • 17: Grunfeld: ...c6 and ...d5 - Pert,N - Hawkins,J [23:54]
  • 18: Grunfeld: White's dynamic setup with d5 and e4 - Vachier Lagrave,M - Kovalev,V [21:40]
  • 19: Grunfeld: sidelines - Vachier Lagrave,M - Kovalev,V [14:26]
  • 20: Grunfeld: sidelines with 8.e3 - Pert,N - Bu,X [20:09]
  • 21: Grunfeld: sidelines with 9.e3 - Grachev,B - Sivuk,V [14:36]
  • Test positions
  • 22: Example 1 [04:44]
  • 23: Example 2 [04:03]
  • 24: Example 3 [02:32]
  • 25: Example 4 [06:15]
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