A Complete Black Repertoire against 1.Nf3 & 1.c4

This video course offers you a complete, clear repertoire for Black against the moves 1.Nf3 and 1.c4. The recommended variations are easy to learn and not difficult to remember, but also pose White serious challenges. Against 1.Nf3 the plan is to respond with 1…d5 as Black is ready to return to the Queen’s Gambit Accepted in case White plays 2.d4 (see the other video course). In this part, all White's relevant alternatives (2.c4, 2.e3, 2.b3, 2.g3) are covered in depth.

Against the English Opening (1.c4 e5) the Grand Prix Attack with colours reversed (2...Nc6 & 3...f5) is an attractive weapon for club players and grandmasters alike, as it can be played against 2.Nc3 and 2.g3. In some lines, Black is about to launch a quick offensive against the white king, while in other cases a heated battle in the centre may be expected. The video course is complemented by 15 exercises to test your knowledge, 10 positions to play-out to develop a better feeling for the type of positions, as well as a database with around 150 model games.

• Video running time: 7 hours (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Model games database & Training with ChessBase apps - Memorize the opening repertoire and play key positions against Fritz on various levels


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


  • Introduction
  • 1.Nf3 d5
  • 1.Nf3 d5
  • 2.c4 d4 3.b4 c5 Sidelines
  • 2.c4 d4 3.b4 c5 Main Line
  • 2.c4 d4 3.e3 Nc6
  • 2.c4 d4 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 e5 without d3
  • 2.c4 d4 3.d3 Nc6 4.Bg2 e5 5.g3
  • Ben-Oni Reversed: 2.e3 c5 3.c4 d4 4.exd4 cxd4 5.d3 Nc6 6.g3 e5
  • 2.e3 c5 3.b3 Nf6 4.Bb2 g6 5.c4 dxc4 6.Bxc4 Bg7 - g6 setup
  • 2.b3 c5 3.Bb2 f6
  • Reti: 2.g3 Nc6 Intro
  • Reti: 2.g3 Nc6 3.d4 Bf5 4.Bg2 Nb4 5.Na3 e6 Main Line
  • 1.c4 e5
  • 1.c4 e5
  • 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 f5 4.d4 e4 Alternatives on move 5
  • 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 f5 4.d4 e4 5.Ng5 Bb4
  • Grand Prix Attack with reversed colours: 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 f5 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.d3 Bb4
  • 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 f5 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.e3 e4
  • English Main Line - New Idea: 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 f5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.d4 e4
  • Outro
  • Exercises
  • Exercise 01
  • Exercise 02
  • Exercise 03
  • Exercise 04
  • Exercise 05
  • Exercise 06
  • Exercise 07
  • Exercise 08
  • Exercise 09
  • Exercise 10
  • Exercise 11
  • Exercise 12
  • Exercise 13
  • Exercise 14
  • Exercise 15

English Opening

In 1843 in a match, which was unofficially considered a world championship, the English master Howard Staunton (1810–1874) played 1.c4 against French player Pierre Saint-Amant (1800–1872). Since then this move has been known as the English Opening. But it was not accorded full recognition until the 1920s, and later it was then successfully adopted by modern world champions such as Botvinnik, Petrosian, Karpov and Kasparov.

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