Evans Gambit for the new generation

This romantic and exciting opening is named after the Welsh Sea Captain William Davies Evans who tried it first. The Evans (which arises after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4!?) is an attempt to destroy Black in gambit fashion straight out of the opening and giants of previous years such as Adolf Andersson and Paul Morphy played lots of brilliancies with it. But the Evans Gambit has stood up to the test of time and in the modern era players such as Nigel Short, Garry Kasparov, Baadur Jobava, Hikaru Nakamura or Wei Yi have tried it with success. This DVD will prove that the gambit is still fully playable and a great way to try and blast Black away right from move one. Featuring games of old, and numerous new and exciting ideas, this DVD will give you a genuine and more exciting way of playing the Giuoco Piano.

• Video running time: 4 hours 26 min (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• EXTRA: Exclusive training database with 50 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


  • Evans Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4
  • 01: 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5 6.0-0 Nf6 7.d4 exd4 8.cxd4 Bb6 9.e5 d5 Evans,W - McDonnell,A [15:30]
  • 02: 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 Bb6 8.cxd4 d6 9.Nc3 Nf6 10.e5 dxe5 Lehmann,H - Muller,P [15:52]
  • 03: 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 Nge7 8.cxd4 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 Ilczuk,P - Ostrowski,L [15:31]
  • 04: 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 Nge7 8.Ng5 d5 9.exd5 Ne5 Morozevich,A - Adams,M [17:08]
  • 05: 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 d6 7.Qb3 Qd7 8.Nbd2 Bb6 Short,N - Sargissian,G [20:24]
  • 06: 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 d6 7.Qb3 Qd7 8.dxe5 Bb6 and 7...Qe7 Nakamura,H - Anand,V [12:37]
  • 07: 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 d6 7.Bg5 Qd7/Nf6 Short,N - Fressinet,L [12:21]
  • 08: 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Be7 6.d4 Na5 7.Nxe5 Nxc4 8.Nxc4 d5 9.exd5 Qxd5 Fressinet,L - Efimenko,Z [19:04]
  • 09: 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Be7 6.d4 Na5 7.Bd3 d6 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Nxe5 Nf6 10.0-0 0-0 11.Qc2 c5 12.f4 c4 Short,N - Bruzon Batista,L [12:30]
  • 10: 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Be7 6.d4 Na5 7.Bd3 d6 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Nxe5 Nf6 10.0-0 0-0 11.Qc2 c5 12.Nd2 Qc7 13.Nce4 Nxc4 14.Nxc4 b5 Kryvoruchko,Y - Karjakin,S [05:56]
  • 11: 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Be7 6.d4 Na5 7.Bd3 d6 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Nxe5 Nf6 10.0-0 0-0 11.Qc2 Nd7 Esserman,M - Avrukh,B [05:48]
  • 12: 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Be7 6.d4 Na5 7.Be2 d6 8.Qa4+ c6 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Nxe5 b5 Li Chao2 - Hammer,J [15:11]
  • 13: 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Bd6 6.d4 Nf6 Petrosian,T - Volokitin,A [09:05]
  • 14: 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Bd6 6.d4 Qe7 7.0-0 Nf6 Nakamura,H - Hess,R [06:55]
  • 15: 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5 6.d4 exd4 Socko,B - Mastrovasilis,A [09:58]
  • 16: 4...Bb6 5.a4 a5 6.b5 Nd4 Kasparov,G - Piket,J [15:37]
  • 17: 4...Bb6 5.a4 a6 6.Nc3 Nf6 Petrosian,T - Tkachiev,V [11:29]
  • 18: 4...Bb6 5.b5 Nd4/Na5 Ganguly,S - Aronian,L [06:31]
  • 19: 4...Bb6 5.a4 a6 6.c3 Nf6 Jobava,B - Grischuk,A [04:54]
  • 20: 4...d5 5.exd5 Nxb4 Felgaer,R - Pierrot,J [11:46]
  • 21: Conclusion [06:07]
  • Interactive positions
  • 22: Test 1 [01:44]
  • 23: Test 2 [05:57]
  • 24: Test 3 [04:08]
  • 25: Test 4 [02:51]
  • 26: Test 5 [02:29]
  • 27: Test 6 [04:58]
  • 28: Test 7 [01:00]
  • 29: Test 8 [01:22]
  • 30: Test 9 [02:20]
  • 31: Test 10 [01:45]
  • 32: Test 11 [02:34]
  • 33: Test 12 [02:30]
  • 34: Test 13 [01:20]
  • 35: Test 14 [02:41]

Italian Game

The Italian Game, which arises after 3...Bc5, is one of the oldest chess openings, already mentioned in the famous 16th century Göttingen manuscript. In the centuries which followed it was the most popular way to open the game and its name came about in honour of the masters of the Italian school, who strove above all for free play for their pieces and complicated combinations.

White has several plans at his disposition in the position in the diagram. One of the most aggressive which leads to open positions with a lot of tactical possibilities is, after 4.c3 Nf6 to seize an early initiative in the centre after 5.d4. The move 5.d4 constitutes an attack on the bishop on c5. Black’s best move is to exchange the pawns with 5...exd4, but after 6.cxd4 White has at his disposition a dangerous mobile pawn duo. Here already Black has to play with great accuracy. Thus the retreat 6...Bb6 would be bad, because it would give White’s central pawns the opportunity to advance. Instead of that, he has to play 6...Bb4+, in order to force White to react to the check. The moderate reply is 7.Bd2 Bxd2+ 8.Nbxd2, but in many open games this allows the important central counter-thrust 8... d5, which breaks up White’s centre and gains a tempo with the attack on the bishop on c4. After 9.exd5 Nxd5 all that is left of the ideal centre d4-e4 is an isolated pawn on d4. However both sides have lots of chances here.

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