Opening with the Chigorin shows your intention to play for a win right from the outset. After 2...Nc6 Black’s pieces fly into the game putting pressure on White’s position from a very early stage. This opening is ideal for the type of player who strives for an unconvential yet attacking game right from the start.

Named after the 19th century Russian Grandmaster, Mikhail Chigorin. Chigorin was one of the only top GM’s to prefer Knights over Bishops, showing the inconvential nature of the opening. The Chigorin has also been employed by a number of modern day Mavericks: Alexander Morozevich and Richard Rapport being two notible names. This DVD will take you through all the things you need to know in order to play this opening in a fun and exciting way. Simon Williams describes all the main concepts that you will need to know; so even if you forget the actual moves you will have the right reasoning already imprinted in your mind. There is lots of fun to be had with this DVD, and you will also be a stronger player after watching.

• Video running time: 6 hours 19 min (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Exclusive database with additional 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


  • The Tactical Chigorin: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6
  • 01: Introduction and overview [13:58]
  • 02: Historic Game - Pillsbury,H - Chigorin,M [12:23]
  • Part 1: 3.cxd5 Qxd5
  • 03: Introduction [12:36]
  • 04: 4.e3 e5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.Bxc3 exd4 8.Ne2 Nf6 9.Nxd4 0-0 10.Nb5 Qg5 11.Nxc7 Bg4 12.Qb3 Rad8 - Part 1 Husari,S - Lyell,M [17:17]
  • 05: 4.e3 e5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.Bxc3 exd4 8.Ne2 Nf6 9.Nxd4 0-0 10.Nb5 Qg5 11.Nxc7 Bg4 12.Qb3 Rad8 13.Qxb7- Part 2 Husari,S - Lyell,M [10:52]
  • 06: 4.e3 e5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.Bxc3 exd4 8.Ne2 Nf6 9.Nxd4 0-0 - Sidelines - Kishnev,S - Rabiega,R [09:53]
  • 07: 4.e3 e5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.Bxc3 exd4 8.Ne2 Nf6 9.Nxd4 0-0 10.Nb5 Qg5 11.h4 Qh6 12.Be2/Qf3 - Rogozenco,D - Morozevich,A [12:20]
  • 08: 4.e3 e5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.Bxc3 exd4 8.Ne2 Nf6 9.Nxd4 0-0 10.Nb5 Qg5 11.h4 Qh6 12.Nxc7 - Santos,A - Perez Mitjans,O [11:57]
  • 09: 4.Nf3 e5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.Bxc3 e4 - Tuzhik,A - Zablotsky,S [14:22]
  • 10: 4.e3 e5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.bxc3 Nf6 8.f3 0-0 - Piket,J - Morozevich,A [20:07]
  • 11: 4.e3 e5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.bxc3 Nf6 8.f3 e4 - Malakhatko,V - Miladinovic,I [05:23]
  • 12: 4.e3 e5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.bxc3 Nf6 8.c4 Qd6 9.d5 Ne7 - Lacrosse,M - Miladinovic,I [13:03]
  • 13: 4.e3 e5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.bxc3 Nf6 8.c4/Qb3/Nf3 - Ljubojevic,L - Morozevich,A [15:52]
  • 14: 4.e3 e5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.a3 Bxc3 7.bxc3 Nf6 8.c4 Qd6 9.d5 Nb8/Ne7 - Wojtaszek,R - Rapport,R [19:52]
  • Part 2: 3.Nf3
  • 15: Introduction [15:33]
  • 16: 3.Nf3 e5 4.Nxe5 Nxe5 5.dxe5 d4 6.g3/e3/e4 - Lotscher,R - Williams,S [19:02]
  • 17: 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Nc3 and Sidelines 4.e3/Qa4 - Nenashev,A - Rabiega,R [13:49]
  • 18: 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.cxd5 Bxf3 5.gxf3 Qxd5 6.e3 e5 7.Nc3 Bb4 8.Bd2 Bxc3 9.bxc3 Qd6 10.Rb1 0-0-0 - Hammer,J - Rapport,R [25:48]
  • 19: 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.cxd5 Bxf3 5.gxf3 Qxd5 6.e3 e6 7.Nc3 Qh5 - Brunner,L - Short,N [13:53]
  • Part 3: 3.Nc3
  • 20: Introduction [08:56]
  • 21: 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 Introduction and 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.e4 Bg4 6.Be3 e6 and 5.d5 Na5 6.Qa4+ c6 - Navara,D - Rapport,R [18:47]
  • 22: 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nf3 e5 6.dxe5 Bb4 7.Bd2 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Ba5 9.e3 0-0 - Aronian,L - Rapport,R [08:21]
  • Part 4: Sidelines
  • 23: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.e3 e5 4.dxe5 d4/dxc4 - Kostenko,P - Ma,Q [11:05]
  • 24: 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bf4/Bg5/g3 - Adorjan,A - Morozevich,A [08:07]
  • 25: Conclusion [04:12]
  • Quiz section
  • 26: Test 1 [08:33]
  • 27: Test 2 [03:56]
  • 28: Test 3 [05:22]
  • 29: Test 4 [01:25]
  • 30: Test 5 [03:00]
  • 31: Test 6 [05:04]
  • 32: Test 7 [03:25]
  • 33: Test 8 [01:58]
  • 34: Test 9 [02:42]
  • 35: Test 10 [01:26]
  • 36: Test 11 [01:59]

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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