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Fundamentals of Chess Openings

Openings may seem daunting, after all, with all the material out there on openings, what should you read or watch? Well, you can start with this DVD because I’ll teach you all about the basics which apply to practically every single opening! Have you ever wanted to learn openings without the hassle of memorizing variation after variation? Do you just want to understand why you make the moves you make?

Then this is the DVD for you! Starting out in chess is difficult, and this DVD aims to reduce that stress. Designed for beginner levels in openings, I hope to give a brief introduction to the reasons we play some of the most common moves in popular openings like the Spanish and Sicilian. Focusing exclusively on the two most popular first moves, 1. e4 and 1.d4 openings, this DVD can be used for both white and black. Aside from covering specific variations, I have also included the basic rules of openings we should all follow, such as controlling the center, developing towards the center, and much more!

• Video running time: 5 hours 50 minutes (English)
• Further Training chapter with repertoire feature


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)

Muestra de vídeo


  • Introduction
  • Intro
  • Intro to development
  • Intro to center
  • Why you don’t move the queen a million times
  • Intro to king safety
  • Don’t neglect development
  • Why you should put development first
  • Pawn or development
  • Please develop!
  • How do we get a strong center?
  • Space with IQP (isolated queen pawn)
  • Control of center and then attack on flank
  • Another way of preventing castling
  • Open Games
  • Fried Liver Attack
  • Italian Game
  • Italian Game – Pianissimo
  • Spanish Basics
  • Spanish Basics 2
  • Spanish - Chigorin with d5
  • Spanish - Breyer
  • Spanish - 5.d3 - Intro
  • Spanish - Berlin Defence
  • Spanish - 5.d3
  • Spanish - 5.d3 d6
  • Spanish - 5.d3 b5
  • Semi-Open Games
  • Caro-Kann 1
  • Caro-Kann 2
  • French
  • French exchange variation
  • French advance variation
  • Sicilian
  • Introduction
  • Dragon - Intro
  • Dragon
  • Dragon - 9.Bc4
  • Dragon - 9.0-0-0
  • Dragon - 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Qe1
  • Dragon - 9.0-0-0 d5 10.exd5
  • Sveshnikov
  • Closed and Semi-Closed Games
  • Introduction
  • Queen's Gambit Declined 1
  • Queen's Gambit Declined 2
  • Queen's Gambit Declined 3
  • Semi-Slav
  • Nimzo-Indian Defence 1
  • Nimzo-Indian Defence 2
  • Nimzo-Indian Defence 3
  • Nimzo-Indian Defence 4
  • Queen's Indian Defence
  • Conclusion
  • Conclusion 1
  • Conclusion 2
  • Conclusion 3
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