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The surprising Janowski Variation (3...a6) in the Queen‘s Gambit Declined

Explore the mysteries of the powerful Janowski Variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined with this brand-new video course! Immerse yourself in this fascinating chess opening and learn how to exploit it to destabilise your opponents. To approach the Janowski Variation, which arises after the moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 (or 3.Nc3) a6, it is essential to understand the stakes of the position rather than accumulate a large amount of theory

This informative and thorough video course offers a complete exploration of the Janowski Variation, a chess opening renowned for its strength and strategic potential. Used by none other than Magnus Carlsen and other elite grandmasters, this variation is an invaluable asset for chess enthusiasts looking to improve their game and expand their opening repertoire. Throughout the lessons, you will discover:

  • The key concepts and essential strategies that characterise the Janowski Variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined.
  • A vast repertoire of the different possible responses by White to our variation.
  • Concrete model games that illustrate the success of this chess opening.
  • Interactive exercises to help you master this variation and apply your new knowledge.

Whether you’re a beginner looking to discover new things or a more experienced player looking for new openings, this video course is a valuable resource to add another string to your bow. By watching this video course, the Janowski Variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined will no longer be a mystery to you, and you will be ready to surprise your opponents on the board!

  • Video running time: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Training with ChessBase apps -
  • Memorize the opening repertoire and play key positions against Fritz on various level

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)

Extrait vidéo


  • Introduction
  • 3.Nf3
  • 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6
  • 3.Nf3 a6 4.Nc3 dxc4
  • Catalan Part 1
  • Catalan Part 2
  • 3.Nf3 a6 4.e3 Nf6 Part 1
  • 3.Nf3 a6 4.e3 Nf6 Part 2
  • 3.Nf3 a6 4.Nbd2 & 4.Qc2
  • 3.Nf3 a6 4.Bg5 Be7
  • 3.Nf3 & Nc3 a6 4.c5
  • 3.Nc3 and Main Line
  • 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6
  • 3.Nc3 a6 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nf6
  • 3.Nc3 a6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Qb3
  • 3.Nc3 a6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 Nf6 6.e3 Bd6
  • Main Line 3. Nf3 a6 4.cxd5 exd5 5. Nc3 h6
  • Model Games and Conclusion
  • Bobotsov - Petrosian
  • Portisch - Kasparov
  • Stockfish 8 - AlphaZero
  • Conclusion
  • Exercises
  • Exercise 1
  • Exercise 2
  • Exercise 3
  • Exercise 4
  • Exercise 5
  • Exercise 6
  • Exercise 7
  • Exercise 8
  • Exercise 9
  • Exercise 10
  • Exercise 11
  • Exercise 12
  • Exercise 13
  • Exercise 14
  • Exercise 15
  • Exercise 16
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