Middlegame Secrets Vol.1 - The Power of the Queen

For a chess player, chess pieces are like specific tools in a toolbox. We need to know how to use them best, like a craftsman knows their tools. We shouldn’t use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail; and we shouldn’t use the queen just for defence.

This series will show you in great detail the specific qualities of each chess piece, so that you can maximize their effectiveness and thus improve your game. Queens are the true ladies of the chessboard. They are dangerous attackers, but poor defenders. They dislike dirty work, and often wait until other pieces prepare space for them. Let us learn together how to find the best spot for the queen in the early middlegame, how to navigate this piece around the board, how to time the queen attack, how to decide whether to exchange it or not, and much more!

• Video running time: 5 hours

• Extra: Additional database with exercises

• Training with ChessBase apps – 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
  • The queen shines
  • The queen fails to reach her potential
  • A personal experience of not handling the queen well
  • Attacking Queen
  • The 4th phase of the game - heavy pieces endgame
  • How Magnus Carlsen handles the queen
  • Queen Manoeuvres
  • Backward manoeuvres and spotting holes
  • Unprotected pieces
  • Queen transfer for coordination and harmony
  • Shall I exchange the queens?
  • First set of examples
  • Second set of examples
  • Cooperation
  • Queen + Knight = Soulmates
  • Queen + Knight = Soulmates II
  • Queen + Bishop battery
  • Queen + Rook(s) battery
  • Common Mistakes
  • Bad blocker and premature activity
  • Limited access to other parts of the board
  • Queen Masterpieces
  • Nakamura vs Navara
  • Nepomniachtchi vs Yu Yangyi
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