In this 17+ hour bundle, you get access to chess repertoires to play with and against 1.d4. You will enjoy of 5 chess courses that will provide you with useful weapons to dominate 1.d4 win with and against the Nimzo-Indian.
GM Jan Gustafsson will help you to build a 1.d4 repertoire, and GM Sam Shankland will explain the creative potential of playing 1.d4 with White using some of his most memorable games as arguments.
Then, Gustafsson presents a full repertoire to challenge the Catalan Opening, the Vienna Game, the London System, the Trompowsky Attack, the Veresov Attack, and more openings with 1.d4.
How to Build your 1.d4 Repertoire – GM Jan Gustafsson
Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson gives you an overview of the real-life problems a 1.d4 player faces. By looking at every major opening from White’s perspective, Jan teaches us what our options are and how to alter the move order to make life as unpleasant as possible for our opponents.
While this is a 1.d4 series, 1.c4 and 1.Nf3 are also taken into account, with their pros and cons covered against all the major lines.
This course teaches us all about the many different openings that can be played against 1. d4 and how white can meet each of them. This series of videos helps us to have a full understanding of how to get a good position against any of black’s openings after playing 1. d4.
Black has many different ways to play against this move, including openings such as the Queen's Gambit Declined or Accepted, Slav, Nimzo-Indian, Queen’s Indian, King’s Indian, Grunfeld, Dutch, Benoni, Benko Gambit as well as other rare sidelines.
Jan helps us to understand the importance of being flexible with our openings, highlighting that many of the world’s top players are comfortable with all kinds of opening positions.
You’ll be learning how to mix up your opening preparation, but also how to understand what you are playing without having to memorize too many different things. By the end of the course, you will be completely prepared to play against any of black’s openings after 1. d4!
A Repertoire Against 1.d4. Part 1: Dealing with the Catalan – GM Jan Gustafsson
In an earlier video series, Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson looked at how to build a 1.d4 repertoire as White. Now he switches sides to show how Black should respond to 1.d4.
This series will build into a complete repertoire for Black and starts with how to meet one of White’s most trusted weapons: the Catalan.
The Catalan is perhaps the most popular opening at Grandmaster level today, being played by most of the top 10 including Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen. It is important, therefore, to know how to deal with the Catalan Opening as Black, regardless of the plan White goes with.
In this 3h 22m course, GM Jan Gustafsson gives you his recommendations for getting a good game against the Catalan, explaining the main plans for both sides and alerting you to all the tricks, traps and cunning move orders you need to know.
A Repertoire Against 1.d4. Part 2: The Vienna – GM Jan Gustafsson
In Part 2 of his series on how to meet 1.d4, Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson tackles the biggest “tabiya” there is, the position after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3. Jan recommends the underrated move 4…dxc4, the so-called Vienna, and provides a repertoire for Black against all of White’s options.
This course provides the viewer with a complete repertoire against 1.d4. This series can also be watched as a standalone guide for those interested in learning the Vienna.
A repertoire Against 1.d4. Part 4: Sidelines – GM Jan Gustafsson
This is the fourth and final part of Jan’s repertoire against 1.d4 and provides us with reliable weapons against the London System, the Trompowsky, the Veresov Attack and anything else that has not been covered yet.
We want to make viewers comfortable facing 1.d4 sidelines! This series can also be used to prepare for a game quickly if your opponent plays any of these lines.
Why Play 1.d4? – GM Sam Shankland
Sam Shankland makes the case for opening with 1.d4 with White, using some of his most memorable games as arguments.
To explain the creative potential of playing 1.d4 with White, and to showcase White’s strategies against Black’s main options.
Sam Shankland introduces the reasons behind his decision to devote his time and energy into studying and creating a course for 1.d4.