Discover the Most Popular Responses to 1 e4 and How to Defend Against Them
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What Will You Learn?
Many a chess game is won and lost in the opening. You may have a good understanding of basic tactics and endgames, but unless you are armed with an opening repertoire that you know well, you will be at a big disadvantage even against weaker players when you go into battle. But how do you develop an opening repertoire? If you like the opening move 1 e4, as many players do (according to World Champion Bobby Fischer: “Best by Test''), you are in luck. National Chess Master Evan Rabin, the CEO of one of the most successful chess coaching organizations, Premier Chess, has assembled a repertoire for you!
In Strategic Chess Openings, Evan will take you through the opening strategies that he has used to achieve elite status with his chess, and once you learn them, you can play just like a National Master! (for the first 10 or 20 moves, anyway) Evan prefers the symmetrical e-pawn opening known as the Ruy Lopez, or Spanish Game, characterized by the opening moves: 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5, also a Bobby Fischer favorite. With Evan, through step-by-step analysis, this course will take you through the most common Ruy Lopez variations, including the Ruy Lopez Closed, the Bird Variation, the Steinitz Variation and more.
Of course, black will not always cooperate with your plan to play the Ruy Lopez, which is why Evan will also teach you how to recognize and combat defenses like the Petroff (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6) and the Philidor (1 e4 e5 Nf3 d6). You will never be caught unawares by these defenses after watching this course, and will understand the main ideas and threats of each.
If you’ve played any chess at all with e4 as your opening move, you’ll know that one of the most popular responses is not symmetrical at all, but is 1…c5! The dreaded Sicilian. The Sicilian is the bane of many e4 players, as it is a very sharp defense with many complex variations, but in this course, Evan Rabin breaks them all down for you in easy to understand lessons. Evan shows you the Najdorf, Scheveningen, and Dragon variations of the Sicilian and what their weaknesses are so you can exploit them in your games.
In Part 2, Evan guides you through more pitfalls of fighting the Sicilian Defense, including the Maroczy Bind, the Sveshnikov, the Kan variation and more. Part 2 finishes off your e4 education with some other potential black counters such as the Scandanavian, the Pirc, the French, and Alekhine’s Defense. He even reviews his favorite defense for black against e4, the Caro Kann.
Naturally, white openings are only half the story, which is why Evan dedicates Part 3 to his preference defenses from the black side of the board. Evan is the master of the Caro Kann, (1 e4 c6), and in this section of the course, teaches you all the secrets of this surprisingly sharp defense for black, including variations such as the Classical, Advanced, Two Knights, Panov-Botvinnik attack, Fantasy Variation, and Exchange Variation. Evan has you covered against 1 d4 too, with sharp defenses like the Bogo Indian that will have white playing on your terms.
If you’re ready for an opening repertoire that gives you a real strategic edge, get Strategic Chess Openings by NM Evan Rabin. It will take your game to a whole new level!
So, What Exactly Do You Get?
RUY LOPEZ CLOSED VARIATION
RUY LOPEZ BIRD VARIATION
RUY LOPEZ STEINITZ VARIATION
SICILLIAN PIN VARIATION
SICILLIAN NADJORF: ENGLISH ATTACK
CARO KANN WHITE
B6 AND A6
CARO KANN CLASSICAL
CARO KANN ADVANCED VARIATION
CARO KANN 2 KNIGHTS
CARO KANN PANOV-BOTVINNIK
CARO KANN EXCHANGE
CARO KANN FANTASY VARIATION
NIMZO BOGO STYLE