Yozshum Drive the e-pawn later if he has support for it and if it suits him positionally. But even still, why would he play Essential opening moves Author Schiller, E. Hypermodern Opening Repertoire for White Essential Opening Repertoire The idea is to use the Bb2 bishop along its diagonal, especially if black castles kingside. Games are won and lost because of blunders with perfect play every game would be a draw.

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I got this new DVD because I believe Bologan is the consummate professional who knows the material he teaches quite deeply. Of course, it is quite impossible to imitate his level, but at least he is an amazing example to follow! He begins the DVD telling us about Richard Reti, a hypermodern genius from last century, who gave us many important ideas, and beautifully composed studies. Reti began to play 1. Nf3, and then followed with 2. But why is Bologan trying to teach us the Reti opening?

Practically, Bologan is saying that he would love to play 1. Instead, I believe it is interesting to understand what Bologan recommends from time to time as a recipe to neutralize Black, because that will form us as chess players at a level nothing else can, especially for those like me who compete in different tournaments and matches every month.

Let me prove it to you, because when Bologan was speaking in the introductory video, in my mind, the main lingering question was: how does he avoid Black entering a Sicilian? And in fact, in the first video, Bologan discusses the following line: 1. Nf3 g6 Bologan mentions this is a very tricky move order, and objectively he says the strongest move is e4 with the following continuation: 2. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Here White understands that Black will not be a patient lamb but will try to get at him at the very first opportunity.

Forget about fears concerning the tons of theory in the Open Sicilian and can get straight into the real fight! The repertoire given by Bologan for beating the Sicilian spans three volumes. If one wants to enter the Siclian, then Bologan gives a Maroczy bind setup, which I believe is a good idea to practice against an engine or human player, after the moves: 1.

Nf3 g6 2. Nc3 Nxd4 7. Qxd4 d6 8. Be2 Bg7 9. Be3 Qd2 Be6 Rc1 Qa5 Just try playing in the diagram above! But have no fear! So what does he give to play against someone who is clearly trying to make us enter the Sicilian? If someone tries 1. Nf3 c5 then Bologan discusses 2. Because there can be some transpositions from one opening into the other. For example after the moves: 1. Nf3 d5 2. Bg2 c6 4. Nbd2 h6 now we are at a crossroads, depending on what White plays.

If White plays 7. What you get The video series content is divided as follows: 28 videos of explanations on different lines 1 database of model games with games 15 videos of interactive positions Pro and cons This is not the repertoire you give to a beginner or a low-rated amateur.

But this is the perfect repertoire for the weekend warrior! On the other hand, this is not easy either, because Bologan shows how from some openings one can enter directly into the endgame. For example, in the following position, Bologan says this is a famous endgame played many times. But I noticed immediately the importance of knowing it. To practice, I created a word file with the FEN of the final positions Bologan shows, I wrote nearby a little evaluation, and then I played one or two games with that position, so I learned the good and bad, and it definitely helped me to understand both sides.

Try it in Fritz, right now! In the footsteps of giants In the beginning, Bologan says the strongest move after 1. Nf3 g6 is 2. Two of the chess giants I know, who used 1. Nf3 throughout their careers after 1. Nf3 g6 always played 2. I refer to Kramnik and Ulf Andersson. Does it mean Bologan is wrong? It just means this is a very flexible repertoire, and every GM will insert his own style and way to interpret the opening.

Final thoughts I consider this DVD a masterpiece because Bologan presents a kaleidoscope of ideas, transpositions, ways of obtaining what we want in the centre, which I believe is unique. In the beginning, one needs something simpler. This series is better for the seasoned tournament player who is going to an important tournament, and needs to bring the opponent out of a comfortable zone into a dark forest like Tal would say!

The English Opening Vol. While some people think openings are all about memorization, this series is about connecting the dots. Practically, in our minds, we must be able to recognize the different openings and patterns and find the move which prevents our opponents from realizing their plans, thanks to what we have learned from Bologan. If a beginner stubbornly prefers to learn closed games first, instead of playing open games and gambits, then GM Simon Williams made a pair of video series on the English, which provides a really a good starting point.

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