FNGSV – Four Knights Game Scotch Variation

In this previous post, I shared the opening that IM Ratkovic found to work exceptionally well for his students. Quick reminder… Four Knights Game Scotch Variation (FNGSV). It is an amazing weapon against 1…e5, leading to excellent positions for White. It is a low theory, easy to learn, and (surprisingly) not overwhelmingly popular among the […]

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Win Positions with Imbalances with FM Viktor Neustroev [TCW Academy]

Positions with Imbalances: Most club players think that ‘imbalances’ is an advanced concept that only Grandmasters understand. It can’t be further from the truth. Imbalance simply means that the material on the board isn’t equal. Positions like Two Rook vs. Queen, Two Minor Pieces vs. Rook, or Three Minor Pieces vs. Queen are all considered […]

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Play the Wing Gambit with FM Viktor Neustroev [TCW Academy]

Wing Gambit: Sicilian Defense is one of the most common responses against 1.e4. So, if you play 1.e4 you really have two options… Option 1 is to learn a TON of opening theory and hope to beat your opponent at their “home-field” pet lines (Difficulty level: Very Hard). Option 2 is to confuse, […]

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Win with Budapest Gambit vol. 1-2 with GM Marian Petrov [TCW Academy]

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Budapest Gambit: Are you looking for an opening against 1.d4 that… Leads to fast and furious attacks by Black. Check. Avoids your opponent’s home preparation and pet lines. Check. Prevents drawish and boring play. Check. GM Marian Petrov has got just what you need. Play the Budapest Gambit. It is the off-the-radar opening that is […]

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Owen’s Defense: Complete Guide

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Owen’s Defense: When it comes to studying openings, most of the players look for shortcuts and skip studying the rare ones. It gives their opponents good chances to surprise them with off-beat openings. One such option is Owen’s Defense. It is a flexible hypermodern opening. Black allows the first player to conquer the center and […]

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Max Lange Attack for White with FM Viktor Neustroev [TCW Academy]

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Looking for a very sharp opening with White pieces? FM Viktor Neustroev recommends… Max Lange Attack. This is a perfect choice for attacking players that will always keep your opponent on their toes. And if they don’t know the theory the game will lead straight to a HUGE upset! *** *** 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 […]

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Scandinavian Defense with FM Viktor Neustroev [TCW Academy]

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Scandinavian Defense: Need a low-theory, and a simple-to-play response to 1.e4? FM Viktor Neustroev recommends one of the oldest and most well-tested openings… the Scandinavian Defense. Why? First, White has no way of avoiding the Scandinavian after playing 1.e4. After 1…e5 the game is on! Second, White has limited options and Black is forcing the […]

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Tactical 1.e4: Why is It Perfect for Attacking Players?

Tactical 1.e4: When it comes to building an Opening Repertoire, it is important to consider the player’s strengths and weaknesses. Many people underperform because their openings don’t match their style. It is easy to imagine a strong positional player getting lost in tactical jungles as well as a strong tactician making no sense in a […]

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