ChessGoals Classical 1.d4 Course
ChessGoals Classical 1.d4 Course by National Master Matt Jensen and Adult Learner Jesse Buss
- Nimzo Indian (15 lines)
- Queen’s Gambit Declined (15 lines)
- Slav (15 lines)
- King’s Indian Defense & Grunfeld (15 lines)
- Benoni Family (15 lines)
- 1…d5 Others (12 lines)
- Other Systems (13 lines)
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Chapter 1: Nimzo Indian
The most common system for Black is the Nimzo-Indian Defense. We will follow a system similar to Mamedyarov and Carlsen by playing 4.Nf3 and 5.Bg5.
The resulting positions are solid, but press Black to play correctly. We will also look to transpose to Queen’s Gambit Declined structures if Black plays an early …d5.
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Chapter 2: Queen's Gambit Declined
The Queen’s Gambit Declined is a solid system that rivals the Nimzo-Indian in popularity. We recommend the Exchange Variation, which means we will capture on d5 early.
The resulting Carlsbad structure is one that has thematic plans. Our recommendation is similar to the Caro-Kann course in reverse, looking to play Nge2 and f3.
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Chapter 3: Slav Exchange
We are back with another Exchange Variation, but we definitely aren’t playing for a draw. We recommend the 4.Bg5 sideline to pose the opponent with some tricky strategic problems right from the start.
The resulting positions will leave your opponent scratching their head, as you play through the moves with confidence.
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Chapter 4: KID & Grunfeld
After three solid chapters, we will play more aggressively against the kingside fianchetto. If Black chooses the King’s Indian Defense (KID), we will play an early h3 and g4.
Against the Grunfeld, we also have an aggressive system, this time using the h4 advance combined with Bf4 and e3. We are releasing this full chapter for free on YouTube.
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Chapter 5: Benoni Family
The Benoni chapter covers the Benoni, Benko Gambit, Budapest, and 1…c5 lines. Against the Benoni, we will go for a quick center push with e4 and f4. In the Benko, we use the 4.Nd2 sideline to get some comfortable strategic positions.
In all of these lines, we are looking to obtain a strategic advantage or a very quick attack.
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Chapter 6: 1...d5 others
Chapter 6 covers less popular replies after 1.d4 d5 2.c4. We go into the Queen’s Gambit Accepted, Albin Counter-Gambit, Chigorin Defense, Tarrasch Defense, and more.
Against these lines we give you a solid response that also plays for an advantage without needing to memorize a ton of theory.
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Chapter 7: Other Systems
The final chapter wraps up all other common systems for Black. We go into the Modern Defense, Rat Defense, Dutch Defense, Englund Gambit, English Defense, and more.
Similar to chapter 6, we will get you into good positions without needing to memorize a disproportional amount of theory for the popularity of these defenses.