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Complete Black Repertoire vs. the English

DVD-box, ChessBase, 1. edition 2021

From the series »Fritz Trainer Opening«

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The English is becoming increasingly popular as White players avoid the heavy theory of 1.e4 or 1.d4 and hope to achieve a small advantage in a safe position. A lot of club players tend to focus on openings against 1.e4 and 1.d4 but neglect to study a response to the English. 1...e5 is a theoretically sound response with good chances of equality or better in all variations, and in this video series I provide a complete Black repertoire based on this move. I have several years of experience playing 1...e5 against the English, and it is used regularly by many of the world’s leading grandmasters. Anish Giri is known for his opening preparation and his ideas feature heavily in the chapters.

The repertoire is designed for players who want a complete, independent repertoire against 1.c4. 1...e5 is the 2nd most popular response to the English after 1...Nf6, and doesn’t allow direct transpositions into 1.d4 openings. In many of the chapters Black equalises, and when the White players become a bit adventurous or don’t know how to handle the positions, Black can hope for an advantage. The two positions that feature most heavily are the Four Knights English, 1.c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 and the systems with early g3, 1.c4 e5 2. g3 c6. In both of these positions I have studied the main variations in depth, but also covered some of the minor lines. The same themes have a habit of coming up regularly and I have attempted to present the main ideas of these key positions as well as the theory in order to help the viewer’s understanding of this opening.

  • Video running time: 4 hours 50 min (English)

  • With interactive training including video feedback

  • Extra: Training with ChessBase apps - Memorize the opening repertoire and play key positions against Fritz on various levels

  • Database with model games

GM Nick Pert is a chess grandmaster from England who has regularly played for the England team in Olympiads and European Team Championships. He is a former World U18 chess champion and is the current National Head Coach of the English Chess Federation.


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More Information
Weight 100 g
Manufacturer ChessBase
Width 13.5 cm
Height 19 cm
Medium DVD
Year of Publication 2021
Author Nick Pert
Series Fritz Trainer Opening
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-3-86681-808-8
Binding DVD-box


Sample Video:

01. Introduction

02. Early Deviations

03. The Four Knights

04. 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6

05. 4.e4

06. 4.a3/d3

07. 4.d4

08. 4.e3 Bb4 5.Nd5

09. 4.e3 Bb4 5.Qc2 Bxc3 6.Qxc3

10. 4.e3 Bb4 5.Qc2 Bxc3 6.bxc3

11. 4.g3 Bb4 5.Nd5

12. 4.g3 Bb4 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 e4 7.Ne1/Nh4

13. 4.g3 Bb4 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 e4 7.Ng5

14. Reversed Bb5 Sicilian

15. 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Bb4

16. 4.Bg2

17. 4th move alternatives

18. White plays 2.g3

19. 1.c4 e5 2.g3 c6

20. 3.Bg2 d5

21. 3.d4 e4 4th move alternatives

22. 3.d4 e4 4.Nc3 d5 5th move alternatives

23. 3.d4 e4 4.Nc3 d5 5.Bg2

24. 3.Nf3 e4 4.Nd4 d5 5.cxd5

25. 3.Nf3 e4 4.Nd4 d5 5th move alternatives

26. Minor variations

27. Exercises

28. Exercise 01

29. Exercise 02

30. Exercise 03

31. Exercise 04

32. Exercise 05

33. Exercise 06

34. Exercise 07

35. Exercise 08

36. Exercise 09

37. Exercise 10

38. Exercise 11