Scandinavian defence was used quite seldom, as Black has to take the Queen out to the center on the second move, and this will result in the tempo loss. 1.e4-d5 2.ed-Qd5. And, straight after the 3.Nc3 move, Black's Queen has to step back. Of course, these positions are played, but are difficult for Black to count on anything more that just the chances parity. Thus, on the second move Black can play 2.K:d5?! The very this variation is addressed in the video lesson. The lesson is led by the Master. Duration is more than one hour and half. This lesson will be of great use for players who like Scandinavian defence.
Russian game is an open debut appearing in many GM games. It may also be met at the amateur level. The lesson is presented by IM and is in English. It lasts quite long as practically all the variations of the Russian game are addressed therein. The White's and Black's traps are reviewed, as well. This debut appears after the 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 moves.
Trompowsky attack is the modern debut that places Black in front of the difficult choice. It has appeared not long time ago and became popular straight away. The video lessons are divided into three parts for convenience. In the first one we will have a look at 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 variant, in the second 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 and in the third 1.d4 d5 2.Bg5
In this video lesson the variations of the Old Indian formations for White are addressed. The lessons are in English. Straight after some preface on the history of the debut the practical part begins. The idea of the Old Indian formation for White is that he has spare tempo. White gets quite stuffy but perspective position. If playing accurately, Black has good chances, as well. It will make sense to play this debut against the ones who like Sicilian and French defence. The effect of suddenness pays off.
One more variation of the French defence 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bc3 6.bc Qa5! that has become popular recently.
In this video lesson we will have a look at the closed variation of the French defence (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 ) and Tarrasch variation (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5!).
After you watch this video lesson, you will understand what in fact the Indian formations for White in the French defence do not produce any difficulties to Black, if the debut is played accurately and properly. Also, the exchange variance in the French defence is addressed, especially the one involning the white-square bishop.
Baltic defence, in my opinion, is quite questionable debut. However, the author of this lesson wants to prove the contrary of this statement supporting this by specific examples. This debut appears at 1.d4-d5 2.c4-Bf5 moves. The Baltic defence was used by Peter Svidler, Shirov and other Grand Masters.