Players with interests and commitments away from the chess board often find it difficult to compete against those with more study time. Their opponents come to the board armed with the latest theory and can bash out moves well into the middle game. On this DVD Nigel Davies addresses this issue by demonstrating a simple and easy to learn opening system designed for the busy person. His recommendation of adopting a structure with ...d7-d6, ...c7-c6 and later ...e7-e5 as Black and d2-d3, c2-c3 and e2-e4 as White will enable you to sidestep book lines and reach a middle game position in which native ability is more important. This approach has many advantages, not least of which is that players who have come to rely on memory can play very badly when are no longer able to use it. The strategies presented here can also help develop positional understanding and provide important insights into similar openings such as the Kings Indian Defense.
Video running time: 4 hours.
Nigel Davies has been an International Grandmaster since 1993 and is a former British Open Quickplay and U21 Champion. He has played the lines presented here in his own games and worked extensively as a chess coach.
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7/8, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard
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It's an interesting system that I might use in tournaments. However, it would've helped if he could review more of the possible responses and pitfalls that exist with this opening idea. He spent more time defending it. Still, with a little research on the player's end, the opening is sound -- and useful for someone who doesn't have the time to learn thousands of opening lines.