One of the most difficult challenges for those who play 1.e4 is what to do after 1…e5. White’s mainstream options require deep understanding and good memory, nevertheless, Black gets solid positions in all of them. Learning tons of modern theory becomes not only difficult but also not very effective. Then why should we go for that at all?
Instead, you can choose solid but rare lines and learn them better than your opponents. To outplay them, you will only need to know the main plans and ideas. This is how Daniil Dubov defeated Hikaru Nakamura in the decisive game of a super tournament this year. After 1.e4 e5, he played the Vienna Game with fianchetto… and got a winning position after just 13 moves! Against such a strategy, even the strongest players can easily go wrong!
FM Zaur Tekeyev shares this approach with you and shows EVERYTHING you need to know to meet 1…e5 as Dubov did in that game. The Vienna with fianchetto is a good fighting weapon which is extremely easy to play with White and difficult to meet with Black. Sometimes it can transpose into the Pirc or the Philidor Defense, but in his 6-hour course, FM Tekeyev covers them all as well.
His clear explanations with a strong emphasis on the ideas and plans will make you not only confident against these openings, but a better player in general!
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