The Hedgehog System for Black with GM Marian Petrov [TCW Academy]

The Hedgehog System for Black with GM Marian Petrov [TCW Academy]

There’s a reason this 3-rank system is employed by legendary players like Portisch, Suba, Adorjan, Ljubojevic, Kasparov, and Karpov…and easily one of the most popular systems in chess. The Hedgehog System. The perfect way to keep the battle tense and avoid simplifications.

If you’re a chess player looking for a versatile and flexible opening system, then the Hedgehog system might be just what you need.

This unique opening is characterized by a pawn structure that resembles a hedgehog, with pawns on a6, b6, d6, and e6 forming a defensive barrier around the king.

Why play the Hedgehog system?

Come what may, you will always be ready for your opponent’s attacks. The pawn structure around your king offers a strong barrier of protection―making your opponent scratch their hair off trying to come up with an idea.

Most improving chess players suffer from what I call the “stiff board syndrome”. Once they start out with an opening, they are stuck to playing that. No flexibility or versatility at all. That’s where the Hedgehog comes in.

You can choose to play aggressively or defensively, depending on the situation. The structure allows you to move your pieces around the way you want.

What’s more, many players are not familiar with the Hedgehog system. Talk about a surprise weapon in your arsenal, right?

Your opponent may not know how to respond to your opening and already have the winning advantage from the first move.

Last but not least, it’s helluva challenging for your opponent as it requires a different approach from traditional openings.

Unless your opponent has spent hours studying this opening, good luck to him breaking through the defense and finding a weakness in your position.

Want to learn how to play the Hedgehog System like a pro?

Here’s GM Marian Petrov’s exclusive course for you, The Hedgehog System. A 3-hour long video training covering the nitty gritty of playing this system against the Sicilian, the English, the Nimzo-Indian, and so on.

Marian is one of our most POPULAR coaches, with thousands of students and dozens of courses to his name. In short, you cannot go wrong with this one!

Our recommendations

Want to know more about the Hedgehog System? Look at the Top 3 Plans for Black in it, This Opening According to Karpov as well as A Must-Have System for Every Chess Player.

We also recommend reviewing our latest TCW Academy courses:

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Updated 12.20.2023