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The Queen'S Knight Attack Chess Opening System (1. Nc3)

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The Queen'S Knight Attack Chess Opening System (1. Nc3)

The Queen'S Knight Attack Chess Opening System (1. Nc3)
Published 8/2022
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Take the opponent by surprise - play 1. Nc3 and win against anything the opponent does

What you'll learn
A system which is an interesting alternative to mainline opening theory
A system which is a great alternative to having to learn tonnes of overgrown fashionable theory
A system which can get you surprising positions to get the opponent out of book early
A system which provides great options for transposition to get positions with great attacking prospects
Model games from Danish CC-Grandmatser Ove Ekebjaeg who was the 14th runner up World correspondence champion making great use of 1. Nc3 (6/7)
Model games from Ted Dunst who had a lot of fun miniature quick wins with it
Great options after 1. Nc3 e5 - strarting with 2. Nf3 with idea of a quick d4 - so no need to transpose into the Vienna game
The balance between repertoire options for speed chess vs classical chess - as well as even correspondence chess
Very original fun provocative situations arising after 1. Nc3 d5 2. e4 which can sometimes give great attacking chances if the player with Black overstretches
Model games from FIDE master Zvonko Mestrovic
A system which is simple to play yet effective - perfect for time-poor lazy people who want to watch Netflix and other stuff instead of opening theory
A system which based on Nc3 can simplify playing against the Caro-Kann - namely 1. Nc3 c6 2. e4 d5 3. Qe2 or 1. c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Qe2
Can enhance a 1.d4 repertoire with an alternative to the Queen's Gambit which opponents would usually find surprising and have to improvise more
A system which will equip you with the Jobava London system key insights where 1. Nc3 d5 is a "default" response but to be well prepared here
Requirements
Knows how the chess pieces move
Description
Do you like Adventure? Do you like "secret gardens" like the Novel "Secret Garden" - which we can use to spice up our chess and wake up from the over-trodden paths which can put us to sleep? Do you like Surprise? Are you sometimes a Maverick? Be a Top Gun in chess with 1. Nc3 :)Surprise is a powerful weapon in Chess. Kingscrusher has made great use of 1. Nc3 in online chess especially at faster time controls to get much better positions often than following standard opening theory. This course dissects the surprise value of 1. Nc3. It shows with greater informational preparation you can force the opponent to have to improvise more than you from early on in the game, and win much more easily than playing in a more conventional manner. The suggestion was made by one of Kingscrusher's non-chess-playing friends once about playing a surprising opening move to bypass a master's preparation. This is that kind of move - leading often into unique relatively unexplored territories. There is often a choice to transpose back to standard territory or investigate the powers of the unique values and positions that 1. Nc3 can generate.Even modern top flight Grandmasters are making use of Nc3 based systems to surprise opponents such as Baadur Jobava and Richard Rapport.  We can make use of transpositions sometimes to relatively unexplored territory where these Grandmasters and others have cut through enormous amounts of opening theory to get Nc3 based positions where they have room to be creative and resourceful in original positions rather than the "Beaten tracks" of opening theory. 1. Nc3 is known by many names - in fact, it has some of the biggest alternative name lists of any opening in existence. Queen's Knight Attack OpeningQueen's Knight OpeningDunst OpeningHeinrichsen OpeningBaltic OpeningVan Geet OpeningSleipnir OpeningKotrč's OpeningMeštrović OpeningRomanian OpeningMillard's OpeningKnight on the Left, and (in German) der Linksspringer.Kingscrusher has made great use of 1. Nc3 especially in faster time controls. 1. Nc3 tends to take opponents by surprise early on and encourages them to improvise badly away from their more theoretically prepared territory. 1. Nc3 can also be a great transpositional tool heading for some great attacking 1. Nc3-based destinations. Kingscrusher's use of it often gets amazing attacking opportunities early on because opponents tend to want to chase the knight to g3 and in doing so create light square weaknesses. If Bc4 is allowed, then White often has amazing attacking potential making use of the h-pawn quite often later. But there is a more solid "boring" alternative in 1. Nc3 d5 2.d4 with a view to playing the Jobava London system - a name which GM Simon Williams has given to the particular variation of the London system where a Knight is placed on c3 instead of a pawn on c3. Some very strong correspondence chess players make use of 1. Nc3 frequently, and it is occasionally seen over-the-board as well. This course aims to establish an objective "truth" for this opening and its possible effectiveness at different time controls of bullet, blitz, standard one-day chess, and correspondence chess, which is the ultimate test of its "Scalability"

Overview

Section 1: Introduction

Lecture 1 A Nc3 styled opening repertoire

Lecture 2 Why Kingscrusher passion for 1. Nc3 ?

Lecture 3 Key Terminology explained including Transposition, Accuracy, Evaluation

Lecture 4 Four Quadrant Diagram "Surprise vs. Accuracy" - useful for playing and research

Lecture 5 What is the value of Surprise in Chess?

Lecture 6 Why avoid main line opening theory?

Lecture 7 Why is Nc3 an important component of Anti-systems?

Lecture 8 Why include some blitz game examples from world of online chess?

Lecture 9 Why prioritise iconic instructive games in Transposition sections?

Lecture 10 Course Evolution Plan

Lecture 11 Pointers for Exponent driven further research

Lecture 12 Tips and Pointers for Online database research

Lecture 13 Enriching a 1.e4 or 1.d4 repertoire with Nc3 based anti-systems

Lecture 14 Art of War principles - applied to Four Quadrant Diagram :)

Lecture 15 Art of War principles - in recap summary

Lecture 16 Nc3 as an opening component played at move 2 or move 3 - research opportunities

Lecture 17 Some of the major premises the course is built on

Lecture 18 Course section ordering considerations

Lecture 19 1.Nc3 d5 - is it better to play 2.d4 or 2.e4 ? - Example #1 - Alexsur81 vs KC

Lecture 20 1.Nc3 d5 - To 2.d4 or 2.e4 - Example #2 with 2.e4- Austin Lockwood vs Sam Sharpe

Lecture 21 1.Nc3 d5 - To 2.d4 or 2 - Example #3 with 2.d4 - Lockwood vs Schuller

Lecture 22 On a lighter note - Magnus Carlsen using 1.Nc3 in bullet in a shockingly fun way

Section 2: Jobava London System: 1.Nc3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bf4

Lecture 23 4 Quadrant Position: Surprising and accurate

Lecture 24 1. d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4 g6 OR 1.Nc3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 etc

Lecture 25 In 6 Cs || Qd2 and Bf4 ideas with castling queenside - Jobava vs Van Wely - 2014

Lecture 26 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 || 1.Nc3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 etc

Lecture 27 In 13 Cs || Dark square weaknesses around King exploited - Jobava vs Ponamariov

Lecture 28 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4 e6 4.Nb5

Lecture 29 In 7 Collections|| Knight on e5 helps drive attacking potential - Jobava vs Liem

Lecture 30 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4 Bf5 OR 1.Nc3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 etc

Lecture 31 In 10 collections || Kingside pawn storm using f3 and g4 - Jobava vs Mamedyarov

Lecture 32 1.Nc3 d5 2.d4 c5 3.e4?! Reverse Albin Counter Gambit

Lecture 33 Interesting gambit compensation gives nagging edge - Hebden vs Beinoras

Lecture 34 1.Nc3 d5 2.d4 Bg4

Lecture 35 Interesting dynamic game - Schiller vs Flear

Section 3: Closed Scandinavian - 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nxe4

Lecture 36 4 Quad Position: Surprising but slightly inaccurate - 2…d4 stronger

Lecture 37 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nxe4 e5?!

Lecture 38 A major trap to be aware of - Ekebjaerg vs Reyss

Lecture 39 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nxe4 Nd7

Lecture 40 Nurturing semi-open e-file pressure and e5 square - Ekebjaerg vs Morgado

Lecture 41 Bishop pair advantage leads to amazing tactic - Mestrovic vs Bednarski

Lecture 42 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nxe4 Nd7 4.Bc4 Ngf6 {e6 more solid looking} 5.d3

Lecture 43 Important practical note for online chess 4.Bc4 Nd7 5.Bxf7+ scores well online!

Lecture 44 Bishop sacrifice Example #1 - 8…Qe8 inaccuracy - Meister vs Muse

Lecture 45 Bishop sacrifice Example #2 - 9…Qxg2 inaccuracy - Zlatanovic vs Martic

Lecture 46 f4 creates some nice attacking plans including rook lift - Ekebjaerg vs Svensson

Lecture 47 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nxe4 Nd7 4.Bc4 Ngf6 e6

Lecture 48 e6 rock Example #1 - g-file break causes K safety issues - Nakamura vs Krush

Lecture 49 e6 rock Example #2 - Black weakens a4-e8 diagonal - Bauer vs Favarel

Lecture 50 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 Bf5

Lecture 51 Disaster soon out of Caro-Kann style opening - Mestrovic vs Rouchouse

Lecture 52 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nxe4 Nf6 4.Nxf6+ gxf6 (a bit double edged)

Lecture 53 In 65+ collections - King is a bad defender - Chiburdanidze vs Short

Lecture 54 In 4 collections - Early direct f7 attack - Suba vs Lopez

Section 4: Reverse Queen Knights Tango : 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2

Lecture 55 4 Quad Position: Surprising but slightly inaccurate

Lecture 56 In 5 collections || 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2 c5 4.Ng3 g6

Lecture 57 King Side attack amplified by powerful light squared bishop - Dunst vs Osher

Lecture 58 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2 c5 4.Ng3 Nf6

Lecture 59 f7 issue after Black castles Queenside - Van geet vs Beuger

Lecture 60 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2 c5 4.Ng3 Nc6

Lecture 61 Dynamic ideas create an unstoppable K-side attack - Ekebjaerg vs Hyldkrog

Lecture 62 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2 e5 4.Ng3 Be6 5.c3 (seems the best bet)

Lecture 63 Central undermining strategy causes overreaction - Van Geet vs Van den Berg

Lecture 64 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2 e5 4.Ng3 Be6 5.Bb5+ (not scalable to classical games)

Lecture 65 Grandmaster blitz - Swapping off Light square bishops - Alexsure81 vs ghadanfar

Lecture 66 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2 e5 4.Ng3 Be6 5.Nf3 (shouldn't be good if … f6)

Section 5: Lizard Attack system: 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2 e5/c5 4.d3

Lecture 67 4 Quad Position: Surprising but slightly inaccurate - 2…d4 stronger

Lecture 68 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 e4 3.Nce2 e5 4.d3 (Lizard Attack system)

Lecture 69 Pawn sacrifices lead to strong attack - Mestrovic vs Philipp

Lecture 70 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2 c5 4.d3

Lecture 71 Undermining pawn centre plan takes center stage - Mestrovic vs Raicevic

Lecture 72 Grandmaster blitz example - Alexsur81 vs SuleimanovBulat

Section 6: Blackmar Diemer Gambit: 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.f3 exf3 4.Nxf3 Nf6 5.d4

Lecture 73 4 Quad Position: Surprising but inaccurate for this gambit

Lecture 74 Introduction - Nc3 is the "Diemer" innovation of the Blackmar-Diemer

Lecture 75 In 12 collections - A naughty trap when d4 is not played - Gedult vs Melchior

Lecture 76 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.f3 exf3 4.Nxf3 Nf6 5.d4

Lecture 77 In 17 collections || Queenside castling with attack prospects - Diemer vs Heinz

Lecture 78 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 e6

Lecture 79 In 19 collections || Pressure on f6 and Kingside - Diemer vs Fuller

Lecture 80 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bf5 6.Ne5 (vacates f3 for Queen)

Lecture 81 In 7 Collections || Import Ne5 to vacate f3 for Queen - Diemer vs Gunderam

Lecture 82 In 9 Collections || Ne5 creates dynamic pressure Q sacrifice - Diemer vs Lugwig

Lecture 83 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Qxf3 (Ryder Gambit)

Lecture 84 In 55 C's | Beautiful checkmate combination -Ryder Gambit - Diemer vs Schickner

Lecture 85 1. d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 exf3 5. Qxf3 Qxd4 6. Be3 Qg4

Lecture 86 In 62 collections || In for a penny, in for a pound - Diemer vs Schuppler

Section 7: Dunst/ Myers Gambit: 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.d3

Lecture 87 4 Quad Position: Surprising but inaccurate for this gambit

Lecture 88 1.e4 d5 2.Nc3 dxe4 3.d3 Nf6 4.Bg5 OR 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 etc

Lecture 89 Dunst Gambit aka Myers Gambit tested - Mrazek vs Volodin

Lecture 90 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d3 dxe4 4.Bg5 exd3 5.Bxd3 e6 OR 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 Nf6 etc

Lecture 91 Black plays a passive e6 move and White has compensation - Herbold vs White

Lecture 92 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.d3 Nf6 4.Bg5 exd3 5.Bxd3 Bg4 6.Nf3 Bxf3

Lecture 93 Kingscrusher blitz - Black breaks opening principles and is punished badly

Lecture 94 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.d3 Nf6 4.Bg5 exd3 5.Bxd3 b6 {too slow!)

Lecture 95 Kingscrusher blitz - seemingly crushing position creates complacency

Lecture 96 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.d3 Nf6 4.Bg5 exd3 5.Bxd3 e6 (inaccuracy)

Lecture 97 A fun opposite side castling game - Kingscrusher vs Tsarsi10

Lecture 98 Disaster on the d-file losing material - Kingscrusher vs Riyadh

Lecture 99 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.d3 Nf6 4.Bg5 exd3 5.Bxd3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bg4 (inaccuracy)

Lecture 100 Over-enthusiasm to exploit f3 pinned knight - Kingscrusher vs GalyaevA

Section 8: Alekhine Defence style: 1.Nc3 Nf6

Lecture 101 4 Quad Position: 2.e4 or 2.d4 are both not Surprising (logical!) and accurate

Lecture 102 1.Nc3 Nf6 2.e4 g6

Lecture 103 In 820+ C's || Kasparov's Immortal game - ICONIC King Hunt - Kasparov vs Topalov

Lecture 104 1.Nc3 Nf6 2.d4 d5 3.Bg5 OR 1.Nc3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bg5

Lecture 105 Doubling pawns on f6 can lead to d5 pawn break - Webster vs Martin

Lecture 106 1.Nc3 Nf6 2.d4 g6 3.e4 d6 4.Be2

Lecture 107 Fun rook switch to Queenside - Mestrovic vs Kutirov

Lecture 108 1.Nc3 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.d4 c5

Lecture 109 Underestimating Nb5 threat after subtle e3 move - Opperwezen vs Entertainment3ko

Lecture 110 1.Nc3 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 g6 5.Qh4 Bg7

Lecture 111 Stunning Rd6 move creates dangerous options - IM Opperwezen vs first_love

Section 9: Ne4 Anti-Sicilian: 1.Nc3 c5 2.Ne4 - idea of f4 and Nf2 later

Lecture 112 1.Nc3 c5 2.Ne4 e6 3.f4 (cute and accurate)

Lecture 113 Bird's structure transition- later semi-open b-file - Mestrovic vs Srebrnic

Lecture 114 1.Nc3 c5 2.Ne4 e6 3.Ng3 (3.f4 seems more accurate for Nf2 )

Lecture 115 Transition into Stonewall attack pawn structure - Mestrovic vs Gesos

Lecture 116 1.Nc3 c5 2.Ne4 e6 3.f4 d5 4.Nf2 Nc6

Lecture 117 Transition into a King's Indian attack with pawn storm - Mestrovic vs Kutuzovic

Lecture 118 1.Nc3 c5 2.Ne4 d6 3.e3 {in this position even more accurate than f4}

Lecture 119 Transition into Reverse Dutch Defence Classical - IM opperwezen vs superspeed

Section 10: Closed Sicilian: 1.Nc3 c5 2.e4 - Closed Sicilian examples

Lecture 120 4 Quad Position: Not surprising but accurate - White has a slight edge

Lecture 121 1.Nc3 c5 2.e4 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4

Lecture 122 A trap to be aware of based on opponent's natural play - Jones vs Nijboer

Lecture 123 1.Nc3 c5 2.e4 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6

Lecture 124 Structural damage vs Bishop pair - Maxime Vachier Lagrave vs Paravyan

Lecture 125 1.Nc3 c5 2.e4 Nc6 Bb5 e6

Lecture 126 Bxc6 even when e6 is played - Morozevich vs Hamdouchi

Lecture 127 1.Nc3 c5 2.e4 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4. dxc5 - A major trap to be aware of

Lecture 128 Getting Queen out early in opening can lead to disasters - Andriasian vs Pershin

Lecture 129 1.Nc3 c5 2.e4 Nc6 3.Bb5 Qb6 - dont take on c6 here

Lecture 130 Major trap to be aware playing with Queen out and about - Andriasian vs Pershin

Lecture 131 1.Nc3 c5 2.e4 e6

Lecture 132 Direct Queen and knight attack with Thorn pawn - Jones vs Swayangsu

Section 11: Closed Sicilian, Grand Prix Attack: 1.Nc3 c5 2.e4 d6 3.f4

Lecture 133 4 Quad Position: Surprising but accurate - White has a slight edge

Lecture 134 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6

Lecture 135 The power of playing e5 pawn break - Anand vs Gelfand

Lecture 136 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 g6

Lecture 137 A wonderful hack attack using early f5 pawn break - Welling vs Kappler

Lecture 138 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 Bg7

Lecture 139 The power of the f5 pawn break is really amazing - Short vs Gelfand

Section 12: Two-Knights Anti-Sicilian: 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 - with d4 ideas (not g3)

Lecture 140 4 Quad Position: Surprising but slightly inaccurate - Black has 2…d5 with edge

Lecture 141 Positional theme - not having pawn e4 keeps g2 bishop more active

Lecture 142 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 d5 3.a3

Lecture 143 In 16 collections || 3. a3 encourages weaknesses - Van Geet vs Versnel

Lecture 144 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4

Lecture 145 Transpositional Surprising confusion results in disaster - Mestrovic vs Hulak

Lecture 146 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 (inaccuracy)

Lecture 147 Semi-open d-file issues and disaster - Van Geet vs De Putter

Lecture 148 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.g3

Lecture 149 Tactics on the g2 to a8 diagonal based on no e4 pawn - Aronian vs Svidler

Lecture 150 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 d5 3.e4 Nf6 (Nimzovich Sicilian)

Lecture 151 Relentless problems set for Grandmaster opponent - Mestrovic vs Sher

Section 13: Mestrovic 3.g3 Fianchetto Anti-Sicilian: 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 (any) 3.g3

Lecture 152 4 Quad Position: Surprising but slightly inaccurate

Lecture 153 Positional theme - not having pawn e4 keeps g2 bishop more active

Lecture 154 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.d3

Lecture 155 Knight on rim is dim but also liability - Mestrovic vs Vettel

Lecture 156 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3

Lecture 157 Black volunteers light square bishop - Mestrovic vs Komljenovic

Lecture 158 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 5.d3

Lecture 159 Black castles Q-side giving White great attacking prospects - Mestrovic vs Hertl

Lecture 160 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d5 6.O-O Nf6 7.e4

Lecture 161 Black resolves central tension early but at disadvantage - Mestrovic vs Kragelj

Lecture 162 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.d3 Nc6 5.Bg2 e5

Lecture 163 Reverse Kings Indian Defence with extra tempo - Mestrovic vs Osterman

Lecture 164 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.d3 Bg7 5.Bd2 d6

Lecture 165 Black copycats Mestrovic's pet Bd2 idea with Bd7 - Mestrovic vs Djingarova

Lecture 166 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.O-O Nf6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4

Lecture 167 Keenness to exchange off black's fianchetto bishop pays off - Mestrovic vs Kovac

Lecture 168 1.Nc3 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.g3 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Bg2 Bg7 7.O-O O-O

Lecture 169 Going into self pin for an attacking opportunity - Mestrovic vs Marcic

Section 14: King pawn Napoleon Attack: 1.Nc3 e5 (inaccuracy) 2.Nf3

Lecture 170 4 Quad Position: Surprise value and accurate - White has advantage :)

Lecture 171 No need for Vienna game - which Kingscrusher was using when 2.Nf3 strong

Lecture 172 1.Nc3 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 5.Qxd4

Lecture 173 Amazing early rook lift and severe weakness of last move later - Geet vs Taksrud

Lecture 174 1.Nc3 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5

Lecture 175 Great use of semi-open d-file to win material with - Mestrovic vs Truta

Lecture 176 f6 thorn pawn emerges for the attack - Kingscrusher vs FM Ward-Tsh

Lecture 177 1.Nc3 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bb4

Lecture 178 The strength of the bishop pair - Heberla vs Trent

Lecture 179 1.Nc3 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Bg5 d5

Lecture 180 In 5 collections || Impressive Knight opportunities - Dunst vs Gresser

Lecture 181 1.Nc3 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Bg5 Be7

Lecture 182 Early Nf5 leaves lots of pressure on d5 later - Andreikin vs Kryvoruchko

Lecture 183 1.Nc3 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 d5 (inaccuracy) 5.Bf4

Lecture 184 Black underestimates c7 square weakness - Trevelyan vs Davies

Lecture 185 1.Nc3 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.Nf3 exd4 4.Nxd4 Qf6 ( a bad mistake!)

Lecture 186 Punishing early Qf6 using c7 square liability - demadirk vs Slahirqi

Section 15: Vienna Game: 1.Nc3 e5 2.e4

Lecture 187 4 Quad Position: Surprising but slightly accurate-White has small edge only

Lecture 188 Vienna game needs its own dedicated course - this is just an inspirational game

Lecture 189 Hon vs Van de Sterren inspired Kingscrusher for Vienna game - which has Nc3 hero

Section 16: Modern defence style: 1.Nc3 g6

Lecture 190 4 Quad position - Not surprising but accurate when 2.e4 or 2.d4 played

Lecture 191 1.Nc3 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.e4 d6 4.Be2 c6 5.h4 h5

Lecture 192 h4 plan very dangerous and if h5 from black, g5 is nice - Mestrovic vs Bela

Lecture 193 1.Nc3 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.d4 d6 4.Be2 Nf6 5.h4

Lecture 194 The power of celebrating a relative pin on f6 knight - Mestrovic vs Buhmann

Lecture 195 1.Nc3 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.d4 d6 4.Be3 a6 5.h3 b5 6.a3 Nd7 7.Nf3

Lecture 196 Punishing an e6 weakness when f6 played - Aborigin100500 vs GM Alexsur81

Section 17: French Defence Two Knights variation: 1.Nc3 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nf3

Lecture 197 4 Quad Position: Surprising but slight inaccurate - 3.d4 is stronger

Lecture 198 1.Nc3 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nf3 Bb4

Lecture 199 A beautiful attacking game example - Book vs Ingerslev

Lecture 200 1.Nc3 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nf3 Bb4 4.e5

Lecture 201 In 20 C's || A wonderful Greek Gift sacrifice - Kosteniuk vs Carol-Peter Gouw

Lecture 202 1.Nf3 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nc3 d4 4.Ne2 c5

Lecture 203 In 38 C's || Dynamic pawn sacrifice for attacking play - Lisitsin vs Ragozin

Lecture 204 1.e4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.d4 c5 6.dxc5 Bxc5 7.Bd3

Lecture 205 In 16 C's || Unprotected piece liability exploited - Tseshkovsky vs Polgar

Section 18: Two Knights Caro-Kann: 1.Nc3 c6 2.e4 d5 3.Nf3

Lecture 206 4 Quad Position: Surprising and quite accurate - White has edge :)

Lecture 207 1.Nc3 c6 2.e4 d5 3.Nf3

Lecture 208 Wesley So immortal game brilliancy at Olympiad 2022 vs Melkhumyan Grant

Lecture 209 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 Nf6 6.d3 e6 7.a3

Lecture 210 In 60 C's || Getting bishop pair then f5 break powerful - Smyslov vs Botvinnik

Lecture 211 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.exd5 cxd5 5.d4 Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3

Lecture 212 In 150+ collections || An amazing king walk using dark squares- Tarrasch vs Reti

Lecture 213 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bg4 5.h3 Bxf3 6.Qxf3 Nd7 7.d4 Ngf6

Lecture 214 In 135+ Collections || Amazing sacrifices by both sides

Lecture 215 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e5 Ne4 5.Qe2 Nxc3 6.dxc3 b6 7.Nd4 c5

Lecture 216 In 17 Collections || The dangers of allowing e6 pawn wedge - Spielmann vs Walter

Section 19: Anti-Caro-Kann with Qe2: 1.Nc3 c6 2.e4 d5 Qe2

Lecture 217 1.Nc3 c6 2.e4 d5 Qe2

Lecture 218 Very smooth attacking style win - GM Alexsur81 vs Voinkonis_Nikita (2498 blitz)

Section 20: Pirc Defence Style: 1.Nc3 d6 2.e4 OR 1.e4 d6 2.Nc3 (fairly accurate)

Lecture 219 1.Nc3 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.d4 g6 4.Be2 Bg7 5.h4 {scores well in DBs)

Lecture 220 h4 hack attack move has a lot going on for it - Mestrovic vs Praznik

Lecture 221 1.Nc3 d6 2.e4 g6 3.f4 c6 4.Nf3 h5 5.Bc4 e6 6.Bb3 d5

Lecture 222 Power of the f5 break compensates bad bishop - Kingscrusher vs Realchess

Lecture 223 1.Nc3 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.f4 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4

Lecture 224 Black swaps off attacking bishop vs Nbd7 Nc5 and Be6 - Kingscrusher vs FM SNOEBE

Lecture 225 1.Nc3 d6 2.e4 g6 3.f4 Bg7 4.Nf3 c5 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.a3 e6 7.Ba2 Nge7 8.d3 O-O

Lecture 226 Grand Prix attack surprise - with h4 later - Kingscrusher vs FM Strelok2222

Section 21: Symmetrical Tango: 1.Nc3 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.e4

Lecture 227 1.Nc3 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.e4

Lecture 228 Very strong center as basis for direct attack later - Siigur vs Samberk

Section 22: Dutch Defence, Reverse From's Gambit: 1.Nc3 f5 2.e4

Lecture 229 1.Nc3 f5 2.e4

Lecture 230 A flawed but instructive correspondence game - Rost vs Roscher

Section 23: Anti-Dutch Raphael Variation: 1.Nc3 f5 2.d4

Lecture 231 1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 d5 or 1.Nc3 f5 2.d4 etc

Lecture 232 In 7 Collections || A superb Anti-Dutch defence weapon - Jobava vs Sandipan

Lecture 233 1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.g4

Lecture 234 Anti-dutch Nc3 system with interesting g4 gambit later - Kumaran vs Houska

Section 24: Owen's defence style: 1.Nc3 b6 2.e4 (followed by d4)

Lecture 235 1.e4 b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 d5 OR 1.Nc3 b6 2.e4 Bb7 3.e4 e6

Lecture 236 In 15 Cs || A wonderful conception involving Ng5 and Qg4 - Alekhine vs Rozanov

Section 25: St George Defence style: 1.Nc3 a6

Lecture 237 1.Nc3 a6 2.g3

Lecture 238 1.Nc3 a6 2.g3 - seems logical based on "cost" of playing for b5 exposing a8

Section 26: Goldsmith Style: 1.Nc3 h5

Lecture 239 Black plays a disastrous blunder at critical moment - Mortazavi vs Basman

Section 27: PGN Downloads

Lecture 240 PGN File of games of interest for 1.Nc3 fans

Section 28: Conclusions and philosophical points

Lecture 241 Conclusions and Philosophical points

Lecture 242 Bonus Lecture

Beginner to Intermediate players,Advanced players who want a great surprise weapon especially at faster time controls