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Play Against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3

Introduction

1. ♘f3 c5 2. c4

This is my black repertoire against 1.Nf3 and 1.c4. I recommend 1...c5. There are many transpositions, which is why I combine the two starting moves in this repertoire.

For a long time I had difficulties facing 1.Nf3. As a Nimzo-Indian player as Black, I often found myself in uncomfortable positions, when White skillfully exploits move-order tricks. With this repertoire, Black doesn't worry about move orders. With 1...c5 Black rules out certain White variations.

Be aware that with 1.Nf3 c5, White can of course play 2.e4 and so you must be prepared to play the Sicilian Defense. But most White players of 1.Nf3, will tend not to be aiming for a Sicilian.

We will first cover 1.c4 c5, and everything which does not transition to the Nf3 lines. Then we'll consider 2.Nc3 Nc6. In the second half of the eBook we'll look at 1.Nf3 c5. There are two main approaches, one with g3 and Benoni or King's Indian Attack structures, and the second when White plays c4.

You will encounter many similar setups for Black throughout the eBook. For example, we will often play g6, Bg7, e6 and Nge7, which turns out to be a harmonious setup for Black.

I believe this is a very good repertoire to get decent positions out of the opening and be able to play for a win as well! So, let's get started!


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Play Against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3 GM Niclas Huschenbeth

Recommended level:

1200
1800
2200+

Introduction

Many White players have the starting moves 1.c4 and 1.Nf3 in their repertoire to be flexible and possibly enter preferred variations through move transitions.

Grandmaster Niclas Huschenbeth suggests to reply to both moves with 1...c5 and presents a complete Black repertoire in a total of 14 videos.

The advantage of the reply 1...c5 lies in the fact that move transitions to d4-systems are not possible anymore. This video series is intended for advanced players.

Goals

Learn a complete black repertoire against the moves 1.c4 and 1.Nf3, update your theoretical knowledge and play the opening like a grandmaster!

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Contents

  • Introduction

    Free
  • 1.c4 c5 sidelines

    • 2.g3
    • 2.e3
    • 2.e4
    • 2.b3
  • 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 sidelines

    • 3.e3
    • 3.e4
  • 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3

    • 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.a3
    • 5.b3
    • 5.d3
    • 5.e3
  • 1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 d5 sidelines

    • 4.O-O and 4.d4
    • 4.c4
  • 1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.0-0 e6 5.d3

    • 5. d3 Nc6 6. Nbd2 Be7 7.e4 b6 8.Re1 Bb7 9.c3
    • 9.e5
    • 9.Qe2
  • 1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.0-0 e6 5.c4

    • 5.c4 d4 6.e3
    • 6.b4
  • 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 sidelines

    • 3.g3
    • 3.b3
    • 3.e3
  • 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 sidelines

    • 6.a3
    • 6.e3
    • 6.Bf4
    • 6.Nbd5
    • 6.e4
  • 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4...6.g3 sidelines

    • 7.Nbd5
    • 7.Nc2
    • 7.e3!?
    • 7.Nb3
  • 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4...6.g3 Qb6 7.Ndb5 Ne5 8.Bg2

    • 9.Na4 Qd8 10.Nd6+
    • 9.Na4 Qd8 10.Nbc3
    • 9.Be3
    • 9.Na3
    • 9.Qa4
  • 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 sidelines

    • 6.e3
    • 6.Nb3
    • 6.Nxc6
    • 6.Nc2
  • 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e3

    • 8.Qb3 e6 9.Bb5
    • 8.Qb3 e6 9.Bc4
    • 8.Qb3 e6 9.Nxd5
    • 8.Qb3 e6 9.Bg5
    • 8.Bc4
  • 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.g3 sidelines

    • 6.d3
    • 6.a3
    • 6.e3
    • 6.e4
    • 6.d4
  • 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 e6 6.0-0

    • 7.d3
    • 7.b3
    • 7.d4
    • 7.a3
    • 7.e3
 
 
 
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