New: Qiyu Zhou - Fundamentals of Chess Openings

by ChessBase
4/27/2020 – All games start with the opening but learning an opening can be difficult. After all, there's a reason why top grandmasters spend hours to develop and to refine their opening repertoire and why opening books are so popular. But on her new DVD the Canadian WGM Qiyu Zhou makes things easier and shows how you can master the basic principles of the opening without studying and memorizing endless variations.

Fundamentals of Chess Openings Fundamentals of Chess Openings

Starting out in chess is difficult, and this DVD aims to reduce that stress. Designed for beginner levels in openings, a brief introduction to the reasons we play some of the most common moves in popular openings like the Spanish and Sicilian is given.


Understanding the ideas behind common openings

Qiyu Zhou about her DVD:

"Designed for beginner levels in openings, I hope to give a brief introduction to the reasons we play some of the most common moves in popular openings like the Spanish and Sicilian. Focusing exclusively on the two most popular first moves, 1. e4 and 1.d4 openings, this DVD can be used for both white and black. Aside from covering specific variations, I have also included the basic rules of openings we should all follow, such as controlling the center, developing towards the center, and much more!"


  1. Introduction
  2. Intro
  3. Intro to development
  4. Intro to center
  5. Why you don’t move the queen a million times
  6. Intro to king safety
  7. Don’t neglect development
  8. Why you should put development first
  9. Pawn or development
  10. Please develop!
  11. How do we get a strong center?
  12. Space with IQP (isolated queen pawn)
  13. Control of center and then attack on flank
  14. Another way of preventing castling
  15. Open Games
  16. Fried Liver Attack
  17. Italian Game
  18. Italian Game – Pianissimo
  19. Spanish Basics
  20. Spanish Basics 2
  21. Spanish - Chigorin with d5
  22. Spanish - Breyer
  23. Spanish - 5.d3 - Intro
  24. Spanish - Berlin Defence
  25. Spanish - 5.d3
  26. Spanish - 5.d3 d6
  27. Spanish - 5.d3 b5
  28. Semi-Open Games
  29. Caro-Kann 1
  30. Caro-Kann 2
  31. French
  32. French exchange variation
  33. French advance variation
  34. Sicilian
  35. Introduction
  36. Dragon - Intro
  37. Dragon
  38. Dragon - 9.Bc4
  39. Dragon - 9.0-0-0
  40. Dragon - 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Qe1
  41. Dragon - 9.0-0-0 d5 10.exd5
  42. Sveshnikov
  43. Closed and Semi-Closed Games
  44. Introduction
  45. Queen's Gambit Declined 1
  46. Queen's Gambit Declined 2
  47. Queen's Gambit Declined 3
  48. Semi-Slav
  49. Nimzo-Indian Defence 1
  50. Nimzo-Indian Defence 2
  51. Nimzo-Indian Defence 3
  52. Nimzo-Indian Defence 4
  53. Queen's Indian Defence
  54. Conclusion
  55. Conclusion 1
  56. Conclusion 2
  57. Conclusion 3


  • Video running time: 5 hours 50 minutes
  • Extra: Further Training chapter with repertoire feature
  • With interactive training including video feedback


WGM Qiyu Zhou, born in 2000, is a Canadian chess player who has competed for team Canada at the Women’s Chess Olympiad since 2014 and who won the Canadian women’s championship in 2016. | Photo: Alina L'Ami


€ 29,90

ISBN: 978-3-86681-757-9

EAN 9 783866 81757-9

Available: 24th April 2020


System requirements:

Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows 7, DirectX9 graphic card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9 and internet connection for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7 / 8 or 10, DirectX10 graphic card (or compatible) with 512 MB

RAM or better, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVDROM drive and internet connection for program activation.

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