Nimzo–Larsen Attack Chess Opening with FIDE CM Kingscrusher
What you'll learn
- Ability to have a full repertoire with White based on 1.b3
- Ability to create unusual problems for opponents in the Opening phase
- Ability to understand key example games from key exponents including Larsen and Nimzovich
- Ability to win more easily with the White pieces
- Ability to have a surprise weapon to switch to when frustrated with more mainline openings
- Ability to get opponent's improvising and losing time on the clock which is especially dangerous at faster time controls
- Ability to take seriously an unusual system many opponent's have not taken seriously and not researched and therefore often improvise badly
- Ability to have a cute little Star-Wars fan "R2-D2" robot in the form of the b2 bishop on your chessboard "spaceship" with the ability to strike things :)
- Ability to have a fantastic weapon especially for faster time controls such as blitz because opponent's often forced to improvise on their own resources
- Ability to set up opposite side castling scenarios with great examples from Bent Larsen and other key exponents
- Ability to see as of time of course a weapon of super GM Richard Rapport - Rank #11 in the world - scores over 35% with 1.b3
- Ability to see as of time of course a weapon of super GM Hikaru Nakamura - Rank #1 on FIDE Blitz Chess rankings scoring overall over 58% with White
- Ability to research something he opponent cannot avoid. No wasted research time on something that might not turn up on the board
- Ability to have a secret weapon with informational advantage that can get much bigger advantages often than "main lines"
- Ability to set up a "goal hanging" resouces analogous to "Thorn pawn" which lurks around opponent's King if they castle Kingside
- Ability to have very fast zaps in faster time controls based on the "Goal hanging" Bb2 resource
- Ability to absorb positional patterns and themes from the example variations within games as well as the example games themselves
- Ability to see how Magnus Carlsen - the current world chess champion has used 1.b3 crushingly against super grandmasters such as Wesley So
- Ability to easily research often opposite side castling scenarios which can be huge fun to play from
- Ability to learn a great day from classic Nimzovich games who used the 1. Nf3 then b3 move order in many games - one of the strongest players in the world
- Ability to appreciate more the hard reality of pawns not being able to go backwards, and Nimzovich tickling pawns with knight moves based on this
- Ability to appreciate a "Hypermodern" opening and its influence over the center through control rather than occupation
- Ability to be inspired by many beautiful game examples especially on how the b2 bishop can be liberated, magnified, exploited & when departed give advantage
- Ability to spice up or transpose into the English opening with the inclusion of b3
- Ability to see how multiple world champions have made use of b3 - directly or indirectly to create wonderful possibilities and game victories
- Ability to spice up or transpose into the Reti Opening 1. Nf3 with 1. b3 later - the Classical variation - avoiding 1.b3 e5 variations
- Ability to spice up or transpose into the Bird's Opening with 1. b3 later - and contribute more to dark square grip strategy
- Ability to spice up or transpose into the King's Indian Attack with Queenside bishop fianchetto later - double fianchetto helps control central squares
- Ability to spice up or transpose into 1.g3 - Benko's opening with Queenside bishop fianchetto later - double fianchetto situation helps control central squares
- Know how the chess pieces move
Discover the strategic depth of the Nimzo-Larsen Attack in our course 'Nimzo–Larsen Attack Chess Opening with FIDE CM Kingscrusher'. This potent chess opening, characterized by the initial move 1.b3, is as versatile as it is intriguing, capable of delivering wins against any countermove by your opponent. This course presents the tools you need to master this opening, imparting knowledge directly from FIDE CM Kingscrusher.
The Nimzo-Larsen Attack is a novel, flank opening move which prepares to fianchetto the Queen's bishop, adding intriguing layers to the game. Not only does it position the player to exert control over the dark squares, it also facilitates attacks if the opponent decides to castle on the Kingside.
This opening carries the name of two chess legends: Aron Nimzowitsch, the groundbreaking 'Hypermodern' thinker who authored 'My System', an iconic book that continues to influence generations of players, and Bent Larsen, the esteemed Danish grandmaster who was a contemporary of Bobby Fischer. The course takes an in-depth look at their legacies, giving students historical context to the opening.
Kingscrusher's fascination with the Nimzo-Larsen Attack grew after witnessing its successful deployment by Super-Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura during the ICC Blitz Chess Open in 2011. Despite its underdog status in some circles, the Nimzo-Larsen Attack has proven its worth repeatedly, even in high-level games. Bobby Fischer himself used it to spectacular effect in 1970, winning all five games where he utilized it.
Today, the opening finds proponents among Grandmasters such as Vladimir Bagirov, Baadur Jobava, Hikaru Nakamura, Richard Rapport, and Adhiban Baskaran. Its potency as a surprise weapon in opening repertoires and its usefulness in faster time controls makes it a compelling choice for both International Masters and Grandmasters.
This course will guide you in exploring the unique potential of the Nimzo-Larsen Attack, enabling you to gain tangible advantages right from the opening. Its distinctive classification in online databases allows you to study games from modern exponents, further enriching your understanding of this creative and effective opening.
Who this course is for:
- Beginner to Intermediate players
Tryfon Gavriel, also known as "Kingscrusher" on the Internet. I am a FIDE Candidate Master (CM), and British Regional Chess Master, and run a popular Youtube channel for many years with over 114k+ Subs as of 2021 and a Silver Button Award.
I have done many shows on commercial chess servers. I am also the Webmaster of the correspondence-style chess server Chessworld which emphasizes game quality and research.
Over 35 years of playing activity both online and offline. Peak ICC blitz rating of 2625 (18-Jun-1999). Peak ICC 5 min auto-pairing of 2383 (29-Jun 2012). ECF Grading peak classical: 212 (A) ECF. Peak Rapid rating: 217 (C).
Lichess marathon top 10 finishers in 4 marathons so far. Top 50 finisher in 8 marathons so far. Top 100 finisher in 4 marathons so far. And top 500 in 2 marathons so far. Won quite a few tournaments at lichess - in fact giving me 3rd rank overall behind Lance5500 and papasi in a recent detailed statistical blog analysis titled "Lichess Marathon Statistics".
One of my earliest Over-the-board achievements in Chess was winning the Lloyds Under 18 national UK tournament in 1989. My trophy was awarded to me by Grandmaster and Ph.D. Mathematician Dr John Nunn.
I have done teaching in Schools and also have done teaching online with several Lichess students on a regular basis, and have a very good coaching rating at lichess.
Played twice in the main British Chess championship. Many of my Youtube viewers claim big rating increases after watching my videos.
I particularly love attacking chess, chess tactics, and combinations, and it is probably no accident that my "Complete Guide to Chess Tactics" has been a best-seller shortly after its release here at Udemy.
In general, I will try and give you greater enthusiasm for the game and in particular the dynamic attacking, aggressive tactical aspects of playing chess. My favorite heroes are mainly Attacking style tactical players: Paul Morphy, Alexander Alekhine, Mikhail Tal, Bobby Fischer, and Garry Kasparov. if you want to be a dynamic aggressive attacking style player, I may be able to encourage you and find you relevant resources on that path. The dynamic aggressive attacking players were particularly strong tactically and would often trade off pawn structure neatness and material to try and checkmate the opponent's kings. Checkmate does win the game :) They were masters of finishing combinations naturally as they sought to reduce the king's safety of the opponent in various ways including bringing the King out for often beautiful mating combinations.
In terms of concrete openings to make use of potentially teaching here at Udemy through courses. I like King-Attacking aggressive openings even with the black pieces like the King's Indian Defence to 1.d4 which my heroes Fischer, Kasparov, and Tal made use of extensively.
As White, I sometimes like Solid openings on such as the London System. I also like provocative openings like the Knight's Tango systems to encourage weaknesses from opponents.
I am also at faster time controls especially, particularly fond of aggressive openings and gambits. For example, the Smith-Morra Gambit vs the Sicilian Defence, and other gambits can be used aggressively even with the black pieces such as the Albin Counter Gambit. Gambits vary of course in soundness and it is important to teach what "ticks many boxes" for use in various time controls. Also, I like surprising opponents with openings such as the Nimzo-Larsen attack, the King's Indian Attack, The London System, and Queen's Knight attack system 1. Nc3, all of which I have courses for here at Udemy.
In the search for the ideal courses to provide you, I like to search within myself for my core strengths and passions within the passion of Chess.
I truly hope you enjoy my courses and they improve your chess and your enjoyment of chess generally - and life generally :)