The Queen's Knight Attack Chess Opening System (1. Nc3)
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 - starting 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
- Can enhance a 1.e4 repertoire with Nc3 based "Anti-systems" that cut down theoretical burdens and where you are often more likely to gain info. advantages
- 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
- A four quadrant model of thinking where you can make the informed tradeoff between surpris value and accuracy and apply it to your opening repertoire in general
- Model games from GM Baadur Jobava which relate to 1. Nc3 d5 2. Nc3 - Nc3 will add surprise value here and you will have backing of many high level game examples
- Model games from successful online GM Alexsur81 who often plays 1. e4 d5 2. Nc3 - The Closed Scandinavian which by transposition enriches this course
- Knows how the chess pieces move
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 the 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 Opening
Queen's Knight Opening
Van Geet Opening
Knight 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"
Who this course is for:
- Beginner to Intermediate players
- Advanced players who want a great surprise weapon especially at faster time controls
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 :)