New chess opening course – Bogo-Indian Defense

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Some time ago, we released the course “The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory – 2” (LINK). It received mixed feedback from our students. Those who studied the course appreciated good analysis of the openings. Some of the students were even able to defeat IMs/GMs using the lines provided. However, the other group of students wasn’t particularly happy.

They complained that:

  • they would want to have the video reviews of the openings
  • they were interested in some of the openings presented in the course but not in all of them (as they don’t play some of the openings presented).

In order to address these requests, we are considering splittingThe GM’s Openings Laboratory – 2” course into separate openings, thereby making it possible for you to purchase any particular opening for a relatively small price.
priceIn order to improve it further, we’ll record the additional video lessons explaining each opening. Feel free to let me know if you like this idea (you may write your comments below).

We’ve already prepared the dedicated opening course about the “Bogo-Indian Defense“. If you like this type of opening course, I’ll keep producing new ones. 🙂 Of course, I’ll take into account all the additional requests you submitted during the recent survey (LINK) and via comments.

Therefore, our new opening course “Bogo-Indian Defense” is being released today! The author of this course is our guest coach GM Levan Aroshidze. 🙂
levanThe Bogo-Indian is a solid and positionally sound opening. It can be used against both weaker opponents (whose positional understanding is lacking) and against strong rivals (because it gives you a very solid position). Hence, you can be ready to go in for the fight! 🙂

Note: you can find all details and the technical information about the course here: LINK

Now comes the important part – special offers! 🙂

Special offer – 1:

I’m going to provide everyone with a 30% discount on this course. This offer will be valid from today (11 August) to Friday, 14 August (inclusive).
bogo30Use the discount code “bogo30” when making your purchase. If you don’t know how to use a discount code, please see here: LINK

Special offer – 2:

As you can see above, I wrote that the practical part is taken from the course “GM’s Opening Lab – 2” (LINK). We value those loyal students who have already bought and studied the course “GM’s Opening Lab – 2” and we’re going to treat them in a ‘special’ way! 🙂

If you are among them, accept my congratulations because you’ll get a massive 50% discount on the course the “Bogo-Indian Defense”! 🙂
loyalWe’ll contact the students who already bought the course “GM’s Opening Lab – 2”, shortly and provide them with the 50% discount!

So, just grab the course now and enjoy learning! 🙂

<<Get the course “Bogo-Indian Defense” here>>

designAdditionally, we had a discussion on our Facebook page (LINK) on the topic: “What should the best chess opening course contain?”; and remember that the person who gets the maximum number of ‘likes’ for his/her comment would get the course the “Bogo-Indian Defense” for FREE.

And the winner is Radja, who has got 10 ‘likes’. Congratulations Radja – thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, and enjoy studying the course! 🙂

likesAlso, I thank everyone who participated in the discussion – you can still get this course with some special offers (that are mentioned above).

P.S. After studying the course, please feel free to write your feedback below in the comments. Also, let us know your thoughts and suggestions on our existing and future opening courses by taking part in the survey here: LINK
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    1. Thanks for your feedback!

      If I see that most students do like this type of opening courses, we’ll certainly produce a couple of new ones, and probably will cover 1.d4 too. However, most likely we’ll start from the openings that are already presented in the “GM’s Openings Lab 1 & 2” as I can prepare them quicker and many students are playing these lines already.

  1. Dear Smirnov,
    Please create a opening lesson about ruy lopez but the author should be you because most people like your videos

    1. Jonathan, thank you for the well-thought suggestion!

      ICC617, OK 🙂

      Philippe, d3 may be a nice option, indeed.
      As for the Sicilian, actually I’m going to release a new line for you in August. Into that blog-post I’ll answer your question about Alapin variation as well. Stay tuned.

  2. The problem with the main line is the theory is EXTENSIVE. Black has a couple of systems to choose from: Chigorin, Marshal, Breyer etc – and it’s only about the main line, while Black can deviate earlier as well (Berlin, Open variation etc). Are you really ready to dive into it?

    1. Why not Ruy Lopez with d3 which is more popular ?.
      And it’s the same problem with white against the sicilian, in opening lab we must learn all the sicilian black line !!.
      Why not the Alapin then ?

    2. The Ruy is perhaps the perfect opening to be learned through understanding rather than memorization. My ‘dream opening course’ for this has all the pawn structures analyzed in depth, looking at the strengths and weaknesses of each and the associated plans. We can then learn how to play against it and, importantly, how to take advantage of opponent’s mistakes.

      After that, there would be commented games, at least three for each structure: one where White plays incorrectly strategically, one where Black does and one where both sides play the right plans. This gives us a sense of how to play the middlegames, how to punish deviations and what to avoid as well.

      After all this, learning the theory lines should be much easier because we understand them.

  3. Dear Igor,you are saying that you will make the new opening course but where the hack does aroshidze comes from ??? Where are your recorded lecture in this opening ??? Thankyu in advance.

  4. The author of the videos of the Bogo-Indian course is GM Aroshidze.

    At the same time, I take part in everything that RCA produces. Even if a lesson is recorded by another author, I supervise this process, making sure you’ll get a high-quality lesson.

    I am thankful for your appreciation and high evaluation of my teaching. I know you would prefer that I’m the author of all the lessons. However, I can NOT do everything myself due to my busy schedule. That’s why I cooperate with other good coaches, like GM Aroshidze. He explains everything nicely and is passionate about chess teaching. I do receive a lot of positive feedback about him from the students.

  5. I just went through the Bogo Indian opening course. I feel that an important segment of the line is completely omitted. This concerns the line 4. Nbd2, b6; only lines with erly a3, Bxd2 are analyzed and discussed extensively with examples. However, if you look into latest games a lot of very strong players are not obliging with an early a3 and rather simply ignore the Bb4 pin and play e3, Bd3, 0-0 etc while Black is waiting to play Bxd2 in response to a3. How do you deal with this? A note on this line would have been a worthy addition to the otherwise excellent video.

  6. The 5.a3 is considered to be the main line, as otherwise Black doesn’t have to trade off his bishop (which was the point of White’s 4.Nbd2 move). Additionally, when Black plays d5, White’s knight is misplaced on d2 and has no prospects. To conclude this, although White does play 5.e3 sometimes, such passive moves like 4.Nbd2 and 5.e3 can hardly be really dangerous for Black.

    Good luck in your chess battles!

  7. Thanks for your kind reply. But let me mention although I am sure you know it, that lately 5.e3 is played quite a bit by very top players including Carlsen, Harikrishna, Koneru etc. How should Black actually play under these circumstances? The usual Queens Indian type play with Ne4, f5 etc may not work I don’t know. also whether to play for d5 or to play c5 in stead before 0-0 first and then d5 or c5 or first d5 or c5 and then play 0-0 and what are the subtle differences all these are highly important. I am afraid black can get into bad position if does not react correctly. That is why I would have liked a GM comment on this ‘not so supposedly dangerous line’. When I looked at statistics, 5. e3 is second most played after 5. a3 and scores almost as high as the former. I hope you augment your otherwise excellent video with the addition of this important branch line as well.

  8. It would also be nice if you could address a line gainst the Caro-Kann as the variation

    1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. c5 Be7 7. Nf3 O-O 8. Qc2
    b6 9. b4 a5 10. Na4 axb4 11. Nxb6 Ra5 12. Nxc8 Qxc8 13. Bd3 Ne4!? (not mentioned in the course but shown by all top engines) is just equal if not slightly better for Black.

    1. Hello,
      Thank you for the feedback.
      We will make a note and see if it can be implemented.

      Student Support Officer

  9. Hello starbreeze,

    I’m playing this variation with White myself, it’s called “The early c5 advance in Panov-Botvinik attack”. I have played a couple of games here, and no one as of yet played like this with black. Do you think that black player will know these 13 moves? It’s highly unlikely, unless he is an IM or GM, or a Houdini.

    The thing is that with every opening black can equalize if he plays ~20 perfect moves found by a strong engine. However in reality, nobody is playing perfect.

    If you are still worried that black might find these moves, you can study further with an engine and prepare 20 moves ahead 🙂 However, chess is a game of 2 persons, not 2 engines.

    Best regards,
    Silvestras | Customer Support Officer

    1. I just played a game with this exact variation and my opponent found the moves, partly because the variation is pretty forced, secondly because Ne4 in the Panov is so typical. All blacks play is pretty natural and it’s not 20 moves but 13. And if I remember corectly there’s another problem line 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 Be6 7. a3 Qd7 8. Be2Rd8 9. c5 Ne4 10. Nf3 Nxg5 11. Nxg5 and I think Black has better prospects with the 2 bishops. I really expected more preparation from the person who made that Panov files.

  10. Oh,the opponent was 1800 so clearly not as strong as IM or GM but maybe he was preparing with Houdini. I wouldn’t be surprised as everyone has access to strong free chess programs now. I think that the author of the line also ,but maybe decided to dodge the bullet and hide the equalising move? It’s even possible to play the 13…Nc6 and Ne4 next move.(maybe that’s more human and still comfortable for black).

    And another line which has problems:

    1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 dxc4 7.Bxc4 h6 8.Be3 e6

    9.Nf3 Bd6 and next Black moves :O-O Re8 Bd7 Rc8 a6 and sometimes even e5, White has nothing.

  11. Hi starbreeze,

    Yes, I assume the 1800 player was clearly prepared with an engine and knew what you will be playing. Otherwise after Na4 a 1800 player would start panicking.

    As for this line “1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 dxc4 7.Bxc4 h6 8.Be3 e6” – black is giving a tempo to white by playing dc when white’s bishop has not moved yet. Also note that white is gambiting a pawn in this line. After h6, white can also play Bh5.

    Anyway, we can’t go into very detailed discussion here. We will be releasing our Online Training Platform soon where you could possibly get personal advice from our coaches.

    Best regards,
    Silvestras | Student Support Officer

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