My Books

I am constantly working on new instructional content to be released in various formats. Here are the latest products:

Chessexplained’s English: A complete repertoire based on 1.c4

This Chessable release provides a full repertoire based on 1 c4. White stays within the territory of the English Opening or the Reti Opening if Black replies with a d5 setup. I rarely recommend a transposition to a mainline 1 d4 opening. If I do so, I believe it is clearly the best option and requires little work. There never will be a position where you need a huge theoretical work in addition to this publication – it suffices as a standalone roadmap of the opening.

Benko Repertoire: A complete answer to 1.d4

This opening repertoire gives you the toolset you need to combat 1.d4 effectively by using the Benko or Volga Gambit. In-depth analysis, the inclusion of hundreds of variations, illustration games and comments will make sure you are ready when your opponent next plays 1.d4. Also included are popular sidelines, especially at the club level, like the London System and the Trompowsky. When it happens, you will know exactly what to do. By using the Benko, exciting attacking positions await you as black. What are you waiting for? Play the Benko!

Chessexplained’s Opening Repertoire: Nimzo and Bogo Indian

The Nimzo-Indian has always enjoyed a reputation as a dynamic, reliable defence against 1 d4 and continues to be as popular as ever at all levels. When White avoids the Nimzo-Indian with 3 Nf3 or 3 g3, however, Black needs to find another solution. This is  solved by also offering a repertoire with the Bogo-Indian Defence. In both the Nimzo and the Bogo-Indian, we focus on lines in which Black adopts a dark-square strategy. This creates a system-type approach which links the variations to a common theme, making the repertoire much easier to learn and understand. Using illustrative games, typical tactics and strategies for both sides are examined, and highlights key move order issues. This book tells you all you need to know about playing the Nimzo and Bogo-Indian.