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    Rock Solid Defense 1. e4 e5! Repertoire

    At all levels of play, 1. e4 e5! is a sound and reliable answer.  Theory has shown that black achieves a good, solid game no matter what variation white selects.  In this extensive repertoire course, we go over all the major white tries and show you tried and true black responses.  Our variations have recommendation at the highest levels of grandmaster play.  There are many interesting strategic and tactical themes you will learn.

    We cover:

    1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Qxd4?!  Center Game

    1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Bishop's Game

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 Ponziani

    1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 Vienna

    1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Nc6

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5  2 Knight's Defense

    1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 d6 King's Gambit

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 Exchange Ruy

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. Bxc6 Deferred Exchange Ruy

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 Open Ruy Lopez

    Update:  Jan 3, 2013:  Quizzes added.

    Enjoy this repertoire course!

    --IM Mark Ginsburg, Tucson AZ USA

    • 1Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation...
    • 12Vienna Game Part 4...
    • 2Open Ruy Keres-Worrall Attack...
    • 13Ruy Lopez, Exchange Var Part 2...
    • 3King's Gambit Accepted - the B...
    • 14Vienna Game, Part 5...
    • 4Vienna Game Part 2...
    • 15King's Gambit Fischer Defense...
    • 5Scotch Game Part 1...
    • 16King's Gambit Accepted Part 2...
    • 62 Knights Defense, Part 2...
    • 17 Open Ruy 9. Nbd2 Main Line...
    • 7 Open Ruy - Early Deviations...
    • 18Scotch Gambit...
    • 8Vienna Game Part 1...
    • 19Open Ruy Main Line 9. c3...
    • 9Ponziani 1. e4 e5! 2. Nf3 Nc6 ...
    • 20Vienna Game, Part 3...
    • 10Scotch Game, Part 2...
    • 21Two Knights Defense...
    • 11The Center Game...
    • 22The Bishop's Game...
  • Author
    Mark Ginsburg

    Mark Ginsburg received his IM title in 1982.  He has played against many Grandmasters in the USA and in Europe.  His peak USCF rating was 2578 in 1993.