New: Herman Grooten: Key Concepts of Chess - The Hedgehog
In order to understand openings properly, the middlegame should actually be studied first. Because all plans in the middlegame link directly to the ideas from the opening. Almost everything is hung up on pawn structures. Therefore, IM Herman Grooten takes the club chess player by the hand to take a closer look at common middlegame structures. Knowing just the opening is never enough. One must learn about the resultant middlegame structures that arises from any particular opening. Check out this new DVD and strengthen your understanding of the Hedgehog pawn structures. Photo: ChessBase
Key Concepts of Chess - The Hedgehog
with Herman Grooten
On this video course Grooten discusses the basic ideas for both White and Black of a typical structure that can arise from various opening variants. This is the so-called “hedgehog system” which is characterised by at least four black pawns on the sixth rank which we call the “spikes” of the hedgehog.
Another essential aspect is that the exchange of a black c-pawn for a white d-pawn (as in the Sicilian) creates a position in which, partly due to c2-c4, a large space advantage is obtained by White.
But that the “hedgehog” is viable will become clear in all the examples shown, as the author likes to use this system himself!
• Video running time: 4 hours (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Model Games and Training with ChessBase apps - Play key pawn structures against Fritz on various levels
Purchase the complete bundle by Herman Grooten:
Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.
PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11 graphic card with 512 MB RAM or better, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11 and internet connection for program activation.
Minimum: MacOS "Yosemite" 10.10
About Herman Grooten
Herman Grooten is an International Master from the Netherlands, a renowned trainer with over 35 years of experience and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy.