Course curriculum

    1. Welcome text

    2. Uploading the PGN

    3. PGN File Download

    4. Printable Repertoire Tables

    1. Nimzo-Indian Repertoire Video

    2. Nimzo Positional Ideas

    3. Nimzo FENs

    4. Nimzo Sample Games

    1. Queen's Gambit Declined Repertoire Video

    1. Slav Exchange Repertoire Video

    1. Benoni Family Repertoire Video

About this course

  • $59.99
  • 14 lessons
  • 7.5 hours of video content
  • PGN download
  • Discord support

We study openings too much. Way too much.

So why did we make an opening course? Let me explain our reasoning.

We surveyed hundreds of chess players. Those who improved the most studied openings using just 5% of their total chess time. We made this repertoire to get you to 5%.

This repertoire is a complete 1.d4 system with the white pieces. In just under 100 lines.

There is no reason to spend hours and hours memorizing opening lines you will never see. We've all been there. Studying line 400 of a 1000+ line opening repertoire and wondering if we'll ever use it. Wondering if our time isn't spent better somewhere else.

<100 Lines

We condensed everything you will see into just under 100 lines. 1.d4 takes time to learn, but you can review it in under an hour.

Under 100 lines? Won't you miss out on essential traps, novelties and gotchyas? Yes and no.

We're going to be recommending offbeat lines. We often recommend strange looking moves that are 4th or 5th most popular. We will get Black out of book before we are.


Since we have fewer lines, we focus heavily on resulting plans.

After each and every line we leave you with a plan. You will never be left in the dark. You will know the best places to put your pieces and how to navigate the middlegame.

Our recommendations are very consistent and you will see many common plans, ideas, and motifs. If you forget a repertoire move in your games-- don't worry. It will be easy to recover. You will know the ideas behind the position.

The best part? This 1.e4 repertoire scores better than most other systems at the club level. We'll show you exactly why.

What do you get?

You will receive a .pgn file with the entire repertoire. It has over 15,000 words of instruction. You will also get over 7 hours of video.

You will get lifetime access to our premium discord. If you have any questions, a line doesn't make sense, or you just want to hang out- join hundreds of other chess improvers on our discord server. You'll get clarity in minutes.

We know you'll love this course as much as we do

If you aren't satisfied with the course in the first 30 days, we will issue a full refund.


“I just purchased the Classical 1.d4 Video Course a week ago. I played OTB chess about 30 years ago and am just coming back to playing again. Unfortunately at 50 it’s hard to memorize the thousands of lines I used to. I needed a good opening repertoire that kept it simple without loads of memorization, but still offered me winning chances, and clearly explained the plans. I was looking for months with no luck, then I found Chess Goals. I cannot be happier with the purchase. Matt & Jesse explain it all, they stick to lines that are consistent vs piling on loads of complex variations, most lines offer good chances. I cannot wait to complete this course. I look forward to their other courses.”

John K.

Meet your lead instructor

Matt Jensen earned the National Master title at age 29. He's a trained Statistician and experienced chess coach. Matt's passionate about helping adult improvers reach their goals while having fun.