Course curriculum

    1. Welcome text

    2. Uploading the PGN

      FREE PREVIEW
    3. PGN File Download

    4. Printable Repertoire Tables

    1. Nimzo-Indian Repertoire Video

    2. Nimzo Positional Ideas

      FREE PREVIEW
    3. Nimzo FENs

      FREE PREVIEW
    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.

Plans

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating

A Complete d4 Repertoire

John Kula

Matt makes building a repertoire easy. He lays out in order what you are likely to face against opponents. This allows you to start studying from the top down and quickly use the material as the most popular lines are covered first. Matt also g...

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Matt makes building a repertoire easy. He lays out in order what you are likely to face against opponents. This allows you to start studying from the top down and quickly use the material as the most popular lines are covered first. Matt also goes for slightly offbeat lines which can catch your opponents off guard, and he leaves you with a plan so you can play past the opening moves. No need to worry about memorizing 1000s of lines, Matt condenses d4 into a handful of line with similar moves and plans. This course is probably the best d4 course out there and it includes hours of videos... at this price it's a steal. If you are looking to have a complete d4 repertoire or looking for alternatives to what you currently play this course is for you!

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5 star rating

Hidden gem! A great introduction to d4.

Daniel B

This course is a great choice for anyone looking to switch from 1.e4 to 1.d4, or for someone who wants to switch from the London system to mainline d4 openings. I needed a repertoire that was sound but without lots of memorization and deep lines, ...

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This course is a great choice for anyone looking to switch from 1.e4 to 1.d4, or for someone who wants to switch from the London system to mainline d4 openings. I needed a repertoire that was sound but without lots of memorization and deep lines, and this is it. Matt and Jesse explain the plans and ideas very well (which helps in games when you do go out of book, you know what to aim for) but they also explain the most popular lines (the ones you will face in your game) instead of overburdening you with stuff that you may never see. When swapping to 1.d4 I was quite worried about being overwhelmed by the amount of theory and depth, but this course gave me the confidence to play 1.d4. I’ve been using this course for around a year now and very happy with the results.

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5 star rating

Really practical course

Itai Reingold-Nutman

I really enjoyed this course, and believe it has the perfect balance between objectivity and practicality. Most of the lines are fairly rare and unique recommendations, (The Bg5 idea in the Slav, or the h3 system vs the KID for example). These opt...

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I really enjoyed this course, and believe it has the perfect balance between objectivity and practicality. Most of the lines are fairly rare and unique recommendations, (The Bg5 idea in the Slav, or the h3 system vs the KID for example). These options might not be the most common, but they are always fine for white according to the engine, and therefore offer the benefit of being surprising for the opponent. Overall, this course is built to be practical. Not memorizing the most common/mainline theory 20 moves deep, but quickly deviating into territory we will be familiar with while maintaining a position that is engine checked too!

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5 star rating

Great opening lines and plans!

Isaac Sim

This was my first course from ChessGoals and I was surprised with the approach they took at first - taking less popular lines and showing you the best plans. Way less memorization than I expected of opening courses, yet I usually end up better in ...

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This was my first course from ChessGoals and I was surprised with the approach they took at first - taking less popular lines and showing you the best plans. Way less memorization than I expected of opening courses, yet I usually end up better in the opening, and often outplay my opponent in the resulting middlegame using the plans taught (especially in the h3 King's Indian Defense). Playing this course's lines have given me a really solid 55-65% win-rate with d4 so far. Definitely a 5/5 from me.

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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.