Annotated openings survey


GM Valeriy Aveskulov

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The strongest chess players in their interviews emphasize the importance of the openings in modern chess. Nearly 100% of their chess study is dedicated to preparing of openings variations. All other aspects of chess mastership (strategic understanding, endgames, study of classical games, etc.) were supposed to be studied at the beginning of their chess careers.



White opening repertoire with 1.e4!
ECO opening description cost
B01 Scandinavian defense 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 (2...Nf6) 3.Nc3 Qa5 (3...Qd8, 3...Qd6) $3
B03 Alekhine's defense: Exchange var. 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 $3
B03 Alekhine's defense: Four pawns attack 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.f4 $3
B07 Pirc: Byrne var. 1.e4 d6 (1...g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Bg5) 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 $3
B09 Pirc: Austrian attack 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 $5
B10 Caro-Kann: Closed (Breyer) var. 1.e4 c6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 $3
B15 B16 Caro-Kann: Tartakower var. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6 exf6, 5...gxf6 $3
B17 Caro-Kann: Steinitz var. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 $3
B18 B19 Caro-Kann: Classical var. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Qe2 $3
B22 B27 Sicilian defense: Hungarian and Alapin's var.s 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.c3 $3
B26 Sicilian defense: Closed 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Be3 $3
B30 Sicilian defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack (without 3...d6) 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 $5
B40 Sicilian defense 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.b3 $3
B51 Sicilian defence: Moscow attack 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5 $5
C02 French: Advance var. 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 $5
C41 Philidor's defense 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.Re1 c6 8.a4 $3
C42 Petrov's defense: Nimzovich attack 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 $5
C45 Scotch game 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 (4...Bb4 5.c3 Bc5 6.Be3) 5.Nxc6 Qf6 6.Qf3 $5
C45 Scotch game: Mieses var. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 $5
C45 Scotch game 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Bc4 Ne5 8.Be2 Qg6 9.O-O d6 10.f4 Qxe4 11.Bf2 $3


Black opening repertoire
ECO opening description cost
B01 Scandinavian: Exchange 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 $3
D31 QGD: Exchange 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 $3
D32 D34 QGD: Tarrasch 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 $5
D55 QGD: Neo-Orthodox 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.e3 O-O $3
D37 QGD: Classical 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bf4 O-O 6.e3 c5 $5
D58 D59 QGD: Tartakower 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 O-O 7.e3b6 (7...Nbd7) $5
A88 Leningrad Dutch: Main with 7...c6 1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 O-O 6.O-O d6 7.Nc3 c6 $5
E05 Catalan Opening: Open, Classical line 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 O-O 6.O-O dxc4 $5

News and information

recent student achievements

FM Francois Oberholzer (SAR)

FM Francois Oberholzer (SAR) showed an impressive performance in the South Africa Open in 2015, the second year in a row. He added 88 ELO points by beating (with Black) an opponent rated 400 points higher.

student endorsements

Adrian Randazzo "I have to thank Valeriy for the training sessions that have helped me improve my chess to the Fide Master level. A good assessment of the typical position in the middlegame and the basic rules in the endgame was, for me, very important. I must not forget that solving puzzles helped me to maintain concentration during critical moments of my games. I highly recommend to all chessplayers the training sessions with GM Valeriy Aveskulov." -FM Adrian Randazzo (Italy)

Praveen Narayanan "I recommend Valeriy as an excellent chess trainer for his logical and patient approach, and in his ability to break down positions into their essential elements in a way that is accessible to the student. His services are also relatively inexpensive and affordable. He has helped dissect my games, so as to pinpoint the critical moments and reveal the possibilities contained in them, always emphasizing a rational and logical course. -Praveen Narayanan (USA)

Francois Oberholzer "I started taking lessons from Valeriy in May, 2010. At the time it seemed impossible that someone who was sitting in another part of the world could make such a huge improvement in my chess. I am grateful to Valeriy for putting in the time and effort to helping me improve my chess. I can recommend Valeriy confidently and without hesitation to anyone who is considering him as a coach." -FM Francois Oberholzer (SAR)

Jeff Plew

"I've been having chess lessons with GM Valeriy Aveskulov for about eight months. It's been a great experience. He is of course an accomplished player, but also a very switched-on, capable and positive teacher, adept at electronic media. Valeriy quickly understood where I am at as a chessplayer - strength, style, knowledge, repertoire, personal context - and was able to effectively engage my play and move it forward. -Dr. Jeffrey Plew (Australia)

Epiphany Peters

"Mr. Aveskulov has been an excellent coach! Until I took lessons from him, I was having trouble identifying the errors in my own games. Now he analyzes my games in depth and helps me find my mistakes so I can understand them and work on avoiding them in the future. He has also helped me significantly with my endgame, and advised me with my opening repertoire. I really enjoy our lessons and I recommend Mr. Aveskulov as a coach." -Epiphany Peters (USA)

Bruce Highcock "As an adult learning chess, I was very happy to find GM Aveskulov as a coach. He is a talented high-level player with very affordable rates, and a dedicated coach and teacher. He has shown me how to improve my game in an enjoyable and unpretentious atmosphere with an emphasis on the examination of my own games and specific training geared towards a higher level of understanding and appreciation for the game." -Bruce Highcock (Canada) University's 1st online camp

From July 7 - 11, 2014 I was an instructor at University's first online camp. The camp had 21 players who listened to lectures by Boris Gelfand. He analysed his win against Hikaru Nakamura and then answered questions on chess-related issues. Other lecturers included GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, IM Valeri Lilov, and me.

I gave 4 lectures, dedicated to themes like: 1) prophylactical thinking; 2) playing with two bishops; 3) positional sacrifice of the exchange; 4) general advice about how to work on chess. It was my first experience of giving online lecture on English for such a big group of players. But I liked this, and hope that my listeners also enjoyed the process.


new online lectures

In June of 2013 I started a new coaching activity: online lectures for groups of students. My audience is members of the Kiev School of Grandmasters, an organization that gathers young players from the whole of Ukraine. Their average age is about 12-13 years. This idea was inspired by IM Vitaly Pesotsky. The main coach of the school is Andrey Zontakh, who coached Sanan Sjugirov and many other strong players.


"Death match" #15

(06/09/2013) "World number four GM Fabiano Caruana won the Death Match 15 Sunday afternoon by a score of 16-9 over GM Valeriy Aveskulov. But the score did not reflect the proximity of most of the match.

Although qualifying based on his bullet rating, Aveskulov showed surprising prowess in both the five-minute and three-minute segments, remaining equal in the former and only being edged at the end of the latter. He went into the 1+1 segment only down two games, but after Caruana rattled off the first four convincingly, Aveskulov simply could not make up the difference." -

Danil Kucherenko (1983 - 2014)

Jan. 14, 2014 my best friend, Danil Kucherenko, passed away. Two weeks earlier he lost his fiancé, Natalie.

His death deeply saddened hundreds of people who knew him. His passing will never be fully accepted by us. He was a truly generous, irreplaceable soul. ...more


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