Popular Chess Openings
The Smith-Morra Gambit is an extremely effective surprise weapon because many Sicilian Defense players wrongly believe the Smith-Morra to be outdated and easily refutable. While the Smith-Morra Gambit is rarely seen at the elite Grandmaster level, it remains a strong opening for white against the Sicilian Defense as black is guaranteed to face long-lasting, unpleasant pressure in every part of the board.
Smith-Morra Gambit - Shattering the Sicilian - EMPIRE CHESS
The Janisch Gambit is an exceptionally effective surprise weapon for black against the Ruy Lopez. Also known as the Schliemann Defense, black kicks off the game by immediately offering a pawn sacrifice on move 3 with 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5!? – resembling a reversed Vienna Gambit or King’s Gambit in that black is rapidly introducing extra firepower with the f-pawn to attack white’s center.
Secrets of the Janisch Gambit - EMPIRE CHESS
with Grandmaster Victor Mikhalevski
In the Empire Chess DVD ¨How Grandmasters Refute Gambits¨ Grandmaster Victor Mikhalevski explains how viewers can dominate with the black pieces against the Scotch Gambit, Goring Gambit, and Danish Gambit.
How Grandmasters Refute Gambits - EMPIRE CHESS
Grandmaster Victor Mikhalevski is a veteran chess trainer with over 15 years of teaching experience. GM Mikhalevski is well-known as a fearless attacking player and in this chess DVD he will instruct viewers on how Grandmasters prepare their opening repertoire for elite competition.
How Grandmasters Beat Gambits: King Pawn Openings - EMPIRE CHESS
This DVD (part 2 of 2) covers Bb5 Systems against The Sicilian Defense with an emphasis on the core White strategies involving immediate and sometimes unprovoked Bxc6! This Anti-Sicilian approach will have opponents frightened to play their favourite Sicilian once the Bb5 Mastery is reached.
Destroy the Sicilian Defense - PART 2 - EMPIRE CHESS
This chess DVD introduces the viewer to a very solid chess opening – the Slav Defense with 4….a6, also called the Chebanenko Variation or Chameleon Variation. The chess DVD is structured with the first four clips devoted to sideline variations which are not especially dangerous but are played frequently, and as a Slav Defense player you should be familiar with the most effective ideas on how to play against these sidelines.
Dominate with the Slav Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
The French Defense is one of the most powerful weapons for black against 1. e4, based on an incredibly solid positional foundation that guarantees a minimum of fighting equality if not more for black from the opening. In the chess DVD ¨Crushing White – The French Defense¨ GM Damian Lemos shares his years of experience and intimate knowledge of the French Defense with the help of presenter FM Will Stewart. GM Lemos is one of the world`s leading experts on the French Defense and has effectively employed this chess opening at the higher levels for many years. This chess DVD teaches viewers the fundamentals of this solid opening system and progresses to deeper ideas that Lemos has researched and often used in his own games.
Crushing White - The French Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
In the second DVD in this series, GM Williams takes a look at everything else that you need to know when playing 1 d4. The aim of the DVD is to teach things in a simple yet effective manner, where both club players and Grandmaster will be able to pick up something useful. In the host's opinion, aggressive, attacking chess is the key to success at Chess. This repertoire helped GM Williams earn his Grandmaster title so there is no reason that it cannot do the same for you!
Killer d4 - Volume 2
Simon's frank, clear and understandable delivery of material of which he has extensive knowledge certainly aids the viewer in increasing their understanding of these opening lines. Simon's first DVD has been internationally acclaimed as setting new standards in this format for his clear approach to delivering sometimes complex material. Chapters are broken up through chess-related montages maintaining a viewing interest from start to finish.
Killer French Defense - VOLUME 2
This DVD is aimed at presenting a repertoire based on meeting 1. e4 with 1... e5 for the club player. Coverage starts after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 when GM Shankland recommends the Schliemann variation, but played in a more classical way, aiming to take advantage of the extra central pawn in the long term instead of seeking immediate confrontation. All relevant side-lines from move 3 onward are also covered.
Crushing White With the Schliemann Gambit - EMPIRE CHESS
Chess grandmaster and author Gawain Jones presents Killer Grand Prix a DVD that takes a comprehensive look at the white side of The Grand Prix Attack. Regarded as one of the worlds leading exponents of this opening, Gawain reveals the secrets behind his success in a system that has even been used by the current world number one, Magnus Carlsen to defeat former FIDE World Champion, Veselin Topalov.
Killer Grand Prix
Grandmaster Simon Williams, the world's leading exponent of The Classical Dutch, introduces his debut DVD where the viewer explores the spectrum of exciting opportunities that Black will encounter when playing this opening. With a running time of over 6 hours, this innovative chess tutorial DVD is serious value for money.
If you are looking for an opening for black against 1. e4 where you are guaranteed to be able to fight for a win in every variation, look no further! The Sicilian Najdorf is the most aggressive weapon for black against 1. e4, consistently providing the most double-edged positions in chess over the last 70 years.
Crushing White with the Sicilian Najdorf - EMPIRE CHESS
Hosted by Grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvili, former US and Russian Champion and Coach of World Champion Garry Kasparov, this video is essential material for all tournament players looking for the latest in opening theory.
Complete Roman's New Improvements in Opening Theory & Maximize Your Opening Success with Black : Volumes 12 & 13 (2 DVDs)
This chess DVD is an in-depth analysis of the Berlin Wall opening. It starts with some side variations and moves chapter by chapter towards the main position of the opening – the Berlin Endgame. While working on this DVD, my intention was not only to provide the listeners with detailed variations, but also to help them achieve deeper positional comprehension about how to play this unique type of opening struggle.
Battle with the Berlin Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
Roman offers a complete rapid opening repertoire for the tournament player geared toward those who dont have the time or want to study for hours on end and still achieve good results! The first volume looks at the white side, where Roman advocates 1.d4. He shows good practical setups for you to meet any of the defensive setups and popular defenses Black might throw at you. Volume 2 shows how to play Black and meet any common first move from White. Against 1.e4, Roman advocates a system combining d6, Nf6, and e5. Against 1.d4, he recommend the Nimzo-Indian.
Roman's Complete Rapid and Complete Opening Repertoire for the Tournament Player : Volumes 5 & 6 (2 DVDs)
In this chess DVD, Grandmaster Gregory Kaidanov covers the most popular opening positions in the history of chess that occur after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 – exactly the type of position that appears very frequently in the games of beginners and intermediate players.
Winning King Pawn Openings for White - EMPIRE CHESS
Master the Bb5 System
This DVD (part 1 of 2) covers Bb5 Systems against The Sicilian Defense with an emphasis on the core White strategies involving immediate and sometimes unprovoked Bxc6! This Anti -Sicilian approach will have opponents frightened to play their favorite Sicilian once the Bb5 Mastery is reached.
Destroy the Sicilian Defense - PART 1 - EMPIRE CHESS
In the first of this two part DVD series, GM Simon Williams will guide you through an extremely aggressive repertoire based on 1 d4. Concentrating on gambits and sharp play, this opening has been Simon's weapon in becoming a Grandmaster. Learn his secrets and the secrets of a Grandmaster in this 7 hour DVD!
Killer d4 - Volume 1
In this Empire Chess DVD, Grandmaster Victor Mikhalevski will review all of the main lines and sidelines in the King’s Gambit, and instruct viewers on how to defend and refute this dangerous chess gambit with the black pieces
How Grandmasters Beat the King's Gambit - EMPIRE CHESS
Simon's frank, clear and understandable delivery of material of which he has extensive knowledge certainly aids the viewer in increasing their understanding of these opening lines. Simon's first DVD has been internationally acclaimed as setting new standards in this format for his clear approach to delivering sometimes complex material.
Killer French Defense - VOLUME 1
In this DVD series, we will review seven carefully chosen games in which white mounted a successful attack against the Sicilian Defense. The critical theme that ties all the games together is that white is best advised to develop his pieces to active squares and create a sound, harmonious position that limits counterplay before launching the trademark pawn storm to break down the defenses to the black king. While opening theory is not the main subject of the series, the seven games come from many different Sicilians, most prominently the Dragon, Taimanov, Sveshnikov, and Najdorf variations. All of the chosen games are discussed in their entirety, and all of them were played by world class players. It is my hope that this series will give the aspiring 1. e4 player knowledge, experience, and inspiration in tackling the most complex of all opening systems.
Stomping the Sicilian Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
This chess DVD covers one of the most dynamic openings ever played – the King’s Indian Defense! The King’s Indian Defense is the perfect opening weapon against 1. d4 for players who naturally display a tactical and dynamic style. This system is immensely popular at all levels because it gives black excellent winning chances against 1. d4.
Conquer the King's Indian Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
FM Alisa Melekhina provides a comprehensive overview of alternatives to the main line of the KID, demonstrating the opening’s viability. She uses a clear structure of dividing the alternatives between the typical attacking and more position exd4 lines. Within that structure, she suggests ways to harness the 7. ..Na6 or 7. ..Nbd7 sidelines to adapt to White’s play and choose which of the two modes of the KID to play.
Crushing White with the King's Indian Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
with International Master Valeri Lilov
In this DVD, chess coach IM Valeri Lilov has chosen to present a number of unique traps in some of the most common openings nowadays. Learning these traps will let you set some tricky and often invisible traps to your opponents at the early stage of the game.
Devastating Opening Traps - EMPIRE CHESS
The Stonewall Defense is an extremely effective chess opening for black against 1. d4 – representing a solid system that is very difficult for white to crack. The Stonewall Defense involves black placing pawns on the light squares d5, e6, and f5 to establish an iron grip on the center, specifically restricting a potential breakthrough by white involving an e4 push.
Stomping White with the Stonewall Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
GM Michal Krasenkow is one of the most respected chess trainers in the world. He is a FIDE Senior Trainer with decades of teaching and playing experience. GM Krasenkow’s crossed the 2700 FIDE rating mark in 2002 and entered the world top ten rating list, and remains a very strong Grandmaster today at over 2640 FIDE. Due to his extensive experience at the elite level, GM Krasenkow is a leading authority on many of the most complicated opening variations.
The Psycho Sveshnikov - EMPIRE CHESS
The opening is the most important phase of the game in chess because you have to come out swinging, desperately attempting to punish the slightest inaccuracy by your opponent. At any level in chess, from beginner to World Champion, the player who is able to achieve rapid pressure in the opening is going to have better chances of maintaining a long-term advantage. I
The Secrets to Mastering the Chess Opening - EMPIRE CHESS
The Caro-Kann Defense is an extremely solid opening choice for black against 1. e4. While the Advanced Variation involving 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 is certainly the most topical variation for white in the 21st century, it is definitely the most thoroughly studied and well-known line by Caro-Kann players.
Crush the Caro-Kann with the Exchange Variation - EMPIRE CHESS
The Accelerated Dragon is an exceptionally effective system for black against 1. e4 because black develops rapidly and achieves strong activity early in the game via minor piece-play in the center. The Accelerated Dragon has been employed by countless top Grandmasters over the last 70 years, including legendary names Viktor Korchnoi, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Morozevich, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Khalifman, and many more.
Destroy White with the Accelerated Dragon - EMPIRE CHESS
The Benko gambit is one of the sharpest answers Black can employ against 1.d4, sacrificing a pawn very early in the opening to obtain a temporary initiative in the center and permanent pressure on the queenside. And that is exactly why any respectable 1. d4 player should have a solid system prepared against this wild gambit! In this chess DVD GM Damien Lemos dissects his preferred Fianchetto Variation for white against the Benko Gambit, explaining the subtle tactical nuances and positional intricacies that have granted him numerous impressive victories at the Grandmaster level.
Battling the Benko - The Fianchetto Variation - EMPIRE CHESS
This is a complete solution for Dutch fans to the growing number of tricky systems which unashamedly dodge the main lines. With this video, Black can now be ready with antidotes to the better White options and refutations of the more dubious attempts.
FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 9 - Beating the Anti-Dutch Systems
IM Andrew Martin presents potentially deadly set-ups for White when the Morra Gambit is declined.
FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 37 - Morra Gambit Declined
The Sicilian Dragon Series - Volume 4 of 4 (Bonus DVD) The Classical Sicilian Dragon The Chinese Dragon is a solid way for Black to get a Winning edge against the Yugo-Slav Attack. Black's attack is quicker and rich with tactics and sacrifices. Easy to learn less to memorize after white plays 9.Bc4 Black can Play N-a5, B-d7, R-b8, b5! This system has recorded great results at the highest level. Now White has to be worried about getting checkmated! This Series covers lines for both White and Black 6.f4 6.Be2 6.Be2 6.g3 9.g4 Accelerated dragon Alekhine-Botvinnik Nakamura-Robson The Sicilian Dragon Series - Volume 1 | The Sicilian Dragon Series - Volume 2 | The Sicilian Dragon Series - Volume 3 The Sicilian Dragon Series - 4 Volume Set Item Returns - Computer Software and DVDsComputer Software and DVDs can only be returned or exchanged if the product is in its original, shrinkwrapped packaging and has not been installed or used in any way. Once you open the packaging of a Computer Software or DVD title, it can only be exchanged for the same title if the original media is defective. There are NO exceptions to this rule.If you wish to return a Computer Software or DVD title that is eligible for return (as defined above), please refer to the Item Returns - All Other Items on our Return Policy page.
FOXY OPENINGS VOLUME 143 - The Sicilian Dragon Series Vol 4
The Budapest Gambit (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5!?) is a swashbuckling gambit where Black assumes the initiative from the word go and will most often recover his pawn with a well developed game.
FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 15 - Budapest Gambit
Nc6 is a combative and highly aggressive riposte to 1.e4. Against the critical 2. d4, Black's best plan is to stike out with the uncompromising 2...e5! and against White's second move alternatives, the author plots a distinctive Nimzowitsch course. Championed and refined by GM Tony Miles, the modern Nimzowitsch is the perfect weapon for club players.
FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 40 - Nimzowitsch Defence (1...Nc6)