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  1. The Definitive French Collection - 6 DVDs - Chess Lecture

    The Definitive French Collection - 6 DVDs - Chess Lecture

    Regular Price: $115.95

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    This Collection Includes: - Insights Into the French Defense - The French Defense for White - New Ideas in the French Defense - A System Against the French - a6/b5 Against the French Steintz - The French Defense: Guimard Variation 8.9 Hours 25 Lectures

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  2. The Definitive King's Indian Defense Collection - 6 DVDs - Chess Lecture

    The Definitive King's Indian Defense Collection - 6 DVDs - Chess Lecture

    Regular Price: $115.95

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    This Collection Includes: - A Poisonous System Against the KID Fianchetto - The Kings Indian for Black - King's Indian for Black Lectures 6-9 - King's Indian Against the Four Pawns Attack GM Eugene Perelshteyn - King's Indian: Main Line 9.Nd2, 9.Ne1, 9.b4 - King's Indian Masterpieces 11.5 Hours 24 Lectures

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  3. Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs - Chess Lecture - 6 DVD Set

    Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs - Chess Lecture - 6 DVD Set

    Our Price: $99.00

    NM Dana Mackenzie started playing tournament chess during the "Fischer boom" of 1971-1972 and never quit. Champion of North Carolina in 1985, 1987, and became master in 1988. He has a 1-0 career record against world chess champions.

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  4. FOXY OPENINGS - COMPLETE SNIPER SET (Volume 1-4)

    FOXY OPENINGS - COMPLETE SNIPER SET (Volume 1-4)

    Our Price: $79.95

    Complete Set

    THE SNIPER! A Dynamic Universal System for the Aggressive Black Player - 11 hours on 4 dvds

    The SNIPER! is a dynamic and universal opening system that fills in the gaps for the Black player who plays the Accelerated Dragon,the Dzindzi Indian, or other Black Fianchetto defences. Black's system of development with 1 Learn More

  5.  FOXY OPENINGS - The Sicilian Dragon Series Complete Set - Volumes 1-4

    FOXY OPENINGS - The Sicilian Dragon Series Complete Set - Volumes 1-4

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    The Sicilian Dragon Series - Complete 3 Volume Set

    VOLUME 1
    Easy Way to Learn How to Play The Sicilian Dragon - 2 hours 6 minutes

    "Gaining The Winning Edge"

    GM Timur Gareev (Currently Ranked in the top 100 Players in the World) presents on this DVD the thematical ideas and motives in The Sicilian Dragon.

    GM Gareev covers the key ideas and tactical routes for Black to gain a counter-attacking edge. Also Modern Examples-Mastering the sharpest theoretical variations and understanding White's attacking motives. Material is made easy to understand and learn by avoiding long complicated lines.

    This Dvd Dragon Series covers lines for both White and Black. The DVD starts with introduction and continues on to the first step of classic examples by Simagin. Phase two covers understanding white's attacking motives: Karpov-Kortchnoi. And phase three covers engaging in theoretical battles: Modern Elite Chess examples.

    This DVD serves to introduce the player to the thematical ideas and motives in Dragon variation. GM Timur discusses the key ideas and tactical routes for black to gain the counter-attacking edge.

      Content:

    • Simagin Classic Games: fundamentals & key ideas
    • Panov-Simagin
    • Althausen-Simagin
    • Karpov-Kortchnoi: White's flawless execution of the plan-Gaining awareness of opponent's potential
    • Elite Chess: Modern Examples-Mastering the sharpest theoretical variations


    VOLUME 2
    Beating TheYugo-Slav Attack 9.0-0-0 with 9....d5 PART 1 — 2 hours 36 minutes

    Presented by: GM Timur Gareev & GM Ronen Har-Zv

    White plays 9.0-0-0 leaving the Bishop on f1 this is a serious alternative in the Yugoslav attack instead of 9. Bc4. White goes immediately for a kingside attack while Black counters with 9 Learn More

  6. Complete Roman's Encyclopedia of Essential Chess Openings : Volumes 1-4  (4 DVDs)

    Complete Roman's Encyclopedia of Essential Chess Openings : Volumes 1-4 (4 DVDs)

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    Features 40 Chess Openings with over 10 hours of instructional chess on DVD. Roman will guide you through these essential openings with his recommended lines - ideas that will give you the edge in your middlegame.

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  7. Chess King's Guide to Opening Ideas - ALL 3 VOLUMES

    Chess King's Guide to Opening Ideas - ALL 3 VOLUMES

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    Volume 3: Closed Games 1.d4 or 1.Nf3. Queen's Gambit, Reti, Benko, Grünfeld, Dutch, Slav, English Opening and several Indian Defenses (Bogo-Indian, Nimzo-Indian, King's Indian). 33 chapters, 150 minutes.

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  8. Chess King's Complete Chess Course - ALL 3 VOLUMES

    Chess King's Complete Chess Course - ALL 3 VOLUMES

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    Volume 1: Chess opening Principles. Demonstrates that you don't need to try to memorize hundreds of openings variations as long as you play the opening by following common basic ideas. You'll learn all about fast development, centralization, mobility, and defense, all of which will help you get a good position which will lead directly into a playable middle game. 20 chapters, 90 minutes.

    Volume 2: Basic Tactics and Strategy. You'll discover a variety of tactical weapons that you could use over and over to win material and gain an advantage over your opponents. You'll also learn all about chess strategy, plans and formations that will provide you with a lasting edge. 27 chapters, 100 minutes.

    Volume 3: Endgames. When few pieces are left on the board, knowing the proper procedures can spell the difference between victory and defeat. 22 chapters, 45 minutes + bonus material.

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  9. The Complete Killer French by GM Simon Williams - 2 Volumes

    The Complete Killer French by GM Simon Williams - 2 Volumes

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    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. Learn More
  10. The English Four Knights (2 DVDS) - Chess Lecture - Volume 73

    The English Four Knights (2 DVDS) - Chess Lecture - Volume 73

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    David is a renowned expert and author on the English opening. The English is a popular choice among beginners and club players. This series takes it to the next levelRecommended for Intermediate – Advanced Players

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  11. The Queen's Gambit and Friends - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 95

    The Queen's Gambit and Friends - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 95

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    The Queen's Gambit is one of the oldest known chess openings. In early modern chess, queen pawn openings were not in fashion, and the Queen's Gambit did not become common until the 1873 tournament in Vienna. As the appreciation for positional play increased and was developed by both Steinitz and Tarrasch the Queen's Gambit grew more popular. The Queen's Gambit is still frequently played and it remains an important part of many grandmasters opening repertoires. Learn More
  12. Nimzo-Indian Patterns - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 46

    Nimzo-Indian Patterns - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 46

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    International Master Bryan Smith explains Nimzo Indian Defense strategies with real games. This hypermodern opening was developed by Grandmaster Aron Nimzowitsch who introduced it to master-level chess in the early 20th century. Unlike most Indian openings the NimzoIndian does not involve an immediate fianchetto, although Black often follows up with ...b6 and ...Bb7. By pinning White's knight Black prevents the threatened 4.e4 and seeks to inflict doubled pawns on White. White will attempt to create a pawn centre and develop his pieces to prepare for an assault on the Black position. Learn More
  13. Kasparov on the King’s Indian - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 115

    Kasparov on the King’s Indian - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 115

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    The King's Indian Defense was one of World Chess Champion Gary Kasparov’s important weapons throughout his career. Kasparov introduced innumerable new King's Indian ideas into tournament practice and has won outstanding victories against many of the world's leading players using the KID. In this exciting 8 lecture series John-Paul examines Kasparovs use of the KID in games with Kavalek, Bareev, Kamsky, ljubojevic, Timman, Gheorghiu, Shirov, Kavalek. Learn More
  14. Modern Themes in the Benoni - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 66

    Modern Themes in the Benoni - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 66

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    The Modern Benoni was invented in 1927 by Frank Marshall at the New York Chess Tournament. Marshall played it twice, first for a draw against Capablanca, and again later losing to Aron Nimzowitch whom labeled the Modern Benoni an "unfortunate extravagance" in his annotations. In the 1950s interest in the system revived, as the King's Indian Defense gained in popularity among Soviet players and their investigations branched into related opening systems such as the Benoni. The imbalance inherent in the pawn structure of the Modern Benoni and the counter-chances this implies for Black appeals to aggressive players. Learn More
  15. Slav Defense with 4... a6 - Chess Lecture - Volume 39

    Slav Defense with 4... a6 - Chess Lecture - Volume 39

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    Hosted by GM Leonid Kritz. The a6 Slav occurs after 4...a6. Black seeks an early b5, either before or after capturing at c4. Chebanenko Slav Defense aka Chameleon is a current and very popular strategy between players who want a flexible position against 1.d4, or want to disorient White. Learn More
  16. A Secret Weapon for Black (Scandinavian Defense) - 2 DVD's - Chess Lecture - Volume 17

    A Secret Weapon for Black (Scandinavian Defense) - 2 DVD's - Chess Lecture - Volume 17

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    IM Bill Paschall currently resides in Budapest, Hungary. Billw as the Boylston Chess Club Champion 2002, finished 1st at the Foxwoods Open 2002, Two-Time New England Open Champion, and has defeated more than 20 IGM's in tournament play.

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  17. Ruy Lopez - Attack with the Schliemann - Sam Collins

    Ruy Lopez - Attack with the Schliemann - Sam Collins

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    The Schliemann (or Jaenisch) Gambit, 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5, languished in semi-obscurity before top GM Teimour Radjabov revolutionised the opening with new ideas, defending his analysis with excellent results in Linares and elsewhere against the world’s best players. Black plays actively and aggressively from move 3, frequently sacrificing a pawn for open lines, kingside activity and the bishop pair. In this DVD Sam Collins provides a complete and detailed repertoire for Black. Numerous novelties and improvements are suggested, with the conclusion that White has no clear route to an opening advantage. Refresh your repertoire and avoid the Spanish Torture with 3…f5! Learn More
  18. A Dynamic Weapon Against the Queen's Gambit Decline - 5. bf4 - Simon Williams

    A Dynamic Weapon Against the Queen's Gambit Decline - 5. bf4 - Simon Williams

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    This DVD concentrates on the increasingly popular 5.Bf4 variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined and gives White a dynamic and aggressive weapon against Black’s set-up. White puts his bishop on f4 to avoid the exchanges that often occur after 5.Bg5 and as early as possible wants to put pressure on Black. At the highest level the variation with 5.Bf4 has become much more popular than the more traditional 5.Bg5 line. Top players such as Alexei Shirov, Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian, Wesley So and Anish Giri play it, and Vishy Anand used it in his only victory over Carlsen in the 2014 World Chess Championship. This DVD recommends dynamic lines for White against all set-ups by Black and gives you a good, aggressive, and reliable weapon against the Queen’s Gambit Declined. Learn More
  19. Crushing Black With the King's Gambit - EMPIRE CHESS

    Crushing Black With the King's Gambit - EMPIRE CHESS

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    GM Damian Lemos presents another excellent DVD for Empire Chess. Crushing Black with the King's Gambit is the most direct way to attempt to acquire the advantage versus 1...e5 players. GM Lemos promotes the virtues of the most attacking 3rd move namely 3.Bc4 and puts forward a strong argument that is the best 3rd move available in The King's Gambit Accepted. Learn More
  20. Rocking the Ruy Lopez - EMPIRE CHESS

    Rocking the Ruy Lopez - EMPIRE CHESS

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    Why is the Ruy Lopez the most popular chess opening ever played? Why do World Chess Champions love to play the Ruy Lopez? Why do chess trainers frequently recommend their students to play the Ruy Lopez? Because there does not exist a more versatile and dynamic chess opening (for both sides!). Learn More
  21. How Super GMs Play 1. d4 - PART 3 - EMPIRE CHESS

    How Super GMs Play 1. d4 - PART 3 - EMPIRE CHESS

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    This DVD by GM Timur Gareev for Intermediate and Advanced players has a detailed look at The 4.Qc2 Nimzo Indian. Timur explains that there is no reason to allow a Queen's Indian because Black will struggle against this White response and that the Black Nimzo Indian is harmless as the 4.Qc2 move is favoured by both Kasparov and Carlsen with excellent results. The ideas for White are supported by extensive analysis - this knowledge will support improvement in all players' positional understanding and help them to Master the very important area of taming The Nimzo-Indian with the Classical 4.Qc2. Learn More
  22. Decimate Black with the Evans Gambit - EMPIRE CHESS

    Decimate Black with the Evans Gambit - EMPIRE CHESS

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    The Evans Gambit is one of the most dangerous chess openings ever invented as white recklessly sacrifices a pawn on move 4 to obtain a lasting initiative with an enduring lead in development. The Evans Gambit arises via the move order 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4!? – as white sacrifices this pawn to distract black’s minor pieces and open lines for instant attacking prospects as black’s king will have a difficult time getting out of the center. Learn More
  23. How Super GMs Play 1. d4 - PART 2 - EMPIRE CHESS

    How Super GMs Play 1. d4 - PART 2 - EMPIRE CHESS

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    This DVD for Intermediate to Advanced Players looks at the variations associated with 7.g4 Gambit against the Semi-Slav Defense, in an attempt to prove that it is a good way to strive for the win with White. The DVD is very thorough in content with a plethora of ideas supported by exact detailed Grandmaster analysis. After watching this DVD you will have a superb way of dealing with Black's Semi - Slav efforts and have confidence in this area when pushing forward your d Pawn at move one. Learn More
  24. How Super GMs Play 1. d4 - PART 1 - EMPIRE CHESS

    How Super GMs Play 1. d4 - PART 1 - EMPIRE CHESS

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    This DVD for Intermediate to Advanced Players looks at the variations associated with h4 in the Grunfeld and is termed 'The Grunfeld Gambit' by Gareev as he often sacrifices the Pawn with h5. Learn More
  25. Smith-Morra Gambit - Shattering the Sicilian - EMPIRE CHESS

    Smith-Morra Gambit - Shattering the Sicilian - EMPIRE CHESS

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    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. Learn More
  26. How Grandmasters Beat the King's Gambit - EMPIRE CHESS

    How Grandmasters Beat the King's Gambit - EMPIRE CHESS

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    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 Learn More
  27. Killer French Defense - VOLUME 1

    Killer French Defense - VOLUME 1

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    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. Learn More
  28. Killer French Defense - VOLUME 2

    Killer French Defense - VOLUME 2

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    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. Learn More
  29. Crushing White - The French Defense - EMPIRE CHESS

    Crushing White - The French Defense - EMPIRE CHESS

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    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. Learn More
  30. Battle with the Berlin Defense - EMPIRE CHESS

    Battle with the Berlin Defense - EMPIRE CHESS

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    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. Learn More
  31. Secrets of the Janisch Gambit - EMPIRE CHESS

    Secrets of the Janisch Gambit - EMPIRE CHESS

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    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. Learn More
  32. Crushing White With the Schliemann Gambit - EMPIRE CHESS

    Crushing White With the Schliemann Gambit - EMPIRE CHESS

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    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. Learn More
  33. Killer Grand Prix

    Killer Grand Prix

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    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 world’s 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. Learn More
  34. Stomping the Sicilian Defense - EMPIRE CHESS

    Stomping the Sicilian Defense - EMPIRE CHESS

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    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. Learn More
  35. Crushing White with the Sicilian Najdorf - EMPIRE CHESS

    Crushing White with the Sicilian Najdorf - EMPIRE CHESS

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    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. Learn More
  36. Destroy the Sicilian Defense - PART 1 - EMPIRE CHESS

    Destroy the Sicilian Defense - PART 1 - EMPIRE CHESS

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    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. Learn More

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