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    Foxy Openings - Volume 169 - The Modern Albin Counter Gambit - Volume 2 - Aggressive Repertoire for Black against the Queen's Gambit
    Catalog Code: DVD0169FX

    The Albin Counter gambit is a magnificent weapon for club players. It even works well at master level, although tends to be used as a surprise higher up. On this modern DVD, IM Andrew Martin develops a repertoire for Black, based mainly around an early ...Nge7 in most of the main lines. This is the approach used by super GM Morozevich and an exciting life is guaranteed.
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    Foxy Openings - Volume 169 - The Modern Albin Counter Gambit - Volume 2 - Aggressive Repertoire for Black against the Queen's Gambit

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    Killer d4 - Volume 1
    Catalog Code: DVD0043OT

    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!
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    Killer d4 - Volume 1

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    Foxy Openings - Volume 168 - The Modern Albin Counter Gambit - Volume 1 - Aggressive Repertoire for Black against the Queen's Gambit
    Catalog Code: DVD0168FX

    The Albin Counter gambit is a magnificent weapon for club players. It even works well at master level, although tends to be used as a surprise higher up. On this modern DVD, IM Andrew Martin develops a repertoire for Black, based mainly around an early ...Nge7 in most of the main lines. This is the approach used by super GM Morozevich and an exciting life is guaranteed.
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    Foxy Openings - Volume 168 - The Modern Albin Counter Gambit - Volume 1 - Aggressive Repertoire for Black against the Queen's Gambit

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    Killer d4 - Volume 2
    Catalog Code: DVD0044OT

    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!
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    Killer d4 - Volume 2

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    The Stunning Traxler Counter Attack - Chess Lecture - Volume 159
    Presented by IM Valeri Lilov
    Catalog Code: DVD0159CL

    Karel Traxler was a Czech chess master and a composer of chess problems, best known for the hyper-aggressive variation named after him, the Traxler Variation in the Two Knights Defense. This DVD takes you through the Traxler and its variations in both theory and practice.
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    The Stunning Traxler Counter Attack - Chess Lecture - Volume 159

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    Foxy Openings - Volume 167 - New Secret Weapon in the Exchange Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: DVD0167FX

    Secret opening weapons are getting harder to discover, but on this all-new Foxy Openings DVD, we think we have achieved just that! Surprise and shock your opponents by employing the Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez. White may play for attack directly or engage in the usual engame battle, where he starts with the upper hand. A knowledge of this unusual line will surely bring in the points!
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    Foxy Openings - Volume 167 - New Secret Weapon in the Exchange Ruy Lopez

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    An Introduction to Openings - Chess Lecture - Volume 158
    Presented by GMs Kraii, Kritz and Perelshteyn
    Catalog Code: DVD0158CL

    Get a thorough introduction to The King’s Indian Attack, Benko Gambit, Accelerated Dragon, Trompowski, Berlin Wall, The Old Indian, Nimzo 4.Qc2 Nc6 for Black.
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    An Introduction to Openings - Chess Lecture - Volume 158

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    Sicilicide - How to Beat the Sicilian Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 157
    Presented by GM Bryan Smith
    Catalog Code: DVD0157CL

    Learn an aggressive and effective repertoire against the Sicilian Kan, Najdorf, Dragon, and Classical variations of the Sicilian. Bryan explains the variations that arise in great detail and shows you how to counter.
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    Sicilicide - How to Beat the Sicilian Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 157

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    Ideas in the Modern Benoni - Chess Lecture - Volume 155
    Presented by IM David Vigorito
    Catalog Code: DVD0155CL

    The Modern Benoni is a very dynamic opening very popular at club level and is still unrefuted. The modern Benoni is a chess opening with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6.and is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. After the initial moves, Black proceeds to capture on d5, creating a majority of black pawns on the queenside. 
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    Ideas in the Modern Benoni - Chess Lecture - Volume 155

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    Nimzo Indian for White - Chess Lecture - Volume 154
    Presented by IM David Vigorito
    Catalog Code: DVD0154CL

    David walks us through a series of theoretical positions in the Nimzo and explains the possibilities and opportunities and what to look for in the four main responses for White. In the fifth lecture David examines a game in the Nimzo between Magnus Carlsen vs. Viswanathan Anand and explains the brilliant action in play.
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    Nimzo Indian for White - Chess Lecture - Volume 154

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    Studies in The Vienna Game - Chess Lecture - Volume 150
    Presented by GM Bryan Smith, IM David Vigorito, FM Dennis Monokroussos, LM Dana Mackenzie and IM Valeri Lilov
    Catalog Code: DVD0150CL

    The Vienna Game is an chess opening that begins with the moves: 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 The original idea behind the Vienna Game was to play a delayed King’s Gambit with f4. In modern play White often plays more quietly (for example by fianchetto his king's bishop with g3 and Bg2). This DVD covers several variations of the Vienna game including the Mieses and Frankenstein-Dracula Variation. IM Vigorito goes into all of the reasons why you may not want to play the Vienna game.
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    Studies in The Vienna Game - Chess Lecture - Volume 150

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    Queen's Gambit Declined - Ragozin Defense - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 148
    Catalog Code: DVD0148CL

    The Ragozin Variation (ECO code D37–D39) occurs after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4. An important line in this variation is the Vienna variation where the game continues: 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4. On this DVD, the host covers D38 sometimes called the Alekhine Variation.
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    Queen's Gambit Declined - Ragozin Defense - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 148

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    The Fierce McCutcheon - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 147
    Catalog Code: DVD0147CL

    The MacCutcheon Variation is one of the sharpest and most exciting variations in the French. In this variation, the second player ignores White's threat of e4-e5 and instead plays 4... Bb4. The main line continues: 5. e5 h6 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. bxc3 Ne4 8. Qg4. At this point Black may play 8...g6, which weakens the kingside dark squares but keeps the option of castling queenside, or 8...Kf8.
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    The Fierce McCutcheon - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 147

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    Tiger Lilov’s Chess Secrets Volume 1: Opening Play - Chess Lecture - Volume 146
    Catalog Code: DVD0146CL

    IM Valeri shares the lessons he uses for his 1 on 1 personal instruction with his students on opening theory. Learn about the principles of openings, opening initiative, how to play against unfamiliar openings and building your own personal repertoire of openings.
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    Tiger Lilov’s Chess Secrets Volume 1: Opening Play - Chess Lecture - Volume 146

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    Studies in: Alekhine's Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 145
    Catalog Code: DVD0145CL

    Alekhine's Defense is a hyper-modern chess opening that begins with the moves: 1.e4 NF6. This bizarre defense, introduced by the chess champion Alekhine and later practiced by Gruenfeld, is the extreme in hyper-modern openings because of its unbalanced nature provoking a weakness in White's center pawns.
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    Studies in: Alekhine's Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 145

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    Studies in: The Stonewall - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 143
    Catalog Code: DVD0143CL

    The Stonewall defense or attack is a variation of the Queen’s Pawn Game, and is generally characterized by White playing his pawns to d4 & e3, playing Bd3, Nd2, and then playing Pawns to c3 and then f4; although the moves are not always played in that order. The Stonewall is a system White heads for a very specific Pawn formation, rather than try to memorize long lines of different variations.
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    Studies in: The Stonewall - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 143

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    Studies in: The Philidor Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 140
    Catalog Code: DVD0140CL

    Today, the Philidor is known as a solid but passive choice for Black. Because of this it is seldom seen in top-level play except as an alternative to the heavily analyzed openings that can ensue after the normal 2...Nc6.In this DVD our masters go over both how to employ the Philidor and how to defeat it as well as several variations on the Philador including Lion and exchange variation.
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    Studies in: The Philidor Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 140

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    Dominate Black with the Catalan Opening - EMPIRE CHESS
    Catalog Code: DVD0089EP

    GM Axel Delorme, a Catalan devotee, reveals the mysteries behind the opening with detailed analysis of games from the highest level including those of seven classical World Champions. Even if you’re completely new to the Catalan Opening, this 3 hour course from French GM Axel Delorme will enable you to play the opening with great confidence and give you many ways of playing for the win.
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    Dominate Black with the Catalan Opening - EMPIRE CHESS

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    Dominating 1. d4 with the King's Indian Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
    Catalog Code: DVD0088EP

    The Kings Indian Defense (KID) is the perfect weapon against 1.d4 for players who like to play for a win with both colors. IM Jorge Ferreira reveals all of the insider secrets of the KID as he guides you through 14 different variations, pointing out the common elements and the important distinctions.
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    Dominating 1. d4 with the King's Indian Defense - EMPIRE CHESS

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    Crushing White with the Caro-Kann Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
    Catalog Code: DVD0087EP

    Now you can learn an opening you can rely on for your entire career with GM Maxim Dlugy. Dlugy is one of the foremost experts on the Caro-Kann, having played it at the highest level for over 30 years and used it to beat 2750-2800 players like Vassily Ivanchuk, Teimour Radjabov, Gata Kamsky and Alexander Morozevich. Over the course of nearly 3 hours, Dlugy reveals all the weaknesses in White’s position and exactly how to take advantage of them with in-depth analyses of 10 instructive games, including the wins over the 4 players mentioned above.
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    Crushing White with the Caro-Kann Defense - EMPIRE CHESS

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    Mastering the Sicilian Najdorf - EMPIRE CHESS
    Catalog Code: DVD0086EP

    GM Andrei Volokitin presents a 3 hour masterclass on the Sicilian Najdorf – considered the Rolls Royce (or Cadillac) of chess openings. A favorite of Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov, the Najdorf variation gives both White and Black many ways to play for a win. However, the opening is so sharp that one mistake can mean defeat – which is why it is essential to understand the Najdorf properly if you are going to play it yourself or if you are a 1.e4 player. Even after the initial moves (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6) there are many good alternatives.
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    Mastering the Sicilian Najdorf - EMPIRE CHESS

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    Crushing Black with the Scotch Opening - EMPIRE CHESS
    Killer Openings for White
    Catalog Code: DVD0081EP

    Destroy your opponents with this dynamic weapon against 1…e5 players! Tired of long theoretical Ruy Lopez games? Bored of having to face the Berlin Defense? Take your opponent into different territory early on by hitting them with the Scotch! This dynamic opening offers White both great attacking chances and a completely sound position and has been used to great effect by both Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen – a high recommendation!
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    Crushing Black with the Scotch Opening - EMPIRE CHESS

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    Club Player's Guide to the King's Indian Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
    Catalog Code: DVD0090EP

    If you like fighting for a win with Black then the Kings Indian Defense is the ideal opening weapon to face 1.d4 with. Despite an initial lack of space, Black has a multitude of pawn breaks and piece maneuvers to help get powerful attacking positions. On this DVD, IM Richter looks at the different ways Black can respond to White’s various plans in the KID, from the steady blocking of White’s Queenside expansion to the frenetic attacking lines where Black sacrifices material all over the board to get at the King.
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    Club Player's Guide to the King's Indian Defense - EMPIRE CHESS

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    Foxy Openings - Volume 165 - Opening Ideas and Techniques for Young and Improving Players - Vol. 2
    Catalog Code: DVD0165FX

    A two volume chess course by IM Andrew Martin. On these DVDs, FIDE Senior Trainer and IM Andrew Martin will teach you what you need to know and what to do for success in the opening. Volume Two expands on the proper approach to chess opening play, and gives you four secret opening weapons that you can use to demolish your opponents. These very good attacking systems will help you to develop the right attitude when playing chess openings.
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    Foxy Openings - Volume 165 - Opening Ideas and Techniques for Young and Improving Players - Vol. 2

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    Foxy Openings - Volume 163 - Crushing Opening Traps
    The Budapest Fajarowicz Gambit
    Catalog Code: DVD0163FX

    The Fajarowicz Gambit suffers from a dubious reputation, but as FIDE Senior Trainer and IM Andrew Martin shows, that assessment is not justified at all. If Black shows common sense and a knowledge of the variations, then he may well get a very good or even winning position right out of the opening. The unorthodox Fajarowicz Gambit is perfect for all those who enjoy chess and wish to explore the tactical richness of our noble game.
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    Foxy Openings - Volume 163 - Crushing Opening Traps

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    E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - Volume 164 - Opening Ideas and Techniques for Young and Improving Players - Vol. 1
    Catalog Code: E-DVD0164FX

    A two volume chess course by IM Andrew Martin. On these DVDs, FIDE Senior Trainer and IM Andrew Martin will teach you what you need to know and what to do for success in the opening. This volume tackles basic ideas of the opening in chess, the techniques needed and most importantly the mental approach required for winning opening play.
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    E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - Volume 164 - Opening Ideas and Techniques for Young and Improving Players - Vol. 1

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    Foxy Openings - Volume 164 - Opening Ideas and Techniques for Young and Improving Players - Vol. 1
    Catalog Code: DVD0164FX

    A two volume chess course by IM Andrew Martin. On these DVDs, FIDE Senior Trainer and IM Andrew Martin will teach you what you need to know and what to do for success in the opening. This volume tackles basic ideas of the opening in chess, the techniques needed and most importantly the mental approach required for winning opening play.
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    Foxy Openings - Volume 164 - Opening Ideas and Techniques for Young and Improving Players - Vol. 1

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    E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - Volume 163 - Crushing Opening Traps
    Catalog Code: E-DVD0163FX

    The Fajarowicz Gambit suffers from a dubious reputation, but as FIDE Senior Trainer and IM Andrew Martin shows, that assessment is not justified at all. If Black shows common sense and a knowledge of the variations, then he may well get a very good or even winning position right out of the opening. The unorthodox Fajarowicz Gambit is perfect for all those who enjoy chess and wish to explore the tactical richness of our noble game.
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    E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - Volume 163 - Crushing Opening Traps

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    E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - Volume 165 - Opening Ideas and Techniques for Young and Improving Players - Vol. 2
    Catalog Code: E-DVD0165FX

    A two volume chess course by IM Andrew Martin. On these DVDs, FIDE Senior Trainer and IM Andrew Martin will teach you what you need to know and what to do for success in the opening. Volume Two expands on the proper approach to chess opening play, and gives you four secret opening weapons that you can use to demolish your opponents. These very good attacking systems will help you to develop the right attitude when playing chess openings.
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    E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - Volume 165 - Opening Ideas and Techniques for Young and Improving Players - Vol. 2

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    Studies in: The Dragon - Chess Lecture - Volume 132
    by IM David Vigorito and IM Bryan Smith
    Catalog Code: DVD0132CL

    The Dragon is one of the main lines of the Sicillian where Black fianchettoes their bishop on the h8–a1 diagonal. The line is one of the sharpest variations of the Sicilian, making it one of the sharpest of all chess openings.
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    Studies in: The Dragon - Chess Lecture - Volume 132

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    How to Beat the Petrov with the Cochrane Gambit - Chess Lecture - Volume 134
    by GM Jesse Kraai and GM Bryan Smith
    Catalog Code: DVD0134CL

    John Cochrane was a strong nineteenth century Scottish chess master ranked only below the well-known Howard Staunton the designer of modern chess pieces. Cochrane was known name in the Calcutta chess club as he played there while he lived in India. The first appearance of the Cochrane gambit against the Petrov's defense was in 1848 against an Indian master Mohishunder Bannerjee.
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    How to Beat the Petrov with the Cochrane Gambit - Chess Lecture - Volume 134

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    Studies in: The Petrov Defense - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 129
    Hosted by the Masters of ChessLecture
    Catalog Code: DVD0129CL

    Petrov's Defence (also called Petroff's Defence, Russian Game and Russian Defence) is a chess opening characterized by the following moves: 1. E4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 Though it has a reputation for being dull, the Petrov offers many possibilities for Black. Grandmasters Karpov, Yusupov, Smyslov, Marshall, Krammik and Pillsbury have frequently played the Petrov as Black.
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    Studies in: The Petrov Defense - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 129

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    Black's Blasting Bishops in the Symmetrical Tarrasch - Chess Lecture - Volume 126
    by FM Dennis Monokroussos
    Catalog Code: DVD0126CL

    In this line of the Tarrasch, White forgoes the fianchetto, with its direct play against d5, opting to keep central tension for the moment by playing 4. e3, after which 4... Nf6 5. Nf3 Nc6 is the normal continuation. Dennis shows us how Black blasts through this and wins the day.
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    Black's Blasting Bishops in the Symmetrical Tarrasch - Chess Lecture - Volume 126

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    Dealing with the Bishop to b5 in the Sicilian - Chess Lecture - Volume 127
    by IM Bill Paschall
    Catalog Code: DVD0127CL

    The Rossolimo Variation, 3.Bb5, is a well-respected alternative to 3.d4. Originally criticized by Kasparov but later played by him.
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    Dealing with the Bishop to b5 in the Sicilian - Chess Lecture - Volume 127

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    Studies in: The Najdorf Sicilian - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 130
    Hosted by IM David Vigorito
    Catalog Code: DVD0130CL

    The Sicilian is known as the “Cadillac or Rolls Royce'' of chess openings. The Najdorf version of the opening is named after the Polish-Argentine Grandmaster Miguel Najdorf. Over the years many players have lived by the Najdorf most notably Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. The Najdorf begins: 1. E4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 NF6 5. Nc3 a6 David takes us through several variations including 6.g3, 6.Bg5, and several lines of play for Black with modern twists.
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    Studies in: The Najdorf Sicilian - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 130

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    Studies in: The Budapest Gambit - Chess Lecture - Volume 131
    by GM Eugene Perelshteyn and FM Dennis Monokroussos
    Catalog Code: DVD0131CL

    The Budapest Gambit (or Budapest Defense) begins with the moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2. C4 e5  The Budapest Gambit contains several specific strategic themes. In numerous variations the move c4–c5 allows White to gain space and to open prospects for his light-square bishop. For Black, the check Bf8–b4+ often allows rapid development.Once used by Vidmar to beat Rubinstein convincingly in just 24 moves.
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    Studies in: The Budapest Gambit - Chess Lecture - Volume 131

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