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Presented by FM Dennis Monokroussos
Paul Keres was an Estonian chess grandmaster and chess author. Keres was among the world’s top players from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s. during which he narrowly missed a chance at a world championship match on five occasions. on this DVD, FM Monokrooussos has chosen one of Keres' stellar games from each decade of his career.
Remembering Paul Keres
Presented by GM Bryan Smith, IM David Vigorito, FM Dennis Monokroussos, LM Dana Mackenzie and IM Valeri Lilov
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.
Studies in The Vienna Game - Chess Lecture - Volume 150
Presented by International Master Bill Paschall
Anthony John Miles (23 April 1955 – 12 November 2001) was an English chess Grandmaster, the first Englishman to earn the Grandmaster title in over-the- board play. Miles was very influential in modern chess. His creativity in the openings was legendary his creativity in general was legendary. On this DVD, IM Paschall explores 5 of Tony Mile's most amazing games with Hypermodern lines.
Miles on Hypermodernism - Chess Lecture - Volume 151
Presented by GM Bryan Smith
In this DVD series Bryan examines in depth 8 of Fischer’s amazing matches and explains them in detail.
The Clear Play of Bobby Fischer - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 152
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.
Queen's Gambit Declined - Ragozin Defense - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 148
FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussous explores amazing games throughout history that end in tragedy for the master that appeared to be winning. Games with Chigorin vs Steinitz, Botvinnik vs Bronstein, Benko vs Kerres, Lasker vs Blackburne.
Great Tragedies in Chess History - Chess Lecture - Volume 149
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.
The Fierce McCutcheon - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 147
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.
Tiger Lilov’s Chess Secrets Volume 1: Opening Play - Chess Lecture - Volume 146
Taking place in Tromso Norway 1,570 players participated at the Olympiad in 2014, with 881 men and 689 in the women's section. The number of participating teams was 177 from 172 countries in the open section and 136 from 131 countries in the women's section. In first round games opponents are frequently vastly unequal and the best players are playing the weakest players from the opposing team. In this DVD Bryan shows us first round matchups of unequal opponents gives us a great opportunity to see masters games unfold relatively unchallenged and how they are excellent learning opportunities.
Decisive First Round Matchups from the Tromso Olympiad - Chess Lecture - Volume 144
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.
Studies in: Alekhine's Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 145
In the Cold War, One Battle Made History
In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.
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.
Studies in: The Stonewall - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 143
Life Master Dana Mackenzie shows us how real life games can get into those strange theoretical possibilities, the results of which are hysterical, but, there is also a lot to learn from them. Features Quadrupled Pawns, Checkmate with a King, Double Queen Sac and something Dana calls Krabbe’s Kuriosity Kabinet.
The Lighter Side - Chess Lecture - Volume 136
In this series Bryan shows us Rubinstein playing against world class players in a variety of openings showcasing his brilliant play which is often called a work of art for its simplicity and technique.
Rubinstein’s Great Endgames - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 137
Here IM Paschall analyzes his own games and all of the factors that played into the game progression. While walking through the games Bill gives you tools to build your own game analysis skills to study your own games and learn from them.
Self Analysis - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 138
In this DVD Jesse shows us examples of the endgame he is so well known for. The endgame consists of a rook, bishop and pawns against a rook, knight and pawns and has sometimes been called the "Fischer Endgame". Named because of three instructive wins by Fischer (with the bishop) in 1970 and 1971 over Mark Taimanov One of the games the 1970 Interzonal the other two were in their 1971 quarter-final candidates match.
The Fischer Endgame - Chess Lecture - Volume 139
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.
Studies in: The Philidor Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 140
How to make your own plans for dealing with ineffective pieces, creating effective pieces, generating power plays and planning your game from the start.
Strategy of Piece Play - Chess Lecture - Volume 141
If you want to improve your strategic play then it is important to study GM level strategic games with clear explanations. This was the inspiration for this Course from GM Damian Lemos, “Crushing Strategy”. Featuring 4 deeply analyzed games, GM Lemos reveals what the winners saw in the position that their opponent did not and the thinking process that allowed them to create a long-term strategy. It is this way of looking at the position and formulating a plan which will be of great help in taking the ambitious chess player’s game to the next level.
Crushing Strategy - EMPIRE CHESS
To help improve your defensive chess, GM Damian Lemos has produced “Dominant Defense”, covering 4 games from the highest level, featuring world class defending from the likes of Topalov and Anand. As they demonstrate, defending does not mean holding on for a draw, it means staying safe whilst your opponent makes concessions then pouncing at the right moment.
Dominant Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
Damian Lemos has selected the most important chess middlegame topics for you to understand, explains the concepts behind them and then demonstrates them in action with 4 fascinating battles between top players including Judit Polgar.
Mastering the Middlegame I - EMPIRE CHESS
Grandmaster Damian Lemos analyzes 4 amazing games, including wins by Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Grischuk, that demonstrate strategic decisions and positional methods which will seriously boost your rating. Each game finishes with a spectacular breakthrough that will give you new tactical patterns to use as well as train your calculation. From evaluating sacrifices and balancing attack with defense to strategic manoeuvres and handling different pawn structures, GM Lemos’ clear and instructive commentary will enable you to instantly understand the position, make the correct decision and win with flawless technique.
Mastering the Middlegame II - EMPIRE CHESS
To win games against strong players you need an extra set of skills to the usual attacking ideas. There are many careful players who will close the position or passively defend until you try something too optimistic, giving away material or making a concession which eventually allows them to win. Incredibly frustrating! To beat these guys you need to master the art of positional chess and that is exactly what GM Damian Lemos helps you achieve in “Positional Mastery”. By studying the textbook examples in this Course you will learn how to constantly ask questions of your opponent, forcing them to solve subtle problems until they make a mistake and you win.
Positional Mastery - EMPIRE CHESS
GM Damian Lemos had this in mind when he decided to record a DVD on “Mastering the Classics”. This collection features games from the World Champions Jose Raul Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine and Tigran Petrosian, 3 phenomenal talents with different styles to give you a broad range of material.
Mastering the Classics - EMPIRE CHESS
Teaching you these advanced methods of attack is the basis of “Master Attacks”, presented by GM Damian Lemos. In this Course, the first of a two part series, 5 brilliant games are analyzed showing how the best players build up an attack, provoke tiny weaknesses then overwhelm their opponents with devastating sacrifices!
Master Attacks I - EMPIRE CHESS
In “Master Attacks”, GM Damian Lemos analyzes Grandmaster games featuring incredibly powerful attacks, some of which seem to appear out of nowhere. The expert commentary reveals how these attacks were actually well prepared and shows you how to build winning attacks in your own games. In this Course, the second volume of “Master Attacks”, GM Lemos shows how players such as Gata Kamsky and Garry Kasparov launch devastating attacks with uncompromising play, constantly increasing the pressure on their Super GM opponents and scoring memorable wins.
Master Attacks II - EMPIRE CHESS
Aggressive chess produces some of the most memorable games in history and you can play this way too, creating your own brilliancies on the board. GM Damian Lemos presents “Aggressive Chess Domination”, a detailed analysis of awesome attacking GM games that will elevate your understanding of forcing moves and winning with the initiative to a whole new level.
Aggressive Chess Domination I - EMPIRE CHESS
In “Aggressive Chess Domination II”, GM Damian Lemos analyzes 4 awesome wins to reveal GM secrets that will make every move you play vastly more powerful and difficult for your opponent to face. Playing aggressive chess is part attitude, part strategy and part tactical solution and GM Lemos explains exactly what is required at each stage. Not only does he reveal all the key concepts – such as exchanging off your opponent’s best defender – he also shows how to flawlessly execute each one every time.
Aggressive Chess Domination II - EMPIRE CHESS
Killer Openings for White
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!
Crushing Black with the Scotch Opening - EMPIRE CHESS
Maximize Your Positional Advantage
Are you serious about becoming a strong, perhaps even titled, player? Positional chess understanding is what separates the great from the good. Imagine you’re in the last round of a major international tournament, half a point behind your opponent. A victory will guarantee 1st place and a $20,000 prize. As you play, everything on the board is clear to you. You play moves restricting your opponent until he can only shuffle his pieces back and forth whilst yours grow ever more powerful. When every piece is ideally placed, you smash open the position, your opponent defenceless. A short while later, he offers his hand in resignation and you know you’ve done it!
Powerful Positional Play - EMPIRE CHESS
In this 3 hour DVD, Grandmaster Maxim Dlugy breaks down all the key components in chess endgame strategy. You will learn how to control key squares, which pieces to prefer, when it will help you to exchange off a pair of Rooks as well as how to provoke weaknesses in your opponent’s position and ensure there are none in yours!
Chess Endgame Domination - EMPIRE CHESS
How Grandmasters Make Tactical Decisions
What is it that separates Grandmasters from club players in tactical situations? You might believe it is knowledge of patterns or the ability to see more moves ahead and this is part of it. The big difference, however, is a different way of thinking. Grandmaster Max Dlugy – a former World Junior Champion and highly respected chess coach – gives you the advice and techniques you need to reach the highest levels of tactical ability.
Tactical Decisions - EMPIRE CHESS
Your Guide to Creative Chess
It is the imbalances in chess that make for really exciting games. Whether it be exchanging a knight for 2 pawns or your Queen for 3 minor pieces, you will be reaching far more positions with winning chances than players who miss these opportunities. Understanding how to change the nature of the game with piece imbalances shows real chess insight and creativity and this 3 ½ hour DVD from FM Alisa Melekhina is a comprehensive course on how to do just that.
Exploit Imbalances in Chess - EMPIRE CHESS
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.
Mastering the Sicilian Najdorf - EMPIRE CHESS
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.
Crushing White with the Caro-Kann Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
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.
Dominating 1. d4 with the King's Indian Defense - EMPIRE CHESS