with International Master Bill Paschal
Reshevsky was a strong contender for the World Chess Championship from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s: he came equal third in the 1948 World Chess Championship tournament and equal second in the 1953 Candidates Tournament. He was an eight-time winner of the U.S. Chess Championship. An outstanding match player throughout his career, Reshevsky excelled at positional play, and could be a brilliant tactician when required. He took a long time over his opening moves, and often found himself under time pressure – but this sometimes unsettled his opponent more than it did Reshevsky. Reshevsky was an accountant, and a well-regarded chess writer.
The Best of Reshevsky - Chess Lecture - Volume 108
Hosted by GM Kraai, Perelshteyn and Others
In this DVD you can follow Carlsen’s rise as he became the world champion through many games with his fellow top ranked grandmasters. You'll hear the expert analysis of the ChessLecture masters as they expose Carlsen’s methods, give you feedback on how he gets the edge against his stellar field of opponents and show you how he breaks with some current chess theory.
The Rise of Carlsen - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 100
Grandmaster Veselin Topalov is one of the best chess players of all time. His style is extremely aggressive and dynamic as he is able to combine excellent tactical vision with a strong positional sense and highly accurate technique. In this chess DVD, Grandmaster Damian Lemos creates a detailed study of Topalov’s style by dissecting five of his best games – demonstrating Topalov’s versatility in very different types of positions.
Grandmaster Secrets - Veselin Topalov - EMPIRE CHESS
Vassily Ivanchuk is one of the greatest chess players ever who has not won a world championship. Ivanchuk is a Super-GM with a peak rating of 2787 and has achieved incredible results at the highest levels of chess since he was only a teenager in the 1980s. Ivanchuk’s play is fascinating for spectators because he is incredibly creative and constantly strives to create maximum imbalances and complications in any position.
Grandmaster Secrets - Play like Vassily Ivanchuk - EMPIRE CHESS
Super-GM Alexander Grischuk is one of the best chess players of the 21st century because his style is universal and he performs extremely well under intense pressure. He is currently #5 in the world and rated 2785 FIDE, and is definitely considered one of the most dangerous players in the world.
Grandmaster Secrets - Play like Alexander Grischuk - EMPIRE CHESS
Super-GM Peter Svidler is a consistent member of the world’s top 10 chess players because his play is extremely dynamic, his preparation is exceptionally deep, and he has a very subtle intuition for tiny changes in the position.
Grandmaster Secrets - Play like Peter Svidler - EMPIRE CHESS
Alexander Morozevich is one of the strongest chess players in the last 20 years because he has an exceptionally creative and aggressive style. He is well-known for employing sideline openings with great success against the best players in the world due to superior preparation in these rarely played systems. Morozevich has remained a top 10 player since rising to elite status in the early 1990s, largely due to his ability to create absolute chaos on the board and cleanly navigate his way to a superior ending that he can convert with remarkable precision.
Grandmaster Secrets - Play like Alexander Morozevich - EMPIRE CHESS
Recommended for Intermediate Players
Life Master Dana Mackenzie introduces us to the amazing games of some regional legends, including FIDE Master John Curdo, best known for winning the Massachusetts State Championship 17 times; FIDE Master Curt Justin Brasket, sixteen-time State Champion for his home state of Minnesota; FIDE Master Orest Popovych, 4 time New Jersey State Champion; International Master William Martz, the highest rated player from Wisconsin for almost 20 years and holds the USCF record of 104 for the most consecutive rated games without a loss; and Life Master Brian Wall, 5 time winner or tied for the Colorado State Championships.
Awesome State Champions - Chess Lecture - Volume 86
GM Kraii, GM Perelshteyn, FM Monokroussos, IM Vigorito
Vasily Smyslov was a Soviet and Russian grandmaster, and was World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958. He redefined chess post WW2. He was a candidate for the World Chess on eight occasions. Smyslov twice tied for first at the Soviet Championship (1949, 1955), and his total of 17 Chess Olympiad medals won is an all-time record. In five European Team Championships, Smyslov won ten gold medals. He is known for his fantastic endgames, very dynamic sense over the board and intuitive sense of harmony. Modern champions that follow his style are Carlsen and Kramnik. Here the masters of ChessLecture review his brilliance and style in a series of stunning games.
A Tribute to Smyslov - Chess Lecture - Volume 88