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The Sicilian family is big but the Sicilian that puts most pressure on White’s centre is the Classical Variation – Black quickly develops both knights to their most active squares. This DVD offers Black a complete repertoire against all weapons White may employ on move six. The recommended repertoire is not as risky as other Sicilians but still offers Black plenty of counter-play. It is an ideal system for players who want to enter the wonderful world of the Sicilian.
The Classical Sicilian - Mihail Marin
In Volume 1 of the series, Ashley coins a new term Protected Squares, and shows how many errors occur on squares that seem invulnerable because they are clearly guarded by pawns.
WHAT GRANDMASTERS DON'T SEE - Protected Squares - Maurice Ashley - VOLUME 1
The Catalan is a reliable opening for White, but there are ways for Black to shake White out of his complacency while still maintaining a sound and solid position himself. On this DVD Grandmaster Daniel King offers you a repertoire for Black against the Catalan, based around maintaining the rock of a pawn on d5.
POWER PLAY - A Repertoire for Black Against the Catalan - Daniel King - VOLUME 24
The DVD is separated into two parts - the first one provides the main ideas behind the opening, and the second gives the theoretical material.
Try the Sicilian Kalashnikov! - Dejan Bojkov
Ever since the Kasparov-Kramnik World Championship Match held in London in 2000, players with the white pieces have been trying to crack the formidable Berlin Wall in the Ruy Lopez. There may also have been some successes for White of course, but time and again Black has convincingly demonstrated how to equalize or even how to construct an impregnable fortress. The situation from White's point of view has become precarious
Beating the Berlin Defense - Alexei Shirov
A Safe Path Through the Sicilian Jungle
The Sicilian has been known for decades as the most reliable way for Black to obtain an unbalanced but good position. Among the most popular Sicilians at the top level the two that certainly stand out are the Najdorf and the Paulsen. Unlike the Najdorf, the Paulsen provides a safer and more positionally based way of fighting against 1.e4. Black is able to obtain adequate counterplay in all variations without going for a do-or-die type of attack.
The Sicilian Tajmanov-Scheveningen - Alejandro Ramirez
Throughout the DVD, specially selected positions will enable you to test your understanding of the subject.
POWER PLAY - Squeeze - Daniel King - VOLUME 13
Before the endgame, God created the middlegame, but you will never reach the middlegame if you misplay the opening! ‘Catastrophe in the Opening’ is a study of how the games of contemporary players go awry the initial stages of the game and as such, will prove instructive at all levels. It’s designed to help you avoid disaster in your own games by learning from the typical mistakes of others.
Catastrophe in the Opening - Andrew Martin
Aaron Nimzowitsch knew how to teach chess and he knew how to study the middlegame: His advice was to “study typical pawn structures.” Every typical structure has its typical plans and to know these plans helps you to find your way in these positions. On this DVD the author presents and explains the most common central structures every chessplayer should know: The Hedgehog, the Maroczy, Hanging pawns and the Isolani.
Pawn Structures You Should Know - Adrian Mikhalchishin
In this second DVD in the Power Play series, Grandmaster Daniel King looks at attacking play and asks: what makes for a successful attack?
POWER PLAY - Attacking the King - Daniel King - VOLUME 2
This DVD goes far beyond pure tactics and is perfectly suited to advanced players who wish to develop their understanding of the game.
And Action! - How to Crown Positional Play by Tactics - Alexei Shirov
A Complete Repertoire for White
The aim of this DVD is to provide the player with White with a complete repertoire. 3.Nd2 is an excellent weapon with which to fight the French Defence. as the author of this DVD explains. Based as it is on his personal experience and the latest theoretical developments, this DVD is an excellent starting point from which to learn how to play 3. Nd2, the Tarrasch Variation.
The French Defense 3. Nd2 - Sergei Tiviakov
This DVD concentrates on the King’s Gambit accepted with 3 Bc4. Bronstein once said about this move, ‘You want to play the King’s Gambit? Well, Black can draw after 3. Nf3.
King's Gambit - Simon Williams - VOL. 1
In this 9th Power Play DVD Grandmaster Daniel King discusses the theme of Major Pieces v. Minor Pieces.
POWER PLAY - Major Pieces vs. Minor Pieces - Daniel King - VOLUME 9
This DVD will help you to analyse and reassess your opening play so that you can begin the game off the right foot.
POWER PLAY - Start Right - Daniel King - VOLUME 4
During his career, Vlastimil Hort, who himself belongs to the same generation as Bobby Fischer, met no less than eight world champions over the board.
Facing the World Champions - Vlastimil Hort
In this video, experienced tournament players and experts in each specific opening will teach you what you absolutely have to know about the King's Indian, Nimzo Indian, Queen's Indian, and Bogo Indian.
CHESSBASE TUTORIALS - Indian Defences - VOLUME 4
Is there an absolute truth in a flexible opening such as the Pirc Defense? After I had played and studied the Pirc intensively for more than ten years I was sure I had found the best move order against each White system. Then I stopped playing the opening for a while and when I checked new ideas I realized that things were not that simple. Thus, the repertoire I recommend on this DVD is a combination of good lines in my old repertoire that have stood the test of time and new lines inspired by my fresh look at the Pirc. When playing the Pirc one must know what to do against White‘s attacking systems.
Play the Pirc Like a Grandmaster - Attacking Lines - Mihail Marin - VOL. 2
A Complete Defense Against 1. d4
The Semi-Slav defense (1.d4 d5 followed by ...e7-e6 and ...c7-c6) is one of the most popular opening set-ups for Black. Black can follow two entirely different concepts. One includes an early ...Ng8-f6 and leads to a number of popular and deeply analysed systems: the Meran, the Anti-Meran, the Botvinnik, the Moscow, the Anti- Moscow, the Westphalian, etc. The other, in which Black refrains from ...Ng8-f6 at an early stage, is presented by GM Michal Krasenkow on this DVD. Black keeps a choice between two double-edged interesting systems: the Noteboom variation (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 dxc4) and the Stonewall (...f7-f5) if White plays an early e2-e3. Of course Black’s decision to refrain from an early ...Ng8-f6 gives White other options, the most important being the Slav gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e4 etc.). Therefore Black’s set-up may lead to a whole range of different and interesting positions, which help the black player to broaden his strategic and tactical understanding. This makes the Noteboom/Stonewall opening repertoire a particularly good choice for young, aspiring players.
The Triangle Setup - Michal Krasenkow
Bologans way to the Nimzo-Indian was very long and difficult. Which he now regrets a lot: “I would better start it when I was young. First I played only the King’s Indian against 1.d4, later I learned Black’s Knights Tango, which already had some elements of the Nimzo-Indian and only in the new millenium I included the Nimzo Indian into my repertoire.” This period coincided with the period of winning the Dortmund 2003 tournament, when he managed to hold with Black against Vladimir Kramnik in the decisive last round in a Nimzo with 4.Qc2. The Moldavian grandmaster recommends the Nimzo-Indian to players of all levels, because it’s complex and simple at the same time. It teaches one very important thing in chess - how to play with the knight against a bishop. The Nimzo- Indian therefore has the same importance as the Ruy Lopez after 1.e4. This DVD is aimed to give Black a clear idea what to do against 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 which is considered the strongest move order by White. Video running time: 4 hours 14 min. Video sample System requirements Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard
Never too Late for the Nimzo-Indian - Victor Bologan
The correct technique of exchanging is the most important ability of Grandmasters!
Power of Exchange - Adrian Mikhalchishin
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!
Ruy Lopez - Attack with the Schliemann - Sam Collins
On this DVD, Grandmaster Daniel King demonstrates typical tactical patterns, shows how strong players use their tactical awareness and puts your tactical abilities to the test.
POWER PLAY - Test Your Tactics - Daniel King - VOLUME 14
In this first volume of the new Mating Guide series, the emphasis will be on how to exploit a vulnerably placed king in the centre. With 10 chapters, 20 illustrative games and key themes including a lead in development, preventing castling, the open e-file and different kinds of sacrifices, this DVD will show you everything you need to know to master mid-board showdowns. The level of the content means it is relevant to both beginners as well as master level players - as both elementary examples (also from my own practice) as well as classical attacking games by elite grandmasters are analysed in detail.
The Chess Player's Mating Guide - The King in the Centre - VOL. 1 - IM Robert Ris
Endings with rook and minor piece against rook and minor piece occur very frequently, even more often than rook endings. But there is not much literature on them. The new endgame DVD fills this gap.
CHESS ENDGAMES - Rook and Minor Piece - Karsten Muller - VOLUME 9
“Players die, tournaments are forgotten, but the works of great artists are left behind them to live on forever.“ - Mikhail Tal's amazing moves have the power to enlighten both the heart and soul of any chess player. Like the paintings of a master or the timbre of a symphony, amazing chess moves can appeal to players in a wholly aesthetic way. This interactive DVD guides the viewer through some of the most beautiful and amazing chess moves in early to modern chess. The interactive format encourages the viewer to study and find the brilliancy, following the footsteps of some of the greatest players of the game. Moves taken from openings, middlegames and endgames are looked at. They contain tactical brilliancies alongside heuristic violations, material sacrifice and positional shockers. Can you think like one of the old legends of chess or indeed like one of the new geniuses?
Most Amazing Moves - Simon Williams
Great players always had and still have more than just broad theoretical knowledge. Every of them has some favorite methods, which simply help to score more points. The greatest even have favorite pawn structures!
Winning Structures - Adrian Mikhalchishin
The Owens Defence, with 1...b6, is part of a nexus of systems that are both complex and little explored, offering practical players the opportunity to get out of the book early on and pose new and difficult problems. Transpositions into other openings and structures are common, making it an ideal weapon for playing to win as Black against booked up opposition. On this DVD Nigel Davies shows how ...b6 lines can be used to enhance an existing French Defence repertoire (for example with 1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6!?) and provide answers to 1.Nf3 and 1.c4. He also shows how 1...b6 can be used as a defence against 1.e4, for players who want to play for a win and do not mind taking risks.
Original and Aggressive - 1.. b6 for Practical Players - Nigel Davies
This difficult, but extremely important subject is explained on the DVD with the help of many examples, including classics but also modern games.
STRATEGY UNIVERSITY - Prevention and Preparation - Adrian Mikhalchishin - VOLUME 2
In the fourth volume of the endgame series a lot of themes with more material are included, such as rook and minor piece versus rook (and minor piece), rook versus two minor pieces, double rook endings, queen and knight versus queen and bishop, the bishop pair and other endgame principles.
CHESS ENDGAMES - Strategical Endgames - Karsten Muller - VOLUME 4
The Berlin Defence which arises after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 gives White a hard nut to crack, and the solidity of the line led to its nickname “Berlin Wall”. The mainline 5.d4 in particular leads to positions in which White has had trouble to prove any advantage. On this DVD Latvian top player Alexei Shirov proposes a different approach. He recommends to play 5.Re1 which leads to a symmetrical position that according to Shirov is not boring at all. With a whole range of grandmaster games Shirov shows that White can indeed develop pressure and seize the initiative and that the position is full of subtleties.
How to Crack the Berlin Wall with 5. Re1 - Alexei Shirov
You might be a brilliant tactician or a fearsome attacker, but you won’t always be able to apply these skills when you play.
POWER PLAY - Pawns - Daniel King - VOLUME 5
The Najdorf system in the Sicilian Defence has a legendary reputation as a defensive weapon for Black.
MR. KASPAROV - How to Play the Najdorf - VOLUME 1
The Ragozin Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4) is at the forefront of chess theory. The Ragozin is being played by every top grandmaster in the world - it is time you also add it to your repertoire to get interesting and dynamic positions against 1. d4! The DVD is based around a solid system of play for Black. It favors positions that are strategically complex while trying to minimize any claim that White might have at an opening advantage.
The Ragozin Defense - Alejandro Ramirez
The French Defense is one of the best choices a player can make for his opening repertoire, especially older players with limited study time.
French Defense Strategy - Nigel Davies
The Spanish Opening is often called the ''Queen of Openings''. If you master this opening, you understand a lot about chess. One of the most popular systems in the Spanish Opening is the Breyer variation, in which Black retreats his already developed knight from c6 to b8 to relocate it via d7 to better square. On this DVD, Pavel Eljanov, one of the greatest experts of the Breyer variation, shows all important variations of this system. In 14 video lectures he gives an overview of the current state of theory.
The Ruy Lopez Breyer Variation - Pavel Eljanov