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Open games are well known to lead to sharp positions. Whenever there is a sharp position, we have many tactical opportunities as well! In this 4th Volume of his Tactics series, FM Valeri Lilov focuses on tactics found in the open games.
TACTICS - From Basics to Brilliance - Valeri Lilov - VOLUME 4
The Benko is a powerful weapon in any player’s Black repertoire. However, many white players, fearing black activity and compensation, decide to avoid it altogether before Black has the chance to sacrifice his pawn. This DVD offers a complete repertoire for black players after 1.d4 in the case that White avoids the move 2.c4 or after 2.c4 c5 avoids the move 3.d5.
Attacking with the Benko Gambit - Alejandro Ramirez - PART 2
First Steps in Endgames introduces a framework, which will assist club players to become better at chess. It is particularly suitable for players under 1600 or young players wishing to make a mark. Key ideas are presented to guide the student in the right direction. If you wish to become a strong chess player, you must study the endgame. It really is as simple as that.
First Steps in Endgames - Andrew Martin
The author has very often been asked by his students - what should I do against rarely played lines and openings? This DVD is aimed at answering that question... A complete repertoire for Black is set out to be used against moves such as 1.Nf3, 1.f4, 1.g3, 1.Nc3, 1.b3, 1.b4 and 1.g4. The author uses content from his own notebooks to provide a full explanation of how to proceed. Important chess principles are explained which help the student tackle the unknown!
How to Combat Rare Lines as Black - Sergei Tiviakov
Queen against two rooks or three minor pieces, as well as a rook plus pawn vs two minor pieces - these are typical constellations where the material is unbalanced. In our first steps in chess we are taught about the nominal value of the pieces. The queen is equal to nine pawns; a rook to five, a minor piece is worth three pawns. This is a common sense solution aimed at teaching the beginner a system of values so that he or she does not trade a more valuable piece for a less good one. Later however, situations occur in games in which one side can trade two minor pieces (six pawns) for a rook and a pawn (also six pawns). Theoretically speaking, this should result in an equal position, but in reality one of the two sides will profit from the exchange.
The True Value of Pieces - Dejan Bojkov
The Sicilian Defense is an old but nevertheless very modern opening. The continuous stream of new ideas in the Sicilian makes 1..c5 the most popular answer to 1.e4. On this DVD I do give an introduction to the most important Sicilian systems. However, the focus lies not on memorizing variations. Instead, I present some of my own games to show typical plans and strategies and to indicate typical and important tactical motifs, which can be used in various systems.
How to Play the Sicilian Defence! - Elisabeth Pahtz
In this DVD, the viewer is invited to solve over 60 puzzles in Chessbase’s new interactive Question & Answer format. All positions are from the Ruy Lopez and have been carefully selected to illustrate the most important recurring tactical themes throughout this opening, one of the most important in modern chess.
The Tactic Toolbox - Ruy Lopez / Spanish - Sam Collins
The Grand Prix Attack is one of White’s most enterprising weapons against the Sicilian Defence, and a favourite among club players and Grandmasters alike. This is an opening that must be treated with both caution and respect. Over the past few years Grandmaster Gawain Jones, arguably the world’s leading expert on the variation, has used the Grand Prix Attack to defeat a number of world class opponents, which demonstrates that underestimating its potential can cause casualties even at the highest level.
The Modern Grand Prix Attack - Lawrence Trent
The Queens Gambit Declined (known as the ‘QGD’) is the “Mr. Reliable” of responses to 1.d4. A favourite of many of the world champions, both past and present, its reputation has never been called into question.
Queen's Gambit Declined - D'Costa & Murphy
Even less-experienced chess players have learnt how to develop their pieces in the opening or even know certain opening variations by heart. But when the middlegame starts, they don’t know how to judge positions and develop their play – and their chess stagnates.
Improve your Chess with Tania Sachdev
Mating patterns are the essence of attacking chess. By mastering the typical set-ups, a player can begin to sense when a mating idea is present and to finish off games beautifully and effectively. On this DVD, Grandmaster and world renowned commentator Maurice Ashley reviews some of the more interesting patterns with examples meant to educate and entertain.
Mating Patterns - Maurice Ashley
My first chess DVD focused on various strategic middlegame themes and concepts, but in this second installment, the focus is on tactics – for after all, strategy and tactics go hand in hand, and playing strategically often leads to a resounding combinative finish. But for that to happen, you have to be able to build up positions through which tactics can flow – and this is exactly what I have illustrated on the DVD with a number of examples. The aim of this course is to help you understand how you to make tactical opportunities arise as w ell as to sharpen your tactical vision - these selected lectures will help to foster your overall tactical understanding. You can never spend too little time solving combinations and studies to improve your calculating abilities!“
Improve Your Chess Tactics with Tania Sachdev
Lubomir Ftacnik complements his popular Scheveningen DVD with fresh material for training tactical themes. The world’s most popular opening, the Sicilian defense (played in more than 50% of all games!) rises and falls with attack, fantasy and combinations. The ability to spot a tactical opportunity, calculate variations and choose the best line decides the game in sharp Sicilian positions and, even on its own, is a skill worth having.
Tactic Toolbox Scheveningen - Lubomir Ftacnik
Understanding how to use pawns and how to handle different pawn structures are important topics for young or improving players to consider. On this new ChessBase DVD, IM and FIDE Senior Trainer Andrew Martin investigates the notion that ‘pawns are the soul of chess’ and tries to explain exactly what this means. The effective use of pawns in the opening leads to the correct development of the pieces and a good game springs naturally from there. The pawn structure must be considered throughout the game and this is something that Martin also touches upon. The viewer will be treated to a tour of excellent games, both old and new, many from the period 2012-2014, which highlight key ideas about the correct use of pawns and from which one cannot fail to improve one’s technique. Thus this DVD is ideal for players below 1800 or indeed ambitious players of any level.
First Steps in Pawn Structures - Andrew Martin
Playing the McCutcheon Variation of the French Defence (3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4) immediately sharpens up the game, but quite frequently what soon arises is a positional struggle. Until recently the whole opening system was considered to be double-edged, if not downright notorious – White only had to have good knowledge about the main line. But nowadays the McCutcheon has been developing in an entirely new direction. Rustam Kasimdzhanov now calls 5.e5 h6 6.Bd2 the old main variation – since, as he demonstrates, Black can remarkably easily obtain a pleasant game.
The New McCutcheon - Rustam Kasimdzhanov
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
Despite the fact that many books have been written on tactics in chess, many players still find it extremely difficult to recognize tactical patterns and calculate ensuing lines. With this disk the author not only gives a large number of examples of the most different kind, trying to cover as many ideas as possible, but also suggests a method which will greatly help you to see various tactical motives and systemize your calculation.
Path to Tactical Strength - Rustam Kasimdzhanov
One of the basic fundamentals of chess is positional chess Material can be won or lost and advantages gained by tactical measures, but first you have to achieve the desired position on your board.
Basic Positional Ideas - Jacob Aagaard
You think you have seen enough checkmating combinations? I find it staggering how many checkmates are missed (by both sides) in games by the top players, let alone by us mortals. Recognizing the early outlines of mating patterns is a vital skill, not just for an attacker, but for a defender too.
POWER PLAY - Mating Patterns - Daniel King - VOLUME 1
Russian International Master Mark Dvoretsky is perhaps the most respected chess instructor in the world today. His latest work, Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual, is sure to become a classic on one of the most difficult and subtle phases in chess.
Dvoretsky Endgame Manual
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
Basic Knowledge for Beginners - Fritz Trainer on DVD Endgame theory constitutes the foundation of chess. You realize this in striking clarity once you obtain a won endgame but in the end have to be content with a draw because of a lack of necessary know-how.
CHESS ENDGAMES - Basic Knowledge for Beginners - Karsten Muller - VOLUME 1
Endgame theory forms the basis for chess. This becomes painfully clear as soon as a player has reached a clearly won endgame, yet must finally content himself with a draw because he lacks the necessary know-how.
CHESS ENDGAMES - Rook Endgames - Karsten Muller - VOLUME 2
The third part of the endgame series deals with queen endings, rook against minor pieces, queen against rook and queen against two rooks. Queen endings are not nearly as mysterious as they may first appear. Knowing a few rules of thumb and principles will make things very much easier for you.
CHESS ENDGAMES - Major Piece Endgames - Karsten Muller - VOLUME 3
Endgame for Experts - Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Making the right strategic decisions is one of the most difficult tasks at the chessboard. But how can we enhance our strategic understanding and methodical play?
Strategy - Step by Step - Rustam Kasimdzhanov
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
n this 3rd DVD in the Power Play series, Grandmaster Daniel King examines more devilish methods of attacking the castled king - this time by means of a pawn storm.
POWER PLAY - Pawn Storm - Daniel King - VOLUME 3
In this fifth Power Play DVD, Daniel King discusses strong and weak pawn structures, isolated pawns and pawn islands, how to create pawn weaknesses, how to cramp a pawn structure, the power of center pawns and much more.
POWER PLAY - Pawns Pieces and Plans - Daniel King - VOLUME 6
In this 7th Power Play DVD, Daniel King helps you to recognize when a piece is poorly placed and what to do about it. Throughout the DVD, specially selected positions will enable you to test your understanding of the subject.
POWER PLAY - Improve Your Pieces - Daniel King - VOLUME 7
In this 7th Power Play DVD, Daniel King helps you to recognize when a piece is poorly placed and what to do about it.
POWER PLAY - Knights and Bishops - Daniel King - VOLUME 8
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
Wherever he appears, chess fans gather in crowds. Garry Kasparov is the strongest chess player of our time – and a great personality who can represent the sport like no other chess professional. Now Kasparov comes into your home and shares with you his knowledge of one of the great openings in chess.
MR. KASPAROV - How to Play the Queen's Gambit
The English Opening with 1.c4 is one of the most subtle yet combative means of starting a chess game which has found favor with many of the great players in history.
English Opening - Nigel Davies
Shirov’s uncompromising style of play is also reflected in his manner of commenting his own games.
My Best Games in the Sicilian Najdorf - Alexei Shirov
The great popularity of the Petroff Defence at the highest level has attracted general attention lately. Many strong players employ this opening with great success and with both colours.
World Champion's Guide to the Petroff - Rustam Kasimdzhanov