Popular Chess Openings
Updated in 2011 with New Games and Analysis
The popularity of the French Defense has surged to the point where it rivals the Sicilian and the Spanish in the chess international tournament arenas. Always known for its solid character, the French offers Black excellent winning chances in the main lines of the Winawer and in many side variations.
Tarrasch French Guimard Variation with 3...Nc6
Part of the Roman and Rybka, Perfecting the Opening Series by Grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvili and Grandmaster Eugene Perelshteyn, who use the world computer champion Rybka to bring you new lines, secrets and novelties in the Grunfeld.
The Grunfeld is a dynamic opening that is used by aggressive players with Black to steal Whites initiative by counterattacking its pawn center.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 72 - The Complete Grunfeld Defense with New Secrets and Novelties - PART 1
Henry Bird's 1.f4 has become the choice of many players who wish to avoid the voluminous theory surrounding 1.e4, 1.d4 and even 1.c4. If Black plays passively then he is likely to find himself in an inferior line, especially if he allows a reversed Dutch defense. But there is an exciting alternative to the main lines - the From Gambit! With l...e5 Black makes it clear that he is willing to fight. The lines which arise often involve forced piece sacrifices for both sides, and knowledge of the middlegame ideas is critical.
How to Play the From Gambit
On this DVD, Roman outlines a perfectly clear and easy to learn lines against The Hippo, Modern and Pirc Defences. The lines carefully based on thorough analysis as well as top rated player's games. Simplicity and ambition are ingredients of the systems suggested. Evaluations of them by Rybka are absolutely staggering. This is by far the best material on the Hippo and Modern Carefully designed and consistent with possible transpositions in to Pirc defense.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 82 -Easy to Learn Ambitious System for White to Play Against the Hippo, Modern, & Pirc Defenses
On this DVD, Grandmaster Roman Dzinzichashvili will teach you a powerful, easy-to-learn system for White to play against the Sicilian Defense. With the move 2. c3, known as the Alapin Variation, White has a very clear plan and positions himself for rapid piece development.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 98 - c3 Sicilian Alapin Variation
On this DVD, Roman will explain, move by move, highly instructional and amazing King's Indian games played by some of the world's greatest players.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 49 - Magnificent Instructional Masterpieces in the King's Indian Defense
The f4 Sicilian has become popular and feared because it avoids the frightening amount of knowledge required to play Open Sicilians. It is often not treated with the respect it deserves. The strategic aims are quite simple to understand: CHECKMATE. The first edition was written when the Grand Prix Attack was just becoming noticed by strong chess players. Now there are over 20,000 examples in the databases. Nevertheless, the opening remains based more on the ideas explained by authors Hodgson and Day than on “theory”.
Sicilian Defense:Grand Prix Attack
The variations of the Sicilian in which Black sets up a pawn centre with ...e6 and ...d6 have been popularized by such fighting players as Kasparov and Andersson. The play can become extremely sharp and many lines have been analyzed to move 20. This comprehensive work provides everything the modern tournament player needs to know about the Scheveningen and only a Grandmaster of the calibre of Kasparov can provide the strategy explanation necessary for an opening of this complexity.
Sicilian ...e6 and ...d6 Systems
On this DVD, Grandmaster Roman Dzinzichashvili examines games that were played with various systems of the English Opening. This highly instructional and educational material contains many examples of the most typical mistakes that are made in the English Opening, by players of all skill levels.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 93 - Highly Instructive & Educational Games for the English Player
Part of Grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvilis new Roman and Rybka Perfecting the Opening Series. On this DVD Grandmaster Roman, Grandmaster Eugene Perslystein, and computer chess champion program Rybka, bring you improved lines and novelties in this opening repertoire for White. The Catalan Opening is a very sharp sophisticated positional opening that gives white a Reverse Grunfeld Position with an extra tempo. The Catalan can be considered to be White adopting a combination of the Queen's Gambit and Rti Opening: White plays d4 and c4 and fianchettoes the white bishop on g2.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 74 - The Dynamic Catalan An Ambitious Opening Repertoire for White
Produced at the International Chess Festival held in Las Vegas at the National Open. In the first part of the DVD, Roman covers less common lines in the Scandinavian Defense. This lecture complements the material contained in Volume 17 in the Roman's Lab series. In the second part of the lecture, Roman gives you an introduction to an opening he has played for 20 years and one Fischer's favorites - the King's Indian Attack. This DVD is a prelude to Volume 28 where Roman will cover this flexible opening in more depth. Black cannot prevent you from playing your standard set-up. Roman explains Whites ideas and plans and how to achieve good positions.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 24 - Live from the Las Vegas National Open
Roman's Favorite Opening to meet the Sicilian Defense. Roman will show you a clear plan which will give you a comfortable position, however, if your opponent makes a tactical or positional mistake, he will get crushed or wind up with at least a bad position. Roman has had great success with this opening and is passing his own ideas and concepts on to you.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 23 - The Easy Way to Play the Grand Prix and Reti Openings
Roman's Encyclopedia of 40 Essential Chess Openings. The core ideas and principles of play of 40 openings are presented and explained in almost 11 hours on 4 DVDs. Roman gives you his preferred lines for white and black, allowing you to play your chosen lines and venture into unfamiliar territory with confidence.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 38 - Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - PART 2
The Caro-Kann Defence is an incredibly solid, sound dynamic defence to 1 e4. On this DVD, Roman with Grandmaster Eugene Perelshteyn & the world's strongest Chess program Rybka discuss revolutionary improvements to the Caro-Kann, creating new ideas and Novelties have made a great opening defense even better. This perfecting the opening series will leave you better prepared to take advantage of your opponent who will be caught off guard with this new material.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 71 - New Improved Lines and Novelties in the Caro-Kann
This is a book for chess players who love to play for checkmate from the very first move.
Mission - Checkmate! with the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit
Rapid & Complete Opening Repertoire for the Tournament Player - BLACK. Your study time will be cut dramatically as Roman give you the best and most solid responses for Black. Based on his own games Roman recommends solid active lines to meet e4, d4, c4, and Nf3. Your study time will be cut dramatically as Roman gives you the best and most solid responses for BLACK.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 6 - Rapid and Complete Opening Repertoire for Black
Rapid & Complete Opening Repertoire for the Tournament Player - WHITE. Opening Lines covered on this DVD: - Queens Gambit Accepted & Declined - Queens Indian Defense - Slav Defense - Albin Counter Gambit - Nimzo-Indian Defense - Kings Indian Defense - Grunfled Defense - Dutch Defense - Nc6 & Bf5 lines - Benko Gambit
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 5 - Rapid and Complete Opening Repertoire for White
The FrankensteinDracula Variation (1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4!?) of the Vienna Game is a monstrous thicket of complications which still have not been fully explored. The opening leads to fascinating positions which will bring enjoyment both in tournament and correspondence play. Although some theorists have treated the variation as dead and buried, experiments have managed to bring the monster variation back to life for Black, and it can now be considered fully playable.
The Frankenstein-Dracula Variation in the Vienna Game of Chess
On this DVD Roman discusses a new and improved version of the Accelerated Dragon, one of the most ambitious way for Black to play against 1.e4. Roman, Larry Kaufman and Rybka (the World's Strongest Chess Program) have spent countless hours improving on lines that were previously thought to be better for White, but which now in fact have little or no advantage at all. Roman will also provide the latest updates as well as his own personal recommendations.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 66 - New and Improved Accelerated Dragon
A Life-Long Sozin Devotee Explains the Subtleties of this Aggressive System for White
This book presents in detail the theory of the Sozin in all its forms, including the razor-sharp Velimirovic Attack.
The Sicilian Sozin
On this DVD Roman will take you through several sharp openings demonstrating what happens when you violate the sound and established principles of chess, specifically, becoming too active before completing development. He also goes over the criteria needed to be satisfied before playing sharp continuations, gambits and sacrifices. Roman will help you understand the difference between what is considered sound sharp playable openings and sharp openings to avoid.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 65 - The Difference Between Sound and Unsound Ways to Play Sharp Openings
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 43 - New Lines & Novelties for White against the Caro Kann, Alekhine & French Defense
White playing the Queen's Gambit can make it very versatile. On this DVD, Roman will bring you a variety of plans using highly instructional games. Using his own games as well as other top GM's, Roman will teach you different ways to play one of the oldest Versatile Openings to date.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 111 - Highly Instructionial Games in The Queen's Gambit Declined
On this DVD, Roman and Rybka bring new opening theory to white's sixth move h3 against one of Blacks most popular defences - the Sicilian Najdorf. World Champion Bobby Fischer used the h3 variation to defeat Grandmaster Najdorf himself.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 81 - Easy and Promising Way for White to Play Against the Najdorf Sicilian
On this DVD, Grandmaster Roman and Rybka will give you a thorough understanding of the Accelerared Dragon for black. Roman has selected a number of typical Accelerated Dragon games, the kind that you might experience in your own games for maximum education value.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 88 - Highly Instructive and Educational games for the Accelerated Dragon Player
On this chess DVD Roman covers current high level games in the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian defense. Roman will demonstrate overlooked forced wins for both Black and White right out of the opening.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 104 - Amazing Tactical Possibilities in the Najdorf
On this DVD, Roman will give you an easy-to-learn, complete setup for Black to play against the English. This New system is great because it gives Black an easy clear plan of attack which will be faster than your opponent's, who will unknowingly be following theory. Romans original Anti-English ideas and concepts were verified by Rybka and are only available on this DVD.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 69 - Dzindzi Anti-English Complete and Ambitious Systems for Black Against 1. c4
In addition to the standard lines, this book contains a number of interesting suggestions that have never been implemented. This book has been updated with a supplement containing the latest games and grandmaster analysis in 2012.
Queen's Gambit Declined - Orthodox Variation
Roman gives you 2 of his secret opening weapons:
The New Revolutionary Sicilian
Roman has beaten the top players in the world with this unknown variation of the Sicilian. This is a tested powerful line and gives Black an advantage in the opening.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 17 - Unbeatable Secret Weapons For Black
This DVD features...
Closed Sicilian with g3
Bogo Indian 6.Nc3
Nimzo Indian 4. a3
Nimzo Indian 4. f3
Nimzo Indian 4. Qc2
Nimzo Indian 4. Bg5 Leningrad
Nimzo Indian 4. e3
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 12 - New Improvements in Opening Theory for the Competitive Player
On this DVD, Roman will teach you an easy and flexible opening for White. You will learn how to achieve a clear middlegame plan while avoiding complex variations and simplifications. White can either start with e4 or Nf3 followed by d3, g3, Bg2 and 0-0. Black cannot prevent you from playing your easy-to-learn setup. Roman will also cover and analyze 5 highly instructional games.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 28 - The Easy Way to Learn the King's Indian Attack
Comprehensive Coverage of an Important Modern Chess Opening
This book continues the coverage of the French Defence that was begun by Pedersen in The Main Line French: 3 Nc3. It is essential reading for all those who play the French, and for those who meet it with the popular and flexible Tarrasch Variation.
The French - Tarrasch Variation
On this DVD, Roman will show you how to play against Bad Openings and how to exploit them. Roman will take you through several very instructional bad openings for black and by taking a logical and virtual approach you can achieve an advantage. This dvd not only provides excellent lines against the Elephant Gambit , Budapest, Baker Defense, French, Sicilian, Englund and Marshall Gambits but will show you basic ideas behind getting an edge against inferior opening play this will help you to never get caught off guard again
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 50 - Unsound Openings and How to Exploit Them
A Challenging Repertoire Versus Five King's Fianchetto Defences
Grivas provides a full and detailed repertoire for White against five important openings: the Grunfeld, King's Indian, Benoni, Benko and Modern. In each case, he has recommended a line in which he has a wealth of experience, and has played a significant personal role in developing over many years. The recommendations are geared towards posing Black unconventional problems: your opponents will not be able to churn out lengthy memorized variations, but will need to solve problems at the board in positions that are somewhat different in character from those normally reached in these openings.
Beating the Fianchetto Defences
Part of the Roman and Rybka, Perfecting the Opening Series by Grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvili and Grandmaster Eugene Perelshteyn, who use the world computer champion Rybka to bring you new lines, secrets and novelties in the Grunfeld. The Grunfeld is a dynamic opening that is used by aggressive players with Black to steal Whites initiative by counterattacking its pawn center. This volume is the second volume of a two-volume DVD set.
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 73 - The Complete Grunfeld Defense with New Secrets and Novelties - PART 2
On this DVD Roman guarantees you very playable positions and some advantages for White against the Sicilian Defense. Roman will show you easy-to-learn universal plans and ideas in the opening and middle game. Roman shows you easy-to-remember setups and themes that will leave you well prepared to meet the Sicilian and get an advantage over your opponent!
E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 48 - Complete Universal f3 Systems for White Against the Sicilian Fianchetto