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Master Class Vol.2: Mihail Tal

No World Champion has enchanted the chess world as much as Mihail Tal did. His reign as World Champion was short but in his time Tal’s star burned with unknown intensity. With his combinations and his intuitive sacrifices the young Tal ran over his opponents, and thrilled the chess world with his risky uncompromising attacking play, which inspired many players to emulate him. In 1960 he beat the reigning World Champion Botvinnik but one year later he lost the title of World Champion again in a return match of doubtful competitive value. But even though Tal was no longer World Champion, he still remained one of the best players in the world. At eight chess Olympiads he won gold with the Soviet team. Six times he became USSR-Champion. In 1973/74 he managed to remain unbeaten in 93 consecutive games, a still unmatched record. In 1988 he won the Blitz World Championship. Despite his frail health Tal enjoyed life to the fullest and was a funny and brilliant man, who loved nothing more than chess. Through the games of Mihail Tal this DVD provides a unique access to the realm of chess tactics. Tal’s colleagues dubbed their tactical guru „Magician“, because in his games seemingly incomprehensible moves in the end blended into a successful whole, as if by magic. But Tal was also a master of strategy and endgame play. On this DVD Dorian Rogozenco, Mihail Marin, Oliver Reeh and Karsten Müller present the 8. World Chess Champion in video lessons: his openings, his understanding of chess strategy, his artful endgame play, and finally his immortal combinations. In an interactive test they invite you to try to find combinations like Tal did. The DVD also contains all games by Tal, many of them annotated, plus comments and tournament tables. 

Languages: German German, English English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-372-4
EAN: 4027975007960
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Winning against the Grünfeld

The Grünfeld is a highly dynamic opening in which Black’s position often seems to hang together by a single thread; and yet, this apparently precarious equilibrium appears to be enough to make it entirely viable - up to the highest level. When facing the Grünfeld with White, one frequently has the frustrating impression that Black is always able to slip away – trying to win is like trying to catch a fish with your bare hands. Even more disturbing is the fact that the longer you analyse, the more you feel like it is a forced draw. This complete repertoire for White, starting with 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.Be3, is based on the classical belief that a strong centre guarantees long-term pressure. I have aimed to make use of the most valuable ideas introduced by the world’s main specialists (above all Kramnik) and have come up with new ideas and concrete lines in those cases when White has come to a dead end in current theory. In doing so, I have not spared any effort in finding possible improvements for Black, as well as the corresponding antidotes, in an attempt to anticipate the theory’s evolution. In modern chess, it is important to retain opening flexibility. For this reason, I have developed two parallel repertoires based on slightly different move orders. In each case I have explained the pros and cons, and offer my subjective preference for one of them. After having examined the repertoire videos, you can test your understanding with the quiz videos. The DVD also comes with a ChessBase file that includes all the relevant games, complete with full analysis.

Languages: German German, English English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-419-6
EAN: 4027975007953
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Improve your chess with Tania Sachdev

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. On this DVD, well-known Indian WGM Tania Sachdev shows you how to evaluate certain positions and then find the right concepts and plans on the basis of her own games. Sachdev explains her own thoughts and recounts how she arrived at successful decisions and, as a result, played good moves. These illustrative and instructive examples explain a lot of the basic elements of middlegame play, such as pawn structures, piece play and making the right exchanges. The games cover a broad spectrum of themes and are aimed at those looking to generally improve their middlegame play. At the end you can test your progress and understanding with an interactive quiz.

Languages: English English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-418-9
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ChessBase Magazine 159


  • Magnus Carlsen continues his series of victories at the "strongest tournament in the history of chess" in Zurich. Caruana, Heine Nielsen,
    Krasenkow, Marin and others comment on the best games.
  • Levon Aronian dominates Wijk aan Zee in great style. Analyses by Aronian, Caruana, Karjakin, So and van Wely. Marin shows the latest trends in opening theory in his Opening Survey
  • NEW: Interactive training lectures with video feedback to your ideas: Daniel King „Move by Move“, Oliver Reeh “Tactics" and Karsten Müller „Endgames“ - get on a move!
  • 12 new opening articles with lots of new ideas for your repertoire: Mihail Marin offers deep insights into a classical line in the French Deefence C16: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 b6,  Michael Krasenkow presents one of his special lines against the Benoni (7.Bd3 Bg7 8.h3 ... 9...b5 10.Nxb5), Evgeny Postny checks the Caro-Kann Advance Variation with the immediate 3...c5 etc. etc.
Languages: German German, English English
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ChessBase Magazine Extra 158
  • 29.734 games, played between December 2013 and February 2014
  • CBM Extra with videos in fritztrainer format:
  • Adrian Mikhalchishin presents an own game (against Kholmov) and explains subleties of the Petroff Defence
  • Valeri Lilov shows a game which he assesses as very instructive. White wins in attacking style in a typical Sicilian Defence
  • Robert Ris turns to another world champion: Robert James Fischer. His opponent Wolfgang Unzicker follows a game, which Fischer drew against Tal; probably he wasn't well adivsed with that choice
Languages: German German, English English
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Power Strategy 1

In chess, like in the real life, one frequently faces temptations: to grab a pawn, to occupy an open file, to start a kingside attack and so on. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with all these ideas, but before undertaking such concrete actions, one should be sure the position is ripe for it. Chess is so complicated that making the right choice on the basis of calculation alone is not always possible. This is when general rules and principles come into play to to help us distinguish between what we would like to do – and what we should do. In other words, it is a matter of establishing the right order of priorities. This series of DVDs aims to demonstrate the importance of taking proven principles into account before choosing the direction of your over-the-board calculations. The first DVD deals with the initial phase of the game, when the all the reigning principles can be crystalized into just one: DEVELOPMENT! Deviating from the natural course of development for the sake of some illusory advantages is likely to lead one to the same fate as that of those sailors who fell under the syrens’ spell – ruin. The DVD deals with a wide range of situations in which development and developing moves are the highest priority. After having watched the lessons on the right way to navigate from the opening to the middlegame, viewers are invited to test their skills with a host of quiz videos. You can further sharpen your skills with the included database, which contains games covering themes that correspond to the ideas presented on the DVD.

Languages: German German, English English
EAN: 4027975007939
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Sicilian Dragon Powerbook 2014

The new Dragon Powerbook 2014 is based on over 93 000 games, meaning that it has been extended compared to the previous version. Of course, only the best games from classical tournaments (38 000) and correspondence chess (18 000) have been used for the book. They are supplemented by over 36 000 high class games from the engine room on As might be expected the lion’s share of the games have been played in the Yugoslav Attack. A glance at the statistics is extremely intriguing, but you always have to check out whether the opposite side can improve results when the game progresses. The depth of analysis required to manage this is always easily achieved since the book goes far beyond current theory.

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The Open Games Powerbook 2014

The numerous possible transitions make it only logical to bring together in the large Open Powerbook 2014 all the other open games (except the Ruy Lopez). It will consist predominantly of engine games (195 000), with in addition top class material from Mega (23 000) and a small number of correspondence games (1000). This allows one to make interesting comparisons: is the Scotch "better" than the Italian? Or is one better trying the Four Knights Game straight away? And how should one continue? Instead of 4.Bb5 it is also worth considering 4.d4 and 4.g3, but in the Powerbook it is 4.h3!? which comes in second position with a sensational 8500 games and a result of 58%. Some completely original theory has been developing here, along the lines of 4...Bb4 5.Bd3!? and later a3 intending dxc3 or b4, so as to then develop the Bc1. Such discoveries make it easy for you to fashion some surprise weapons for your own repertoire.

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A Black Repertoire against the Two Knights

With the Traxler Variation (4.Ng5 Bc5!?) spearheading their repertoire, any player should look forward to fighting for the initiative against the Two Knights with Black. Its slightly dubious reputation shouldn’t put you off from buying this DVD - as the author clearly demonstrates - a great deal of spectacular resources for Black are on show, supported by original analysis. Exponents of the Traxler variation in tournament practice include Shirov and Beliavsky, with the latter having used it to defeat Anand (!) at Linares 1991. White can hope for an advantage in but a small number of lines, and e ven then there is still enough counterplay for Black to give his opponent a hard time. What is more, the DVD includes a host of ideas for actively meeting 4.d3 and 4.d4 as well, so that after studying the material you basically have a complete repertoire against the Italian Game. An unprepared opponent could easily fall victim to Black’s wealth of tactical possibilities, potentially making this repertoire an ideal weapon for playing for a win with Black!

Languages: English English
EAN: 4027975007922
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Deep Junior 13.8 mulitprocessor version

Deep Junior is back – and as strong as ever. This program has been used for over a decade by top players as a secret weapon to find astounding novelties and ideas, where traditional chess engines only see uninspired moves. The reason is clear: Junior has its own special search techniques and evaluation functions that makes it different to any other chess program. It is enterprising and entertaining, sacrificing material for initiative whenever it sees a chance, providing new ideas in traditional positions against man or machine. The name Junior is perhaps deceptive. Playing against Junior is not necessarily something for children, as Garry Kasparov discovered in a match in New York. He was held to a 3-3 draw by the Israeli program. Junior played in its typically dynamic style, greatly surprising the former World Champion with now-famous bishop sacrifice on h2 that forced him to concede a draw. You can look forward to a world class grandmaster when you install the new program on your computer.

Languages: English English, German German, Spanish Spanish
ISBN: 978-3-86681-399-1
EAN: 9783866813991
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