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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 basically wrong with all these, but before undertaking such a concrete action one should be sure the position is ripe for it. Chess is so complicated that making the right choice by pure calculation is not always possible. This is when general rules and principles come to help us distinguish between what we would like to do and what we actually should do at a certain stage of the game. In other words, it is a matter of establishing the right order of priorities. This series of DVDs aims to prove the importance of taking the good old principles into account before choosing the direction for concrete over the board calculation. The second DVD deals with the middlegame positions where static factors play a determining part, permanently taking into account the inseparable dynamic and tactical elements. The videos are interactive, featuring training questions in the critical moments. 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: English, German
Release: 3/31/2015
EAN: 4027975008165
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Level: Tournament player Professional
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ChessBase Magazine 165
ChessBase Magazine 165
Five top-class tournaments: Carlsen was among the starters twice (Wijk and Baden-Baden) and was victorious on both occasions. The same goes for Nakamura but in Gibraltar and in Zürich. The FIDE Grand Prix (Tiflis) saw an impressive victory by Tomashevsky.
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Highlights:

Wijk aan Zee: Magnus Carlsen started badly, but 6 wins out of 6 in the middle of the tournament were sufficient for the sole lead. Those in second place Ding Liren, Wesley So and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave have each annotated a game for ChessBase Magazine.

Gibraltar: Hikaru Nakamura was the No. 1 seed in the major Open in Gibraltar and impressively confirmed his position: first 6 out of 6, finishing with 8.5 out of 10. The American has annotated for us his game against the young GM Baskaran.

Baden-Baden: Arkadij Naiditsch had an excellent tournament: a victory against the world champion and an undefeated 4.5 out of 7. But Carlsen reached the same score at the end and won through in the tiebreak.

Zürich: In the overall standings, Hikaru Nakamura finished level first with Anand. Thanks to his victory in the Armageddon game the American took overall first place. Annotations by Krasenkow and Pavlovic.

FIDE Grand-Prix Tbilisi: This came as a real surprise. No. 10 seed Evgeny Tomashevsky secured a majestic tournament victory with 8 out of 11 and with it went into the lead in the overall Grand Prix standings.

11 Opening articles with new repertoire ideas:
Sagar Shah: English 3.Bg2 h6
Ris: Accelerated Dragon 8...d5
Szabo: Sicilian English Attack
Havasi: French Tarrasch 3...Nf6
Marin: French Tarrasch 3...c5
Kuzmin: Slav 4.e3 Bg4
Postny: Ragosin Defence 5.Bg5 h6
Stohl: Semi-Slav/Catalan 5.g3
Krasenkow: Bogo-Indian 4.Nbd2 – Part 2 and more!

Languages: German, English
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Level: Tournament player Professional
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Master Class Vol.4: José Raúl Capablanca
Master Class Vol.4: José Raúl Capablanca
by Dr. Karsten Müller, Mihail Marin, Oliver Reeh, Niclas Huschenbeth
He was a child prodigy and he is surrounded by legends. In his best times he was considered to be unbeatable and by many he was reckoned to be the greatest chess talent of all time: Jose Raul Capablanca, born 1888 in Havana.
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He was a child prodigy and he is surrounded by legends. In his best times he was considered to be unbeatable and by many he was reckoned to be the greatest chess talent of all time: Jose Raul Capablanca, born 1888 in Havana. At the age of 13 he became Cuban champion; in 1909 he sensationally defeated Marshall by 8:1 and was thus catapulted into the world elite. It was only after some time, since only sparse amounts of information made it across the pond, that in 1911 Capablanca achieved well-deserved recognition by leaving the elite of world chess trailing in his wake in San Sebastian. It would however take another 10 years before the Cuban defeated the reigning world champion Emanuel Lasker in their match and wore the crown himself.

Languages: English, German
ISBN: 978-3-86681-467-7
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Level: Any
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26.944 games played between December and February 2015)

Videotraining:

  • Adrian Mikhalchishin is always searching for remarkable developments in modern variations. Especially welcome are new ideas in the Grünfeld Defence, as this opening is resistant against all tries to refute it.
  • Valeri Lilov is enthusiastic of Levente Vajda, who in his game against Alexei Shirov takes the initiative right from the opening and defeats the clearly better opponent.
  • At the peak of his career - London 1883 - Johannes Zukertort triumphed clearly ahead of William Steinitz. At this occasion the Pole played also his "Immortal game" (against Blackburne). Robert Ris present the classic for you.
Languages: German, English
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Level: Tournament player Professional
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Solid and safe against the Indian openings: Play the Fianchetto
Solid and safe against the Indian openings: Play the Fianchetto
by Nicholas Pert
The King’s Indian and Grunfeld are notoriously tricky and theoretical openings. The Fianchetto variation avoids the main lines which Black players enjoy, and goes for a small but safe edge.
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The King’s Indian and Grunfeld are notoriously tricky and theoretical openings. The Fianchetto variation avoids the main lines which Black players enjoy, and goes for a small but safe edge. Many people fear playing against the King’s Indian because of Black’s ability to attack the White King, but in the Fianchetto variation it is very hard for Black to generate any attacking chances, instead play is often positional, with White having slightly more space for his or her pieces. The Grunfeld is renowned for long forcing lines, that often lead to a draw, but the Fianchetto variation cuts out all these lines and you just get a position to play, whilst almost all of the pieces are still on the board. In this DVD I have gone a long way to finding the best lines for White to gain an advantage against Black’s various responses. I have played the Fianchetto variation for over 20 years now, and at the time of recording this DVD At the time of recording this DVD I was unbeaten with white since November 2011. It is in no small part due to having a repertoire whereby White is able to safely push for the win, with a certain amount of drawing margin in hand in case things start to go wrong! I have concentrated on both theory and ideas. I hope you learn a lot from watching this DVD, which will provide you with a long term opening repertoire against both the King’s Indian and Grunfeld. It doesn’t require a ton of theory, but does offer real chances for an opening advantage.

Languages: English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-464-6
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Level: Tournament player Professional
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Tactic Toolbox Meran Variation
Tactic Toolbox Meran Variation
by Robert Ris
In interactive format IM Robert Ris offers you a lot of exercises, including hints and advice that help you to know key tactical patterns of this variation to play it with success.
€29.90

The Meran Variation in the Semi-Slav (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5) is a s trategically and dynamically complex opening full of tactical possibilities. And this DVD provides you with a comprehensive overview of typical tactical patterns for both sides. Positional concepts are also explained. White often tries to exploit his lead in development by going for a quick assault against the black king, no ma tter where it resides! Black hopes to survive White’s aggression and to counterattack in the centre, and this clash of plans leads to double-edged and tactical positions. In interactive format IM Robert Ris offers you a lot of exercises, including hints and advice that help you to know key tactical patterns of this variation to play it with success. The DVD is a must for those who want to learn more about this opening, and a pleasure for those who enjoy razor sharp battles of the world’s greatest players!

Languages: English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-460-8
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Level: Tournament player Professional
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Winning against King's Indian - With the main line
Winning against King's Indian - With the main line
by Mihail Marin
In the classical system of the King’s Indian White develops naturally and refrains from chasing ghosts looking for a refutation of Black’s set-up. White instead relies on the fact that natural play should yield him a small but lasting advantage.
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In the classical system of the King’s Indian White develops naturally and refrains from chasing ghosts looking for a refutation of Black’s set-up. White instead relies on the fact that natural play should yield him a small but lasting advantage. The main question is whether White can retain the harmony of his pieces in the blocked position of the Mar del Plata attack (7...Nc6 8.d5 Ne7) when both sides attack on opposite wings. The best answer to that question is given by the classical system with 9.Nd2, in which White‘s knights and bishops cooperate harmoniously. Many great players of the past and the present have used and use this system successfully. Until play becomes very concrete, usually around moves 18-20, positional understanding is far more useful than computer assistance. At first, engines are sceptical about many objectively best white moves, and the author has seen this as a challenge to prove that in certain positions human understanding is still more valuable than the calculating powers of the computer. The videos explaining the Mar del Plata Attack (which form the main part of this DVD) offer strategic guidance and show typical tactical ideas, while presenting a detailed, solid and aggressive repertoire. The less forcing lines (such as 7...Nbd7, 7...Na6, 7...exd4 and 6...Bg4) are covered on a more general level. A new feature that helps the viewer to understand and learn the opening better and faster is the interactive format. Most of the videos alternate general explanations with quizzes giving the viewer a chance to test his knowledge and to increase his skills.

Languages: English, German
ISBN: 978-3-86681-456-1
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Level: Tournament player Professional
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The Triangle Setup - A complete defense against 1.d4
The Triangle Setup - A complete defense against 1.d4
by Michal Krasenkow
The polish GM Michal Krasenkow presents a repertoire based on the Noteboom and the Stonewall. 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.
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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.

Languages: English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-457-8
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Level: Tournament player Professional
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ChessBase Magazine 164
ChessBase Magazine 164
WCh-match Sochi 2014 with a survey by Marin and video analyses by King. Hightlights from the London Chess Classic and Qatar Open with annotations by Yu Yangyi. Training on tactics, strategy and endgame. 12 opening articles with new repertroire ideas!
€19.95

Highlights:  

•    World Championship Sochi: It cost Carlsen a lot of effort to gain his 6.5:4.5 victory..The seconds Peter Heine Nielsen and Radek Wojtaszek have each annotated a game. Daniel King’s 11 daily summaries in video format are also something you should not miss!

•    London Chess Classic: Anand was in surprisingly good form right after the wch and managed to decide the tournament in his favour. Kramnik has annotated his game against Nakamura. In addition there are two daily video summaries by Daniel King.

•    Qatar Open: The Chinese player Yu Yangyi  defeated in succession the two leaders Giri and Kramnik and won the strongly contested open with 7.5 out of 9. The 20-year old has annotated these two wins for this issue!

•    Moscow Petrosian Memorial: With his clear victory (5.5 out of 7) Grischuk made the leap over the Elo barrier of 2800. With games annotated by Krasenkow, Marin, Postny, and Roiz.

•    12 Opening articles with new repertoire ideas!
Illingworth: Reti Opening – Part 2
Moskalenko: Pirc Defence 4.f4
Kuzmin: Sicilian Paulsen 7.Qd3
and more!

Languages: German, English
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Level: Tournament player Professional
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A Repertoire against the Sicilian
A Repertoire against the Sicilian
by Lorin D'Costa, Nick Murphy
Avoid long theoretical battles by playing 3.Bb5 or 3.b3/3.g3 against the sicilian. Lorin D’Costa and Nick Murphy show you, how you play for an advantage in these systems and how to punish knowledge gaps of your opponent.
€27.90

For years the only correct way to play against the Sicilian was to tackle it head-on with the Open Sicilian (i.e. when white plays an early d4). However, the amount of theory required is colossal and not to everyone’s taste. In recent years, some of the worlds best players have started to essay some dangerous anti Sicilian lines, with great success. New ideas have been found which immediately put black on the back-foot, without the need to learn reams of theory. In this Master & Amateur DVD, International Master Lorin D’Costa and chess software expert Nick Murphy outline the various “anti-Sicilians”. These openings can give you a potential advantage, whilst avoiding your opponent’s favourite Sicilian line. DVD includes: A complete repertoire for white after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 and the following continuations: 2…d6 3.Bb5 2…e6 3.g3/b3 2…Nc6 3.Bb5 2…g6 3.d4

Languages: English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-458-5
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Level: Beginner Advanced
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