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ChessBase Magazine Extra 176
ChessBase Magazine Extra 176
38.843 (games played between December 2016 and February 2017) plus videos by Mikahlchishin, Pelletier and Ris.
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38.843 (games played between December 2016 and February 2017)
Video training: In some openings incredibly much has to be remembered in order to be able to play them successfully. Adrian Mikhalchishin remembers an old adage from the Soviet school of chess: playable, but not recommended. Accordingly the star Ukrainian trainer advises his protégés against the Marshall Attack in the Ruy Lopez. But what can you do when you have White and your opponent plays the Marshall? The grandmaster also has a remedy for that.
Robert Ris explains for you the classic game Johner-Nimzowitsch (“a positional masterpiece which everyone should know”). From Black’s point of view it is a model game for how blockade positions should be handled.
Yannick Pelletier is happy to be able to present to you some of his best and most interesting games. The Swiss grandmaster has already played and won several games against Magnus Carlsen, but there was only one of these games in which the Norwegian was also the world champion.

Languages: German, English
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Open Games with ...Bc5
Open Games with ...Bc5
by Sam Collins
Experienced trainers recommend playing positions with similar pawn structures, so that ideas learned in one variation can be transferred to another. With a similar objective, Collins has designed a repertoire based on systems with Bc5 after 1.e4 e5.
€29.90

Experienced trainers often recommend playing positions with similar pawn structures, so that ideas learned in one variation can easily be transferred to another. With a similar objective, Sam Collins has designed a repertoire based on systems with …Bc5 after 1.e4 e5. Each of these lines (built around 3…Bc5 against the Ruy Lopez and the Italian, the Spanish Four Knights with 4…Bc5, 3…Bb4+ 4.c3 Bc5 against the Scotch, and 2…Bc5 against the King’s Gambit) share common aspirations of developing the bishop actively outside the pawn chain, fighting for control of the key d4-square and ultimately supporting attacking ideas on the kingside. They also share common challenges, such as the risk of the bishop being buried by pawns on c3 and d4, the Nxe5! fork trick, and the potential for an unpleasant pin of Black’s king’s knight with Bg5. This DVD will equip players to play each of these lines as Black with confidence, and develop their understanding of an active and classical approach against 1.e4.

Languages: English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-595-7
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Level: Advanced Tournament player Professional
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Pattern Recognition and Typical Plans
Pattern Recognition and Typical Plans
by Adrian Mikhalchishin
On this DVD GM Adrian Mikhalchishin presents games of the World Champions of the past to explain typical patterns and strategic concepts of these games and to show how grandmasters apply these ideas today.
€29.90

Studies prove: the more patterns you know, the better you play. On this DVD GM Adrian Mikhalchishin presents games of the World Champions of the past to explain typical patterns and strategic concepts of these games and to show how grandmasters apply these ideas today. Mikhalchishin offers a wealth of material that helps you to improve your games and teaches you the art of pattern recognition and analogical thinking – a key to success that helped the author to win many games and that will help you to win more games and play better.

Languages: English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-585-8
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Level: Advanced Tournament player Professional
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The Modern Pirc
The Modern Pirc
by Viktor Bologan
The Modern Pirc is actually a mixture of the Caro-Kann and the Pirc. In many lines Black combines the ideas of the classical Pirc in which the fianchettoed bishop is important with the Caro-Kann idea to fight for the center with c6-d5.
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Viktor Bologan has played the Pirc all his life and explains why he likes this opening: “Strong Grandmasters, International Masters or amateurs often ask me what they should play with Black against 1.e4 if they want to play for a win. Sometimes I say ‘Just play your opening and play it good’ but sometimes you need to or want to get your opponent out of his comfort zone, out of his preparation. This often happens in open tournaments where you have to play for a win with both colors. I have played the Modern Pirc all my life and it has brought me a lot of success. For example, in the New York Open 1997, the strongest open of that time, I won four games with Black in the Modern Pirc which helped me to win the tournament. The Modern Pirc is actually a mixture of the Caro-Kann and the Pirc. In many lines Black combines the ideas of the classical Pirc in which the fianchettoed bishop is important with the Caro-Kann idea to fight for the center with c6-d5. The Modern Pirc is a very flexible and rich opening. By studying The Modern Pirc you will definitely refresh your chess brain and get a lot of new ideas.” The DVD offers Black a complete repertoire against e4 and is useful for players of all levels.

Languages: English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-584-1
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Level: Advanced Tournament player Professional
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ChessBase Magazine 176
ChessBase Magazine 176
Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (WCh Carlsen-Karjakin, European Club Cup and London Classic) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 11 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.
€19.95

The editor’s top ten

1. Drama in round 8: Fabiano Caruana explains how and why Carlsen fell behind in the world championship.
2. Missed chances and hidden depths: let Karsten Müller reveal all about the ending of the 3rd WCh game (video).
3. Decision in New York: enjoy Daniel King’s video summery of the exciting WCh tiebreaks!
4. Fortune favours the brave: Wesley So shows how in the London Chess Classic he was able to escape the noose in his game against Levon Aronian.
5. “A brilliant gambit line”: with GM Simon Williams play through the Aronian-Rapport game move by move and feel some enthusiasm for the Chigorin Defence!
6. Perhaps the most important game in the EU Cup: Dmitry Andreikin analyses his win with Black over the top Cuban player Leinier Dominguez.
7. “Open up the kingside files, get the queen in and do some damage!”: Let Andrew Martin explain to you some new winning ideas in the Trompowsky (video).
8. What’s new in the Pirc Defence? Openings expert Mihail Marin outlines the most important trends in recent years.
9. Imperial combination with the "octopus knight": grab your chance and together with Oliver Reeh conjure up a brilliant final attack over the board.
10. Queen's Pawn Game á la Kramnik: in his article on the opening Martin Breutigam invites you to try for yourself 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5.

Languages: German, English
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The Dutch Stonewall - A fighting repertoire against 1.d4
The Dutch Stonewall - A fighting repertoire against 1.d4
by Erwin l'Ami
In the Dutch Stonewall Black from the very first move fights for the initiative. Let Erwin l’Ami take you on a fascinating journey to the depth and attractions of this unique opening. At the end you will be rewarded with a new repertoire against 1.d4!
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When opening theory is growing exponentially, it is great to have an opening that is mainly based on ideas: the Dutch Stonewall! Players such as Mikhail Botwinnik and Magnus Carlsen liked this system, in which Black from the very first move fights for the initiative. On this DVD Grandmaster Erwin l’Ami, second of world class player Anish Giri, takes the viewer on a fascinating journey to show him the depth and attractions of this attractive opening. At the end of the journey you will have a new fighting repertoire against 1.d4!

Languages: English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-586-5
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Level: Advanced Tournament player Professional
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The Art of the Positional Exchange Sacrifice
The Art of the Positional Exchange Sacrifice
by Sergei Tiviakov
The positional exchange sacrifice is one of the most powerful and fascinating strategic weapons in chess. On this DVD Sergey Tiviakov explains why the positional exchange sacrifice is such a strong weapon and how to use it.
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The positional exchange sacrifice is one of the most powerful and fascinating strategic weapons in chess. On this DVD Sergey Tiviakov explains why the positional exchange sacrifice is such a strong weapon and how to use it. This DVD is based on 35 games or positions from the practice of the World Champions such as Tigran Petrosian, Mikhail Botvinnik, Garry Kasparov and other strong players who used the positional exchange sacrifice to initiate brilliant attacks or defend difficult positions. Sergey Tiviakov also presents games of his own which show what he has learned from the games of the World Champion. A quiz with exercises invites you to test your strength and to check what you learned. The DVD is suitable for players of all levels.

Languages: English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-583-4
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Level: Advanced Tournament player Professional
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Strengthen your chess foundation
Strengthen your chess foundation
by Nisha Mohota
IM Nisha Mohota shows guidelines to steer you through the opening, shows basic endgames, helps you to understand fundamental pawn structures, and explains principles and patterns of attack and defense
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IM Nisha Mohota: “On this DVD I show and explain elements of chess strategy and tactics every player should know. I offer guidelines to steer you through the opening, show basic endgames, help you to understand fundamental pawn structures, and explain principles and patterns of attack and defense. But to play successfully, theory is not enough. It also helps to know a bit about chess psychology because even the strongest players make mistakes. It is important to know how to deal with errors – errors of your opponent and errors you make. Throughout the DVD I try to highlight two of the most important elements of chess: the process of decision-making and how pawn structures shape the position and help you to find the right plans. Finally, I talk about ‘beauty’ in chess – after all, this is what attracts me to the game.”

Languages: English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-564-3
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Level: Advanced Tournament player Professional
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How to crack the Berlin Wall with 5.Re1
How to crack the Berlin Wall with 5.Re1
by Alexei Shirov
Alexei Shirov shows on this DVD how White can develop pressure and seize the initiative with 5.Re1 against the Berlin Wall.
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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. Other players also noted the move 5.Re1 as an option against the Berlin and it is no coincidence that this line was played in the World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin in New York 2016. On this DVD you get an insight how top grandmasters and chess professionals do opening research and how theory continually develops in modern tournament chess. Of course you also get a first-class weapon against the Berlin which helps you to be at least one step ahead of your opponent. Suitable for advanced club and tournament players.

Languages: English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-582-7
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Level: Tournament player Professional
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Extra 175
Extra 175
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20.968 (games played between October and December 2016)
Video training: Adrian Mikhalchishin has recently been enjoying playing the Queen's Gambit Accepted and in doing so renounced complicated openings. But in a game against Slovenian player Jure Zorko, after 1.d4 d5 2.Sf3 c5 3.dxc5 he suddenly found himself having to play against his own opening with reversed colours - and even a tempo behind.
Robert Ris presents a game played between two of his favourite players at the Interzonal Tournament of 1973 in Petropolis: David Bronstein and Ljubomir Ljubojevic. Immediately after the opening White sacrificed material and an exciting struggle developed.
Andrew Martin explains why the study of classical games is so valuable. Then he demonstrates his thesis by looking at the game Capablanca-Tartakower, New York 1924. The world champion has a slightly better position, but things are not decided until the rook ending which is now considered a classic.

 

Languages: German, English
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A solid Scandinavian Surprise
A solid Scandinavian Surprise
by Andrew Martin
Accompany FIDE Senior Trainer and IM Andrew Martin on this 60 mins video. You can learn a new opening system in 60 mins and start to play it with confidence on the very same day!
€9.90

On this 60 mins video we are going to concentrate on a simple, very solid idea in the main line Scandinavian, which even Magnus Carlsen has used to win games. Black focusses on making his life easy in the opening and forces White to work very hard to get advantage – but it is doubtful if White can get an advantage. Club players are always on the lookout for effective, time-saving solutions and here we have just that. Accompany FIDE Senior Trainer and IM Andrew Martin on this 60 mins video. You can learn a new opening system in 60 mins and start to play it with confidence on the very same day!

Languages: English
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Level: Advanced Tournament player Professional
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The Elephant Gambit
The Elephant Gambit
by Andrew Martin
Let Andrew Martin select a repertoire for you on this 60 mins, which, if used with discretion, will rack up the points.
€9.90

The Elephant Gambit (1.e4.e5 2.Nf3 d5!?) has never really been given the attention it deserves. It is a very useful surprise weapon. Let us list the advantages of playing this particular opening: 1) Shock value 2) It is very aggressive. Black can take over the initiative early. 3) Many tricky lines 4) Unorthodox. Black is basically taking the game to the opponent as early as move two. Not many openings do that! It's a perfect opening for young players and club players to adopt. Let Andrew Martin select a repertoire for you on this 60 mins, which, if used with discretion, will rack up the points. I am sure that you will enjoy this unusual tour of the Elephant Gambit.

Languages: English
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Level: Advanced Tournament player Professional
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A practical repertoire against the scotch
A practical repertoire against the scotch
by Adrian Mikhalchishin
On this 60 Minutes renowned and successful coach Adrian Mikhalchishin gives simple practical tips how to neutralize and counter the Scotch.
€9.90

For a long time the Scotch opening was considered harmless and rarely played. This changed in 1990 when Garry Kasparov successfully employed the Scotch opening in his World Championship match against Anatoly Karpov. But that was 25 years ago. Now, there is no need to panic if you want to play 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 and need a line against the Scotch. On this 60 Minutes renowned and successful coach Adrian Mikhalchishin gives simple practical tips how to neutralize and counter the Scotch.

Languages: English
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Level: Advanced Tournament player Professional
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Houdini 5 Standard
Houdini 5 Standard
The program, written by the Belgian Robert Houdart, is known for finding tricks and resources in positions that just can’t be cracked by other engines.
€79.90

The magician is back! With the latest version of his top chess program, Houdini 5, Robert Houdart has succeeded in catapulting himself back into the inner circle of computer chess, all while managing to maintain the unique and individual character of his engine.

Languages: German, English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-579-7
EAN: 9783866815797
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Level: Any
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Houdini 5 Pro
Houdini 5 Pro
With the latest version of his top chess program, Houdini 5, Robert Houdart has succeeded in catapulting himself back into the inner circle of computer chess, all while managing to maintain the unique and individual character of his engine.
€99.90

The magician is back! With the latest version of his top chess program, Houdini 5, Robert Houdart has succeeded in catapulting himself back into the inner circle of computer chess, all while managing to maintain the unique and individual character of his engine.

Languages: German, English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-580-3
EAN: 9783866815803
Delivery: Download, Post
Level: Any
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