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Critical moments in chess
Critical moments in chess
by Adrian Mikhalchishin
On this 60 Minutes renowned and successful coach Adrian Mikhalchishin presents critical positions and shows how to handle them.
€9.90

Critical moments are crucial moments. The skill to find the right move in critical positions makes the difference between winning, drawing or losing. Here real chess ability shows! On this 60 Minutes renowned and successful coach Adrian Mikhalchishin presents critical positions and shows how to handle them. An additional database invites you to further training: 50 carefully selected exercises help you to recognize critical moments, to find the best moves in them, and to improve your chess.

Languages: English
Delivery: Download
Level: Advanced Tournament player Professional
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The Kasparov Gambit
The Kasparov Gambit
by Andrew Martin
The usual move order is 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 Nf3 cxd4 4 Nxd4 e5!? 5 Nb5 d5 6 cxd5 Bc5 bringing us to a very sharp position. Andrew MArtin shows this variation from black's point of view.
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The introductory position of the Kasparov Gambit can occur after 1 d4,1 Nf3 and 1 c4, which can appeal to a wide range of players. The usual move order is 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 Nf3 cxd4 4 Nxd4 e5!? 5 Nb5 d5 6 cxd5 Bc5 bringing us to a very sharp position. On this 60 mins, FIDE Senior Trainer Andrew Martin argues the case from the Black side, showing both classic Kasparov masterpieces and games from the present day and suggests that White's defensive task is not easy. This is a practical gambit which will help players at all levels to win more games. It is ideal for must-win situations with Black. It is a gambit that White cannot decline,as if he does, Black gets a good position instantly. White must take up the cudgels and fight!

Languages: English
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Level: Advanced Tournament player Professional
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Let's go with the Bogo
Let's go with the Bogo
by Sagar Shah
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Qe7 5.g3 Bxd2!? 6.Qxd2 Nc6! 7.Nc3 d5! is a modern line where Black tries to play actively in the center. Shah shows the possible variations which occur in this position.
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This DVD deals with a unique line in the Bogo Indian that is becoming poular recently. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Qe7 5.g3 Bxd2!? 6.Qxd2 Nc6! 7.Nc3 d5! is a modern line where Black tries to play actively in the center. With the move d5 he puts pressure on the white centre and forces him to make a decision. If White were to take cxd5 exd5, it solves the problem of the bishop on c8. But if White doesn't take then dxc4 becomes a real possibility. This gives Black clear cut ways to deal with White's ways of playing in the opening. The Author also discusses side lines with 7.b3 and 8.b3. In 60 minutes you will have good, sound knowledge to face 3.Nf3 and play the Bogo Indian.

Languages: English
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Level: Advanced Tournament player Professional
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Developing the initiative
Developing the initiative
by Timur Gareyev
Dynamic play is what makes your chess effective and most importantly fun! Timur Gareyev shows severeal examples which aspects are important to remember when seizing for the initiative!
€9.90

Dynamic play is what makes your chess effective and most importantly fun! You start the game making the essential steps of developing pieces and focusing on the center. As the battle heats up one player assumes the defensive position while the attacker takes over the initiative. As you commit to your attack, keeping the initiative becomes alike ''walking a tight rope''. There is no turning back and the path to success is narrow. You either come out victorious or you fall crushing down. This is the kind of chess we love to play!

Languages: English
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Level: Advanced Tournament player Professional
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Winning against the Classical Slav
Winning against the Classical Slav
by Mihail Marin
The videos on this DVD give White a repertoire with concrete variations against all main lines Black can play and also show the typical strategic and tactical ideas of the Slav and the hidden subtleties of the position.
€29.90

This DVD offers White a complete repertoire against the classical Slav, a popular opening, in which Black can choose from a wide range of plans. In the Slav White often has more space but to turn this into an advantage he needs to know the typical strategic and tactical motifs of the opening and has to develop a feeling for the nuances of the position. The videos on this DVD give White a repertoire with concrete variations against all main lines Black can play and also show the typical strategic and tactical ideas of the Slav and the hidden subtleties of the position. This makes it easier to memorize the main variations and makes sure that White knows what to do when the current theory develops. Most of the videos are interactive, offering tactical exercises in typical positions to help the reader to understand and remember the material better. In addition to the videos the DVD also offers a number of databases. One database contains the analysis presented in the videos, another database has extensively annotated illustrative games. As additional material the DVD comes with two articles by the author about the Slav that were published earlier in the ChessBase Magazine.

Languages: English, German
ISBN: 978-3-86681-517-9
Delivery: Download, Post
Level: Tournament player Professional
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ChessBase Magazine 170
ChessBase Magazine 170
Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (Reykjavik, London and Katar) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 12 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.
€19.95

The editor’s top ten

1. Heine Nielsen annotates the brilliancy of his protégé: Carlsen-Li Chao
2. Play like the world champion: together with GM Williams find the winning moves in Carlsen-Nakamura – "Move by Move“!
3. “Duel of the giants on the Berlin wall”: enjoy Karsten Müller’s video analysis of Anand-Carlsen.
4. Win with “ugly” moves: Vachier Lagrave explains how he outplayed Anand with Black.
5. Wild English Opening! Experience the spectacular Mamedyarov-Ganguly with the analyses of the Indian GM.
6. Who dares, wins! Yu Yangyi presents his fighting game (Nimzo-Indian with 5.g3) against Wesley So.
7. Sicilian with 2.Be2!?: more than a surprise weapon? Opening article by IM Souleidis.
8. This is how to play against the Cambridge-Springs Variation: Tomashevsky annotates his game against Ipatov and allows you some insights into tomorrow’s theory.
9. Mate in 6! Solve Oliver Reeh’s favourite combination with a copy-book attack on the king in interactive video format.
10. Intuitive and uncompromising: Daniel King shows Mamedyarov's straightforward attack against Lenderman (video).

Languages: English, German
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Level: Any
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The Slav Powerbook 2016
The Slav Powerbook 2016
Based on a good 685 000 games, of which roughly 5% were played by humans, this powerbook brings together the related areas of the Slav and the Semi-Slav.
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Based on around 685 000 games, of which some 5% were played by human beings, the related domains of the Slav and the Semi-Slav are brought together in this Powerbook. Interesting statistical conclusions can be drawn, because where human theory can only come up with a dozen games Powerbooks frequently show numbers in the thousands.

The Powerbook Slav/Semi-Slav offers excellent opportunities to study the sharp variation 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 (170 000 games). The position above arises after 6...dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 and then the new trend 10.Qc2!? as well as the supposedly best reply 10...Nh5. Where Mega + correspondence chess together can only come up with two games, in Powerbook with its more than 1000 games it is possible to derive some valid statistical evaluations and enjoy a leap forward in one’s knowledge.

Languages: German, English
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Level: Any
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French Powerbook 2016
French Powerbook 2016
For the French Powerbook we once again used above all high grade material: “only” just 20 000 games from Mega and from correspondence chess, but these are of high quality. Added to that are 235 000 games from the engine room on playchess.com.
€9.90

For the French Powerbook we once again used above all high grade material: “only” just 20 000 games from Mega and from correspondence chess, but these are of high quality. Added to that are 235 000 games from the engine room on playchess.com. The statistics of points scored mostly does not look too good for Black, but there is a simple reason for that: the engines which were playing with the white pieces had on average higher Elo ratings. But when one looks at the performances scored, remarkable variations can be found and the book turns out to be a real treasure trove. For example in the main variation of the Steinitz 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Be3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Qb6 9.Qd2 Qxb2 10.Rb1 Qa3 11.Bb5 Nxd4 12.Bxd4

The trend in modern chess has for a long time been to 12...a6 13.Bxd7+ Bxd7 14.Rb3 Qe7 15.Rxb7. The important question is then: does Black play 15...Qd8 or 15...Qh4+? But recently theory has been coming up with a totally different reply: 15...Rc8. The almost 4000 games in the Powerbook can provide important evidence for the evaluation of the position, since for White there are hardly any alternatives available on the long route towards this position.

Languages: German, English
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Level: Any
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Typical mistakes by 1800-2000 players
Typical mistakes by 1800-2000 players
by Nicholas Pert
On this DVD GM Nick Pert shows you typical mistakes by 1800-200 players. Themes as “when to exchange pieces”, “how to convert an advantage”, “passive pieces”, “anticipating your opponents plan”, “openings and pawn structure” are shown througout the DVD.
€29.90

GM Nicholas Pert about his DVD: “After the success of my previous DVD Typical mistakes by 1600-1900 players I decided to produce a follow up DVD aimed at players of a slightly higher level. The examples all come from games played by players with a rating between 1800 and 2100. This DVD offers slightly more complex material than the previous DVD, and will hopefully provide an insight into what I believe are the main errors which stop players of this level to be more successful. I divided the material into categories such as “when to exchange pieces”, “how to convert an advantage”, “passive pieces”, “anticipating your opponents plan”, “openings and pawn structure”. Each section contains several examples which illustrate the theme and practical examples which allow the viewer to test his skills. This DVD provides a useful training tool for ambitious players and may highlight mistakes that the viewer should be aware of.”

Languages: English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-513-1
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Level: Advanced Tournament player
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20.159 games played in October and December 2015


Video training:

  • Adrian Mikhalchishin’s subject is the early capture on c6 in the Paulsen System, a weapon which is becoming more and more popular and which opens up good prospects for White. In the game Nadanian-Grachev, Yerevan 2014, White’s plan worked.
  • Sergei Tiviakov shows how he defeated Pavel Eljanov in Montreal 2007. The grandmaster sacrificed a piece for two strong passed pawns and evaluated the consequences of his sacrifice better than his opponent. The “Game of the month” award on ChessPro.ru acknowledged Tiviakov’s performance.
  • Robert Ris presents the classic game Petrosian-Kortschnoj, candidates match 1977. White had prepared a nice idea and took the full point apparently effortlessly.
Languages: English, German
Delivery: Download, Post
Level: Any
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