Lubomir Ftacnik complements his popular Scheveningen DVD with fresh material for training tactical themes. The world’s most popular opening, the Sicilian Defence, rises and falls with attack, fantasy and combinations. The ability to spot a tactical opportunity, calculate variations and choose the best line decides the game in sharp Sicilian positions and, even on its own, is a skill worth having. The new interactive features in ChessBase make it possible to view every position through the eyes of a grandmaster with subtle hints that help you to find the best idea. You still get praise for choosing the second best solution, of course, but you also get another chance to appreciate the full depth and beauty of 79 rich, colorful and carefully selected tactical examples from the games of top players. Every opening bears its own strategic hallmarks, typical endgames and quite naturally, its own stock of tactical motives. Scheveningen structures subtly unite and help to explain problems in many of the varied forms of the Sicilian – ranging from the Paulsen variation, all the way through to sharp forms of the Najdorf. The same goes for its natural tactical richness, attacking combinations and possibilities for counterplay. All players meeting the Sicilian with White or playing it with Black will be entertained, surprised and their knowledge enriched by spending moments with this selection of the best tactical positions. The dust of Sicilian tactical magic will be sure to rub off on you, making you a more versatile and dangerous opponent.
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet access for program activation.
The Scheveningen Variation is based on a completely different philosophy from the Sicilian lines in which Black plays an early ...e5, such as for example the Sveshnikov Variation. Black advances his central pawns only to d6 and e6, with the intention of controlling the four important squares c5, d5, e5 and f5. He wants to complete his piece development behind this protective pawn wall, independently of White’s setup, with moves such as ...Be7, ...0-0, ...Qc7, ...a6, ...Nc6 and ...Bd7 and then to aim for counterplay. With as its basis this ultra-solid positional idea, the Scheveningen Variation has turned into one of the most popular and most important systems in the Sicilian, one which is in the repertoire of many of the top players.
The basic position of the Scheveningen Variation with the pawns on d6 and e6 can be reached after many different move orders – and actually the classical order with 2...d6 and 5...e6 is less usual nowadays, because White has at his disposal the venomous 6.g4, the Keres Attack. Before finishing his piece development, White sends his g-pawn forward to chase away the Nf6 and to gain space on the kingside. For that reason it is more common to see the Najdorf move order 2...d6 and 5...a6 and the characteristic move of the Scheveningen, ...e6, is not played till after 6.Be2. The Scheveningen System offers many options to both sides; the result is a strategically complex position which can lead to very interesting and combative games.=> More products: Scheveningen Variation
• Video running time: 7 hours 16 minutes (English)
• 79 carefully selected tactical examples including video feedback
• Including CB 12 – Reader