The Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian Defence is considered one of the most promising replies to 1.e4, often giving rise to sharp and complex positions which require precise and inventive play from both sides. Thus, an opening tailor-made for Alexei Shirov (FIDE World Cup finalist in 2007), who has included it into his repertoire with both White and Black and knows the mutual tricks and traps all too well. In more than four hours of video, the genius from Latvia presents and explains his best Sveshnikov games, from his first successes in 1992 until his latest achievements in the year 2007. The spectator is shown typical opening plans for both sides, receives explanations on strategy and tactics in the middlegame and learns how to convert obtained advantages in the endgame – and all this in a most entertaining way. A masterful course on one of the most popular opening of our times by one of the best players of our times. Video running time: 4 hours.
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.
In many variations of the Sicilian Black’s king’s bishop is blocked in early by ...d7-d6, and then mostly occupies a modest place on e7 and in the early phase of the game has to content itself with defensive duties such as the protection of the d6-pawn and possibly the unpinning of the Nf6. That things can be different can be seen from the complex of variations around 2...e6, in which Black does without ...d6 and instead leaves the bishop’s diagonal open. Black mainly advances his game at first with moves such as ...a6, ...Nc6, ...Qc7, ...Nf6 and ...b5 and then decides, depending on White’s setup, what the best square for the bishop is. This complex includes the Kan Variation, the Paulsen and the Taimanov System, which are all characterised by great flexibility, including in connection with the possible move orders. Many strong grandmasters play these systems, e.g. Vassily Ivanchuk and world champion Viswanathan Anand.=> More products: Paulsen / Taimanov