The Sicilian has been known for decades as the most reliable way for Black to obtain an unbalanced but good position. Among the most popular Sicilians at the top level the two that certainly stand out are the Najdorf and the Paulsen. Unlike the Najdorf, the Paulsen provides a safer and more positionally based way of fighting against 1.e4. Black is able to obtain adequate counterplay in all variations without going for a do-or-die type of attack. This DVD will combine the power of the pure Paulsen Sicilian with eventual transpositions to the Scheveningen when it is convenient for the black player. Anand, Topalov, Morozevich, Ivanchuk, Grischuk, Leko, Svidler, Jakovenko, Polgar and countless other grandmasters are defending the Paulsen, and with excellent results. The theory presented in this DVD is cutting edge; most of the games analyzed were played at the highest level of chess: the 2013 Tromso World Cup.
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
Although I have gone through the entire DVD and then some lectures more than once, I cannot give a summary of personal results, having only tried it out a few times in online blitz. I quite liked the positions, and am anxious to try them out in heated battle. Ramirez’s presentation was both thorough and confident, and it is felt by the viewer. I give it two thumbs up.
• Video running time: 4 h 39 min (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Exclusive database with 50 essential games
• Including CB 12 Reader
Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphic card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 12/Fritz 13 or included Reader and internet connection for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7 or Windows 8, DirectX10 graphic card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or better, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet connection for program activation.