Understanding Middlegame Strategies Vol.1 - Dynamic Pawns

In this DVD we deal with different dynamic decisions involving pawns. The aim of this DVD is to arm club/tournament players with fresh ideas which they can use in their own practice.

I hope my selected material will inspire the viewer to take similar decisions in his/her own games. I have structured this DVD into 4 chapters: 1. Minor Sacrifices 2. Rolling Pawns 3. Allowing pawn islands 4. Dynamic ideas with g- and h-pawns Every chapter consists of model games displaying different aspects of the theme. The variety of games should give you enough insights to spot these strategies in your own practice.

• Video running time: 4 hours 50 Minutes (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Database with more examples


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Sample video


  • Introduction
  • Minor sacrifices
  • Game 1: Jussupow-Ivanchuk
  • Game 2: Carlsen-Giri
  • Game 3: Torre-Karpov
  • Game 4: Anand-Nikolic
  • Game 5: Caruana-Carlsen
  • Game 6: Piket-Kasparov
  • Pawn rollers
  • Game 1: Kasparov-Timman
  • Game 2: Gelfand-Morozevich
  • Game 3: Gelfand-Dreev
  • Game 4: Duda-Eljanov
  • Voluntary creation of a pawn island
  • So-Topalov
  • g & h-pawns – dynamic ideas
  • Game 1: Korchnoi-Polugaevsky
  • Game 2: Gelfand-Jussupow
  • Game 3: Korchnoi-Suetin
  • Game 4: Nepomniachtchi-Bacrot
  • Game 5: Svidler-Mamedyarov
  • Exercises
  • Exercise 1
  • Exercise 2
  • Exercise 3
  • Exercise 4
  • Exercise 5
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