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What do you do against the Sicilian Defence? Do you play a mainline, safe in the knowledge that despite being the most reliable way to gain an opening advantage, you could be condemned to spending years studying a huge body of opening theory, or do you choose an Anti-Sicilian, a way to sidestep the mainlines at the risk of allowing Black to have a sneaking chance to achieve equality? The Morra Gambit, characterised by the moves 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 is one of the least played, yet according to IM Trent most underrated Anti-Sicilians that White has at his disposal. By sacrificing a pawn, White aims to rapidly develop his pieces with the objective of delivering a swift knockout blow to the unprepared Black camp. Objectively speaking, Trent emphasises, if Black knows his stuff he has various ways to achieve a perfectly reasonable position. The beauty of this opening, Trent explains, lies in its practical “over-theboard” potential. Black players will have trouble coping with unknown positions and being put on the back foot from the start. It should be of no surprise that around 50% of players with Black decide to decline the gambit, but even in this case Trent presents a host of tricky variations which allow White to play with venom and great attacking possibilities, not to mention a number of previously unseen theoretical novelties! Video runnig time: 5 h 25 min.
Today’s way to learn chess! The ChessBase Tutorials are a new series in the publishing program of ChessBase. Every issue will consist of a DVD and a detailed accompanying booklet. The many readers of ChessBase Magazine have already come to appreciate this concept. The accompanying booklet offers both a survey and rapid starting point for the study of the individual opening variations. And then you will find on the DVD the extensive video lectures delivered by various top class trainers and grandmasters. Every game starts with an opening – and sometimes that is even as far as it gets. That doesn’t have to be the case. With ChessBase Tutorials you do not need to spend a lot of time getting up to speed. “Openings # 01: The open games (1.e4 e5)” is the first instalment in a series of five volumes about the fundamentals of chess openings. In it, experienced tournament players and experts in the individual openings tell you what you absolutely have to know in each specific area, which basic plans require to be followed, how to execute them and what traps have to be borne in mind. In 24 video lectures Adrian Mikhalchichin, Lawrence Trent, Lars Schandorff and Valeri Lilov show you what you really need to know about the King’s Gambit, the Vienna Game, the Giuoco Piano, the Evans Gambit, the Two Knights Game, the Scotch, the Steinitz and Berlin Defences, the Open Ruy Lopez or the Exchange Variation, the Marshall, the Philidor and the Petroff Defences and many others.
On this DVD, IM Lawrence Trent presents a comprehensive repertoire and thematic analysis of the most enterprising, yet well less documented move 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 in the Two Knight’s Defence. Once labelled a “foolish” and “primative” lunge by the old masters, White ignores his development in order to immediately attack the Achilles Heel of Black’s position on f7.
The Fantasy Variation (1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3) is a tricky try by White to steer the game into muddy waters right from the off and take Black away from the solid positions he is accustomed to in the main line variations of the Caro-Kann. Traditionally the opening never gained too much credibility amongst top players, since White's attempt to preserve his pawn centre at the cost of weakening his kingside was hardly seen as a major threat to the super-reliable Caro. However, thanks to a wave of news ideas and innovations first introduced at the 2010 European Individual Championships and many more thereafter, the variation has made a major comeback and can now be found in the repertoires of some of the world's best. In this 60 minute video, IM Lawrence Trent will discuss the 5 main variations Black has at his disposal but how with each one White has a number of ways to keep the position full of play and dynamic possibilities, leading to games which loyal Caro players will have difficulty dealing with.
by Lawrence Trent
The Ne2 Caro-Kann
Caro-Kann players typically love their solid structures and modest setups, but with this bamboozling sideline they will be forced to enter unknown territory right from the off!
ChessBase Magazine Extra 154
Extra 154, with more than 31,000 current games and three classics: Dejan Bojkov, Lawrence Trent and Valeri Lilov present on video the fantastic duels Larsen-Suetin (Copenhagen 1965), Trent-Kotronias, (London 2008) and Karpov-Spassky (Leningrad 1974)
ChessBase Magazine Extra 153
Extra 153, with more than 24,000 current games and three classics: Dejan Bojkov, Larence Trent and Robert Ris present on video the fantastic duels Larsen-Stahlberg (Copenhagen 1958), Trent-Hebden, (London 2006) and Nezhmetdinov-Chernikov (Rostov 1962)
• 10.179 games, played between October and December 2012
• biggest tournament: London classic op, 804 games (1. Melkumyan and van Kampen)
• Rapd chess in Mexico with Magnus Carlsen
• Wch Seniors 22nd
• CBM Extra with videos in fritztrainer format:
• Adrian Mikhalchishin presents an idea in the English Opening
• Leonid Kritz analyses a classic, this time it's a Slav game Euwe-Alekhine from the revanche match in 1937
• Lawrence Trent has the Trompowsky Attack in his repertoire - like many other English players. He presents another Tromp game form his own practice.
• 37.120 games, played between August and October 2012
• biggest tournament: Istanbul ol (Women), 2706 games (1. Russland vor China)
• St Petersburg Rapid (1. Dominguez, 2. Svidler)
• EU-ch U08 bis U18
• CBM Extra with videos in fritztrainer format:
• Adrian Mikhalchishin reminds of another big player from the Soviet chess school - Efim Geller
• Leonid Kritz analyses a classic, this time it's again a game Euwe-Alekhine from the revanche match in 1937
• Lawrence Trent has the Trompowsky Attack in his repertoire - like many other English players. He presents a Tromp game form his own practice.
How do you do your opening training? Do you try in vain to commit to memory sequences of moves as far as move 15 or even 20? Do you work your way through thick tomes in order to laboriously collect the most important information? Or do you simply keep on playing the same opening, just because by chance you learned a little about it years ago and because it is in any case too complicated and time-consuming to learn something new? Or do you simply not bother with opening theory, but continue to be annoyed about being at a disadvantage before you really get into the game proper? Fortunately there is no need for opening training to be like that, because for all those who are looking for a compact and entertaining survey of the openings, there are now the newChessBase Opening Tutorials.
ChessBase Magazine 182
Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (London, Grand Prix Palma, European Teams) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 12 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.