Master Class Vol.11: Vladimir Kramnik
This DVD allows you to learn from the example of one of the best players in the history of chess and from the explanations of the authors (Pelletier, Marin, Müller and Reeh) how to successfully organise your games strategically, consequently how to keep y
por Dr. Karsten Müller, Mihail Marin, Oliver Reeh, Yannick Pelletier
Over the years I have often heard Bird’s players (1.f4) labelled chess mavericks, “chancers”, too lazy to learn “proper” opening systems. Well, I am happy to say those days are well and truly over. Welcome to the “Bombastic Bird’s”, a revolutionary repertoire for one of the most enterprising and underrated openings in chess theory. In this series, I uncover a number of groundbreaking theoretical novelties and new ideas that will soon have scorners of this romantic system regretting they ever doubted its soundness. Black will often try to refute White’s setup right from the word “go”, an attempt which often embarrassingly backfires and leads to a quick victory for the first player. Even World Champion Magnus Carlsen has taken a shine to the opening, joining a whole host of top grandmasters integrating it into their opening arsenals.
The Bird Opening is above all a lovely surprise weapon. Moreover it is perfectly suited to those who play the Dutch, since after 1.f4 d5 one can play one’s favourite opening with an extra tempo. For the Powerbook an Elo threshold of 2300 was set. Thus 53 000 games from the Engine Room of Playchess found their way into the database. To those were added more than 4000 games played by human beings.
Magnus Carlsen has twice played the move 1.f4, including once in classical chess. Both games are annotated in the database (by Yermolinsky and Peter Heine Nielsen). Henrik Danielsen (82 games) and Artur Jakubiec (74) are the greatest specialists in the Bird Opening. The threshold for inclusion on the database was an average for the game of Elo 2350.
The Spanish Opening arises after the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5. Now Black has a wealth of interesting systems. One possibility which until now has been completely ignored is the Norwegian Defence, which arises after 3...a6 4.Ba4 b5 5.Bb3 Na5!?. With this seemingly odd move Black wants to exchange his knight for the strong white-squared bishop. The idea is extravagant and costs time. Black delays his development but often gets very dynamic counterplay. Surprisingly, it is difficult to prove an advantage for White. The variation is an ideal surprise weapon because White will usually be not at all prepared for this rare idea. The game often becomes concrete and very tactical. Therefore the Norwegian Defence is ideally suited for players who want to fight for the initiative from the very start.
The basis for the Powerbook Queen's Gambit Accepted 2019 consists of 168 000 engine games as well as 26 000 games from Mega 2019 + Correspondence Database 2018. In the Queen’s Gambit Accepted 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 Black is not seeking to win a pawn, but the early capture on c4 rather represents an attempt to rapidly become active on the queenside and then to contest White’s centre – mainly with ...c5, but sometimes also with ...e5.
The threshold for inclusion in the database was a high one – an average of just 2500 Elo points – but in addition to that games played by specialists in the Queen’s Gambit Accepted have been used. Magnus Carlsen is represented in the database by 15 games, a total mixture of Whites and Blacks. On the other hand, Fabiano Caruana (37 games) has recently been playing the opening frequently with Black. But you should also study the games of the great specialists: Hrvoje Stevic has the greatest number of games (153), Sergei Rublevsky (146) is probably the most famous proponent of the Queen’s Gambit Accepted.
New Ideas for your Opening Repertoire!
Video Lectures & Training Exercises
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The completely new Powerbook London System 2019 is based on games which start in different ways and belong to different ECO codes, but where in each case White plays d4 and Bf4 and also does without c4. This way of starting the game has long since cast off its image as purely an opening for amateurs; world class players such as So, Kramnik, Grischuk, Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian and Karjakin play the opening with both colours and the London book is based on 45 games by Magnus Carlsen. In order to guarantee a high level of reliability for the statistics, the threshold for accepting games was set at a very high level. Thus the basis for the Powerbook consists of 205 000 engine games as well as 11 800 games from Mega 2019 + Correspondence Database 2018.
The London System PowerBase 2019 is a database and contains 9105 games of which 113 are annotated. Half of these games have been played in the last four-and-half years. Only games with a minimum rating average of 2350 were selected to ensure that the games are theoretically highly relevant. The player with the most games (187) is Gata Kamsky. But World Champion Magnus Carlsen is also a fan of the London System – he has 45 games in the database. Replaying the games of the greatest devotees of this system will bring a lot of rewards. Also notable are, for example, the games by Nikola Sedlak and Ferenc Berkes.
The Scotch Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4!?) is a brazen yet utterly sound system for White who immediately opens up the position, by sacrificing a central pawn, in an attempt to assassinate the enemy king as quickly as possible. The sheer number of ways Black can mishandle the position after merely four moves makes this system a weapon that should be part of any first player’s repertoire if they enjoy highly tactical, dynamic positions full of initiative and attacking possibilities. As with any opening, if Black knows his theory he should emerge with a completely satisfactory position. Yet even at the elite level there have been a number of casualties, making this an opening that should absolutely be a part of any attacking player’s arsenal.
After the success of the first Volume on Calculation Training, Dutch IM Robert Ris continues Volume 2 of the series with a wide range of new aspects which have to be mastered to become a great calculator at the board! The topics discussed in Volume 1 (Candidates Moves, Method of Elimination & Imagination) are certainly useful when studying the content of this new DVD. Special attention will be paid to Intermediate Moves, Quiet Moves, Sacrifices on Empty Squares, Mating Patterns, Ignoring Opponents Threat, Calculation in Defence and Method of Comparison. On top of that more practical advices for training are recommended, for instance how to handle your time management and visualising the position in your mind during the calculation process.
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The exclusive annotated database. Contains more than 7.6 millions games from 1560 to 2018 in the highest ChessBase quality standard. 72,000 games contain commentary from top players, with ChessBase opening classification with more than 100,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames. The largest topclass annotated database in the world. The most recent games of the database are from the middle of October 2018.
The Fritz Powerbook 2019 contains 25 millions opening positions, derived from 1.7 million high class tournament games. Together with each position all relevant information is stored: all moves that were played in the position, by players of what average rating, with what success and performance results. The games from which the Fritz Powerbook 2019 were derived are also included on the DVD. This means that in any position of the openings tree you can load and replay the games in which the position occurred.
The Open Games begin after the moves 1.e4 e5. The name results from the fact that the position often opens quickly which might lead to an early clash of the enemy pieces. Typical examples are the Scotch Opening, the Two Knights Defence or the venerable King’s Gambit. But the most important openings after 1.e4 e5 are the Italian Game and the Ruy Lopez, and here the game often develops more slowly. On this DVD the International Master Georgios Souleidis presents these and all other relevant openings arising after 1.e4 e5 in 36 videos.
The Dutch (1.d4 f5) is known as a very aggressive and unbalanced opening, resulting in the lowest percentage of draws among the most common replies to 1.d4 . The opening became popular during the 1951 World Championship match, where both players tried it successfully. Today, players known for spectacular attacking chess are using the opening as a dangerous, surprise weapon.
por Nicholas Pert
ChessBase Magazine 186
Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (Sinquefield Cup, Biel, Dortmund) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 10 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.
Bobby Fischer was a devoted Sicilian player. But the American chess genius and 11th World Champion was also a devoted 1.e4 (“Best by test” as he said) player, and his results against the Sicilian are remarkable.
All world champions left their mark on chess. And although they had different styles each and every one of them played the endgame exceptionally well. The material on this DVD is based on the ChessBase MasterClass series, and gives you a good opportunity to enjoy some of the best endgames in the history of chess.
There are a number of good Anti-Sicilian options out there, however I believe the 2.b3 Sicilian to be one of the most overlooked and underrated systems available to White. This modest move came back to the fore as a legitimate Anti-Sicilian weapon when none other than Vladimir Kramnik used it in a few games to frustrate his Sicilian diehard opponents.
There is hardly any opening which offers so many possibilities of avoiding the main lines as the Sicilian. The first place is certainly occupied by the solid and yet ambitious 2.c3. Just after in numbers comes 2.Nc3 – loved by theory wonks, but actually not a real challenge for Black. A few moves are very aggressive – 2.b4, 2.d4, 2.f4 – but the risk undergone by the player with White should not be underestimated. Other moves (2.Be2, 2.g3, 2.d3) can perhaps be summed up as follows: the opponent is to be tricked with cunning move orders so that he does not get on the board the positions he is used to.
The whole universe of the Queen’s Gambit Declined in a single variation tree: à la Lasker, Capablanca, Tartakower, Ragosin, as the Echange Variation or in the form of the Cambridge Springs Defence. The Powerbook Queen's Gambit Declined 2018 contains the knowledge from more than 40 000 high class master games as well as more than 623 000 engine games from our chess server (with the ECO codes D30-D42 and also D50-D69).