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Understanding Material Imbalances

One of the first lessons we are taught in the beginning of our chess journey is how much every piece on the board is “worth”. However, the more we master the game, the more we realize that the “true” value of pieces can differ from their theoretical value, depending on the subtleties of the position. When faced with material imbalances, it can be challenging to come to a correct evaluation and decide which plans to pursue. This DVD focuses on several types of material imbalances, such as Rook vs 2 Minor Pieces, Queen vs 2 Rooks, and Queen vs Pieces. In this series, you will learn some general guidelines, explore model games played by the best players in the world, and test your knowledge through practice positions.

• Video running time: 4 hours 30 minutes (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Training with ChessBase apps - Play key positions against Fritz on various levels&


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)

Extrait vidéo


  • Introduction
  • Rook vs 2 pieces in the endgame
  • Introduction
  • Tal vs Grave
  • Reti vs Bogoljubov
  • Fischer vs Di Camillo
  • Lund vs Ejsing
  • Rook vs 2 pieces in the middlegame
  • Aronian vs Shirov
  • Capablanca vs Alekhine
  • Gligoric vs Psakhis
  • Simacek vs Weissman
  • Psakhis vs Fernandez
  • Conclusion
  • Queen vs 2 rooks
  • Introduction
  • Portisch vs Fischer
  • Kramnik vs Svidler
  • Karpov vs Polgar
  • Adams vs Svidler
  • Rublevsky vs Bologan
  • Queen vs pieces
  • Introduction
  • Kasimdzhanov vs Kasparov
  • Hasanzade vs Zarubitski
  • Yip vs Abrah
  • Mamedyarov vs Bareev
  • Fortress
  • Conclusion
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