Chess Classics - games you must know

The video course presents a fine selection of 33 classic chess games, played between the 18th century and the beginning of the second world war. Starting with François-André Danican Philidor through to Mikhail Botvinnik, these significant games, played by the greatest players of their times, are treasures of chess history. They are also a part of chess culture, and every aspiring chess player or simply lover of the game of chess, should know them. As the author explains in the introductory video, knowing the classic games from the past enriches your chess understanding in general, and helps to improve the level of your own games.

Most videos represent the carefully selected material from the “Chess Classics” section from the editions 160-209 of ChessBase Magazine, completed with new material made especially for this video course. Apart from the 33 full games, the author presents a selection of important classical fragments, each of them providing instructive strategic or tactic ideas.

• Video running time: more than 8 hours (English)
• Thematic keywords for training purposes


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
  • Fragments
  • Fragments 1
  • Fragments 2
  • 1783-1883
  • Von Bruehl - Philidor, 1783 (Exchange of pieces, Prophylaxis)
  • De Labourdonnais - McDonnel, 1834 (Opposite coloured bishops, Initiative, Isolated queen's pawn, Attack against the king)
  • McDonnel-De Labourdonnais, 1834 (Bishop pair, Back rank mate, creativity in tactical complications, Queen sacrifice)
  • Anderssen-Kieseritzky, 1851 (The immortal game) (Deflection, Creativity in tactical complications, Queen sacrifice)
  • Anderssen-Dufresne, 1852 (The evergreen game) (Positional pawn sacrifice, Decoy, Double check, Queen sacrifice)
  • Morphy-Duke of Brunswick, 1858 (Pin, Queen sacrifice)
  • Anderssen-Zukertort, 1869 (Plan, Positional pawn sacrifice, Attack against the king, Decoy, Queen sacrifice)
  • Zukertort-Blackburne, 1883 (Opposite coloured bishops, Bishop pair, Prophylaxis, Plan, Deflection, Pin, Discovered attack)
  • 1883-1899
  • Englisch-Steinitz, 1883 (Exchange of pieces, Bishop pair, Plan, Conversion of an advantage)
  • Steinitz-Sellman, 1885 (Blockade, Open file, weak squares)
  • Steinitz-Chigorin, 1892 (Plan, Conversion of an advantage)
  • Steinitz-Von Bardeleben, 1895 (Isolated queen's pawn, Positional pawn sacrifice, Calculation)
  • Pillsbury-Lasker, 1896 (Prophylaxis, Attack against the king, Calculation, Elimination of the defender, Creativity in tactical complications)
  • Chigorin-Lasker, 1899 (Bishop pair, Prophylaxis, Plan)
  • 1908-1914
  • Rubinstein-Teichmann, 1908 (Plan, Attack against the king, Decoy)
  • Rubinstein-Salwe, 1908 (Centralisation, Exchange of pieces, Good bishop - bad bishop, Blockade, Prophylaxis, Plan, Conversion of an advantage, Weak pawn, Weak squares, Pin)
  • Tarrasch-Schlechter, 1911 (Opposite coloured bishops, Bishop pair, Prophylaxis, Conversion of an advantage)
  • Nimzowitsch-Salwe, 1911 (Centralisation, Bishop pair, Blockade, Weak squares, Attack against the king)
  • Rubinstein-Schlechter, 1912 (Centralisation, Open file, Plan)
  • Tarrasch-Teichmann, 1912 (Centralisation, Good bishop - bad bishop, Plan, Weak squares)
  • Lasker Ed. -Thomas, 1912 (Decoy, Double check, Queen sacrifice)
  • Nimzowitsch-Capablanca, 1914 (Open file, Positional pawn sacrifice)
  • Lasker-Capablanca, 1914 (Centralisation, Prophylaxis, Open file, Plan, Weak pawn, Weak squares, Positional pawn sacrifice)
  • 1923-1938
  • Saemisch - Nimzowitsch, 1923 (Plan, Attack against the king)
  • Alekhine-Rubinstein, 1923 (Initiative, Back rank mate, Pin)
  • Bogoljubow-Capablanca, 1924 (Exchange of pieces, Good bishop - bad bishop, Plan, Weak pawn)
  • Reti-Yates, 1924 (Plan)
  • Reti-Alekhine, 1925 (Calculation, Deflection, Discovered attack, Creativitiy in tactical complications)
  • Johner-Nimzowitsch, 1926 (Plan, Attack against the king, Decoy, Pin)
  • Alekhine-Nimzowitsch, 1930 (Open file, Pin)
  • Botvinnik-Vidmar, 1936 (Initiative, Plan, Isolated queen's pawn, Deflection, Elimination of the defender, Pin)
  • Botvinnik-Alekhine, 1938 (Exchange of pieces, Open file, Weak squares)
  • Botvinnik-Capablanca, 1938 (Plan, Positional pawn sacrifice, Attack against the king, Calculation, Deflection, Pin)
  • Themes
  • Centralisation
  • Exchange of pieces
  • Good bishop - bad bishop
  • Opposite coloured bishops
  • Bishop pair
  • Blockade
  • Prophylaxis
  • Open file
  • Initiative
  • Plan
  • Conversion of an advantage
  • Weak pawn
  • Weak squares
  • Isolated queen's pawn
  • Positional pawn sacrifice
  • Attack against the king
  • Calculation
  • Deflection
  • Decoy
  • Elimination of the defender
  • Back rank mate
  • Pin
  • Double check
  • Discovered attack
  • Creativity in tactical complications
  • Queen sacrifice
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