José Raúl Capablanca was a Cuban chess player and World Chess Champion from 1921 to 1927. Renowned as one of the greatest players of all time, Capablanca had exceptional endgame skill and clarity of thought that contributed to his exceptional speed of play. Over time his achievements in the chess world and mastery over the board and due to his relatively simple and direct style of play he was nicknamed the "Human Chess Machine".
Capablanca in the Endgame - Chess Lecture - Volume 61
The English derives its name from the English (unofficial) World Champion, Howard Staunton (1843). The English has caught on in the twentieth century and is now recognized as a solid opening that may be used to reach both classical and hypermodern positions. Although many lines of the English have a distinct character, the opening is often used as a transpositional device in much the same way as 1.Nf3 – to avoid such highly regarded responses to 1.d4 as the Nimzo-Indian and Grunfeld defences – and is considered reliable and flexible.
A Complete System for Black Against the English Opening - Chess Lecture - Volume 65
The Maroczy Bind is a pawn formation named after the Hungarian Grandmaster Geza Maroczy. It is primarily, but not exclusively, used against the Sicilian Defense. It is characterized by white pawns on c4 and e4, with White's d-pawn having been exchanged for Black's c-pawn.GM Jesse Kraai shows how to use middle game strategy to gain advantage for white. Expert handling of the Maroczy Bind is illustrated with an explanation of the theory, a classic game, and an additional instructive game of his own.ECO: B36, B38
Playing the Maroczy Bind For White - Chess Lecture - Volume 63
GM Jesse Kraai explains Kasparov’s fundamental theorem of chess with which any position can be evaluated. Jesse gives us examples of near perfect games, and analysis tools to evaluate your own game.ECO: C22, C41, A15
Balance of Time, Material and Quality of Position - Chess Lecture - Volume 62
An isolated pawn or “isolani” is a pawn which has no friendly pawn on an adjacent file. Isolated pawns are usually thought of as a weakness because they cannot be protected by other pawns. Many textbook openings create at least one isolated pawn but are nevertheless accepted as orthodox because of the advantages they create. With an isolated pawn you can have improved development and associated opportunities for counter play that offset or even outweigh the weaknesses associated with the pawn's isolation.
Fundamentals of Isolated Queen Pawn Positions - Chess Lecture - Volume 64
Life Master Dana Mackenzie explains a system that he developed originally to defeat the computer program "Fritz." It was also played by Swedish correspondence player Arne Bryntse in the 1960s and early 1970s. However, Mackenzie's victory over IM David Pruess in 2006 is believed to be the first appearance of the Bryntse Gambit in an over-the-board master game.
Nuke the Sicillian - Chess Lecture - Volume 67
The Modern Benoni was invented in 1927 by Frank Marshall at the New York Chess Tournament. Marshall played it twice, first for a draw against Capablanca, and again later losing to Aron Nimzowitch whom labeled the Modern Benoni an "unfortunate extravagance" in his annotations. In the 1950s interest in the system revived, as the King's Indian Defense gained in popularity among Soviet players and their investigations branched into related opening systems such as the Benoni. The imbalance inherent in the pawn structure of the Modern Benoni and the counter-chances this implies for Black appeals to aggressive players.
Modern Themes in the Benoni - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 66
Although chess styles have evolved greatly over the last hundred years, the insights from players of the Classical and Hypermodern eras are still the foundation of good chess play. This collection features those lessons in brilliant examples of play from the first 15 World Champions. Dennis takes us on a two game tour per World Champion of the classical era through the modern era of chess spanning from 1887 to present day.
Learn from the World Champions - Complete Set - 6 DVDs - Chess Lecture
Tactical Motifs - Chess Lecture - Complete Set
LM Dr. Dana Mackenzie is a USCF Life Master, a PhD mathematician, and an award-winning mathematics, science journalist and author. LM Dana Mackenzie started playing tournament chess during the "Fischer boom" of 1971-72 and never quit. Champion of North Carolina in 1985 & 1987, he became a master in 1988. Mackenzie now lives in Santa Cruz, CA and runs a chess club for kids at the local library. His passion for chess and his enthusiasm for teaching is unmistakable.
Tactical Motifs - Complete Set - 3 DVDs - Chess Lecture
GM Jesse Kraai reviews Vassily Smyslov, one of his favorite players of all time. Jesse claims studying Smyslov’s endgames helped him to become a Grandmaster.Vasily Vasilyevich Smyslov (Russian March 24, 1921 – 27 March 2010) was a Soviet and Russian Grandmaster and was World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958. He was a Candidate for the World Chess Championship on eight times (1948, 1950, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1965, 1983, and 1985). Smyslov twice tied for first at the Soviet Championship (1949, 1955), and his total of 17 Chess Olympiad medals won is an all-time record. In five European Team Championships, Smyslov won ten gold medals.
Smyslov Endgames - Complete Set - 3 DVDs - Chess Lecture
Attacking Chess is a highly rated series on analyzing plans to initiate attack against strategic positions. Valeri explains both theory and in practice. Disk 1 covers The Uncastled King French Defense: Paulsen Variation, The Castled King, Striking the Center Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical, 6...a6, Time is Everything! King's Indian: Fianchetto, The Piece Fist Dutch Defense: Leningrad, Main Variation.
Attacking Chess 1 - Chess Lecture - Volume 69
GM Jesse Kraai shows you the ins and outs of the Fried Liver Attack for beginners all the way up through how advanced players can use this to their advantage. He then goes on to show you how it was employed in 2 high profile games. Jesse says, “The Fried Liver is not just for beginners!”
Fried Liver and Variations, Theory and Examples - Chess Lecture - Volume 70
Presented by International Master Valeri Lilov for ChessLecture.com Attacking Chess is a highly rated series on analyzing plans to initiate attack against strategic positions. Valeri explains both theory and demonstrates in practice. Disk 2 covers Attack an Opposite Castled King, Counter Attack, Positional Piece Sacrifice, Opening Initiative, Attack Creation.
Attacking Chess 2 - Chess Lecture - Volume 68
Presented by International Master Valeri Lilov for ChessLecture.com Attacking Chess is a highly rated series on analyzing plans to initiate attack against strategic positions. Valeri explains both theory and demonstrates in practice. Disk 3 covers Intuitive Sacrifice, Finding the Strike, Particular Circumstance, Dynamics of the Attack, Attack in the Opening.
Attacking Chess 3 - Chess Lecture - Volume 71
vs 1.c4, then vs 1.Nf3
A clear explanation of a plan for black against both the English and Reti Openings.David guides you into Nimzo-Indian type positions against these menacing Flank Openings.Recommended for Beginner - Intermediate Players
Ideas for Nimzo Indian Players - Chess Lecture - Volume 76
The Steinitz is a variation for white against the French Defense . The Steinitz is an attacking scheme in particular against the Classical Variation of the French Defense. Here GM Jesse Kraai gives a clear explanation of the plans for black and the pitfalls to avoidRecommended for Intermediate Players
a6/b5 Against the French Steinitz - Chess Lecture - Volume 75
The Meran is one of the most critical variations of the ever popular Semi-Slav Defense. David is a renowned expert and published author of theoretical works on the Semi-Slav Defense. First played in 1906 , today the Meran requires up to date theoretical knowledge.
Semi Slav / Meran for Black - Chess Lecture - Volume 74
David is a renowned expert and author on the English opening. The English is a popular choice among beginners and club players. This series takes it to the next levelRecommended for Intermediate – Advanced Players
The English Four Knights (2 DVDS) - Chess Lecture - Volume 73
GM Kraai explains how white can use an often underestimated variation for white against the trendy Slav. This line definitely contains a drop of poison! Used by such top players as : Gm's Lajos Portisch and Vadim Milov,, to crack the defenses of Black's most popular Defense to the Queen's Gambit.
The Exchange Slav for White - Chess Lecture - Volume 72
Bronstein once suggested that the term "defense" does not fit this strategy, and suggested the name "Chigorin Counterattack" as this line is adopted as Black by many aggressive players including Chigorin and Keres. Here Dana takes you through the strategy and how it plays out in real games.
Two Knights Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 77
GM Bryan Smith explores A fresh, relatively unexplored system for white to surprise Sicilian players ! In depth 4 part series that will help you take your opponents outside the book.
Beating the Sicilian with the Tiviakov Grand Prix - Chess Lecture - Volume 78
Learn to fight back dynamically with GM Friedel’s pet system against the Ruy Lopez. A clear explanation of the Archangel Defense for Black against the Ruy Lopez from a GM Practitioner.
A Weapon for Black Against the Ruy Lopez - Chess Lecture - Volume 79
GM Kritz outlines several variations of the King’s Indian including The Mar del Plata variation of the King's Indian 9. Nd2. No longer as popular as it once was, it is still played rather frequently even at the top levels of chess.
King's Indian Main Line 9.Nd2, 9.Ne1, 9.b4 - Chess Lecture - Volume 84
White builds up a large pawn center and gains a spatial advantage. Black develops quickly, then works to undermine White's center with a Pawn attack. Black must strike quickly to try and open the position before White can consolidate the space advantage that his center has gained him.
King's Indian Against the Four Pawns Attack - Chess Lecture - Volume 82
International Master David Vigorito explains many variations of the King’s Indian including: Orthodox Variation: Modern System, Bayonet Attack, Glek Defense. Favored by Fischer and Kasparov, the King’s Indian is a modern dynamic opening, exceptionally complex. A popular choice since its introduction into competitive chess in the early 20th century. This DVD is a continuation of David’s series on the subject ( See King’s Indian for Black for the first 5 lectures.) PGN’s Included
King's Indian for Black Lectures 6-9 - Chess Lecture - Volume 83
In part 2 of the series IM Valeri Lilov examines a sharp repertoire for both black and white. A complete system you can employ in your own games! Valeri's take on theory is both aggressive and based on sound strategic principles. He examines White e 4 and one good line of play for all of Black's possible responses with the Budapest Gambit. Also, how White can respond to the Budapest Gambit and how to respond to deviations on most of the various openings including with the Grand Prix attack.
An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player Lectures 5-9 - Chess Lecture - Volume 81
Recommended for Beginner - Intermediate Players
In this DVD Eugene stresses “It is the pawns that define our middle game, attacking potential and control of empty squares”. Gain his insight and strategically winning tips. Instructive tips about keeping the tension in a position, both in theory and in practice.
Aggressive Pawn Chains - Chess Lecture - Volume 87
Recommended for Intermediate Players
Life Master Dana Mackenzie introduces us to the amazing games of some regional legends, including FIDE Master John Curdo, best known for winning the Massachusetts State Championship 17 times; FIDE Master Curt Justin Brasket, sixteen-time State Champion for his home state of Minnesota; FIDE Master Orest Popovych, 4 time New Jersey State Champion; International Master William Martz, the highest rated player from Wisconsin for almost 20 years and holds the USCF record of 104 for the most consecutive rated games without a loss; and Life Master Brian Wall, 5 time winner or tied for the Colorado State Championships.
Awesome State Champions - Chess Lecture - Volume 86
Recommended for Intermediate - Advanced Players
GM Jesse Kraai, an expert on the French defense, demonstrates and gives excellent advice on how to deal with multiple variations of the French including Classical, MacCutcheon, Winawer, Burn and Rubinstein.
A System Against the French - Chess Lecture - Volume 89
GM Kraii, GM Perelshteyn, FM Monokroussos, IM Vigorito
Vasily Smyslov was a Soviet and Russian grandmaster, and was World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958. He redefined chess post WW2. He was a candidate for the World Chess on eight occasions. Smyslov twice tied for first at the Soviet Championship (1949, 1955), and his total of 17 Chess Olympiad medals won is an all-time record. In five European Team Championships, Smyslov won ten gold medals. He is known for his fantastic endgames, very dynamic sense over the board and intuitive sense of harmony. Modern champions that follow his style are Carlsen and Kramnik. Here the masters of ChessLecture review his brilliance and style in a series of stunning games.
A Tribute to Smyslov - Chess Lecture - Volume 88
With FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos
25% of all club level games begin with the Sicilian and 17% of all grandmaster games begin with the Sicilian. Dennis gives you tools for dealing with the Sicilian, an essential skill for every serious chess player.
An Anti-Sicilian Line b3 before d4 - Chess Lecture - Volume 92
With International Master David Vigorito
IM David Vigorito analyzes the decisions in games of two masters. One master a world class GM and the other an IM and illustrates how a difference of two hundred points in ranking becomes exponential in terms of game play.
Worlds Apart; The Difference Between a World Class GM and an IM - Chess Lecture - Volume 91
With International Master Bill Paschall
Is opening theory out of control? IM Bill Paschall takes us through a series of games where he used sound chess principals but stayed outside conventional opening methods. This confused his opponents and took them outside of their game. See his examples and learn how once you know the rules, you can break them and win!
Who Needs Openings? - Chess Lecture - Volume 90
Examine the brilliance of Karpov with GM Bryan Smith. Anatoly Karpov was the 12th world champion, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest chess players of all time. Karpov is known for a well rounded style, and as a practical player, strategist and positional player.
Learn from Karpov - Chess Lecture - Volume 93
Hosted by GM Jesse Kraai
GM Jesse Kraai explains how to use the old Russian rule set to evaluate Tempo in chess. What is Tempi or Tempo in Chess? “The gaining or losing of time and effectiveness relative to one's continued mobility or developing position, especially with respect to the number of moves required to gain an objective: Black gained a tempo”.
A Pawn is Worth Three Tempi - Chess Lecture - Volume 94
By FM Dennis Monokroussos
The Queen's Gambit is one of the oldest known chess openings. In early modern chess, queen pawn openings were not in fashion, and the Queen's Gambit did not become common until the 1873 tournament in Vienna. As the appreciation for positional play increased and was developed by both Steinitz and Tarrasch the Queen's Gambit grew more popular. The Queen's Gambit is still frequently played and it remains an important part of many grandmasters opening repertoires.
The Queen's Gambit and Friends - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 95