Popular Chess Openings
Alekhine‘s Defence is an excellent opening to play if one wants to go for the win.
ABC of the Alekhine - Andrew Martin - 2nd Edition
The Rossolimo Variation 3.Bb5 is considered to be one of the strongest replies to 2…Nc6 in the Sicilian Defence.
Sicilian Rossolimo for White - Victor Bologan
In the 1970s a group of strong English players (Miles, Speelman, Keene above all and later Short) developed a slightly unusual opening starting after the moves 1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6. Just like in the Grünfeld or the Alekhine Defences, Black concedes the centre. However, rather than provoking pawn advances by an early development of the knights, Black wants instead to develop his bishops (most frequently to the squares b7 and b4). This approach contradicts the orthodox rule of development (knights before bishops) but is not it better to get some pieces out instead of spending a lot of tempi with the knight in provocation?! The original character of the play as well as the good preparation by the aforementioned grandmasters led to the recognition of this setup as the English Defence.
The English Defense - Dejan Bojkov
The Caro-Kann is considered to be one of the safest and most reliable replies to 1.e4.
Caro-Kann - Victor Bologan
In this DVD, Lilov will teach you a plan for Black with a6, b5, Bb7, Nbd7 and c5, which is one of the best ways to meet Whites Queens Gambit.
Queen's Gambit Accepted - Valeri Lilov
A Tricky Opening with 1. d4
Andrew Martin: The wicked Veresov Attack A tricky Opening with 1.d4 The Veresov ( 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nc3 d5 3 Bg5) is little-played and understood when we compare it to other queen’s pawn openings, like the Trompowsky, Torre Attack and London system. As such it can be a very dangerous weapon in the right hands. Very few club or amateur players will be properly prepared to play against it.
The Wicked Veresov Attack - Andrew Martin
The King's Indian is one of the most interesting and aggressive defenses Black can choose.
King's Indian - Victor Bologan
In this DVD Sam Collins presents a repertoire for Black based on the Queen's Gambit Accepted, 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4. Rather than get involved in the heavy theory of the Classical Main Line, the lynchpin of the repertoire is the active development of the queen's bishop, after 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3, with 4
The Queen's Gambit Accepted - A Repertoire for Black - Sam Collins
On the ABC of the Classical Dutch, IM Andrew Martin gives the student a thorough grounding in the ways of this unconventional opening. The positions that are reached after 1...f5 are always sharp and unclear, suiting the chessboard warrior very well. You cannot play the Dutch with a faint heart! The ABC of the Classical Dutch will analyse systems where predominantly Black plays with an early ...d7-d6. There are discussions of all the key ideas and opening themes, as well as repertoire suggestions for Black. The Classical Dutch does not enjoy an especially good reputation at the highest level, but from time to time the great players have employed 1...f5 when fighting outright for the win. It would not have been a good idea to tell Alekhine, Botvinnik, Bronstein or Larsen that 1...f5 is a weak move! The world of the Classical Dutch is a rather unusual one. If you are looking for a winning weapon as Black and you are an uncompromising fighter, then this opening is for you! Video running time: 3 hours 45 min. IM Andrew Martin is 54 years old and holds the FIDE Senior Trainer title. Since 2004 he has recorded over 25 DVD's for ChessBase. System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard. Return Information for Software & DVDs Computer Software and DVDs can only be returned or exchanged if the product is in its original, sealed packaging and has not been installed or used in any way. Once you open the packaging of a Computer Software or DVD title, it can only be exchanged for the same title if the original media is defective. There are NO exceptions to this rule.
The ABC of the Classical Dutch - Andrew Martin
Lubomir Ftacnik complements his popular Scheveningen DVD with fresh material for training tactical themes. The world’s most popular opening, the Sicilian defense (played in more than 50% of all games!) rises and falls with attack, fantasy and combinations. The ability to spot a tactical opportunity, calculate variations and choose the best line decides the game in sharp Sicilian positions and, even on its own, is a skill worth having.
Tactic Toolbox Scheveningen - Lubomir Ftacnik
In this diverse and instructive DVD, International Master Andrew Martin explains how the opening works, with the help of mostly recent, complete master games, although there are some classics too!
ABC of the Ruy Lopez - Andrew Martin - 2nd Edition
In the present DVD, Valeri Lilov devotes 24 lectures to various unorthodox openings - some more popular with super GMs like Alexander Morozevich and others less known - yet all aiming at one and the same goal: to strengthen your opening repertoire and provide you with more weapons for the opening stage.
Unorthodox Chess Openings - Valeri Lilov
A Complete Repertoire for White
It is easy to understand why the English Opening is very popular at all levels, from club player up to Grandmaster level. The variations are less forcing and superior chess skill is required to outwit your opponents in the middlegame. In the English, white plays 1.c4 and fianchettos the white kings bishop to g2. Like all good chess openings, this fights for control of the centre and posts the ‘English Bishop’ on the long diagonal g2-a8. Many people view the opening as rather dull, but this is a misnomer - in fact, there are many sharp pawn sacrifices and attacking lines which have been found in recent times which give the opening some bite. The games in this DVD will provide with exactly that - the armoury to play the English Opening as white with confidence! Includes all of black's main responses to the English Opening 1.c4:
ABC of the English Opening - Lorin D'Costa
On this Fritz Trainer DVD, Lawrence Trent presents a comprehensive repertoire based on the Two Knight's Defense.
Two Knight's Defense - Lawrence Trent
Throughout the years, it has become difficult for Black to find active and promising prospects against 1.d4. White players are usually looking for a stable, solid and permanent advantage to torture their opponents with. This DVD covers all the potential variations that arise after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5. You will gain not only grandmaster knowledge of the specific lines and variations with the latest games from top GMs – you will also gain the essential strategical and tactical ideas that dominate the Benkö Gambit structures and setups, enabling you to outplay your opponent once the opening phase is finished
Attacking with the Benko Gambit - Alejandro Ramirez
On this DVD Nigel Davies argues that the Vienna is a great choice for players of every level, providing surprise value to top Grandmasters whilst provoking fearful and passive reactions amongst players at club level.
Vienna with 3.f4 - Nigel Davies
In modern chess - full of information, games and analysis - it is important to have new ideas and fresh openings. The Philidor Defence DVD provides you with exactly that!
Fighting Philidor - Victor Bologan
In this DVD, the viewer is invited to solve over 60 puzzles in Chessbase’s new interactive Question & Answer format. All positions are from the Ruy Lopez and have been carefully selected to illustrate the most important recurring tactical themes throughout this opening, one of the most important in modern chess.
The Tactic Toolbox - Ruy Lopez / Spanish - Sam Collins
The Slovenian GM Vasja Pirc was a five time Yugoslavian champion. This speaks volumes for his playing strength but there is a more important contribution which he has made to the chess world. The defense which he explored in detail after the moves 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 is named after him. There were ups and downs in the appearance of the Pirc in tournament practice.
Attacking with the Pirc - Dejan Bojkov
Players following Davies' recommendations will begin by learning a basic Queen Pawn opening such as the Torre Attack or the London, and then ''layering on'' additional openings in an organized manner. The videos on this DVD will illustrate how to accomplish this in an easy and confusion-free manner.
Build a 1. d4 Repertoire - Nigel Davies
The Sicilian Defense is an old but nevertheless very modern opening. The continuous stream of new ideas in the Sicilian makes 1..c5 the most popular answer to 1.e4. On this DVD I do give an introduction to the most important Sicilian systems. However, the focus lies not on memorizing variations. Instead, I present some of my own games to show typical plans and strategies and to indicate typical and important tactical motifs, which can be used in various systems.
How to Play the Sicilian Defence! - Elisabeth Pahtz
The information explosion has led to a massive increase in opening theory. But how often do you win a game with a prepared line? What gives strong players the edge over their opponents is not some blockbuster novelty, but a deep understanding of the pawn structures to which their openings lead – an understanding that lasts into the middlegame and endgame, and is transferable between different openings with similar structures. In this DVD, Sam Collins examines the Isolated Queen’s Pawn (IQP) and associated structures. Using games almost exclusively from grandmaster praxis in the last two years, Collins explains all of the major ideas for playing with and against the IQP, including the d5-advance, kingside attacks (including the rook lift, h4-h5 and Bxh6 sacrifices), central sacrifices (including the Rxe6 exchange sacrifice in various positions from the Petroff), queenside play and simplification, and gives some guidance on how to assess transpositions into related structures.The universality of the IQP is illustrated by the games on this DVD, played in openings as diverse as the Nimzo Indian, Queen’s Gambit Accepted, Semi-Tarrasch, Caro-Kann, Slav, c3-Sicilian, French Tarrasch, Bogo Indian and Petroff. A final section of questions and answers (in Chessbase’s new interactive format) tests and reinforces the reader’s knowledge of the IQP, one of the most important structures in modern chess.
KNOW THE TERRAIN - Isolated Queen's Pawn - Sam Collins - VOLUME 6
hirty years ago the Trompowsky opening was almost totally unknown. It took a few spectacular games by Rafael Vaganian to bring 2.Bg5 into the limelight, and after that, the die was cast.
The Trompowsky - The Easy Way - Andrew Martin - 2nd Edition
On this new ChessBase DVD, Andrew Martin makes a convincing case for White’s chances.
Spanish Exchange Variation - Andrew Martin
On this DVD Davies arms the viewer with insights into how to handle things and demonstrates how he thinks White should meet Black’s main defences.
The Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack - Nigel Davies
On this DVD Nigel Davies addresses this issue by demonstrating a simple and easy to learn opening system designed for the busy person.
A Busy Person's Opening System - Nigel Davies
On this DVD Davies makes a cogent argument for White playing 2.Nc3 rather than 2.f4 because of the gambit line with 2...d5!
f4 Sicilian - Nigel Davies
Many players struggle to find solid openings to play as Black, especially if they have relatively little time to study theory. This DVD addresses this problem, presenting a solid and easy to learn Black repertoire against White’s two main opening moves, 1.e4 and 1.d4.
1. e6 - A Solid Repertoire Against 1. d4 and 1. e4 - Nigel Davies
The information explosion has led to a massive increase in opening theory. But how often do you win a game with a prepared line? What gives strong players the edge over their opponents is not some blockbuster novelty, but a deep understanding of the pawn structures to which their openings lead – an understanding that lasts into the middlegame and endgame, and is transferable between different openings with similar structures.
KNOW THE TERRAIN - The Philidor Structure - Sam Collins - VOLUME 5
The Benko is a powerful weapon in any player’s Black repertoire. However, many white players, fearing black activity and compensation, decide to avoid it altogether before Black has the chance to sacrifice his pawn. This DVD offers a complete repertoire for black players after 1.d4 in the case that White avoids the move 2.c4 or after 2.c4 c5 avoids the move 3.d5.
Attacking with the Benko Gambit - Alejandro Ramirez - PART 2
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.
Smith-Morra Gambit - Lawrence Trent
The Gruenfeld Defence enjoys a special star status in the family of Indian openings. It involves a daring, active concept: fighting for control of the centre with an early d7-d5 thrust supported only by pieces.
Gruenfeld Defence - Lubomir Ftacnik
The author has very often been asked by his students - what should I do against rarely played lines and openings? This DVD is aimed at answering that question... A complete repertoire for Black is set out to be used against moves such as 1.Nf3, 1.f4, 1.g3, 1.Nc3, 1.b3, 1.b4 and 1.g4. The author uses content from his own notebooks to provide a full explanation of how to proceed. Important chess principles are explained which help the student tackle the unknown!
How to Combat Rare Lines as Black - Sergei Tiviakov
In this DVD, Sam Collins examines one of the most important structures in chess, the Carlsbad.
KNOW THE TERRAIN - Carlsbad - Sam Collins - VOLUME 1
The Grand Prix Attack is one of White’s most enterprising weapons against the Sicilian Defence, and a favourite among club players and Grandmasters alike. This is an opening that must be treated with both caution and respect. Over the past few years Grandmaster Gawain Jones, arguably the world’s leading expert on the variation, has used the Grand Prix Attack to defeat a number of world class opponents, which demonstrates that underestimating its potential can cause casualties even at the highest level.
The Modern Grand Prix Attack - Lawrence Trent
The Queens Gambit Declined (known as the ‘QGD’) is the “Mr. Reliable” of responses to 1.d4. A favourite of many of the world champions, both past and present, its reputation has never been called into question.
Queen's Gambit Declined - D'Costa & Murphy