Popular Chess Openings
Playing the McCutcheon Variation of the French Defence (3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4) immediately sharpens up the game, but quite frequently what soon arises is a positional struggle. Until recently the whole opening system was considered to be double-edged, if not downright notorious – White only had to have good knowledge about the main line. But nowadays the McCutcheon has been developing in an entirely new direction. Rustam Kasimdzhanov now calls 5.e5 h6 6.Bd2 the old main variation – since, as he demonstrates, Black can remarkably easily obtain a pleasant game.
The New McCutcheon - Rustam Kasimdzhanov
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
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
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
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
In this DVD, Sam Collins examines one of the most important structures in chess, the Carlsbad.
KNOW THE TERRAIN - Carlsbad - Sam Collins - VOLUME 1
FM Valeri Lilov, co-founder of Tiger Lilov’s Chess School and TigerLilov.com, is a top-notch professional chess coach popular with all of the major online communities promoting the game of chess. His balanced style of play and constant striving for improvement have both shaped his deep knowledge and understanding of chess theory, which he is about to demonstrate to you in his latest high quality DVD for ChessBase.
The Dutch Stonewall - Valeri Lilov
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
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
Study of the Budapest Gambit will place an extremely dangerous weapon into the hands of the club player.
Budapest Gambit - Andrew Martin
The King's Indian is one of the most interesting and aggressive defenses Black can choose.
King's Indian - Victor Bologan
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
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
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
This DVD by Lubomir Ftacnik deals with the Hedgehog structure and its phenomenal potential for generating active counterplay with Black. The appeal of elastic piece development around a dynamic pawn structure has helped to spread this concept to many other openings. The author has consciously limited his survey to the English Hedgehog with an emphasis on the challenges Black faces following the centralisation of White’s queen after 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.0-0 Be7 7.d4 cxd4 8.Qxd4. While Black will have to survive various challenges to his position, as the aggressor enjoys a slight advantage in development and has great freedom of movement for his pieces, once the defender manages to fend off direct aggression, his prospects are usually quite promising.
The English Hedgehog Defence - Lubomir Ftacnik
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 Bogo Indian is an attractive system for players of all levels. It provides a sound platform from which Black can begin the middlegame with confidence. After 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ Black develops smoothly and prepares to castle.
The ABC of the Bogo Indian - Andrew Martin
The Queen's Gambit Declined Exchange Variation is one of the most important opening systems. It has been played by most of the great players in history and from both sides of the board.
Queen's Gambit Declined Exchange Variation - 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. 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
On this Fritz Trainer DVD, Lawrence Trent presents a comprehensive repertoire based on the Two Knight's Defense.
Two Knight's Defense - Lawrence Trent
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
In this DVD International Master Ari Ziegler gives you a fighting repertoire against all white systems in the Modern Benoni. The target audience is club players with a rating of 1500-2400.
Modern Benoni for Advanced Players - Ari Ziegler
Sam Collins continued his investigation into the most common and important pawn structures in chess by looking at the ''Capablanca Structure'' (white pawns on c4 and d4 against black pawns on c6 and e6)
KNOW THE TERRAIN - The Capablanca Structure - Sam Collins - VOLUME 2
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
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
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
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
On this new ChessBase DVD, Andrew Martin makes a convincing case for White’s chances.
Spanish Exchange Variation - Andrew Martin
Club players will enjoy adding the O’Kelly to their repertoire and many opponents will be unfamiliar with the unusual problems that Black is posing.
O'Kelly Sicilian - Andrew Martin
Detailed Coverage of an Enterprising Chess Opening
In this book James Vigus provides an up-to-date appraisal of the Pirc and its many variations. Using illustrative games, he examines the traditional main lines, the fashionable alternatives and the tricky sidelines, while outlining the typical tactical and positional ideas for both White and Black. A study of this book will allow the reader to begin playing the Pirc with confidence in his or her own games.
SHOPWORN - Pirc in Black and White
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
1.Nf3 - a variable Repertoire for White is the name for a comprehensive opening system strategy based on security and choice. The old maxim of perceiving 1.e4 openings as tactical and more dangerous as opposed to the more positional and peaceful 1.d4 openings no longer reflects the modern world of chess openings. This repertoire DVD is the fruit of a lifetime's experience, as the author Lubomir Ftacnik uses it actively in his practice. The system gives all White players the chance to fine-tune the level of exposure and risk
1. Nf3 - A Variable Repertoire for White - Lubomir Ftacnik
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
This DVD by Lubomir Ftacnik is an ambitious project, presenting a comprehensive set of ideas and structures in chess openings, arising after the first move 1.d4.
1. d4 - A Classical Repertoire for White - Lubomir Ftacnik
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