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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
Weapons for White Against the King's Indian and Grunfeld
Grandmaster Damian Lemos presents a repertoire for White against both the King's Indian and Grünfeld defences. Many players struggle to find suitable lines to challenge these two popular and dynamic openings, or find the masses of theory in the main lines difficult to digest. Lemos solves this perennial problem by advocating a solid system of development based on the fianchetto system, where understanding ideas is more important than move memorization.
EBOOK - Opening Repertoire - Fianchetto System
Hosted by IM David Vigorito
Opening Trends is an exciting series where IM David Vigorito examines how tournament chess is changing, nuances in the game are coming into play and exciting trends are being set. Here David analyzes the Gruenfeld which he considers is reaching its height of popularity. David examples a popular line the Russian Gruenfeld and the Anti-Gruenfeld where white plays F3 on move 3.
Opening Trends 1 - The Russian Gruenfeld and Anti-Gruenfeld - Chess Lecture - Volume 105
IM David Vigorito is the 2007 Masschusetts Champion. He has been the state champion of New Hampshire and Nevada. David rated at 2479 in USCF and is the Champion of the Boylston (Boston) Chess Club. He playes in the 2006 U.S. Championship after finishing in a tie for 3rd place at the U.S. Open in Phoenix.
King's Indian for Black - Chess Lecture - Volume 26
IM Bryan Smith grew up in Anchoarge, Alaska and now resides in Philadlephia, PA. His accomplishments include first in the 2008 National Chess Congress, first place in the 2008 King's Island Open and has won many other Grand Prix tournaments.
King's Indian Masterpieces - Chess Lecture - Volume 27
International Master Bill Paschall introduces and shows how to effectively use the Smyslov against both e5 and c5 structures. Gives practical advice for defense as well
Beating the King's Indian with the Smyslov - Chess Lecture - Volume 38
Hosted by IM David Vigorito
Opening Trends series, David - who calls the King's Indian ''The Great Equalizer'' - analyzes the King’s Indian, Samisch and how it is regaining popularity because white is less afraid of it. He also looks at the trendy new ideas for White in the Bayonet, and a topical line for Black in the Bayonet, and reviews Carlsen playing the Averbakh Variation and a line that Nakamura plays in the KID.
Opening Trends 2 - The King's Indian Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 104
On this DVD IM Martin gives a winning repertoire system against 1.e4, meeting it with 1...e5 for Black. Martin offers aggressive lines against the King's Gambit, Center Game, Danish Gambit, Bishop's Opening, Vienna Gambit and the Italian Game.
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOL. 146 - Winning Repertoire for Black Against 1. e4 - Black Plays 1... e5 - PART 1
A Quick-to-Learn King's Pawn Repertoire with Healthy Development and Attacking Chances
By carefully choosing variations that lead to similar structures, IM Sam Collins has put together a powerful repertoire book ideal for players with limited study time. White opens with 1 e4 and develops his pieces to natural squares, seeking open lines and the initiative.
A Simple Chess Opening Repertoire for White
Presented by IM David Vigorito
The Modern Benoni is a very dynamic opening very popular at club level and is still unrefuted. The modern Benoni is a chess opening with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6.and is classified under the ECO codes A60–A79. After the initial moves, Black proceeds to capture on d5, creating a majority of black pawns on the queenside.
Ideas in the Modern Benoni - Chess Lecture - Volume 155
Part 2 of this DVD IM Andrew Martin gives Black a Winning Repertoire System Against 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 The Petroff is an easy to learn Counter Attacking Weapon for Black. IM Martin will provide you with the latest aggressive lines taken from recent top level GM Games.
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOL. 147 - Winning Repertoire for Black Against 1. e4 - Black Plays 1... e5 - PART 2
by GM Jesse Kraai and GM Bryan Smith
John Cochrane was a strong nineteenth century Scottish chess master ranked only below the well-known Howard Staunton the designer of modern chess pieces. Cochrane was known name in the Calcutta chess club as he played there while he lived in India. The first appearance of the Cochrane gambit against the Petrov's defense was in 1848 against an Indian master Mohishunder Bannerjee.
How to Beat the Petrov with the Cochrane Gambit - Chess Lecture - Volume 134
Today, the Philidor is known as a solid but passive choice for Black. Because of this it is seldom seen in top-level play except as an alternative to the heavily analyzed openings that can ensue after the normal 2...Nc6.In this DVD our masters go over both how to employ the Philidor and how to defeat it as well as several variations on the Philador including Lion and exchange variation.
Studies in: The Philidor Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 140
Hosted by IM Attila Turzo
The Pirc Defense sometimes known as the Ufimtsev Defence or Yugoslav Defense normally refers to the opening 1.e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6. It is named after the Slovenian International Grandmaster Vasja Pirc.
Basic Ideas Behind the Pirc Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 97
by the Masters of ChessLecture.com
Akiba Kiwelowicz Rubinstein (1880 –1961) was a Polish chess Grandmaster at the beginning of the 20th century. In his youth, he astonished the chess world, defeating many famous players, including Capablanca and Schlecthter. .Rubinstein originated the Rubinstein System against the Tarrasch Defense variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined. See Rubsinstein employ his system in games against Tarrasch, Marshall, Cohn and Capablanca.
Rubinstein and the Tarrasch - Chess Lecture - Volume 122
by FM Dennis Monokroussos
In this line of the Tarrasch, White forgoes the fianchetto, with its direct play against d5, opting to keep central tension for the moment by playing 4. e3, after which 4... Nf6 5. Nf3 Nc6 is the normal continuation. Dennis shows us how Black blasts through this and wins the day.
Black's Blasting Bishops in the Symmetrical Tarrasch - Chess Lecture - Volume 126
Hosted by GM Leonid Kritz
GM Kritz outlines several variations of the Queens’s Indian including The Main line and the Main Modern Line. Including 4.g3. Plan 4....Ba6.5.b3 b5 The Queen's Indian is regarded as the sister opening of the Nimzo-Indian, since both openings aim to impede White's efforts to gain full control of the center by playing e2–e4.
Queen's Indian - Theory and Practice - 4.g3, Plan 4.. Ba6, 5. b3 b5 - Chess Lecture - Volume 125
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
On this DVD IM Andrew Martin gives Black a Winning Repertoire system against 1.d4. Meeting Whites reply with 1….d5. IM Martin will provide you with aggressive lines against the pesky 1.d4 openings which include The London System, the Colle and the Pseudo Trompowski 1.d4 2. Bg5. IM Martin recommends meeting the Queens Gambit by accepting it. The QGA is a fundamental defence to 1. d4 and has been used by many World Champions, Petrosian, Anand and Kasparov!!.
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - VOL. 145 - Winning Repertoire for Black Against 1. d4 - Black Plays 1... d5
Hosted by GM Eugene Perelshteyn
In this DVD Eugene demonstrates two interesting lines for white in the Reti and then gives us an example of the Reti in action with his best game in the 2008 Spice cup.
The Reti for White - Chess Lecture - Volume 102
The Schliemann Defense is one of the most difficult and dangerous defenses in chess that Black has available. It starts with 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 !!!! This is not considered a Gambit because it would be useless for White to take the pawn with 4. exf5. Passive Defense is likely to give White a bad game. So, White must counter with 4. Nc3. There are now two main branches. This book was previously published as a two volume work. However, most players of the Schliemann prefer the second and more risky line, so the two volumes have been combined into one book here. This is an update with the latest new games and analysis on the two main branches of the Schliemann Defense. These branches arise after the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4. The more conservative move favored by most strong players was 5. …. Nf6. The more dangerous and risky line is 5. …. d5, allowing 6. Nxe5 dxe4 7. Nxc6 Qg5. This was thought to have been refuted but now grandmasters and others have proven that it is perfectly playable.
Dazzle Your Opponents!
Dangerous Weapons is a series of opening books which supply the reader with an abundance of hard-hitting ideas to revitalize his or her opening repertoire. In this book, three opening experts team up and take a contemporary look at the Ruy Lopez, one of the most popular chess openings. Instead of analysing the well-trodden main lines they concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations, selecting a wealth of ‘dangerous’ options for both colours. Whether playing White or Black, a study of this book will leave you confident and fully-armed, and your opponents running for cover!
EBOOK - Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez
GM Eugene Perelshteyn earned his third GM norm and the title GM after sharing first place in the 2006 Foxwoods Open, He won the Samford Chess Fellowship in 2002, awarded to the top American Player under 25 years old earning $64,000, Eugene also led the Unversity of Maryland, Baltimore County to a few Pan American championships from 1998-2002.
The Accelerated Dragon - Chess Lecture - Volume 22
This edition is updated in April 2012 and provides complete analysis and the most recent games in this important line.
How to Play the Fischer-Sozin Attack in the Najdorf Sicilian in Chess
IM Attila Turzo currently resides in Hungary. Attila became an international Master at age 18, and was hungarian Junior Champion at 19. He has won first place in more than ten international tournaments. Attila has been a professional chess coah since 2001.
The Basic Principles of the Closed Sicilian for White - Chess Lecture - Volume 21
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
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
The Accelerated Dragon remains one of Black’s most popular choices in the Sicilian, and the attractions are obvious. Black’s opening strategy is easy to understand, and his pieces are quickly developed on active squares. Furthermore, White players hoping to attack in the same way as against the traditional Dragon will be shocked by the Accelerated Dragon’s greater flexibility and possibilities for a swift counterattack.
EBOOK - Play the Accelerated Dragon
Hosted by GM Bryan Smith
In this DVD Bryan explains the sacrifices with both the Scheveningen ''small center'' structure of pawns on d6 and e6 and as well as the Sicilian Dragon.
The Exchange Sacrifice on c3 in the Sicilian - Chess Lecture - Volume 98
Hosted by GM Bryan Smith
A pawn is said to be poisoned because its capture can result in a positional disadvantage and or the loss of material l. The best known of these is a line of the Sicillian Defense, Najdorf Variation. One of the pioneers of this line was David Bronstein, who tied the 1951World Championship match against Mikhail Botvinnik 12–12.
The Najdorf Poison Pawn - Then and Now - Chess Lecture - Volume 99
by IM Bill Paschall
The Rossolimo Variation, 3.Bb5, is a well-respected alternative to 3.d4. Originally criticized by Kasparov but later played by him.
Dealing with the Bishop to b5 in the Sicilian - Chess Lecture - Volume 127
by IM David Vigorito and IM Bryan Smith
The Dragon is one of the main lines of the Sicillian where Black fianchettoes their bishop on the h8–a1 diagonal. The line is one of the sharpest variations of the Sicilian, making it one of the sharpest of all chess openings.
Studies in: The Dragon - Chess Lecture - Volume 132
Fischer-Najdorf and Related Sozin Lines is a chess opening book that analyzes key variations and positions resulting from White's move 6.Bc4 (the Fischer-Najdorf) in response to Black employing the Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defense. The book also covers many key positions of the Sozin Variation of the Sicilian Defense that may arise from the Fischer-Najdorf opening move order.
Presented by GM Bryan Smith
Learn an aggressive and effective repertoire against the Sicilian Kan, Najdorf, Dragon, and Classical variations of the Sicilian. Bryan explains the variations that arise in great detail and shows you how to counter.
Sicilicide - How to Beat the Sicilian Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 157
Chess Developments provides state-of-the-art openings coverage. Chess Developments focuses on the current trends – concentrating on critical lines, theoretical novelties and powerful new ideas. It offers players of all levels the opportunity to keep up-to-date with current opening theory whilst also expanding and improving their repertoires.
EBOOK - Chess Developments - Semi-Slav 5 Bg5
The vast majority of chessplayers play for fun; for them chess is enjoyment and not a professional endeavour. If you are running aground against 1 e4 e5 , then why not try the sharp Vienna Gambits suggested by IM Andrew Martin on this DVD? Pressure is brought to bear on Black in unusual ways at an early stage and there is nothing more enjoyable than getting on to the attack early with White and watching the opponent struggle.
E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - Volume 159 - Vienna Gambit