Popular Chess Openings
There was a golden era when The King’s Gambit was the favourite opening of every attacking player. In the glory days of Paul Morphy it was considered almost cowardly to play anything else. Legends such as Spassky and Bronstein kept the flame burning in the 20th century, but its popularity faded as players became distrustful of White’s ultra-aggressive approach. Nevertheless there are honourable exceptions whose games prove that this ancient weapon can still draw blood – Short, Nakamura and Zvjaginsev are world-class players who have used the King’s Gambit successfully. In this groundbreaking work, GM John Shaw shows that the ultimate Romantic chess opening remains relevant and dangerous even in the computer era. GM John Shaw has been Scottish Champion three times. This is his most ambitious book to date, and was many years in the making.
The King's Gambit
A Complete Black Repertoire with 1. e4 e5 Against Everything but the Ruy Lopez
A complete black repertoire which has been tested at the highest level. Based on 1 e4 e5 and covering all White replies except the Ruy Lopez, for which the authors have prepared a separate companion volume on the Berlin Defence.
The Open Games for Black
The second part of the Complete Slav contains all systems that were not presented in the first part, namely a popular variation 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 and also all systems after 4...e6. Not to mention the possibilities such as 5. g3 or 5. Qb3, I have presented lines after 5. e3 Nbd7 – for starters Meran (6. Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5) and Anti-Meran (6. Qc2 Bd6) lines
Complete Slav 2
In the second DVD in this series, GM Williams takes a look at everything else that you need to know when playing 1 d4. The aim of the DVD is to teach things in a simple yet effective manner, where both club players and Grandmaster will be able to pick up something useful. In the host's opinion, aggressive, attacking chess is the key to success at Chess. This repertoire helped GM Williams earn his Grandmaster title so there is no reason that it cannot do the same for you!
Killer d4 - Volume 2
In this chess DVD, Grandmaster Gregory Kaidanov covers the most popular opening positions in the history of chess that occur after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 – exactly the type of position that appears very frequently in the games of beginners and intermediate players.
Winning King Pawn Openings for White - EMPIRE CHESS
Master the Bb5 System
This DVD (part 1 of 2) covers Bb5 Systems against The Sicilian Defense with an emphasis on the core White strategies involving immediate and sometimes unprovoked Bxc6! This Anti -Sicilian approach will have opponents frightened to play their favorite Sicilian once the Bb5 Mastery is reached.
Destroy the Sicilian Defense - PART 1 - EMPIRE CHESS
Alexey Dreev analyses many different ways for White to fight for the opening advantage in two modern schemes, in the Slav Defense and in the Queen's Gambit Declined. His choice in the Slav Defense is the exchange variation, which is becoming more and more popular among the average level chess players, as well as at top level. It looked like Black could equalize, but lately White often managed to create problems for Black. By playing 3.cxd5, after the moves 1 d4 d5 2.c4 c6, White tries to obtain an advantage, but also avoids the main lines of the Slav Defense, which may arise following 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4.
Bf4 in the Queen's Gambit and the Exchange Slav
Tired of Bad Positions? Try the Main Lines!
In this, the second volume of the Kotronias on the King’s Indian series, grandmaster Vassilios Kotronias turns his attention to the main line of the famous Mar del Plata variation, which arises after the opening moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.0–0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1. This leads to some of the most complicated and theoretically challenging positions in the King’s Indian, but Kotronias provides a world-class repertoire for Black, including a wealth of original ideas and analysis.
Kotronias on the King's Indian - Volume 2 - Mar del Plata I
1...b6 is a dynamic defense which allows Black to steer the game into relatively unchartered territory, where White players are unable to relax and rely on their ‘opening book’ knowledge. A major attraction of 1...b6 is that it can be employed against all of White’s mainline openings, including 1 e4, 1 d4, 1 Nf3 and 1 c4. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines all the important variations after 1...b6. Using illustrative games, he explains the main positional and tactical ideas for both sides, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about successfully playing 1...b6.
1... b6 - Move by Move
Tired of Bad Positions? Try the Main Lines!
In this, the second volume of the Grandmaster Repertoire—1.e4 series, Indian superstar Parimarjan Negi tackles the fearsome Sicilian Najdorf, presenting his own world-class repertoire with 6.Bg5. Building on a foundation of tried-and-tested main lines, the author unveils a wealth of new ideas against the Poisoned Pawn and other critical variations, making this an essential addition to the library of every ambitious player.
Grandmaster Repertoire - 1. e4 vs. the Sicilian I
The Caro-Kann Defence remains a very popular option for Black at all levels of chess. It has always enjoyed a solid reputation, but if anything its popularity has increased in recent years with the realization that the Caro-Kann can also be employed with the intention of reaching sharp dynamic positions, rich in possibilities for both sides and with a guarantee of genuine counterplay for Black. In this book, the author presents the reader with a complete Caro-Kann repertoire, which is based primarily on her own repertoire she has used with success over many years at international level.
Opening Repertoire - The Caro-Kann
King’s Indian Warfare is a practical guide to the most dynamic and ambitious defense against 1.d4. Learn to play the King’s Indian like a world-class attacker from a life-long expert. Smirin explains the main themes in the King's Indian and annotates his best games with the opening, carefully explaining the basis for his many successes.
King's Indian Warfare
In this DVD series, we will review seven carefully chosen games in which white mounted a successful attack against the Sicilian Defense. The critical theme that ties all the games together is that white is best advised to develop his pieces to active squares and create a sound, harmonious position that limits counterplay before launching the trademark pawn storm to break down the defenses to the black king. While opening theory is not the main subject of the series, the seven games come from many different Sicilians, most prominently the Dragon, Taimanov, Sveshnikov, and Najdorf variations. All of the chosen games are discussed in their entirety, and all of them were played by world class players. It is my hope that this series will give the aspiring 1. e4 player knowledge, experience, and inspiration in tackling the most complex of all opening systems.
Stomping the Sicilian Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
A Complete, Sound and User-Friendly Chess Opening Repertoire
The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White contains many improvements on existing opening theory and offers a good balance between narrative and variations.
The Kaufman Repertoire for Black & White
Strategic Leads & Powerful Weapons
The widely-played Dutch Defence is a sharp choice. Black does not try to preserve a positional balance, but chooses to fight it out. No author is more qualified to explore new ideas in the Dutch than Viktor Moskalenko, a renowned champion of dynamic play. The Diamond Dutch is not a repertoire book. Moskalenko himself plays this chess opening with both colours and covers the entire spectrum for White as well as Black:
In this two-volume work, the world's strongest Dragon specialist guides you through the Black repertoire he has played successfully against world-class opposition. This volume deals with the 9.0-0-0 variation of the Yugoslav Attack, along with the Classical and White's various other tries.
The Dragon 2
with Grandmaster Victor Mikhalevski
In the Empire Chess DVD ¨How Grandmasters Refute Gambits¨ Grandmaster Victor Mikhalevski explains how viewers can dominate with the black pieces against the Scotch Gambit, Goring Gambit, and Danish Gambit.
How Grandmasters Refute Gambits - EMPIRE CHESS
Sharp, Surprising and Forcing Lines for Black and White
In blitz, even more than in ‘classical chess’, it is important to make the right decisions quickly and almost instinctively. That is why world-famous opening expert Grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov and his son, International Master Vladimir Sveshnikov, have created a chess opening repertoire for club players that is forcing, both narrow and deep, and aggressive.
A Chess Opening Repertoire for Blitz and Rapid
This chess DVD covers one of the most dynamic openings ever played – the King’s Indian Defense! The King’s Indian Defense is the perfect opening weapon against 1. d4 for players who naturally display a tactical and dynamic style. This system is immensely popular at all levels because it gives black excellent winning chances against 1. d4.
Conquer the King's Indian Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
Anyone that is primed to face the Ruy Lopez must also be prepared to face a number of White alternatives. This collection of variations make up the Open Games and include not only popular choices such as the Italian Game, Scotch Game, Bishop's Opening, King's Gambit, Vienna Game and Four Knights, but also many tricky sidelines and some wild and wacky gambits. Many of these might not be theoretically strong but can be both daunting and dangerous for the uninformed player. In this book, FIDE Master Martin Lokander tackles all these lines head on and presents a practical repertoire for Black in the Open Games.
Opening Repertoire - The Open Games with Black
This chess DVD is an in-depth analysis of the Berlin Wall opening. It starts with some side variations and moves chapter by chapter towards the main position of the opening – the Berlin Endgame. While working on this DVD, my intention was not only to provide the listeners with detailed variations, but also to help them achieve deeper positional comprehension about how to play this unique type of opening struggle.
Battle with the Berlin Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
1... c5 Wiped Off the Map! - Sicilian Refuted!
Esserman is the world's leading expert on the Morra Gambit and he shares all his secrets and many novelties in a lively witty style. The Morra leads to exciting gambit play, so some players decline the offer with 3...Nf6 - Esserman also shows how White can attack this cautious defence.
Mayhem in the Morra
The Sveshnikov is a very important variation of the Sicilian Defence. One of the Sveshnikov's main attractions is that it provides a battleground for one of the key conflicts in chess: structure versus activity. Black sacrifices structure in return for active piece play – a dynamic that regularly leads to sharp and complex positions, rich in strategic and tactical possibilities. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala invites the reader to join him in studying the Sveshnikov Sicilian.
The Sicilian Sveshnikov - Move by Move
In this book, Old Indian expert Junior Tay invites you to join him in studying the opening and its many variations. Using illustrative games, Tay highlights the tactical and positional ideas for both sides, provides repertoire options for Black and offers answers all the key questions. This book will tell you everything you need to know about playing the Old Indian Defense.
The Old Indian
The all-time greats Petrosian and Gligoric lend their names to systems examined after the further 5.Nf30 O-O 6.Be2 e5, with 7.d5 and 7.Be3 respectively, while the dreaded Exchange Variation 7.dxe5 is also discussed and dismantled. Dynamic coverage of Makogonov's 5.Nf3/6.h3, Karpov's 5.h3/6.Be3, Larsen's 5.Nf3/6.Be3 and Averbakh's 5.Be2 completes this extensive work.
Kotronias on the King's Indian - Volume 4
An Uncompromising Repertoire for Black
The Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defence continues to be extremely popular, both with top grandmasters and club players. And for very good reasons: it is a flexible, ambitious, wonderfully rich and diverse system, offering one of the best ways for Black to play for a win. Both Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov achieved great successes with their beloved Najdorf.
Winning with the Najdorf Sicilian
Chess players are offered an ambitious repertoire for White with 1.d4 in two volumes, with this book covering all lines except 1...d5. The repertoire is based on classical lines and inspired by Botvinnik’s approach.
The Nimzo-Indian - Move by Move
This chess DVD introduces the viewer to a very solid chess opening – the Slav Defense with 4….a6, also called the Chebanenko Variation or Chameleon Variation. The chess DVD is structured with the first four clips devoted to sideline variations which are not especially dangerous but are played frequently, and as a Slav Defense player you should be familiar with the most effective ideas on how to play against these sidelines.
Dominate with the Slav Defense - EMPIRE CHESS
A Complete Repertoire For White
In this book top Grandmaster Victor Bologan presents a complete repertoire for White. He covers all of Black’s options as well as possible transpositions to other openings.
The Powerful Catalan
In this Empire Chess DVD, Grandmaster Victor Mikhalevski will review all of the main lines and sidelines in the King’s Gambit, and instruct viewers on how to defend and refute this dangerous chess gambit with the black pieces
How Grandmasters Beat the King's Gambit - EMPIRE CHESS
Themes, Structures and Plans in an Increasingly Popular Chess Opening
The Modern Scandinavian is an updated and expanded translation of ''Modernes Skandinavisch 2'', which appeared in 2006 and also became a bestseller. This second book focuses not on theoretical lines but on the structural ideas after the moves 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5.
The Modern Scandinavian
Key Concepts of Gambit Play is an inspirational guide for those seeking to sharpen their game and fight for the win. By covering 14 gambits from a wide range of openings, this book offers ideas and insights into the nature of modern gambit play. The book is comprehensively updated by Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard, without ruining any of the charm of the original.
Key Concepts of Gambit Play
This is THE book that first introduced a concept that has revolutionized tournament chess for most players. The concept is simply to create a database of chess games, sorted by openings, and then see which opening moves produce the best results. This book concludes that the overall winning percentage for White is 59%.
The Blue Book of Charts to Winning Chess
A Dynamic Repertoire
he Ragozin is an ideal system against 1.d4: Black establishes a foothold in the centre and quickly develops his pieces on active squares, with good chances for dynamic counterplay or a kingside attack. In this book, IM Richard Pert shares his own complete repertoire for Black after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6.
Play the Ragozin
The Petroff Defense is a solid and reliable way to meet 1 e4. It has a strong reputation and has been employed regularly by many grandmasters, most notably former world champions Anatoly Karpov and Vladimir Kramnik. By choosing counterattack instead of defense as early as the second move, Black immediately avoids many favorite weapons for White, including the Ruy Lopez, Italian Game, Scotch Game and a number of daunting gambits.
The Petroff - Move by Move
Tired of Bad Positions? Try the Main lines!
The third volume of the Grandmaster Repertoire – 1.e4 series tackles many challenging Sicilian lines – the Dragons, Rauzer, Sveshnikov and Kalashnikov. Building on a foundation of critical main lines, Negi reveals an arsenal of new ideas, making this an essential addition to the library of every ambitious player.
Grandmaster Repertoire - 1. e4 vs. the Sicilian II