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This is an enjoyable tour of positional play from which everyone can learn.
First Steps in Positional Play - Andrew Martin
Almost all the chess pieces (except for the tricky knights) have the ability to move along straight lines, whether vertically (files), horizontally (ranks) or on the diagonals. These straight lines, which connect different areas of the board and give the pieces the chance to decide the outcome of the battle, are most important in chess, and thus the title - highways. Understanding the abilities of the pieces is absolutely crucial for every player, from beginner to master. In a game of chess you are the general, and the pieces are your soldiers - the better your relationship with your soldiers - the better your results. In his third DVD for ChessBase, GM Dejan Bojkov from Bulgaria gives you an insight into the properties of those pieces which move in straight lines, and tips of how to best exploit the open diagonals, ranks and files to get the maximum out of each piece. In 30 clips you will find out how to better understand your major pieces and exploit the open and half open files; you will learn what their fears are, and how you can help them. The DVD contains at the end a training session to better promote the understanding of the material. It is an invaluable handbook for both chess players and trainers. Video running time: 5 hours 38 min.
Chess Highways - Dejan Bojkov
Every chess coach preaches that attacking a stranded king in the center is the easiest thing to do, but how about attacking a king which has already castled? More often than not kings hide on the kingside, right? So, that’s a good reason for you to know how to attack a king which has castled short. FM Valeri Lilov is glad to help you in this tricky business! His DVD focuses on a number fool-proof plans and techniques for successfully destroying the enemy’s fortress to bring the opponent’s king to justice! In a number of very instructive lectures, FM Lilov discusses g7 and h7 sacrifices, as well as various plans and ideas typical for certain positional setups, including opening the f-file and destroying the pawn bastions in front of the king. In addition, Valeri skillfully presents some of the most effective techniques for creating checkmating threats for the opponent. His presentation will often leave you with a lasting impression from the splendid examples Valeri has carefully selected to illustrate his points. Now it’s time to enjoy the art of chess with FM Valeri Lilov! Video running time: 3 h 59 min Video sample System requirements Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard
Attacking a King which has Castled Short - Valeri Lilov
Gambit play and the joy of sacrificing is an important part of the improving process. In order to become a strong player you must learn to attack and make combinations.
First Steps in Gambits and Sacrifices - Andrew Martin
This DVD goes far beyond pure tactics and is perfectly suited to advanced players who wish to develop their understanding of the game.
And Action! - How to Crown Positional Play by Tactics - Alexei Shirov
Open games are well known to lead to sharp positions. Whenever there is a sharp position, we have many tactical opportunities as well! In this 4th Volume of his Tactics series, FM Valeri Lilov focuses on tactics found in the open games.
TACTICS - From Basics to Brilliance - Valeri Lilov - VOLUME 4
Every chessplayer should have the ability to play a direct attack against the enemy king. Positional chess is important but one has to be able to recognise when to launch an attack. Checkmate ends the game. This DVD has two aims: • To test your attacking ability • To provide you with an arsenal of potent attacking ideas
POWER PLAY - Test Your Attacking Chess - Daniel King - VOLUME 20
Attacking Techniques and Transformations
Similar to the first MOCT-DVD it’ s all about tactical explosive stuff. In lively opening-, middlegame- and endgame discussions Bremen chess trainer and analyst FM Claus Dieter Meyer again has put under the microscope a comprehensive fund of topical and timeless games/fragments, a great deal taken from German Bundesliga praxis, and in doing so has filtered out many motifs/themes and brought attacking techniques and transformations in focus.
The Magics of Chess Tactics - Meyer & Muller - VOL. 2
Mating patterns are the essence of attacking chess. By mastering the typical set-ups, a player can begin to sense when a mating idea is present and to finish off games beautifully and effectively. On this DVD, Grandmaster and world renowned commentator Maurice Ashley reviews some of the more interesting patterns with examples meant to educate and entertain.
Mating Patterns - Maurice Ashley
My first chess DVD focused on various strategic middlegame themes and concepts, but in this second installment, the focus is on tactics – for after all, strategy and tactics go hand in hand, and playing strategically often leads to a resounding combinative finish. But for that to happen, you have to be able to build up positions through which tactics can flow – and this is exactly what I have illustrated on the DVD with a number of examples. The aim of this course is to help you understand how you to make tactical opportunities arise as w ell as to sharpen your tactical vision - these selected lectures will help to foster your overall tactical understanding. You can never spend too little time solving combinations and studies to improve your calculating abilities!“
Improve Your Chess Tactics with Tania Sachdev
On this DVD, Mihail Marin presents the major tactical themes and options available for both sides in the Benoni. Based on an interactive format, which prompts users to solve a range of training questions by inputting moves, the well-known theoretician and Grandmaster invites you to take part and challenge yourself with a training course aimed at delivering a structured, intensive and systematic approach to learning the key positions in the Benoni as well as knowledge of a number of the defence’s tactical finesses.
Tactic Toolbox Benoni - Mihail Marin
“Players die, tournaments are forgotten, but the works of great artists are left behind them to live on forever.“ - Mikhail Tal's amazing moves have the power to enlighten both the heart and soul of any chess player. Like the paintings of a master or the timbre of a symphony, amazing chess moves can appeal to players in a wholly aesthetic way. This interactive DVD guides the viewer through some of the most beautiful and amazing chess moves in early to modern chess. The interactive format encourages the viewer to study and find the brilliancy, following the footsteps of some of the greatest players of the game. Moves taken from openings, middlegames and endgames are looked at. They contain tactical brilliancies alongside heuristic violations, material sacrifice and positional shockers. Can you think like one of the old legends of chess or indeed like one of the new geniuses?
Most Amazing Moves - Simon Williams
As the National Head Coach for the English Chess Federation I train many improving players, and see some typical mistakes that repeat themselves. In this DVD I have taken a large collection of games played by players, predominantly in the rating range 1600-1900, and I have looked for typical mistakes. Each theme has several examples to demonstrate typical mistakes, and there are various test throughout the DVD so that the viewer can try and find the best move in certain positions. This should be a great tool for players to use in order to improve their middlegame and endgame play. It will hopefully also highlight any areas that you need to work on in order to improve quickly. Enjoy the DVD!
Typical Mistakes by 1600-1900 Players - Nicholas Pert
GM Nicholas Pert about his DVD: “After the success of my previous DVD Typical mistakes by 1600-1900 players I decided to produce a follow up DVD aimed at players of a slightly higher level. The examples all come from games played by players with a rating between 1800 and 2100. This DVD offers slightly more complex material than the previous DVD, and will hopefully provide an insight into what I believe are the main errors which stop players of this level to be more successful."
Typical Mistakes by 1800-2000 Players - Nicholas Pert
Despite the fact that many books have been written on tactics in chess, many players still find it extremely difficult to recognize tactical patterns and calculate ensuing lines. With this disk the author not only gives a large number of examples of the most different kind, trying to cover as many ideas as possible, but also suggests a method which will greatly help you to see various tactical motives and systemize your calculation.
Path to Tactical Strength - Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Rustam Kasimdzhanov explains tactics in the most amazingly simple way. In his opinion there are only three elements which are really important and which therefore decide most games: “pins”, “double attacks” and “back rank weaknesses”.
Power of Tactics - Rustam Kasimdzhanov
The Magic of Chess Tactics DVD helps to develop these qualities and hereto offers a multitude of highly interesting, thoroughly analyzed examples as well as detailed explanations and exercises.
Magic of Tactics - Meyer & Muller
On this DVD, Grandmaster Daniel King demonstrates typical tactical patterns, shows how strong players use their tactical awareness and puts your tactical abilities to the test.
POWER PLAY - Test Your Tactics - Daniel King - VOLUME 14
Tactical motifs, themes, and techniques are among the core concepts explained in the present DVD
TACTICS - From Basics to Brilliance - Valeri Lilov - VOLUME 1
This DVD covers important sections of this field and helps to understand in depth the proper handling of (unexpected) tactics in certain cases.
CHESS EXPERTISE STEP BY STEP - Unexpected Tactics - Efstratios Grivas - VOLUME 1
In this volume, you will find lectures on combinations with bishops and knights, rooks and the queen, as well as typical combinations based on the interaction of pieces.
TACTICS - From Basics to Brilliance - Valeri Lilov - VOLUME 2
Here we go again: do you want to improve your chess fast right now? In this more advanced DVD on tactics, FM Valeri Lilov relies on his innovative approach to teaching tactics and ventures into the more complex tactical themes that arise on the board when a fleeting combination of certain motifs and patterns happens to be lurking in the position. Obviously, it’s not easy to spot these evanescent moments in a hurried and tense tournament game, but Valeri is here to open your eyes and help you spot these gems in your position right away! Prepare for an amazing outpouring of astonishing ideas and beautiful combinations because the Bulgarian author has prepared the ultimate selection of the most intricate tactical problems along with their witty solutions. Topics start from “the hole in the fianchetto” and go as far as “the seventh rank.” But that’s not all we get! How about a combination juggling from a “decoy into a pin?” You will find everything you didn’t find in other tactics books, all in one place, because it is now put together just for you! Enjoy FM Valeri Lilov’s training once again and get your tactics to the next level now! Video running time: 4 hours Video sample System requirements Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard
TACTICS - From Basics to Brilliance - Valeri Lilov - VOLUME 3
Ten lessons on attacking the enemy king, each with a text introduction, then a game in which you have to find the right moves, with points for doing so in a set amount of time. Excellent training for beginners up to club level.
Check and Mate
On this DVD Garry Kasparov deals with the first phase. He recounts how he made it to the top in the years 1973 to 1985 and shows the key games which helped him become the world’s best player.
Mr. Kasparov - How I Became World Champion - Volume 1
Viktor Kortchnoi is doubtlessly one of the most electrifying personalities of the chess world. Still playing successful and attractive chess, the 73-year-old former double world championship finalist is also famous for his candid language.
My Life for Chess - Viktor Kortchnoi - VOLUME 1
Viktor Kortchnoi Volume 2 features about four hours of Kortchnoi live. The great chess legend portraits the second part of his eventful career, presenting among other things his games against Kasparov (1986), Spassky (1989) and Short (1990) in his typical gripping style.
My Life for Chess - Viktor Kortchnoi - VOLUME 2
World Champion Alexander Alekhine dominated the chess scene from 1927 until his death in the year of 1946. Historical picture documents and more than 2000 Alekhine games make the great master come back to life.
During his career, Vlastimil Hort, who himself belongs to the same generation as Bobby Fischer, met no less than eight world champions over the board.
Facing the World Champions - Vlastimil Hort
Sergey Karjakin hit the headlines in 2002 when he became the world’s youngest ever grandmaster aged just 12 years 7 months, a record which shocked the chess world and still stands today. In the first of this new series with ChessBase, IM Lorin D’Costa investigates one of the most famous prodigies of modern times – Sergey Karjakin.
Chess Prodigies Uncovered - Sergey Karjakin - Lorin D'Costa
Wise and successful players of the game have always told us to study the classics – games by the great masters of the past. But in this age of cutting-edge opening theory, preparation and engines, is studying the classics really that helpful? Absolutely! On this DVD, IM Shah shows you classical games of great legends such as Petrosian, Botvinnik, Fischer, Korchnoi and Kasparov, looking at typical patterns and ideas from the middlegame. The author then goes on to explain how you can use these ideas in your own battles – by showing you examples of applied classical knowledge from his own games!
Learn from the Classics - Sagar Shah
In this, his first DVD, Yasser takes an engaging in-depth look at 22 games he played from the period 1975-1982, explaining his style, strategy and tactics against Larsen, Gligoric, Kortchnoi, Tal, Timman, Karpov and others.
My Best Games - Yasser Seirawan
In this DVD Short takes us on an electrifying journey through a very rich chess career, which saw him beat no less than twelve world champions.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - Nigel Short's Greatest Hits - Nigel Short - VOLUME 1
In his DVDs ''Greatest Hits'' Nigel takes us on an electrifying journey through his rich chess career, beating no less than twelve world champions.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - Nigel Short's Greatest Hits - Nigel Short - VOLUME 2
Since the year 1886, there have been world championships in chess. The world champion was nearly always determined in a duel. Whoever wanted to climb the throne, he had to defeat the reigning king.
All World Championships
The more reduced the material, the more important it is to correctly assess the potential of your own and the enemy pieces. This is particularly true in endgames with unbalanced material.
CHESS ENDGAMES - Rook Against Bishop - Karsten Muller - VOLUME 11