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Chess Openings - DVDs for Computer

Fritz Media System

Sit back and watch an expert talk you through his thought processes as the pieces move on the board. The Fritz Media System is softare for a PC and does not require any other sofware though can be used in conjuntion with ChessBase9, Fritz9 or later versions.

Latest PC DVD
from the London Chess Center
1. e4 for the Creative Attacker (PC-DVD) - Nigel Davies

Playing 1.e4 with White is often associated with having to know reams of opening theory but this does not have to be the case. There are many unusual but playable lines which give White attacking chances whilst avoiding the well trodden paths. Besides the practical advantage of putting Black on his own resources this gives White the opportunity to play creative chess from early on in the game. On this DVD Davies presents a complete repertoire for White comprising unusual but aggressive lines. His suggested repertoire includes 2.Na3 against the Sicilian, 2.f4 against both the French and Pirc and the Fantasy Variation of the Caro-Kann. Video running time: 4 hours

Price: £19.95 - Buy from: http://www.chess.co.uk/


How to Play the Queens Gambit (DVD) - Kasparov

Wherever he appears, chess fans gather in crowds. Garry Kasparov is the strongest chess player of our time – and a great personality who can represent the sport like no other chess professional. Now Kasparov comes into your home and shares with you his knowledge of one of the great openings in chess. Garry Kasparov took to the Queen’s Gambit at a relatively late stage of his chess career, but then had the best training anyone could imagine: in his first match for the world championship against Anatoly Karpov, this opening appeared on the board no less than 19 times. Now he shares his knowledge with you. With great eloquence Kasparov speaks about variations and ideas of the Classical Queen’s Gambit, the basics of which were laid by the champions of their times – Steinitz, Lasker, Rubinstein, Capablanca and Alekhine. Buy from: http://www.chess.co.uk/


...d6 Universal - Nigel Davies (CD-ROM)

1...d6 can be used as a universal defence against every White opening, offering Black the kind of dynamic play that is absent from more traditional defences. If White eschews the chance to occupy the center with e2-e4 and d2-d4 it is often Black who gains space early on, and this can be used as the basis for a powerful attack on the kingside. On this DVD Davies presents everything you need to know to convert the Pirc Defence into a universal system of counterattack, offering winning chances against every White opening under the sun. Video running time: 5 hours. Buy from: http://www.chess.co.uk/


ABC of the Caro Kann (DVD) - Andrew Martin

Mentioned by Polerio as early as 1590, it was Horatious Caro of Berlin and Markus Kann of Vienna who introduced 1...c6 into competitive play all the way back in the second half of the nineteenth century. At that time, swashbuckling attacking play usually connected with gambits was very popular and so it was hardly surprising that this defence was regarded as dry and boring. After Steinitz, when defensive principles began to be more fully appreciated, we saw an upsurge of interest in defences such as the Caro-Kann and it was no less a fi gure than Jose-Raul Capablanca who would use our defence as one of the main weapons in his armoury. It suited his outstanding positional style very well. Later adherants included, Flohr, Nimzowitsch, Tartakower, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Petrosian, Karpov, Leko and Kramnik. Here we see a definite trend among fierce competitors of a similar inclination. Solidity above all, but solidity with promise!

The ABC of the Caro Kann uses the Fritz Media System to allow the author to teach you (using video footage) while animating explanatory variations on a 2D chess board. This DVD describes a repertoire for Black which will stand the test of time and the main ideas and themes of the opening are explained in Andrew Martin‘s usual friendly, accessable style. The Caro-Kann is a permanent defence to 1 e4! Video running time: 4 h 13 min.

System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive Buy from: http://www.chess.co.uk/


ABC of the Ruy Lopez (DVD) - Martin

The venerable Ruy Lopez is one of the most interesting of chess openings. 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! The most important ideas are highlighted and there are some repertoire suggestions too, all presented in the light, easy, relaxed style for which this author is noted. Running time: 3 hours 33 mins.System requirements: Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98, Windows Media Player 9. Attention: this course is a supplementary program for Fritz 8 Championship Edition or newer/Chessbase9/Shredder 8 or newer/Junior 8 or newer/Hiarcs 9 or Tiger 15 and can only be run if one of these chess programs is installed on your PC. No playing program is supplied with this training course. Buy from: http://www.chess.co.uk/

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