AGB & Info
The Gruenfeld Indian is an active and dynamic reply to 1.d4 which can lead to complex and extremely sharp positions. So it’s no wonder that also Alexei Shirov included this opening - which at its début in tournament practice was called "hypermodern" into his repertoire. At the candidates’ final against Vladimir Kramnik in Cazorla in 1998, he exclusively - and successfully - trusted the Gruenfeld Indian with Black; the victory over Kramnik gave him the right to play a WCh match versus Kasparov. In the first part of the DVD Shirov extensively comments his five Black games from the Kramnik match, giving deep insights into opening preparation and match strategy on highest level. In the second part Shirov reveals, among other things, how in his opposite-coloured bishop endgame against Topalov in Linares in
Shirov’s first Ruy Lopez DVD found an enthusiastic reception by the audience. In this second and current volume, Alexei Shirov continues his presentation – with topical games of his own, starting in October 2006. At the high-class tournaments of last year and also during the candidate matches in Elista (versus Adams and Aronian), Shirov was trusting the Spanish Opening both with the white and the black pieces. As Black, he most successfully returned to the system 5. ... b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 (5 games). As White, he had to face the diffcult question how to deal best with the popular Marshall Attack (8. ... d5) (3 games).
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.
The Slav is typified by the move c6, and in the Semi-Slav e6 is also played; the relationship between the two is obvious. At some points, Shirov’s lecture is closely related to the history of the opening, because the Latvian has contributed to and advanced the development of many lines. In the Meran Variation, Shirov’s name is linked to a line which is now known as Shabalov Attack. After 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 it was Shirov and Shabalov, who introduced the move 7.g4 into chess praxis in 1992. Today there are over 1000 games in the Mega Database with that variation. Shirov recounts the way this extravagant line arose and explains some of its most important ideas. Video running time: 5 hrs 20 min.
The Pirc Defence is a highly flexible and double-edged opening with which Black can avoid premature simplification and go for the full point. By first developing his kingside he waits to see how White will deploy his own forces before striking back in the most effective way. The top exponents of the Pirc include Mikhail Gurevich, Alexander Chernin, Jan Timman, Yasser Seirawan, Jonathan Speelman, Zurab Azmaiparashvili and Alexander Beliavsky; in the past it was a great favourite of Mikhail Botvinnik and Tony Miles. Here Nigel Davies explains the ideas and backs this up by showing exactly how Black should react to White‘s different formations. Video running time: 7 hours.
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Sc3 Sf6 4.Sf3.
The Slav defense to the Queen‘s Gambit has always had a solid reputation, dating right back to the days of Lasker, Alekhine and Capablanca, but it‘s only in the last 15 years that the popularity of the opening has really taken off and taken off at all levels. Naturally, Slav set-ups and ideas can also be used against the other Flank openings (1.Nf3, 1.c4, 1.b3 etc.) and so by learning the Slav, in a way you are learning a universal approach. Coming to this DVD, we will find ideas for Black which can be used by amateur and professional alike, predominantly featuring the trendy new approach to Black‘s armoury involving a very early ...a7-a6. The ...a6 Slav offers Black solidity, dynamism and variety couched in an easy-to-understand setting. Perhaps this is why Grandmasters of the calibre of Kasparov, Shirov, Morozevich, Bologan and Dreev, among many, have all used the opening with success and continue to do so! Video playing time: 3 h 30.
The Najdorf system in the Sicilian Defence has a legendary reputation as a defensive weapon for Black. It is an opening where people often strive for a full point, instead of simply defending the position with the black pieces. Many great players have contributed to the development of this complex opening. Two world champions formed much of their careers using the Najdorf system as their weapon of choice against 1.e4: Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. Both players celebrated spectacular successes with it, both used the Najdorf during their child prodigy years and retained it as an important part of their repertoire during their entire careers. For Garry Kasparov this added up to experience with the Najdorf at the very highest levels of chess.
"How to play the Queen's Gambit" - In Englisch!
"How to play the Najdorf Vol.1"- In Englisch!
"How to play the Najdorf Vol.2"- In Englisch!
Die Sizilianische Najdorfvariante ist seit vielen Jahren die beliebteste Verteidigung gegen 1.e4. Außer Fischer hat vor allem Garry Kasparov mit seinen Partien und unzähligen spektakulären Erfolgen für die Popularität dieser Eröffnung gesorgt. Mit seiner neuen DVD How to play the Najdorf Vol.2 schließt Kasparov nun den Bereich der Varianten mit 6.Lg5 ab.
In Englisch !