Duels of the Mind - GM R.Keene - $69.95

Originally broadcast on Thames television in 1989 this 4 DVD set features all 12 programs making up Keene’s selection of the twelve best games of chess. Running time: 6 hours.

To introduce the games, Keene describes the players and the times they lived in, giving many amusing and startling facts, and illustrating the whole with photographs and snatches of film.

DVD 1: Anderssen - Kieseritsky (1851), Paulsen - Morphy (1857) & Zukertort - Blackburne (1883)

DVD 2: Steinitz - Chigorin (1892), Pillsbury - Lasker (1896) & Bernstein - Capablanca (1914)

DVD 3: Bogolyubov - Alekhine (1922), Samisch - Nimzovitcb (1923) & Botvinnik - Capablanca (1938)

DVD 4: Larsen - Spassky (1970), Fischer - Spassky (1972) & Karpov - Kasparov (1985)


Prelude to Armageddon - GM R.Keene - $69.95

Review the run up to the titanic struggle between Kasparov and Karpov, with commentary by GM Raymond Keene.

Before their titanic struggle began in late 1984 which resulted in no fewer than five world championship duels over almost seven years, Gary Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov both participated in key events in London. Kasparov had to overcome Viktor Korchnoi in order to challenge Karpov for the supreme title, while Karpov had to prove himself in a tournament of elite Grandmasters as the prelude to his title defence against the young genius from Baku.

This DVD set includes coverage of the critical games as well as sensational archival footage of leading Grandmasters and champions, many of whom are no longer with us.

There is fabulous archival footage of the greats such as Kasparov, Karpov, Smyslov, Ribli, Najdorf, Gligoric, Robert Byrne, Miles, Mestel, Speelman, Timman as well as additional commentary by Bob Wade.

DVD One: World chess championship candidates semi-finals 1983

DVD Two: Kings chess tournament 1984


Great British Chess Triumphs - GM R.Keene - $69.95

Once again Impala brings chess fans incredible archive footage – for decades feared lost – of British wins by Nigel Short, Tony Miles and Jon Speelman against two of the greatest world champions.

The DVDs feature the players own remarks and has an overall commentary by GM Ray Keene.

DVD One:

Miles beats Karpov (1983)

Miles beats Karpov in a brilliant cliff hanger but was then deprived of his moment of glory when BBC technicians went on strike and refused to screen the game. Impala has no located long lost footage of this incredible win in archives in Berlin and for the first time this historic Black win by Miles is presented to the chess playing public.

Speelman beats Kasparov (1989)

DVD Two:

Short beats Kasparov I (1987)

Short beats Kasparov II (1987)

Running time: 2 hours +