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The French Defence - $54.95
The French defence is a very powerful opening against 1.e4-players who plays aggressively. Against the French you have to understand the underlying positional themes, if not you will quickly get a difficult position. As all major openings the French defence is full of concepts and variations. Many books leave the students with lines and ideas that are easy to mix up. In this DVD you will be presented a coherent strategic opening repertoire against 1.e4. The main theme is to always attack Whites centre with the f- and c-pawns, and then with the pieces until nothing is left of it. The recommended repertoire is based on understanding rather than memorization. The pedagogic idea is to give you an integrated understanding which will help you to solve all kind of problems over the board. You will learn which pawn formations in centre to strive for, to be able to implement powerful manoeuvres and to recognise small strong moves. You will also learn when it is time to switch to an attack against the opponents king. The recommended lines are solid and it will be able to play the lines many years without having to bother too much about recent developments.
 

This CD covers: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 1.e4 e6 2.exd5 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 1.e4 e6 2.d3 (Kings Indian Attack) 1.e4 e6 2.Qe2 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.b4 (Wing Gambit). Video running time: 6h 48min

The International Master Ari Ziegler is a renowned theoretician in Sweden. He has a long career as a chess teacher which begun already 1981. Here he happily shares his own repertoire and some unplayed Novelties with the viewer.

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



Deep Junior 10 Multiprocessor Version - $189
Junior 10 is the new 2006 Computer Chess World Champion. The program, written by the Israeli programmers Amir Ban and Shy Bushinsky, narrowly defeated its main rival, the many times world champion program Shredder, at the Computer Chess World Championship which was held during the Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy. Junior impressed experts with its extraordinary dynamic play, and remained undefeated in this event. Junior 10 has its own special search techniques and evaluation functions, which makes it different to any other chess program. In the latest version we see the rigorous continuation of a development that started with Junior 7 and has led to a unique and creative playing style. It started with the famous bishop sacrifice on h2 in a match against Garry Kasparov and now has been honed to perfection in Version 10. In spite of their success in computer chess tournaments the programmers of Junior are not primarily concerned with beating other chess programs. Instead they have developed Junior into an instrument that enables human beings to gain new insights and understanding in the game of chess. A good example is the very pronounced understanding of compensation, which allows its users to explore new possibilities of sacrifice attacks and sharp dynamic play.
 

Junior 10 offers you 12 months of free access to the Playchess.com server. You also get the latest openings book which is continually enhanced and improved by GM Boris Alterman, a member of the Junior team.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Pentium III, 128 MB RAM, Win98 SE, Win2000, WinXP, DVD-drive, Soundcard.


 


Junior 10 - $99
Junior 10 is the new 2006 Computer Chess World Champion. The program, written by the Israeli programmers Amir Ban and Shy Bushinsky, narrowly defeated its main rival, the many times world champion program Shredder, at the Computer Chess World Championship which was held during the Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy. Junior impressed experts with its extraordinary dynamic play, and remained undefeated in this event. Junior 10 has its own special search techniques and evaluation functions, which makes it different to any other chess program. In the latest version we see the rigorous continuation of a development that started with Junior 7 and has led to a unique and creative playing style. It started with the famous bishop sacrifice on h2 in a match against Garry Kasparov and now has been honed to perfection in Version 10. In spite of their success in computer chess tournaments the programmers of Junior are not primarily concerned with beating other chess programs. Instead they have developed Junior into an instrument that enables human beings to gain new insights and understanding in the game of chess. A good example is the very pronounced understanding of compensation, which allows its users to explore new possibilities of sacrifice attacks and sharp dynamic play.
 

Junior 10 offers you 12 months of free access to the Playchess.com server. You also get the latest openings book which is continually enhanced and improved by GM Boris Alterman, a member of the Junior team.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Pentium III, 128 MB RAM, Win98 SE, Win2000, WinXP, DVD-drive, Soundcard.


The ABC of the Caro Kann - $54.95
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!
 

Andrew Martin is 49 years old and lives in Sandhurst, England. He is an International Master who has authored several best-selling DVDs for Chessbase. He is the current World Simultanoeus Display record holder as catalogued in the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of Records. The ABC of the Caro Kann 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 Martins 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

Queenss Indian Defence - The easy way - $54.95
After 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 White players often play 3.Nc3 allowing the Nimzo-shop Indian Defence. But what happens if White plays the just as natural 3.Nf3? On this DVD IM Jacob Aagaard follows up on his DVD on the Nimzo to by giving a recommendation based on his own repertoire with the Queens Indian Defence: 3b6. This system is a favourite of Adams, Anand, Leko, Polgar and many others of todays chess stars. It is well known for mixing active and natural play with positional soundness. Running time: 3 h 49 min.
 

Jacob Aagaard is born in Denmark but lives in Scotland. He has written a numbers of critically acclaimed books, where Excelling at Chess won the ChessCafe.com book of the year award 2002, and recorded a few DVDs for ChessBase, including Attacking Play 1 & 2, and Basic Positional Ideas.
His work is well know for a mixture of lame humour and easy to follow explanations. Jacobs best result as a chess player is scoring three grandmaster norms in five tournaments in 2005.

System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM,shop Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive