Fritz Trainer
My best games in the Petroff Defence - $59.95
With this DVD on the Russian Defence (Petroff Defence) Alexei Shirov continues the successful and highly praised series of his best games. Since many players look on the Russian Defence with the suspicion that it is a drawish opening, and one which at the same time is both dry and boring, Shirov has in this DVD set himself the specifi c task of countering this view of matters. Thus he begins the DVD with a game featuring the Cochrane Gambit. Then of course Shirov concentrates on the solid and recognised lines, and in doing so continually manages to explain their deeper content. But the spectator will draw benefi t not only from his remarks on the opening, because Shirov understands so brilliantly how to explain instructively and profi tably for the student every phase of the game, with the result that at the end of the DVD on the Russian Defence, you will even have learned a lot about endgames. Video running time: over 5 hours.
 

The Botvinnik and Moscow variation - $59.95
In this DVD, Dutch top grandmaster Loek Van Wely presents both the Botvinnik Variation and the Moscow Variation of the Slav Defence, two extraordinary opening systems excelling by extreme sharpness and complexity. The Botvinnik Variation - 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.exf6 Bb7 12.g3 c5 13.d5 (D44) which leads to tactically explosive positions beyond any routine, has been played on highest level with the black pieces by Kasparov, Shirov and Kramnik. Van Wely explains the ideas of this system mainly by means of his own white games, supplemented by games of Ivanchuk, Piket and Bacrot. Also in the Moscow Variation, tactical complications are always on the agenda. The introductory moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 (D43) result in a dynamic position which the six-times Dutch champion employs in practice both with Black and White. All in all, the DVD is a fascinating reflection of modern, tactical, dynamic chess. Even players who dont intend to adopt the mentioned systems in their own practice (but who knows?) will doubtlessly extend their chess understanding by Van Welys presentation. Video playing time: 5 h 30 min
 

Born in 1972, Loek van Wely learned chess at the age of 4 and was soon recognized as one of the greatest talents in the Netherlands ever. After becoming Grandmaster in 1993, he steadily climbed up the Elo ladder to reach a peak of 2714 and a place among the top ten in the world in 2001. From the years 2000 to 2005, King Loek won the Dutch national championship six time in a row. His reputation as an uncompromising fi gher with a merciless will to win make him a most welcome guest in tournaments all over the world.. Among van Welys greatest successes are his triumphs at the Berlin Open in 1991, the World Open in Philadelphia in 1992 and the New York Open in 1995. In 2005, he was the top board of the victorious Dutch team at the European team championship in Gothenburg.

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


 

 
Database
Fritz Powerbook 2007 - $99
The current openings theory with 1 million games The Fritz Powerbook 2007 contains 18 millions opening positions, derived from 1 million highclass tournament games. Together with each position all relevant information is stored: all moves that were played in the position, by players of what average rating, with what success and performance results. The games from which the Fritz Powerbook 2007 were derived are also included on the DVD. This means that in any position of the openings tree you can load and replay the games in which the position occurred. The Fritz Powerbook 2007 represents the state of the art of current openings theory. Discover exciting and tricky new lines and practice them against Fritz. In addition the DVD has a small but very exclusive book with the strongest GM games from the past 100 years (900,000 positions).
 
System requirements: Pentium PC, 32 MB RAM, Windows2000, WindowsXP, DVD drive and Fritz9/Fritz10, ChessBase8/ChessBase9 .
 

Database
Mega Database 2007 - $299
The exclusive annotated database. Contains more than 3.5 millions games from 1560 to 2006 in the highest ChessBase quality standard. 60,000 games contain commentary from top players, with ChessBase opening classification with more than 100,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames. The largest topclass annotated database in the world. The most recent games of the database are from the middle of November 2006. Mega 2007 also features a new edition of the playerbase. As usual, this is where most of the work was done. As the player index now contains already more than 180,000 entries, it made sense to use an adapted playerbase which includes about 200,000 names. Doing this, the photo database was extended as well to contain 27,000 pictures now.
 
System requirements: Pentium PC, Windows 2000/XP, 64 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, ChessBase 9.0, hard disk space requirements 1.6 GB.

Big Database 2007 - $99
Contains more than 3.5 millions games from 1560 to 2006 in the highest ChessBase quality standard, with ChessBase opening classification with more than 130,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames. Highest category tournament of 2006, so e.g. Sofia, Turin, Dortmund.
 

System requirements: Pentium PC, Win 98/Me/XP, 16 MB Ram, DVD-Rom drive, hard disk space requirements 1 GB


 

Fritz Programs
Fritz and Chesster 3 Chess for winners - $59.95
This unforgettable chess adventure is designed to advance young chess players skills, move by move. Discover mini-games, brain-twisters and more at every attraction. Pick up chess tips and skills as you ride in bumper cars and the Ferris wheel. Polish up your chess strategy and tactics, opening, middle game and endgame and use what youve learned to win. Youll have lots of fun while you learn more about the serious business of playing and winning chess!
 

System requirement. Mutlimedia PC: Pentium II 233 processor, 32 MB RAM (16MB free memory), 16-bit soundblaster compatible sound card, 16x speed CD-Rom drive, Graphics card: resolution 800x600 pixels (16-bit colour), Win ME/XP