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A World champion’s guide to the petroff - $52.95
The great popularity of the Petroff Defence at the highest level has attracted general attention lately. Many strong players employ this opening with great success and with both colours. Unfortunately the opinion of the Petroff Defence as a sterile drawish opening seems to be firmly implanted in many minds. The author tries to dispel these myths and presents his understanding of the matter. He examines the most popular lines and provides a large number of ideas that will enable you to play Petroff successfully, with either colour. Video running time: 3 h20 min.
 

Rustam Kasimdzhanov. Born in 1979, the grandmaster from Uzbekistan has for many years been known as a very strong and imaginative player. However in 2004 Rustam Kasimdzhanov (pronounced “Kah-zeem-jha-nov”) shocked the chess world by winning the FIDE world chess championship title, beating a string of world-class players like Ivanchuk, Grischuk, Topalov and Adams in the process. Kasimdzhanov is a very deep player, who is able to explain chess ideas in an eloquent, lucid style, with a fine touch of humour. His lessons are both entertaining and instructive – perfect for students who seek to avoid “dry” theory.

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


ChessBase Opening Encyclopaedia 2007 - $185
The ChessBase Opening Encyclopaedia 2007 features the complete coverage of all opening sectors, offering an optimal start for opening training. Many well-known specialists have made contributions in their field of expertise, such as Anand, Bareev, Dr Huebner, Jussupow, Kortschnoj, Krasenkow, Marin, Nunn, Ribli and Rogozenko. For each of 500 opening sectors according to ECO standard there is at least one opening survey, so that the database is the ideal tool for building up a complete opening repertoire. The game database includes 2.78 million games, about 77,000 of them with annotations. Furthermore, the CD contains a separate directory with 285 special theory databases from the CBMs.
Available from 15. March 2007
 

System requirements: Pentium Prozessor 300 MHz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, DVD-ROM, drive, mouse, sound card


King's Indian Saemisch System - $45.95
The Sämisch System against the King‘s Indian Defence occurs after 5.f3. There is something solid about the move (it protects the important squares e4 and g4) and something aggressive at the same time (it prepares g2-g4 and a kingside pawn storm). The ideas behind this system are easy to learn. In the large database with approximately 30,000 there are also an introductory text and a chapter with the basic ideas of the Sämisch System. These are followed by 18 texts which treat the individual opening variations. The work by the author on this CD has been infl uenced by his own practical experience (mostly positive experience). Schipkov has annotated some 400 games exclusively for the CD. In addition, there is also a training database with 30 games and almost 300 training questions. The CD is rounded off with an opening tree of all 30,000 games.
 

About the author: Aged 44, the Russian theoretician Boris Schipkov lives in Novosibirsk and has already published various books and articles, including the the ChessBase-CDs „The Queen‘s Gambit Accepted“, „The Dutch A90-A99“, „The Dutch A86-A89“ and „The Dutch A80-A85“. He is editor in chief of the online magazine „Chess Siberia“ www.chessib.com

System requirements: Pentium, WindowsXP, WindowsVista, CD-ROM Drive, Soundcard



Alexej Shirov: My best games in the Nimzo-Indian - $54.95
With this DVD on the Nimzo-Indian Defence (including the Catalan and the Queen‘s Indian) Alexei Shirov continues the successful and highly praised series about his best games. As in the preceding DVDs the Latvian super grandmaster succeeds in spoiling his public with analysis of a high quality and with exciting insights into his games, and he does so in his own reserved, pleasant and modest style. The DVD concentrates on the Classical Nimzo-Indian with 4.Qc2. But when playing against the very solid Nimzo-Indian, which the author faced most often as White, it is enormously important to be able to vary your opening lines and so the author himself often switches to 3.Nf3; this then leads to games with 3.b6 (Queen‘s Indian) or 3.d5 4.g3 (Catalan). Amongst the opponents in the games he presents are, for example, Topalov and Leko. Video running time: over 4 hours.
 

Alexej Shirov was born in Riga just like world champion Mihail Tal, and also his playing style reminds many chess fans of the young Tal. In the beginning of the 90ies, a comet-like rise brought the young Latvian to the world top within the shortest of time. Being no older than 22 years, he already had an Elo rating of nearly 2750 and belonged to the absolute elite. Since then Shirov has been one of the best players in the world, delighting all chess fans with original and amazing ideas on the board.

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



Alexei Shirov: My best games in the King’s Indian - $54.95
With this DVD on the King‘s Indian Defence, Alexei Shirov continues the successful and highly praised series about his best games. As in the preceding DVDs the Latvian super grandmaster succeeds in spoiling his public with analysis of a high quality and with exciting insights into his games, and he does so in his own reserved, pleasant and modest style. As is the case with many of his openings, Alexei Shirov also plays the King‘s Indian with both colours. The DVD concentrates on the main line of the Classical King‘s Indian with Nf3, Be2 and 0-0. In the games, and they are almost exclusively victories, his opponents are renowned experts in this opening, such as World Champion Kramnik and Boris Gelfand with White. The black side is represented, amongst others, by the legendary King‘s Indian specialist John Nunn, but also by Teimour Radjabov, who may not yet be a legend, but who is reckoned at the moment to be the greatest expert in the King‘s Indian. Video running time: over 5 hours.
 

Alexej Shirov was born in Riga just like world champion Mihail Tal, and also his playing style reminds many chess fans of the young Tal. In the beginning of the 90ies, a comet-like rise brought the young Latvian to the world top within the shortest of time. Being no older than 22 years, he already had an Elo rating of nearly 2750 and belonged to the absolute elite. Since then Shirov has been one of the best players in the world, delighting all chess fans with original and amazing ideas on the board.

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