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Chess Training Software Programs:
Comprehensive Chess Training for the PC
In Openings, Middlegames, and Endgames

Chess software programs for training in chess may be the best way improve your chess game in specific areas. Here you will find the best software programs for any level of player, from beginner to Grandmaster. Simply click a link above to narrow your search, or read on for a description of each catagory of chess training software available at ChessCentral.

Chess Opening Training

Chess software programs designed for opening training offer a "fast track" to improving your chess game. For example, get specialized knowledge from Shirov on the Sicilian Sveshnikov or book up on the Vienna Game with Andrew Martin. Here you will find the best chess opening training software programs, with recommended lines by Grandmasters tested in actual play. You can even download chess opening E-books, like Dan Heisman's tricky Traxler Counterattack. Opening theory with interactive software, these chess software programs for the PC are at the leading edge of chess opening training.
Chess middlegame training involves both chess tactics and chess strategy. Chess software programs made for middlegame training cover every aspect of the subject, from attacking the King to understanding solid positional ideas. Such middlegame training software will help improve your chess game, and here you will find the best chess middlegame software programs for young and old, beginner and Grandmaster.

Chess Endgame Training 

There is no doubt that skill in chess endgames will help you score points. Chess endgame training software will teach you how to finish the game! You might become an expert in Rook endings, or learn about pure pawn endgames - there is even a chess endgame training Ebook to download. Naturally there is endgame software to make your playing engine even stronger, like the Fritz Endgame Turbo. In this catagory you will find the best chess endgame training software programs for all players.
It is well known that the surest way to improve one's skill at chess is to carefully play over the games of the great Masters. Their chess games demonstrate the proper strategy and tactics needed to win. Thoughtful attention to the games of World Champions like Capablanca and Steinitz, for example, is not only fun but profitable in your own games! You can download Ebooks about Morphy and Blackburne, or get DVDs on modern champions such as Kramnik and Anand. The student is well-advised to select one from this handful of the best to model his play after.

General Chess Training

This category covers a wide range of chess training software, for those getting started in chess to training for the more advanced player. Some software offers a complete course in chess training, while others specialize in, say, pawn structure. Whatever your needs, you'll find the best chess training software, no matter your playing level. Chess training problems, annotated games, tests and drills - it's all here!

Fritz Trainers

Fritz Trainers are the cutting-edge in chess training software. On DVD, these software programs contain both video clips and training programs designed by the world's top players. Get the latest on the French Defense or learn from GM Vlastimil Hort what it's like to face a World Champion over the board. Try an opening repertoire from GM Bangiev or discover the Closed Sicilian with Nigel Davies. Each title details the latest theory or winning techniques - you'll want to try these chess software training DVDs!
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Big Bird PowerBase, 3rd Edition
The Big Bird PowerBase CD
Our Price: $29.95

Never again will you agonize over what to play as White, because Bird's Opening is the perfect system for the rest of your life! There's no need to learn a dozen openings based on the King's pawn or Queen's pawn, not when 1.f4 offers rich and varied games, suitable for winning chess.
Collected Works of Wilhelm Steinitz CD
Collected Works of Wilhelm Steinitz CD
Our Price: $74.95
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Here is your chance to discover the first World Chess Champion in his own words! This breakthrough CD-Rom showcases only writings by Steinitz himself, literally thousands of pages by the most successful match player in history.
Alekhine Defense Playbook CD
Alekhine Defense Playbook CD
Our Price: $18.50

Animate your new Playbook with Tim Sawyer’s jumbo companion CD! The author has assembled the largest 1.e4 Nf6 game collection offered anywhere, with over 62,775 examples of the Alekhine Defense in action.
Morphy's Games of Chess
Morphy's Games of Chess Download
Our Price: $24.95

Morphy's Games of Chess by Philip Sergeant was, for many players, their first chess book. Certainly in the 85 years since its appearance this classic has inspired thousands to take up our royal game, with its timeless story of fame and tragedy.
Goring Gambit
Goring Gambit Download
Our Price: $8.95

Covers 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3 (both accepted and declined), along with the Danish Gambit, 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2. Includes 7,119 games, introductory text, and special Opening Key - 350 classification positions! Complete through 7-1-2002.
Chess Machine
Chess Machine CD
Our Price: $29.95

No chess player's education is complete without reference to the games and works of Jose Raul Capablanca, 3rd World Chess Champion. Capablanca had perhaps the greatest natural talent for chess ever seen. A prodigy, he developed rapidly and effortlessly to become the foremost player in the world, easily beating Lasker for the title of 3rd World Chess Champion.
Fritz PowerBook 2014 Chess Software DVD
Fritz PowerBook 2014 Chess Software DVD
List Price: $69.95
Our Price: $49.95
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The Fritz Powerbook 2014 contains 21 million opening positions, derived from 1.5 million high class 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.
Complete 1.d4 Gambits
Complete 1.d4 Gambits CD
Our Price: $19.95

The Franco Pezzi Gambitingly project is pleased to offer a specialized alternative, for those who feel they don't need coverage of ALL gambit lines.
Complete 1.e4 Gambits
Complete 1.e4 Gambits CD
Our Price: $19.95

More than 70,300 games, 340 annotated games, 3,350 analyzed games, 190 photos, 67 ChessBase opening books, 10 video clips and 7 articles.
Blackburne’s Games at Chess
Blackburne’s Games at Chess Download
Our Price: $19.95

Joseph Henry Blackburne met and defeated the top players in chess history, including Anderssen, Steinitz, and Tschigorin. Known as the "Black Death", Blackburne’s game was wide open and highly tactical.
Alexei Shirov: My Best Games in the Petroff Defence
Alexei Shirov: My Best Games in the Petroff Defence DVD
Our Price: $32.95

My best games in the Petroff Defence 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 specific task of countering this view of matters.
Alexei Shirov: My Best Games in The Nimzo Indian
Alexei Shirov: My Best Games in the Nimzo-Indian DVD
Our Price: $32.95

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.
Alexei Shirov: My Best Games in the Caro-Kann Defence
Alexei Shirov: My Best Games in the Caro Kann Defence DVD
Our Price: $36.95

The Caro-Kann Defence, which arises 1.e4 c6 followed by 2...d7-d5, is considered one of the most solid and reliable replies to the double-step of White’s e-pawn. Black fights for his share of the center without accepting an unnecessary weakening of his position, patiently waiting for his chance.
1...d6 Universal
1...d6 Universal DVD
Our Price: $32.95

1...d6 can be used as a universal defense against every White opening, offering Black the kind of dynamic play that is absent from more traditional defenses. If White eschews the chance to occupy the center with e2-e4 and d2-d4 it is often Black who gains space early on, and this can be used as the basis for a powerful attack on the Kingside.
Alexei Shirov: My Best Games in The Sveshnikov
Alexei Shirov: My Best Games in the Sveshnikov
Our Price: $36.95

The Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian Defense is considered one of the most promising replies to 1.e4, often giving rise to sharp and complex positions which require precise and inventive play from both sides.
Alexei Shirov: The Philidor Defense Chess Opening DVD
Alexei Shirov: The Philidor Defense DVD
Our Price: $32.95

The modern form of the Philidor Defense arises via the move order 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 as the main starting position. Then after 4.Nf3 Nbd7, Shirov has introduced the pawn sacrifice 5.g4!? into practice - and achieved excellent results with it.
Alexei Shirov: The Sicilian with 3.Bb5 Chess Opening Software DVD
Alexei Shirov: The Sicilian with 3.Bb5 DVD
Our Price: $34.95

The Rossolimo Variation of the Sicilian Defence (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5) is always an excellent choice with White if you want to avoid the deeply analyzed main lines of the open Sicilian.
The Caro-Kann Defense Chess Opening Software on DVD
The Caro-Kann Defense Chess Opening on DVD
Our Price: $34.95

The Caro-Kann is considered to be one of the safest and most reliable replies to 1.e4. So it comes as no surprise that in the list of top players who have made use of this defense there are no fewer than four World Champions: Botvinnik, Petrosian, Karpov and Anand. In addition, the Caro-Kann is played by such top players as Adams, Dreev and Bareev.
The f4 Sicilian Chess Opening Software on DVD
The f4 Sicilian Chess Opening on DVD
Our Price: $34.95

The f4 Sicilian is a perennial favorite with club players. It was popularised by Bent Larsen in the 1960s and then later on by British GMs such as Mark Hebden, James Plaskett and William Watson
The ABC of The King‘s Indian, 2nd Edition - Chess Opening Software on DVD
The ABC of The King‘s Indian, 2nd Edition
Our Price: $34.95

The King’s Indian chess opening is as uncompromising and resilient as ever! This DVD will inspire all players and demonstrate that the King‘s Indian is very much alive on the modern master scene.