How to Crack the Berlin Wall with 5.Re1
by Alexei Shirov
The Berlin Defense which arises after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 gives White a hard nut to crack, and the solidity of the line led to its nickname “Berlin Wall.” The main line 5.d4 in particular leads to positions in which White has had trouble proving any advantage. On this DVD Latvian top player Alexei Shirov proposes a different approach. He recommends to play 5.Re1 which leads to a symmetrical position that according to Shirov is not boring at all. With a whole range of Grandmaster games Shirov shows that White can indeed develop pressure and seize the initiative and that the position is full of subtleties.
Other players also noted the move 5.Re1 as an option against the Berlin and it is no coincidence that this line was played in the World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin in New York 2016. On this DVD you get an insight how top Grandmasters and chess professionals do opening research and how theory continually develops in modern tournament chess. Of course you also get a first-class weapon against the Berlin which helps you to be at least one step ahead of your opponent.
Suitable for advanced club and tournament players.
• Video running time: 4 h 30 min (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Database with 50 model games
• Including ChessBase Reader
Alexei 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 90s, 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.
Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphic card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9 and internet connection for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX10 graphic
Chess Openings for Beginners
by E.E. Cunnington
A ChessCentral E-Book
Today there are a number of general opening manuals available, like the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, or Modern Chess Openings, or Batsford Chess Openings and so forth. Editions are updated regularly with the latest chess theory, and each one attempts with varying success to cover all the main openings in chess. Today's "complete" openings guide is massively thick (ECO above runs to 5 volumes), and aims to offer topical tournament preparation for the practical tournament player. In other words, lots of technical information and much of it reduced to abstract chess notation, critical marks and evaluation symbols.
What we have lacked until now is a useful overview of chess openings, presented with enough simple text (explanations yes, words!) to show what is happening on the board. Not in crushing detail, perhaps only a few moves of analysis, but with all the standard alternatives and variations discussed. This manual, E. E. Cunnington's Chess Openings for Beginners, supplies a sore need among players wishing to understand how the openings work, and what are the basic ideas behind the openings in chess. Of course research into opening theory continues to develop, but we're talking about fundamentals - the main contours of the Ruy Lopez, for example, remain what they always were. Chess Openings for Beginners is therefore as vital and rewarding in the 21st century as it was sixty years ago.
Here's what you get with Chess Openings for Beginners.
* Seven main text documents, with diagrams and explanations
* Hyperlinks and graphic commentary - even a scan of the beautiful cover
* 52 annotated Surveys of all chess openings, as follows:
1. The King's Knight's Openings Giuoco Piano; Max Lange Attack; Hungarian Defense; Jerome Gambit; Evans Gambit; Scotch Game; Boden Kieseritsky Gambit; Two Knights' Defense; Alapin's Opening; Petroff Defense; Greco Counter Gambit; Ruy Lopez; Four Knights' Game; Philidor's Defense; Ponziani Opening
2. The King's Gambits Philidor's Defense; Muzio Gambit; The Salvio Gambit; Kieseritzky Gambit; Allgaier Gambit; Cunningham Gambit; King's Bishop's Gambit; King's Gambit Declined; Falkbeer Counter Gambit
3. Various Openings, Bishop's Opening; Vienna Opening; Caro Kann Defense; Center Counter Game; Sicilian Game; Center Game; Danish Gambit; Queen's Pawn Game; Hollandish Defense; Queen's Gambit Accepted; Queen's Gambit Declined; Bird's Opening; French Game; Fianchetto Openings; Miscellaneous
Frankly, to own a high quality electronic rendering of this classic is an opportunity no advancing chess player ought to miss. Download Chess Openings for Beginners today.