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  • Domination Studies for The Tournament Player DVDs
3 Volume Set plus Domination Ebook
by GM Ron W. Henley
  • Domination Ebook

Foxy Chess Videos, 178-180: Domination Studies for The Tournament Player - 3 Volume DVD Set plus ChessCentral's "Domination" E-book

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Domination Studies for The Tournament Player (by GM Ron W. Henley)
3 Volume DVD Set plus ChessCentral's "Domination" E-book

Dominate the endgame like 13 world champions! This 3 volume series will open your mind to what is possible and essential to dominate your endgames. Amazing endgame compositions which will help you become a better player and get to the next level.

Domination on the chess board is based on controlling critical squares at decisive moments of a chess game: whether in the opening, middlegame, or endgame. However, due to the small number of pieces on the board, the endgame is where the importance of this concept is magnified as each piece assumes greater importance. Therefore it is no mere coincidence that all World Chess Champions have used the domination theme in their endgame play. By reviewing these examples you will become more alert and more aware of the domination possibilities in your own games.

Chief trainer to 12th World Champion Karpov, and a noted chess instructor, lecturer, and coach. He is the author of several books and over 30 DVDs.

Foxy 178: Domination Studies for The Tournament Player, Vol. 1

The Domination theme occurs in several different types of endgames

* Bishop Pair: Steinitz, Kramnik, Anand, Carlsen
* Bishop Ending: Karpov (Hansen)
* Rook Endings: Lasker, Alekhine, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Petrosian, Karpov, Kasparov
* Rook + Bishop v. Rook + Knigh: Fischer, Anand

1 hour, 32 minutes

Foxy 179: Domination Studies for The Tournament Player, Vol. 2

Here we introduce Genrikh Kasparyan's classic work, "Domination in 2,545 Endgame Studies," which was first published in Russia in 1974 and then in English in 1980. It soon captured the imagination of serious chess players around the world. This work was produced in the era where computers were as yet of little use, making it a truly a monumental undertaking. It includes endgame studies of many of the finest chess composers in the world (primarily Russian). The book became an indispensable training tool for generations of Russian Masters. Kasparyan was an International Master and 10 time Armenian Champion.

This volume examines 26 studies, numbers 5, 6, 49, 75, 228, 355, 409, 526, 530, 574, 677, 840, 1005, 1255, 1256, 1304, 1445, 1478, 1601, 1623, 1677, 1821, 2429, 2495, 2505, 2519a.

Includes this free bonus: Roman's Lab, Vol. 47 (Part 1), The Most Brilliant Squeezes Ever in the Endgame

2 hours, 5 minutes

Foxy 180: Domination Studies for The Tournament Player, Vol. 3

Kasparyan expanded on the work of Bernhard Horwitz, who was a German chess master and writer. He studied art in Berlin, and from 1837 to 1843 he became one of ?The Pleiades? group of strong German chess players. He moved to London in 1845, where his best chess result was winning a match against Henry Bird in 1851. Horwitz played in the first international chess tournament, London 1851, but he is best known for being a pioneer in problem and endgame composition. Horwitz's "Chess Studies" (1851), co-authored with Joseph Kling, remains an important work in the field of chess composition.

Kasparyan's Domination in 2,545 Endgame Studies" features 70 Horwitz studies, who was often the first to use a theme later developed by composers that followed.

This volume examines 52 studies, numbers 1, 45, 230, 532, 685, 814, 903, 1038, 1079, 1094, 1096, 1097, 1099, 1257, 1258, 1259, 1262, 1263, 1264, 1317, 1364, 1476, 1541, 1548, 1602, 1624, 1660, 1674, 1675, 1763, 1788, 1853, 1943, 1999, 2008, 2052, 2072, 2073, 2212, 2213, 2217, 2218, 2222, 2277, 2311, 2312, 2316, 2441, 2489, 2506, 2520, 2540.

Includes this free bonus: Roman's Lab, Vol. 46 (Part 1), The Most Incredible Tactics and Combinations Ever in the Endgame

2 hours, 15 minutes


A ChessCentral E-Book

Volume 6 of The Tactician's Handbook focuses on "Domination" - the trapping or confinement of a piece. Simple examples include a Knight trapped on a1 after capturing a Rook, or the position of a Knight on a4 hemmed in by an enemy Bishop on the d4 square. But here Charushin elevates the "Domination" theme to a new level, classifying the combination and illustrating it with games and compositions by top chess players. We can now witness the evolution of this attractive motif across the centuries, from a mere tactical trick to the modern culmination of deep strategic thought. Charushin has especially in view the development of "Domination" in the chess games of World Champions, where the idea is refined into an art form. On display here is another glimpse into Charushin's unique vision of the tactical building blocks of chess.

Indeed, this volume is a worthy addition to The Tactician's Handbook series, and impresses even more when we consider the conditions under which the author labored. Steve Lopez, who assisted in preparing "Domination" for publication, observed that the "...manuscript of this book was presented to the publisher in handwritten form. Charushin wrote the entire book longhand on lined legal-sized sheets, with diagrams created using an ink stamper for the boards and with the piece figurines hand-drawn on the proper squares." These aged and brown papers featured tape, glue and inserted newspaper columns - then were tied together with old string for shipment to America. Yet upon turning these pages one is struck by a powerful sense of order and system, of method and, perhaps, of magic.

We are proud to have introduced Victor Charushin to the English speaking world, where he at last found an audience for the contents of his shoebox filing system and encyclopedic knowledge of chess history. This prophet of chess beauty found little honor in his own country, but as IM Sergey Bystrov recalls of Victor Charushin, "What can be done, if our researcher in chess history proved in the last years to be more needed over the ocean than in his own Fatherland."
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