How to Beat Younger Players DVD PLUS Modern Chess Ideas E-Book
How to Beat Younger Players
Chess is turning into a young man''s game. Time limits are faster, sessions last longer, and computer databases, and playing engines seem to dominate opening preparation. Add the fact that older players often have jobs and families, that take up most of their time, and it's no surprise they suffer painful defeats at the hands of spotty youths.
Nigel Davies is no stranger to this situation; a more mature Grandmaster who refuses to grow old with dignity, he is still slugging it out with young players in tournaments and matches. On this DVD he argues that an older player with very little time, can nonetheless remain competitive, but only if he uses guile and common sense rather than bluster and machismo. There are several aspects to Davies' plan, for example, using "low maintenance openings", seeking out particular types of position, making the endgame your hunting ground and looking after your health. He goes on to show how several great players have used such techniques to make outstanding results in their 60s and even 70s. Video running time: 3 hours.
Nigel Davies has been a Grandmaster since 1993, and is a former British Open Quickplay and U21 Champion. With more than 30 years international tournament experience, he is well versed in the various tactics that can be used.
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard.
Modern Ideas in Chess
by Richard Reti
A ChessCentral E-Book
Here is Richard Reti's classic manifesto of the hyper-modern movement, a book called by H. Golombek "the most important contribution to the literature of chess since Tarrasch's 300 Games of Chess." Indeed, nothing like Modern Ideas has ever been attempted, before or since - a call for independent thinking, and a self-conscious break with established modes of play. Once seen as dangerous and radical, the views expressed here have become second nature for today's player. In this book "Reti has concentrated the essence of the modern view of the game, and...no expert will be found so foolish nowadays as to quarrel with his conclusions," says Golombek.
Reti describes the hypermodern school by first placing it in historical context, and so we are treated to a splendid overview of previous eras in chess. Through games and examples we encounter the masters of rapid development, Morphy and Anderssen, and learn how they gave way to the positional theories of Steinitz. The refinement of these ideas ushered in the age of technicians, the correctness of Rubinstein and Capablanca, and the perfecting of technique. Then the inevitable backlash and search for dynamism is taken up, and we see the eclectic individualism of Alekhine, Schlechter, and Breyer - the hypermoderns tied to no dogma or creed, who take what they need from the past to tackle each unique game.
But it is Reti's style and passion which has assured a lasting place for Modern Ideas in Chess. Again we hear from Golombek: "Whether he is describing with poetic fervor the charm of Schlechter's style, depicting the metallic brilliance of Capablanca's technique, explaining how masterly combinations are conceived over the chess board or tracing the history of succeeding schools of chess, Reti's faculty of fixing the reader's interest is unsurpassed."
A textbook, a treatise, a call to arms - however we style it, Modern Ideas in Chess belongs on the top shelf of your digital library! Now you can own this classic, complete with all commentary and annotations - even a photo of Reti himself - tastefully rendered as a ChessCentral e-book. Download your copy today!
You will need ChessBase 6.0 or higher, or Fritz (Komodo, Houdini, etc), or download the free ChessBase Reader here. Also: Pentium 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Windows 10, 9, Vista, or Windows XP (Service Pack 2)