The Secret Weapons of the Champions DVD and Domination E-Book
The Secret Weapons of the Champions
Modern middlegame theory does not exist in written form. That is why players and trainers have to go back to the recommendations by Nimzowitsch - to study typical positional methods. Who is better placed to teach us about their own powerful weapons than the great champions of the past? The key to understanding the middlegame lies in understanding how to execute certain positional maneuvers.
In this DVD GM Adrian Mikhalchishin explains, for example, Botvinnik's famous åÒflank against centeråÓ strategy, which is one of the corner-stones of positional play. He also shows that Petrosian's white-square strategy is an extremely important form of the control of squares and space. Tal was a great master of changing the material balance in every position - for example, rook and pawn against two pieces. GM Makogonov, once a trainer of Vassily Smyslov, invented the famous åÒsecret positional ruleåÓ of the Soviet Chess School. How and when it is possible to apply this method you will find out from this DVD.
Adrian Mikhalchishin, a Grandmaster since 1978, is currently among the top 5 world trainers and FIDE Trainers Committee Vice-Chairman. He has trained at various points in the past the national teams of the USSR, Slovenia, Poland and the Netherlands. On an individual basis he has trained Anatoly Karpov, Zsuzsa Plogar, Alexander Beliavsky, Maja Chiburdanidse, Arkadij Naidich and Vasily Ivanchuk.
Video running time: more than 4 hours. System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows Vista, Windows XP, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard
by Victor Charushin
A ChessCentral E-BookVolume 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."