Trends in Modern Openings (2015)
Modern tournament practice has quite surpassed most so-called "opening theory". Thanks to a wealth of tournament games some openings and variations develop so rapidly that even the ambitious amateur has difficulties in keeping his own repertoire updated. But experts can help! Ex-FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimzhanov is considered one of the leading specialists in the field of opening preparation. In three World Championship matches he was second of Viswanathan Anand and helped him to successfully defend the title. And with Kasimdzhanov’s help and excellent opening preparation the German team surprisingly became European Team Champion 2011. On this DVD Kasimdzhanov presents highly topical openings and shows their current state of theory. From the perspective of a top player he explains why certain openings are played while others have more or less vanished from tournament practice. This DVD helps you to remain up-to-date in a number of important and popular openings and provides you with many ideas for your own repertoire. With tips and analyses for the Tajmanov Sicilian 7.Qf3 Ne5 8.Qg3 ("Giri’s Variation“), the Russian Variation in the Grünfeld ("Anand’s Qb3"), Najdorf with 6.h3 ("Caruana’s h3-Najdorf"), the Leningrad Dutch (7…Qe8), the Modern Bogo-Indian (2…Bb4), and the Classical King’s Indian with 6.h3. In all, 18 videos and ten interactive video-tests are presented, plus a database with analyses about the systems presented.
• Video running time: 3 hours 53 min (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Training database with 50 essential games and analyses
• Including CB 12 Reader
Rustam Kasimdzhanov. Born in 1979, the Grandmaster from Uzbekistan has for many years been known as a very strong and imaginative player. However in 2004 Rustam Kasimdzhanov (pronounced “Kah-zeem-jha-nov”) shocked the chess world by winning the FIDE world chess championship title, beating a string of world-class players like Ivanchuk, Grischuk, Topalov and Adams in the process. Kasimdzhanov is a very deep player, who is able to explain chess ideas in an eloquent, lucid style, with a fine touch of humor. His lessons are both entertaining and instructive – perfect for students who seek to avoid “dry” theory.
System requirements: 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 7 or Windows 8, DirectX10 graphic card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or better, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and Internet connection for program activation.