New DVD An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player lectures 5 – 9 By IM Valeri Lilov

April 14, 2014By

An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player lectures 5 – 9

By IM Valeri Lilov

Recommended for Intermediate Players  More Info

Presented by International Master Valeri Lilov for In part 2 of the series IM Valeri Lilov examines a sharp repertoire for both black and white. A complete system you can employ in your own games ! Valeri’s take on theory is both aggressive and based on sound strategic principle.  He examines White e 4 and one good line of play for all of Black’s possible responses with the Budapest Gambit. Also, how White can respond to the Budapest Gambit and how to respond to deviations on most of the various openings including with the Grand Prix attack.

Content: 1.45 hours of instruction and analysis in a series of 5 lectures.

Members of rated this series a 4.5 out of 5

Fans on said: Very instructive tips on how you play some interesting sidelines! I found it very entertaining and informative. Another 5 – nice job!

IM Valeri Lilov is a young chess talent from Bulgaria. In 2000 in Moscow, Russia, he became the European Individual School Chess Champion U10 with the record result of 6,5 out of 7. In 2005, he made a record in the history of Bulgarian chess by achieving 32 consecutive wins from national championships, which included two magnificent victories in simuls against the top Bulgarian grandmasters, Veselin Topalov and Kiril Georgiev. In 2008, he achieved his highest FIDE rating and in 2013, the title of International master. Valeri has been an internet chess coach for 7 years.

Five lectures professionally mastered by the publisher/ New in Box and just released!


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New Chess Videos for April 14 – 18

April 14, 2014By

Monday, April 14   IM Valeri Lilov – Attacking a Weakness by Steinitz (strategy, middlegame) Exploiting a weakness has always been problematic for many chess players. While it’s not too challenging to spot a weakness (pawn, king, etc.), many players don’t know the correct approach to exploiting it.. The first world champion Wilhelm Steinitz was the one who first discovered the best way to exploit weaknesses in a positional manner.

Tuesday, April 15   GM Eugene Perelshteyn – Building up Positional Pluses to Outplay a Strong GM (middlegame, strategy) In this GM vs GM battle White builds up small positional pluses to get an open file. Domination on the open file results in winning a pawn, but things are not so simple as White still needs to demonstrate good technique to convert. Watch out for instructive king play in the endgame!

Wednesday, April 16  FM Dennis Monokroussos – Queen’s Gambit and Friends, Part 6: Handling the Minority Attack (opening, tactics) In our last video we saw how effective the minority attack could be. Could be – but isn’t always. Here we see Predrag Nikolic attempt to use it against Vladimir Kramnik, but the seemingly small differences between the position they reach when White went for the b2-b4 advance and what we saw in the Ruban-Panchenko game made all the difference in the world. In that game, Black suffered and lost a long game; this time, White was crushed pretty quickly. Master the differences and you can play either side of this plan!

Thursday, April 17   IM Bill Paschall – Aronian Gets Tactical (opening, tactics) Aronian goes back to the 90′s with the Modern Exchange variation against Svidler’s Grunfeld. Black goes into the pawn grab variation with Qxa2 but forgets that f7 can become weak ! We see a classic Bxf7 sacrifice after Svidler is baited into moving his f8 rook. The game could perhaps be salvaged by a computer but technically very difficult and Svidler succumbs.

Friday, April 18   GM Bryan Smith (middlegame, strategy)  - The Best of Lone Pine 1979, Part 4 In the fourth part of his series on the 1979 Lone Pine tournament, GM Bryan Smith looks at an important encounter from the seventh round, Larsen – Lein. In this game Bent Larsen manages to carry out a sparkling but rather unclear attack against Anatoly Lein’s Dragon.

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New Chess Videos for April 7 – April 11

April 7, 2014By

Monday, April 7  IM Valeri Lilov Structural Weaknesses (Middlegame, Strategy)
We all know what weaknesses are. The weak pieces and squares are well known to all. How about the structural weaknesses though? These types of weaknesses are crucial for many games, yet many people don’t know how to exploit them. Learn more about them from this lecture.

Tuesday, April 8 IM Bill Paschall The Redundant Queen (Middlegame, Tactics)
Dubov expands classically in the center with e5 against Jobava’s Benoni Defense. Black’s pieces gain sufficent activity and his bishop pair compensate for white’s central pawn advantage. At the key moment Dubov fails to stop black’s advancing queenside pawn, instead promoting his own second queen! Unfortunately , Dubov’s extra queen cannot prevent a multitude of black threats and he must resign with 2 queen’s on the board in the middlegame ! A truly amazing party.

Wednesday, April 9 FM Dennis Monokroussos Queen’s Gambit and Friends, Part 5: Winning With the Minority Attack  (Opening, Strategy)
We’ve been looking at the Carlsbad Structure (the structure characteristic of the Exchange Variation of the Queen’s Gambit) the past couple of shows, but in those shows we looked at plans where White pushes the pawns in the center or on the kingside. In this video we have a look at the classic minority attack plan, and see it work to near perfection. It’s a very solid and sturdy approach, and in many circumstances it allows its user to play very comfortably: either you win or the opponent achieves a draw after some suffering.

Thursday, April 10 GM Bryan Smith The Best of Lone Pine 1979, Part 3  (Opening)
In the third part of GM Bryan Smith’s series on the Lone Pine, 1979 tournament, we see a short, tactical game in which GM Sahovic takes advantage of his opponent’s rather ambitious and unnatural play.

Friday, April 11  LM Dana Mackenzie  Terrific Teens, Episode 1: A Future World Champion? (Middlegame, Tactics)
In January 2014 I had the opportunity to play in a tournament in which the world’s youngest grandmaster, Wei Yi of China, played and tied for first. In this complex game,Wei plays an ambitious and relatively untried pawn sacrifice in the Pirc against John Bryant. Bryant defends quite well and it is not clear that Wei achieves full compensation. But then he doubles the stakes, sacrificing a second pawn. As is often the case, accepting that pawn was Bryant’s downfall.

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New DVD King’s Indian Against the Four Pawns Attack

April 6, 2014By

King’s Indian Against the Four Pawns Attack

by GM Eugene Perelshteyn

Recommended for Intermediate Players

Two lectures presented by International Grandmaster Eugene Perelshteyn, in which he covers how Black can counter White, after White builds up a large pawn center and gains a spatial advantage.  Black develops quickly, then works to undermine White’s center with a Pawn attack. Black must strike quickly to try and open the position before White can consolidate the space advantage that his center has gained him …[more information]

ECO: E76

Content: 44 Minutes of chess theory and discussion, with example games, over a series of 2 lectures.

Members of rated this series a 4.03 out of 5

Fans on said: GM Perelshteyn’s lecture was excellent as always.

GM Eugene Perelshtyen earned his third GM norm after sharing first place in the 2006 Foxwoods Open, giving him the official GM title. He won the Samford Chess Fellowship in 2002, an award that amounts to $64,000, which is awarded to the top American player under 25 years old. Eugene also led the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to several Pan American championships from 1998-2002. Eugene also won the highly prestigious US Junior Championship in 2000. Eugene recently co-authored the books Chess Openings for Black, Explained and Chess Openings for White, Explained.


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LM Dana Mackenzie

April 3, 2014By

Our lecturer LM Dana Mackenzie was featured recently in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. You know Mackenzie as a brilliant chess master and educator, he is also an amazing award-winning math journalist.  He’s written two books, most recently The Universe in Zero Words: The Story of Mathematics as Told Through Equations and before that, The Big Splat, or How Our Moon Came to Be. In addition, he is also a freelance writer for Scientific American and similar publications.  Dana is also an active blogger, you can read his chess blog here at Dana Blogs Chess.  You’ll have to read the article to learn about how he spends his downtime – read it here: dana-mackenzie-santa-cruz-county-stories-chess-champion.

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