New DVD Endgame Pointers, Positions and Problem Solving by IM David Vigorito

January 15, 2015 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

Endgame Pointers, Positions and Problem Solving

Endgames Pointers, Position and problem solvingby IM David Vigorito More

  Recommended for Beginner – Intermediate Players

It’s often difficult to put your opponent away in the end game. David gives you tips on what to think about, and brings to light the psychological as well as tactical advantages you can bring to play. Bonus: En passant, stalemate and pawn promotion all of which are endgame tools explained.

Content: 79 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 3 lectures.

Members of rated this series a 4.22 out of 5 ECO N/A   PGN included

IM David Vigorito is the 2007 Massachusetts Champion and has been the state champion of New Hampshire and Nevada. USCF rated at 2479, David was the Champion of the Boylston (Boston) Chess Club. He played in the 2006 U.S. Championship after finishing in a tie for 3rd place at the U.S. Open in Phoenix. David is a successful chess author – his Challenging the Nimzo-Indian is very well received by critics and players alike. Four Lectures New in Box and Just Released! Founded in 2005 is the largest professional quality chess instructional video library in the world. Our lectures are created and presented by Grand Masters, International Masters and National Masters and contain excellent instruction by experienced player educators for the chess enthusiast.


New DVD Creative Opening Concepts by IM Bill Paschall

January 5, 2015 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

Creative Opening Concepts by IM Bill Paschall

Creative Opening Concepts

Recommended for Intermediate Players  More

Presented by International Master Bill Paschall for

Bill explains opening concepts in abstract and then shows several concrete examples of new ways to apply openings to keep your opponent on edge. Bill also discusses his philosophy on creative openings and how to look for new material to add to your own personal arsenal.

Content: 133 minutes of chess theory and discussion, with example games, over a series of 4 lectures.

Members of rated this series a 4.38 out of 5

Fans on said: It’s hard to imagine a better video on the subject, or a more spirited/charismatic presentation. Thanks esp. for pointing out the possibility to transpose to a “good” French or Sicilian in certain lines.

IM Bill Paschall: currently resides in Budapest, Hungary. Bill was the Boylston Chess Club Champion 2002, finished 1st at the Foxwoods Open 2002, Two-Time New England Open Champion, and has defeated more than 20 IGM’s in tournament play. Bill has extensive experience training both adults and children privately and in the schools.


New DVD A Tribute to Bent Larsen

December 23, 2014 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

A Tribute to Bent Larsen

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Recommended for Intermediate- Advanced Players

  • International Master Bryan Smith
  • International Master Bill Paschall
  • FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos

Jørgen Bent Larsen (1935 – 2010) was a Danish chess GrandMaster and author. Larsen was known for his imaginative and unorthodox style of play, and he was the first Western player to pose a serious challenge to the Soviet Union’s dominance in chess.[1] He is considered to be the strongest player born in Denmark and the strongest from Scandinavia until the recent rise of Magus Carlsen. As a six time Danish Champion and a candidate for the World Chess Championship on four occasions, Larsen reached the semifinal three times. Larsen had multiple wins over all seven World Champions who held the title from 1948 to 1985 including Botvinnk, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer and Karpov.

Content: 1.5 hours in a series of 3 lectures. ECO E39 B70 B00

Members of rated this series a 4.44 out of 5

Fans on said: RIP, GM Larsen. IM Paschall, your lecture on the classic Tal v. Larsen from Bled is one of my all time favorite lectures.

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New Chess Videos for December 22 – 26

December 22, 2014 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

Monday, December 22  IM Valeri Lilov   The Master Secrets Part 1
Understanding how the masters think has always been a challenge to most players. Chess masters account for about less than five percent of chess players worldwide. The masses are left to guess and wonder what chess masters know and do that others don’t. Check this video to learn what you need to know to be a part of that elite group that is set apart from the rest of the chess world.

Tuesday, December 23  IM Bill Paschall   Bluffing with a Good Image
IM Paschall illustrates the advantage of cultivating a good image as a sound player. Sometimes risky or tricky variations can be employed to gain an opening advantage if the opponent is too “trusting”. This illustrative game shows again how one such bluff has worked time and time again in many games

Wednesday, December 24  FM Dennis Monokroussos   Giving It All Away
We all know and love the old 19th century games where the players sac a queen and a couple of rooks to deliver mate. They’re impressive and entertaining too, even if the level of resistance was pretty low. But such games are a relic of the distant past, right? Not necessarily. The game we’ll see today was played in 1993, featuring GMs who are alive and well today, and outdoes all of the earlier games. The winner, Grigory Serper, sacrifices *every single one* of his pieces – and the sacs are all eventually accepted, too! The whole combination – or series of combinations, really – is sound, and he meets with very decent resistance too. I don’t know if Serper’s feat is unique, but at the very least it’s exceedingly rare.

Thursday, December 25 LM Dana Mackenzie When Flashy is Not Necessarily Best
A recent U.S. Chess League game between GMs Daniel Naroditsky and Conrad Holt featured three stunning sacrifices by Naroditsky, and was named Game of the Week. Yet the game ended in a draw. What went wrong for Naroditsky? Perhaps his youthful exuberance. He repeatedly let his emotions over seeing a “brilliant” combination outweigh calm, patient, objective analysis. Holt’s stubborn defense also deserves credit, and his drawing method in the endgame has to be seen to be believed.

Friday, December 26  GM Bryan Smith Carlsen   Takes the Lead in Sochi
In game two of the 2014 World Championship Match, Magnus Carlsen managed to defeat Anand’s Berlin defense in an interesting game. Here GM Bryan Smith looks at the key moments from that game.

New Chess Videos for December 15 – 19

December 15, 2014 | Posted in Chess Lectures, Lecturers | By

Monday, December 15  IM Valeri Lilov The Quiet Moves (strategy, middlegame)
Have you ever been carried along in the flow of an attack, relentlessly striking at your opponent, but then finding that you are missing just one little thing? Maybe you should stop and think about it, and you may find a quiet move in the position. Check out IM Lilov’s new video to learn more!

Tuesday, December 16  IM Bill Paschall The Dynamic Exchange Slav (opening , tactics)
Black falls behind in development after pawn grabbing in the exchange Slav. In the key moment , the defense could have maintained the balance, but one slip and GM Berczes wins in 28 moves.

Wednesday, December 17  FM Dennis Monokroussos A Fine Win for One of Magnus Carlsen’s Great Predecessors (middlegame, strategy)
Magnus Carlsen recently said that Reuben Fine was one of the players, along with Bobby Fischer and Anatoly Karpov, that he compared himself to. Very high praise! Fine was one of the very best in the world in the 1930s and 1940s, a technically great player who could brutally outplay even his peers at the top of world chess. Fine quit professional chess just before having the chance to fight for the world title, but during his career he produced masterpieces like this one. His opponent, Mikhail Botvinnik, was a future world champion and already at least in the top five in the world, maybe in the top three, but he crushes him like an amateur in this game.

Thursday, December 18  GM Bryan Smith The Creative Play of Baadur Jobava Middlegame (strategy)
In the last year, the Georgian GM Baadur Jobava has emerged as one of the top players in the world as well as a favorite of fans due to his unusual and creative play. Here we will look at his sixth round win over Jan Timman from their recent match, where Jobava shows some unique positional themes and a thematic exchange sacrifice.

Friday, December 19  GM Eugene Perelshteyn Carlsen’s Positional Maneuvering is an Art Form! (middlegame)
Watch and learn how young Carlsen weaves the positional net around Caruana’s solid Slav. Magnus has a remarkable gift to feel where to put each piece! Eventually Black runs out of moves and White executes the central breakthrough.