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Fritz 15 - English Version

New Fritz, new friend


Evans Gambit for the new generation

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ChessBase Magazine 174

Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (Bilbao, Saint Louis and Dortmund) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 11 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.


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Learn to master the right exchange! Let the German WGM Elisabeth Pähtz show you how to gain a strategic winning position by exchanging pieces of equal value or to safely convert material advantage into a win.


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A solid concept against Benoni: Learn from GM Pert how to win with the Fianchetto Variation (video). Classics put to test: Robert Ris shows Fischer-Kholmov (1965) with an impressive knight sacrifice by the Russian (video). Plus 44,889 new games.


Master Class Vol.7: Garry Kasparov

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Pawn structures you should know

Every pawn structure has its typical plans and to know these plans helps you to find your way in these positions. On this DVD Mikhalchishin presents and explains the most common central structures: The Hedgehog, the Maroczy, Hanging pawns and the Isolani.


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The Dutch Stonewall by Leonid Kritz

by Albert Silver
7/25/2013 – Often adding a new opening to one’s repertoire can be an intimidating task, not to mention onerous, which can require massive study. In Leonid Kritz’s 60-minute presentation of the Dutch Stonewall, it can be said that everything you need to play it has been covered, and he made sure you are ready for anything. A review by Albert Silver
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Safe and active with the Dutch Stonewall

Review by Albert Silver

Often adding a new opening to one’s repertoire can be an intimidating task, not to mention onerous, which can involve books and books (or DVDs and DVDs) of study. In Leonid Kritz’s 60-minute presentation of the Dutch Stonewall, it can be said that everything you need to play it has been covered.

The contents

01: Introduction

Safe and active with the Dutch Stonewall: 1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.c4 d5 / 1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 d5

02: 5.Nh3
03: 5.Nf3 and later b3
04: 5.Nf3 and later Nc3
05: Stonewall without g3
06: Staunton Gambit: 1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6

The German GM does a very creditable job of presenting the main theory, while explaining the ideas and pitfalls of various replies, and covering the main ideas. He starts by presenting White’s main lines against it with g3 followed by Nh3, and while he covers the opening’s primary development, he is careful to highlight the guiding principles in the opening and middlegame struggle.

A view of the table of contents

Kritz strikes a very good balance between theory and positional ideas so that the viewer understands when and why White should plant a piece on a key square and when he should avoid it. Although the course is presented from Black’s perspective, it can not only be of use to Black players so they can feel confident exploiting some of the more obvious blunders in the opening phase, but also to White players seeking to prepare against it.

Leonid Kritz not only covers the theory and plans, but is sure to point out even
the most basic tactics

In the next part, the student is shown how to play against g3 and Nf3, and finally what to do if White chooses to forego g3 altogether. Often the opponent club players will be eager to ambush their opponent by playing a gambit to bring them into unknown territory as well as gain a psychological edge. In this case, the prime candidate is the Staunton Gambit, and though it has nothing to do with the Dutch Stonewall in itself, a detailed overview is provided to guarantee that he did not send out his student with a blindspot waiting to be exploited.

The grandmaster’s English is very clear, as ChessBase Magazine subscribers already know, and his expert course leaves one feeling ready to take the opening for a spin, without fear of getting lost at sea. I have no reservations in recommending it to anyone ready to try something a little different.

A look at the introduction

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Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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