Alexei Shirov: My Best Games in the Sveshnikov

by ChessBase
1/30/2008 – Looking for something sharp? If you like complex positions which require precise and inventive play from both sides, you may want to lean them from the present-day Mihail Tal, grandmaster Alexei Shirov, who like Tal hails from Latvia and is one of the strongest, certainly one of the most imaginative players in the world. His latest DVD is another jewel of chess training.

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Alexei Shirov: My Best Games in the Sveshnikov

The Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian Defence is considered one of the most promising replies to 1.e4, often giving rise to sharp and complex positions which require precise and inventive play from both sides. Thus, it is an opening tailor-made for Alexei Shirov (FIDE World Cup finalist in 2007), who has included it into his repertoire with both white and black and knows the mutual tricks and traps all too well.

In more than four hours of video, the genius from Latvia presents and explains his best Sveshnikov games, from his first successes in 1992 to his latest achievements in the year 2007. The spectator is shown typical opening plans for both sides, receives explanations on strategy and tactics in the middlegame, and learns how to convert obtained advantages in the endgame – and all this in a most entertaining way.

A masterful course on one of the most popular opening of our times by one of the best players of our times. Video running time: four hours.

The Author

Alexei Shirov was born in Riga just like world champion Mihail Tal, and indeed his playing style reminds many chess fans of the young Tal. In the beginning of the 1990s, a comet-like rise brought the young Latvian to the world top within the shortest period of time. Alread at an age of 22 years he had an Elo rating of nearly 2750 and belonged to the absolute elite. Since then Shirov has been one of the best players in the world, delighting all chess fans with original and amazing ideas on the board.

System requirements:
Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher
Windows XP, Windows Vista
DVD drive

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