Brand new: 60 Minutes – Chess theory compact and to the point

5/31/2011 – How about this: world class grandmasters teach you how to play systems in which they are supreme experts. In the ChessBase Media format, which means full video and a synchronised board. In sixty minutes per lesson. For less than ten Euros ($14.25). The lessons are available as downloads, so you can start working immediately. Interested? Here are all the details and sample videos.

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Brand new: "60 Minutes" – Chess theory compact and to the point

Treat yourself to an hour of the finest chess training available. In our new series "60 Minutes" we have world-class players explaining classical openings systems to you, and helping your build up a repertoire in areas where they are supreme experts. Here are two for starters: top Dutch GM Loek van Wely shows us how to play the Sicilian Najdorf with the black pieces; and former FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov provides valuable instructions for 1.d4 players to combat the Slav (4...dxc4).

How to buy and install

The "60 Minutes" series is only available as a download – which means that you have instant access and can start using it immediately. The price is €9.90 or US $14.25 per lecture. You can pay by credit card or using PayPal.

Note that you can purchase as a guest or create aChessBase Shop account with your e-Mail address and a password. That will give you fast and easy check out, easy access to your order history and a backup service for your download products. This means that download products you have purchased can be retrieved at any time later on, with dedicated backups on the ChessBase server!

But why go into further details? Nick Murphy has put together a nice tutorial showing you how to install and use these great new products. Below that we have samples for each of the 60 Minute lectures.

Note that in these videos you should select a video resolution (240p to 720 HD) and then switch to full screen mode (four arrows on the bottom right) in order to get full enjoyment of the material – and in order to be able to clearly read the texts that appear on the screen.


60 Minutes - Basic Functions


A sampler from the 60 Minutes lecture by GM Loek van Wely


Sampler from Rustam Kasimdzhanov's 60 Minutes Beat the Slav

If you are able to understand German you might want to learn how to playe the 3...Be7 line of the French Tarrasch from Germany's top female player WGM Elisabeth Pähtz. You can order it here. Ellie is known for her very sharp style, but in this opening she advocates the bishop move that would seem pretty tame. It is a waiting move, and for every white reply Elisabeth has a super-sharp and complex line ready. If you play the French and are looking for more than a draw this is the lecture for you.

If you are doubtful ("Will I be able to understand her German?") you can check it out in this video excerpt.

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