Deal of the Week: Opening Tutorials 1 to 5 for just 29.90 EUR

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8/30/2019 – Today’s way to learn chess! The ChessBase Tutorials are a new series in the publishing program of ChessBase. Every issue will consist of a DVD and a detailed accompanying booklet. The many readers of ChessBase Magazine have already come to appreciate this concept. Five volumes of tutorials for this week only 29.90 EUR (regular price 149.50 EUR!)

ChessBase Tutorials Openings # 01: The open games ChessBase Tutorials Openings # 01: The open games

The open games (1.e4 e5) is the first instalment in a series of five volumes about the fundamentals of chess openings.

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An opening tutorial deal

The accompanying booklet offers both a survey and rapid starting point for the study of the individual opening variations. And then you will find on the DVD the extensive video lectures delivered by various top class trainers and grandmasters. Every game starts with an opening and sometimes that is even as far as it gets. That doesn’t have to be the case. With ChessBase Tutorials you do not need to spend a lot of time getting up to speed.


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ChessBase Tutorials Openings #01: The open games (1.e4 e5)

The first instalment in a series of five volumes about the fundamentals of chess openings. In it, experienced tournament players and experts in the individual openings tell you what you absolutely have to know in each specific area, which basic plans require to be followed, how to execute them and what traps have to be borne in mind. In 24 video lectures Adrian Mikhalchichin, Lawrence Trent, Lars Schandorff and Valeri Lilov show you what you really need to know about the King’s Gambit, the Vienna Game, the Giuoco Piano, the Evans Gambit, the Two Knights Game, the Scotch, the Steinitz and Berlin Defences, the Open Ruy Lopez or the Exchange Variation, the Marshall, the Philidor and the Petroff Defences and many others.

ChessBase Tutorials Openings #02: The Semi-Open Games

How do you do your opening training? Do you try in vain to commit to memory sequences of moves as far as move 15 or even 20? Do you work your way through thick tomes in order to laboriously collect the most important information? Or do you simply keep on playing the same opening, just because by chance you learned a little about it years ago and because it is in any case too complicated and time-consuming to learn something new? Or do you simply not bother with opening theory, but continue to be annoyed about being at a disadvantage before you really get into the game proper? Fortunately there is no need for opening training to be like that, because for all those who are looking for a compact and entertaining survey of the openings, there are now the new ChessBase Opening Tutorials.

Volume two deals with the wide-ranging and important area of the Semi-Open Games. Our masters and trainers present to you 24 exciting, entertaining and instructive videos.

  • Caro-Kann (3 videos)
  • French (5 videos)
  • Scandinavian (1 video)
  • Sicilian (12 videos)
  • Alekhine Defence (1 videos)
  • Pirc (1 video) 
  • Nimzowitsch and Owen Defences (1 video)
  • The major area of the Sicilian is subdivided into
  • Najdorf (3 videos)
  • Sveshnikov (2 videos)
  • Scheveningen System (1 video)
  • Paulsen and Taimanov (1 video)
  • Dragon (1 video)
  • Richter-Rauser Attack (1 videos)
  • Rossolimo (1 video)
  • Alapin (1 video)
  • Closed Sicilian (1 video)

Most of the videos last between 13 and 16 minutes, meaning that in something like six hours you can get a survey of this immensely important area of opening theory. This time five authors went before the camera for the videos in English, of whom you already know Lawrence Trent (6 videos), Valeri Lilov (6 videos) and Lars Schandorff (3 videos) from the first volume. You will be glad to welcome Daniel King (6 videos) and Sam Collins (3 videos) as new authors.  In the English / German accompanying booklet, the 22 pages in each language offer short descriptions of the openings. This is intended on the one hand to help you orientate yourself and on the other to make possible an entertaining introduction to the world of the Semi-Open Games. Last but not least, there is also a database which contains 100 outstanding games from the openings areas which are being presented. Running time: 6 hours

ChessBase Tutorials Openings #03: Queen's Gambit and Queen's Pawn games

Every game starts with the opening — and sometimes it also ends there! But that need not happen. With ChessBase Tutorials, you do not need to spend a lot of time to rapidly master things. "Openings # 03: Queen's Gambit and Queen's Pawn games" (1.d4 d5) is the third in a series of five volumes dealing with the fundamentals of opening play in chess. In it, experienced tournament players and experts in each specific opening will teach you what you absolutely have to know about the Slav, the Catalan, the Classical Queen's Gambit, the Chigorin Defence, etc. Which basic plans does each side follow? How are these put into operation and for which traps do you need to be on the lookout? In 24 video lectures with a total running time of over 5 hours, grandmasters Daniel King, Igor Stohl, Lars Schandorff and IMs Sam Collins and Valeri Lilov will acquaint you with the basics of the various systems and give you valuable recommendations as to what to play

ChessBase Tutorials Openings #04: Indian Openings

Every game starts with the opening – and sometimes it also ends there! But that need not happen. With ChessBase Tutorials you do not need to spend a lot of time to rapidly master things. “Openings # 04: Indian Openings” (1.d4 Nf6) is the fourth in a series of five volumes dealing with the fundamentals of opening play in chess. In it, experienced tournament players and experts in each specific opening will teach you what you absolutely have to know about the King’s Indian, Nimzo Indian, Queen’s Indian, and Bogo-Indian. Moreover, the Benko Gambit, Budapest Gambit, Benoni and Modern Benoni, and even 1d4 d6 2.c4 e5 is covered. Which basic plans does each side follow? How are these put into operation and for which traps do you need to be on the lookout? In 24 video lectures with a total running time of over 5 hours, grandmasters Daniel King, Igor Stohl, Lars Schandorff and others will acquaint you with the basics of the various systems and give you valuable recommendations as to what to play.

ChessBase Tutorials Openings # 05: Flank Openings

In the fifth volume of our openings tutorials we will be dealing with the Flank Openings. We make a start with the English Opening 1.c4. If Black replies in traditional fashion with 1...e5, this is a Reversed Sicilian. We have devoted four videos to the various systems, Lars Schandorff will take you through the Reversed Dragon, the English Four Knights, the Botvinnik System and alternatives.

Things continue with the Symmetrical English 1.c4 c5. Of course, books could be written about simply this position, and they have been! Our task is above all to provide a first overview and it has been undertaken in three videos by the top trainer Adrian Mikhalchishin.

After that, English grandmaster Daniel King shows you in two videos systems in which Black does not go in for ...c5 or ...e5 but prefers to set out along different paths. Then it is over to Lars Schandorff again to explain to you the ideas of Réti. In three videos he provides a cross-section of this opening which is so rich in content and ideas and which is in fact the classic flank opening of them all.

Another video has been contributed by the Slovakian grandmaster Lubomir Ftacnik. These are followed by videos by Daniel King on the King’s Indian Attack. This system, which can also be reached either via 1.♘f3 or via 1.e4, may well be more of a universal system than just a flank opening, but from the point of view of the ideas it was more suited to this volume.

The same is true of the Dutch Defence, which many of you probably expected to see in the third or fourth volume. But instead of unnecessarily forcing material into that particular mould, FM Valeri Lilov now offers you in three videos a survey of the Leningrad System, the Stonewall and the Classical Dutch.

We bring it all to a close with some openings which no longer belong to the main arena of opening theory but which nonetheless provide pleasure over the board and can really all surprise an opponent from time to time. This would include the Bird Opening (or Dutch with colours reversed), the Larsen System (1.b3) and the Sokolsky Opening (1.b4).

The extravagant Black Knights' Tango, the Van Geet Opening (1.♘c3), the Grob Attack (1.g4) and the English Defence. Your best plan is to go into this area without any prejudices and allow our authors to surprise and inspire you. These openings are presented by Valeri Lilov, Lawrence Trent and Daniel King.

As usual, the accompanying booklet is designed to give you a short overview of the openings. In addition, the DVD contains a database with 100 famous games involving these openings.


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