New: Pruijssers/Zwirs: How to slay the Sicilian Vol. 1-3!

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6/15/2020 – Do you find the Sicilian difficult to cope with? Are you afraid to play the Sicilian with White because you do not want to learn a huge amount of variations by heart? Well, Roeland Pruijssers and Nico Zwirs can help. The two Dutchmen have created a complete repertoire against the Sicilian based on the Open Sicilian. A repertoire that is easy to learn.

The Open Sicilian Bundle The Open Sicilian Bundle

Dutch Grandmaster Roeland Pruijssers and International Master Nico Zwirs created a complete repertoire against the Sicilian that is based on the Open Sicilian and that is easy to learn. They show patterns you should know when playing the Open Sicilian

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Pruijssers/Zwirs: How to slay the Sicilian

Do you struggle against the Sicilian? And would you like to play the Open Sicilian but shy away from it because you fear the many lines you might have to learn? Then this video is a must for you! Dutch Grandmaster Roeland Pruijssers and International Master Nico Zwirs created a complete repertoire against the Sicilian that is based on the Open Sicilian and that is easy to learn.

Pruijssers and Zwirs recommend the Maroczy set-up (e4-c4), the English Attack (Be3,f3 and Qd2) and set-ups with Be3/Qf3. Fighting the Sicilian with one of these three setups makes the Open Sicilian much more easy to play. Sometimes this opening approach will lead to transpositions that will baffle players with Black, e.g. if they wanted to play the Najdorf but suddenly find themselves in a line of the Taimanov!

This video offers a strong and safe repertoire against the Sicilian and comes with a lot of new and fresh ideas. It is ideal for club players and titled players alike! The whole series is divided in three parts that deal with 2…d6, 2…e6 and 2…Nc6 respectively. The entertaining presentation of Pruijssers and Zwirs help to understand this powerful recipe against one of the most popular openings against 1.e4. Watch the video and get ready to slay the Sicilian!

Vol.1 – 2...d6 3.d4

Dragon, Dragodorf, Najdorf, Scheveningen, 5th move alternatives (e5, Bd7), Classical Sicilian

How to slay the Sicilian Vol.1 - 2...d6

Dutch Grandmaster Roeland Pruijssers and International Master Nico Zwirs created a complete repertoire against the Sicilian that is based on the Open Sicilian and that is easy to learn.

  • Video running time: over 13 hours (English)
  • With interactive training including video feedback
  • Further Training chapter with repertoire and play features

RRP € 29,90
ISBN: 978-3-86681-765-4
EAN 9 783866 817654

Vol.2: 2…Nc6

Accelerated Dragon, Sveshnikov, Kalashnikov, Grivas 4…Qb6, Löwenthal, Four Knights

How to slay the Sicilian Vol.2 - 2...Nc6

Dutch Grandmaster Roeland Pruijssers and International Master Nico Zwirs created a complete repertoire against the Sicilian that is based on the Open Sicilian and that is easy to learn.

  • Video running time: over 7 hours (English)
  • With interactive training including video feedback
  • Further Training chapter with repertoire and play features

RRP € 29,90
ISBN: 978-3-86681-766-1
EAN 9 783866 817661

Vol.3: 2…e6 and others

Taimanov, Paulsen/Kan, Hybrid System, Pin-Variation, Nimzowitsch 2…Nf6, O‘ Kelly 2…a6, Hyper-Accelerated Dragon 2…g6

How to slay the Sicilian Vol.3. - 2...e6 and others

Dutch Grandmaster Roeland Pruijssers and International Master Nico Zwirs created a complete repertoire against the Sicilian that is based on the Open Sicilian and that is easy to learn.

  • Video running time: over 10 hours (English)
  • With interactive training including video feedback
  • Further Training chapter with repertoire and play features

RRP € 29,90
ISBN: 978-3-86681-767-8
EAN 9 783866 817678

Pruijssers/Zwirs: Tactic Toolbox Open Sicilian

Tactic Toolbox Open Sicilian

3.d4 is the most popular response to the Sicilian, both at grandmaster and club level. The theory of the opening is huge and grows continually. Knowing typical tactical patterns is important to keep the upper hand in these sharp lines.

3.d4 is the most popular response to the Sicilian, both at grandmaster and club level. The theory of the opening is huge and grows continually. Knowing typical tactical patterns is important to keep the upper hand in these sharp lines. Roeland Pruijssers and Nico Zwirs show patterns you should know when playing the Open Sicilian. The interactive Fritz- Trainer format invites the viewer to answer questions and helps to test and deepen your knowledge. And even if the Sicilian is not part of your repertoire you will profit from this DVD – after all, mastering tactics is always useful in chess.

Themes: b6-Tactics, The chase, The e5-break, Elimination, The Lure, Mating Attacks, Nd5, Nf5, Opening Files, Pin, Positional Exchange Sacrifice,Sacrifices on e6 and b5, Trapping, Weak Pawns, Zwischenzug, Defending, Double Attack, Calculation

  • Video running time: 7 hours (English)
  • With interactive training including video feedback
  • Extra: Database with even more examples

RRP € 29,90
ISBN: 978-3-86681-770-8
EAN 9 783866 817708

Available: 12 June 2020

Bundle offer:

Pruijssers/Zwirs: How to slay the Sicilian  Vol. 1 – 3 + Tactic Toolbox Open Sicilian

The Open Sicilian Bundle

Dutch Grandmaster Roeland Pruijssers and International Master Nico Zwirs created a complete repertoire against the Sicilian that is based on the Open Sicilian and that is easy to learn. They show patterns you should know when playing the Open Sicilian

99,90 € (instead of 119,60 €). Save 16% !

Roeland Pruijssers is a Dutch Grandmaster living in Apeldoorn. He started chess at a young age, getting his IM title at 18 and the GM title at 22. Besides being an active player, he’s also a prolific chess coach and author.

Nico Zwirs is a Dutch International Master living in Amsterdam, who grew up in Apeldoorn. He got the IM title in 2019, reaching a peak rating of 2453. He’s an active player, participating in several European leagues.

System requirements:

Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows 7, DirectX9 graphic card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9 and internet connection for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7 / 8 or 10, DirectX10 graphic card (or compatible) with 512 MB

RAM or better, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVDROM drive and internet connection for program activation.

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Force of Nature Force of Nature 6/30/2020 05:52
I had to split the below posts in two parts but somehow they appear in reverse order, unfortunately this forum does not allow one to correct such errors. So please bear that in mind and read the posts in the correct order.

Thanks and regards.
Force of Nature Force of Nature 6/30/2020 05:44
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Nxd7 5.0-0 Ngf6 6.Re1 e6 7.c3 Be7 8.d4 0-0 9.e5 and now only considers 9... dxe5 10.dxe5 Nd5 when 9...Ne8!? is well tested and known to be theoretically dead equal for more than 3 decades see Szmetan vs Tal. Then there is Daniel King's recent King's Gambit DVD in which he made the Quaade-gambit the cornerstone of his Repertoire, but fails to consider one of it's most critical lines:

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Nc3 Nc6! intending 5.d4 g4 6.Bc4 gxf3 7.0-0 Nxd4! intending 8.Qxd4 Qg5 winning. This whole sequence is well known to modern theory, and a major reason why we rarely see the Quaade in tournament chess. I brought this to his attention on You Tube but only after pointing out yet another important omission did he respond to say that he would fix it in a follow up Kings gambit Toolbox DVD for Chessbase, in the meantime he continues to do his Power Play 27 Kings Gambit promo tour on Youtube up to episode 5 now I think, when I would have thought that fixing these omissions should be taking priority.
This brings me to my final thought, does Chessbase not Beta Test these Opening DVD's to catch such omissions and hand them back to the authors to fix before releasing to the consumer. This lack of oversight is encouraging presenters to turn in shoddy work, and it is becoming the norm rather than the exception, in general I like Chessbase products so take my complaints seriously and as an opportunity to get things right in the future or risk losing a loyal customer.

Sincerely yours,
Concerned Consumer
Force of Nature Force of Nature 6/30/2020 05:44
I don't often comment here, but I have observed a disturbing trend especially with your Opening Repertoire DVD's, namely inexplicable omissions of important lines related to the recommended repertoire. In this latest offering Pruijssers & Zwirs somehow fail to consider a big mainline in their repertoire against the Dragon, namely:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0-0-0 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Bd4 Bxd4 13.Qxd4 Qb6 14.Na4 Now they only consider 14...Qc7 and forget completely to look at the equally critical and popular 14...Qa5!? This is a very very strange oversight, and I hope it's not indicative of the thoroughness in which they cover the other Sicilian systems. I am growing weary of these Opening Repertoires promising to be complete but always missing obvious and important lines. Jan Werle was guilty of the same thing in his 3 part Sicilian effort, offering the following:

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