St. Patrick's day of chess

by Arne Kaehler
3/17/2020 – It is St. Patrick's day today, if you didn't know already. This St. Patrick's day is different from all the others we had so far. The coronavirus disease makes us stay home to avoid social contacts as much as possible. So what to do? How about checking out some of our greenest chess trainings?

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St. Patrick's day at home with chess

Normally a crowd of people would go out today to feast and have a social get together like every year. They would wear green wigs, clothes and a big green topper hat. They would drink green beer, color the lakes in green, yell Irish drinking songs till the next day and praise the patron saint of Ireland.

Not this year though. The above mentioned things can be still done of course, but better at home rather than outside and with others.

Luckily the chess world can still look at the candidates tournament 2020, which started today.

How about we chin up and celebrate this day with some of our greenest products available?

The London System with 2.Bf4 Reloaded

Why bother learning hundreds of complex variations when you can play a simple yet deadly opening – the London System with 2.Bf4. Over the last couple of years nearly all the world’s elite grandmasters have been employing the London System, and on this DVD Simon Williams shows what we can learn from their practice. The “Ginger GM“ takes a look at all the latest developments whilst teaching you all the basics that you need to know in order to play this opening with success.

Mastering Pattern Recognition in the Opening

Pattern recognition is an important tool in modern chess, as it helps you to understand better the characteristics of a position. Particularly when you have been confronted with a surprise opening system played by your opponent, it helps when you can just rely on general principles. In this video series, ten key elements of opening play are discussed to help you improve your play at this stage of the game. In chess literature these themes have repeatedly been covered, but this time you will get actively involved yourself as well!

The Benko Gambit Explained

Pal Benko left the world of chess an enormous legacy. Not only was he a formidable study composer, he also gave his name to the gambit line 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5. In this DVD, Erwin l’Ami guides you through the fascinating Benko Gambit. As early as move three Black starts a fight for the initiative, a strategy that has proved to be successful in countless amateur and master level games.

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Whatever you are doing today, please stay healthy and safe and make the best out of it. Slán!


Arne Kaehler, a creative mind who is passionate about board games in general, was born in Hamburg and learned to play chess at a young age. By teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess-related videos on YouTube, Arne was able to expand this passion and has even created an online course for anyone who wants to learn how to play chess. Arne writes for the English and German news sites, but focuses mainly on content for the ChessBase media channels.


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