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The Modern Pirc

The Modern Pirc is actually a mixture of the Caro-Kann and the Pirc. In many lines Black combines the ideas of the classical Pirc in which the fianchettoed bishop is important with the Caro-Kann idea to fight for the center with c6-d5.


ChessBase Magazine 176

Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (WCh Carlsen-Karjakin, European Club Cup and London Classic) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 11 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.


The Dutch Stonewall - A fighting repertoire against 1.d4

In the Dutch Stonewall Black from the very first move fights for the initiative. Let Erwin l’Ami take you on a fascinating journey to the depth and attractions of this unique opening. At the end you will be rewarded with a new repertoire against 1.d4!


The Art of the Positional Exchange Sacrifice

The positional exchange sacrifice is one of the most powerful and fascinating strategic weapons in chess. On this DVD Sergey Tiviakov explains why the positional exchange sacrifice is such a strong weapon and how to use it.


Strengthen your chess foundation

IM Nisha Mohota shows guidelines to steer you through the opening, shows basic endgames, helps you to understand fundamental pawn structures, and explains principles and patterns of attack and defense


How to crack the Berlin Wall with 5.Re1

Alexei Shirov shows on this DVD how White can develop pressure and seize the initiative with 5.Re1 against the Berlin Wall.


Extra 175


Books, boards, sets: Chess Niggemann

The Love for Wood - 1979 chess documentary

2/17/2014 – Recently a fascinating Dutch documentary on chess, dating from 1979, surfaced on YouTube, showing in intimate detail the state of chess at the time, and a glimpse into the players’ minds. The protagonists are Jan Timman, Jan Hein Donner, Hans Ree, Max Euwe and more. They answer questions on chess addiction, chess sadism, home preparation, often with exceptionally insightful comments.
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Recently a fascinating Dutch documentary on chess, dating from 1979, surfaced on YouTube, showing in intimate detail the state of chess at the time, and a glimpse into the players’ minds. Although in Dutch, it contains subtitles in English that can be enabled.

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Contrary to many short documentaries on the game, which try to avoid technical discussions that might leave laymen out in the cold, the audience is presumed to have a working understanding of the game, readily discussing opening preparation, the psychology of the chess player (are we all secretly sadists at heart?), chess addiction, and much more.

Jan Donner explains where our love for the game starts

Jan Timman was in his late twenties

The main protagonists are the top players of the time: Jan Timman, Jan Hein Donner, Hans Ree, Ulf Andersson, and even Max Euwe, as they discuss their impressions of chess then and before.

The comments are exceptionally insightful. Jan Donner explains part of the magic
of the 'touch piece' rule: "In the split second you touch the piece, you’ll see more
than you saw in the past 30 minutes you spent studying the position."

How much has changed. Timman explains that he is currently in the midst of
opening preparation, and to this end has piles of bulletins and paperwork to
organize it that he can and will take with him in his travels to tournaments.

Are we sadists? Hans Ree argues that deep down all chess players are to a
degree, albeit in a non-violent way.

Timman tried to disagree but got no help from Ulf Andersson who admitted he
sometimes wished his opponents would not resign so soon so he could watch
them squirm a bit longer

Max Euwe, hanging out at a chess café in Amsterdam, is asked about his time
against Alekhine and chess addiction

The two Dutch players, Hans Ree and Jan Timman visit correspondence player
Mulder van Leens Dijkstra at his home

They are fascinated by the little booklets that hold eight games, all with moving
pieces, that he uses to keep track of his 27 ongoing games at the time

In the end, Gert Ligterink wins a crucial game against Timman, thus becoming
the 1979 Dutch champion

The full video of The Love for Wood (1979)


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