The ChessBase Shopping Guide

by Nadja Wittmann
2/14/2019 – Work on your chess for fun and profit. But how, you ask? If you're searching for ideas, why not pay a visit to the ChessBase Shop: it offers video series (on DVD or for download) covering all areas of chess, presented by chess legends like Kasparov, Kramnik and Anand, and renowned opening experts such as Peter-Heine Nielsen and Rustam Kasimdzhanov, plus many other top players. Need help to find the videos that suit you best? This ChessBase shopping guide shows the way. | Drawing: ChessBase

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The tab "Openings A-Z" in the ChessBase Shop offers a list of openings. Clicking on the opening of your choice shows you the ChessBase video series about this opening. But, you may wonder, which video series is best for me to understand, say, the currently trendy London System? Which suits my playing strength and taste?

The search board is a powerful tool to search for opening knowledge. Just enter the line you are interested in by playing moves on the board! A list with all video series that deal with this position appears. Give it a try: enter 1.e4 e6 and you get a list with DVDs about the French and its various systems: Winawer, the Classical Variation, Tarrasch, and the French Advance Variation.

Pro tip: The same trick applies to videos in Find the Opening section of — just play moves on the board and the list of videos in which any given position appears is instantly updated!

If you look for video series about the London System you can click the opening name under "Openings A-Z" or you can enter the moves directly into the search board: 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4:

The page recognizes the London System, and presents everything we have for sale on this opening:

You now see the ChessBase DVDs about this system


More than 100 authors shared and continue to share their knowledge via our expansive video library for ChessBase customers. The bar with photos shows authors such as Garry Kasparov, Daniel King, Wesley So, Vishy Anand, …  Clicking on a photo of an author leads to a short biography of that author and a list of all DVDs he or she has recorded for ChessBase.

List of all authors in the shop

Who should I choose?

But who is your favourite author? A good start to find out whether you like an author and his or her style of presentation is to watch the sample video(s) of his or her video series.

E.g. back to the London System: Let's say you want to know more about the London. Several of our authors made DVDs about this system and you might want to compare which author and presentation suits your tastes best!

Nigel Davies

Nigel Davies

Nigel Davies was born in 1960 has been an International Grandmaster since 1993 and is a former British Open Quickplay and U21 Champion. Besides his playing accomplishments, he is an experienced chess coach with a unique understanding of club level chess. Accordingly, he knows just what is likely to succeed.

The Accelerated London with 2.Bf4

The Accelerated London System with 2.Bf4 offers some dynamic new possibilities for White that have been hitherto little explored. Amongst them is a new and dangerous way of meeting the King’s Indian formation with 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.Nc3!?. On this DVD Nigel Davies explores these fascinating plans which give the London System a lot of bite and offer scope for creativity. It’s little surprise that top Grandmasters such as Grischuk, Ponomariov and Grachev have been experimenting with these exciting new methods of play.

Henrik Danielsen

Henrik Danielsen

Born 1966, is a Danish grandmaster who now plays for Iceland and who has taken part in a total of five chess olympiads for the two countries. Danielsen works as a trainer and also has a lot of experience as an author of chess videos.

Pressing straight away - The London System 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4

If you are looking for a new attacking plan against the popular Queen’s Gambit, then this download is for you. Completely new ideas after 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 turn the solid London system into a serious weapon. New approaches and Fritz analyses will catch out an unprepared opponent. Henrik Danielsen used this system to win the Icelandic blitz championship in 2011. Some strong GMs and IMs didn't realise the danger before it was too late. Even after Black’s best defence White will be able to fight for an advantage. After watching 60 minutes you have a total opening plan against the Queen’s Gambit. 

Simon Williams

Simon Williams

Simon Williams became a IM in 1998 and a GM in 2008. For the last 15 years he has concentrated on teaching, playing and making instructional chess DVDs. He also has a lot of experience commentating about chess including at high-class open tournaments like, Gibraltar and Reykjavik and his own live streams. Williams is the author of numerous chess books. His first book, 'Play the Classical Dutch' was voted, in New in Chess, as one of the top 10 chess books of all time. His playing style is very aggressive, preferring attacking chess to positional grinds, which is one reason why he is perfect for DVDs on the Kings Gambit and Amazing Moves! He has a few impressive personal results, including wins over Magnus Carlsen and Boris Gelfand (just after he was in the World Championship).  Two of his students finished 3rd and 5th in the World Junior Championships. More information at

The London System with 2.Bf4 

Shop assistant

The "Shop assistant" helps you to find DVDs by filtering according to language, topic and level. Let's say I am looking for a DVD in English, I would rate myself as being an "Advanced Player", and I would like to work on my openings.

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