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  1. Classical King's Indian with 7 … exd4 (7 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Classical King's Indian with 7 … exd4 (7 part series). E93: King's Indian: orthodox variation. Ronen's show "Opening Survey" follows carefully the most recent trends in the chess world. Lately the King's Indian has been suffering big time, with GM Bacrot scoring 0 out 3 in the first rounds of the Biel Chess Festival, losing all his King's Indian games; it's time for our opening expert GM Ronen Har-Zvi to suggest ideas and opinions on this important piece of chess opening theory. In this new series Ronen will address the classical King's Indian with a more dynamic approach, opening the center and playing fast: Kramnik scored a fantastic win in Dortmund against Jan Gustafsson this year with the variation Ronen is taking in consideration in this series. Let's try and keep the King's Indian alive, with GM Ronen Har-Zvi! Learn More
  2. The Vienna Opening in the QGD (7 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: The Vienna Opening in the QGD (7 part series). D37: QGD: 4.Nf3. The Vienna QGD is a very important part of the Ragozin opening - ECO D37-D39. This opening has been used in recent years by many of the top players, including Aronian, Topalov, Anand Morozevich and many more. By capturing on c4 with his d pawn, black immediately goes after white's center, deviating from the normal positional play after white himself plays cxd5. A very energetic opening for any level! Let's watch GM Ronen's shows, and learn all the tricks and subtleties of this interesting opening. Learn More
  3. Openings from World Championship Matches (7 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Openings from World Championship Matches (7 part series). D17: QGD Slav: Wiesbaden variation. We are going to follow and enjoy the World Championship Match in May, with ICC Chess.FM LIVE commentary, and in a new series GM Ronen offers us a Special Opening Survey Series: he will be investigating openings played by the two contenders for the World Championship 2012: from Anand's opening in his previous Championship matches against Kramnik and Topalov, to Gelfand's openings in the candidates match that led the Israeli super-GM on to the great challenge. Ronen will be with us all the way through the big match, with updates and analysis on the openings and novelties played by World Champion GM Anand and challenger GM Gelfand. Learn More
  4. The Caveman Caro-Kann: Advance variation (7 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: The Caveman Caro-Kann: Advance variation (7 part series). B12: Caro-Kann: advance variation 4.h4 h6 5.g4. Gone are the days when the Advance variation in the Caro-Kann (1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 e5) was thought to be a poor cousin to the French Advance - now it is arguably one of White’s best ways to secure the advantage against the notoriously solid defense. And thanks to the likes of Nigel Short, Mickey Adams, Alexei Shirov and Peter Svidler et al., the White lines became so much more aggressive. These highly aggressive lines (with an early h4, g4 or Ne2) took a direct, almost bludgeoning approach to the game, so much so that it got coined as “The Caveman Caro-Kann: Advance variation.” And in a new series, GM Ronen Har-Zvi trends the developments in all the sharpest lines. Learn More
  5. The Hedgehog (7 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: The Hedgehog (7 part series). A05: English . The Hedgehog is a thoroughly modern defense where flexibility and understanding trumps all. This counter-punching system was a big favorite of the likes of Garry Kasparov, Ljubomir Ljubojevic and Ulf Andersson, and for player’s of the White pieces playing the English Opening, it can still be problematic at the best of times. But the late Polish-American GM Aleksander “Wojo” Wojtkiewicz - who was a feared player of the White pieces - came up with a simple, yet at the same time aggressive plan to “Sonic the Hedgehog” with 1 c4 c5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nc3 e6 4 g3 b6 5 Bg2 Bb7 6 0–0 a6 7 Re1. And in a new series, GM Ronen Har-Zvi returns to look more carefully at Wojo’s system - that led to him scoring many spectacular wins - as a potent weapon in your arsenal to make roadkill out of the prickly Hedgehog. Learn More
  6. London System (4 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: London System (4 part series). A47: "King's Indian/London System with c4, King's Indian/London System (different games played)". In the King’s Indian Defense, White has to memorize a labyrinth of variations if he hopes to have any real chance at walking away with an advantage. But the London System (1. d4 2. Nf3 3. Bf4) is an excellent way for amateurs to meet the King’s Indian Defense - and for a bit more bite, White can adopt a big Boris Spassky favorite by playing the London System with c4 against the KID. Not only was it a weapon of Spassky's, it was also used by the likes of Kasparov, Bronstein and Smyslov. And in a new four-part series, GM Ronen Har-Zvi takes a closer look at playing the London System (with c4) as an Anti-King’s Indian system. Learn More
  7. Anti-Grunfeld systems (7 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Anti-Grunfeld systems (7 part series). A15, A05: English opening, English opening with Qa4+. The Grunfeld Defense is one of those annoying openings that torment all 1 d4 players. After 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 Black immediately begins active operations in the center and, more importantly, forces White to memorize a labyrinth of variations if he hopes to have any real chance at walking away with an advantage. But have no fear as there’s one Anti-Grunfeld line - favored by Veselin Topalov, among others - that’s fast becoming a panacea for white with easy play and troubles for black, and that’s lines with 4 Qa4+. And in a new series of Ronen’s Opening Survey, our openings expert takes a look at these Anti-Grunfeld lines. Learn More
  8. Marshall Gambit in the Slav (7 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Marshall Gambit in the Slav (7 part series). D10: QGD: semi-Slav, Marshall gambit 4. … Bb4. Frank J. Marshall, who held the U.S. championship title for 29 years before he relinquished it in 1936, had such a combinative style that he likened himself to boxing legend Jack Dempsey, who always went for a quick knockout blow. He left us his legacy of the Marshall Attack in the Ruy Lopez - but lesser known perhaps is his “other” gambit, a similarly vicious line against the notoriously tough Slav Defense that was also christened the Marshall Gambit after its inventor Learn More
  9. QGD with 5.Bf4 (7 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: QGD with 5.Bf4 (7 part series). D37: QGD: classical variation (5.Bf4). The Orthodox Defense to the Queen's Gambit (1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 Be7) is an extremely resilient system for Black, and a solid favorite of not just your average club player but also many of the world's top stars. For many years, the two main lines against it used to be 5 Bg5 or 5 cxd5. But in the early 1970s, Hungary's Lajos Portisch revived an old favorite of English player Joseph Blackburne (1841-1924) of 5 Bf4 with some pioneering new ideas in it. Players such as Kasparov, Karpov, Kramnik, Fischer, Carlsen, Topalov and Ivanchuk added it to their repertoire. And in a new series of Ronen's Opening Survey for Chess.FM, our resident openings expert, GM Ronen Har-Zvi, takes a closer look at the many attractions to the Queen's Gambit Declined with 5 Bf4 and why you also should be adding it to your repertoire. Learn More
  10. Sicilian: Moscow Variation (7 part series)

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    New Ideas in…: Sicilian: Moscow Variation (7 part series). B51, B52: Sicilian: Canal-Sokolsky (Nimzovich-Rossolimo, Moscow) attack. Playing the White side of the Sicilian is a tricky business these days with all that main-line theory to remember. Indeed, if White is looking to present Black with some real problems while still avoiding mountains of theory, then the Anti-Sicilian Bb5 lines – more specifically, the Rossolimo (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5) and the Moscow (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+) – might just be the way to go. They are easy to play and often can resemble a Ruy Lopez - not what Black is looking for. Even players such as Anand, Carlsen and Svidler regularly use it - and with excellent results. So in his latest series “New Ideas In….” GM Ronen Har-Zvi examines the Anti-Sicilian Bb5 lines. Learn More
  11. The 150 Attack  (7 part series)

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    New Ideas in…: The 150 Attack (7 part series). B07: Pirc defense. In the latest of his "New Ideas In... " series, GM Ronen Har-Zvi looks at " The 150 Attack, " a sharp line for white against the Pirc that was pioneered in the 1980s by a new generation of English players, such as John Nunn, Nigel Short and Mickey Adams. The main idea is Be3, Qd2, Bh6, advance the h-pawn and then deliver mate. Naturally, this seemed too good to be true and was quickly dubbed the 150 Attack (a peculiarity of the English grading system, with 150 equating to 1800 Elo), since it seemed that only a club player would use such a blatant attacking system and expect the game to finish in checkmate. Learn More
  12. Sicilian, Chekhover Variation (7 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Sicilian, Chekhover Variation #1. B53: Sicilian . The Sicilian variation 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4, named after the very famous Russian chess composer Vitaly Chekhover (sometimes also called the Hungarian Variation), is an interesting alternative for white to avoid many of the heavily analyzed lines in the Sicilian. Oftentimes this variation leads to a more positional rather than complicated play. Recently the world number 1 , which by now we can say be the highest rated player in History, has decided to put this variation to work, and we are here as always to follow and explain this interesting and surprising line, that deserves attention at any level. Learn More
  13. Closed Game Structure: QGD (7 part series)

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    Closed Game Structure: QGD (7 part series) Players: Botvinnik, Keres, Nenachev, Panchenko, Kasparov, Barua, Karpov, Ljuboljevic, Djuric, Pfleger, Watson, VanderSterren, Hansen, Seirawan, Jussupow, Gelfand, Ivanchuk, Andersson, Kasparov, Karpov, Pelletier,Schulman, Vouldis, Kasparov, Smyslov, Nielsen, Georgiev, Nikolic, Miladinovic, Kramnik, Morozevich, Atalik, Capablanca, Alekhine, Malaniuk, Petronijevic, Alekhine, Colle, Pillsburry, Chigorine, Karpov, Yussupov ECO: After several video lectures on structures that spring from 1.e4 e5, IM John Watson moves on to analyze 1.d4 d5 games. In this series, John tackles the structures that can happen in the Queen's Gambit Declined: 1. d4 d5; 2.c4 e6. The 'QGD' is one of the most played openings, either in classic times and nowadays, with a lot of different variations. Declining the Queen Gambit, Black goes for a strong point in the center, whereas by playing 2. … dxc4 (Queen's Gambit accepted), he would surrender the center. this is why the QGD is considered a 'closed game'. Learn More
  14. Repertoire for Black - The Chigorin (7 part series)

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    Repertoire for Black - The Chigorin (7 part series) Players: ECO: D07 Russian Grandmaster Mikhail Chigorin apparently valued the bishop pair less than most chess masters; some say he even preferred knights to bishops. This is probably why he developed the Defense named after him, to contrast the Queen's Gambit (1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6). The Cigoring Defense actually violates several classical principles: Black does not maintain the center pawn at d5, the c-pawn is blocked, and Black must be willing to trade a bishop for a knight; nonetheless this opening is considered playable for Black. In this video series IM John Watson investigates this interesting opening. Learn More
  15. Ronen through Chess history:  Toward the Candidates (7 part series)

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    Ronen through Chess history: Toward the Candidates Opening: B87: Sicilian: Fischer-Sozin E14, A13, D72, D29 Queen's Indian, English, Neo-Grunfeld, Queen's Gambit Accepted C15 French: Winawer B36, A31 Sicilian: Accelerated Fianchetto, English: Symmetrical - Benoni Formation B36, A31, A07, C11 Sicilian: Accelerated Fianchetto, English, King's Indian Attack, French defense C19, C82 French, Ruy Lopez B19, A38, C09, A37, C09 Caro-Kann, English, French Learn More
  16. Endgames by method (8 part series)

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    Endgames by method Opening: : Player(s): Polugaevsky, Vasikukov Learn More
  17. Yugoslav Attack, Dragon Sicilian (8 part series)

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    New Ideas in…: Yugoslav Attack, Dragon Sicilian (8 part series). B76, B77, B78: Sicilian: dragon, Yugoslav attack, 7...O-O ; Sicilian: dragon, Yugoslav attack, Rauser variation ; Sicilian: dragon, Yugoslav attack, 10.O-O-O ; Sicilian: dragon, Yugoslav attack, 9...Bd7 ;. In the latest of his "New Ideas in...." series for ICC Chess.FM, GM Ronen Har-Zvi investigates the latest developments and trends in the ultimate test of the Sicilian Dragon, the Yugoslav Attack with 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. Bc4. The Sicilian Dragon is back in vogue once again thanks to its recent addition to Magnus Carlsen's ever-growing arsenal. Years ago, Bobby Fischer gave his seal of approval to the Yugoslav attack, stating it was simply a case of preying open the h-file and sac, sac...mate! But this caveman approach in the Yugoslav Attack is well-worked out, as GM Ronen Har-Zvi shows that the Dragon still breathes fire for black with plenty of counter-play. Learn More
  18. Repertoire for White - Trompowsky Attack (8 part series)

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    Repertoire for White - Trompowsky Attack (8 part series) Players: Stefanova, Paehtz, De Waal, Maisuradze, Congiu, Chernyshov, Golichenko, Maisuradze, Congiu, Chernyshov, Golichenko, Trompowsky, Endzelins, Adams, Xie, Hodgson, Tseitlin, Sokolov, Har-Zvi, Stefanova, Royset, Murshed, Ahmed ECO: D00, D03, A45 IM John Watson, with his video course, helps us build a strong and efficient repertoire of openings, for White and for Black. In this new series John teaches us how to use the Trompovsky Attack. After 1.d4 Nf6, instead of playing the very common moves 2.c4 or 2.Nf3, White plays 2.Bg5, sidestepping the endless amount of opening theory that has been written about the Indian Defences, such as the Queen's Indian, the Nimzo-Indian, the King's Indian, as well as the Grunfeld. Study with John the interesting Tromposvky attack; make it part of your opening repertoire and use it as a weapon when you play your games! Learn More
  19. Every Russian Schoolboy Knows:  Build you opening repertoire - QGD ( 8 videos)

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    Every Russian Schoolboy Knows: Build you opening repertoire - QGD Opening D37: QGD Learn More
  20. OffBeat lines to Crush the Sicilian!

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    Tired of fighting those booked up Sicilian players? Checkout this compilation of anti-Sicilian weapons for White to swing the games into your own familiar territory. GM NIvel Davis, IM Gary Lane, IM Danny Kopec, GM Ronen Har-Zvi and GM Alex Lenderman give you a full array of off beat easy-to-learn weapons to take the fight into your own terms.
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  21. Ace up your sleeve for Black: Sicilian Defense, Lowenthal variation

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    International Master Michael Rahal brings us: Ace Up Your Sleeve for Black! This new series is based on his popular video collections "Ace Up Your Sleeve 1.e4" and "Ace Up Your Sleeve 1.d4".
    Now Michael returns with a superb opening series from Black's perspective filled with interesting new lines and personal recommendations aimed to surprise your opponent. Enjoy as Michael shows you his secrets to playing the sharp Sicilian Defense, Lowenthal variation. Learn More
  22. Rook + Opposite Color Bishop (9 part series)

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    Rook + Opposite Color Bishop (9 part series) Players: Yermolinsky, Naroditsky, Blatny Type of show: Endgame Endgame type: R+B vs R+B Learn More
  23. Ronen through Chess history: Chess Olympiads (9 part series)

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    Ronen through Chess history: Chess Olympiads Opening: E12, E04: Queen's Indian Defense, Catalan C15, B53 French Winaver, Sicilian D91, C31, D97 Grünfeld, King's Gambit Declined C82, C80, 90 Ruy Lopez, Ruy Lopez: Tarrasch, Sicilian: Najdorf B12 Caro-Kann E35, E17, B06 Nimzo-Indian, Queen's Indian, Robatsch Defense E15, A29 Queen's Indian, English Opening B13, B12, E24, B06: Caro-Kann, Robatsch, Nimzo-Indian C84, E52, E15: Ruy Lopez: closed, Nimzo-Indian: 4.e3, Queen's Indian Player(s): Portish, Radulov, Ribli, Ljubojevic, Miles, Spassky, Mestel, Renman, Swanson, Makropoulos, Seirawan, Kasparov, Illescas, Nunn, Miles, Fernandez, Leko, Kasparov, Polgar, Mamedyarov, Krasenkow, Morozevich, Ivanchuk, Aronian, Sokolov, Navara, Sargissian, Morozevich, Sargissian, Grischuk, Aronian, Gelfand,Ivanchuk, Beliavsky, Jobava, Adams, Carlsen, Sjugirov, Movsesian, Almasi, Ivanchuk, Wang Hao, Aronian Learn More
  24. Scotch Game (10 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Scotch Game (10 part series). C45: Scotch game 4. … Bc5, Scotch game 5. Nxf6. The Scotch game with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 first came to prominence when one of the leading players of his day, Scottish barrister John Cochrane (who also came up with the Cochrane variation against the Petroff's with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nxe5 d6 4 Nxf7!?) suggested it for his London Chess Club team when they took on Edinburgh Chess Club in what went on to become a famous correspondence match in 1824. When London first played it, they got a great position - but Cochrane had to leave for India and they could't convert their advantage, and drew. Edinburgh then opted to play the new idea in the next game and won - so the opening was named in their honor. However the Scotch lay dormant for the best part of a century at elite level until Garry Kasparov sensationally brought it back into fashion when he used it to ruffle up Karpov during their 1990 world title match. Since then, the venerable Scotch has had a new lease of life. And in a new series of Ronen's Opening Survey, our resident theoretical guru, GM Ronen Har-Zvi shows us just how potent a good Scotch can be. Learn More
  25. the Marshall Attack (10 part series)

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    New Ideas in…: the Marshall Attack (10 part series). C89: Ruy Lopez: Marshall counter-attack, Ruy Lopez: Marshall counter-attack, 11...c6, Ruy Lopez: Marshall, main line, 12.d2d4. One of the world’s first Grandmasters of chess, America’s Frank J. Marshall (1877-1944), left behind a lasting legacy to the chess world with his revered gambit against the Ruy Lopez – the Marshall Attack with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 0-0 8 c3 d5! The Marshall Attack is one of the most important openings in the history of chess and is still deployed with regularity at super Grandmaster level. In current theory the ideas and strategies of both approaches are studied in-depth, and nowadays experts have come to the conclusion that White has no clear superiority in the main theoretical lines. And in the latest of his "New Ideas in..." series, GM Ronen Har-Zvi, takes a closer look under the microscope at Marshall's revolutionary idea. Learn More
  26. Double Pawns (10 part series)

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    Double Pawns (10 part series) Players: Portisch, Kuijpers, Gligoric, Plater, Botvinnik, Chekover, Dickenson, Emms, Karpov, Brown, Kortchnoi, Panno, Pigott, Mestel, Sokolov, Har-Zvi, Kharlov, Timman, Salov, Yussupov, Salov, Yussupov, Dreev, Timofeev, Ashwath, Kostenko, Acs, Ivanchuk, Fischer, Portisch, KasparovS, Harikrishna, Shaw, Stefanova, Kasparov, Kramnik, Grischuk, Morozevich, Iuldachev, Kholmov, ECO: Theory of double pawns is one of the most complex and important in chess. Extremely often double pawns are acceptable, or even strong, depending on the whole structure. One of the big distinction for double pawns is if they are isolated or connected with other pawns. This can make a lot of difference on how to deal with this particular and common structure. In this series IM John Watson looks at double pawns in an extensive and complete way. Learn More
  27. Repertoire for Black - The French (21 part series)

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    Repertoire for Black - The French (21 part series)
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  28. Gambits against the French

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    Looking for ways to defeat the French Defense? Look no further as Grandmaster Boris Alterman covers three sharp and aggressive opening gambits you can play against the French Defense. You receive ten top quality videos of Grandmaster analysis.

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  29. Gambits against the Sicilian

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    Looking for ways to defeat the Sicilian defense?  GM Boris Alterman and GM Alex Lenderman cover four sharp and aggressive opening gambits you can play against the Sicilian Defense. You receive 12 top quality videos of Grandmaster analysis on these exciting openings. Learn More
  30. Gambits against the Ruy Lopez

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    If you're looking for ways to bust the Ruy Lopez, then this video series is for you! Grandmaster Boris Alterman and Grandmaster Ronen Har-zvi cover several sharp and aggressive opening gambits you can play against the Ruy Lopez. You receive 27 top quality videos of Grandmaster analysis on these exciting openings.

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  31. Opening Tricks & Traps + 6 Months ICC Membership

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    Tricks and Trips + 6 Months ICC Membership
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    IM John Watson shows you how to fool (or not be fooled by!) your opponent, in a variety of exciting opening tricks and traps. 9+ hours of superb chess instruction from one of the most popular chess coaches + 6 Months of ICC Membership!
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  32. Attacking with Forcing Moves – GM Damian Lemos

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    EMPIRE CHESS – VOL 52

    Grandmaster Damian Lemos’ excellent presentation skill guides you through this volume which is 2/10 of The Club Player’s Manifesto. This DVD follows on from the first volume in The Club Player’s Manifesto, which had emphasis on basic and advanced concepts of attacking the King and the many factors leading up to the attacking possibility. Many methods and concepts are considered including: Attacking with The Dutch, Strong Centre, Pawn Storms in Closed Positions – when to play them, Capturing supporting Pawns and the consequences, Brilliant ‘King Hunts’, Two Knights defence with immediate N-g5!?, The Isolated Queen Pawn (IQP) is discussed outlining correct approach from both sides, When to open ‘lines’ for an advantage and many more in what is a brilliant approach to learning the core essentials for Club players up to Candidate Masters succinctly guided by Grandmaster Damian Lemos one of the World Leaders in Chess instruction.

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  33. Positional Chess Guide – GM Damian Lemos

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    EMPIRE CHESS – VOL 57

    This volume looks at ‘Positional Play’ things like voluntarily giving up ‘The Bishop Pair’, How to attack doubled ‘C’ pawns, Placing Rooks deliberately on Closed files, The IQP advantages and disadvantages and many more Positional Play methods. Many methods and concepts are considered including: Beating The QGD Tarrasch, QGD, Bogo Indian, QGA, Queen’s Indian considered, QGD Tarrasch examined in detail, IQP situation arising after dxc5 considered, Strong Centre versus attempts to undermine it, A collection of small Positional Advantages are no good if opponent can realistically launch a strong attack versus your own King, Passed IQP advantages and disadvantages, Good piece activity creates other transformational advantages, Temporary Piece Sacrifices to gain Positional Advantage, Using the Advanced IQP to tie down opponent, It’s Okay to advance your own King’s Pawn Cover when opponent is tied down, Good technique in the middlegame with more space and many more, in what is a brilliant approach to learning the core essentials for Club players up to Candidate Masters succinctly guided by Grandmaster Damian Lemos one of the World Leaders in Chess instruction.

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  34. Defensive Domination – GM Damian Lemos

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    EMPIRE CHESS – VOL 59

    This DVD looks at ‘Defense’ and how to stay calm in the face of attack with concise understanding of opponent’s threats. Preparing your defense against expected attacks is considered as is the use of tactics. Many methods and concepts are considered including: Pins to defend effectively, Sacrifice a Pawn for ‘The Initiative’, Defending even more Initiative by accepting a second Pawn offering (with justification), Poor methods of defense considered, Dealing with Surprising moves in attack, Trade your ‘Bad Pieces’ not your ‘Good’ Ones, Giving some material back to ‘Activate’ all pieces is good, How NOT to attack and many more, in what is a brilliant approach to learning the core essentials for Club players up to Candidate Masters succinctly guided by Grandmaster Damian Lemos one of the World Leaders in Chess instruction.

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  35. Ultra Deep Strategy – Techniques of the Super GMs – GM Damian Lemos

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    EMPIRE CHESS – VOL 71

    This volume shows us the secrets of chess strategy at the highest level through extensively-analyzed master games. Emphasizing the correct plans and ideas at every moment, it is a series for advanced players to complement their training with an aspect more difficult than tactics. GM Lemos clearly and simply demonstrates the ideas that are developed in each game, ensuring that the player can easily learn the strategic concepts being taught. These concepts include: how to play in restricted positions or with limited space, positional plays like capturing the bishop pair, creating logical plans and how to execute them, playing on both flanks, implementing tactics with a strategic advantage, unexpected maneuvers, transferring pieces from one flank to another, making the most of your opponent’s weaknesses, the principle of two weaknesses, endgame techniques, combating your opponent’s plans, spatial advantage, positional sacrifices and more. All of these concepts can be found in this excellent work on the middlegame where we can better understand how the Super GMs play.

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  36. Attack Like a Super GM – GM Damian Lemos

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    EMPIRE CHESS – VOL 77

    In this volume you will learn the secrets of how the Super GMs attack. Attacking is an important part of chess and an enjoyable part of the game for most players, but you have to know how to attack well and also when to correctly evaluate a position. Across five extensively-analyzed games, GM Lemos details each move, with the plans and ideas of each player. Many players know how to attack but lack the ability to coordinate material and create decisive threats towards a particular objective. It is important to not only know how to evaluate a position and determine whether you can attack, but also the most effective way to transfer your forces into attack. Not doing this correctly could cost the player the game. You often must first defend your position and then move onto the counterattack without losing your cool and thoughtlessly attacking; you have to control the tempo and play according to the requirements of the situation. All of this is explained in a clear and concise way by Grandmaster Damian Lemos, one of the best presenters of chess video instruction.

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  37. Super GM Tactics – GM Damian Lemos

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    EMPIRE CHESS – VOL 79

    In this volume GM Damian Lemos focuses his study on tactics by using four Super GM games as a point of reference in order to explain how a Grandmaster thinks. Tactics are an essential part of the game and can improve or resolve problems. However, it is better to study games completely where we can prepare and plan certain tactical strikes. Rather than being stuck in the game from the beginning, we have clearer ideas and key plans in the position. Tactics often complement a prepared strategy and you will also learn how to punish an opponent for ignoring certain norms of the game, such as development, gaining material in exchange for a loss in tempo and you will see the importance of initiative and prioritizing development over material. All of this is clearly and concisely explained by Grandmaster Damian Lemos, one of the best presenters of chess video instruction.

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  38. Slav Defense (11 part series)

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    The Slav Defense is one of the most solid defenses to 1 d4, and a great favorite of the world's leading players. John Watson looks at the opening from White's point of view, recommending safe but strategically rich setups against each variation. He also examines the Semi-Slav Defense, a close relative of the Slav. Opening: D11: Slav Defense D15, D94: QGD Slav, Grunfeld D43: Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav Learn More
  39. Heisman's Openings and Tabiyas Bundle

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    National Master Dan Heisman, one of the most instructional chess coaches in the world, brings us another winning video collection Openings and Tabiyas.
    Dan shows you in this useful 29-video series what to do after the "normal position" of an opening is reached. It is a different approach to the opening theory; how many times have you reached the limit of your opening theory knowledge to find yourself in doubt about what to do next? Dan likes calling these Tabiyas (what to do in a normal position), and how to plan ahead when the standardized position arising on the board.
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  40. Art of Calculation with IM Andrey Ostrovskiy

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    In this 3+ hour course, IM Andrey Ostrovskiy shares his exact methodology and calculation blueprint that took him over 16 years to develop and polish. IM Ostrovskiy’s ideas were successfully applied by his private students, resulting in many won tournaments and obtained titles.” Learn More
  41. The Art of Checkmate with IM Castellanos

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    Checkmating opponent’s king is every player’s dream. It is the happiest, most exciting moment of the game. It is the most satisfying part of chess. Learn More
  42. The Art of Defense with IM Valeri Lilov

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    All chess players want to learn how to attack, but they don’t realize that the reason why their ELO isn’t 2200 yet is because of their poor defensive technique, not the attacking skills. The truth is, the ability to attack and to defend are equally important. Learn More
  43. Beating Stronger Opponents with IM Castellanos

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    How much time do you spend on training your attacking skills? As many as 90% of chess players spend nearly ZERO! Learn More
  44. Dominating Open Positions with GM Victor Mikhalevski

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    “Open positions are one of the most common types at chess. By learning how to play the open positions correctly you will take your game on the whole new level.”!” Learn More
  45. Dominate King and Pawn Endgames with IM Lilov

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    “Despite its visual simplicity, king and pawn endgame is a very complicated subject in chess. Majority of club level players nowadays do not spend appropriate amount of time to get familiar even with some of the most typical positions.”” Learn More
  46. Dominate with Queen’s Indian Defense with GM Werle

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    The Queen’s Indian Defense is a very powerful weapon for those who think that a draw against 1.d4 is not enough. Many world champions employed this opening with great success. Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, and recently Magnus Carlsen achieved many brilliant victories with a help of the Queen’s Indian. Learn More
  47. Dominate Rook Endgames with GM Alex Ipatov

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    “Rook endgames are the most common and probably one of the most complex of all endings. No wonder 90% of chess players have trouble with them. This course will make rook endgames one of your strongest sides!” Learn More
  48. Dominating Closed Positions with GM Mikhalevski

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    Closed position is perhaps one of the most complex types of positions at chess. Many amateur players choose to stay away from those positions simply because it appears crowded, over-complicated and plain unfriendly. “ Learn More
  49. Grandmaster Level Evaluation of Positions with GM Misa Pap

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    “The trick is not to calculate the moves, but to correctly and precisely evaluate the position that arises. This is the true art. The more precisely you can evaluate the position the stronger chess player you are.” Learn More
  50. Grandmaster Level Calculation with GM Daniel Gormally

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    “Calculation is really the bread and butter of being an elite chess player. Without the ability to out-calculate your opponents it is nearly impossible to get consistent results.” Learn More

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