Not for the timid. Fire on Board — Shirov at his best ChessBase It contains a delightful selection of his favourite games, each of which is explained in detail, together with sections on tactical highlights and endgames. It was at just this moment that Shirov reached into his bag of tricks. While it is probably over the head of the average chess player, the earnest student of the game will find much pure Gold here to mine!! Rosarin Sanchez marked it as to-read May 20, Total video running time is nealy five and a half hours.
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In it, he defeats his long-time rival Vladimir Kramnik, and does so by bamboozling him with a remarkable series of blows starting from a lost position. Kramnik tends to win his games by keeping control and accumulating small advantages, while Shirov like his early mentor and erstwhile countryman Mikhail Tal wins many games by outplaying his opponents in tactical complications. Our game from this week is just that kind of battle.
Kramnik obtained an advantage, and when Shirov made a more serious error the advantage grew. It was at just this moment that Shirov reached into his bag of tricks.
So it was important to randomize the position. It might lead to a quicker loss, but the important thing was to create a situation where even Kramnik could go wrong. CET Thursday morning. Hope to see you then! Other time zones can be found at the bottom of this page. You can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client. You can find the exact times for different locations in the world at World Time and Date.
Exact times for most larger cities are here. And you can watch older lectures by Dennis Monokroussos offline in the Chess Media System room of Playchess: Enter the above archive room and click on "Games" to see the lectures. The lectures, which can go for an hour or more, will cost you between one and two ducats. That is the equivalent of Euro cents US cents. The games span the years to Total video running time is nealy five and a half hours.
Comments: The introductory video explains the basic ideas behind the Slav, plus explains a novelty presented in that game. Each successive video explains theory in each variation presented. Note that I did use the word "explains": instead of merely cranking out variations for their own sake, Shirov takes the time to explain the reasoning behind the moves. This is the reason why the user should watch the videos and absorb the instruction in the recommended order; ideas are carried over, but the ideas not verbally repeated, from video to video.
It should be noted that all games on this DVD are presented in both Chess Media System format and as a regular ChessBase database game; although the latter also contain variations and a bit of symbolic commentary from time to time, the extensive instruction from the videos is not included in text annotation form.
Title: My Best Games in the Nimzo-Indian Disk contents: Nine video lessons; after an introduction, eight videos each based around a single game follow. Total running time is more than four hours.
These include the Nimzo-Indian 3. Nf3 b6 , and the Catalan 3. Nf3 d5 [intending a transposition into a number of varied openings including the French Winawer] 4. As with the Slav disk, the games are also presented in a very-lightly annotated traditional database form. The total running time exceeds five hours.
Comments: Shirov again offers a glimpse into the mind of a grandmaster as he explains his thoughts in eleven of his best games. Both colors are covered, as Shirov plays both sides of this classic opening. Interestingly he includes three draws among the eleven games instead of presenting nothing but victories how many players typically consider a draw among their "best games"?
Again on this CD the eleven games are also presented in standard database form. Title: My Best Games in the Caro-Kann Disk contents: Ten instructional videos, each with one exception focuses on a single game in which Shirov was a participant. Total running time is just shy of five hours.
Comments: Shirov presents ten instructional videos, based on both sides presenting ideas for both White and Black. Ne7 instead of the more current In fact, the main focus of this entire DVD is on the Advance thrust 3. Unlike the other disks mentioned above, this one does not contain the games in standard database format in addition to the instructional Chess Media System format videos.
Fire on Board Part II 1997-2004
Total playing time: approximately 3 hours. Total DVD size: approximately megabytes. Installation of the ChessBase Reader, necessary for viewing ChessBase media files, starts automatically. The system requirements are the same as for the previous two Shirov DVDs - pretty low, ensuring all users benefit from experiencing the sessions. Here is a screenshot of where you start.
Fire on Board Part III: Opening Secrets behind 1 e4