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New products in the ChessBase India shop - Part I

by Sagar Shah - 15/10/2016

The ChessBase India online shop is increasing the number of products in its repertoire. We started with just a handful of DVDs pertaining to Indian players (Anand, Negi, Sachdev, Shah), but the collection has now grown to 95. Recently, we introduced 15 new products in the shop. In this article we will acquaint you with the ones that deal with 1.e4 with white and against 1.e4 with black. We have made sure to handpick the best possible DVDs authored by renowned players and coaches.

A brief overview of each DVD is given here. The absolute essentials. If you would like to know more about a specific Fritztrainer, just click on the link given at the end of each product. Also, if you would like specific DVDs to be introduced in the ChessBase India shop from the ChessBase international shop, then just write to us at

With 1.e4

The Classical French - Main Line by Rustam Kasimdzhanov


Kasimdzhanov covers the Steinitz variation of the French Defence.

As is true with all good players, Rustam works with ideas for both sides. He gives suggestions to White on how he can deal with the French and there are suggestions for Black as well on what he should be doing against the strong white centre.


Buy Kasimdzhanov's French Classical Main line


The Bishop's Opening and The Italian Game by Sergei Tiviakov

Tiviakov begins with 2.Bc4 as well as 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4. The advantage of beginning with 2.Bc4 is to avoid the Petroff Defence. We all know how important the Giuoco Piano has become in the recent days. Players like Anand, Karjakin, Aronian, Kramnik etc. are playing it more often than the Ruy Lopez. Tiviakov is a big expert and has 75% score with these lines. He is the perfect person to explain the intricacies to you.

Buy Tiviakov's bishop's opening and Italian Game

Against 1.e4

The new McCutcheon by Rustam Kasimdzhanov


Like all Kasimdzhanov DVDs, it might be incorrect to label this as a pure black repertoire DVD. Rustam deals with ideas for both sides. The main position he deals with is the following:

After the moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6 Kasimdzhanov covers all the bishop moves in the position. 6.Bd2 the old main variation – since, as he demonstrates, Black can remarkably easily obtain a pleasant game. The alternatives 6.Bc1 and 6.Bh4 shouldn’t give White any advantage either, but the former FIDE world champion shows how these lines can be used as a surprise weapon. On the other hand, 6.Be3 has turned into the new main variation. Here the author has undertaken some extremely deep analysis in order to be able to come up with the correct evaluations for the individual sub-variations.


Buy Kasimdzhanov's New McCutcheon


The modern two knights by Erwin l'Ami

4.Ng5 is a romantic move. Unprepared black players are always scared of it because of the directness of the move. However, once you go over Erwin l'Ami's DVD you will realize that this move is not really so scary for Black. In fact White has to be careful on many occasions not to give over the initiative to his opponent.  


Buy Erwin l'Ami's modern two knights


The Berlin Wall by Viktor Bologan


The Berlin Wall has become one of the most important openings in modern chess theory. The number of variations and the quantum of theory in this opening has grown tremendously. It is impossible to navigate the subtleties of this opening without a proper guide. 

Buy Viktor Bologan's Berlin Wall



The Classical Sicilian


When Fabiano Caruana was in a must win situation against Sergey Karjakin in the last round of the Candidates 2016 with the black pieces, he went for the Classical Sicilian. The arising structures are complex with Black most of the times getting doubled f-pawns. In return he has the bishop pair. It's an opening where understanding is more important than concrete theory, and Mihail Marin is the perfect person to make you understand the intricacies of this system.

Buy Mihail Marin's Classical Sicilian

The Black Lion - an aggressive version of the Philidor Defense by Simon Williams


The Philidor Opening beginning with 1...d6 2...Nf6 3...e5 is a pretty solid opening for black. However, What Simon Williams proposes is to delay castling and expand on the queenside with h6 and g5. It immediately gives the opening an aggressive character and can be an excellent surprise weapon for your opponents. Check out the video below to know what exactly the Black Lion DVD deals with.

Buy Simon Williams' Black Lion 


All the above Fritztrainers are for Rs.999/-

Product overview in PGN

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.10.14"]
[Round "?"]
[White "1.e4 and against 1.e4"]
[Black "New products in shop"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "C11"]
[PlyCount "14"]
1. e4 e6 (1... e5 2. Nf3 (2. Bc4 {Tiviakov also dedicates time to this move in
order to avoid the Petroff.}) 2... Nc6 3. Bc4 {This is covered by Sergei
Tiviakov from the white side.} (3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6
7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 {Bologan covers the Berlin Wall in depth from the
black side in his DVD on the Berlin.}) 3... Nf6 4. Ng5 {Erwin l'Ami's DVD on
two knights deals with this position from the black point of view.}) (1... c5
2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 {The Classical Sicilian has been a
fighting system since years and Mihail Marin does an excellent job of covering
everything to make it a complete repertoire for Black.}) (1... d6 2. d4 Nf6 3.
Nc3 e5 4. Nf3 Nbd7 5. Bc4 Be7 6. O-O c6 7. a4 h6 {Williams suggests an
aggressive system for Black with h6-g5. The idea is to delay castling and
surprise your opponent with an early attack.}) 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 (4.
Bg5 Bb4 {In his DVD on the McCutcheon Rustam Kasimdzhanov covers this.} 5. e5
h6 {Here Kasimdzhanov thoroughly checks all of White's options including Bc1,
Bd2, Be3 and Bh4. He gives the current state of affairs in this line.}) 4...
Nfd7 5. f4 {Kasimdzhanov covers the Steinitz Variation of the French Defence
and gives ideas for both White and Black.} c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 a6 {followed
by b5 is one of the main lines and Kasimdzhanov deals with this in detail.} (
7... cxd4 8. Nxd4 Qb6 {This is one of the lines covered.} (8... Bc5 {Also Bc5
is covered.})) *


More DVDs on 1.e4 for White


More DVDs against 1.e4 for Black


In part II, which will be released shortly we will be focussing on DVDs in our shop that deal with 1.d4 for white and against 1.d4 for black.

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