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New: Fundamentals of Chess Openings and Tactics by Qiyu Zhou

by ChessBase Shop - 27/04/2020

Openings may seem daunting, after all, with all the material out there on openings, what should you read or watch? Well, you can start with this DVD because I’ll teach you all about the basics which apply to practically every single opening! Have you ever wanted to learn openings without the hassle of memorizing variation after variation? Do you just want to understand why you make the moves you make? Then this is the DVD for you! Starting out in chess is difficult, and this DVD aims to reduce that stress. What’s the easiest way to win a chess game? We all know finding a good tactic in a game can let you win a point immediately. Therefore, Fundamentals of Tactics is an excellent choice for you if you wish to learn how to start finding tactics in your games! Photo: ChessBase

Understanding the ideas behind common openings

Designed for beginner levels in openings, I hope to give a brief introduction to the reasons we play some of the most common moves in popular openings like the Spanish and Sicilian. Focusing exclusively on the two most popular first moves, 1. e4 and 1.d4 openings, this DVD can be used for both white and black. Aside from covering specific variations, I have also included the basic rules of openings we should all follow, such as controlling the center, developing towards the center, and much more!

Contents:

1. Introduction

2. Intro

3. Intro to development

4. Intro to center

5. Why you don’t move the queen a million times

6. Intro to king safety

7. Don’t neglect development

8. Why you should put development first

9. Pawn or development

10. Please develop!

11. How do we get a strong center?

12. Space with IQP (isolated queen pawn)

13. Control of center and then attack on flank

14. Another way of preventing castling

15. Open Games

16. Fried Liver Attack

17. Italian Game

18. Italian Game – Pianissimo

19. Spanish Basics

20. Spanish Basics 2

21. Spanish - Chigorin with d5

22. Spanish - Breyer

23. Spanish - 5.d3 - Intro

24. Spanish - Berlin Defence

25. Spanish - 5.d3

26. Spanish - 5.d3 d6

27. Spanish - 5.d3 b5

28. Semi-Open Games

29. Caro-Kann 1

30. Caro-Kann 2

31. French

32. French exchange variation

33. French advance variation

34. Sicilian

35. Introduction

36. Dragon - Intro

37. Dragon

38. Dragon - 9.Bc4

39. Dragon - 9.0-0-0

40. Dragon - 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Qe1

41. Dragon - 9.0-0-0 d5 10.exd5

42. Sveshnikov

43. Closed and Semi-Closed Games

44. Introduction

45. Queen's Gambit Declined 1

46. Queen's Gambit Declined 2

47. Queen's Gambit Declined 3

48. Semi-Slav

49. Nimzo-Indian Defence 1

50. Nimzo-Indian Defence 2

51. Nimzo-Indian Defence 3

52. Nimzo-Indian Defence 4

53. Queen's Indian Defence

54. Conclusion

55. Conclusion 1

56. Conclusion 2

57. Conclusion 3

• Video running time: 5 hours 50 minutes (English)

• Further Training chapter with repertoire feature

System Requirements:

Minimum

Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.

MacOSX Minimum: MacOS "Yosemite" 10.10

 

Recommended

PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11 and internet access for program activation.

What is tactics and how to do it?

This interactive DVD is aimed at improving both tactical insight and problemsolving abilities for beginners. With 15+ chapters, each explaining a different theme, I will introduce you to not only popular themes like pins, discovered attacks, and but even give you insight into more complicated themes like the Greek Gift, exchange sacrifice. To really test your knowledge on tactics, I recommend you to pause the video at times and try to solve the position for yourself. At the end of the DVD, I have prepared numerous exercises meant for you to solve without knowing the theme. I hope you enjoy!

Contents:

1. Introduction

2. Tips

3. Tip 1

4. Tip 2

5. Tip 3

6. Tip 4

7. Tip 5

8. En Prise

9. En Prise 1

10. En Prise 2

11. En Prise 3

12.En Prise 4

13. En Prise 5

14. En Prise 6

15. En Prise 7

16. Candidate moves

17. Candidate moves introduction

18. Candidate moves 2

19. Candidate moves 3

20. Candidate moves 4

21. Candidate moves 5

22. Candidate moves 6

23. Candidate moves 7

24. Candidate moves 8

25. Candidate moves 8 part 2

26. Intermediate moves

27. Intermediate moves

28. Fork

29. Fork 1

30. Fork 2

31. Fork 3

32. Fork 4

33. Fork 5

34. Fork 6

35. Fork 6 part 2

36. Fork 7

37. Fork 8

38. Fork 9

39. Fork 10

40. Fork 11

41. Pin

42. Pin 1

43. Pin 2

44. Pin 3

45. Pin 4

46. Pin 5

47. Pin 6

48. Pin 7

49. Pin 8

50. Pin 9

51. Skewer

52. Skewer 1

53. Skewer 2

54. Skewer 3

55. Skewer 4

56. Skewer 5

57. Skewer 6

58. X-ray

59. X-ray 1

60. X-ray 2

61. X-ray 3

62. X-ray 4

63. Discovered attack

64. Discovered attack 1

65. Discovered attack 2

66. Discovered attack 3

67. Discovered attack 4

68. Discovered attack 5

69. Discovered attack 6

70. Discovered attack 7

71. Discovered attack 8

72. Discovered attack 9

73. Discovered attack 10

74. Discovered attack 11

75. Discovered attack 12

76. Discovered attack 13

77. Discovered attack 14

78. Discovered check 1

79. Discovered check 2

80. Discovered check 3

81. Discovered check 4

82. Distraction

83. Distraction 1

84. Distraction 2

85. Distraction 3

86. Distraction 4

87. Distraction 5

88. Distraction 6

89. Distraction 7

90. Distraction 8

91. Decoy

92. Decoy 1

93. Decoy 2

94. Decoy 3

95. Decoy 4

96. Decoy 5

97. Decoy 6

98. Decoy 7

99. Promotion

100. Promotion 1

101. Promotion 2

102. Promotion 3

103. Promotion 4

104. Promotion 5

105. Promotion 6

106. Promotion 7

107. Promotion 8

108. Promotion 9

109. Promotion 10

110. Promotion 11

111. Promotion 12

112. Promotion 13

113. Promotion 14

114. Promotion 15

115. Greek gift

116. Greek gift 1

117. Greek gift 2

118. Greek gift 3

119. Greek gift 3 part 2

120. Greek gift 4

121. Greek gift 5

122. Exchange sacrifice

123. Exchange sacrifice 1

124. Exchange sacrifice 2

125. Exchange sacrifice 3

126. Exchange sacrifice 4

127. Exchange sacrifice 5

128. Exchange sacrifice 6

129. Trapped pieces

130. Trapped piece 1

131. Trapped piece 2

132. Trapped piece 3

133. Trapped piece 4

134. Trapped piece 5

135. Trapped piece 6

136. Trapped piece 7

137. Trapped piece 8

138. Back rank mate

139. Back rank mate 1

140. Back rank mate 2

141. Back rank mate 3

142. Back rank mate 4

143. Back rank mate 5

144. Back rank mate 6

145. Back rank mate 7

146. Back rank mate 8

147. Back rank mate 9

148. Back rank mate 10

149. Checkmate

150. Checkmate 1: Smothered mate / Philidor's mate

151. Checkmate 2: Epaulette mate

152. Checkmate 3: Arabian mate

153. Checkmate 4: Damiano's mate

154. Checkmate 5: Anastasia's mate

155. Checkmate 6: Reti's mate

156. Checkmate 7: Greco's mate

157. Checkmate 8: Swallow's Tail mate / Gueridon’s mate

158. Checkmate 9: Opera mate

159. Test yourself

160. Test yourself intro

161. Test yourself 2

162. Test yourself 3

163. Test yourself 4

164. Test yourself 5

165. Test yourself 6

166. Test yourself 7

167. Test yourself 8

168. Test yourself 9

169. Test yourself 10

170. Test yourself 11

171. Test yourself 12

172. Test yourself 13

173. Test yourself 14

174. Test yourself 15

175. Test yourself 16

176. Test yourself 17

177. Test yourself 18

178. Test yourself 19

179. Conclusion/Bonus

• Video running time: more than 7 hours (English)

• With interactive training including video feedback

• Extra: Database with more examples

System Requirements:

Minimum

Windows 7 or higher Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.

MacOSX Minimum: MacOS "Yosemite" 10.10

 

Recommended

PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11 and internet access for program activation.

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About the Author

WGM Qiyu Zhou [pronounced Chee-you Jo], born in 2000, is a Canadian chess player who has competed for Canada at the Women's Chess Olympiad since 2014 and who won the Canadian women's championship in 2016.

 

Qiyu learned to play chess at the age of four in France. In late 2004, the family moved to Finland, and Qiyu won the Finnish Youth Chess Championships five times (in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010) in the U10 Open section. Also in 2010, she won the Nordic School Chess Championships in the U11 Open division in Sweden. In 2008, she won the silver medal in the U8 Girls section at the World Youth Chess Championship in Vung Tàu, Vietnam.

 

In 2011, Qiyu transferred chess federations from Finland to Canada. She won the Canadian Youth Chess Championship in 2012 and 2013, in the Girls U-12 and Girls U-14 sections respectively. She won the Girls U-14 World Youth Championships in Durban, South Africa, 2014.

 

Also in 2014, Zhou made her debut at the Women's Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway. She played board four for the Canadian team scoring 6½/9 points. In the same year, she also took part in the World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad in Gyor, Hungary playing board four for team Canada, which finished fifth. She finished first in the U-18 Girls category at the North American Youth Chess Championships in 2015 Toluca, Mexico. As a result, she was automatically awarded by FIDE the title Woman International Master (WIM). In September 2016, Zhou won the Canadian women's championship and as a result, qualified to play in the Women's World Chess Championship 2017. You can watch a speech she did on how to achieve one’s goals:

"From Dream to Reality, Becoming a World Youth Champion" - WGM Qiyu Zhou | Video: Jamaica International Chess Festival

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