Empire Chess Collection (Volumes 81-90)
This fantastic 10 volume bundle includes focused training on openings, endgames, positional chess, tactics, and calculation that will convert to real-world skill improvement.
Increase your wins as Black with masterclasses on the aggressive King’s Indian Defense and Sicilian Najdorf or use GM Maxim Dlugy’s Caro-Kann tips to target the hidden weaknesses in White’s position.
As White, surprise 1…e5 players expecting the Spanish/Ruy Lopez by playing 3.d4! and crushing them with the Scotch, a powerful opening used by Kasparov and Carlsen to win important matches.
The rest of this bundle will strengthen your all-round game with fascinating insights into a GM’s mind when it comes to tactical and strategic decisions. When you have seen chess through a Grandmaster’s eyes you will begin to look at things in a new way – with a deeper understanding and instant recognition of the most important factors.
“Exploit Imbalances in Chess” will give you an entirely new toolkit of options at the board. New creative solutions will become apparent, allowing you to fight for the win in positions that look drawish at first sight, shocking your opponent in the process!
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20 relevant and challenging practice problems per disc with solutions so you can test your learning and knowledge.
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Empire Chess 81: Crushing Black with the Scotch Opening – GM Damian Lemos
This dynamic opening offers White both great attacking chances and a completely sound position and has been used to great effect by both Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen – a high recommendation! With a deep examination of 8 Super GM games, Grandmaster Damian Lemos shows you how White can play for an advantage every step of the way – regardless of Black’s continuation.
Empire Chess 82: Powerful Positional Play – GM Maxim Dlugy
In this exclusive 3 hour DVD, GM Dlugy talks you through the powerful positional play in 5 top-level games – four of his own best games and a clash of two legends, Portisch and Gligoric. In his commentary, he reveals how to look at the position, how to improve your pieces and how to leave your opponent with no good moves! You will also learn what it means to have a positional advantage and how to keep and increase that advantage right from the opening to the endgame.
Empire Chess 83: Chess Endgame Domination – GM Maxim Dlugy
In this 3 hour DVD, Grandmaster Maxim Dlugy breaks down all the key components in chess endgame strategy. You will learn how to control key squares, which pieces to prefer when it will help you to exchange off a pair of Rooks as well as how to provoke weaknesses in your opponent’s position and ensure there are none in yours!
Empire Chess 84: Tactical Decisions – GM Maxim Dlugy
Have you ever played a move just because it looked good only to discover it didn’t achieve anything? Or analyzed a couple of variations and not really been sure which was better so picked one at random? Don’t worry, these are all typical problems for club players… and now there is a solution! GM Max Dlugy gives you the advice and techniques you need to reach the highest levels of tactical ability.
Empire Chess 85: Exploit Imbalances in Chess – FM Alisa Melekhina
Understanding how to change the nature of the game with piece imbalances shows real chess insight and creativity and this 3 ½ hour DVD from FM Alisa Melekhina is a comprehensive course on how to do just that.
Empire Chess 86: Mastering the Sicilian Najdorf – GM Andrei Volokitin
GM Andrei Volokitin presents a 3-hour masterclass on the Sicilian Najdorf – considered the Rolls Royce (or Cadillac) of chess openings. A favorite of Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov, the Najdorf variation gives both White and Black many ways to play for a win.
Empire Chess 87: Crushing White with the Caro-Kann Defense – GM Maxim Dlugy
Over the course of nearly 3 hours, Caro-Kann expert GM Dlugy reveals all the potential weaknesses in White’s position and exactly how to take advantage of them with in-depth analyses of 10 instructive games, including his wins over Ivanchuk, Radjabov, Kamsky, and Morozevich.
Empire Chess 88: Dominating 1.d4 with the King’s Indian Defense – IM Jorge Ferreira
The Kings Indian Defense (KID) is the perfect weapon against 1.d4 for players who like to play for a win with both colors.
A hypermodern opening, Black allows White to get a formidable center and then attacks it from the flanks. Characterized the potentially very strong Bishop on g7 and an early …d6, the King’s Indian has stood the test of time, is a favorite of both Bobby Fischer’s and Garry Kasparov’s.
Empire Chess 89: Dominate Black with the Catalan Opening – IM Axel Delorme
The Catalan Opening (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2) has experienced a resurgence in popularity with both Kramnik and Carlsen taking up the opening and achieving excellent positions and results.
With a play on both sides being influenced more by strategic considerations than concrete variations, an understanding of the key themes will reward you with points over the board and advancement of your chess knowledge.
Empire Chess 90: Club Player’s Guide to the King’s Indian Defense – IM Christian Richter
If you like fighting for a win with Black then the Kings Indian Defense is the ideal opening weapon to face 1.d4 with. Despite an initial lack of space, Black has a multitude of pawn breaks and piece maneuvers to help get powerful attacking positions.
In this 7 hour course, IM Christian Richter looks at the different ways Black can respond to White’s various plans, from the steady blocking of White’s Queenside expansion to the frenetic attacking lines where Black sacrifices material all over the board to get at the King.