Studies in: The Stonewall 2 DVD set – GM Leonid Kritz, IM Valeri Lilov, IM David Vigorito and IM Mark Diesen

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Studies in: The Stonewall 2 DVD set – GM Leonid Kritz, IM Valeri Lilov, IM David Vigorito and IM Mark Diesen
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The Stonewall defense or attack is a variation of the Queen’s Pawn Game and is generally characterized by White playing his pawns to d4 & e3, playing Bd3, Nd2, and then playing Pawns to c3 and then f4; although the moves are not always played in that order. The Stonewall is a system Whiteheads for a very specific Pawn formation, rather than try to memorize long lines of different variations.
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Studies in: The Stonewall 2 DVD set

The Stonewall defense or attack is a variation of the Queen’s Pawn Game and is generally characterized by White playing his pawns to d4 & e3, playing Bd3, Nd2, and then playing Pawns to c3 and then f4; although the moves are not always played in that order. The Stonewall is a system Whiteheads for a very specific Pawn formation, rather than try to memorize long lines of different variations. If White puts up the Stonewall formation it is called a Stonewall Attack, regardless of how Black chooses to defend against it. When Black sets up a Stonewall formation, with pawns on c6, d5, e6, and f5, it is considered a variation of the Dutch Defense. MCO-15 gives the following as a mainline: 1.d4, d5; 2.e3, Nf6; 3.Bd3, c5; 4.c3, Nc6; 5. f4. In this DVD our masters outline successful strategies for employing the Stonewall and things to take into consideration.

Content: 208 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 9 lectures. PGN Included.

Recommended for: Intermediate-Advanced Players.

Users rated this series: 4.36 out of 5

Chess Fans have said: Good explanations of why some of the ‘classic’ variations are no longer in vogue, for example: …Be7. Especially interesting to me as I am a Dutch player.

GM Leonid Kritz was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1984. He started playing chess at the age of 4, at Spartak Moscow Chess School. Youth World Champion under 16 in 1999, he became Grandmaster at the age of 19 years in 2003. He participated at FIDE World Cup in 2004, represented Germany at Chess Olympiad 2004, and played in the European Team Championships 2005 and 2007. Leonid was co-winner of SPICE Cup 2008 – at that time the strongest round-robin tournament in US history.

IM Valeri Lilov is a young chess talent from the small European country of Bulgaria. He is based in Varna, Bulgaria and has been working as a successful chess coach and lecturer over the internet for more than seven years. In 2000 in Moscow, Russia, he became the European Individual School Chess Champion U10 with a record result of 6,5 out of 7. In 2005, he made a record in the history of Bulgarian chess by achieving 32 consecutive wins in national championships, as well as two magnificent victories in simuls against the top Bulgarian grandmasters, Veselin Topalov, and Kiril Georgiev.

In 2008 he achieved his highest FIDE rating and in 2013, the title of International Master.

IM David Vigorito was the 2007 Massachusetts Champion, as well as the state champion of New Hampshire and Nevada. He was the Champion of the Boylston (Boston) Chess Club, with a USCF rating of 2479. David played in the 2006 U.S. Championship after finishing in a tie for 3rd place at the U.S. Open in Phoenix. He is a successful chess author – his Challenging the Nimzo-Indian was very well received by critics and players alike, and his second book, Play the Semi-Slav, was eagerly anticipated. David is an active chess coach for students of all ages and levels.

IM Mark Diesen earned the International Master title in 1976 by winning the World Junior Championship at Groningen, ahead of such noted players as Lubomir Ftacnik and Oleg Romanishin. It was the first time an American had won the World Junior since William Lombardy in 1957. Other achievements included being Louisiana State Champion in 1986, 1987 and 1988. Diesen was a player with a positional style that made him a difficult opponent to face for even the most experienced IMs and GMs.

VOLUMEN I

  • Playing the Dutch Stonewall for a Win, Part I
    Anna Sharevich vs. Leonid Kritz
    Run Time: 00:16:52
  • Playing the Dutch Stonewall for a Win, Part II
    Rosas Torres vs. Leonid Kritz
    Run Time: 00:22:34
  • Suffer the Right Way Through the Stonewall, Part I
    Chirila vs. Kritz
    Run Time: 00:24:19
  • Suffer the Right Way Through the Stonewall, Part II
    Chirila vs. Kritz
    Run Time: 00:15:36

VOLUMEN II

  • Excelling with Modern Stonewall
    Loek Van Wely vs. Anatoli Vaisser
    Run Time: 00:22:19
  • The Stonewall Attack
    Run Time: 00:17:05
  • How to Exploit a Good Center
    Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs. I. Henem
    Run Time: 00:16:14
  • Ideas in the Dutch Stonewall
    Run Time: 00:16:52
  • Winning with the Stonewall Attack
    Anthony Santasiere vs. Welch
    Run Time: 00:16:57