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Play the Pirc like a Grandmaster Vol. 2: Attacking lines
by  Mihail Marin

Price Euro 29.90
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Grandmaster Mihail Marin provides the use of this DVD with a wealth of Pirc games,well packed in a repertoire defence,where the author is not afraid to show his secrets of the Pirc.
For example there is game file with 47 black played Marin games.
Shaposhnikov,Evgeny (2573) - Marin,Mihail (2531) [B08]
Internet2 blitz Internet, 24.04.2004
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bg5 0-0 6.Qd2 Bg4 7.Bh6 Nc6 8.0-0-0 Bxf3 9.gxf3 e5 10.Bxg7 Kxg7 11.Ne2 Nh5
12.Bh3 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 exd4 14.Bg4 Nf6 15.Qxd4 Qe7 16.h4 h5 17.Bxh5 Qe5 18.Bg4 Qxd4 19.Rxd4 Rh8 20.Rc4 c6 21.Rd4
 Rad8 22.Kd2 Nh5 23.Ke3 Nf6 24.Rb4 b5 25.Rd4 a6 26.Kf4 d5 27.e5 Ne8 28.Kg3 Nc7 29.f4 Ne6 30.Bxe6 fxe6 31.Rd3 c5
32.Ra3 Ra8 33.Rg1 Kf7 34.Kh3 a5 35.Rg4 a4 36.Rag3 Rh6 37.Rg5 Rah8 38.R3g4 b4 39.Kg3 c4 40.Kh3 Rd8 41.Kg3 d4 42.Kf3
b3 43.cxb3 a3 44.bxc4 axb2 45.Rg1 Rxh4 46.Rb1 Rh3+ 47.Rg3 Rxg3+ 48.fxg3 d3 49.Rxb2 d2 50.Rxd2 Rxd2 51.Kg4 Rxa2
52.c5 Rc2 53.c6 Rc5 54.Kg5 Rxc6 55.g4 Rc4 56.f5 gxf5 57.gxf5 exf5 58.Kxf5 Rc5 59.Ke4 Ke6 60.Kd4 Ra5 61.Kd3 Kxe5
62.Kc4 Ra4+ 63.Kd3 Rg4 64.Ke2 Ke4 65.Kf2 Rg5 66.Kf1 Kf3 67.Ke1 Rd5 0-1
The Pirc is an aggressive defence based on counter attack and there for it is important to play the best lines and this DVD is a
fine example from well thought repertoire lines as for example I found games as: Timman,Jan H (2639) - Marin,Mihail (2557) [B09]
EU-Cup 16th Neum (5.3), 28.09.2000
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bd3 Na6 7.e5 Ng4 8.h3 Nh6 9.Bxa6!N [9.g4] 9...bxa6 10.Be3 Bb7 [10...Rb8! Marin 2014]
11.Qe2 Nf5 [11...f6 Rogozenko 12.e6 (12.0-0-0 Nf5 13.Bf2 Bh6 14.g3 fxe5 15.dxe5² Timman) 12...Nf5 13.Bf2 Bh6 14.g3! (14.g4 Ng7") ] 12.Bf2 f6 13.g4!? [13.e6;
13.0-0-0] 13...Nxd4T 14.Bxd4 fxe5 15.Be3 exf4 16.Bf2 e5 [16...c5 17.0-0-0 Qa5 18.Be1;
16...Bxc3+! 17.bxc3 e5 Marin 2014] 17.0-0-0 Qe7 18.Ne4 [18.Bh4 Bxf3 19.Bxe7 Bxe2 20.Bxf8 Bxd1 21.Bxg7 Bf3 22.Rf1 Bg2]
18...d5 19.Nc5?! [19.Bc5! Timman 19...Qe8 (19...Qf7 20.Bxf8 dxe4 21.Bxg7 exf3 22.Qxe5 Re8 23.Qf6 Qxg7 24.Qxf4±)
20.Bxf8 Qxf8 21.Nc3 c6 (21...e4 22.Nxd5 exf3 23.Qxf3) 22.Nxe5! Re8 23.Nxg6²] 19...e4 20.Nxb7 Qb4 21.Bd4 Qxb7
22.Bxg7 Kxg7 23.Nd4 Rae8 24.Nb3 e3 [24...c6 Rogozenko] 25.Nd4 c5 26.Nf3 d4 27.c4?! [27.c4 Qe4;
When I returned to the board after a short walk, I saw the move 27.c4 While I was sitting down, Timman looked at me with the
 most charming smile one could imagine and offered a draw. Somehow, I looked at the position statically and after a while decided it
would not be easy to unblock it. But I completely forgot to take into account which had been the last move! I was very surprized when
months later Mircea Pavlov asked me why did I not play 27...dxc3! more or less winning. You can also notice that in my initial comment
(asisted by my friend Dorian Rogozenco) there is no mention about it... Marin 2014] ½-½
Included is an exclusive database with 50 games and two extra Pirc articles.
Video running time is 4 hours and 21 minutes.
Conclusion: One of those smashing ChessBase DVD’s!

Play the Pirc like a Grandmaster Vol. 1: Positional lines
by  Mihail Marin

Price Euro 29.90
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Grandmaster Mihail Marin covers in part one,besides a instructive explanation, a detailed coverage of all quiet lines as: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3
 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 0-0 6.0-0 c6 7.a4 Qc7 8.Be3 [8.e5 dxe5 9.Nxe5 (9.dxe5 Ng4 10.e6 Bxe6 11.Nd4 Qxh2#) 9...Nbd7 10.Bf4
(10.Nxd7 Bxd7) 10...Nxe5 11.Bxe5 (11.dxe5 Nd5 12.Nxd5 cxd5 13.Qxd5 Rd8 14.Qb3 Be6) 11...Qa5 12.Bc4 Ng4 13.Bxg7 Kxg7
14.h3 Nf6 15.Qe2 Qb4] 8...e5 9.h3 [9.Nd2 Ng4 10.Bxg4 Bxg4 11.Qxg4 exd4 12.Bxd4 Bxd4;
9.Re1 Ng4 10.Bg5 exd4 11.Nxd4 Qb6] 9...exd4 10.Nxd4 [10.Bxd4] 10...Re8 11.Bf3 [11.f3 d5 12.Bd3 Bxh3 13.gxh3 Qg3+ 14.Kh1
Qxh3+ 15.Kg1 Qg3+ 16.Kh1 Re5;
11.Bd3 Nbd7 12.f4 a6 13.Re1 b6 (13...c5 14.Nf3 c4 15.Bf1 Nxe4 16.Bd4) 14.Bf2 Bb7] 11...Nbd7 12.Re1 a5 13.Qd2 Nc5 14.Bf4 Nfd7
15.Rad1 Ne5 16.Be2 Qb6 17.b3 Qb4 18.Kh1 Ned3 19.Bxd3 Bxd4 20.Na2 Qxd2 21.Rxd2 d5,but also lines as Santo Roman,Marc (2410) -
Gurevich,Mikhail (2610) [B08]
Clichy GM Clichy (8), 1993
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 c6 5.Qd2 Bg7 6.Nf3 0-0 7.h3 Nbd7 8.e5 dxe5 9.dxe5 Nd5 10.Nxd5 cxd5 11.Bh6 [11.Qxd5 Nxe5³] 11...
Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 13.Bxf8 Kxf8© 14.c3 Qc7 15.Be2 Bd7 16.0-0 Bc6 17.f4 Bf6 18.Rad1 Kg7 19.Bf3 e6 20.g3 [20.g4 h6 21.Kg2 Rd8]
20...Qa5 21.a3 Ba4 22.Rc1 d4 'µ' 23.Kh2 dxc3 24.bxc3 Rd8 25.Qb2 b6 26.Qb4 Rd2+ 27.Kh1 Qa6 28.c4 Rd3 29.Kh2 Be8 30.c5 bxc5 31.Rxc5 Rxf3 0-1.
Black’s philosophy is based around allowing white a impressive pawn centre where black can not allow to make any mistakes.
Included is an exclusive database with 46  games and two extra Pic articles from Marin,that where published in the Chessbase Magazines.
Running time is four hours!
Conclusion: Marin explains in these DVD’s as no other the secrets of the Pirc!

The Modern Scotch Opening
by  Parimarjan Negi

Price Euro 29.90
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The former chess prodigy Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi  does not only come with an excellent explanation of the good old Scotch opening, but provides the
user with a lot of latest developments written for both sides of the board!
A nice example of his analyses is for example: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Ba6
9.Nd2 g6 10.Ne4!? [10.b3 Bg7 11.Bb2 Nb4 12.0-0-0 Nxa2+ 13.Kb1 Nb4 14.Ne4 0-0 15.Qf3 Rfe8 16.Nf6+ Bxf6 17.exf6 Qc5 18.h4 d5
19.Qf4 dxc4 20.bxc4 Rab8 21.Qh6 Qf8 22.Qxf8+ Kxf8 ½-½ (28) Carlsen,M (2814)-Aronian,L (2805) Wijk aan Zee 2011] 10...Bg7 [10...Qxe5 11.Nf6+;
10...Qb4+ 11.Kd1 Bg7 12.Qc2 (12.f4 0-0 13.Qd2) 12...Nb6 13.Bd2 Qe7 14.Nf6+f;
10...0-0-0!? 11.Qc2 (11.Bg5 Qxe5 12.Bxd8 Bb4+ 13.Kd1 Rxd8) 11...Qxe5 12.cxd5 Bxf1 13.Kxf1 Re8! 14.dxc6 Qxe4 15.cxd7+ Kxd7
16.Qxe4 Rxe4=] 11.Bg5 Bxc4! [11...Qxe5 12.Nc5 Qxe2+ 13.Bxe2 Nb4 14.0-0 Bc8 (14...d6 15.a3! dxc5 16.axb4 Bc8 17.Bf3± 1-0 (52)
Barbosa,E (2454)-Molina,R (2421) Villa Martelli 2013) 15.Bg4 (15.Rad1 d6 16.a3 Nc2 (16...Na6 17.Bf3) ) 15...f5 (15...d6 16.Rae1+ Kf8
17.Bxc8 Rxc8 18.Nd7+ Kg8 19.Nf6+ Kf8 20.Re3f;
15...f6 16.Bd2) 16.Rae1+ Kf8 17.Bf3!? (17.Bd1 d6 18.a3 dxc5 19.axb4 cxb4 20.Ba4) 17...Nc2 18.Rd1 Nd4 (18...h6 19.Bd8)
19.Rfe1 d6 (19...Nxf3+ 20.gxf3) 20.Rxd4 Bxd4 21.Bxc6] 12.Qxc4 Qxe5 13.Be2 0-0 14.Bd2 [14.0-0 Nb6 15.Qc2 d5µ] 14...Rfe8
15.Ng3 Qxb2 16.Rc1 Rabb.
Lev Gutman once wrote a book on the interesting 4…Qh4!? But Negi waves it all away with the promising 6.Be2: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6
 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Qh4 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Be2 [6.Ndb5 Nf6 7.Bd2 Nxe4 8.Qe2 Kd8 9.Nxe4 Re8 10.c3 Rxe4 11.Bg5+ Be7 12.Bxh4 Rxe2+
13.Bxe2 Bxh4 14.0-0 d6 15.Rfd1 Bf6 16.Na3 Be6 17.Bc4 Kd7 18.Re1 Ne5 19.Bxe6+ fxe6 20.Re2 c5 21.Rd1 d5 22.f4 Ng6 23.f5 Nf4
24.fxe6+ Kc6 25.Re3 Re8 26.Nc2 Rxe6 27.g3 Rxe3 28.Nxe3 d4 29.gxf4 dxe3 30.Kf1 b5 31.Ke2 b4 32.cxb4 Bxb2 33.bxc5 Kxc5
34.Rd7 a5 35.Rb7 Bf6 36.a4 Kd6 37.Kxe3 Ke6 38.Ra7 Bc3 39.Kd3 Be1 40.Rxg7 Kf5 41.Rf7+ Kg6 42.Re7 1-0 (42) Najer,E (2572)-
Solovjov,S (2449) St Petersburg 2000] 6...Qxe4 [6...Nf6 7.0-0 Bxc3 8.Nf5 Qxe4 9.Bd3 Qg4 10.f3 Qa4 11.bxc3 0-0 12.Nxg7 Kxg7
13.Bh6+ Kxh6 14.Qd2+ Kh5 15.g4+ Nxg4
16.fxg4+ Qxg4+ 17.Kh1 d6 18.Rf6 Qg5 19.Be2+ Bg4 20.Bxg4+ 1-0 (20) Karjakin,S (2523)-Malinin,V (2434) Sudak 2002] 7.Ndb5
Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Kd8 9.0-0 Nf6 10.Re1 Re8 11.Be3 d6 12.Rb1 Bd7 13.c4 Ne5 14.c5 Bc6 15.Bf1 Qg6 16.Nd4 Bd5 17.Bf4 Nfd7
18.Bg3 dxc5 19.Nb5 Be4 20.Qd2 f5 21.f3 f4 22.Qxf4 Bxc2 23.Rbc1 a6 24.Na3 Bd3 25.Rcd1 c4 26.Nxc4 Bxc4 27.Bxc4 Qb6+ 28.Bf2 Qa5 29.Be6 Qxe1+ 30.Bxe1 1-0 (30) Vescovi,G (2646)-Rodriguez Vila,A (2479) Sao Paulo 2005.
Included is a extra database of 50 entries and the video running time is over six hours!
Conclusion: One of those thrilling ChessBase DVD’s!

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 161 Extra
September  2014
Videos by Aexei Shirov,Valeri Lilov & Robert Ris

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

ChessBase Magazine issue 161 extra comes with a unbelievable amount of  35.205 games,all played betweenJune and  August of this year.
The user shall find here games from famous and less famous chessplayers as for example the following Latvian game played at the latest  Irish Championship:
Butler,Kevin (2026) - King,Melvyn (1874) [C40]
IRL-ch Dublin (2), 06.07.2014
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4 fxe4 6.Ne3 c6 7.Bc4 d5 8.Bb3 Be6 9.c4 Bb4+ 10.Nc3 Bxc3+ 11.bxc3 Ne7
12.Ba3 Qg5 13.Qe2 Nd7 14.cxd5 cxd5 15.Bxe7 Kxe7 16.Qb5 Rac8 17.Qxb7 Rb8 18.Qa6 Rb6 19.Qxa7 Rhb8 20.Qa5 Nf6
 21.Qa3+ Kf7 22.Qb2 Nh5 23.Qd2 Nf4 24.Kd1 Nd3 25.Rf1 Nf4 26.f3 exf3 27.Rxf3 Ke7 28.Qe1 Rf8 29.Rxf4 Rxf4 30.Nxd5+
Kd6 31.Qe5+ Qxe5 32.dxe5+ Kxe5 33.Nxf4 Bxb3+ 34.axb3 Kxf4 35.Kc2 Ke3 36.Rf1 Rd6 37.Rf3+ Ke4 38.b4 g5 39.h3 h5
40.Kb3 g4 41.hxg4 hxg4 42.Rf2 Ke3 43.Rb2 g3 44.b5 Rf6 45.c4 Rf2 46.b6 Kd4 47.b7 Rf8 48.Kb4 Rb8 49.Ka5 Kxc4 50.Ka6 1-0.
The black player was not so successful with the move 2…f5 as we can see in his other black game but I hope he continues and the
wins will come: Freeman,Gordon (2077) - King,Melvyn (1874) [C40]
IRL-ch Dublin (3), 07.07.2014
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4 fxe4 6.Nc3 Bf5 7.Be2 Qf7 8.0-0 Nf6 9.f3 exf3 10.Rxf3 Be6 11.d5 Bxd5
12.Rxf6 gxf6 13.Nxd5 Kd8 14.Bh5 Qg7 15.Qe2 Be7 16.Bh6 Qxh6 17.Qxe7+ Kc8 18.Qxc7# 1-0.
Anyway black’s play can easy be improved.
The great video files go to: Alexei Shirov who shows a game against Andrei Volokitin in the famous Kalashnikov variation of the
Sicilian 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5, Valeri Lilov goes for the game Jobava-Mamedyarov, Beijing 2012.
And Robert Ris goes back in time with the  classic: Chigorin-Zukertort, London 1883.
Conclusion: Super material for a bargain price!  

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