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Products we especially recommend today

The amazing ChessBase 17 – edition 2024

Our premium software package comes with many new functions that improve the user experience: a new ultra-high-resolution 2D board; crisp display of notation and lists; special “Dark Mode”.

There are many technical improvements such as: a new faster data format, with fewer files and no need for a search booster; and a fine-tuning of the database paths, so you can smoothly manage your databases outside the standard Windows directories.

New is also the smart inputting of positions, and the completely reworked engine window, with a visual evaluation of pieces and measurement of complexity, the display of non-trivial threats or temptations, training options.

Find the right combination:

Mega Package: ChessBase 17 program + new Mega Database 2024 with 10.4 million games and more than 112,000 master analyses. Plus ChessBase Magazine (DVD + magazine) and CB Premium membership for one year! 

Today for €254.93 instead of €339.90.


ChessBase Premium Package Edition 2024: ChessBase 17 program + Mega Database 2024 with 10.4 million games and more than 112,000 master analyses + Corr 2024 with 2.2 million correspondence games + Endgame Turbo + CBM subrsiprion + CB premium membership.

Today for €374.93 instead of €499.90.


Our Opening Encyclopaedia is by far the most comprehensive chess theory work: over 1,463 (!) articles offer a huge fund of ideas and high-quality analyses!

The sheer volume of openings, variations and sub-variants is impressive. An impressive 27 hours of video footage and countless variations and commentaries are presented in eight chapters. Some of these are aimed at professionals or strong amateurs who want to keep their repertoire up to date or add to it. Others are aimed at players of all levels. With the help of the ChessBase Opening Encyclopaedia they can make important progress in building an opening repertoire.

In the 2024 edition, 66 new major articles and 384 new or updated opening overviews have been added. In addition: 70 top-class videos with 29 hours of playing time! For beginners, there is a tutorial for each opening area in which the most important ideas and goals are presented. The icing on the cake: Grandmaster Dorian Rogozenco presents the current opening trends in world-class chess. Secure the decisive advantage for yourself with this unique opening library. You cannot afford not to.

Full description of the new Openings Encyclopedia 2024

Order Openings Encyclopedia 2024 today for €112.43 (instead of €149.90)

Upgrade from Opening Encyclopaedia 2023: €59.93 (instead of €79.90)


Leon Mendonca: Rock Solid with the Queen’s Indian Defence

The Queen’s Indian Defence is a well-known opening for black and has remained popular and mainstream at the top level for well over a century. It has the reputation of being solid and was used as a main weapon against 1.d4 by many strong players during the 1970s, including the ex-World Champion Anatoly Karpov.

“Openings like the Queen’s Indian will never be refuted and can be used throughout one’s chess career,” says GM Leon Mendonca. “Personally, I have had great results with the Queen’s Indian and I continue to use it often.”

Leon has chalked up many spectacular successes — like a 9.0/9 score in a very strong GM Open a year ago and winning the Challengers group in Wijk aan Zee, winning the Spring Chess Classic 2024 with ten strong GMs in Saint Louis outright. 

Order this premium Fritztrainer now for €29.93 (instead of 39.90)


When you begin your journey of building an opening repertoire, how nice would it be to get a glimpse of what each opening looks like through the eyes of a super GM. This is exactly what these Fritztrainers with Anish Giri offer

This video course includes GM Anish Giri’s deep insights and IM Sagar Shah’s pertinent questions to the super GM. In Vol.1 all the openings after 1.e4 are covered. This includes the Ruy Lopez, Italian, Petroff, Scotch, French, Sicilian, Caro Kann, Pirc, Modern and much more. Along with explaining the nuances, each video also has a story, narrated by Anish, on the favourite game he played in that opening and his memories related to it. It is extremely valuable to hear the thoughts of a player who is currently considered one of the best opening experts in the world of chess. Getting this video course will elevate your knowledge of chess openings and will help you make informed decisions on how to go about building your opening repertoire. If you have always struggled with openings, this video course would be a perfect primer for the first phase of the game.

Here’s a full description of the videos, with samples

Buy Vol.1 + Vol.2 today for €67.43 (instead of €99.80)


Recently launched bestseller: Dommaraju Gukesh, Attack like a Super Grandmaster

In this Fritztrainer Gukesh touches on these aspects of his play, with special emphasis on how you can become a better attacking player. He explains his games in great depth, and questions are asked at the appropriate moment to help you understand the intricacies of the position. You not only learn how to attack, but also how to build an attack. Games include Gukesh’s wins over world-class players like Rapport, Abdusattorov, Sargissian, Jones and more. At the end of the Fritztrainer, you will find test positions that help you to reinforce the knowledge that you have gained by watching the videos. These test positions include Gukesh’s wins over Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura. IM Sagar Shah sits together with Gukesh and asks him relevant questions that will help you gain a lot of critical insights.

Order this premium Fritztrainer now for €29.93 (instead of 39.90)


Leon Luke Mendonca (born 2006) reached the grandmaster title when he was 14 years old. “People did not take 1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 too seriously until recently,,” he says, “I discovered how venomous this opening was when I was trying to find a way to play against it with black, and to my surprise this was not easy.”

As Vidit navigates his way through the world of studies, you get to see a world class GM in action. When does he use brute force and calculation and when does he rely on his intuition – these are all the things that you get to learn from Vidit’s video course.

Dommaraju Gukesh is a universal player, with three qualities of his play that stand out: Attack, Calculation, and Imagination.

Buy the bundle today for €71.17 (instead of €94.90)


Let World Champion Fritz 19 help improve your chess skills!

The new engine in Fritz 19 is the Computer Chess World Champion for 2023. Calculation Training has been extended, the notation (and the whole program interface) has been enormously enhanced. Tactical Analysis, the important full commentary of your games, has been improved and much more!

In a time when online chess dominates, a chess program has to offer something special to be a real alternative to human opponents. Fritz 19 has six different characters that mimic typical club players: Allrounder, Aggressive, Positional, Swindler, Fearful, Endgame Expert.

The program plays human moves that fit these types, but includes tactical mistakes so that you can win, for example with a sacrificial attack. The sharper the position, the more likely the program will misstep.

In Fritz 19 you can also play directly against databases, e.g. your own repertoire, or an opening article from the ChessBase Magazine. Test your repertoire by playing against it in the Fritz 19 “aggressive” mode! Tip for ChessBase users: Save a generated opening survey from ChessBase and play against it immediately.

Here’s a full description of Fritz 19

Order Fritz 19 now for €67.43 (instead of €89.90)


Power package: Fritz 19 plus
Opening Encyclopedia

The best combination for opening training: The big ChessBase opening encyclopaedia with thousands of opening articles – plus Fritz19, at a special price!

This is how modern opening training works: Test the repertoire recommendations from the encyclopaedia directly against Fritz19! Play the repertoire suggestions from the Encyclopedia against the Fritz19, set on different player types. Or memorise the variations in the Openign app (with Fritz19 you also get a premium account for six months): practise the variation  in drill mode, until you remember all the moves perfectly!

Order Fritz 19 + the Opening Encyclopedia now for €149.90 (instead of €199.90)

“当人们让我推荐国际象棋软件时,第一个跳入我脑海的词就是ChessBase。
在我的国象生涯中,我一直在使用它。”


This is the premiere chess database with over 10.4 million games, from 1475 to 2023, in high quality.

Packing more than 112,000 annotated games, Mega 2024 contains the world‘s largest collection of high-class analysed games. Train like a pro: prepare for your opponents with ChessBase and the Mega Database 2024. Let grandmasters explain how to best handle your favorite variations, improve your repertoire and much more.

  • Languages: German, English
  • Release: 23.11.2022
  • System: Windows 7 or higher
  • Delivery: Download, Postal Delivery

Order Mega Database 2024 today – for €164.93 (instead of €219.90)


The large ChessBase collection of correspondence games from 1804 to 2023 – more than 80,000 tournaments and over 2.2 million correspondence games. A must for correspondence chess fans, but also for grandmasters and chess coaches, as correspondence games often herald the development of opening theory!

Video analysis of selected games from the 29th-33rd Correspondence Chess World Championship cycles & Olympiad by GMs Markus Ragger, Dorian Rogozenco, Nicholas Pert, Mihail Marin, Leon Mendonca, Luis Engel, and many others.

Buy Corr 2024 today for €149.92 (instead of €199.90)





ChessBase account

Just try it out: if you have not registered for an account (and you should do so right now!) some of the services will not have the full scope, e.g. the Training page will give you access to 1000 positions, not the 60,000+ you get when you are properly registered. Get started by registering for free, then explore and upgrade.


In the Chessbase Account you will find all the tools you can use to become a stronger, more profound tournament player.




Chess study tools

ChessBase Magazine subscription

ChessBase Magazine is the most comprehensive and most sophisticated chess magazine there is. World class players analyse their brilliancies and explain the ideas behind the moves to you, opening specialists present the latest trends in opening theory and offer exciting ideas for your repertoire. Master trainers in the fields of tactics, strategy, and the endgame show you the tricks and techniques a successful tournament player needs! 

Each issue of ChessBase Magazine offers you several hours of video training with grandmasters and experts. World-class players like Caruana, Anand, Vidit, So, Giri, Nepomniachtchi, Vachier-Lagrave, Gelfand, Wojtaszek, Vitiugov, Yu Yangyi and many more analyse their best games and explain the ideas behind their moves. Each issue also includes at least ten new opening articles with exciting ideas for your repertoire, an extensive collection of training exercises on tactics, strategy and endgames, and much more.

ChessBase Magazine appears every two months (six issues per year). It’s available on DVD + booklet (by post) or for download (including the booklet in pdf format). 

ChessBase magazine €82.43 (instead of €109.90)


New Fritztrainers

Scarcely any other opening after 1.e4 enjoys such a good reputation and is so feared by white players as the Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defence!

This two-part Fritztrainer offers you a complete repertoire against all possibilities that White has tried against the Najdorf on move 6 – after the initial moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6.

The first part looks at White’s four main moves: 6.Bg5, 6.Be3, 6.Be2 and 6.Bc4. The second part deals with all the other moves White has tried.

This Fritztrainer contains over 20 positions to play out and tactical exercises to consolidate the most important positions and motifs from our repertoire. 

Buy Vol.1-3 today for €74.93 (instead of €99.90) 


Nine volumes of Ivan Sokolov

Understanding an opening doesn’t stop after the theory. It’s essential to understand ideas and structures connected to the opening moves.

In this video course Ivan Sokolov provides material aimed at improving the middlegame decision making process and broadening your middlegame understanding in general.

He gives viewers a ‘crash course’ on typical middlegame plans, typical material imbalance ideas (and dynamics), types of positions White or Black should be happy about (or try to avoid!), while combining it, when fit, with useful opening advice.

The course aims to improve the understanding of these types of positions.

Buy Vols. 1-9 today for €179.93 
(instead of €239.90)



One of the most effective ways to improve your chess understanding is to know where your pieces belong and how to adapt when the board situation changes. When there’s no forced tactics, one must formulate a plan for what to do. Instead of looking for a win or advantage, it’s often easier to identify a piece that can improve its position and function. Even improving your worst piece is a simple concept that avoids assessment insecurity.

And who better to learn from, than one of the best trainers in the world? RB Ramesh has trained thousands of chess players including the top players in the world. He’s the trainer of rising Indian prodigy Praggnanandhaa, and he helps many improving Indian Juniors attain the highest level. He has carefully selected examples that underline the importance of regrouping your pieces and giving you rules of thumb which are easy to remember.

Order now for €29.93 (instead of €39.90)



The Philidor defence has a long history. When it made its first appearance, at a time where theory was (almost) non-existent, tactically gifted players were often successful with an early (and dubious) …f5 push. Another suspicious line (3…exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6) arises when Black takes on d4 and fianchettoes their king-bishop. The Antoshin (3…exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Bc4 0-0) on the other hand, is more reliable. Despite its passive look, it can lead to lively games, especially if White castles long. But, the far more popular Hanham variation (3…Nf6 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7) remains Black’s most solid set up

This video course deals with the different move-orders leading to the main positions of the Philidor defence, as well as White’s relevant deviations. White will not feel comfortable in the ensuing middlegame, where subtle manoeuvres occur in a semi-closed position. Let Grandmaster Christian Bauer introduce you into the fascinating world of the Philidor Defence.

Order Christian Bauer’s Evergreen Philidor for €29.93 (instead of €39.90)


Judit Polgar became the best female player in the history of chess, and was the first woman to achieve a rating above 2700. She played in many top tournaments and was a dangerous opponent for the top male players. She even beat Garry Kasparov once. At the zenith of her ability, Judit Polgar belonged to the top ten in the world and played for the absolute world championship.

Judit cultivated an aggressive tactical attacking style and won many of her games through brilliant combinations. In this video course, experts including Dorian Rogozenco, Mihail Marin, Karsten Müller and Oliver Reeh, examine the games of Judit Polgar. Let them show you which openings Polgar chose to play, where her strength in middlegames were, or how she outplayed her opponents in the endgame. Finally, you’ll get a glimpse of her phenomenal tactical abilities in the Tactics section.

Order Master Class Vol.16 – Judit Polgar today for €26.77 (instead of €34.90)


Bundle: Master Class Vol 1 to 16

  1. Bobby Fischer
  2. Mihail Tal
  3. Alexander Alekhine, 
  4. José Raúl Capablanca
  5. Emanuel Lasker
  6. Anatoly Karpov
  7. Garry Kasparov
  8. Magnus Carlsen (2nd Edition)
  9. Paul Morphy
  10. Mikhail Botvinnik
  11. Vladimir Kramnik
  12. Viswanathan Anand
  13. Tigran Petrosian
  14. Vasily Smyslov
  15. Viktor Korchnoi
  16. Judit Polgar

Buy today for €292.43 (instead of €389.90)


The Fritz Powerbook 2024 contains 25 millions opening positions, derived from 1.7 million high class tournament games. Together with each position all relevant information is stored: all moves that were played in the position, by players of what average rating, with what success and performance results. The games from which the Fritz Powerbook 2024 were derived are also included on the DVD or download version.

The Fritz Powerbook 2024 represents the state of the art of current openings theory. Discover exciting and tricky new lines and practice them against Fritz. 

Fritz Powerbook 2024: €67.43 (instead of €89.90)


Endgame Turbo 5 USB flash drive

Perfect endgame analysis and a huge increase in engine performance: get it with the new Endgame Turbo 5! Thanks to a new format the Endgame Turbo 5 is smaller, faster and yet has more scope. The USB 3.0 flash drive (128 GB) covers 143 of the most important six piece endgames, allowing top engines such as Fritz, Komodo Chess and Houdini to play these endgames perfectly. But they also generally play the endgame much better because they can access the perfect knowledge of the Endgame Turbo in the search! A powerful tool for anyone who wants to study the endgame, for correspondence players, endgame theoreticians and friends of engine matches!

Endgame Turbo 5 USB flash drive: €134,93 (instead of €179.90)


Fritztrainer Bundles

Note that many of our products may be purchased in bundles. Simply click on the new “Bundles” tab in the ChessBase Shop to view the special offers:

The bundles cost substantially less than the individual items. In addition to the reduced price you will get a further 25% reduction on Discount Day.


The Caro-Kann Defence is very popular and as a 1.e4 player you definitely need a strong weapon against this solid and yet dangerous opening. Apart from todays hackneyed main lines (1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 and 3.e5), there are some other very interesting choices for White that each have their specific advantages and disadvantages.

GM Daniel Fernandez is an expert using the Caro Kann for his own repertoire, so he knows which systems can cause trouble for Black. In this video course he explains the ins and outs of his favourite systems. In modern times it gets more and more important to have several ways to counter an opening as you might want to surprise your opponent or even use different lines for different players or time controls.

Buy today for €43.93 (instead of €59.90)


For a chess player, chess pieces are like specific tools in a toolbox. We need to know how to use them best, like a craftsman knows their tools.

This series will show you in great detail the specific qualities of each chess piece, so that you can maximize their effectiveness and thus improve your game. Queens are the true ladies of the chessboard. They are dangerous attackers, but poor defenders. They dislike dirty work, and often wait until other pieces prepare space for them. Let us learn together how to find the best spot for the queen in the early middlegame, how to navigate this piece around the board, how to time the queen attack, how to decide whether to exchange it or not, and much more!

Buy today for €41.17 (instead of €54.90)


In this series it’s all about strategy for club players, explained in a simple way with clear examples! The idea is to focus on certain themes using specific pawn structures. The central question is: how can the pieces be manoeuvred into good positions and what should we then consider?

IM Herman Grooten offers rules-of-thumb and concepts to give club players the necessary guidance to try and find the right paths in their own games.

In this two-part course the emphasis will be on typical pawn-structures, ones that appear quite often in games and that will be very recognisable to club players. Hence, the topics “Open and half-open files” and “the pawn chain” will be covered extensively on this video course.

Buy today for €59.92 (instead of €79.90)


The Ruy Lopez is one of the oldest openings and continues to enjoy high popularity from club level to the absolute world top. In this video series, American super GM Fabiano Caruana, talking to IM Oliver Reeh, presents a complete repertoire for White.

You can find all three of Fabiano Caruana DVDs here. They are all discounted by 25% today.

Special: Vol. 1 – 3 bundle: €59.93 instead of €79.90


Dorian Rogozenco:

Play the Sveshnikov Sicilian, Sveshnikov Powerbook and Sveshnikov Powerbase

“In order to understand an opening, you need to know the historical background and have a good feeling for the dynamics”, says the GM Dorian Rogozenco in the introduction to this video course. Based on 30 years of personal experience at high level, Rogozenco provides a complete guide for Black in the modern theory of the Sveshnikov Sicilian.

Price for the package of all three items: 

Today in our Shop €33.68 (instead of €44.90)

Marin: A Repertoire against the Italian Game: Given White‘s difficulty in proving an advantage in a series of Ruy Lopez systems, the Italian game (also known as Giuoco Piano), has become increasingly popular. White aims at submitting their opponent to the same kind of positional pressure as “The Spanish torture” in the Ruy Lopez. This video course also contains a database with all the games relevant to the repertoire, plus a selection of positions for practicing. Discount price today: €22.43 instead of €29.90.

Marin: Tactic Toolbox Italian Game: The highly popular Italian game is mainly a positional opening. This video course is intended as a tactical guide for Black, featuring themes such as the tactical abilities of the c5-bishop and the relatively restricted c6-knight, the kingside attack and the fight for the centre. The author hopes that the spirit of the examples on this video course sweep away the common fear that chess will be extinguished by draws. Discount price today: €22.43 instead of €29.90.

Discount Day bundle price for Italian Repertoire + Tactic Toolbox: €41.18
instead of €54.90 – total value: €59.80


Mihail Marin: The French Defence

The French Defence is an opening with a marked strategic character, but it also offers rich tactical possibilities to both sides. This video course is aimed as a tactical guide for Black, featuring the most typical combinations for the French structures. The reader is also invited to find combinations delivered by White, in order to become aware of the possible dangers.

For virtually all types of white combinations, the video course features symmetrical equivalents for Black, but also tests how Black can withstand the White aggression.

Individual volumes €22.43 instead of €29.90.

Today vol. 1+2: €41.18 instead of €54.90 (total value €59.80)


With the new ChessBase series “The Monthly Dragon”, GM Chris Ward shows us the newest tactics, plans, and development of this fascinating opening.

A series taking a look at Black’s most aggressive response to 1 e4 from both a principled and theoretical perspective. In this first part, the emphasis is on themes and ideas as the viewer is armed with tactical and positional motifs and concepts after 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6.

The Dragon is an opening, played by some of the best players in the world. 


Top Choice Repertoire:
Play The French Defence

The French Defence is one of the most popular openings – from club player to grandmaster. It’s a very solid opening against 1.e4 but leaves room for counterplay and initiative.

In this two-volume video course former World Cchampion and star-trainer Rustam Kasimdzhanov shows you the ins and outs of this hugely complex opening. Full review and samples.

Video running time: 5 hours 45 min. With interactive training including video feedback. Extra: Training with ChessBase apps – Memorize the opening repertoire and play key positions against Fritz on various levels.

Vol. 1+2 Bundle: €41.18 instead of €54.90


Robert Ris: A Complete Black Repertoire against 1.d4, 1.Nf3 & 1.c4 

These video courses feature a black repertoire against 1.d4, 1.Nf3 and 1.c4. The recommended variations are easy to learn and not difficult to remember, but also pose White serious challenges.

Each volume today: Today: €22.43 instead of €29.90

Bundle: both volumes €41.18 instead of €54.90 (€59.80 total value)


Oliver Reeh: Master Class Tactics

In almost every chess game there comes a moment when you just can’t go on without tactics. You must strike, because nothing is more annoying than missing a winning combination in the decisive situation, and thus giving away the advantage you have worked for the whole game. So it is vital to train tactics properly – and Master Class Tactics offers you the perfect tool for this! On this Fritztrainer, IM Oliver Reeh has compiled his favorites from the CBM column ” Tune your Tactics” issues 186 to 197. 

Vols 1 and 2: €22.43 instead of €29.90 each

Bundle 1+2: today €41.18 instead of €54.90 (total value €58.80)


Herman Grooten: Key Concepts of Chess – Pawn Structures Vol.1 and 2 

In this series it’s all about strategy for club players, explained in a simple way with clear examples! The idea is to focus on certain themes using specific pawn structures. The central question is: how can the pieces be manoeuvred into good positions and what should we then consider? IM Herman Grooten will offer rules-of-thumb and concepts to give club players the necessary guidance to try and find the right paths in their own games.

Vols 1 and 2: €22.43 instead of €29.90 each

Bundle 1+2: today €41.18 instead of €54.90 (total value €58.80)


Dr. Karsten Müller: Endgames of the World Champions Vol 1 & 2

Learn Endgames from the World Champions!

All world champions left their mark on chess. And although they had different styles each and every one of them played the endgame exceptionally well. The material on this DVD is based on the ChessBase MasterClass series, and gives you a good opportunity to enjoy some of the best endgames in the history of chess.

Order Endgames of World Champion 1+2
Today: €41.18 instead of €54.90


Markus Ragger: Power openings: Grünfeld Defence Volume 1 + 2

You are looking for an active answer to 1.d4? Then the Grünfeld Indian is an excellent choice! Not by chance this opening is one of the main weapons of some top grandmasters: with active play and emphasis on tactics, Black counters White’s strong centre, immediately facing him with concrete problems.

In this video course, the Austrian number one and Grünfeld expert Markus Ragger gives you the necessary knowledge to outplay your opponents with the Grünfeld. In over 10 hours (volumes 1 and 2), he presents the most important main and side lines. Subsequently, you have the chance to apply your freshly acquired knowledge in interactive video format, finding the right moves in response to the author’s questions. What’s more, you can practice the repertoire and play out the Grünfeld structures against the computer. So – start studying the Grünfeld right away!

Markus Ragger is a grandmaster, Austrian number one and one of the strongest players in the German-speaking world. He became multiple Austrian national champion and represents Austria in Olympiads and team championships at the first board. He has already exceeded 2700 Elo in his career and has been among the top 100 in the world for over ten years.

Today: Bundle offer €41.18 instead of €54.90


Simon Williams: An aggressive Repertoire

The author concentrates on the King’s Gambit accepted with 3.Bc4. Bronstein once said about this move, ‘Play 3.Bc4 if you want to win!’ Of course things have developed a lot since Bronstein’s times, and this DVD aims to bring people up to speed with all the latest developments and new ideas that are playable, with both colours in this fascinating variation. Simon Williams has included a lot of novelties and interesting attacking variations that should wet the lips of any attacking player, looking for an interesting way of meeting 1…e5! With the Berlin opening now leading to dull equal positions, it may well be time to start taking a look at the King’s Gambit in more detail. The opening leads to crazy interesting positions, where Black is placed under pressure from move two.

Today: Bundle offer €104.93 instead of €139.90


Fritz Trainers

Brand new, being released today:

Sipke Ernst: Super-solid Slav

When you add the Slav to your repertoire, you get an opening with a solid foundation. However, that doesn’t mean you will get a boring game. On the contrary, this opening often leads to very dynamic play. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of the world class players of today, including Carlsen, Caruana and Firouzja have played it frequently, and used it to play for a win against their contemporaries.

We get the Slav after the moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6. This video course will focus on 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 and now dxc4, but the white alternatives leading up to the mainline are also discussed in great detail.

Today: €22.43 instead of €29.90


Sipke Ernst: 3.h4 against the King’s Indian and Grünfeld

For some time now, we’ve known that the strongest chess engines like to push their flank pawns up the board. This has led to an interesting system, with which we can meet the Grunfeld and the King’s Indian. Studying the mainlines is time consuming, and it is possible that our opponents may know the typical plans in those openings better than us, right?

Therefore, it is a great idea to take Grunfeld and King’s Indian players out of their comfort-zone right from the start! 

Today: €22.43 instead of €29.90


Sipke Ernst: A practical repertoire for the positional player after 1.d4 Vol. 1–3

Are you tired of facing long engine lines and well-known theoretical complications? Then this will be something of interest for you. In this video course, Sipke Ernst shows you a repertoire after 1.d4 that aims to be practical and well-suited for the positional player – with promising main lines for White that are engine-proof, easy to learn and can be played almost instantly. Moreover, if Black deviates, then White obtains a promising initiative and Black will have to suffer an unpleasant defence

Vol. 1-3: €89.90 instead €98.70
Each volume: €32.90


Ruslan Ponomariov: Typical opening mistakes

It’s human nature to make mistakes. In chess, an early mistake can lose you the game instantly, or at the least, lead to a long-term disadvantage. Avoiding mistakes in the opening and even learning from mistakes is a valuable tool to improve your chess.

Ruslan Ponomariov, former FIDE World Champion, demonstrates basic patterns that will help you navigate through the game more easily. Focusing on the most important things, this Fritztrainer is helpful for beginners, amateurs, chess coaches or professionals. All examples are taken from Ponomariov’s long career.  Themes include: Weak opening preparation, overpreparation, what to do with opening surprises, development, safety of the king, importance of the centre, pseudo-activity, good and bad openings, importance of pawn structure, playing against the opponent. Don’t put it off – learn from the best and move forward to chess improvement!

Today: €22.43 instead of €29.90


Andrew Martin: Closed Sicilian

Do you have a fantastic memory and a liking for sharp positions, the evaluations of which can change with a few taps of a computer button? If so, then the main lines of the Open Sicilian are for you.

But if you are one of the 99% of chess players who do NOT fall into this category, and open 1 e4, then the Closed Sicilian is a worthwhile option. The Closed Sicilian offers White a set of easy-to-understand plans, the chance of a kingside attack and little danger of being outgunned by tactics in the opening.

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The video course presents a fine selection of 33 classic chess games, played between the 18th century and the beginning of the second world war.

Starting with François-André Danican Philidor through to Mikhail Botvinnik, these significant games, played by the greatest players of their times, are treasures of chess history. They are also a part of chess culture, and every aspiring chess player or simply lover of the game of chess, should know them. 

Born 1973 in Moldavia, Dorian Rogozenco is today a citizen of Romania. He is a strong grandmaster, who, e.g., qualified for the 2001 FIDE-WCh 2001. Rogozenco is one of the most successful ChessBase authors who keeps producing highly interesting contributions. 

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Svitlana Demchenko: The Scotch Game

The Scotch Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4) is a great repertoire addition for any player looking for a solid yet active opening, which relies more on understanding rather than pure memorization. The popularity of the Scotch rose exponentially after Garry Kasparov employed it in the World Championship match against Anatoly Karpov in 1990. In modern times, the Scotch Game can sometimes be seen at top level from such players as Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, and Ian Nepomniachtchi, all having overwhelmingly positive scores with it. Besides in-depth theory and exciting tactical exercises in the Scotch Game, this video course also includes a bonus section on the Scotch Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Bc4), a lively variation often leading to very dynamic positions.

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Dr. Karsten Müller, Luis Engel: The 4 Player Types standard model – Find your strengths and weaknesses and those of your opponent

Playing styles in chess are an important and thus often discussed topic. GM Dr. Karsten Müller and GM Luis Engel take up a model by GM Lars Bo Hansen based on 4 player types – namely ‘activists’, ‘pragmatics’, ‘theoreticians’ and so-called ‘reflectors’. Their respective strengths and weaknesses are explained with the help of many examples, enabling the reader to try and assign himself or herself to one or the other player type.

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Elisabeth Pähtz: Attacking with the Jobava London System

The Jobava London System, named after the top Georgian player Baadur Jobava, is a side form of the London System, which differs in principle in only one small detail – the white knight is established early on c3.

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Andrew Martin: The Hippopotamus system of defence

What is the Hippopotamus system of defence? The idea is that, at the beginning of the game, Black develops within his own first three ranks. He constructs a solid, flexible and hopefully stable position, awaiting events. At the right moment, he will strike back!

The Hippopotamus was given the name by an eccentric English amateur player JC Thompson, back in the 1950’s. It seems as good a name as any. Given the right conditions, Black will emerge from the chessboard swamp and crush all before them.

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Andrew Martin: The Barry Attack

Not quite a London System and not quite a Veresov. The unusually named ‘Barry Attack‘ lies somewhere between the two. Yet another challenging queen pawn system that Black has to prepare for. In fact, the ’Barry Attack’ had roots as early as 1922, when Tartakower experimented with what was then an unknown opening, but didn’t really take off until the late 1970’s and 1980’s, when a whole series of strong players such as Niaz Murshed and several English masters started to win game after game with it.

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New edition – more than 11 hrs. of videos!

Scarcely any world champion has managed to captivate both chess lovers and the general public to the same extent as Magnus Carlsen. The enormously talented Norwegian arrived on the scene as if from nowhere, without having been systematically trained within the structures of a major chessplaying nation such as Russia, the Ukraine or more recently, China. Rather, his development had taken place in an almost totally private setting.

Thanks to Carlsen’s style, computer-supported opening preparation has faded somewhat into the background, with a greater importance being placed on the sporting side of chess – deep strategy, extensive endgame knowledge, energy and endurance are the trump cards of the new chess megastar. By 2010, Carlsen was already number one in the world ranking list; in 2013 he also claimed the title of World Champion, a title he has now successfully defended several times.

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Daniel King:  Power Play 1-28

Born 1963, Daniel King has been a professional chess player for more than 20 years and has represented his country in numerous competitions. King is the author of more than 15 chess books and has a wealth of experience as a trainer, assisting many of England’s leading players. To the delight of chess fans worldwide, he hosts his monthly “Powerplay” show on  Playchess.com.

The complete Power Play package with all 28 DVDs. Opening, Middlegame, Endgame – All you need to know about the game of chess presented by one of the most popular and charismatic chess trainer.

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Svitlana Demchenko: Understanding Material Imbalances

One of the first lessons we are taught in the beginning of our chess journey is how much every piece on the board is “worth”. However, the more we master the game, the more we realize that the “true” value of pieces can differ from their theoretical value, depending on the subtleties of the position. When faced with material imbalances, it can be challenging to come to a correct evaluation and decide which plans to pursue. In this series, you will learn some general guidelines, explore model games played by the best players in the world, and test your knowledge through practice positions.

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Nicholas Pert: A Complete Black Repertoire versus the English, 1…e5

The English is becoming increasingly popular as White players avoid the heavy theory of 1.e4 or 1.d4 and hope to achieve a small advantage in a safe position.

A lot of club players tend to focus on openings against 1.e4 and 1.d4 but neglect to study a response to the English. 1…e5 is a theoretically sound response with good chances of equality or better in all variations.

In this video series I provide a complete Black repertoire based on this move. I have several years of experience playing 1…e5 against the English, and it is used regularly by many of the world’s leading grandmasters. Anish Giri is known for his opening preparation and his ideas feature heavily in the chapters.

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Simon Williams: Tactic Toolbox London System

The London System is becoming increasingly popular, both at grandmaster and club level. The theory of the opening is developing quickly, with new things being tested all the time. This, in return, gives rises to fresh tactical ideas which should belong to the basic arsenal of any London devotee – after all, tactics remains the be-all and end-all of the game.

On this DVD, Simon Williams shows all the complications in the London System one has to know as White, giving you the tactical tools for a successful practice – the player who knows the typical motifs has an advantage over the board. Using the interactive FritzTrainer format which invites the viewer to answer questions by entering the moves on the screen, the “Ginger GM“, intensively and systematically, makes you familiar with a multitude of typical tactical finesses in positions of the London System. Of course, those who don’t yet have this opening in their repertoire can also profit – after all, a sharp combinatorial vision is always useful in chess.

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Robert Ris: The Smooth Scandinavian

Are you looking for a simple, easy-to-learn repertoire against 1.e4? Then the Scandinavian with 3…Qd8 is yours! After 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 the retreat 3…Qd8 leads to a very solid type position for Black. At the expense of two tempi, the pawn structure has been defined, and hence a clear developing plan can be made for our minor pieces.

The first goal is to get the light-squared bishop out to g4, then placing the pawns on c6 and e6. Now Black has a rock-solid setup and good chances to build up pressure against White’s pawn on d4 and/or use the d5-square as an outpost for any of their pieces.

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Robert Ris: Calculation Training Booster

For those who haven’t recently done any calculation training, there is the Calculation Training Booster. After all, every chess brain needs regular stimulation, as you don’t want to become a lazy player – avoiding calculating critical variations or simply failing to calculate properly.

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Mihail Marin: The Catalan vs. the Semi-Slav, Chebanenko and Triangle

The Semi-Slav, Chebanenko system and the Slav triangle are solid and flexible weapons for Black. The repertoire examined on this DVD meets them all in a provocative way. 

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Jan Werle: The Saemisch Variation against the King’s Indian and Benoni

Beat the King’s Indian and Benoni structures with the impenetrable pawn phalanx g2-f3-e4-d5. Encounter your opponent with sound and fresh ideas in this classical rebooted line of the Saemisch!

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Adrian Mikhalchishin: How to study the classics

Chess education is based on examples of great players of the past. Most of the typical methods of attack, analogous plans and correct ways of conducting different endgames happened for the first time in their games. On the basis of these games, numerous books have been written about endgame subjects and endgame technique. Even concerning openings, the great Alexander Alekhine said that theory is simply the practice of the masters!

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Mihail Marin: The Catalan vs. the Semi-Slav, Chebanenko and Triangle

The Semi-Slav, Chebanenko system and the Slav triangle are solid and flexible weapons for Black. The repertoire examined on this DVD meets them all in a provocative way. 

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Simon Williams: The Tactical Chigorin

Show your opponent that you’re looking for a fight right from the start! Immediately put White’s position under pressure with the Chigorin Defence (1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6). This opening is perfect for players who enjoy unconventional and sharp positions. Simon Williams will show you everything you need to know to play the Chigorin Defence and have great fun while you’re at it. This course is centered around understanding the opening ideas. This means that even if you forget a specific move when at the board, you’ll be able to make the right decision.

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Vidit Gujrathi: The Fashionable Caro-Kann Vol.1+2

Over the last few years, opening theory in the Caro-Kann has developed at a rapid pace thanks to deep computer analysis. The Indian super GM Vidit Gujrathi not only presents you the latest trends, but also takes great pride in presenting you with his own new insights! “I have analyzed the new trends carefully and found some new ideas for Black.”

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Erwin L’Ami: The Stonewall Dutch – A Fighting Repertoire against 1.d4

In the Dutch Stonewall variation, Black fights for the initiative from the very first move. World Champions such as Mikhail Botvinnik, and most recently Magnus Carlsen, have shown just how dangerous it is. World Champions such as Mikhail Botvinnik, and most recently Magnus Carlsen, have shown just how dangerous it can be. Take a fascinating journey with Grandmaster Erwin l’Ami and let him demonstrate the depth and charm of this attractive opening.

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Simon Williams: The London System

Do you like clear-cut attacking chess? Then you should look forward to this new DVD by Simon Williams. The Grandmaster from England will show you all the important ideas and tricks you need to get promising positions with White after 1.d4! “I’m going to show you some fascinating possibilities where you can get a great attack in a very lazy way.”

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Viktor Bologan: The Modern Pirc

Viktor Bologan has played the Pirc all his life – and has scored quite a few points with it! It is an extremely flexible opening and offers a range of options. “The Modern Pirc is actually a mixture of the Caro-Kann and the Pirc. In many lines, Black combines the ideas of the Classical Pirc, where the fianchettoed bishop is important, with the Caro-Kann idea of fighting for the center with c6-d5.” Equip yourself with a complete opening repertoire against 1.e4!

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Sergei Tiviakov: Realizing an Advantage

You are probably also familiar with this problem – you’ve finally reached an advantageous position. But what now? How do you convert your game into a full point in the tournament crosstable? Sergei Tiviakov approaches this topic from two sides, firstly from the psychological aspect of exploiting advantages, and secondly the technical aspect of actually grinding out the win.

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Simon Williams: The Black Lion – an aggressive version of the Philidor Defense

The Black Lion is a tenacious and flexible opening against 1.e4 that packs quite a bite. After 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0–0 c6, Black wants to attack with an early …g5 followed by …Rg8 and g5-g4 to storm the White king’s position. GM Simon Williams is, as always, captivating and extremely entertaining: “Do you know any other repertoire DVD where black doesn’t castle?!” An exciting DVD! You too can let the Lion roar and the fun commence!

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Adrian Mikhalchishin: Pattern Recognition and Typical Plans

The more patterns a chess player knows and learns, the better he or she can then play. Let GM Adrian Mikhalchishin explain typical patterns and strategic concepts with the games of the World Champions and broaden your chess horizon. Learn the art of pattern recognition and analog thinking, technqiues that have also helped the author himself to many a victory!

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