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Know The Terrain Vol. 1: The Carlsbad (PC-DVD)

Know The Terrain Vol. 1: The Carlsbad (PC-DVD)

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Product type: Software for PC

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Sam Collins

The information explosion has led to a massive increase in opening theory. But how often do you win a game with a prepared line? What gives strong players the edge over their opponents is not some blockbuster novelty, but a deep understanding of the pawn structures to which their openings lead an understanding that lasts into the middlegame and endgame, and is transferrable between different openings with similar structures.

In this PC-DVD, Sam Collins examines one of the most important structures in chess, the Carlsbad. This often arises from the Queen's Gambit Exchange Variation after cxd5, exd5; and features a semi-open "c" file for White with the possibility of a "minority attack" or play in the centre with pawns to f3 and e4. Black usually combines defence on the queenside with an attack on the king side, using his half open "e" file to funnel pieces towards White's king. Long the playground of the World Champions, either with Karpov's classical approach of Nf3 or Botvinnik and Kasparov's Nge2 and f3, the Carlsbad has an enormous strategic potential for White which is countered by Black’s deceptively simple kingside counterplay.

Sam Collins is an International Master from Ireland with two GM norms. He has represented his country at six Olympiads, winning a gold medal at Bled in 2002. He is the author of several bestselling opening books. As a coach, he has lectured national junior squads and taught the master class at the renowned Berkeley Chess School. He has been national champion of Ireland and Japan. His first DVD for ChessBase, “1.e4 Repertoire”, was excellently received by players and reviewers alike.

System requirements: Pentium Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows 10/7/XP/Vista, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard.

Published 2011. Video running time: 7 hours.

Price:23.99 (Including VAT at 20%)


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