My Best Games in the Spanish Opening: Volume 1 – GM Alexei Shirov

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My Best Games in the Spanish: Volume 1 - GM Alexei Shirov
My Best Games in the Spanish: Volume 1 – GM Alexei Shirov

There are not many top grandmasters who enjoy such great popularity among chess fans all over the world like Alexei Shirov.

Thanks to his aggressive and ingenious playing style, commentators often compare him with the former world champion Mikhail Tal.

He often sacrifices material easily in return for initiative and complications. Where he always seems to be just one step ahead of his opponent.

My Best Games in the Spanish: Volume 1 - GM Alexei Shirov
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Following Shirov’s games is like watching “fire on the board”. Now the genius from Riga presents and explains his best games in a series of training DVDs.

This first DVD is dedicated to his most brilliant games in the Ruy Lopez.

Let Shirov show you how to break down the super-solid Berlin Defence or how he managed to achieve promising counterplay against Garry Kasparov in the Open Ruy Lopez.

Follow this top player through one of his most famous lines in the Ruy Lopez, the Anti-Marshall with 8.h3.

GM Alexei Shirov
Grandmaster Alexei Shirov

About the Author:

Alexei Shirov was born in Riga just like world champion Mihail Tal. Also, his playing style reminds many chess fans of the young Tal.

A comet-like rise brought the young Latvian to the world top within the shortest of time.

Being no older than 22 years, he already had an ELO rating of nearly 2750. He belonged to the absolute elite.

Since then Shirov has been one of the best players in the world, delighting all chess fans with original and amazing ideas on the board.

System Requirements:

Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.

Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive, and internet access for program activation.

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Running Time

4 hours 30 minutes



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Chapter List

  1. Introduction (09:04)
  2. Steinitz Variation (41:10)
  3. Berlin Defence (37:04)
  4. Open Spanish (42:08)
  5. Moeller and Archangelsk Defence (26:22)
  6. Anti-Marshall- System 1 (32:05)
  7. Anti-Marshall-System 2 (15:50)
  8. Marshall Gambit (20:42)
  9. Modern Chigorin Defence (34:55)
  10. Flohr / Saitzev Variation (34:06)