Empire Chess Collection (Volumes 61-70)



iChess.NET is excited to announce the release of 10 New Empire Chess DVDs! With a list of TOP presenters including Grandmasters Timur Gareev, Sam Shankland, Maxim Dlugy, FM Alisa Melekhina and GM Damian Lemos!

This 10 DVD set contains over 30 hours of premium chess instruction and focuses primarily on developing complete and aggressive opening systems for the white and black pieces. Viewers will learn how to prepare the 1. d4 opening system with the white pieces, presented by one of the strongest Grandmasters currently in the US, GM Timur Gareev at over 2700 USCF!

Sam Shankland, another one of the top 10 elite Grandmasters in the United States, reviews an old-fashioned system for black against the Ruy Lopez where black plays to win the game immediately in the opening by employing the hyper-aggressive Schliemann Gambit with 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5!?

GM Maxim Dlugy also presents several videos on general themes such as crushing attacks and how you can defend like an experienced Grandmaster.

As part of the Empire Chess Reloaded Edition you will receive additional training materials including tactics puzzles relevant to the DVD topic to reinforce your understanding of critical concepts, an extended PDF file to explain the key points further in textbook style, and the PGNs for every game covered in the DVD.

Volume 61: Beating the Grunfeld Defense with the 5. h4!? Gambit – GM Timur Gareev

This DVD for Intermediate to Advanced Players looks at the variations associated with h4 in the Grunfeld and is termed ‘The Grunfeld Gambit’ by Gareev as he often sacrifices the Pawn with h5.

Volume 62: Beating the Slav Defense with the 7. g4!? Gambit – GM Timur Gareev

This DVD for Intermediate to Advanced Players looks at the variations associated with 7.g4 Gambit against the Semi-Slav Defense, in an attempt to prove that it is a good way to strive for the win with White. The DVD is very thorough in content with a plethora of ideas supported by exact detailed Grandmaster analysis. After watching this DVD you will have a superb way of dealing with Black’s Semi – Slav efforts and have confidence in this area when pushing forward your d Pawn at move one.

Volume 63: Beating the Nimzo-Indian Defense with 4. Qc2 – GM Timur Gareev

This DVD by GM Timur Gareev for Intermediate and Advanced players has a detailed look at The 4.Qc2 Nimzo Indian. Timur explains that there is no reason to allow a Queen’s Indian because Black will struggle against this White response and that the Black Nimzo Indian is harmless as the 4.Qc2 move is favoured by both Kasparov and Carlsen with excellent results. The ideas for White are supported by extensive analysis – this knowledge will support improvement in all players’ positional understanding and help them to Master the very important area of taming The Nimzo-Indian with the Classical 4.Qc2

Volume 64: Destroy the Sicilian Defense – Master the Bb5 System – GM Damian Lemos

This DVD (part 1 of 2) covers Bb5 Systems against The Sicilian Defense with an emphasis on the core White strategies involving immediate and sometimes unprovoked Bxc6! This Anti –Sicilian approach will have opponents frightened to play their favorite Sicilian once the Bb5 Mastery is reached.

Volume 65: Bb5 Systems to Destroy the Sicilian Defense – GM Damian Lemos

This DVD (part 2 of 2) covers Bb5 Systems against The Sicilian Defense with an emphasis on the core White strategies involving immediate and sometimes unprovoked Bxc6! This Anti–Sicilian approach will have opponents frightened to play their favourite Sicilian once the Bb5 Mastery is reached.

Volume 66: Converting Advantages – How to Convert Advantages in Chess – FM Alisa Melekhina

The DVD is divided in to 4 parts and is presented by FM Alisa Melekhina with an honest look at how she is striving to improve her own ability when ‘Converting Advantages’ as this in area she has struggled with in the past. The content deals with the critical moments and all of the associated factors that sometimes means we miss the correct course of action when attempting to make our advantage count. Alisa looks at ways to ensure the advantage is converted using a mixture of Psychology, Calculation and correct move searching.

Volume 67: Defend like a Super Grandmaster – GM Maxim Dlugy

Defend Like a Grandmaster with Maxim Dlugy is an instructional DVD focusing on how to play in difficult and sometimes losing positions. Maxim Dlugy looks at some of the most important games in his career, outlining various techniques in saving bad positions or defending positions where your opponent has the initiative. All the key moments in the games are examined and after watching the video you are ready to save and even win bad positions.

Volume 68: Crushing Black with the King’s Gambit – GM Damian Lemos

Crushing Black with the King’s Gambit is the most direct way to attempt to acquire the advantage versus 1…e5 players. GM Lemos promotes the virtues of the most attacking 3rd move namely 3.Bc4 and puts forward a strong argument that is the best 3rd move available in The King’s Gambit Accepted.

Volume 69: Crushing White with the Schliemann Gambit – GM Sam Shankland

This DVD is aimed at presenting a repertoire based on meeting 1. e4 with 1… e5 for the club player. Coverage starts after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 when GM Shankland recommends the Schliemann variation, but played in a more classical way, aiming to take advantage of the extra central pawn in the long term instead of seeking immediate confrontation. All relevant side-lines from move 3 onward are also covered.

Volume 70: GM Crushing Attacks – GM Maxim Dlugy

This DVD shows players how to attack like a Grandmaster, presented by GM Maxim Dlugy, he uses examples from Tal and his own games to show techniques and thinking structures to enable excellent attack play. There is coverage of the elements of attack play including: How to attack well and avoid pitfalls when attacking; How to find reasons why an attack should be launched; Grandmaster technical ability when attaining the winning position; Mature moves.

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31 hours 50 minutes


GM Timur Gareev, GM Damian Lemos, FM Alisa Melekhina, GM Sam Shankland, GM Maxim Dlugy


Standard H.264, .mp4, compatible with all Apple and PC devices.

4 reviews for Empire Chess Collection (Volumes 61-70)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    A very complete DVD set. Should be great for anyone looking to perfect their opening game. The quality of instruction and the production value of the DVDs themselves is superb!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eliza B

    This set is a good fit for my mom, a scholar champion chess (long time ago). She doesn’t want to go with a trainer here, so I think this is perfect for her!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karen Gueller

    What can I say to express my grateful for making these training sets easy to get? as a old school player going into to the new era of learning, this is a big step. I don’t want to read any other chess book anymore!

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Peter Gorri

    I’m a 1.d4 player, so I wanted to find lines where I could surprise my opponents with white pieces. In this pack I found many dvd that could help me, so I decided to buy the whole pack. But the other dvd are superb too. I liked very much the volume 70 about crushing attacks.

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