Empire Chess Collection (Volumes 71-80)

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club_players_manifestoiChess.NET is excited to announce The Club Player’s Manifesto Series Part 2 for Advanced Players! With our TOP presenter Grandmaster Damian Lemos!

This 10 DVD set contains over 19 hours of premium chess instruction and focuses primarily on developing the correct plans and ideas at every moment for the white and black pieces. Viewers will learn through the various master games, how to learn to defend ourselves, to change how you think, and a lot more content and techniques.

As part of the Empire Chess Expert Edition for Advanced Players 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.

The Club Player’s Manifesto

  • iChess.NET – The Official Course for aspiring ‘Candidate Masters’.
  • Exclusive Grandmaster Video by a brilliant presenter.
  • Extended PDF summaries have numbered matching bullet points of all pertinent content.
  • Dozens of relevant practice problems per disc of a structured 10 DVD set.
  • The most comprehensive club players “DVD course with materials” ever released.
  • PGN files included free for every DISC.
  • Option to contact GM Damian Lemos for Skype support lessons.
  • Brought to you by iChess.NET – The World Leaders in DVD education.

Included Products

Volume 71: Ultra Deep Strategy – Techniques Of The Super GMS – GM Damian Lemos

This DVD shows us the secrets of chess strategy at the highest level through extensively-analyzed master games. Emphasizing the correct plans and ideas at every moment, it is a series for advanced players to complement their training with an aspect more difficult than tactics.

Volume 72: Learn To Defend As A GM – GM Damian Lemos

You will learn the art of defense, just like the GMs employ when they need to defend themselves against the attacks of their opponents. It is important to learn the basic concepts of defense in order to avoid suffering painful defeats due to not knowing how to react. Defense is sometimes a difficult task and a part of the game that many players do not like, often even avoiding positions where they have to defend themselves, despite it being the best option.

Volume 73: Super GM’S Guide To Positional Chess – GM Damian Lemos

This DVD consists of studying the strategic game, while acting as a guide for learning how Super GMs dominate positional chess. Over the course of these videos you will see master games explained in-depth by GM Lemos, placing emphasis on every move, explaining the motive and the distinct reasoning and thinking that causes GMs to make certain decisions.

Volume 74: Aggressive Attacks: The Most Aggressive Attacks In History – GM Damian Lemos

You will learn how to attack and play aggressively right from the opening, to practice calculating and the possible attacks available in various positions, initiative and constantly threatening your opponent.

Volume 75: How Super GMs Think – Change your Mindset! – GM Damian Lemos

GM Damian Lemos reveals the ideas of the middlegame and explains to you how a GM thinks throughout the game. It also focuses on how Super GMs calculate and teaches you to change how you think. This work is presented across extensively-analyzed and annotated games in which GM Lemos explains the plans and ideas behind each position after every move.

Volume 76: Middlegame Transition Guide: How GMs Transition From Opening to Middlegame – GM Damian Lemos

This DVD presents the guide for transition to the middlegame, how GMs plan the passage from the opening to the middlegame, paying particular attention to how the choice of opening decides the plans on how to follow on to the middlegame and the endgame. During the middlegame, the player can lose the advantage they obtained in the opening if they do not know how to correctly enact their plan; just as it happens to experts in endgames. If you do not obtain an advantageous position in the middlegame, it will be very difficult to achieve victory in the endgame.

Volume 77: Attack Like a Super GM – GM Damian Lemos

Many players know how to attack, but lack the ability to coordinate material and create decisive threats towards a particular objective. It is important to not only know how to evaluate a position and determine whether you can attack, but also the most effective way to transfer your forces into attack. Not doing this correctly could cost the player the game.

Volume 78: Counterattack Like a Super GM – GM Damian Lemos

Attacking is an important part of chess, but you need to know how to attack well and also when to evaluate a position correctly. Counterattacking, a powerful weapons in our repertoire, is one of the important facets of the game that we see in these videos. Often we need to defend and wait for our chance to counterattack; this tends to be very effective as our opponent goes from attacking to having to defend themselves which they don’t like to do. Counterattacking is often more effective against an opponent’s poor defense when they are unable to adapt to the new situation.

Volume 79: Super GM Tactics – GM Damian Lemos

Tactics often complement a prepared strategy and you will also learn how to punish an opponent for ignoring certain norms of the game, such as development, gaining material in exchange for a loss in tempo and you will see the importance of initiative and prioritizing development over material.

Volume 80: Killer Combinations – GM Damian Lemos

The GM Damian Lemos focuses teaching you certain combination tactics that bring about forced mate or gaining material by meticulously scrutinizing 4 Super GM games in order to explain how Grandmasters think. There are a lot of tactical themes that should be known and certain typical combinations that all players should know. There are simple combinations with a few moves to gain material in the short term and other more complex and difficult ones that require longer precise calculation and can bring about mate or gain material but not immediately.

Additional information

Running time

18 hours 33 minutes


GM Damian Lemos


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