Grandmaster Secrets – Veselin Topalov – GM Damian Lemos

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Empire Chess – Vol 40

GM Veselin TopalovGrandmaster Veselin Topalov is one of the best chess players of all time. His style is extremely aggressive and dynamic as he is able to combine excellent tactical vision with a strong positional sense and highly accurate technique. In this chess DVD, Grandmaster Damian Lemos creates a detailed study of Topalov’s style by dissecting five of his best games – demonstrating Topalov’s versatility in very different types of positions.

Viewers will gain a greater understanding of several fundamental concepts, including how to develop an initiative rapidly in the opening, the conversion of advantages (for example converting a lead in development to a dangerous attack, or converting a dynamic attack into a long-term positional advantage, etc.) GM Lemos applies his deep positional understanding and strong combinative vision to break down the critical aspects of Topalov’s style that made him so effective at the highest levels in chess.


1. Topalov vs Ponomariov
2. Topalov vs Naiditsch
3. Kharlov vs Topalov
4. Topalov vs Lautier
5. Berg vs Topalov

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4 reviews for Grandmaster Secrets – Veselin Topalov – GM Damian Lemos

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Calvin Hori (verified owner)

    GM Veselin Topalov has been one of the most exciting players over the past decade. GM Lemos dissects 5 of Topalov games which have great instructional value. We learn how Topalov formulates his strategy and how he converts minute advantages into the full point. There have been very few books or videos on this dynamic player, so this video fills a crucial void in terms of top GM coverage. My only minor quibble is that I wish a Chessbase database of the games were included for reference.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christopher García

    I really appreciate this kind of teaching style. How the GM shows us his secrets and techniques is awesome!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Smith

    Sometimes you can’t figure out how to develop your strategies, it’s normal when you’re starting playing chess. Then, you can subsequently improve your techniques because of daily practice but also you may just be stuck with certain moves and not advance anymore. Now, you can learn how to get better moves, attacks and strategies with this DVD. I have already recommended it to ALL of my friends.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carlos Turner

    I really appreciate this kind of teaching style. How the GM Damian Lemos shows and analyses the moves of Topalov just using his matches is awesome!

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