Studies in The Philidor Defense – IM Valeri Lilov & GM Bryan Smith

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The Philidor Defense – IM Valeri Lilov & GM Bryan Smith

Studies In The Philidor Defense – Im Valeri Lilov & Gm Bryan Smith

Studies in The Philidor Defense

Characterized by the moves: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 Named after the famous 18th-century player François-André Danican Philidor, who advocated it as an alternative to the common 2…Nc6.

His original idea was to challenge White’s center by the pawn thrust f7–f5. Today, the Philidor is known as a solid but passive choice for Black.

Because of this, it is seldom seen in top-level play except as an alternative to the heavily analyzed openings that can ensue after the normal 2…Nc6.

In this DVD our masters go over both how to employ the Philidor and how to defeat it as well as several variations on the Philador including Lion and exchange variation.

About the Authors:

IM Valeri Lilov

Lilov s a young chess talent from the small European country of Bulgaria. He is based in Varna, Bulgaria and has been working as a successful chess coach and lecturer over the internet for more than seven years.

In 2000 in Moscow, Russia, he became the European Individual School Chess Champion U10 with the record result of 6,5 out of 7.

In 2005, he made a record in the history of Bulgarian chess by achieving 32 consecutive wins in national championships, as well as two magnificent victories in simuls against the top Bulgarian grandmasters, Veselin Topalov, and Kiril Georgiev.

In 2008 he achieved his highest FIDE rating and in 2013, the title of International Master.

GM Bryan Smith

He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently splits his time between Novi Sad, Serbia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Some of his accomplishments include first place in the 2008 National Chess Congress, 2009 National Chess Congress, 2010 Philadelphia International, and 2011 Limpedea Cup.

He was on the national champion UMBC chess team from 1999 to 2001 and became a GM in 2013. Bryan is the first-ever Grandmaster from Alaska!

GM Eugene Perelshteyn

He was born in Ukraine and learned chess from his father, a FIDE Master. He moved to the United States at the age of fourteen and won the U.S. U18 Championship in 2000.

Eugene earned a chess scholarship from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he graduated in computer science. In 2002 he was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship – given to the top American Player under 25 years old – which helped him earn the GM title in 2006.

Eugene currently lives in Massachusetts and competes mainly in New England. He is a regular contributor to, and is a co-author of two books: Chess Openings for White, Explained and Chess Openings for Black, Explained, both in their second editions.

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