The Ultimate Video Encyclopedia of Chess – The iChess Vault
Would you like to own the best and most complete video encyclopedia of chess available worldwide?
We’re talking about more than 1,000 hours of premium coaching from the world’s top Grandmasters and coaches – covering every aspect of chess from openings and tactics to middlegame mastery, endgames, and chess psychology.
This super-collection includes all courses ever produced by iChess.net: Lemos Deep Dive, Empire Chess, Master Method, 80/20 Tactics Multiplier, Polgar’s University, Masterclass, Endgame Renaissance, and more.
What makes this collection unique?
The iChess Vault represents a unique collection of chess instruction featuring high-quality coaching from top players like GM Susan Polgar, GM Judit Polgar, GM Daniel Naroditsky, GM Sam Shankland, IM Nazi Paikidze, GM Damian Lemos, GM Bryan Smith, IM Valeri Lilov, GM Rashad Babaev, IM Eric Rosen, and many others.
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced players will find exceptional value in this huge chess DVD collection.
The Master Method Collection
The Master Method series lets you hear the secrets of success from some of the world’s best players and coaches, giving you access to all the resources you need in order to become a chess master.
Each Master Method features a world-class presenter providing exclusive chess lessons, proven training tips, and shortcuts to help you become a chess master.
Each of the volumes, which ranges from 5-15 hours in running time, lays bare the most efficient ways to improve at specific chess topics, enabling you to benefit from the presenter’s hard-earned experience.
With 39 courses (each with an average running time of 15 hours!) including extras such as the PGNs and PDF summaries, this is the perfect opportunity to get the specific training you need to achieve your chess goals.
Here’s just some of what’s included:
In this extraordinary 15-hour course, former World Champion Anatoly Karpov has put together the definitive training program on his approach to chess mastery.
Focusing on positional play, strategy, and endgames, The Karpov Method takes you into his inner circle, revealing Anatoly’s discoveries and some of the deepest secrets in chess.
This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from one of the greatest players of all time, as Anatoly Karpov talks candidly about his games, his opponents, and the method he used to solve problems at the board.
A true pioneer of the game, Karpov introduced strategic ideas and refined techniques that astounded the world with his masterful play. Now, the 12th World Chess Champion teaches you how to follow in his footsteps with an unforgettable tour of hidden chess truths.
Nigel Short has been competing at the top level for 5 decades and counting. During this time, he’s beaten every World Chess Champion from Karpov to Carlsen.
He is also the only Englishman to have challenged for the title, taking on Kasparov in their controversial 1993 match.
His razor-sharp creative tactical ability has been a major factor in his success. And now you can learn how to improve on chess tactics from Nigel himself in his stunning 15-hour Master Method.
Drawing on 40 of his most instructive games – and humbly including a few losses – Nigel reveals how rich, tactical positions are created and how to calculate the winning lines.
Nigel has split his chosen games into 7 categories, including Attacking the King, Tactical Awareness, Defensive and Endgame Tactics.
GM Naiditsch begins with a deep exploration of the Najdorf, an extremely sharp and powerful opening, showing how rich it can be, and how many creative options Black has as their disposal.
Next, GM Naiditsch analyses some of the greatest attacking games of recent memory, from a beautiful queen sacrifice from Radjabov to Caruana’s daring pawn rush. You’ll pick up some of the key attacking ideas being employed by the world’s best.
Many players understand the general opening principles and learn basic endgame tactics, but often fall apart in the middlegame. How do you find a plan in this crucial part of the game? By examining 7 recent masterpieces, GM Naiditsch reveals the nuances of the middlegame, unveiling the positional and strategic ideas you can employ in your games. Turn those tense close games into victories!
What good is all this master-level material if you struggle to think straight in the important, stressful games? Building upon his Tournament Preparation Guide, GM Naiditsch uses four of his own games to teach useful tips and advice for preparing for that last round game.
In this course, Judit Polgar will transform you into a Sicilian Defense master player whether you’re playing with the white or black pieces. She’ll go over her masterpieces, including some beautiful games against Garry Kasparov.
You’ll be able to discover the secrets of the Sicilian Defense directly from one of the opening’s greatest experts, the strongest woman ever to have played chess, Judit Polgar.
In this 15-hour course, Judit reveals everything she learned from an entire career spent playing both sides of the always-dangerous Sicilian Defense.
Every chapter covers a different theme, each one illustrated with fantastic, instructive games from the likes of Tal and Fischer. How to handle the hole on d5; when to play the e5 advance and how to create winning chances with spectacular sacrifices.
On top of that, Judit analyzes her games against her biggest rivals, including Kasparov, Anand, Topalov, and Ivanchuk.
Secrets of the Sicilian teaches chess, not opening theory, and is a fascinating insight into the world of top-level chess.
The Master Method Mega Bundle gives the serious chess player everything they could need to achieve success and become a chess master.
From openings to endgames, tactics to strategy – everything you could possibly imagine is in here.
And all taught in-depth, with crystal clear language, practical examples, PGNs, puzzles, Q+A videos with the presenters, brilliant bonus footage… it’s the ULTIMATE training resource for any serious chess player.
Lemos Masterclass Collection
You must have heard about the super-special Masterclass series which covers EVERYTHING about chess under the sun.
Starting from unstoppable attacks to stifling positional play…
From endless endgame maneuvers to grandmaster level strategy…
This exclusive training system is a “must-have” for every serious chess player.
Here’s part of what you’ll see in this collection:
Discover the secrets of attacking play!
GM Lemos dissects 14 attacking masterpieces to reveal the most effective methods of attacking the king, whether in the opening or the middlegame, and no matter where the king is or how many pieces are desperately trying to defend him!
Through the analysis of 16 carefully chosen games, Damian explains how we can build winning positions, move by move, without our opponent having to make a tactical mistake!
Every aspect of positional play is studied, including GM methods for consistently improving your pieces, building unbearable pressure and targeting a weakness.
The techniques you learn in this course will enable you to win in any type of position and notice the strongest ideas at a glance – perfect for blitz games!
With an insightful analysis of 15 carefully selected games, GM Lemos explains what to do at the board to properly plan and create well-constructed, winning positions.
Every aspect of strategic play is studied, showing you how to effectively mobilize your forces while working to restrict and create weaknesses for your opponents.
Confidently evaluate a position, create the right plan and find the right moves – even in games where the best plan isn’t always easy to see.
Find the winning moves in any type of position with the Chess Strategy Masterclass!
80/20 Tactics Multiplier Mega Bundle
The 80/20 Tactics Multiplier Mega Bundle includes all 10 volumes of the chess tactics video series, exclusively from iChess.net.
If you want to master an opening, you must become familiar with its typical positional ideas and remember the most important theoretical lines. But this is really not enough.
Every opening has its own stock of tactical motifs. Therefore, you also have to know the typical tactical patterns that frequently recur in your opening.
The 80/20 Tactics Multiplier series helps you get the most from your study time by combining learning openings with training the most common chess tactics that can arise from those openings.
Some of the things you will learn in this special series:
This course will teach you one of Black’s most exciting openings through the lens of Grandmaster tactics!
The ultra-sharp Grunfeld was a favorite weapon of both Kasparov and Fischer, famously used by Bobby to win the Game of the Century – one of the many games covered in the course.
Sam strives for the highest quality in everything he does and this course is no different.
Study it and not only will you have a high-level understanding of the Grunfeld without having to memorize theory, you’ll also vastly improve your calculation, tactical eye, and intuition for dynamic play.
GM Bryan Smith’s course on the essential chess tactics in the King’s Indian Defense gives you a complete understanding of typical tactical patterns for both sides.
Even if you only play the King’s Indian as Black, it’s important to know the opportunities available to White so you can prevent them!
The KID is a complex and rewarding opening where White enjoys more space but Black has a number of surprising methods to lay siege to the enemy position, often resulting in brilliant wins.
GM Bryan Smith explains the mechanics behind some of the most powerful tactics in Grandmaster play before giving a detailed commentary on some of his own games.
The London System is a flexible opening that White can use against virtually any of Black’s setups. This makes it the perfect choice for players who prefer to understand key strategic and tactical ideas instead of having to memorize an endless number of theoretical variations.
With this DVD, you’ll gain a high-level understanding of the typical themes of the London System, and you’ll be able to really cement this knowledge in your long-term memory with the included practical tests.
If you’d like to learn all the typical tactical ideas that can arise from the London System, then IM Eric Rosen has got you covered.
This course is specially designed to give you the best return in terms of chess tactics training, covering the following areas:
- Mastering some of the most aggressive chess openings by observing games from some of the strongest players in the world.
- Understanding the most common tactical patterns.
- Improve your calculation skills.
Patterns alert you to possibilities, calculation makes them a reality.
Endgame Renaissance Full Collection
This mega pack is entirely focused on the type of positions you encounter in real endgame play.
You will learn how to think in the chess endgame; how to make progress in tricky positions and how to coordinate your pieces like a real master.
Each one of the courses in this mega bundle has been designed with the competitive player in mind, showing you how to maximize your results and stop gifting half-points to your rivals.
There are too many club players who limit themselves by failing to develop a good chess endgame strategy understanding and technique.
It is this one area that keeps 90% of players firmly in the club player bracket when they are capable of so much more.
Many players are unable to surpass the club player level, simply because they don’t take their chess endgame training seriously. This bundle will arm you with exactly what you need in order to move forward.
Here are just some of the courses included in this incredible bundle:
IM Valeri Lilov will arm you with the skills you need to squeeze every last half-point from your endgames with his 6-hour Practical Chess Endgames for Club Players.
Here’s how this course will help you:
All about the activity.
You may have heard that activity is more important than material… IM Lilov teaches you to actually think this way with a lucid explanation of some miraculous wins.
Timing beats speed.
Don’t rush in the endgame… until you have to! Valeri reveals how to prepare, build, then strike like a cobra!
Power up your pieces.
Want the magic formula for powerful pieces? Think worst pieces, best squares, least number of moves. IM Lilov explains how to make this work in practice.
As you can see, these skills are invaluable in any situation. But it’s easier to master them in the endgame first.
IM Kiewra provides you with valuable guiding principles that will serve you well during chess games for years to come.
In this 5-hour course, experienced chess coach and 9-time Nebraska Champion IM Keaton Kiewra will train you in the skills needed for you to succeed in chess endgame strategy.
Here’s some of what you’ll learn:
Fortress building blocks.
IM Keaton Kiewra reveals the 3 things you need to build an unassailable fortress – keep these in mind and you’ll save a ton of otherwise lost positions.
The Rook vs. Queen setup.
Don’t get ground down in a major piece ending – look for ways to sac queen for rook + pawn and set up a fortress. Keaton shows you some must-know patterns like this one – White moves the rook along the 3rd rank and Black can’t make progress.
Fake fortresses fall.
Keaton analyzes an Alekhine classic to see how a well-timed counter sacrifice can make those fortress walls tumble and transform the position into a winning ending.
This is the strong endgame foundation you need and will support you for the rest of your chess playing life.
This course makes things simple for you with IM Anna Rudolf shedding light on the endgames every serious chess player absolutely must know.
Mastering these techniques, you’ll soon be converting fundamental endgames with a well-practiced mastery.
Can you convert with a Bishop and Knight vs Lone King? You’re covered.
Can you assess the coming King and Pawn ending, even while there are still lots of pieces on the board? Sounds impossible, but there’s a simple trick making it easy in any position.
Join IM Anna and you’ll quickly be saving the toughest Rook Endings, winning the most drawish Opposite Color bishop endings, blocking dangerous passed pawns, and much more…
Lilov Chess Institute Megabundle
If you’re a club player looking for a systematic approach to improving your game, then the Lilov Chess Institute series is the ideal solution. Presented by popular coach IM Valeri Lilov, each volume gives you the training you need to succeed in competitive chess – or just enjoy the game at a much deeper level.
With a total running time of 66 hours and a big discount compared to the individual pricing, the LCI Mega Bundle delivers incredible value.
What do you get?
Firstly, a complete repertoire for both colors. Never be stuck again spending half an hour during your first 10 moves and still getting in trouble. IM Lilov has produced a repertoire that allows you to play for the win, regardless of your opponent’s first move or subsequent replies. Designed to be easy to learn and remember, you’ll be fully prepared whilst also having enough options to make it near impossible for your opponents to prepare for you.
Next, you get that rare find: an explanation of the strategic ideas behind the openings. More than just recommended moves, this course reveals why certain moves are better than others in relation to the position on the board. While each lesson focuses on a particular variation, what you’re really learning here is master-level strategy.
But it doesn’t end there – next, in Middlegame Mastery, IM Lilov teaches you what to do once you come out of the opening… you’ll learn the most useful skills for coming out on top in this critical phase of the game: planning, calculation, positional evaluation, and practical play. Your thinking will be quicker, you’ll focus only on the best ideas and you will be able to impose your will on your opponent, giving you an enormous edge.
GM Damian Lemos Deep Dive Collection
Chess openings knowledge is crucial in competitive chess. Between equal players, it often makes the difference between winning and drawing.
However, until now, most opening instruction has been very general – good enough so you know what you’re doing but without the detail required to give you the competitive edge in tournaments.
GM Damian Lemos has addressed that with his acclaimed Deep Dive series.
As the name suggests, Damian gives you the deep knowledge you need to outplay your opponents in specific openings.
No prior knowledge on an opening is required as Damian begins each course with a comprehensive overview of each one of the chess openings that he covers, explaining the ideas behind the opening and the plans for each side.
Here are just some of the openings you’ll be able to master:
The King’s Indian Defense.
Follow in the footsteps of Fischer and Kasparov and become an attacking legend, racking up points as Black, no matter which variation White plays!
The London System.
The perfect choice for players who don’t have much time to spend on openings. Play it against nearly anything Black comes up with and decide whether you want to subject them to a positional queenside squeeze or a terrifying kingside attack.
The Accelerated Dragon.
Get positions you love with Damian’s system based on rapid development and seizing the initiative the moment White makes a natural-looking mistake!
The Double Fianchetto system (b3 and g3)
This system is quickly becoming a favorite of players like Vladimir Kramnik. Incredibly flexible, full of attacking potential and very easy for your opponent to slip up against.
The Sicilian Taimanov.
Sidestep all the Najdorf theory – and your rivals’ preparation – with lines that blunt White’s attack and give you great counterplay early in the game.
The Chigorin Defense.
2…Nc6! takes your opponent out of their comfort zone and onto your battlefield. The Chigorin has easy to learn plans, is positionally sound and full of dynamic attacking chances, like this “ordinary” position which can lead to White’s resignation in just 4 more moves!!
The Petroff Defense
The Petroff Defense, also known as the Russian Defense, was a favorite opening of both Karpov and Kramnik. The Petroff is as solid as a rock, easy to learn and offers a ton of ways to turn the tables on those 1.e4 players!
The Petroff is starting to come back in a big way with Fabiano Caruana just one of the top GMs who relies on it when it matters.
The English OpeningPlaying the English Opening can be a vital alternative for all 1.e4- and 1.d4-players who are tired of repeatedly entering the highly theoretical terrain of all the main lines Black can choose from.
The English Opening allows the White player to immediately take the opponent out of his comfort zone by playing a move which is not as frequently played as 1.e4 or 1.d4.
In contrast to White’s two main moves 1.e4 and 1.d4, White takes control over the center (especially the d5-square) by moving a flank pawn. The fight for the d5-square is paramount in the English Opening.
1.e4 e5 Beating Sidelines & Gambits with Black
At club level, you’ll need to face openings like the King’s Gambit, Vienna, Danish Gambit and other bone-chilling attacks and gambits…and against a strong tactical player, this could end in disaster.
But, not for you.
This very course is dedicated to crushing these openings and features Grandmaster Damian Lemos calmly dismantling each one of them — showing you exactly how to do the same in your games.
No need to fear the King’s Gambit. Nor the Danish. None of these 19th-century fossil openings.
GM Lemos has a complete blueprint for beating them and proves it via instructive sample games, cutting-edge theory, sophisticated middlegame plans and much more in 6 and a half hours of professional lessons.
The French Defense
Not only is the French Defense considered one of the most successful openings for Black, it is also an opening that does not force you to learn an endless amount of theory. You can play it if you understand the key strategic ideas and plans.
GM Damian Lemos is here to give you that crucial knowledge in this 7-hour Deep Dive into the French Defense.
This is an opening you can use for the rest of your chess life with good results, and it is flexible enough that you can play it in the style you prefer – solid and resilient, or dangerous and attacking!
Empire Chess DVD Grandmaster MEGA BUNDLE
This is the largest collection of high-quality chess videos anywhere!
The iChess team started producing the Empire Chess DVD series in October 2012.
In little over a year, the Empire Chess video series became the most popular chess DVD series of the 21st century featuring the best players and coaches in the world!
Now our extended series of chess videos present an incredible collection of footage containing more than 250 hours of premium content from a variety of well-known players.
Here’s part of what you’ll get:
In the fast-paced world of blitz chess there’s little time for deep analysis or strategic decisions but making the right move is still as important as ever.
Success at this speed requires a special set of skills, skills GM Maxim Dlugy has mastered and used to defeat some of the world’s very best players including Kasparov, Aronian, and Nakamura.
In this course, Maxim Dlugy looks at 5 of his finest victories over the world’s elite, revealing precisely how he dealt with each critical moment.
You will learn how to:
- Simplify decisions to save time
- Find ‘only moves’ with a tactical technique called elimination
- Analyze rapidly and accurately by calculating each line only once
- Overload your opponent’s mind with time-consuming decisions
- Conceive long-term plans to guide your move selection
Of course, all of these techniques will prove useful at any time control, making you a more efficient thinker and difficult opponent.
In this course, GM Ron W. Henley uncovers the secrets behind Magnus Carlsen’s remarkable success, examining his career and explaining the chess secrets hidden in his games.
Henley also retraces Fabiano Caruana’s exceptional career, extracting powerful lessons from his best games and combinations, revealing how he went from amateur to challenge Carlsen in the 2018 World Chess Championship in just a few years.
When Fabiano Caruana was younger, he was a feared attacking player.
Even in apparently calm lines, he found ways to go for an attack against the opponent’s king. In the course, GM Henley takes a look at a game Fabiano Caruana played back in 2008, aged 16.
Playing with the White pieces, he faced the French Defense Rubinstein Variation (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4) which has the reputation of being very solid, leading to calm positions. Yet, Caruana managed to create an impressive attack.
If you want to win many games in 25 moves or less, you definitely need to have a killer instinct at the chessboard. Your tactical brain needs to be in good shape and – once you have the initiative – you constantly need to look for knockout punches which finish the game immediately.
Studying Magnus’ miniatures, it becomes clear that once Magnus has his opponents on the ropes, he doesn’t let them off the hook.
The series is intended for chess players of all levels, as the content is extremely diverse and covers a wide range of topics from specific chess openings to general topics like positional sacrifices and developing tactical awareness.
The Grandmasters were encouraged to provide instruction on topics where they were most knowledgeable and could display their highest level of expertise.
We aim to give you a genuine chance at mastery with our unique content strategy comprising of:
- Video Lessons – Pause and re-watch lessons; benefits visual and auditory learners; no need to set up
- GM/IM Coaches – Save years of hard effort by learning directly from proven masters and seasoned
- All key topics covered – Become strong in the opening, endgame, tactically and strategically with
hundreds of hours of master level coaching.
- Challenging Puzzles – Test your newly acquired knowledge with puzzles relevant to each topic.
And to make things even easier for you, you can work your way through the Empire Chess library at your own pace, focusing “buffet style” only on the areas you most want to improve at any given time.