Alexei Shirov was born and raised in Riga the home town of tactical genius and former world champion Mikhail Tal and his style is reminiscent of the 'Magician of Riga'. In the early 90s, a meteoric rise took the young Latvian into the world's top 10 and at the age of 22 he had an Elo rating of nearly 2750 . Shirov has been one of the world's leading players ever since, delighting chess fans with his boundless creativity and fighting spirit. Shirov's world title ambitions were curtailed when despite defeating Vladimir Kramnik in a Candidates Final, a match could not be organised with Garry Kasparov who played Vladimir Kramnik instead, Shirov continued to enjoy success in tournaments and he reached the final of the 2007 World Cup and was an impressive winner of the 5th Mtel Masters Super Tournament in May 2009. Now the genius from Riga presents and explains his best games in a series of training DVDs in the Chess Media System. Shirov's uncompromising style of play is also reflected in his manner of commenting his own games. He is perfectly objective, and in fact sometimes ruthlessly critical of himself. Even when he is dealing with highly acclaimed games, his judgement is unbiased � no glossing over critical positions where he did not find the optimal continuation. Chess fans are treated not just to a portrait of this extraordinary player, but they can also learn a lot about the development of particular opening lines at top level in the course of time. On this 3rd DVD by Shirov, you will fi nd his most brilliant games in the Sicilian Najdorf.
Shirov's duel with van Wely in the Najdorf Keres Attack is for sure one of the highlights on this DVD, just as the presentation of one of his best games against Kasparov. More than 3 hours entertainment and enlightenment, all packed in one.
Intro (01:58) - Najdorf with 6.Be2 (29:56) - Najdorf deviations 1 (21:52) - Najdorf deviations 2 (15:09) - Scheveningen System (45:45) - Keres Attack 1 (14:03) - Keres Attack 2 (20:45) - Keres Attack 3 (23:01) - Keres Attack 4 (29:46)
video running time: more than 3 hours
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive