New concepts in an old opening
In his third DVD on the Spanish Opening Alexei Shirov pursues new paths, analysing not only his own games but also the works of other world-class players. In his quest to deal with topical developments and present the latest opening concepts, he examines amongst others the Jaenisch/Schliemann (3. ... f5) which was recently revived by Teimour Radjabov at the top level. Furthermore, very interesting new ideas are to be found in the games of Gata Kamsky - here the author demonstrates examples from the Closed Spanish (Breyer System and Zaitzev System) as well as the Open Ruy Lopez. As far as his own games are concerned, this time Shirov puts the main emphasis on the Marshall Attack (more than 2 hours of analysis) - a system which has yielded him good results recently. To round off the DVD, there are two videos featuring games with Anti-Marshall Systems as well as the Berlin Defence. Total playing time: 5 h 51 m
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.
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard