The Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian Defence is one of the sharpest and best-scoring replies to 1.e4. It often gives rise to sharp and complex positions which require precise and inventive play from both sides. Therefore it is tailor-made for Alexei Shirov (FIDE World Cup finalist in 2007) who plays it with both colours and is imtimately acquainted with all its tricks and traps.
In more than four hours of video, the genius from Latvia presents and explains his best games in the Sveshnikov from his first experiments in 1992 up to and including his recent successes in 2007.
Shirov discusses typical opening plans for both sides, explains the strategy and tactics in the middlegame and illustrates how to convert advantages in the endgame � and all this in a most entertaining way. A masterful course on one of the most popular openings of our time by one of the best players of our time. Video running time: 4 hours.
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.
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