Saturday, December 29, 2012

Chess for Novices - DVDs by Sabrina Chevannes

Chess for Novices Vol. 1
 (Video running time: 4 hours 15 min.)

A DVD for anyone who knows the rules of chess but would like to be able to improve their game with some specific tactics and strategies.

The main part of the DVD is split into four chapters: Opening – The general principles of the opening are discussed here. No specific opening repertoire is suggested but a guide of how to tackle any opening and come through the first stage of the game in a better position. Middlegame – Some basic tactical devices are introduced such as the pin, fork, skewer and discovered attack. Ending – The basic checkmating technique of the most common endings that occur in novice games are instructed here.

The DVD finishes with a test chapter which consists of 20 exercises based on the information discussed throughout the DVD. Each exercise allows time for you to pause and calculate the answer before the answer is discussed. 

Video sample Chess for Novices Vol. 1:


Chess for Novices Vol. 2 (Video running time: 4 hours.) 

A DVD that explains the chess game to you from A to Z, from Alekhine's Defence to zugzwang. The DVD follows on from the material learnt in Volume 1 of the Chess for Novices series. The format of the DVD is the same and has 4 chapters split into Opening, Middlegame, Endgame and the test section.

Each chapter covers the following material: Opening – Basic opening traps: the most common traps that novices fall for in the opening stages of the game. Some traps are recommended but others are shown to learn how to defend against them. Middlegame – Very thematic checkmating ideas and patterns. These patterns help develop you attacking ideas and launch attacks against a castled king. Endgame – The key basic endgames are explained here covering all the essential King and pawn and Rook and pawn endings.
Test – A test chapter with puzzles based on all the content learnt in the DVD. The answers are explained with analysis.

Volume 2 helps you develop into a player who is ready to start entering chess tournaments by introducing all the technical ideas which are essential for your improvement.

Video sample Chess for Novices Vol. 2: 


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I played my first chess game in December 1977 and was lucky to hold draw. I continued to play chess and joined a chess club in September 1978. I'm still enjoying playing chess. I like to do many other things than playing chess. Long walks, some jogging, cycling, reading books, listen to music, watch movies, writing and much more. Life is fun!