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New: Jan Markos: Middlegame Secrets Vol.1 + 2

by ChessBase Shop - 28/03/2023

For a chess player, chess pieces are like specific tools in a toolbox. We need to know how to use them best, like a craftsman knows their tools. We shouldn’t use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail; and we shouldn’t use the queen just for defence. This series will show you in great detail the specific qualities of each chess piece, so that you can maximize their effectiveness and thus improve your game. Queens are the true ladies of the chessboard. They are dangerous attackers, but poor defenders. They dislike dirty work, and often wait until other pieces prepare space for them. Everyone knows that a rook is dangerous on the 7th rank, and that it belongs behind the pawn. However, there is so much more to learn about this inconspicuous piece! Photo: ChessBase

Middlegame Secrets Vol.1 - The Power of the Queen

by Jan Markos

This series will show you in great detail the specific qualities of each chess piece, so that you can maximize their effectiveness and thus improve your game. Let us learn together how to find the best spot for the queen in the early middlegame, how to navigate this piece around the board, how to time the queen attack, how to decide whether to exchange it or not, and much more!

• Video running time: 5 hours (English)

• Extra: Additional database with exercises

• Training with ChessBase apps – Play key positions against Fritz on various levels

Middlegame Secrets Vol.2 - The Potential of the Rook

by Jan Markos

This series will show you in great detail the specific qualities of each chess piece, so that you can maximize their effectiveness and thus improve your game. Everyone knows that a rook is dangerous on the 7th rank, and that it belongs behind the pawn.

 

However, there is so much more to learn about this inconspicuous piece! Let us explore together how the rooks should enter the game in the early middlegame, how they operate on open files and how they sometimes join a deadly attack, being transferred in front of the pawn chain. We will also discuss the cooperation of the rooks and many more topics.

• Video running time: 5 hours

• Extra: Additional database with exercises

• Training with ChessBase apps – Play key positions against Fritz on various levels

Purchase both Middlegame Secrets by Jan Markos:

 

System requirements

Minimum:

Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.

 

Recommended:

PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11 graphic card with 512 MB RAM or better, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11 and internet connection for program activation.

 

MacOSX

Minimum: MacOS "Yosemite" 10.10

About Jan Markos

Jan Markos is a Slovak chess grandmaster, coach, and author, a former European Youth Champion. His book “Under the Surface” won the ECF Book of the Year Award in 2018. His most recent chess book “The Secret Ingredient”, co-authored with GM David Navara, focuses on practical aspects of over-the-board play. For ChessBase he writes a column for the news "The winning Academy", has a magazine video column "Practical Tips for the tournament player" and now also a Fritztrainer series "Middelgame Secrets". Markos knows how to convert complex issues into rules of thumb that viewers can easily put into practice.


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