A World Champion's Guide to The Petroff is a Chessbase Fritz Trainer Opening program by Grandmaster Rustam Kasimdzhanov. The Petroff Defense has great popularity at the highest level and has attracted much general attention lately. Many strong players employ this opening with great success and with both colors.
Unfortunately, the opinion of the Petroff Defense as a sterile, drawish-type opening seems to be firmly implanted in many minds. The author of this program, Grandmaster Rustam Kasimdzhanov, tries to dispel these myths and presents his understanding of the matter. He examines the most popular lines and provides a large number of ideas that will enable you to play the Petroff successfully, with either color.
Born in 1979, the grandmaster from Uzbekistan has for many years been known as a very strong and imaginative player. However, in 2004, Rustam Kasimdzhanov (pronounced Kah-zeem-jha-nov), shocked the chess world by winning the FIDE world chess championship title, beating a string of world-class players like Ivanchuk, Grischuk, Topalov and Adams in the process.
Kasimdzhanov is a very deep player, who is able to explain chess ideas in an eloquent, lucid style, with a fine touch of humor. His lessons are both entertaining and instructive-- perfect for students who seek to avoid dry theory.
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Video running time: 3 hours 20 min.