Most chess fans believe that knowledge of the opening, middlegame and endgame is what separates Grandmasters from everyone else. While all of these are important, the truth is much more profound: Top players all have a deep insight into how to think about chess in ways that most players have never heard of. On this DVD, Maurice Ashley reveals a simple idea that will forever change the way that you see chess.
He shares the secret he discovered on his path to the Grandmaster title, a secret that every player must understand in order to reach the highest level. Introducing his new term Drawback Chess, he shows that chess is often not about looking for a winning move, but more about searching to find the flaws hidden deep inside your opponents moves. With instructive examples and engaging practice positions, all explained with a clarity that anyone can understand, Maurice opens the door to a grandmasters thinking process that will put you on the path to real chess improvement.
Video running time: 4 hours
Maurice Ashley is an International Grandmaster well known for his dynamic brand of chess commentary and effective coaching style. He was a commentator for the Anand-Kasparov World Championship match as well as all of Kasparovs epic computer matches.
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There is not much to this video. Ashley's method is probably what most chess players do anyway. There are only 25 or so examples he gives so the dvd isn't going to take much time to run through.
This is, by far, the best ChessBase DVD I've purchased. His enthusiasm is a treat. I hope Maurice develops some more chess DVD's in the near future.
This is the first video presentation I've seen featuring this dynamic Grandmaster and commentator, but if subsequent offerings match this initial effort, then the world of chessplayers not in possession of titles will be enhanced by GM Ashley. In this DVD, Ashley takes the viewer through example after example of what he calls "drawback" or Aikido chess. This is his "secret" to chess and it definitely makes a lot of sense as he describes it. Ashley is engaging, articulate, and dynamic in his presentations. Not only did the material in the DVD help me better understand the "secret" from the winning side, but I also learned a lot about why I lose, too.