World Champion Perspective Vol 1
5-Time World Champion Viswanathan Anand
by Viswanathan Anand
Publisher: Metropolitan Chess Publishing, 2015
Video running time: 2 hours 29 min
Enter the mind of a 5-time World Champion!
GM Viswanathan Anand is one of the most successful chess players of all time.
Having won the World Championship on five separate occasions, as well as numerous super-GM level tournaments, Anand has developed a deep and profound understanding of chess.
In 2012 and 2013, Anand traveled to Los Angeles to teach at the annual Metropolitan Chess Camp, sharing his unique insights with some of the top scholastic talents in the U.S.
His teachings and instruction from both camps has been edited to create standalone lectures, which will be the focal interest of the World Champion Perspective series.
The DVD is shot in the style of one-on-one instruction, with the look and feel of a personal private lesson with GM Anand.
In this first volume, Anand analyzes three high-level games that take place within the Sicilian Defense.
By focusing on thematic plans, concepts, and motifs, Anand familiarizes the viewer with the most important ideas of any opening, middlegame, or endgame.
Anand's long-lasting love for the game can also be felt as he enthusiastically presents the most beautiful variations in each game.
MATERIAL INCLUDED ON THIS DVD:
Game 1: Nakamura - Gelfand, Tal Memorial 2013, Sveshnikov Defense (41:06)
Game 2: Anand - McShane, Bundesliga 2003, Sveshnikov Defense (25:01)
Game 3: Anand - Topalov, Supreme Masters of Norway 2007, Najdorf Defense (36:09)
Anand - Morozevich, 2007 World Chess Championship, Najdorf Defense (12:19)
Building an Opening Repertoire (34:21)
Total run time: 2:28:56
IM John Donaldson:
“All the material is excellent and expertly explained, but the last part is exceptionally interesting. Anand shows how a top-level professional gets ready for games and makes you glad don't have to prepare for Ivanchuk who plays every opening known to man!”
IM Jack Peters:
"This video offers features one cannot get from a book. The primary attraction is the personality of Viswanathan Anand. His easy-going manner keeps you interested, but it’s obvious that he wants you to push yourself to follow his explanation of complicated positions (..) Everyone knows that grandmasters spend a lot of time preparing their openings. From Anand’s comments on that phase of the game, you can see how he analyzes some variations deeply while approving or rejecting others intuitively. In middlegames too, he zeroes in on certain ideas and dismisses others. I doubt that a book could provide this insight into the judgment of a world champion.”