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Download ChessBase Magazine 130 (Full DVD)

ChessBase Magazine 130 (Full DVD)

The World Champion, the player who will perhaps be the next challenger for the world title (cover photo), a prime candidate for the title of Women’s World Champion, one of the world’s best chess trainers, one of the world’s leading endgame experts – all of these and many other reputed grandmasters annotate games of their own for this issue of ChessBase Magazine, or they present new opening ideas, or explain instructive middlegame ideas or review the events of recent months. 



Introductory videos:
  • Vishy Anand annotates FIDE Grand Prix
  • Nalchik FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Istanbul
  • European Championship in Budva
  • A system against 1.d4
  • A rediscovery in the Grünfeld Defence
  • Slav with 4...a6
Opening Surveys
Karolyi: English A18 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 d5 The author analyses the Mikenas Variation with 3…d5 from White’s point of view and suggests 4.cxd5 (instead of 4.e5) 4…exd5 5.e5. Now 5…d4 and 5…Ne4 are the most important variations; in both lines White should achieve a slight advantage.
Stohl: Benko Gambit A57 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.Qc2
The setup for White investigated by Igor Stohl is really simple: White wants to play e4, but holds back on developing the Nb1 till Black has clarified his intentions about the b-pawn. The critical variation begins with 4…dxc4 5.e4 e6.

Marin: Dutch Defence A86 1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.c4 Bg7 5.Nc3 0-0 6.Nh3 e6
When White plays 6.Nh3 he intends to play d5 and Nf4; Black fortifies himself against this setup with 6…e6 intending to follow up with …d6 and …e5. If White develops normally, Black has nothing to fear, but up until now more aggressive attempts have not yet led to success.

Skembris: Caro-Kann B17 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bd3 g6
6…g6 (instead of the very frequently played 6…e6) has a bad reputation, but Skembris manages to prove in his article that this is simply due to a few early traps. Black can hope for a good game after 6…g6.

Kuzmin: Caro-Kann B18 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Nc5
With this provocative knight move, White would like to create a weakness in the black camp, even if all he manages to do is to force the queen on to an unfavourable square. 5…Nd7 is worth consideration, but by far the most frequent move is 5…b6.

Postny: Scotch C45 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bb4+ 5.c3 Bc5
By choosing the side line 4…Bb4+ Black side-steps a whole heap of opening theory, but nevertheless manages to obtain good prospects for a level game. White must play 5.c3, after which it is not easy to develop the Nb1 to a good square.

Kovalov: Italian Game C50 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d4!?
This gambit leads after 5…exd4 6.e5 into the Max Lange Attack. 5…Nxd4 is weak on account of 6.Nxe5. Black must play 5…Bxd4 6.Nxd4 Nxd4 7.f4 d6. Movsesian (White) defeated Adams in this line – a good enough reason to study it.

Langrock: Ruy Lopez C68 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Qf6
Black wants to protect the e5-pawn, just like with 5…Qd6, but without 6.Na3 being a danger for him. The main line is 6.d4 exd4 7.Bg5, but as Langrock explains, Black can equalise and here he has the advantage that there is so far not a lot of theory.

Marin: Ruy Lopez C93 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 h6 10.d4 Re8
In the second part of his investigations into the Smyslov Variation, our author examines a few side lines, which, however, also do not give White any prospect of an opening advantage.

Grivas: Queen's Gambit D38 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5
This is another part of a 1.d4 repertoire presented by Grivas. The author avoids the more intensively studied theoretical lines above all with an early Rc1 and nevertheless possesses prospects of a slight opening advantage.

Krasenkow: Grünfeld Defence D98/D99 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 Bg4
The Smyslov Variation 7…Bg4 has slightly fallen out of fashion nowadays, but Krasenkow has played it himself and is of the opinion that Black obtains decent positions.

Bojkov: King's Indian Defence E90 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.h3 e5 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.Qxd8 Rxd8 9.Bg5 Na6 10.Nd5 Rd6
This article directed at the Exchange Variation of the King’s Indian is written from the point of view of Black and it is clear that the author has more in mind than simply a draw. He makes good use of his own (positive) experience.

Other columns on the DVD
Oliver Reeh: Tactics Our tactics expert Oliver Reeh has selected 29 games to which he has added training questions. Most of them come from the European Championship in Budva. In his video in Fritztrainer format he once more discusses his favourite combination.
Peter Wells: Strategy The second article on the theme of Weak squares will also help you to widen your chess horizons. The English grandmaster gives deep insights into the subject.
Daniel King: Move by Move In Daniel King’s column, every move for each side is provided with training questions from a certain point onwards. All plausible replies are taken into account and awarded points and / or feedback. For CBM 130 King has selected and worked on the game Hovhannisyan – Kurnosov, Moscow 2009.
Rainer Knaak: Opening trap This column is designed to complement the product "1000 opening traps". New or as yet undiscovered traps are presented. This time the subject is a trap in the Ragosin Variation of the Queen’s Gambit which has been missed by several strong players.
Fritztrainer The column contains an introductory text, which links to a total of five videos in Fritztrainer format. The authors are Adrian Mikhalchishin, Dorian Rogozenco, Lubomir Ftacnik, Andrew Martin and Nigel Davies.
ICCF Tele-Chess The database sent to us by the ICCF contains more than 1,000 games.
Karsten Müller: Endgames Karsten Müller’s endgame column contains two texts. The first one gives you access to four endgame videos in Fritztrainer format. The second text is devoted to the theme of liquidating to pawn endings. It has a second video as an introduction and is followed by 15 games, including the solutions to the endgame positions on page 26.
New DVDs
In the introduction to our new products, we also include Fritztrainer clips from the DVDs. This time we have videos by Alexei Shirov, Andrew Martin and Lubomir Ftacnik.
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