New: ChessBase Magazine #196
ChessBase Magazine is the most comprehensive and most sophisticated chess magazine there is. Analyses from the Magnus Carlsen Invitational and FIDE Nations Cup by Giri, Duda, Firouzja, Adhiban and others. Robert Ris discusses Dubov's Tarrasch Defence, Spyros Kapnisis explores the Kalashnikov in King's Indian Sicilian, Dorian Rogozenco presents rediscovered Kasparov games, Karsten Muller presents Endgame from top rapid events, Anish Giri analyses his victory over Magnus Carlsen. CBM Special: Bobby Fischer, 11 articles with new repertoire ideas. Videos by Werle, King and Marin. Training: tactics, strategy and endgame! Photo: ChessBase
Highlights of this issue #196
Top GMs annotate
Adhiban, Duda, Edouard, Giri, Firouzja
The great Bobby Fischer
ChessBase authors show their personal favourite game of the 11th World Champion
Dubov's Tarrasch Defence
Robert Ris on the modern way 7...cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bc5
A King's Indian Sicilian
Spyros Kapnisis explores the Kalashnikov with 6.c4 g6!?
Rediscovered Kasparov games (Part II)
German national coach Dorian Rogozenco presents impressive fragments (Video)
Fast and fascinating!
Karsten Müller presents endgames from top rapid events
From a fresh idea in the opening to a sparkling tactic finish
Can you find all the right ideas in Yu vs So!? Interactive video with Simon Williams
French - the next level
Tanmay Srinath deals with the highly tactical 10.Qd3!? in the Winawer
Two bishops vs. rook and knight
A dynamic material constellation to guarantee extra tension. Strategy by Mihail Marin
In vogue against the King's Indian
Igor Stohl investigates the modern 5.h3 0-0 6.Be3
How I countered the champ's novelty
Anish Giri analyses his victory over Magnus Carlsen
“Test against the best”
Adhiban Baskaran shows why he lost against Wesley So despite a successful opening
Royal duel in the open h-file
Show good nerves and put your king out of danger! Interactive video with Oliver Reeh
CBM Special: Bobby Fischer
"What is your favourite Bobby Fischer game?", we asked our authors. You will find the answers on the DVD: A collection of 17 personally annotated Fischer games!
Kasparov games rediscovered (Part II)
German national coach Dorian Rogozenco introduces you to some previously unknown games by Garry Kasparov. These are training games that were only made available to the public at the beginning of this year through Alexander Nikitin's book “Coaching Kasparov, year by year and move by move”. This time Rogozenco has put together a selection of exciting fragments for you. Enjoy many eye-opening moments!
Top tournaments: Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2020 and FIDE Online Nations Cup 2020
Jan-Krzyztof Duda, Alireza Firouzja, Anish Giri, Adhiban Baskaran and Romain Edouard analyse games from the two online events. Moreover, Simon Williams and Mihail Marin each present a game in their video columns.
Three videos on topical opening themes await you: Daniel King shows why there is no need to fear the Four Pawns Attack in the Alekhine Defence. Jan Werle presents in the second part of his report on the Slav with 4...Bg4 his experiences with the White plan 5.Qb3 Qb6 6.Ne5. And Mihail Marin checks out the "Nepomniachtchi Variation".
Daniel King: Alekhine Defence
1.e4 Sf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.d4 d6 5.f4 g6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Be3 Be6
Jan Werle: Slav (Part II)
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 5.Qb3 Qb6 6.Ne5 Bf5/Bh5
Mihail Marin: French Winawer
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.h4
New ideas for your repertoire
The new issue provides 11 opening articles with new ideas:
Romain Edouard: English 1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Bb4
Petra Papp: Symmetrical English with 6...Qb6 (Part II)
Spyridon Kapnisis: Sicilian Kalashnikov 6.c4 g6!?
Alexander Seyb: Sicilian Moscow Variation 5.Qxd4 a6 6.Be2
Alexey Kuzmin: Open Sicilian with 5...Bd7!?
Tanmay Srinath: French Winawer 6…Ne7 7.Qg4 Qc7
Evgeny Postny: Semi Slav with 5...Bb4+ 6.Nc3
Robert Ris: Tarrasch Defence: 7...cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bc5
Igor Stohl: King's Indian 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.h3
Lars Schandorff: Catalan with 5...a6 and 6...Nc6
Viktor Moskalenko: Nimzo Indian 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Be7
Topical opening traps
Trap expert Rainer Knaak presents eight examples with "high failure potential" from current tournament practice - three of them in video format
"Move by Move"
With chess now being transferred to the world of the internet, one would think we might be missing out on some brilliancies. Well, that is not true! The game shown here, Yu Yangyi vs Wesley So (Nations Cup 2020) has everything, a new idea in the opening, patient positional play, and a sparkling tactic finish. Can you find all the right ideas?
Strategy: "Two bishops versus rook and knight"
When is the bishop pair better and stronger than the combination of rook and knight? Strategy expert Mihail Marin gives hints as to what demands particular care in this distribution of material. With video introduction and many training tasks!
Tactics: "Advanced attacking pawns"
Sharpen your killer instinct with the help of Oliver Reeh's tactical column: 26 games with many training questions are waiting for you. Oliver Reeh also invites you to solve his three favorite combinations with him in interactive video format.
There are many instructive moments in the classic game Botvinnik-Vidmar from 1936. Sometimes it's just nuances that the German national coach Dorian Rogozenco points out. In the decisive attack however, Botvinnik used a standard plan that every ambitious chess player should know!
Endgame: "Topical pawn endings" and "Endgame highlights of the top tournaments"
Karsten Müller provides plenty of material on the fundamental topic of pawn endgames and demonstrates techniques such as the breakthrough in undermining, Bähr's rule and much more. In addition, the endgame expert from Hamburg came across many exciting endgames at the top tournaments of this edition. So he decided to compile his analyses and findings for you in a separate article!