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New: ChessBase Magazine #201

by ChessBase Shop - 30/04/2021

ChessBase Magazine is the most comprehensive and most sophisticated chess magazine there is. World class players analyze their brilliancies and explain the ideas behind the moves to you, opening specialists present the latest trends in opening theory and offer exciting ideas for your repertoire. Master trainers in the fields of tactics, strategy, and the endgame show you the tricks and techniques a successful tournament player needs! Digital DVD with several hours of video to learn and train. Top GMs like Giri, So, Duda, Fedoseev, Kasimdzhanov, Peter Heine Nielsen, Romain Edouard, Jan Werle, Mihail Marin, Endgame expert Karsten Muller and many more. Photo: ChessBase

Highlights of this issue #201

Expert videos

Jan Werle, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Mihail Marin explain stunning new opening ideas in just 30 minutes


Special: Vassily Ivanchuk - “just a genius!”

22 games of the Ukrainian star, annotated by CBM authors


All in One: Grand Prix Attack á la Grischuk + The Dubov System

Davorin Kuljasevic and Vladimir Fedoseev dissect two topical opening lines


Giri-Nepomniachtchi 1-0!

The winner of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational analyses his Sicilian triumph from the final


Linares 1991 – Strategy

Mihail Marin focusses on games of the main heroes: Ivanchuk, Kasparov, Beliavsky, Jussupow and Salov


Serve and volley: the Belgrade Gambit

Christian Braun hits with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nd5


Carlsen’s Kamikaze king

Peter Heine Nielsen examines the Carlsen's Dragadorf victory vs. Dominguez Perez from the Opera Euro Rapid


No gap in the Stonewall

Dutch vs. the Reti/English – Victor Moskalenko shows how to deal with White’s setups without d2-d4


Magnus Carlsen Invitational and Opera Euro Rapid

Games analyses by Anish Giri, Wesley So, Jan Krzysztof Duda, Peter Heine Nielsen et al.


A sacrificial attack to remember!

Robert Ris dissects the spectacular game So-Aronian “Move by Move”


The pawn as universal weapon!

Tactics with Oliver Reeh featuring 30 games with exercises + 4 interactive videos


Save the best for last

50 high-class endgames from the Champions Chess Tour 2021 analysed by Karsten Müller

Special: My favourite Ivanchuk game

CBM authors analyse their favourite game by Vassily Ivanchuk from 1987 until 2019. An exclusive collection of 22 annotated games with numerous brilliant moments!

Opening videos

Our authors have twice picked up on new opening ideas from the world champion:: Rustam Kasimdzhanov checks out the dynamic 11...Ne7 in the Sveshnikov Variation. And Jan Werle is enthused by Carlsen’s 9...Qc8 in the Nimzo-Indian with 4.f3.. Mihail Marin links the Mikenas System games of Kasparov and Korchnoi to the game Ding Liren-Radjabov from the World Cup 2019.

Top tournaments

Opera Euro Rapid 2021: As on the second stop of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour 2021, Wesley So was successful in the final against Magnus Carlsen. Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Anish Giri, Peter Heine Nielsen and Romain Edouard provide detailed analyses.


Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021: The world champion could not prevail again and was eliminated in the semifinals against Ian Nepomniachtchi.

Anish Giri seized the opportunity. The Dutchman comments on no less than six of his games. Further analyses by Wesley So.

"All in One"

GMs Davorin Kuljasevic and Vladimir Fedoseev dissect two topical opening lines. On the program there is the Grand Prix Attack à la Grischuk: 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.0-0 e6 7.d4!? and the “Paravyan-Dubov-System”: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6 4.c3 f5

New repertoire ideas

11 opening articles with recommendations for your repertoire are waiting for you:

Moskalenko: Stonewall without d2-d4

Edouard: Old Benoni 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 b5 4.e4!?

Kuzmin: Sicilian Rossolimo Variation with 3...e5

Ris: Sicilian Four Knights with 9...Rb8

Santiago: French 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6

Braun: Scotch Belgrade Gambit 5.Nd5

Schandorff: Italian with 8...a5

Papp: Ruy Lopez Zaitsev-Variation with 12.a3/14.b4

Szabo: Semi-Slav with 7.Bd3 and 8.Nge2

Grigoriants: Tarrasch Defence 5...cxd4

Postny: Nimzo-Indian 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5

Topical opening traps

Trap expert Rainer Knaak presens nine recently seen traps, three of them in FritzTrainer video format.

"Move by Move"

In his first article in the interactive training series IM Robert Ris invites you to play interactively through “the most spectacular game of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021“ (Wesley So – Levon Aronian).

Linares 1991 - Strategy

Mihail Marin puts under the microscope games by the five most successful players in this classic tournament: Ivanchuk, Kasparov, Beliavsky, Jussupow and Salov. Including an introductory video (running time: 40 minutes).

"The Classic"

A game between De Labourdonnais and McDonnell (London 1834) with a fulminating attack on the kingside is up for discussion. “What is most interesting is perhaps that the whole attack was objectively correct”, is Dorian Rogozenco’s conclusion.

Tactics “The all-purpose pawn”

Oliver Reeh's tactics article contains 30 games with a plentiful supply of training questions. Don't miss to play through his favourite four combinations in the interactive video clips!

Save the best for last

Karsten Müller’s contributions once more cover various areas from the “supertournament” in Linares in 1991 to the highlights from Magnus Carlsen Infivatitional 2021 and the Opera Euro Rapid 2021. 50 high-class endgame analyses and training tasks.



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