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Bilbao Masters Round 10

– The Bilbao Masters this year is featuring the world elite of chess. Carlsen, Karjakin, Giri, Nakamura, So and Wei Yi will fight for the first place. Simon Williams is analysing live at 3pm CEST. View the whole schedule!


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Complete Nimzo-Indian Powerbook 2016

We have included the whole E00-E59 complex in our “Complete Nimzo-Indian Powerbook 2016”. It is based, e.g., on 45 000 games from the Mega database and 4000 correspondence games. The lion’s share is made up of the 245 000 games from the engine room.


Queen's Gambit Declined Powerbook 2016

For the Queen's Gambit Declined Powerbook we once again used above all high grade material: 90 000 games from Mega and from correspondence chess, but these are of high quality. Added to that are 410 000 games from the engine room on


The Semi-Slav

The Semi-Slav (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6) can arise via various moveorders, has decided World Championships, and is one of Black’s most fascinating replies to 1 d4. Nielsen explains in detail what this openign is all about.


The Black Lion - an aggressive version of the Philidor Defense

The Lion gets ready to roar after 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0–0 c6 – and now Black wants to attack with an early ...g5.


Power Play 23: A Repertoire for black with the Queen's Gambit Declined

On this DVD Grandmaster Daniel King offers you a repertoire for Black with the QGD. The repertoire is demonstrated in 10 stem games, covering all White’s major systems: 5 Bg5, 5 Bf4, and the Exchange Variation.


Power Play 24: A repertoire for black against the Catalan

On this DVD Grandmaster Daniel King offers you a repertoire for Black against the Catalan, based around maintaining the rock of a pawn on d5. Keeping central control ultimately gives Black good chances to launch an attack against the enemy king.


Books, boards, sets: Chess Niggemann

Anand in the news: comeback in 2013?

12/21/2012 – World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand has not had a great year – the usual spate of tournament wins was not forthcoming. But he is confident that he will come out of the "rough patch" in 2013. Anand says motivation is not the problem and that he plans to play seven tournaments before the next title match in November. Meanwhile in a gala TV special Anand was nominated 'Indian of the Year.'
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World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand has returned to his native India from the London Chess Classic and, in spite of a somewhat disappointing result, he was plunged back into the media spotlight. In fact in a nomination that included snooker star Pankaj Advani, Olympic badminton competitor and world number three Saina Nehwal, wrestler Sushil Kumar, sport shooter Vijay Kumar, cricketer Virat Kohli, Viswanathan Anand ("for defending his World Championship title for the third time in a row") it was the chess player who was chosen "Indian of the Year". Here is the CNN/IBN coverage of the gala presentation:

The video is well worth watching – Anand speaks candidly about the course of the World Championship match against Boris Gelfand and on the question of motivation after five such matches.

Actually Anand won two awards: one was for the Indian Sportsman of the Year, the other and bigger award was for the absolute "Indian of the Year". This cuts across all fields and professions and is voted upon by the public and an eminent jury. For the first time a sportsperson has received such an award. The previous recipients of the Indian of the year include the Prime Minister of India, Shri Manmohan Singh. There is a second CNN/IBN report on the event here:

We also suggest you read this NDTV Sports report on Anand, who looks ahead at the year 2013:

And here is an article on Anand and Chess in Indian Schools

Finally Anand appeals to another Indian sporting god, who has had a bad year, not to retire. Sachin Tendulkar, 39, is an Indian cricketer widely acknowledged as the greatest living batsman, and second only to Don Bradman in the all time greatest list in Test.

And as little bonus here is a video of Anand and wife Aruna promoting a leading Indian real estate company:

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