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Fritz 15 - English Version

New Fritz, new friend


How to exchange pieces

Learn to master the right exchange! Let the German WGM Elisabeth Pähtz show you how to gain a strategic winning position by exchanging pieces of equal value or to safely convert material advantage into a win.


Master Class Vol.7: Garry Kasparov

On this DVD a team of experts gets to the bottom of Kasparov’s play. In over 8 hours of video running time the authors Rogozenko, Marin, Reeh and Müller cast light on four important aspects of Kasparov’s play: opening, strategy, tactics and endgame.


ChessBase Magazine Extra 173

A solid concept against Benoni: Learn from GM Pert how to win with the Fianchetto Variation (video). Classics put to test: Robert Ris shows Fischer-Kholmov (1965) with an impressive knight sacrifice by the Russian (video). Plus 44,889 new games.


Pawn structures you should know

Every pawn structure has its typical plans and to know these plans helps you to find your way in these positions. On this DVD Mikhalchishin presents and explains the most common central structures: The Hedgehog, the Maroczy, Hanging pawns and the Isolani.


Trompowsky for the attacking player

Tap into your creative mind and start the game on a fresh note. The Trompowsky (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5) is an opening outside of conventional wisdom. Create challenges and make your opponent solve problems early on.


The 4...Nf6 Caro-Kann

On this DVD Nigel Davies examines both the Bronstein-Larsen (5.Nxf6+ gxf6) and the Tartakower (5.Nxf6+ exf6) systems and shows how the doubled f-pawn, common to both lines gives Black a range of aggressive plans and ideas.


Books, boards, sets: Chess Niggemann

Breaking news: Kamsky-Topalov in Lviv, Ukraine?

4/11/2008 – We reported yesterday on FIDE's decision to extend the deadline for bids for the Kamsky-Topalov match. The Bulgarian Chess Federation protested vigorously, but today the reason for FIDE's decision is becoming clear: there is a US $750,000 bid to stage the match in Lviv, western Ukraine. This stop press story comes from Yury Vasiliev of Sport Express. First details – and doubts.
Opening Encyclopedia 2016

Opening Encyclopedia 2016

In chess, braving the gap often leads to disaster after a few moves. We should be able to avoid things going so far. The ChessBase Opening Encyclopaedia offers you an effective remedy against all sorts of semi-digested knowledge and a means of building up a comprehensive and powerful repertoire.


Match Topalov-Kamsky

The Topalov-Kamsky match should take place in Lviv, with a prize fund of US $750,000.

As followers of the official sources (the site will know, the date for presenting bank guarantees for the prize fund has been extended until 23 April by FIDE President, Kirsan Illumzhinov. But this is what you do not know. Just half an hour ago, I spoke to the manager of Kamsky, Alexander Chernenko, who gave me the precise details of the venue and prize fund. The match will take place in Lvov, in the Ukraine, and the prize fund will be US $750,000. Further details of the regulations, etc will follow.

Addendum: Yury Vassiliev tells us that the US $750,000 prize fund is "clean", i.e. taxes and the 20% fee to FIDE will not be taken out of the prize money. In the meantime friends in the Ukraine have expressed doubts on the reality of the offer. Even top Lviv officials do not know of the match or of private sponsors. "The city of Lviv will not put up the money, this is 1000% sure", our contact told us. We will wait and see. But just in case: here's a short description of the prospective venue.

Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv – also written L'viv or L'vov in Ukrainian and Russian – is a large city in the western edge of Ukraine, with a population of around 750,000 (coincidentally the prize fund of the Kamsky-Topalov match). Lviv is one of the main cultural centres of the country, with a University, a Polytechnic, a philharmonic orchestra and a Theatre of Opera and Ballet. The city celebrated its 750th anniversary in September 2006. The climate is moderate, with temperatures ranging from an average of +18°C (65 °F) in June and –4°C (27°F) in January.

View of the city of Lviv [Photo: Jan Mehlich]

Main railway station of Lviv, built in 1903 [Photo: Marek Silarski]

The Lviv Opera House [Photo: Jan Mehlich]

Lviv City Hall [Photo: Jan Mehlich]

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