Opening Encyclopaedia 2016

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Creating Chaos in Calm Waters

– In this show, Simon will be taking a look at some interesting ways of meeting Anti-Sicilian lines, mainly 3 Bb5+ and 2 c3. Rather then entering into somewhat dull positions you may have the chance to play an early ...g5!? Tune in at 6 pm CEST for the action! View the whole schedule!


Fritz 15 - English Version

New Fritz, new friend


Evans Gambit for the new generation

The Evans Gambit is an attempt to destroy Black in gambit fashion straight out of the opening. Featuring games of old, and numerous new and exciting ideas, this DVD will give you a genuine and more exciting way of playing the Giuoco Piano.


ChessBase Magazine 174

Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (Bilbao, Saint Louis and Dortmund) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 11 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Books, boards, sets: Chess Niggemann

Chessboxing on ESPN, Playboy and Maxim

6/27/2006 – This unusual sport, in which two competitors face each other in 11 alternating rounds, six of chess, five of boxing, is rapidly gaining popularity. You know that is the case when you see chessboxing on the front page of a leading sports web site, and as a major story in a number of men's magazines. Check out the ESPN video footage.
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.


A chessboxing bout begins with chess, which is played on a board placed directly in the middle of the ring. Each round of chess lasts four minutes. After each chess round, the bell sounds, and workmen remove the chessboard for a two-minute round of boxing, the gloves go back on, the punching recommences. Participants win by way of knockout, checkmate, referee's decision, or if his opponent exceeds the allotted total of 12 minutes for an entire match on the chessboard.

ESPN has a very nice video report on chessboxing
(you need a painless to install Flash player to watch)

In the most recent match about 400 people gathered in Cologne, Germany, to see Zoran 'the Priest' Mijatovic played queens gambit. But 'Anti Terror' Frank Stoldt was very well prepared and won in the 7th round. In the 7th chess round Zoran was three moves away of being checkmated, so he resigned. Frank also controlled the boxing rounds.

Frank Stoldt (right) dodges an attack by Zoran Mijatovic (Photo Nik Kleinbert)

A former kickboxer and longtime chess player, Frank Stoldt, a 36-year-old Berlin riot police commander, learned about chessboxing over the Internet. Zoran Mijatovic is a 28-year-old ship welder from Pulla, Croatia.

Chessboxer TigerTAD

There is one chessboxer we know quite well. It is Tihomir Atanassov Dovramadjiev of Bulgaria, a.k.a. "Titschko", which is the short form of Tihomir. He was an elite chessplayer, winning the Bulgarian national chess championship in his age group a number of times. Veselin Topalov and Antoaneta Stefanova were his friends and colleagues from their junior years, and they played a lot of European and world championships together. Tihomir's best result was third place in a European championship and 4th place in a world championship. Today he is an FM rated 2342 on the FIDE list. He is also an engineer, working on 3D creations and specialising in the 3D CAD system SolidWorks.

At 17 (he is now 26) Tihomir took up bodybuilding, and then started to box. In 2003 he registred an account, "TigerTAD", on Since then (and until June 25, 2006) he has played 23,785 bullet chess and 7144 blitz chess games. He is one of the few regulars on Playchess to earn the King symbol by playing on the server (usually the symbol is reserved for FIDE grandmasters). We have watched him take on some of the strongest players in the world, and give them a tough fight, especially in bullet chess.

The bullet chess chart for TigerTAD on Playchess

TigerTAD in the top ten bullet chess list on Playchess

Last October the First European Chess Boxing Championship took place in Berlin. Tihomir Dovramadjiev defeated Andreas Schneider of Germany after the latter conceded defeat in the seventh round. Tihomir sent us some pictures from the match, shot by his girlfriend.

Start of the match Tihomir Dovramadjiev vs Andreas Schneider

The chess section of the match, with TigerTAD on the right

Tihomir: "Boxing is harder than chess, because you are receiving damage in head. The biggest different between boxing and chess is that boxing is a sport of "enemies", while in chess you make friends. Chessboxing is fantastically interesting and very difficult. The switch make it difficult. After boxing a round blood enters your head and this make thinking very, very difficult."

In the following months reports on Tihomir Dovramadjiev's Berlin bout appeared on German TV, and there were stories in a number of men's magazines.

Playboy Germany did a many-page article and blurbed the story on its title

Both the Russian and the Bulgarian editions of Maxim carried major stories

3D Chess pieces designed by chessboxer TigerTAD

In May this year the school Grundschule im Grünen in Germany held four chessboxing matches.

The girls, we are told, won the prize for the best chess game

The matches were refereed by boxing trainer Gert Rücker,
who trained the chess group of the school for four weeks.


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