Opening Encyclopaedia 2016

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5+2 Blitz tournament

– The sunday blitz tournament starts at 8 pm. 5 minutes with 2 seconds increment per move, 7 rounds. View all events here!


Fritz 15 - English Version

New Fritz, new friend


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 Trompovsky (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.


Sicilian Paulsen Powerbook 2016

In our Powerbook we have brought together all games with the ECO codes B40-B49. Added to 62 000 selected master games from both Mega and correspondence chess there 122 000 high class games from the engine room on


Najdorf Powerbook 2016

The Najdorf Powerbook 2016 is based on a totally incredible number of games: 1.9 million! The lion’s share is provided by the engine room on, with the addition of 120 000 games from human experts.


ChessBase Magazine 173

Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (Shamkir, Paris and Leuven) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 13 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.


Books, boards, sets: Chess Niggemann

Chinese Championship – decision by default

6/9/2009 – The 2009 Chinese Championship was won by Ding Liren, an untitled 16-year-old, rated 2458, the youngest national champion ever. But Ding's victory was overshadowed by the last-round default of his opponent, who was not seated at the board when the clocks were started. The only female contender, 15-year-old GM Hou Yifan, also lost a game by default when she arrived five seconds late for the start.
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This is what transpired: GM Wang Hao, rated just under 2700, had won most of his games and was clearly in the lead for practically the entire tournament. Following him at a distance of 1.5 points was teenager Ding Liren, with two rounds to play. The two faced each other in round ten, and Ding won.

In the final round Wang had 8.0/10 and Liren at 7.5 points. Wang needing to win to take the championship, since if Liren won and he drew the younger player had the better tiebreak standing. So tensions were high. The round started and Ding Liren's opponent, Zhou Jianchao, was not at the board. These days with FIDE's new "zero tolerance" rule that means instant forfeit. And thus the Chinese Championship was decided.

The arbiter comes to the game Zhou Jianchao-Ding Liren and awards it to the latter, who is clearly delighted to... the game, the tournament and the championship without playing a move!

The clock on the giant screen shows why Ding won: At one minute and 47 seconds his opponent has not yet taken his seat. The untitled Ding Liren, rated 2458, thus became the new Chinese Chess Champion, at sixteen the youngest ever! Congratulations (we suppose).

On the adjacent table the distraught leader Wang Hao (2696, left) loses to tail-ender Liang Chong (2511). This was Wang's second consecutive loss and it cost him the championship.

Incidentally the youngest player and the only female in the event, Hou Yifan, was also forfeited in round eight, against tailender Liang Chong. Hou was in the hall, we are told, had filled out her scoresheet and was waiting for the game to start. But when it did, at 14:00:00h, she was not actually sitting on her chair in front of the board. 0-1.

Hou Yifan was forfeited in round eight against Liang Chong for not
being actually seated in her chair at at the start of the game.

Final Ranking Open Section

Women's section

Tie Breaks: 1. The results of the players in the same point group; 2. Sonneborn-Berger-Tie-Break (with real points); 3. The greater number of wins.

Bu Xiangzhi, third in the championship with 7.0/11 points

The winner of the women's section, with 9.0/11 and a 2600 performance: Shen Yang

Second: Zhao Xue with 8.5/11 points

Tan Zhongyi, third in the women's section with 8.0/11 points

Gu Xiaobing, seventh with 6.0/11

All these pictures are by courtesy of the Sina Chess News blog


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