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Recent GM Games

– Ideas and strategies in Grandmaster games can be quite instructive. IM Merijn van Delft presents games like these every wednesday at 8 pm CEST+1 (old starting time). This is how you learn to play like a Grandmaster. Become Premium Member!


Fritz 15 - English Version

New Fritz, new friend


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 playchess.com.


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

Controversy over FIDE doping check

10/27/2002 – For the first time there will be rigorous doping controls at the Olympiad. This is been done in a futile attempt to make chess an Olympic discipline. The result is that a number of players have protested, vigorously. Some have even cancelled their participation, like top German players Artur Jussupov and Robert Hübner. They fear the $100,000 fines that may be suddenly imposed on first-time "offenders". More
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Top German player GM Artur Jussupow

Germany's top player GM Artur Jussupow, who led his team to the spectacular silver medal at the Olympiad in Istanbul in 2000, has retired from the German national team. The reason Jussupow gave was the unjustified doping controls introduced by the world chess federation. "You are at the mercy of the FIDE," he said. "It reminds me of the Stalin methods during the thirties."

FIDE, he continued, has introduced doping controls without clear difinitions of what can be interpreted as doping in chess. At the same time the threat is of disqualification and high fines. "Doping is a complicated subject, which only medical experts can understand fully. In chess we do not have a team doctor to advise us." GM Jussupov, who originally hails from Russia, said bitterly: "I no longer have any confidence in FIDE. It is currently not a democratic organisation."

Drugs to enhance performance are unknown in chess. Research carried out by the Dutch Chess Federation has not produced a single substance that could be considered performance enhancing. "Both mentally stimulating and mentally calming medication have too many negative side effects," says Dr Helmut Pfleger, who has been conducting experiments for around twenty years.

In an open letter Alexander Baburin also criticises FIDE's decision. "Basically, players in Bled will be asked to sign a contract that they agree with these anti-doping rules. If one does not sign, he or she might not be allowed to play. The document is all 'lawyer and doctor talk' – an ordinary person won't understand it and almost none can read it till the end (I gave up after oneminute!). So, it is tempting just to sign. But there is a danger – if you eat or drink too much of something and your test is positive, you could be fined $100,000!" In another open letter to FIDE over 50 players have appealed to president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to "at the very least undertake that ... in the unfortunate event of a positive test, the potentially ruinous fines will not be levied.

Artur Jussupow says he knows only one illegal method to help a chess player to improve his play: "The use of a computer during the game." Apart from Jussupow one of the other top German players, Dr Robert Hübner, has cancelled his participation at the Olympiad. The German team now consists of the players Lutz (2655), Graf (2624), Dautow (2617), Hickl (2602), Bischoff (2554) and Luther (2551).


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