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

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
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.


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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