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Recent GM Games

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Fritz 15 - English Version

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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Dominguez-Perez wins World Blitz Championship in Almaty

11/8/2008 – What a surprise: Ivanchuk second, Svidler third, Grischuk fourth, with Radjabov and Mamedyarov following up. But first place and $68,000 were snapped up by Lenier Dominguez-Perez, a talented young grandmaster from Cuba, who scored 11.5/15 against the big boys. Judit Polgar was last, with a dismal 2.5/15. Congratulations Leinier.
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World Blitz Chess Championship
Almaty 2008

The World Chess Blitz Championship took place from November 7th to 8th in Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan. Sixteen players participated in a round robin tournament with classical plain vanilla time controls: five minutes for the whole game for each opponent, no increment. The total prize fund was 350,000 Swiss Francs (= 235,000 Euros = US $297,000), with the winner taking 80,000 SFr (€54,000 or $68,000). The prize money was donated by the Chess Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the support of the "Alliance Bank".

The tournament was won by the 25-year-old Cuban grandmaster Leinier Domínguez Pérez, who dominated a bevy of top Russian speaking players: Vassily Ivanchuk, rated 2787 and currently the number three player in the world; Peter Svidler, 2727 and number 17 (but normally in the top ten); Alexander Grischuk, 2719 and 23rd, a great blitz specialist; and the two Azeris Teimour Radjabov (2737 and 8th) and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2731 and 14th). The world's number two, Alexander Morozevich, rated 2787, is not a great blitz specialist and finished on place eight, followed by Gata Kamsky, Boris Gelfand and Sergey Rublevsky. The only female player, Judit Polgar, started the tournament with four losses and never really got into it. She finished in last place with 2.5/15.

The winner: Leinier Dominguez Pérez of Cuba

The Cuban was challenged in the second half by Vassily Ivanchuk, who had started the event with a loss with white to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and who, after seven rounds, was in eighth place. But then the Ukrainian "woke up", winning seven of the final eight rounds. In his final game he disposed of the luckless Judit Polgar in 18 moves, while Dominguez struggled against Bassem Amin, rated 2560. He defended well and turned the tide, causing the young Egyptian grandmaster to overstep the time. That made Dominguez the winner by half a point.

Final standings

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Leinier Domínguez Pérez was born in 1983 in Havana, Cuba. He won the Cuban Chess Championship in 2002, 2003 and 2006. In 2004 he played in the FIDE knockout world championship in Tripoli and made it to the quarter-finals. There he won his first game against Teimour Radjabov, lost the second, drew all four blitz games and then lost in the Armageddon tiebreak. Leinier's best overall tournament result was Barcelona 2006, where he scored 8/9 and finished first, ahead of Vassily Ivanchuk, with a performance rating of 2932.

The Cuban News Agency ACN proudly reported on Dominguez' success


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