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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.


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.


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.


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 Trompowsky (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.


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Fressinet wins Men's Rapid at SportAccord World Mind Games

12/17/2012 – This event in Beijing, which features bridge, chess, draughts, Go and Xiangqi, there are three chess competitions, rapid, blitz and blindfold, in separate sections for men and women. In the category 20 men's section French Champion Laurent Fressinet won ahead of Hikaru Nakamura. Find out who was victorious in the other sections and watch the excellent video reports from Beijing.
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SportAccord World Mind Games

These games are a multi-sport event that highlight the value of the mind sports. The current (second) edition is taking place in Beijing, China, from December 12 to 19, with the following games: bridge, chess, draughts, Go and Xiangqi (Chinese chess). There are three western chess events, each staged on two days, featuring a number of very strong players. In the men's section fifteen of the sixteen participants are ranked higher than 2700, with the average rating at 2745 (= category 20). In the women's section the average rating is 2521, with most of the world's top ranked players participating.

In the Men's Rapid Laurent Fressinet and Hikaru Nakamura tied for first with 5.5/7 points each, with the French Champion, who is the second lowest seed in this event, beating the top US grandmaster (live ratings), who is the fourth highest, on tiebreak points.

Hikaru Nakamura, Laurent Fressinet and Alexander Grischuk at the prizegiving

In the Women's Rapid four players tied for first with 5.0/7 points: Kateryna Lahno, Hou Yifan, Humpy Koneru and Anna Muzychuk, with Ukrainian GM Lahno winning on tie-break points.

The winners: Hou Yifan (China), Kateryna Lahno (Ukraine) and Humpy Koneru (India)

In the Men's Blitz former Ukrainian child prodigy Sergey Karjakin, currently ranked number six in the world, finished with a one-point lead over his nearest rival Hikaru Nakamura.

In the Women's Blitz former Women's World Champion GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, ranked number 17 in the women's world ratings, ahead of Slovenian GM Anna Muzychuk, who is number three.

The Blindfold Events are being held on Tuesday and Wednesday (Dec. 18 + 19).

Videos from the 2012 SportAccord Mind Games

You will find more well-prepared and commented video reports,
especially on bridge, Go and Xiangqi on this special Youtube page


Previous articles

SportAccord Mind Games with all-star field to play rapid, blindfold and blitz
13.12.2012 – SportAccord Mind Games will be held in Beijing, China between the 12th of December and 20th December 2012. The World Mind Games consists of 5 disciplines: chess, bridge, draughts (checkers), go, and xiangqi (Chinese chess). This year brings an all-star field of men and women to play rapid, blindfold and blitz. It all started with a breathtaking opening ceremony.
Final online qualifier for World Mind Games
20.10.2012 – Tonight, Saturday, October 20th, at 16:00h = 4:00 p.m. CEST (click for world-wide timings), the final round of the World Mind Games qualifier will be held on the Playchess server. It is your last chance to win an all-paid trip to Bejing to attend the 2012 Games. Today the 15 places in the candidates tournament will be fixed – GMs with a 2550+ rating can come in at this phase. Don't miss this opportunity.
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