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Masters Challenge Biel Round 1

– The Masters Challenge in Biel this year is featuring Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler. They play a match of rapid and classical games. Today is round one of the classical games. Daniel King is analysing live starting at 5pm CEST. View the whole schedule!


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

Interview with Levon Aronian

12/1/2011 – After his success at the 6th Tal Memorial, edged out by Carlsen by virtue of an odd tiebreak system (most Blacks played - not won), Levon Aronian continues his steady rise and is close to threatening Carlsen for the top ranking. In an interview after the event, he was asked about his thoughts on the draw rate, conditions, and more. Here is the interview by Maria Manakova.
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Interview with Aronian

By Maria Manakova / Pictures by Julia Manakova

- You are one of the winners of Tal Memorial. Can we conclude you play better than others?
- Of course not.

- When super grandmasters, all of equivalent strength play in the same tournament, what is the difference that allows one player to win instead of another? Does he work harder than the others? Does he rest more? Something else, perhaps?
- It’s difficult to say…he was better prepared for the tournament.

- What do you call “better”?
- He was better rested…I don’t know.

- Why do you think there were so many draws?
- The players all played very well, in fact they all played great!

Maria Manakova interviews Levon Aronian after his success at the Tal Memorial

- Is defensive technique really so high?
- Yes, it is.

- Do you think a time is coming when the defensive technique will be so highly developed that all we will see are draws?
 - The reason there were so many draws is not due to a global phenomenon of ultra-developed defensive technique, but rather in this tournament with players of such a high caliber.

- Perhaps this detracts from chess as a spectacle. Spectators crave blood…
- Of course, everybody wants chess players to lose or win, but I think when defense is played at a superb level, it is interesting too.

- What is “chess beauty” for you?
- It is in the geometry of the game, and the struggle of plans.

- Could somebody else have won this tournament instead of you?
- Certainly. Any of participants, really.

- How about the match for the World Championship between Anand and Gelfand? Could someone else have been qualified to vie for the title?
- The same. Any top player could have made it through.

- Which player do you fear the most?
- A difficult question to answer. I’m afraid of everybody. (Editor: It is safe to say he was being ironic)

Levon Aronian: afraid of everyone

- Who did you think was going to take first place?
- I thought that I was a good candidate, but Magnus played well too. In fact, all the participants played well, and any one of us could have taken first place. But this is how it played out this time…

- Which of your games do you consider to be the best?
- My game with Ivanchuk.

- And the most difficult?
- The last.

- Can chess be turned into a spectacle?
- Chess is already a spectacle. There were many spectators at this tournament.

- Were you satisfied with the tournament conditions?
- Very much so.

- Did the numerous cameras disturb you?
- No, not at all.

- What would you change to improve the Tal Memorial even more?
- Maybe add an extra rest day.

- One idea that was proposed on the Internet, was that if the rest day were taken away, the federation could save money and improve the prize fund of the Russian Cup.
- Another way to save money would be to have us play in our hotel rooms.

- Would you object to wearing the logo of a sponsor?
- If I had a sponsor – no.

- Only a sponsor of your own one? How about the sponsor of the tournament?
- If the contract stipulated it, I would have no problem.

- There was a rule in this competition not allowing players to agree to a draw before the 40th move. What are your thoughts on this?
- It didn't bother me.

- Do you like the innovations FIDE has been adding to the rules to make chess more spectacular?
- It depends on the rules. Some are good, some are not.

- How do you like the new format of the World Championship?
- Not enough, but that is the subject of another discussion entirely…

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