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15+5 IS Bank tournament

– The IS Bank tournament starts at 5.10 pm. 15 minutes with 5 seconds increment per move, 5 rounds. View all events here!


Fritz 15 - English Version

New Fritz, new friend


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.


Books, boards, sets: Chess Niggemann

Landa leads in romatic Reggio

1/5/2006 – The city of Reggio nell'Emilia in northern Italy has been hosting strong GM tournaments since 1958. The most memorable edition was 1991-92, when Anand won ahead of nine Russians, including Kasparov, Karpov, Gelfand, and Ivanchuk. This year the stars are less glamorous, but the event nevertheless interesting and personal. Adolivio Capece reports.
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Report by Adolivio Capece (photos by Giorgio Gozzi)

The traditional Reggio Emilia International Chess Tournament is being held from December 29th 2005 to January 6th 2006, in Hotel Astoria Mercure. Reggio Emilia is a town in the Emilia-Romagna region of North Italy, with a population of about 150,000. The official name is Reggio nell'Emilia.

Reggio Emilia: the Palazzo del Monte in Piazza della Vittoria

Reggio Emilia: Palazzo Poste

The Piazza della Vittoria

The Teatro Valli

The International Torneo di Capodanno was created by Enrico Paoli, who died recently at the age of 97. The first edition was played Dec 27, 1958 – Jan 3, 1959, the year before (1957) Reggio Emilia hosted the Italian Championship, which was won by Paoli. The greatest edition was 1991-92, when Anand won with 6 out of 9; Gelfand (only undefeated) and Kasparov 5.5; Karpov 5; Ivanchuk, Khalifman, Polugajevsky 4.5; Gurevich, Salov 4; Beljavski 1.5.

At that time, on January 5, 1992, there was a meeting of all the living world champions: Botvinnik, Smyslov, Spassky, Michail Tal. Karpov was also present, but not Kasparov, because in his contract this meeting was not included. And obviously Fischer did not come…

The entrance to the Hotel Astoria

The Sala di Gioco – playing venue before the games

...and with the round just starting

The first woman to play was in Reggio was Ruth Cardoso (Brasil) in 1970-71. In 1982-83 Nona Gaprindashvili won the event. In 1975-76 Ludek Pachman played, and this caused the withdrawal of the players of East of Europe. The first player from URSS to play was GM Kuzmin in 1976-77.

In 1990-91 Karpov played for the first time; this caused the postponement of the tournament that started on January 8. There was no time to play one only tournament with 14 players, so that it had to be divided: In Group A, category 16, Karpov won (Kamsky also played); Group B, category 15, was won by Ljubjevich; and Group C, category 8, was won my by Cebalo.

Gianmarco Marinelli, Olga Zimin, and daughter

This year one of the participants is Olga Zimina, the mother of a very nice little girl. She lives in Italy and is married to an Italian chessplayer. She has applied for Italian citizenship, and if that is granted in time she will play for the Italian women's team at the Chess Olympiad in Turin.

Daniele Vocaturo, one of Italy's bright young talents

In the current tournament there are two very young players, Daniele Vocaturo and Niccolò Ronchetti, both 16 years old. They are already part of Italy's B team at the Olympiad.

Olga Zimina and Niccolò Ronchetti analyse after their game

IM Pierluigi Piscopo

Pierluigi Piscopo has already achieved his IM title and an Elo rating of 2400. He will probably also play for the Italian Olympic Team. GM Cebalo will, together with the author, be involved in the Press Office of the Olympiads.

Standings after round seven

The tournament is being led by the one of the top seeds, Konstantin Landa, 34, who like his Russian colleague Denis Yevseev, 32, has not lost any games so far. GM Miso Cebalo of Croatia is in third place, two points behind Landa and a point ahead of the rest of the field.

Yevseev vs Ronchetti

Zimina vs Piscopo

Landa vs Fercec

Kotronias vs Cebalo

Franchini vs Landa

The "arbitri" Franzoni and Campioli

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