Fritz 15

Today on

Masters Challenge Biel Round 3

– 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 three 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


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


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

Mamedyarov wins Dubai, Carlsen his GM title

4/29/2004 – Shakriyar Mamedyarov took first place in the Sheikh Rashed Cup, with 7/9 points. 12 players shared second with 6.5/9, amongst them 13-year-old Magnus Carlsen, who completed his final GM norm with a round to spare! We will return to this subject. In the meantime here are the results, games and a spectacular pictorial report.
ChessBase 13 Download

ChessBase 13 Download

ChessBase 13 is a personal, stand-alone chess database that has become the standard throughout the world. Everyone uses ChessBase, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it. Start your personal success story with ChessBase and enjoy your chess even more.


The Sixth Dubai Open Chess Championship was held from April 18th to 28th, 2004, in Dubai City in the United Arab Emirates. The venue was the Dubai Chess and Culture Club.

The tournament was a nine round Swiss, the time control one hour and 30 minutes for the whole game, with an incremental time of 30 seconds per move for both sides.

The winner was awarded custody of Sheikh Rashed Bin Hamdan Al Mactoum Cup (picture right). In addition there are the following prize funds: 1st: $5,000, 2nd: $4,000, 3rd: $3,500, 4th: $3000 up to 14th $900, with special prizes worth $6,000 for local players. The total prize fund is $40,000.

Final standings

Mamedyarov, Shakriyar
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter; Sasikiran, Krishnan; Iordachesvu, Viorel; Vladimirov, Evgeny; Harikrishna, P.; Miroshnichenko, Evgenij; Eljanov, Pavel; Minasian, Artashes; Al-Modiahki, Mohamad; Goloshchapov, Alexander; Carlsen, Magnus; Mamedov, Rauf
Fedorov, Alexei; Jobava, Baadur; Izoria, Zviad; Efimenko, Zahar; Gashimov, Vugar; Gagunashvili, Merab; Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan; Gelashvili, Tamaz; Iuldachev, Saidali; Kruppa, Yuri; Dizdar, Goran; Al Sayed, Mohamad N.
Gleizerov, Evgeny; Anastasian, Ashot; Ulibin, Mikhail; Korobov, Anton; Kuzmin, Alexey; Sturua, Zurab; Dzhumaev, Marat; Mamedov, Nidjat; Megaranto, Susanto; Hakki, Imad; Mariano, Nelson; Abedi, Ali

The total number of players was 138, including 39 GMs, 23 IMs and 5 WGMs. The biggest sensation of the tournament was the completion (with one round to spare) of a third GM norm by Magnus Carlsen, with an overall performance of 2678. This talented Norwegian player is just 13 years old. We will return to Magnus and his performance in a separate article.


Picture report from Dubai

By Andreas Albers

Departure from Europe: the last time we are going to see rain in ten days

Arrival at Dubai international airport

En route to the hotel – the street signs are in Arabic and English (Roman)

Oriental architecture with luxurious, modern interior

The spectacular Jumeira Hotel on the beach front

The "seven star" Burj Arab hotel (background), next to the Wild Wadi water park

The lobby of the Burj Arab

The stairways

Look up – if you dare

Top seed Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu worked out that if he won the first prize in the tournament he would be able to spend three nights with his wife in this hotel.

The Dubai Chess and Culture Club

This "club" cost $20 million to build

Local prominence at the chess tournament

Players and foreign visitors

The playing hall

The little boy in the middle is Magnus Carlsen, who finished equal second

The rest room

The players in front of portraits of the rulers

Left Dieter Nisipeanu and wife, right organisers Mr. Ahmed und Kristian Simonson

In the Town Hall of Dubai

The museum in the Al Fahidi Fort

From the inside

Our photographer Andreas Albers (second from right) with friends and players

Feedback and mail to our news service Please use this account if you want to contribute to or comment on our news page service

See also


Rules for reader comments


Not registered yet? Register