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Creating Chaos in Calm Waters

– In this show, Simon will be taking a look at some interesting ways of meeting Anti-Sicilian lines, mainly 3 Bb5+ and 2 c3. Rather then entering into somewhat dull positions you may have the chance to play an early ...g5!? Tune in at 6 pm CEST for the action! View the whole schedule!


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New Fritz, new friend


Evans Gambit for the new generation

The Evans Gambit is an attempt to destroy Black in gambit fashion straight out of the opening. Featuring games of old, and numerous new and exciting ideas, this DVD will give you a genuine and more exciting way of playing the Giuoco Piano.


ChessBase Magazine 174

Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (Bilbao, Saint Louis and Dortmund) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 11 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.
Opening Encyclopedia 2016

Opening Encyclopedia 2016

In chess, braving the gap often leads to disaster after a few moves. We should be able to avoid things going so far. The ChessBase Opening Encyclopaedia offers you an effective remedy against all sorts of semi-digested knowledge and a means of building up a comprehensive and powerful repertoire.


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

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