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Bilbao Masters Round 10

– The Bilbao Masters this year is featuring the world elite of chess. Carlsen, Karjakin, Giri, Nakamura, So and Wei Yi will fight for the first place. Simon Williams is analysing live at 3pm 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


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

Milan Vukcevich, 1937 – 2003

5/14/2003 – He was a professor of metallurgy who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Also an over-the-board International Master in chess, playing at Olympiads and US championships. But Milan Vukcevich was best known as a grandmaster of chess problem composition. He died at 66 this weekend. We bring you a short biography and examples of his compositions. More...
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Milan Vukcevich, 1937 – 2003

Dr. Milan Vukcevich was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, on March 11, 1937. After receiving the International Master title in 1958, and representing his native Yugoslavia in the 1960 Chess Olympiad, he emigrated to the U.S., where he has lived in northern Ohio for many years.

Dr. Vukcevich earned a Ph.D. in metallurgy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University and became a chief scientist for General Electric Co. He has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. His duties as a scientist limited his ability to play in chess tournaments. He won third place in the U.S. Championship at Oberlin, 1975, ahead of Reshevsky, Lombardy, R. Byrne, and many of the country's other top players. He had the title of International Master for over the board play

Dr. Vukcevich was one of the world's most respected chess problem composers. He has been awarded the FIDE title Master of Composition and is an editor of StrateGems, the publication of the Society of U.S. Chess Problemists.

Milan R. Vukcevich died of complications of a metastatic tumor on Saturday, May 10 2003, at his home in Shaker Heights, Cleveland. He was 66.

International Composition Grandmaster

The Permanent Commission of the FIDE for Chess Compositions publishes collections of the best chess problems from three year periods, in "FIDE Albums". In 1991 there were 16 such Albums and the total amount of problems is 15104. International titles for composers are granted according to the Album points. One point is given for each Album problem (1,67 points for endgame studies). In joint compositions the points are divided by the number of composers. The requirements are:

Grandmaster:          70 points
International master: 25 points
FIDE-master:          12 points

After the publication of the 1989-91 Album Dr Milan Vukcevich had collected a total of 119.67 points.

A selection of Vukcevich problems

Milan Vukcevich, Politika Meredith Tourney, 1998

Mate in three moves

A stunning example of unpinning and selfpinning, with three pin-mates: 1.Ra6 (threat 2.Ra5+ and 3.Qa6#) 1...Qd4 2.e8Q+ Qd6 3.Qee3# or 2...Kd5 3.Qee4#. The second defence is 1...Qc4 2.e8N+ Kb5 3.Nxc7#.

Milan Vukcevich, The Problemist, 1972

Mate in three moves

Another very impressive mixture of cross checks, pins and unpinning moves. 1.Qe2 Rxd4+ 2.Kf3+ Re4 3.Nf4# or 2...Kxd5 3.Qa2#. The other defence is 1...Bxd5+ 2.Kf4+ Be4 3.d5#.

Milan Vukcevich, Politika Meredith Tourney, 1998

Mate in two moves

Here the beauty lies in why one line works and the other doesn't. We have two "tries": 1.Qa3 with the threat 2.Qf3# and 1.Qa5 with the threat 2.Qf5#. In each case Black has the defensive moves 1...Ke4, Kg4, Bxh4 and Bxb4. So which of the two first moves do you chose to mate in two? The solution is given below.

Milan Vukcevich was a prolific "fairy chess" composer, specializing especially in two-move helpmates (with "set play"). Here is a pretty little duplex for you to solve:

Milan Vukcevich, CHM avec 6 pieces Bad Pyrmont, 1996

Helpmate in two moves (duplex)

In a helpmate Black moves first and helps White to mate him (Black) the the required number of moves. In a duplex the sides are reversed, i.e. in the above example there are two problems: Black moves and helps White to mate him (Black); and White moves and helps Black to mate him (White). The artistry of this problem is that all four promotions occur in the solution ("Allumwandlung"). Solution:

I. 1.Ng6 f8Q 2.Ne5 3.d8N#

Black is mated

II. 1.f8R Nf7 2.d8B Nd6#

White is mated

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