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Power Play Show

– With his Power play show GM Daniel King tries to explain difficult themes in a comprehensive and easy way. Improvement guaranteed! Starting at 8 pm! Entry fee: 50 Ducats, Premium free! View the whole schedule!


Fritz 15 - English Version

New Fritz, new friend


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.


Trompowsky for the attacking player

Tap into your creative mind and start the game on a fresh note. The Trompovsky (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5) is an opening outside of conventional wisdom. Create challenges and make your opponent solve problems early on.


The 4...Nf6 Caro-Kann

On this DVD Nigel Davies examines both the Bronstein-Larsen (5.Nxf6+ gxf6) and the Tartakower (5.Nxf6+ exf6) systems and shows how the doubled f-pawn, common to both lines gives Black a range of aggressive plans and ideas.


Sicilian Paulsen Powerbook 2016

In our Powerbook we have brought together all games with the ECO codes B40-B49. Added to 62 000 selected master games from both Mega and correspondence chess there 122 000 high class games from the engine room on playchess.com.


Najdorf Powerbook 2016

The Najdorf Powerbook 2016 is based on a totally incredible number of games: 1.9 million! The lion’s share is provided by the engine room on playchess.com, with the addition of 120 000 games from human experts.


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.


Books, boards, sets: Chess Niggemann

Navara beats Short 7-3 in CEZ Trophy

9/3/2007 – The CEZ Chess Trophy 2007, August 30 to Sept 2nd, had two ten-game rapid chess matches: former world championship challenger Nigel Short took on top Czech grandmaster David Navara; and chess legend Jan Timman faced the top female Czech player Jana Jackova. Six games were in regular chess, four in Fischer Random Chess (with shuffled pieces). Illustrated report.
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CEZ Chess Trophy 2007:
Navara beats Short, Timman outplayed Jackova

Report by Pavel Matocha

The CEZ Chess Trophy 2007, which took place from August 30 to September 2nd, was organised in Prague (Czech Republic) by civic association Prague Chess Society. It took place in the beautiful Best Western Kampa Hotel, with four players competing in the ten games matches (six rapid games and four Fischer random).

The best Czech player, GM David Navara, played against British GM Nigel Short, former world championship challenger. At the same time the best Czech woman player, IM Jana Jackova, played against Dutch chess legend GM Jan Timman. In the final standings David Navara beat Nigel Short 7.0–3.0, and Jan Timman defeated Jana Jackova 7.5–2.5. In the normal rapid chess games the scores were as follows:

The CEZ Chess Trophy finished on Sunday with a simultaneous exhibition by Nigel Short against 30 opponents (most of them will be top managers from Czech republic).

The press conference before the CEZ Chess Trophy 2007. From the left: Pavel Matocha (organiser), IM Jana Jackova, GM Jan Timman, IM Pavel Votruba (arbiter), GM Nigel Short and GM David Navara.

The setup: Jackova vs Timman and Navara vs Short on the stage in Prague

The audience could follow the games on giant plasma screens

Czech GM Lubos Kavalek, now based in USA, comments for the audience

IM Jana Jackova, Czech Republic, vs GM Jan Timman, Netherlands

Czech GM David Navara, 22, rated 2656 and ranked as number 54 in the world. In the April 2007 FIDE rankigs Navara was 2720 and the world's number 14. He shed most of his points in league games.

Lubos Kavalek discusses the event with winners Jan Timman and David Navara

Downloading and replaying the games

Due mainly to the specially castling rules Fischer Random Chess games recorded in PGN cannot be easily replayed with regular chess programs or applications. However Fritz 10 can handle these files, in PGN or ChessBase formats. ChessBase 9 or ChessBase Light can also do the same, using the games in ChessBase format.

How about a nice game of Chess960?

Note that with Fritz 10 you can also play Fischer Random Chess against the or on the Playchess server. With ChessBase Light you can do the latter.

To do this you should enter the special rooms reserved for Fischer Random (also known as Chess960). You can go there to watch the broadcasts of the games being played in big events, or you can play games against other users yourself.

You can also stage tournaments, for humans or for chess engines which know the game.

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