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Masters Challenge Biel Round 4

– 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 four 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 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

Svetozar Gligoric 1923-2012

8/15/2012 – He was one of the great players of the 20th century, record national champion of Yugoslavia, friend of Bobby Fischer, theoretician, musician, author and gentleman. He was also a close personal friend, and we will provide more material on his career in the coming weeks and months. Svetozar Gligorić died in Belgrade on August 14 at the age of 89. The chess world will miss this great human being.
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Svetozar Gligorić: 2 February 1923 – 14 August 2012

The legendary Serbian grandmaster Svetozar Gligorić died in Belgrade on August 14 after suffering a stroke. He was 89 years old. Gligorić will be buried on Friday at 13.30 in the Alley of the Greats at Belgrade's New Cemetery (Novom Groblju).

Gligorić came from a poor family in Belgrade and starting playing at the age of 11, when he was taught by a boarder living in the house. He made his first chess set by carving the corks of wine bottles, and won his first tournament in 1938, four years after he had learnt the game. He went on to become one of the world's leading players, and was one of the world's top ten in the 1950s and 60s. He won the Yugoslav Championship twelve time, between 1947 and 1971, and represented his country with great success in fifteen Chess Olympiads, from 1950 to 1982, playing 223 games (+88 –26 =109). In the first post-war Olympiad, on home soil at Dubrovnik 1950, Gligorić played on first board and led Yugoslavia to a historic result, the team gold medal. The Yugoslav team was usually second or third in the world during the 1950s.

Gligorić at the III° torneo internazionale di scacchi Venezia 1949

1953 Candidates’ tournament in Neuhausen and Zurich

In international tournaments he finished first in such events as Mar del Plata 1950, Stockholm 1954, Belgrade 1964, Manila 1968, Lone Pine 1972 and 1979, and many others. He was a regular competitor at Hastings, winning or tying for first in 1951–52, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1960–61 and 1962–63.

Gligorić was a regular competitor in Zonal and Interzonal competitions, with results that qualified him for the final Candidates in 1952, 1958 and 1967. There he was not particularly successful, with mediocre results in the 1953 and 1959 Candidates Tournaments and a match loss to Mikhail Tal in the 1968 Candidates match series. But he did win games against the world champions Max Euwe, Mikhail Botvinnik, Vasily Smyslov, Tigran Petrosian, Mikhail Tal and Bobby Fischer. He played his last tournament in the 2003 Rilton Cup at the age of 80.

At the First Piatigorsky Cup in Los Angeles, 1965: Benko, Gligorić, Olafsson,
Najdorf, Petrosian, Reshevsky, Keres and Panno

Gligorić made significant contributions to the theory and practice of the King’s Indian Defence and the Ruy Lopez. He was fluent in several languages, and worked as a professional journalist and organiser of chess tournaments. Besides chess his most enduring passions was music, and in 2011 he released a CD featuring compositions that drew on jazz, ballads and rap.

The Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić sent a telegram of condolences to the Serbian Chess Federation, saying that "Svetozar Gligorić was a legend, his passing is a great loss for Serbia." The Minister of Youth and Sports Alisa Marić sent condolences to the Serbian Chess Federation with the words: "On behalf of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and on my personal behalf, I extend my condolences and deep sorrow over the death of the greatest Serbian chess player of all time, and above all precious and noble man, Grandmaster Svetozar Gligorić. Our Gliga brought the world fame to the Yugoslav and Serbian chess, and was a teacher and role model for the generations of young chess players. It was an honor to know him for decades and learn from him."

Grandmaster Ljubomir Ljubojević, himself a chess legend, said: "The death of our Gliga shook me deeply. Gliga was magnificent chess personality and one of my role models. His sensibility for the art, culture and chess, along with the results that he achieved, made our country a chess superpower throughout the decades. Gligorić's immense love for the music is telling about the broadness and richness of his character. I am really hoping and believe that he embraced his final moments with that melody that he perfected with such passion. With the departure of the 20th century giant the chess world remains dismal. Eternel glory for our dear Gliga."

Finally, Boris Spassky sent us the following note: "I have just received the sad news concerning Gliga's departure from this world. We have always been good friends, for he was one of my mentors. We participated in many tournaments together. I express my heartfelt sympathy for Gliga's disappearance, which for me is a great and irreplaceable loss, for he was truly a well-intentioned and well-meaning person."

All pictures in this eulogy have kindly been provided by Edward Winter, who has set up
a special page devoted
to Svetozar Gligorić on his chess history site Chess Notes.

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