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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

The kick boxing women's chess champion

12/13/2006 – The winner of the Ukrainian Women's Championship 2006 was not one of the very strong top seeds, but WGM Oksana Vozovic, a law student who is also a kick boxer and karate champion. Oksana, who won the women's chess title on tiebreak points, is still trying to decide which area of expertise she will pursue professionally. Illustrated report by GM Mikhail Golubev.
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The kick boxing women's chess champion

By GM Mikhail Golubev

The Ukrainian Women's Championship took place in Odessa from 26 November – 6 December 2006. It was all-play-all with 12 players. The organisers from the Bank Pivdennyi (who will also host the ACP Rapid World Cup in January) hoped that all the strongest country's female grandmasters would compete. One of them, Katya Lahno, preferred to take part in the men's knockout championship in Poltava. (She was defeated in the first round by GM Drozdovskij in tiebreak games, despite winning the first of two classical games).

Thus, main favourites in Odessa were three other champions of the 2006 Olympiad, i.e. Natalia Zhukova, Inna Gaponenko and Anna Ushenina. Surprisingly, none of them won the championship. WGM Oksana Vozovic from Nikolaev, who is now studying in the Kharkov Law Academy and is also a kickboxing fighter (a medalist of the country junior championship in karate) took the gold medal. Oksana scored the same number of points as Ushenina, but the tiebreak parameters favoured Vozovic.

The new champion has taken silver medals three times at the European and world junior championships. She won several international tournaments, including the Rector's Cup in Kharkov earlier this year. Vozovik's coach in Nikolaev is IM Andrei Rakhmangulov, but she also mentioned the directors of her Nikolaev and Kharkov chess clubs and the rector of the Kharkov Law Academy as those who are also responsible for her successes.

Vozovic still did not make a professional choice between chess, laws and kickboxing. As she said, she is trying to be successful at everything. The third place was taken by WGM Natalja Zdebskaja, while the favourites Gaponenko and Zhukova finished only fourth and fifth, respectively. The latter, however has a reasonable excuse for her mediocre performance...

The winner: Oksana Vozovic from Nikolaev

The 50 years jubilee of the Ukrainian women's team coach, the Odessa GM Viacheslav Eingorn was celebrated during the tournament. Eingorn, who led the Ukrainian team to the victory in Torino, received gifts from the tournament organisers, the federation officials and from the players of his team as well.

GM Viacheslav Eingorn is congratulated on his 50th birthday by the Ukrainian women's team during the opening ceremony in the Mozart Hotel

The organisation of the championship was assessed by its winner, Vozovic, as excellent. She nevertheless added that there was not enough food in the sanatorium Belaya Akazya, where the participants lived, because she is using to eat as much as two men combined.

The main awards – with money prizes added on

The President of the Ukrainian Chess Federation Viktor Petrov

The Chairman of the Bank Pivdennyi, Vadim Morokhovskiy and the President of the Ukrainian Chess Federation posing together with the winner Oksana Vozovic

Top seed Natalia Zhukova, 2456, finished fifth

Vadim Morokhovskiy prepared many special prizes

Closing ceremony, during the playing of the Ukraine National Anthem

All of them – the participants of the Ukrainian Women's Championship

At the center of attention: the winnesr, Anna Ushenina and Oksana Vozovic

The official tournament cake, which reads "Ukrainian
Women's Chess Championship. 13 years of Bank Pivdennyi"

Natalia Zhukova seals the fate of of the cake

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