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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


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.


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Tomsk wins the Russian Team Championships

5/13/2007 – The team from Tomsk-400 won the Russian Team Championship with a perfect 9/9 score. The victorious team included Morozevich, Jakovenko, Karjakin, Kasimdzhanov and Bologan. Second was Ural Ekaterinburg, which fielded Radjabov, Grischuk, Shirov and Akopian. Big photo report by Sergey Tiviakov, who for some reason mainly concentrated on the women's section.
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The Russian Team Championships are taking place in the Dagomys, Sochi, from May 1st to 12th, 2007. The men are playing in two league sections, with six players per team. The champion will be decided in a match between the winners of each section. The rate of play is 100 minutes / 40 moves, 50 min/20 moves and 10 min for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move.

Final results and report

The team from Tomsk-400 won the Russian Team Championship with a perfect 9/9 score (i.e. they won all nine matches). The victorious team consisted of Alexander Morozevich (scored 6/8), Dmitry Jakovenko (4.5/7), Sergey Karjakin (5.5/8), Rustam Kasimdzhanov (1.5/3), Ernesto Inarkiev (3.5/7), Vladislav Tkachiev (4/7), Victor Bologan (4.5/6) and Pavel Smirnov (6/8). The average rating of the team was 2692.

Second was Ural Ekaterinburg, which fielded Radjabov, Grischuk, Shirov, Akopian, Malakhov, Zvjaginsev, Motylev and Sakaev, averaging an incredible 2701 rating points.

Final standings in the Premier League (match and board points given):

1 Tomsk-400 18 35½
2 Ural Ekaterinburg 14 32½
3 Elara Cheboksary 12 29½
4 Ekonomist SGSEU-1 Saratov 11 29½
5 Junost Moskvy 10 27½
6 TPS Saransk 9 28½
7-9 Shatar Buryatia 5 23
7-9 Ladja Kazan 5 23
7-9 South Ural Chelyabinsk 5 22
10 Politekhnik Nizhny Tagil 1 19

The women's section was won by Ladya Kazan, which fielded a team including IM Alisa Galliamova, IM Elena Zaiatz and IM Inna Gaponenko. In second place was Economist -SGSEU with WGM Zhao Xue, IM Elisabeth Pähtz, IM Irina Vasilevich and WGM Maria Kursova. You will find all individual results, from all the different sections, in the English part of the official web site.

Picture Gallery by Sergey Tiviakov

The first section of this extraordinary photo report was made by Galina Tiviakov, Sergey's mother. She stayed mainly in the men's section, where the strongest players were battling each other. When son Sergey got hold of the camera he would rush off to the women's section to get shots of the participants there. You've got to admire the loving care he took while capturing images of the ladies at the chessboard.

Elara Cheboksary vs Economist-SGSEU-1 Saratov, Bareev vs Tiviakov

Economist - SGSEU-1 vs POLITECHNIK Nizhniy, with Galliamova vs Novikova

Karen Asrian, 2635, from Armenia, playing for Southern Ural Chelyabinsk

Vlastimil Babula, 2586, of Slovakia, playing for FINEC Saint-Petersburg

Teammate Marat Makarov, 2515, Russia, celebrated his 44th birthday this week

And this, I'm telling you, was the size of the mate that got away! Alexei Shirov (right), 2699, Latvia, playing for Ural Ekaterinburg, analyses with Pavel Tregubov, 2605, Russia, playing for Shatar Buryatia.

Alexander Zlochevskij (standing) with Elara Cheboksary team colleagues Boris
Gelfand, 2733, Israel and Evgeny Bareev, 2643, Russia

Testing the waters: our reporter Sergei Tiviakov, 2663, Netherland, who plays for Economist-SGSEU-1, at the Black Sea, before getting the camera to go on a hunting spree of his own.

Sometimes chess is so sad – WFM Tatevik Airapetian, 2234, Russia (Debut-DVGTU Vladivostok)

... unless you can zip over to Merry England for weekend fun:
WFM Karina Ambartsumova, 2201, Russia (RSSU Moscow)

WFM Anastasia Bannikova, 2185, Russia (IZHPLANETA Izhevsk)

I know, I am often mistaken for her – WIM Elizaveta Bronnikova, 2287, Russia (IZHPLANETA Izhevsk)

WIM in a tree –
Eugenia Chasovnikova, 2288, Russia (Debut-DVGTU Vladivostok)

Straight in the eyes, Sergey – IM Kristina Cherenkova, 2249, Russia (RSSU Moscow)

What's a nice girl like you doing playing for a team called Economist SGSEU-2?

WFM Maria Fominykh, 2306, Russia

GM Alisa Galliamova, 2477, Russia (Economist - SGSEU-1 Saratov)

Sometimes you wonder why you are doing this – WFM Valentina Gunina, 2308, Russia (RSSU Moscow)

WIM Olga Iljushina, 2281, Russia of Economist - SGSEU-2

WIM Baira Kovanova, 2331, Russia – playing for Economist - SGSEU-1

Teammate WIM Maria Kursova, 2324, Russia

Photographers! Watch it, Tiviakov, or you'll soon be missing body parts –
Evgenia Kuzevanova, 2176, Russia, playing for FINEK-2 Saint-Petersburg

Marina Lupik, 2215, Russia – Chigorin Chess Club Saint-Petersburg

WGM Evgenia Meshcheriakova, 2309, Russia – Debut-DVGTU Vladivostok

WGM Anna Muzychuk, 2474, Slovenia – ABC Krasnoturyinsk

WGM, IM Evgenija Ovod, 2384, Russia – Chigorin Chess Club Saint-Petersburg

WGM Elena Tairova, 2414, Russia – ABC Krasnoturyinsk

WGM Anna Ushenina, 2475, Ukraine – Economist - SGSEU-2

IM Irina Vasilevich, 2380, Russia – Economist - SGSEU-1

IM Elizabeth Paehtz, 2442, Germany – Economist - SGSEU-1 Saratov

Posing with our photographer Sergey Tiviakov


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