Opening Encyclopaedia 2016

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15+5 IS Bank tournament

– The IS Bank tournament starts at 5.10 pm. 15 minutes with 5 seconds increment per move, 5 rounds. View all events here!


Fritz 15 - English Version

New Fritz, new friend


Evans Gambit for the new generation

The Evans Gambit is an attempt to destroy Black in gambit fashion straight out of the opening. Featuring games of old, and numerous new and exciting ideas, this DVD will give you a genuine and more exciting way of playing the Giuoco Piano.


ChessBase Magazine 174

Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (Bilbao, Saint Louis and Dortmund) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 11 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.


How to exchange pieces

Learn to master the right exchange! Let the German WGM Elisabeth Pähtz show you how to gain a strategic winning position by exchanging pieces of equal value or to safely convert material advantage into a win.


ChessBase Magazine Extra 173

A solid concept against Benoni: Learn from GM Pert how to win with the Fianchetto Variation (video). Classics put to test: Robert Ris shows Fischer-Kholmov (1965) with an impressive knight sacrifice by the Russian (video). Plus 44,889 new games.


Master Class Vol.7: Garry Kasparov

On this DVD a team of experts gets to the bottom of Kasparov’s play. In over 8 hours of video running time the authors Rogozenko, Marin, Reeh and Müller cast light on four important aspects of Kasparov’s play: opening, strategy, tactics and endgame.


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.


Books, boards, sets: Chess Niggemann

Viktor Korchnoi wins World Senior Championship

9/23/2006 – This man has been a candidate for the world championship since the sixties, and although he never actually won the title (in spite of three finals against Karpov) he remained in the world elite for decades. At 75 he still plays in top events, but now has taken part in a Senior Championship, which he naturally won. A world title for Korchnoi!
Opening Encyclopedia 2016

Opening Encyclopedia 2016

In chess, braving the gap often leads to disaster after a few moves. We should be able to avoid things going so far. The ChessBase Opening Encyclopaedia offers you an effective remedy against all sorts of semi-digested knowledge and a means of building up a comprehensive and powerful repertoire.


The 16th World Senior Chess Championship was held in Arvier (Valle d’Aosta, Italia) from September 11–23, 2006. It was an 11-round Swiss tournament with 126 participants. The rate of play was 100 minutes for 40 moves + 40 minutes to finish + 30 seconds increment for every move starting from move one. There were two sections, one for men and one for women. The prizes were € 3000, 2500 and 1500 for Gold, Silver and Bronze in the men's section, and € 700, 550 and 400 in the women's section.

The playing hall at the 16th World Senior Championship in Arvier

Boris Arkhangelsky vs Maarten Etmans (white on second board: Vastimil Jansa)

Victor Kortchnoi vs Stefano Tatai

Janis Klovans vs Yuy Frumson

Janis Klovans vs Viktor Kortchnoi – round five, Korchnoi's first draw

Liubin Spassov vs Viktor Korchnoi in round nine

Participants visit the 15th century Fenis Castle

Viktor Korchnoi, the top seed and favourite in this world championship, won the first four games, drew the fifth (against Janis Klovans, Elo 2433) and won the next three. After eight rounds he was leading with 7.5/8, a full point ahead of his nearest rival (Klovans). In the last three rounds he coasted to victory with three draws.

Final standings

Pl Player Elo Score
1 Korchnoi, Viktor 2600 9.0/11
2 Jansa, Vlastimil 2482 8.5/11
3 Spassov, Liuben 2387 8.0/11
4 Bukal, Vladimir 2414 8.0/11
5 Donchenko, Anatoly G 2405 8.0/11
6 Plachetka, Jan 2090 7.5/11
7 Klovans, Janis 2433 7.5/11
8 Vasiukov, Evgeni 2505 7.5/11
9 Tatai, Stefano 2361 7.5/11
10 Zakharov, Alexander 2395 7.5/11
11 Karasev, Vladimir I 2379 7.5/11
12 Sorokin, Valentin 2337 7.5/11
13 Jakobsen, Ole 2387 7.5/11
14 Westerinen, Heikki M J 2378 7.5/11
15 Kaminik, Aleksandar 2226 7.5/11

In the women's section there were 14 participants. The event was won by 54-year-old WGM Ludmila Saunina with a 8.5/11 score, a full point ahead of her nearest rivals.

Pl Player Elo Score
1 Saunina, Ludmila 2290 8.5/11
2 Khmiadashvili, Tamar 2210 7.5/11
3 Fomina, Tatyana 2220 7.5/11
4 Fatalibekova, Elena 2264 7.5/11
5 Dragasevic-G, Antonina 2134 7.0/11
6 Erenska-Barlo, Hanna 2293 7.0/11
7 Lebel-Arias, Julia 1965 6.0/11
8 Abdikasova, Panno 2035 6.0/11
9 Blagonadezhnaya, Ideya 2049 4.0/11
10 Beliaeva, Natalia 2078 4.0/11
11 Abolina, Aria Solveiga 1838 4.0/11
12 Epstein, Esther 2182 4.0/8


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