Mega Database 2016

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Simul with IM Michael Kopylov

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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

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!
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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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