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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

World Champion Vishy Anand!

11/2/2003 – Indian superstar Viswanathan Anand has won the World Rapid Chess Championship, a title recognised by FIDE for the tournament in Cap d'Agde, France. Anand beat Vladimir Kramnik in an exciting two-game knockout final to end in first place in a field that included eleven of the twelve top players in the world. Now with new pictures!
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World Rapid Chess Championship
Cap d'Agde

October 24 – October 30, 2003

The World Rapid Chess Championship was held in Cap d'Agde, on the Mediterranean coast of France. The tournament organised by the Caisse Centrale d'Activités Sociales des Electriciens et Gaziers de France (CCAS). The 6th edition of this event saw eleven of the twelve best chess players on the planet, plus the legendary Karpov, the European champion Azmaiparashvili and the two French players Bacrot and Lautier at the start.

The participants were divided into two all-play-all groups, the top four in each group qualified for the knock-out stage. The speed of play was 25 minutes + 10 seconds per played per move. This is how the final rounds were decided:

The final on Thursday between Vladimir Kramnik and Vishy Anand started with a 19-move draw, with Kramnik wielding the white pieces in a Sicilian Scheveningen. In the second game, a fast-paced Sveshnikov, Kramnik exchanged his queen for two rooks, but these were not properly coordinated and Anand's agile queen soon won the day.

The first game of the final, which ended in a 19-move draw


Anand and Kramnik analysing after the final game of Cap d'Agde

Actually I think I missed a forced mate in seven on move 44, Vlad

Ah well, let's shake on it

Thing were going just great, but then I ran into a Veeshy

Now that will look nice on the shelf over the fire place

Tendulkar? Sure his batting is great, but I'm not at all impressed by his Najdorf

Andor Lilienthal, nonagenarian, with wife and Judit Polgar

The Bacrot family. The pretty one on the left is Etienne

Okay, but could Fischer play the grand piano like this?

It was none of these, officer! In the front row of the lineup: Adams, Gelfand, Leko, Bareev, Karpov, Topalov, Ponomariov, Judit Polgar, Bacrot, Grischuk and Svidler.

© For all photographs: Jean-Michel Péchiné, Europe Echecs.


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