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Fritz 15 - English Version

New Fritz, new friend


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.


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.


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.


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.


Trompowsky for the attacking player

Tap into your creative mind and start the game on a fresh note. The Trompowsky (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5) is an opening outside of conventional wisdom. Create challenges and make your opponent solve problems early on.


The 4...Nf6 Caro-Kann

On this DVD Nigel Davies examines both the Bronstein-Larsen (5.Nxf6+ gxf6) and the Tartakower (5.Nxf6+ exf6) systems and shows how the doubled f-pawn, common to both lines gives Black a range of aggressive plans and ideas.


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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