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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.


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World Youth Championship 2013 in Al Ain

12/4/2013 – Between December 17th and December 29th 2013 the most important youth chess event of the year will be organized by Al Ain Chess Club in United Arab Emirates in the country’s »Garden city« Al Ain. A spectacle that is already promising new records, since around more than 1780 players and 1715 accompanying persons from 107 different countries have already registered to participate in the event.
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UAE’s first University, which is also one of the best Universities in the world, will for 13 days transform in the playing venue of the event. Everything from accommodation facilities, playing hall, restaurants, swimming pool, gym, cinema and theatre will be located within the walking distance from the University.

Bird's eye view of the playing venue

Entrance to the hostel – the UAE University has more than 6000 beds ready to host the participants

The tournament hall, ready to be filled up with chess boards

Besides reaching the record number of players and countries, the organizers have also for the first time established a complete online registration system, and they are promising a lot of novelties and fun events during the championship like SMS, E-mail, Facebook and Twitter notifications, daily »social nights«, trips to other cities – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, trips to shopping malls, Christmas celebration and many others. Besides the main World youth championship there will be two more open tournaments organized – Al Ain Classic A and B with a prize fund of more than US $35.000 in total.

The players and spectators will have a variety of international restaurants to choose from

The swimming pool is available within the walking distance from the University

... as well as a well-equipped gym

About Al Ain Culture and Chess Club

The Al Ain Chess Club was established in 1999. Despite being young, the club already has experience in organizing important chess events – before taking on the organization of the World Youth Chess Championship, the club already organized the World Cities Chess Championship back in December 2012, Asian Youth Chess Championship in 2007 and Asian Club Cup in 2008, which were all attended by top chess players from around the world. One of the club’s biggest priorities is also the upbringing of young chess players, who already show results of the club’s commitment. The president of the club is Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan, who is also the president of Asian Chess Federation.

Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan (center), president of the Al Ain Chess Club, receiving a
progress report from Dr. Nasser Al Ameri (left), General Director of the Organizing Committee

Sheikh Sultan and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov opening the World Cities Chess Championship 2012

About Al Ain

Al Ain is the fourth largest city in UAE with approximately 600.000 inhabitants. It the past Al Ain was a vital oasis on the caravan route from UAE to Oman. The city's name is an Arabic expression for »spring«. Al Ain is also known as »garden city« and is the birthplace of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the country’s first president. Besides chess the city supports also other sports activities like football, volleyball, basketball and many others.

Al Ain is known for its beautiful gardens and parks

Families can enjoy a visit to the Al Ain Zoo, home to one of the largest animal collections in the world

This green expanse at the foot of Jebel Hafeet is another spectacle which will leave you amazed

Interesting WYCC facts

The predecessor of the World Youth Chess Championship was the Cadet Championship, which was organized, unofficially in France in 1974 for under 18 players. FIDE officially recognized the championship as the World Championship for Cadets in 1977. The championship got the name that we know today – the World Youth Chess Championship – in 1997. In the beginning the championship included the categories under the age of 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 for boys and girls. The category under 8 was not included until 2006.

Next you can see an interesting chart, which presents the number of players and countries participating in World Youth Chess Championship since 2003 until 2013:

Number of players and countries participating in WYCC since 2003 until 2013 –
this year the organizers reached a new record of participants

Video presentations on the official web site

Information and pictures provided by Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh


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