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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.


Books, boards, sets: Chess Niggemann

Yuri Averbakh turns 85

2/8/2007 – He is one of the great chess legends. Born in 1922 of Russian-Jewish extraction, Averbakh became a top-ten player in the world, achieving positive scores against the likes of Petrosian and Polugaevsky. He was the president of the Soviet Chess Federation, editor of major chess periodicals and author of major endgame books. Health and happiness, Juri Lvovich!
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.


Yuri Lvovich Averbakh is one of the legendary personalities of Soviet chess history. He was born on February 8, 1922 in Kaluga, Russia. His father was German Jewish (the original family name was Auerbach), his mother Russian. His name is sometimes spelled Averbach.

Averbakh during the Saltsjobaden Interzonal in 1952

Averbakh's first major success was to take first place in the Moscow Championship of 1949, ahead of players such as Andor Lilienthal, Yakov Estrin and Vladimir Simagin.

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Averbakh became a grandmaster in 1952 and in 1953 participated in the famous Candidates tournament in Zurich. In 1954 he won the USSR Chess Championship with 14½ out of 19, ahead of Mark Taimanov and Viktor Korchnoi (13 points), as well as Tigran Petrosian, Efim Geller and Salo Flohr, who scored less.

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In the 1956 championship he came equal first with Taimanov and Boris Spassky, finishing second after the playoff. Incidentally Averbakh's daughter Jane later married Taimanov.

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Averbakh's other major tournament victories included Vienna 1961, Moscow 1962 and qualification for the 1953 Candidates Tournament, where he finished joint tenth of the fifteen participants.

Averbakh's successes can be attributed to his solid style, which was difficult for many pure attackers to overcome. He explained it himself as follows: "If Nezhmetdinov had the attack he could kill anybody, including Tal. But my score against him was something like 8½–½ because I did not give him any possibility for an active game. In such cases he would immediately start to spoil his position because he was looking for complications."

If you consult Mega Database 2007 (Ctrl-F2 – "Averbakh" – "Dossier") you will find that Yuri Averbakh has a positive score against Tigran Petrosian (+1 in 19 games), Polugaevsky (+2 in 10 games) and the level scores against Smyslov, Keres and Geller.

In 1956 Averbakh became an International Judge of Chess Compositions and in 1969 an International Arbiter. In the late 1960s he played less competitive chess. He became the chief editor of several chess magazines Shakhmaty v SSSR and Shakhmaty biuletin, and wrote major works on the endgame (and a very popular book for beginners). He was President of the USSR Chess Federation from 1973 to 1978, and also ran a popular educational chess program on Soviet TV.

Averbakh also contributed to opening theory, giving us, for instance, the Averbakh System in the King's Indian: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0–0 6.Bg5.

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