A "shocker" in the Jobava London System

by ChessBase
9/19/2022 – The Jobava London System (1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4) is itself still a young opening. In his video, Daniel King presents a fairly new gambit within this system: with 4.e4! (instead of the usual 4.e3) White offers a pawn sacrifice. A "shocker" for every player with the black pieces who sees the move on the board for the first time, says Daniel King in his contribution to ChessBase Magazine #209. You can watch an excerpt from his almost half-hour video analysis here!

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2022 Candidates Tournament with videos by Rogozenco and Ris, "Special" on Anna and Mariya Muzychuk, opening videos by King, Marin and Sokolov. 11 opening articles with new ideas for your repertoire and much more.


Daniel King: A gambit in the Jobava London System

Daniel King explains the ideas of the gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4.e4!? mainly on the basis of games by the young US American Hans Niemann, who has already used this weapon many times - mainly in online tournaments. In the course of the analysis, King goes into all four of Black's plausible replies (4...Nxe4, 4...dxe4, 4...cxd4 and 4...e6) and concludes that White is not worse off even with the best play of his opponent. "This gambit is definitely worth a try!"   

Daniel King: Jobava London System (excerpt from CBM #209)

Video playing time in CBM #209: 29 min.

More opening videos in ChessBase Magazine #209

Ivan Sokolov: QG Ragozin with 8...h5 (Part II)

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Bb4 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 g5 8.Bg3 h5 9.h4

In the first part of his analysis of the new idea 8...h5 in CBM #208 Ivan Sokolov examined the side lines 9.f3, 9.Be5, Qb3, Qa4+ and 9.h3. In this issue he devotes himself to the mainline 9.h4. The following moves 9...Ne4 10.Nge2 Nxg3 are obvious, but after that some sometimes "crazy variations" come up on the board, which you have to know very well. As an alternative to the engine variations after 10…Nxg3, Sokolov then recommends the novelty 10...Bg4, which after 11.Qb3 Nxg3 12.Nxg3 Nc6 13.Bb5
Bxc3+, for example, leads to very interesting positions rich in content. Video playing time in CBM #209: 25 min.

Mihail Marin: English

1.c4 e5 2.g3 c6 3.Nf3 e4 4.Nd4 d5 5. cxd5 Qxd5 6.Nc2 Nf6 7.Nc3 Qe5

Watching the first round of the Candidates Tournament, Mihail Marin was pleased to see that Ding Liren once again chose "his" move order in the English Opening (1.c4 e5 2.g3) against Ian Nepomniachtchi. In his video analysis Marin elaborates on the theoretical significance of this game and explains why he hadn't thematized Nepomniachtchi's 7...Qe5 (7...Qh5 was the main move at the time) on his two FritzTrainers "Marin’s English Love – Vol. 1 and 2". After 8.Bg2 Na6 9.0-0 Be7 10.Ne3 0-0 11.a3 Re8 12.b4 Nepo offered a pawn sacrifice with
12...Ng4 - an innovation that Marin critically examines in his analysis.Video playing time in CBM #209: 26 min.

ChessBase Magazine #209


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Highlights of CBM #209

The start page of ChessBase Magazine #209 gives you direct access to the editors' recommendations: the highlights of the issue!


"Special": Anna and Mariya Muzychuk

CBM authors analyse their favourite games of Anna and Mariya Muzychuk. Look forward to an exclusive collection of 21 annotated games!

Top games and master analyses

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022: Dorian Rogozenco shows two games of the clear winner, Ian Nepomniachtchi, in the video. Anish Giri analyses two selected games.

Prague Chess Festival 2022: The winners of the Masters, Pentala Harikrishna, and of the Challenger, Vincent Keymer, comment on one of their games. Plus analyses by David Navara, Vidit Gujrathi and Sam Shankland.

More annotated games: Anish Giri analyses two brilliant games from Norway Chess 2022.

Pracitical tips for the tournament player (II): Must-win-situations

Jan Markos devotes Part II of his video series to the topic of how to play in a "must-win situation" - a task that arises time and again not only in individual tournaments but also in team matches. To complement the video, our new author provides a small collection of five training exercises that you should go through after the video lecture!

All in one

Renato Quintiliano explores a provocative idea for Black in the Queen's Gambit Accepted, while Yuriy Kuzubov presents "a crazy Alekhine" with 5.Ba3!

Opening videos

Daniel King shows "a shocker": the gambit 4.e4 in the Jobava London System, often tested by GM Hans Niemann. Ivan Sokolov in the second part of his video analysis of the Queen's Gambit Ragozin Variation with 8...h5 deals with the main move 9.h4. And Mihail Marin presents new developments in the English Opening based on the game Ding Liren-Nepomniachtchi from the Candidates Tournament.

Daniel King: Jobava London System
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4.e4!?
Mihail Marin: English
1.c4 e5 2.g3 c6 3.Nf3 e4 4.Nd4 d5 5. cxd5 Qxd5 6.Nc2 Nf6 7.Nc3 Qe5
Ivan Sokolov: QG Ragozin Variation 8...h5 (II)
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Bb46.e3 h6 7.Bh4 g5 8.Bg3 h5 9.h4

New ideas for your Ideen for your repertoire

CBM #209 covers a broad spectrum of opening systems with 11 opening articles:

Evgeny Postny: English Four Knights 4.e4 Bb4 5.d3 d6
Petra Papp: Trompowsky 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.d5 Ne4
Martin Lorenzini: Scandinavian 3...Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3
Alexey Kuzmin: Sic. Moscow Variation 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.d4
Yago Santiago: Sic. Najdorf Variation 6.Bc4 e6 7.0-0
Krisztian Szabo: Centre Game 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 Nf6 5.Nc3
Sergei Grigoriants: Spanish 3...a6 4.Ba4 Nge7 5.0-0 Ng6
Roven Vogel: QG Ragozin Variation 5.Qa4+ Nc6 6.e3
Christian Braun: Gruenfeld Fianchetto 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Nc3 d5
Andrey Sumets: Catalan 8.a4 Nc6 9.Qxc4 Na5 10.Qc2
Spyridon Kapnisis: King's Indian Petrosian Variation

Topcial opening traps

"From Sicilians to the Queen's Gambit" - Rainer Knaak takes a close look at eight traps from current tournament practice, three of which he also presents in video format. 1.e4 players beware: In the French Advance our expert has come across "a very promising, completely new trap"!

Move by Move

Ian Nepomniachtchi is a master of the Petroff. His victory against Alireza Firouzja with the black pieces is the topic of Robert Ris' interactive training session. Can you find the moves of the winner of the 2022 Candidates Tournament?

Strategy: The Muzychuk sisters

Mihail Marin highlights a few typical aspects of the positional play of Maria and Anna Muzychuk. The material is classified in the categories "Positional attacks", "Positional sacrifices", "Static play" and "Dynamic decisions".

The Classic

Dorian Rogozenco presents Pillsbury-Lasker (St. Petersburg 1896) - "a beautiful game" by the then world champion, Emanuel Lasker, with a number of sacrificial motifs worth seeing.

Tactics: Queen sacrifices of all kinds

Oliver Reeh's tactics contribution consists of 39 games with many training questions. Don't miss solving his favourite combinations in interactive format with video feedback!

Endgame: Endgame highlights from Prague

Hamburg endgame expert Karsten Müller has again found plenty of illustrative and training material. Do you already know the "Troitzky endgame"? In addition, Mueller provides a selection of the most beautiful endgames of Anna and Mariya Muzychuk (incl. video)! 

ChessBase Magazine #209

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