All in one game!

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5/13/2022 – The column "All in one" was introduced in ChessBase Magazine almost three years ago. The idea behind it: on the basis of a single extensively annotated game, you learn everything you need to know about a concrete opening line. In the new ChessBase Magazine #207, Igor Stohl and Tanmay Srinath introduce you to two concepts for White. One explores the pawn advance 3.h4 against Black's Fianchetto in the Gruenfeld and King's Indian; the other delves into a London System setup against the King's Indian. Take a look!

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FIDE Grand Prix 2022: Esipenko, Giri, Vidit, Oparin, Predke, Shankland, So and Vitiugov comment + videos by Rogozenco. "Special" on Bent Larsen. Opening videos by Kasimdzhanov, Ragger and Marin. 11 opening articles with new ideas for your repertoire!


"All in one"

Igor Stohl: 3.h4 against the Indian fianchetto

Igor Stohl investigates 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.h4!?,

the early advance of "Harry the h-pawn" vs. the Indian king's fianchetto. After the flexible 3...Bg7 (interesting is the Benko approach 3...c5 4.d5 b5!?) 4.Nc3 already reaches an important moment since Black's next move will define the opening to be played.

4...d5 5.Nf3 leads to a Gruenfeld, 4...d6 to a King's Indian (both covered extensively in the game notes, with many transpositions possible) while 4...c5 5.d5 brings about a Benoni-type position. After 5.d5 e6 Alekseenko,K - Ragger,M 1-0 saw 6.h5!?.

"The whole line is still developing, and this ambitious and aggressive pawn sacrifice is a novelty. It might well have been part of Kirill's preparation for the Candidates tournament." There followed 6....Nxh5 7.g4 Nf6 8.d6 0-0? (both 8...Nxg4 and 8...b6!? are preferable) 9.e4 Nc6, and now 10.Qf3!.

"A very caveman-like approach, but already here the engines literally scream 'murder'!" White intends to checkmate on the h-file with Qh3, not fearing Black's Nd4-c2+ picking up the Ra1. In the above mentioned game Alekseenko,K - Ragger,M 1-0 Austria's number 1 was crushed and on move 20 threw in the towel!

After 17.f5!+-

Tanmay Srinath: London System vs. King's Indian

By contrast, Tanmay Srinath chose a much calmer subject, the London approach vs. the King's Indian: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.Nf3 0-0 5.Be2 d6 6.h3

Here Black's most reliable system seems to be 6...c5 (after both 6...Nfd7 and 6...Nc6 the author recommends 7.Nc3!) 7.0-0 Qb6 (7...b6 8.c3 Bb7 9.Nbd2 Nbd7 10.a4 gives White the typical slight pull, which is also reflected in the practical results).

This sortie is best met with 8.Nbd2! cxd4 9.Nc4! (9.exd4 Be6!= is known to fine for Black) Qc7 10.exd4 b5!?N 11.Ne3 a6, and now the correspondence game Srinath,T - Hinrichs,H ½-½ saw the clever 12.c3!.

The point is to prevent b5-b4, allowing after 12...Bb7 to rupture Black's queenside: 13.a4! bxa4 14.Qxa4. After 14...a5 15.c4!

White was ready to get the queenside rolling and create a passer there.

You can find the complete analyses by Stohl and Srinath in the new ChessBase Magazine #207!

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Content of ChessBase Magazine #207 (May 2022)


The home page of ChessBase Magazine #207 welcomes you with the highlights of the issue!  Just click, replay the annotated games or watch the videos and enjoy!


FIDE Grand Prix 2022: Analyses by Andrey Esipenko, Anish Giri, Vidit Gujrathi, Grigoriy Oparin, Alexandr Predke, Sam Shankland, Wesley So and Nikita Vitiugov. Dorian Rogozenco presents two selected games of the winners, Hikaru Nakamura and Richard Rapport, in video format. Or jump straight into the training and play through the game Aronian-Keymer from the Grand Prix "Move by Move" with Robert Ris! A complete repertoire against the Sicilian Alapin Variation? Markus Ragger presents his recommendations in his half-hour opening video. Don't miss it: The "Special" on Bent Larsen with 19 commented games as well as analyses + video on the strategic skills of the great Dane!

Special: My favourite game by Bent Larsen


CBM authors analyse their favourite Bent Larsen games. An exclusive collection of 19 annotated games from 1956 to 1998 awaits you!

Top games and master analyses

 FIDE Grand Prix 2022: The Grand Prix was held as a series of three tournaments from 3 February to 4 April, the first and third of which were held in Berlin, the second in Belgrade. As overall winners Nakamura and Rapport qualified for the Candidates Tournament 2022. In this issue Andrey Esipenko, Anish Giri, Vidit Gujrathi, Grigoriy Oparin, Alexandr Predke, Wesley So, Sam Shankland and Nikita Vitiugov comment on their best games. And Dorian Rogozenco shows two games by Nakamura and Rapport in video format.

Airthings Masters 2022: Anish Giri comments on his short wins against Hans Niemann and Ding Liren

All in one

Everything you need to know about a specific line in one extensively annotated game - that is the concept of "All in one". Igor Stohl examines the early advance of the h-pawn against the Indian King's Fianchetto: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.h4!? Bg7 4.Nc3. Tanmay Srinath tests the London System against King's Indian: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.Nf3 0-0 5.Be2 d6 6.h3.

Opening videos

In the English Four Knights Game, the move 4.e4 is very popular. Rustam Kasimdzhanov examines the sometimes very sharp complications after 4...Bc5 and shows new ideas in his analysis, especially for Black. Markus Ragger presents a complete repertoire against the Alapin Variation with the side line 3...Nf6. And Mihail Marin shows an opening idea by Bent Larsen in the Sicilian Dragon Variation, which is still well playable today!

Rustam Kasimdzhanov: English Four Knights
1.c4 Sf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e4 Bc5
Markus Ragger: Sicilian Alapin Variation
1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Nf6!?
Mihail Marin: Sicilian Dragon Variation
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Qa5 10.0-0-0 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Be6

New ideas for your repertoire

CBM #207 offers many new ideas and concepts for your next games with 11 opening articles:

Yago Santiago: Benko Gambit 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.e3
Spyridon Kapnisis: Modern Benoni Fianchetto Variation
Andrey Sumets: Caro-Kann Advance Variation 3…Bf5 4.h4 Qc7
Martin Lorenzini: Sicilian Alapin 6.Na3/8.Nb5
Petra Papp: Najdorf Polugaevsky Variation 7.f4 b5 8.e5
Tanmay Srinath: French Tarrasch 3…Be7 (Part II)
Krisztian Szabo: Philidor Reversed 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3
Robert Ris: Ruy Lopez 3…Bc5 (Part II) 4.c3
Lars Schandorff: Slav 4...dxc4 5.e4 b5 6.Be2 e6 7.a4!?
Alexey Kuzmin: Anti Gruenfeld 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nbd2
Sergei Grigoriants: Gruenfeld with 4.g3 and 7.Na3 c5

Topical opening traps

"Deceptive security and new insights" - Rainer Knaak takes a close look at 10 traps from current tournament practice three of which he also presents in video format.

Move by Move

Test your chess move by move with Robert Ris! Levon Aronian's strategic brilliancy against Vincent Keymer from the first FIDE Grand Prix is on the programme. Can you find the moves of the super grandmaster?

"Bent Larsen - a universal player"

Mihail Marin sheds light on the strategic skills of the most important Danish grandmaster of all time. Incl. detailed video introduction (playing time: 34 minutes).

The Classic

Aron Nimzowitsch described his game with the black pieces against Paul Johner at the anniversary tournament of the Dresden Chess Club in 1926 as "one of his most beautiful blockading games". Enjoy Dorian Rogozenco's presentation!

Tactics: "Magnetic square h7!"

In Oliver Reeh's tactics contribution with 34 games, everything is about the attraction of the square h7 on the attacking white pieces. Incl. interactive video training!

Excelling in endgames - "Endgame highlights by Bent Larsen" and much more.

Karsten Mueller provides comprehensive training material for the highest demands: the most beautiful endgames by Bent Larsen as well as highlights from the first Berlin Grand Prix 2022. The endgame expert from Hamburg opens both contributions with a detailed video introduction. In addition, he provides further analyses in "Readers write"



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