Big ChessBase Discount Day

by ChessBase
11/13/1985 – For one whole day, on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018, we are offering you 25% off on all our products. That includes software, training DVDs, services, the ChessBase Account — everything. And there are some very interesting new products that are being released today. The greatest attraction: ChessBase 15, the ultimate training program. Don't miss the great opportunity.

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The latest: ChessBase 15 is now available!

ChessBase is a personal, stand-alone chess database that has become the international standard for top players, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. The latest version, ChessBase 15, has been released today, brings you spectacular new training features, all geared to improve your playing strength in the most enjoyable way possible. The program also generates beautiful ray-trace chess movies you can post on social media. Start your personal success story with ChessBase and enjoy your chess even more.

ChessBase 15

All the new functions and features of ChessBase 15 were described in detail a separate report

Today you can order ChessBase 15 in the ChessBase shop at a special 25% discount rate:

Mega Database 2018

The exclusive annotated database. Contains more than 7.6 million games from 1560 to 2018 in the highest ChessBase quality standard. 72,000 games contain commentary from top players, with ChessBase opening classification with more than 100,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames. The largest top-class annotated database in the world. The most recent games of the database are from the middle of October 2018.


Endgame Turbo 5 USB flash drive

Perfect endgame analysis and a huge increase in engine performance: get it with the new Endgame Turbo 5! Thanks to a new format the Endgame Turbo 5 is smaller, faster and yet has more scope. The USB 3.0 flash drive (128 GB) covers 143 of the most important six piece endgames, allowing top engines such as Fritz, Komodo Chess and Houdini to play these endgames perfectly. But they also generally play the endgame much better because they can access the perfect knowledge of the Endgame Turbo in the search! A powerful tool for anyone who wants to study the endgame, for correspondence players, endgame theoreticians and friends of engine matches!

Endgame Turbo 5 USB: €134.93 instead of €179.90

Fritz 16

When is chess the most enjoyable? When you win! When Fritz entered his first tournaments some 25 years ago, humans still had a real chance of taking the engine down. Only a few years down the line, Fritz was already beating grandmasters left, right and centre, but ever since his 4:2 victory over Kramnik in 2006, Fritz has been considered unbeatable. Who would want to play against him? In the case of Fritz 16, however, playing against an engine is now once again the very definition of fun! A host of features, including "Assisted Analysis", which gives you discreet visual hints as you move, and emoticons, which show Fritz’s mood, are there to help you. Even with little knowledge of chess, you can enjoy many an exciting game, and more importantly, victory, against Fritz. If things don’t work out, Fritz 16 shows you the combinations you might have missed directly after the game with the handy “Tactical Analysis” function, or you can dive right into "Easy Play" calculation training to hone your skills. Fritz doesn’t come up short when it comes to playing strength either: the new multiprocessor engine was developed by star programmer Vas Rajlich ("Rybka") and is up there with the global elite.

Order Fritz 16 now : €52.43 instead of €69.90

Komodo 12

Komodo gets going! The new version of the multiple world champion program not only plays stronger than ever. What‘s more, the additionally supplied „Monte Carlo“ version of Komodo 12 uses the analysis technology employed by the AI project „AlphaZero“ in its recent sensational match triumph. In computer chess there is no getting past Komodo: Komodo is a triple TCEC Champion. Last year Komodo won the computer rapid chess world championship with an incredible score of 96%! But what does the surprising success of the AI project AlphaZero mean for the future of computer chess? Will the classical engines, with in addition to cunning algorithms any amount of human chess knowledge, still manage to keep their nose in front? Or will the “Monte Carlo” process win through, which works with huge numbers of games and statistical evaluations?

Order Komodo 12 now: €67.43 instead of €89.90

Fritz Powerbook 2019

The Fritz Powerbook 2019 contains 25 million opening positions, derived from 1.7 million high-class tournament games. Together with each position, all relevant information is stored: all moves that were played in the position, by players of what average rating, with what success and performance results. The games from which the Fritz Powerbook 2019 were derived are also included on the DVD. This means that in any position of the openings tree you can load and replay the games in which the position occurred.

Fritz Powerbook 2019: €52.43 instead of €69.90

Opening Encyclopaedia 2018

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.

Opening Encyclopedia 2018: €74.93 instead of €99.90

ChessBase Account Membership

You have surely noticed the ChessBase Account column on the right side of our news page. It gives you quick access to the various services that the Account offers – functions that will run on any browser and on any device: PC notebooks, iPads, Android tablets, smartphones. The Starter account provides limited access to the Live Database and to Live Tournaments and videos; the Premium subscriptions is unlimited in all services.

Incidentally, you try it out: simply click one of the services you will be taken to it. If you have not registered for an account some of the services will not have the full scope, e.g. the Training page will give you access to 1000 positions, not the 60,000 you get when you are properly registered.

The top-selling Fritztrainer DVDs

In the ChessBase Shop, you will find hundreds of ChessBase training DVDs, from some of the greatest players in the world. And they are all 25% off today. There are also a lot of Fritztrainers that can help you with your specific openings preparation, and some that will improve your general understanding of the game. Here are some recent productions that we can heartily recommend.

Simon Williams: The London System with 2.Bf4

Do you like clear-cut attacking chess? Then you should take a good look at this new DVD by Simon Williams. The English grandmaster will show you all the important ideas and tricks you need to get promising positions with White after 1.d4! He says:

"Why bother learning hundreds of complex variations and keeping up with the latest theory when you can play a simple yet deadly opening – the London System with 2.Bf4. In this DVD I take you through all the main ideas and setups that you need in order to gain a very exciting yet well-founded opening game with the White pieces. The most important thing in my teaching is to keep things simple yet aggressive. This DVD concentrates on plans that will help you gain victory quickly. A perfect opening for the player with little time on his hands. Carlsen has started to play this opening regularly, now I share his secrets with you."

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Wesley So: My Secret Weapon: 1.b3

The Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack with 1.b3 (or 1.Nf3 followed by 2.b3) is a system, rather neglected by theorists, which nevertheless can be a forceful weapon in the hands of an ambitious white player. Even Bobby Fischer tried this opening in various games, sometimes preferring it to his beloved 1.e4, and its greatest advocate was the legendary Danish fighter Bent Larsen. Meanwhile, 1.b3 has also found its way into the practice of today’s world elite, and now finally a modern top ten player has taken on the subject for ChessBase: none other than Grandmaster Wesley So!

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Today: €26.18 instead of €34.90

Master Class Vol.1: Bobby Fischer

No other World Champion was more infamous both inside and outside the chess world than Robert James Fischer. But what were the secrets to his sensational ability, and what enabled him to take on the Soviet school of chess alone – and win? On this DVD, a team of experts presents you every facet of the chess legend and shows you the winning techniques and strategies employed by the 11th World Champion. Grandmaster Dorian Rogozenco delves into Fischer’s openings and retraces the development of his repertoire. What variations did Fischer play, and what sources did he use to arm himself against the best Soviet players? Mihail Marin explains Fischer’s particular style and his special strategic talent in annotated games against Spassky, Taimanov and other greats. Karsten Müller is not just a leading international endgame expert, but also a true Fischer connoisseur. His congenial video analysis of Fischer’s legendary endgames can only be found on this DVD! To top it off - you too can unleash tactical combinations like Fischer! German Bundesliga player Oliver Reeh has compiled the World Champion’s best combinations — and now it’s your move. You too can try to find Fischer’s stunning brilliancies by entering your solution on the board and receive video feedback in the new ChessBase media format!

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Today: €22.43 instead of €29.90

Adrian Mikhalchishin: Pattern Recognition and Typical Plans

Studies prove the more patterns you know, the better you play. On this DVD GM Adrian Mikhalchishin presents games of the World Champions of the past to explain typical patterns and strategic concepts of these games, and to show how grandmasters apply these ideas today. Mikhalchishin offers a wealth of material that will improve your games and teach you the art of pattern recognition and analogical thinking – a key to success that helped the author to win many games and that will help you to win more games and play better.

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Simon Williams: The Black Lion — an aggressive version of the Philidor Defense

Looking for an interesting, exciting, aggressive and flexible opening to play against 1 e4!? Then the Black Lion is just the opening for you! The Lion gets ready to roar after 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0–0 c6 – and now Black wants to attack with an early ...g5.

This opening now gets the grandmaster treatment: Simon Williams suggests an opening that is simple to learn, yet represents a deadly system of development for Black. He explains the main ideas in an easy and entertaining manner, using examples from such maverick players as Baadur Jobava. Let the Lion roar and the fun commence!

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Nicholas Pert: Typical mistakes by 1800-2000 players

GM Nicholas Pert about his DVD: “After the success of my previous DVD Typical mistakes by 1600-1900 players I decided to produce a follow-up DVD aimed at players of a slightly higher level. The examples all come from games played by players with a rating between 1800 and 2100. This DVD offers slightly more complex material than the previous DVD, and will hopefully provide an insight into what I believe are the main errors which stop players of this level to be more successful. I divided the material into categories such as “when to exchange pieces”, “how to convert an advantage”, “passive pieces”, “anticipating your opponent's plan”, “openings and pawn structure”. Each section contains several examples which illustrate the theme and practical examples which allow the viewer to test his skills. This DVD provides a useful training tool for ambitious players and may highlight mistakes that the viewer should be aware of.”

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Yannick Pelletier: The Hedgehog — a universal system against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3

The Hedgehog is a system characterised by a very specific pawn structure. Black’s setup may appear passive at first glance, but looks can be deceiving! This is because the Hedgehog is always waiting for a chance to pounce on an overstretched opponent with a counterattack. Black positions his pieces harmoniously behind a wall of pawns and waits until just the right moment for a breakthrough. The Swiss grandmaster Yannick Pelletier explains many theoretical variations and thematic games in great detail. Of course, the middlegame is also of great practical importance. To excel here you, have to practice — interactively! Video running time: 5 hrs 52 mins

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Simon Williams: The Tactical Chigorin

Show your opponent that you’re looking for a fight right from the start! Immediately put White’s position under pressure with the Chigorin Defence (1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6). This opening is perfect for players who enjoy
unconventional and sharp positions. Simon Williams will show you everything you need to know to play the Chigorin Defence and have great fun while you’re at it. This course is centred around understanding the opening ideas. This means that even if you forget a specific move when at the board, you’ll be able to make the right decision.

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Erwin L'Ami: The Beasty Botvinnik Variation in the Semi-Slav

Is there a Tal or a Shirov in you? Then this is your chance! Join Erwin l' Ami on a journey to discover the hottest opening system known to man: the Botvinnik variation (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4). Since its birth in the late 1930s, this variation has fascinated generations of dynamic players. The opening is still alive today and is considered to be the sharpest and most substantial response to 5.Bg5 in the Semi-Slav.

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Christian Bauer: Scandinavian - solid and powerful against 1.e4

The Scandinavian opening (1.e4 d5) gets opponents onto unfamiliar terrain compared to when trotting out the Sicilian, French or 1.e4 e5 systems. Theory has only developed very slowly here and a lot remains undiscovered – so what you learn will be valid for a long time! Christian Bauer, who has won the French national championship several times, is convinced that the Scandinavian is a sensible and often underestimated opening! Make the Scandinavian your weapon of choice against 1. e4!

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Vidit Gujrathi: The Fashionable Caro-Kann Vol. 1 and 2

Over the last few years, opening theory in Caro has developed at a rapid pace thanks to deep computer analysis. The Indian super GM Vidit Gujrathi not only presents you the latest trends, but also takes great pride in presenting you with his own new insights! “I have analyzed the new trends carefully and found some new ideas for Black. The dynamic play based on a strong strategic foundation has always fascinated me, and on these DVDs I have suggested the lines which I personally prefer and employ in practice.”

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Today: instead of €54.90 the discount price is €41.18

Erwin L'Ami: The Stonewall Dutch - A Fighting Repertoire against 1.d4

In the Dutch Stonewall variation, Black fights for the initiative from the very first move. World Champions such as Mikhail Botvinnik, and most recently Magnus Carlsen, have shown just how dangerous it is. World Champions such as Mikhail Botvinnik, and most recently Magnus Carlsen, have shown just how dangerous it can be. Take a fascinating journey with Grandmaster Erwin l'Ami and let him demonstrate the depth and charm of this attractive opening.

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Simon Williams: The London System

Do you like clear-cut attacking chess? Then you should look forward to this new DVD by Simon Williams. The Grandmaster from England will show you all the important ideas and tricks you need to get promising positions with White after 1.d4! "I'm going to show you some fascinating possibilities where you can get a great attack in a very lazy way."

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Viktor Bologan: The Modern Pirc

Viktor Bologan has played the Pirc all his life - and has scored quite a few points with it! It is an extremely flexible opening and offers a range of options. “The Modern Pirc is actually a mixture of the Caro-Kann and the Pirc. In many lines, Black combines the ideas of the Classical Pirc, where the fianchettoed bishop is important, with the Caro-Kann idea of fighting for the center with c6-d5.” Equip yourself with a complete opening repertoire against 1.e4!

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Sergei Tiviakov: Realizing an Advantage

You are probably also familiar with this problem — you’ve finally reached an advantageous position. But what now? How do you convert your game into a full point in the tournament crosstable? Sergei Tiviakov approaches this topic from two sides, firstly from the psychological aspect of exploiting advantages, and secondly the technical aspect of actually grinding out the win. The topics of planning, the role of the centre and the importance of space advantages, dominance, the principle of two weaknesses, the transformation of advantages from one type to another, and king activity in the endgame and middlegame are all covered and explained in detail. Recommended for chess players of all classes and all ages!

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Simon Williams: The Black Lion - an aggressive version of the Philidor Defense

The Black Lion is a tenacious and flexible opening against 1.e4 that packs quite a bite. After 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0–0 c6, Black wants to attack with an early ...g5 followed by ...Rg8 and g5-g4 to storm the White king’s position. GM Simon Williams is, as always, captivating and extremely entertaining: "Do you know any other repertoire DVD where black doesn’t castle?!" An exciting DVD! You too can let the Lion roar and the fun commence!

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Daniel King: Powerplay 25 – Popular Queen’s Pawn Openings

Openings like the London System and Trompowsky are on the advance! The idea is primarily for White to avoid complex theory and start the game from a solid footing. Let Daniel King show you how best you can best counter and use healthy development, an intact pawn structure and a secure king position to get a dynamic position from the opening!

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You can find all 26 Danny King Powerplay DVDs here

Adrian Mikhalchishin: Pattern Recognition and Typical Plans

The more patterns a chess player knows and learns, the better he or she can then play. Let GM Adrian Mikhalchishin explain typical patterns and strategic concepts with the games of the World Champions and broaden your chess horizon. Learn the art of pattern recognition and analogue thinking, technqiues that have also helped the author himself to many a victory!

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