CBM # 203: "Special" on Ian Nepomniachtchi, top duels from the World Cup, and much more

by ChessBase
9/1/2021 – The new ChessBase Magazine # 203 already whets the appetite for the World Championship match in November. In the "Special: Ian Nepmniachtchi" each of our authors analyses their favorite game of the new challenger. The result is an exclusive collection of 21 extensively annotated games. Karsten Müller puts the technique of the 31-year-old Russian to the test in his contribution "Nepomniachtchi’s Endgames". And Mihail Marin explores the question of what distinguishes “Nepos” playing style. Adhiban, Krasenkow, Navara, Praggnanandhaa, Vitiugov, Wojtaszek and others comment on their games from the World Cup. Plus 10 opening articles ("The Scandinavian under pressure", "News from the Fantasy Variation" etc.), opening videos by King, Werle and Marin as well as training columns on tactics, strategy and endgame. We present all of this to you in the new CBM layout!

ChessBase Magazine 203 ChessBase Magazine 203

"Special": Ian Nepomniachtchi with analyses and videos. Adhiban, Navara, Praggnanandhaa, Vitiugov, Wojtaszek and others comment on games from the World Cup. Opening videos by King, Marin and Werle. 10 opening articles and much more. Enjoy the new layout!



ChessBase Magazine #203 awaits you with a completely redesigned start page:

Here you will find the special recommendations of the editors — the highlights of the issue to click on and enjoy! For example, analyses from the FIDE World Cup by Adhiban, Krasenkow, Navara, Praggnanandhaa, Vitiugov and Wojtaszek, as well as Mihail Marin's video introduction to his article "Nepomniachtchi’s strategic and positional thinking", or the theory update on the Fantasy Variation in the Caro-Kann by Evgeny Postny etc.

Special: "My favorite Nepomniachtchi game"

CBM authors comment on their favorite game played by the 31-year-old Russian star. Look forward to an exclusive collection of 21 high-quality games played in the period 2002-2021!

Top games and master analyses

FIDE World Cup 2021: Jan-Krzysztof Duda was the only player to remain undefeated. In the semifinals he knocked out the world champion in the rapid tie-break, and in the final he made short work of Karjakin in the second classical game. In this issue, Adhiban, Krasenkow, Navara, Praggnanandhaa, Vitiugov and Wojtaszek comment on their best games from the World Cup.

More annotated games: Kasimdzhanov analyses his win against Kollars from Dortmund. Plus analyses by Giri, Keymer, Navara and Wojtaszek from the tournaments in Prague, Dortmund and Biel.

"All in one"

Here you can find out everything you need to know about a specific opening line. And that based on just one extensively annotated game!

In his first "All in one", Tanmay Srinath works out a complete repertoire after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3!? Bc5 5.c3 d5!? 6.d4! cxd4 7.e5 Ne4 8.cxd4 Bb6 9.Nc3. This variation leads to a topical position which, oddly enough, can also arise via the Italian!

Igor Stohl provides a double feature on the Nimzo-Indian using two recent White games by Wesley So. His first theme is 4.f3 Nc6!?, and now 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 b6 7.e4 Ba6 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 Qc8. Stohl’s other choice is the Classical System with 4.Qc2 0–0 5.Nf3 d5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 dxc4 8.e4 g5 9.Bg3 b5 10.e5 Nh5 11.Qe4 Qd5 12.Qg4 Ng7 13.Be2.

Opening videos

Daniel King takes up a current provocation of the world champion in the Nimzo-Larsen Attack! Mihail Marin explains the subtleties of the Richter-Rauzer Variation using two current games from the Superbet Tournament. And Jan Werle reveals to you why White is well advised to aim for the endgame from the Catalan Opening.

Daniel King: Nimzo-Larsen Attack
1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.c4 Nf6 4.Nf3 e4 5.Nd4 Bc5 6.Nf5
Mihail Marin: Sicilian Richter-Rauzer Variation
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f4 b5 10.Bxf6 gxf6
Jan Werle: Catalan – "An Opening’s Endgame"
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0–0 6.0–0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.a4 Bd7 9.Qxc4 Bc6 10.Bg5...

New ideas for your repertoire

10 opening articles with many exciting ideas for your next games are waiting for you!
Spyridon Kapnisis: English 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4 3.Nd5
Sergey Grigoriants: Scandinavien (3...Qa5) with 8.Nd5
Petra Papp: Philidor Defence 3...Nbd7 4.f4
Evgeny Postny: Caro-Kann Fantasy-Variation 3.f3
Andrey Sumets: Sicilian Paulsen-Variation 6...Qb6 (II)
Robert Ris: Vienna Game 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.d4
Alexey Kuzmin: Ruy Lopez with 4...Bc5/5...Nge7
Martin Lorenzini: Queen's Gambit Exchange Variation 10...g6
Lars Schanndorff: Gruenfeld with 4.Bg5 Bg7
Krisztian Szabo: King's Indian with 6...Bg4 7.Be3 Nc6 (II)

Topical opening traps

Time and again, the Sicilian! Our expert Rainer Knaak presents eight current examples, three of which are also available in video format. The focus is on the different lines of the Sicilian Opening, especially the tempting move Qd8-b6!

Move by Move

"In the style of Adhiban" is the motto of the interactive training session with Robert Ris. The game Adhiban-Delgado from the World Cup is an instructive miniature in which everything revolves around the initiative and the lead in development.

"Nepomniachtchi's strategic and positional thinking"

Mihail Marin works out the playing style of the new challenger to the World Championship paying attention to various aspects of his games, and comes to surprising insights. Including a detailed video introduction!

"The Classic"

When Richard Reti opened the game with 1.Nf3 against Frederick Dewhurst Yates in 1924 and left the center to his opponent, a completely new concept was introduced into the world of chess. Dorian Rogozenco presents the opening classic in video format and explains the typical Reti motifs.

Tactics: "Dark-squared disasters"

Oliver Reeh's tactics article contains 33 games which include lots of training tasks. Don’t miss the opportunity to solve three of the favorite combinations of the IM from Hamburg in video format!

"Nepomniachtchi's Endgames" and much more

The endgame expert Karsten Müller provides one article about the World Championship challenger, and another one about the highlights from the online tournament Crypto Cup 2021. Plus videos, training exercises and "Readers write".

ChessBase Magazine #203

Order now at the ChessBase Shop!

Single isssue: 19,95 € – annual subscription (6 issues) 99,70 €
Available for download (including booklet in pdf) or on DVD + booklet (Post).

Test ChessBase Magazine now and win twice!

Take your chance and train with the experts from ChessBase Magazine. Take your chess to a new level with the help of many renowned authors!

All subscription offers and further information can be found on the ChessBase Magazine homepage.


Reports about chess: tournaments, championships, portraits, interviews, World Championships, product launches and more.