CBM #209 "Special": Anna and Mariya Muzychuk

by ChessBase
9/4/2022 – The two "heroines" of ChessBase Magazine #209 were already decided before the Chennai Olympiad had even started. And then the Ukrainian sisters Anna and Mariya Muzychuk actually led their team to gold! One more reason to pay tribute to the two top players in CBM. In the new issue, a selection of 21 games with detailed commentary awaits you, as well as Mihail Marin's strategy article "The Muzychuk sisters" and an endgame Special by Karsten Mueller (both including videos). Krisztian Szabo has chosen the encounter Mariya Muzychuk - Alexander Bagrationi (2018) for his analysis - certainly also because of the "great finish". Take a look!

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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.


CBM #209 "Special": Anna and Mariya Muzychuk

Mariya Muzychuk – Alexander Bagrationi (Jerusalem Japhet Memorial op 4th (7), 06.07.2018)

Analysis by Krisztian Szabo

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 Bd7

Less common choice than 6...e6.

7.Qd2 Rc8 8.0–0–0 8.f4!? is the most ambitious way, 8...Nxd4 9.Qxd4 Qa5 10.e5! dxe5 11.fxe5 e6 12.0–0–0 with 300+ games at this moment.

8...Nxd4 9.Qxd4 Qa5 10.f4 10.Bd2!?


10...Rxc3!? is the typical exchange sacrifice. Most of the times we see this idea in the Dragon, but in other Sicilians are also common. 11.bxc3 (White cannot exchange the queens with 11.Qxc3? Qxc3 12.bxc3 Nxe4 and Black has a good position.) 11...e5 and Black usually has a great play for the exchange.

11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Kb1 Qc5 Offers a queen trade.

13.Qd2 It's not an option for White to accept the trade in this kind of structures, because Black has the bishop pair and a flexible pawn structure. White has to fight against the king which stucks in the middle.

13.Qxc5?! Rxc5 14.Bd3 e6 15.Rhf1 Rh5


14.e5 Seems to be a good practical move, but the line 14.exf5! Bxf5 15.Bb5+ is more promising for White.

14...e6? A decisive mistake!

14...Bg7! was the only playable move, 15.exd6 (15.Be2 Bc6 (Naiditsch,A (2641)-Heberla,B (2465) Warsaw rapid 2005) 16.Qd3 dxe5 17.Qxf5 e6 18.Qg4 0–0 and Black looks ok.) 15...Bxc3 16.bxc3 Qxc3 17.dxe7 Qxd2 18.Rxd2 Kxe7= with an approximately equal endgame.


Nice start of a dangerous attack!

15...Bc6 15...fxg4 could have been met by 16.Ne4+– with a decisive attack!

16.Bg2 Bxg2 17.Qxg2 Rg8 In case of 17...Qc6 White wins after 18.Qe2 fxg4 19.exd6 Bxd6 20.f5+–

18.Qxb7 Rc7 19.Qa6 Rxg4?! Makes things easier for White. 19...Rc6 would have been more persistent, because now White has to find 20.Qa4! finden muss. (20.Qb7? Rxg4 21.Rhe1 d5) 20...Rxg4 (20...Qc4 21.Qxc4 Rxc4 22.gxf5+–) 21.Nb5! Qc4 22.b4!! A brilliant move to keep the pin on the a4–e8 diagonal. 22...Rxf4 23.Nd4!+– A nice tactical motif and White wins!

20.exd6 Rc6 21.d7+ Kd8

22.Qb7! White found the only winning move, however it was not so hard!

22...Bd6 23.Nb5! Rb6

23...Qxc2+ doesn't help, because of 24.Ka1+– and the white king is safe.

24.Nxd6! A great finish of a nice game!

24.Nxd6 Rxd6 (24...Rxb7 25.Nxb7++–) 25.Rxd6 Qxd6 26.Qc8+ Ke7 27.Qe8++– 1–0

You can find this and 20 other extensively annotated games of Anna and Mariya Muzychuk in ChessBase Magazine #209!

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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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