CBM Jubilee: Opening videos

3/18/2021 – Improving one’s opening repertoire is the top priority for many chess fans. Of course, ChessBase Magazine takes this into account and provides over 10 opening articles and 3 videos with each issue — in other words, lots of new ideas for the initial phase of the game that are just waiting to be tested by you (and hopefully converted into full points!). As part of the CBM anniversary, we have put together a small selection of opening videos. Take a look!

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Kalashnikov, Winawer, Slav and more


Daniel King: Sicilian Kalashnikov Variation (CBM #198)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.c4 Be6 7.N1c3

The starting point for Daniel King’s analysis is the game between Vishy Anand and Parham Maghsoodloo from the FIDE Online Olympiad 2020, in which the ex-world champion chose in 6.c4 the principled reply to the black setup. In almost a half hour of video King first presents the game and then goes into the alternatives and possible improvements for both sides. With his novelty 13…b5 the GM from Iran was responsible for the first important moment in the game. Only a few moves later Maghsoodloo followed up with 17…Rxc3, an exchange sacrifice which provided him with an extremely strong centre and in the long run brought him victory.  


Erwin l’Ami: French Winawer Variation 6...b6 7.Qg4 Kf8 (CBM #185)

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Ne7 5.a3 Bxc3 6.bxc3 b6

On the Grand Chess Tour 2018 Fabiano Caruana surprised his opponent Anish Giri in the Winawer Variation with 6...b6. Erwin l’Ami introduces you to the ideas behind this variation. So he shows you how Black should react to the advance 7.h4 or 7.Nh3. After White’s main move 7.Qg4 Caruana played the unusual 7...Kf8 and after imprecise play by Giri he got a pleasant position. For White l’Ami recommends 8.Nh3 Ba6 9.Bxa6 Nxa6 10.Nf4 and after 10...c5 11.Nh5 Nf5 12.0-0 cxd5 White has the strong intermediate move 13.Qe2 – “the refutation of the whole line”!


Jan Werle: "Recent developments in the Slav opening (Part II)" (CBM #196)

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 5.Qb3 Qb6 6.Ne5 Bf5/Bh5

Jan Werle presents two of his own games with this variation. At the Gibraltar Open 2020 his opponent Ivan Saric chose 6…Bf5 and tried in the form of 11...Nd7 and 12...Nc7 a new and at first glance very solid plan, which was intended to secure for Black control over the squares b5 and d5. But the GM from the Netherlands shows how White can obtain a very promising position. The second game in this video was played a few weeks later in the Bundesliga. Alexei Shirov decided to go for the side line 6...Bh5. After 7.cxd5 Qxb3 8.axb3 Nxd5 9.Na3 e6 10.e4 Nb4 Werle decided to continue with 11.g4. In his analysis he explores Shirov’s surprising reply 11...f6 and moreover explains why even after standard moves such as 11...Bg6 12.f3 Nd7 White should have the more pleasant position.


Simon Williams: Sicilian with 2.Be2 (CBM #181)

1.e4 c5 2.Be2

What Simon Williams would actually like to achieve is a Grand Prix Attack. But the two common ways of getting there each have disadvantages. Black can meet the immediate 2.f4 with the strong reply 2...d5! and 2.Nc3 leads in principle to a weakening of the d4-square, which Black sets about with ...Nc6 and later ...Bg7 too. With 2.Be2 White still has the option of c3 and the next moves should be d3, f4, Nf3 and 0-0. White is relaxed about an early ...d5 and is even prepared, after the exchange on e4 and ...Qxd1, to head into an endgame, because it is a very pleasant one for White to play.


Mihail Marin: Queen’s Gambit Accepted (CBM #197)

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6

Mihail Marin takes as his focal point for his article on the Queen’s Gambit Accepted the game Taimanov-Rubinetti from the 1970 Interzonal tournament. Here Taimanov continued with 7.Qe2 and after the main move 7…b5 retreated his bishop to d3. Nowadays 8.Bb3 is usually preferred but Giri and Mamedyarov have also been successful with 8.Bd3. In Mamedyarov-Navara (2017) after 8…cxd4 9.a4 bxa4 10.Rd1!? Be7 11.Rxa4 White got strong play for the pawn he sacrificed. Mihail Marin shows in his video, why Rubinetti’s reply 8…Bb7 does not really solve the problems either. After 9.dxc5 Nc6 Taimanov played a move which “is better than what is being played nowadays, in 2020, at the top level”:10.Rd1!? Let Mihail Marin explain to you the strategic considerations behind that move. 


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