ChessBase Magazine 197 arrived!

by ChessBase
8/31/2020 – ChessBase Magazine is the most comprehensive and most sophisticated chess magazine there is. World class players analyse their brilliancies and explain the ideas behind the moves to you, opening specialists present the latest trends in opening theory and offer exciting ideas for your repertoire. Master trainers in the fields of tactics, strategy, and the endgame show you the tricks and techniques a successful tournament player needs! DVD with several hours of video + booklet. Also available for download including the booklet in pdf!

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Specials: Anish Giri presents his best games with the Italian + Palma de Mallorca 1970 - an extensive retrospect. Analyses from Biel 2020 by Wojtaszek, Harikrishna, Adams, Keymer et al. Videos by Marin, King and Ris. 11 opening articles and much more!



Your Top Grandmaster analyses
Anish Giri presents his best games with the Italian –  structures, strikes and lots of expertise!

Stars annotate
Wojtaszek, Harikrishna, Adams, Anton Guijarro, Hübner, Gelfand, Keymer et al.

1970 interzonal tournament Palma de Mallorca 1970
An extensive retrospect with game analyses + columns by Marin, Mueller and Reeh

The new choice of champions
Alexey Kuzmin checks out 6.Bf4 in the Ragozin Defence

An aggressive gambit against the Philidor
Spyros Kapnisis hits 4...Nbd7 with 5.g4!

“A game to remember for years to come!”
Rustam Kasimdzhanov dissects the epic endgame in Anand-Kramnik from the Legends

50 years ago - Fischer-Larsen 0-1!
Simon Williams analyses the American’s only defeat at the IZT 1970 “Move by move” (Interactive video)

Endgame special: rook endings with four pawns against three
A practical contribution by Thorsten Cmiel featuring 30 annotated examples!

Winning against 5.Bf4/7.c5 in the QGD
Michael Adams shows his model victory from Biel

Castling at your own risk!
Robert Ris red-flags 6.Ng5 and 7.h4 in the Anti-Sveshnikov

CBM Special: Your Top Grandmaster analyses

Anish Giri provides entertaining and instructive comments on all phases of his games. Enjoy nine top class games with a highly topical opening being analysed extensively by one of the world’s top grandmasters!

CBM Special: 1970 Interzonal tournament Palma de Mallorca

Retrospect on one of the greatest tournaments in chess history! Our authors put the 1970 interzonal tournament under the microscope from differing angles in their columns. In addition, Robert Hübner and Vlastimil Hort, two prominent participants in the event, offer insights into their own games.

Top tournament: Biel Chess Festival 2020

The GM Triathlon was won by the best allrounder, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, just ahead of the best player in classical chess, Harikrishna. They both annotate their best games, as do Michael Adams, Vincent Keymer, David Anton Guijarro, Romain Edouard and Noel Studer.

Opening videos

The Queen’s Gambit is twice up for discussion: Mihail Marin explains why Taimanov’s idea against Rubinetti’s Queen’s Gambit Accepted is first class even today. Robert Ris brings you up to date in the Exchange Variation. And Daniel King shows how Black should meet the Bishop’s Gambit.

Mihail Marin: Queen's Gambit Accepted
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Qe2 b5 8.Bd3
Robert Ris: Queen's Gambit Exchange Variation
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.Qc2/6.e3
Daniel King: Bishop's Gambit
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4

New ideas for your repertoire

The new issue provides 11 opening articles with new ideas:
Adrien Demuth: Reti 1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3
Igor Stohl: English 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Mf6 3.Bg2 Bc5
Robert Ris: Anti-Sveshnikov 3.Nc3 e5 4.Bc4 Be7 5.d3
Niclas Huschenbeth: Sicilian Najdorf with 6.f4
Petra Papp: French Winawer 4.e5 b6 5.a3 Bxc3+
Spyridon Kapnisis: Philidor Defence 4.Nc3 Ngf6 5.g4
Sergey Grigoriants: Scotch 4...Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Bd3
Krisztian Szabo: Ruy Lopez 3...Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.0-0 Bc5
Alexey Kuzmin: QG Ragozin 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4 5.Bf4
Lars Schandorff: Catalan with 5...a6/6...Nc6 (Part II)
Imre Hera: Queen's Indian 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qa4

Recent opening traps

Trap expert Rainer Knaak presents nine examples from current online tournament practice - three of them in video format.

"Move by Move"

Defeat Bobby Fischer? That is precisely what Simon Williams invites you to do: in our interactive video format, find the best moves with which Bent Larsen inflicted his only defeat on the forthcoming champion in the 1970 interzonal tournament in Palma de Mallorca.

Strategy: Marin: "Strategic issues at the 1970 interzonal tournament"

Mihail Marin has put under the microscope 15 games from the 1970 interzonal tournament from the point of view of strategy and put together a comprehensive training session including an introductory video.

The Classic

The coach of the German National Team, Dorian Rogozenco, demonstrates the game Anderssen-Zukertort (1869). An attacking win with a "mysterious" plan (Kg1-h1, Rf1-g1, g2-g4) topped off with a queen sacrifice!

"Timeless tactics"

It has been 50 years since Palma 1970. Oliver Reeh invites you to share with him his enthusiasm for the combinations of Fischer, Smyslov, Polugaevsky, Hübner, Hort among others! It includes three favourite combinations in interactive video format.

Endgames now and then

Karsten Müller presents in two separate articles endgame highlights from opposing worlds of chess: from the 1970 interzonal tournament and from the online tournament Clutch Chess 2020! Plus endgame special "Rook endings with four pawns against three" by Thorsten Cmiel.

ChessBase Magazine 197

Specials: Anish Giri presents his best games with the Italian + Palma de Mallorca 1970 - an extensive retrospect. Analyses from Biel 2020 by Wojtaszek, Harikrishna, Adams, Keymer et al. Videos by Marin, King and Ris. 11 opening articles and much more!


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