Dial M for Mate – mini-subscription to ChessBase Magazine

3/10/2008 – Feel unsure about the two-monthly delivery of comprehensive chess training on DVD? Well, here's a chance to try it out, for three issues. Our special mini-subscription brings you three issues, CBM 122 to 124, for the price of 49.85 Euros. With all the games and training sections that make you a better player. And as a bonus you get a short movie produced by film group in Berlin. Order now.

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Mini-subscription ChessBase Magazine

Use the advantages of an attractive offer: three issues of ChessBase Magazine 122 to 124 for the price of 49.85 Euros. As a bonus, you get the DVD "Bei Anruf Matt" ("Dial M for Mate") – a short film from Germany (with English subtitles) produced by the High School for Film and Television "Konrad Wolf" (Potsdam Babelsberg), made with the support of the ChessBase company.

ChessBase Magazine is both a DVD and printed magazine (24 pages) that is published every two months. Available in the following languages: English and German.

Current tournaments

The DVD always contains an extensive reflection of the tournament highlights of the past two months (e.g. Wijk aan Zee, World Cup and Tal Memorial in CBM 122) with a tournament report, many annotated games as well as videos in the Fritztrainer format. Since the relaunch of ChessBase Magazine, starting with CBM 113, among others the top players Alekseev, Anand, Carlsen, Gelfand, Karjakin, Kasimdzhanov, Leko, Radjabov and Shirov have made contributions on these highlights.

Regular columns on the DVD

Daniel King – Move by Move: in an attractive game, from a particular point on each move is featured with a training question. All plausible answers are considered and awarded points and feedback.

Oliver Reeh – Tactics: in this section one also has to solve training questions, sweating against the clock. Furthermore, the author always presents a Fritztrainer video, giving insights into the process of finding combinations and how they emerge.

Peter Wells – Strategy: The originality and high quality of the contributions of the English grandmaster are widely praised (among others by John Watson) – and rightly so.

Karsten Müller – Endgames: The Hamburg grandmaster Karsten Müller is considered one of the greatest endgame experts worldwide. His contributions for ChessBase Magazine also contain videos in Fritztrainer format.

Rainer Knaak – Opening traps: the column sees itself as a supplement to the product "1000 opening traps", presenting new or so far undiscovered traps.

Also, there is the columns Novelties where new products are presented by videos in Fritztrainer format. A further column, Fritztrainer, summarizes Fritztrainer videos on various subjects.

Openings: A further of the DVD are opening surveys, always consisting of an introductory text and a carefully selected number of annotated games. This makes the topical contributions of the authors both sophisticated and easy digestible. Furthermore, the printed issue always features a compact short description of the surveys.

Contributors
Further contributors in CBM 122 include Boris Avrukh, Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Nigel Davies, Lubomir Ftacnik, Efstratios Grivas, Laszlo Hazai, Jozsef Horvath, Ernesto Inarkiev, Sergey Karjakin, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Michal Krasenkow, Peter Lukacs, Bartlomiej Macieja, Mihail Marin, Andrew Martin, Victor Mikhalevski, Viktor Moskalenko, Sergei Movsesian, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Nicholas Pert, Evgeny Postny, Dorian Rogozenko, Lars Schandorff, Sergei Tiviakov, Loek van Wely and Nikita Vitiugov.

Price: 49.85 € incl. VAT – 41.89 € without VAT (for customers outside the European Union) – US $61.58 (without VAT). Order the mini-subscription now.


Dial M for Mate!

The making of the movie

Originally, it was designed to be "only" part of their studies at the High School for Film and Television in Babelsberg (Potsdam). But when it was finished, the short movie "Bei Anruf Matt" had become a real spectacular, telling in 13 minutes a pointed story in the style of the film noir. It is about chess. A mediocre tournament player suddenly achieves his first victory over an otherwise hopelessly superior opponent, and doesn't know why. As so often, there is a woman behind the successful man. However, she has posed a hidden threat which gives an unexpected turn not only to her life...
DVD video, PAL, black-and-white, German language, with English or Spanish subtitles. Price: 9.95 Euros.


A lonely lady in a bar


The hotel bar as originally envisioned by the producers


Olga longs for tenderness

Olga, a young attractive woman, is living a sad life at the side of her husband, the mediocre Bobby Imbergh. While she longs for tenderness and attention, he is only interested in chess. During a tournament in Switzerland he has to face the world-class player Boris Fjodorewich. In spite of intensive preparation deep inside Bobby Grimbergh knows that he is going to lose this game too, like all others before. Thereupon his wife decides to take matters into her hands, hatching a plan which will not only help her husband to achieve his first victory, but also to get rid of all her private worries. A film which will set many a chessplayer thinking.


An image from the film's storyboard


Olga is stuck with a man, Bobby Imbergh, who is obscessed with chess


The film is first designed on such a storyboard...


... and then translated into reality by the actors


Boris Fjodorevich, who is normally unbeatable for Bobby Imbergh


But Olga has a plan...


We do not wish to spoil the plot, just this: blood flows in this chess movie


An old villa in Potsdam near Berlin was rented and redecorated for the film


The tournament hall for the grand match was filmed a hall at Potsdamer Platz


A design sketch for the chess match...


... translated into reality by the film crew


An early screening during a ChessBase event in Hamburg


The film produces receive prizes and praise from ChessBase CEO Rainer Woisin


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