Exploring the ChessBase Opening Encyclopedia: Dorian Rogozenco shows current opening trends

by Arne Bracker
4/24/2022 – The ChessBase Opening Encyclopedia contains a collection of all opening surveys from the ChessBase Magazine and much more. Among other things, the new issue of the Opening Encyclopedia includes videos by GM Dorian Rogozenco in which he presents current opening trends in modern top level chess. Take a look!

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New in this year's issue of the Opening Encyclopaedia are Grandmaster Dorian Rogozenco’s videos about opening trends. The grandmaster briefly explains opening trends in world-class chess.

In three videos he explains trends after 1.e4, 1.d4 and 1.c4/1.Sf3. Trend variations and selected model games are presented.

The video content is based on selected trendy and critical opening variations on top level chess, e.g. key openings from the 2021 Candidates Tournament, the World Championship match Carlsen vs. Nepomniachtchi (24 November - 10 December 2021), and other top events. Each Video has a running time of 25 to 35 minutes.

Take a look at a part of Rogozenco's video with opening trends after 1.e4:

Here he explains the Steinitz variation in the French Defense that might arise after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5. The diagram shows the sharp arising after 7…cxd4 8.Nd4 Qb6, which was played in 2021 with Black by top grandmaster Alexander Grischuk.

This is a position from the Sicilian Four Knights. In Duda vs Nisipeanu, European Team Championship, November 2021, White won a model game with the critical 6.Nxc6.

Here Rogozenco discusses the line with 7.Nd5 in the Sveshnikov. A critical game in this line was M. Vachier-Lagrave vs. A. Giri from the Candidates tournament 2021.

Trends in Caro-Kann – here Rogozenco focuses on the line 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4. His model game is Caruana vs. Firouzja, Fide Grand Swiss Riga 2021

More 1.e4 trends selected by GM Dorian Rogozenco in this year’s Opening Encyclopaedia 2022:

Trends in: Petroff with 3.d4 (-> more can be found in "Ideas for your Repertoire" by GM Kapnises in ChessBase Magazine #206)

Trends in: The Ruy Lopez Anti Marshall from the World Championship match Carlsen- Nepomniachtchi 2021

Sicilian Taimanov with the new 6.Be3 and 7.g4. (Side note: ChessBase also released a 60 Minutes course by GM Sipke Ernst for those who are looking for a repertoire against the Taimanov.)

Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5 Poisoned Pawn, which was tested in the Candidates Tournament 2021.

Opening Encyclopaedia 2022  - All novelties at a glance:

  • Over 1,300 opening articles with professional analyses.
  • Grandmaster Dorian Rogozenco presents opening trends in world-class chess.
  • 60 selected opening videos (in English). Total running time: 22 hours
  • Opening tutorials introducing all known chess openings for beginners to get to know the different openings - with links to the more detailed opening articles
  • 7,347 opening overviews, 388 of them newly created by GM Lubomir Ftacnik
  • Intuitive menu structure, sorting openings by name, convenient access

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Arne studied business and started to work for ChessBase in 2018 after successfully completing his studies. He is a strong amateur who used to play in Germany's Second League.
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