It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

by ChessBase
12/20/2018 – To celebrate the festival we are offering you a €10 ChessBase voucher for the ChessBase online shop. It is valid for all product groups. One is of particular topical interest: the London System. We have started a new product series: Powerbase. It gives you high-quality edited games, many annotated — perfect for getting to know an opening system and the ideas behind it thoroughly. Take a look and get yourself the Christmas gift best suited to your needs. You have 48 hours to retrieve the voucher!

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How to use the gift voucher: it's simple. If you have a ChessBase Shop account, log in. Then click on the red Christmas banner at the top, and the €10 voucher will be added to your downloads. OR: if you don't have a Shop account yet you can create one. When the account is verified, click on the red Christmas banner and the voucher will be added to your downloads.

Please note: you need to retrieve the voucher before midnight on Friday, December 21st. It will be credited to your account. You can then decide what to purchase until December 31st, 2018. Minimum order value: €25.

Your ChessBase team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

So what to get for Christmas this year? As Johnny Mathis suggests in this famous song:

A pair of hop-along boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.

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