New: CBM Extra #209

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9/29/2022 – Over an hour of video training: Mihail Marin explains how Caruana achieved a clear advantage with a novelty in the Rossolimo Variation against Gukesh - and then missed the right continuation. Alexei Shirov shows with one of his games against Jorden van Foreest why you have to reckon with the Moscow Variation against him in the Semi-Slav again! "The brilliancy" comes from Greek GM Nikolas Theodorou, who led his team to the championship title in the 2022 Final Four of College Chess in the USA. The "Lucky bag" with 29 annotated games - among others Romain Edouard, Mihal Krasenkow and Spyridon Kapnisis analyse 17 games from the German Bundesliga - is again full of surprises and suggestions. ChessBase Magazine Extra is the perfect complement to ChessBase Magazine. Available as a single issue or by subscription (6 issues per year). Available as download or on DVD.

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Videos: Mihail Marin shows a novelty by Fabiano Caruana in the Rossolimo Variation. Alexei Shirov explains why he likes the Moscow Variation in the Semi-Slav again. "Lucky bag": 29 analyses by Nikolas Theodorou, Romain Edouard and many more.


ChessBase Magazine Extra #209

Opening videos

Alexei Shirov: Semi Slav – Moscow Variation

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5

In June this year Alexei Shirov met the Dutch top player Jorden van Foreest in Maastricht for a mini-match over four classical games and won surprisingly clearly with 3.5:0.5. Shirov comments in detail on the first game of the match in his video analysis lasting almost an hour. His opening choice is already remarkable: normally - and this has been the case for 10 years - Shirov exclusively resorts to the Botwinnik System in the Semi-Slav with 5.Bg5. In this game, however, after the moves 5...h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 with 7…g5 he decided to go for the Moscow Variation after a very long break. In his analysis he goes into various nuances of the opening and explains, for example, why after 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Ne5 he prefers the continuation 11...h5, so far rarely chosen at GM level, over the standard move 11...Bg7. "Since this game actually finished quite well for me I would like to say that I can recommend the Moscow Variation as much as the Botvinnik Variation for those who like sharp openings with Black." Video playing time: 51:16

Mihail Marin: Sicilian Rossolimo Variation

1.e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.Bxc6 bxc6 6.Re1 Qc7 7.h3 d6 8.e5

Mihail Marin analyses the game Caruana vs. Gukesh from the 2022 Chess Olympiad, providing an appetiser for the upcoming ChessBase Magazine #210, in which numerous strong players will comment on their best games from Chennai. Even if Caruana lost this game in the end - in the opening the American once again showed himself well prepared and after the pawn sacrifice 8.e5!? gained a clear advantage. In his video, Marin explains on the basis of different variations how the activity of White’s pieces secures control on the board. But after Gukesh's advance on the kingside with 16...g5 and 17...h5, Caruana missed the correct continuation (18.Nc5) and let his opponent get better and better into the game. Video playing time: 23:49

Nikolas Theodorou, Romain Edouard, Mihal Krasenkow and many others comment

Nikolas Theodorou contributes "The ^brilliancy" of this CBM extra. In the final round of the 2022 Final Four of College Chess, his team, Saint Louis University, needed at least a 2-2 draw to win the championship. Theodorous's winning game and his rook sacrifice

22.Rxb5! Nxa1 23.Rxb7+ played a major part in the success

In addition to the brilliancy, 28 other games with detailed commentary await you in the "Lucky bag"! A special focus is Romain Edouard's, Mihal Krasenkow's and Spyridon Kapnisis' analyses of 17 games from the 2021/22 Bundesliga season!


And last but not least: the "Update service" provides over 50,000 new games for your database!

Once again, almost the entire world's top players are represented!

The games of the Update Service are also included in the Mega Update Service 2022, which you can use with the ChessBase 15/16 programmes (and a corresponding subscription). 

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