New: ChessBase Magazine Extra #205

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1/29/2022 – Videos: Mihail Marin examines the Berlin Defence with 4.d3 d6 and finds some practical advantages for Black over the standard move 4...Bc5. Christian Bauer presents a new knight sacrifice in the Voronezh Variation of the Alekhine Defence. In this issue's "Brilliancy" Imre Hera took the initiative against Zoltan Almasi in the London System after 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 b6 4.e3 Be7 5.h3 c5 6.Nc3! "The lucky bag" is particularly well stocked with 72 (!) extensively annotated games! Among them are analyses by Vladimir Belous, Spyridon Kapnisis, Michal Krasenkow, Krishnan Sasikiran and many others. ChessBase Magazine Extra is the perfect supplement to ChessBase Magazine. Available as a single issue or by subscription (6 issues per year). Available on DVD or as a download.

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Opening videos: Christian Bauer shows a new sacrifice in the Voronezh Variation of the Alekhine Defence. Mihail Marin breaks a lance for the Berlin Defence with 4.d3 d6. "Lucky bag" with over 70 analyses by Edouard, Hera, Kapnisis, Sasikiran et al.


Opening videos

Mihail Marin: Ruy Lopez - Berlin Defence with 4.d3 d6

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 d6 – video playing time: 28:24 min

When White started experimenting with 4.d3 in the Berlin Defence of the Ruy Lopez and this move became more and more a new fashion, Mihail Marin was disappointed that 4...Bc5 quickly established itself as Black's main answer. As a long-time Pirc player he had flirted with the move 4...d6 instead. Marin was all the more pleased that first Artemiev recently used this move successfully several times. And in the meantime Carlsen has also tried this continuation. In his video analysis, Marin examines a large number of variations that Black can choose from after 5.0-0 or 5.c3. After 5.0-0, for example, there are three attractive alternatives with 5...Bd7, 5...Be7 and 5...g6. In general, 4...d6 offers two practical advantages over the main move 4...Bc5: on the one hand, the variations are very solid, and on the other, Black’s play is characterised by a high degree of flexibility.

Christian Bauer: Alekhine Defence - Voronezh Variation

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 cxd6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.Rc1 0-0 9.b3 - video playing time: 15:29 min

In this variation of the Alekhine Defence, one intention of the move 9.b3 is to deprive the black knight on b6 of important squares, e.g. after 9...d5 10.c5 the square c4 is denied to him. Black has already tried out various continuations after 9.b3: 9...e5, 9...Nc6 and 9...Bf5 are the standard moves so far. In this video Christian Bauer shows a very fresh idea: Black plays 9...d5 and after 10.c5 continues with the knight sacrifice 10...e5! This innovation first appeared on the board in the 2021 French Championship. In his analysis Bauer deals with both the acceptance of the sacrifice with 11.cxb6 and the capture 11.dxe5. What's amazing is that although Black usually only gets a pawn for the piece, his position is found to be good by the engines! For White faces enormous problems in completing the development of his kingside.

GM Imre Hera's win against his compatriot Zoltan Almasi at the Hungarian Team Championship 2021 is “The brilliancy” of this issue. After a long break, Hera once again resorted to the London System and took the initiative after 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 b6 4.e3 Be7 5.h3 c5 6.Nc3! "It's not every day that you win against a two-time Olympic silver medallist and 9-time Hungarian champion!"

In addition to “The brilliancy”, 72 other games with detailed commentary await you in the "Lucky bag"! Among them are analyses by Vladimir Belous, Kamil Dragun, Hovhannes Gabuzyan, Carlos Hevia, Yannick Kambrath, Spyridon Kapnisis, Michal Krasenkow, Joshua Ruiz Castillo, Krishnan Sasikiran, Tanmay Srinath, Andrey Stukopin, Andrey Sumets and Guillermo Vazquez.

And last but not least: the “Update service” provides more than 44,000 new games for your database.

Once again, almost the entire world's top players are represented! In the database you will also find the games of the World Blitz and Rapid Chess Championships 2021, which were played in Warsaw at the end of last year.

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

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