Surprise succeeded!

by ChessBase
10/6/2022 – The last time Alexei Shirov chose the Moscow Variation in the Semi Slav, Jorden van Foreest was just 13 years old. This June - and thus ten years later - the two players met for a mini-match over four classical games. The veteran, who had played the Botwinnik Variation over all these years, came up with a surprise and resorted to the Moscow Variation for the first time against the top player from the Netherlands. In the new ChessBase Magazine Extra #209 Shirov reviews this game in a 50-minute video. You can watch an excerpt here!

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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.


Surprise succeeded!

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

Alexei Shirov played a mini-match over four classical games against Jorden van Foreest in June and won clearly with 3.5:0.5. Shirov comments in detail on the first game of the match in a video lasting almost an hour. Remarkable: After a break of 10 years, Shirov - as a surprise for his opponent – decided to give the Moscow Variation in the Semi-Slav (5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5) another try. In his analysis he goes into various nuances of the opening and explains, for example, why after the moves 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Ne5 he gives preference to the continuation 11...h5, so far rarely chosen at GM level (the standard move is 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 

Video excerpt from CBM Extra #209

Video playing time in CBM Extra #209: 51 minutes

More from ChessBase Magazine Extra #209

Opening video by 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' game and especially 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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