The ChessBase Opening Encyclopedia: Opening Videos

by Arne Bracker
4/27/2022 – The new ChessBase Opening Encyclopaedia offers a comprehensive look at the whole of opening theory, with all relevant games, 1300 opening articles and over 7300 opening surveys. If you want to understand and play the most topical and important lines, try the video lessons offered by a wide range of Grandmasters. Arne Bracker presents some authors and variations.

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The new Opening Encyclopaedia offers fast access to all openings. Openings are sorted via the menu by name & ECO Code for fast and easy access to your favorite openings.


Exploring Opening Videos

Opening lessons by Grandmasters!

60 videos (22 hours running time) in the new Opening Encyclopaedia 2022

The Opening Encyclopaedia 2022 contains a collection of 60 selected videos full of opening ideas, presented by well-known ChessBase authors such as Daniel King, Dorian Rogozenco, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Markus Ragger, Mihail Marin, Erwin l'Ami, and many more. Over 22 hours of the best chess entertainment!

The Opening Videos Menu

GM Jan Werle on the Sicilian Taimanov with 6.Be2. His video presentation is based on the game Firouzja vs. Mastrovasilis, European Team Championships November 2021. Grandmaster Jan Werle presents insights, ideas and thoughts on a tricky opening variation against the popular Taimanov Siclian.

GM Markus Ragger, Austria’s number 1, shows how Carlsen plays the Sicilian Moscow variation (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+). He takes a deep look at the 3…Nd7 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4!? variation (5.Qxd4 is more common, but Carlsen had some new sharp ideas in the line with 5.Nxd4.) The Austrian top-grandmaster explains the nuances and finer points of this new approach.

IM Robert Ris, successful ChessBase Fast & Furious show master contributes some fascinating sacrificial ideas for Black in the Sicilian Four Knights (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nxc6), and a rare but interesting opening variation based on the top-level rapid game Pichot vs. Aronian, May 2021.

GM Nicholas Pert covers the Nimzo-Indian (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4) with 4.Qc2. 4.Qc2 is the respected main line and the grandmaster shows you how to challenge the solid Nimzo-Indian. Pert goes quite deep and offers nice ideas for both sides how to handle the main line in the best way.

GM Markus Ragger takes a look at Grunfeld with 5.Bd2 c5, a nice and trendy way to solve all problems in the 5.Bd2 Grunfeld. After watching this video you will welcome all 5.Bd2 aficionados and you will be able to counter in Grunfeld-Ragger style.

Of course there are many more videos in a lot of popular opening variations.

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.