ChessBase Magazine 184

ChessBase Magazine 184

The Magazine for Professional Chess
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The editor’s top ten 

  • The deciding moment in the candidates tournament: Fabiano Caruana annotates his final round victory over Grischuk.
  • “Fresh and unexpected”: Vladimir Kramnik explains how he crushed Aronian with Black after innovating with 7…Rg8.
  • A new plan against the Najdorf? Peter Heine Nielsen annotates Carlsen's successful experiment with 5.Qd2!? in Shamkir.
  • “Fantastic fighting game”: Karsten Müller analyses the endgame in the trail-blazing duel between Kramnik and Caruana (video)
  • Salvation after a series of draws: Ding Liren comments on his win over Mamedyarov in the candidates tournament.
  • Attack like a WCh challenger: Find the best continuation – “Move by Move“ with Simon Williams in the game Meier-Caruana.
  • “Domination on both flanks”: enjoy Daniel King’s video analysis of the game Caruana-Aronian and let him whip up some enthusiasm for the Ruy Lopez!
  • A popular weapon against the Najdorf: let Robert Ris introduce you to the secrets of the variation with 7.Nf3.
  • “Like Karpov in his best years”: Rustam Kasimdzhanov annotates Caruana's win over MVL at the Grenke Chess Classic.
  • Promising in the long term: GM Yannick Pelletier recommends 6…h6 in the Vienna Variation of the Queen's Gambit (video)

Twelve opening articles with new ideas for your repertoire!

  • Krasenkow: Queen’s Indian 4.a3 (Openings in focus) - Michal Krasenkow gives you an overview of the Queen’s Indian with 4.a3. Li Chao played one of the most important recent games.
  • Papp: Caro-Kann 4...Nf6 5.Nxf6+ exf6
  • Ris: Najdorf Variation 6.Be2 e5 7.Nf3
  • Moskalenko: French Winawer 7.Qg4 Kf8 - Bartosz Socko is at present the strongest 7...Kf8 specialist. On the DVD Viktor Moskalenko gives you a broad overview. 
  • Kuzmin: Vienna Game 5.f4
  • Breutigam: Two Knights Defence 4.d3 Be7 - The spectacular game Carlsen-Bu Xiangzhi (World Cup 2017) moved Martin Breutigam to examine the variation in detail. 
  • Szabo: Ruy Lopez Siesta Variation
  • Marin: Ruy Lopez Neo-Steinitz Variation 6...g6
  • Postny: Ruy Lopez Zaitsev Variation
  • Stohl: Queen’s Gambit 5.Bf4

Test your chess with Simon Williams, Karsten Müller, Mihail Marin, Oliver Reeh, and Rainer Knaak

  • This time Simon Williams has the Ruy Lopez game Meier-Caruana (Grenke Chess Classic 2018) on the training plan. With the interactive video format you have the chance to find the correct moves yourself.
  • “Tartakower-Queen’s Gambit structures when Black has the bishop pair” - Mihail Marin again uses mainly classical games and studs his article with numerous training questions
  • Oliver Reeh’s article “Attacking the king via the queenside” consists of 30 games with many training questions and an introductory text with links to all the games. In addition there are three videos in interactive format. 
  • “Recent opening traps” - in Rainer Knaak’s database (including three videos) eight recent traps are put under the microscope.

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Publication date:
May 29, 2018
Number of pages:
164 gram