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“Nine moves of ♙♙ ! – free excerpt from ChessBase Magazine #219

With 11 articles on openings, CBM #219 offers new ideas for every repertoire!

In the Caro-Kann Advance Variation 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 ♝f5 4.h4, Black almost always pursues with 4…h5. However, a number of renowned players, such as Nakamura, Vachier-Lagrave or Aronian, have already tried 4…h6!? instead. Lars Schandorff recommends that White react “extremely actively” – with a veritable storm of ♙♙. After the moves 5.g4 ♝e4 6.f3 ♝h7 7.e6 ♛d6 8.exf7+ ♚xf7 9.f4 we have a very special position on the chessboard:

“White’s ninth ♙ move! – and the best!”

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Highlights of ChessBase Magazine #219

In this new issue you’ll find your usual features, from the top-level Prague Masters 2024 tournament with analyses by Abdusattorov, Navara, Nguyen, Praggnanandhaa and many others, to Jan Marko’s “Practical tips for the tournament player” and Karsten Mueller’s video course “Fundamental knowledge in finals”!

Over 6 hours of video with Christian Bauer, Felix Blohberger, Rainer Knaak, Jan Markos, Mihail Marin, Karsten Müller, Oliver Reeh, Robert Ris, Dorian Rogozenco and Nico Zwirs.

High-level games analyzed by Masters

Prague Chess Festival 2024: Nodirbek Abdusattorov was already the Masters winner before his final-round victory over his nearest rival, Parham Maghsoodloo. The Uzbek won by 1½ points. In this issue, he comments on this hard-fought final game. Elsewhere, Thai Dai Van Nguyen and Praggnanandhaa as well as David Navara and Mateusz Bartel comment on their best games. In the Challengers, the young Turk Ediz Gurel won, qualifying for next year’s Masters. Erwin the Friend, Abhimanyu Mishra and Jaime Santos Latasa analyze the Challengers.

Special: Fabiano Caruana

The authors of ChessBase Magazine analyze their favorite games of the best American player. An exclusive collection of 26 annotated games from 2007 to 2023 awaits you!

All in One

All you need to know about an abundantly annotated one-part variation: Romain Édouard devotes himself to a particular line of the Sicilian Dragon after: 1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.♘xd4 ♞f6 5.♘c3 g6 6.♗e3 ♝g7 7.f3 0-0 8.♕d2 ♞c6 9.♗c4 ♞d7 – and makes a clear recommendation for White!

Videos on Openings

Our new author, Felix Blohbergertakes advantage of the recent Gukesh-Navara game at the Prague Masters 2024 to take a closer look at the 3.e3 ♞c6 4.♕b3 configuration in the English. Christian Bauer examines the Marshall Gambit of the Slav Defense: 1.c4 e6 2.♘c3 d5 3.d4 c6 4.e4. And Nico Zwirs offers an update of his “60 minutes” video course on the Italian part with 6.♗g5.

  • Felix Blohberger – English: 1.c4 e5 2.♘c3 ♞f6 3.e3 ♞c6 4.♕b3
  • Christian Bauer – Defense Slave: 1.c4 e6 2.♘c3 d5 3.d4 c6 4.e4
  • Nico Zwirs – Italian: 1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♞c6 3.♗c4 ♝c5 4.d3 ♞f6 5.c3 d6 6.♗g5

Fresh ideas for your repertoire

From Reti to East Indian – CBM #219 proposes 11 items on Openings with new ideas for every repertoire!

  • Robert Ris – Reti: 1.♘f3 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d4 4.♗g2 ♞c6
  • Lars Schandorff – Caro-Kann Advance variation: 3…♝f5 4.h4 h6
  • Imre Hera – Sicilian Paulsen with 7.♕d3
  • Alexey Kuzmin – Sicilian Najdorf: 6.h3 e5 7.♘f3
  • Patrick Zelbel – Philidor Defense: 4.♘f3 ♞bd7 5.♖g1
  • Krisztian Szabo – Spanish Anti-Marhsall: 8.h3 ♞a5
  • Tanmay Srinath – Semi-Tarrasch: 6.e4 ♞xc3 7.bxc3 and 11.h3
  • Evgeny Postny – Semi-Slav Botvinnik System: 10…♝e7
  • Sergey Grigoriants – Grünfeld: 1.d4 ♞f6 2.c4 g6 3.f3
  • Balazs Csonka – Nimzo: 4.e3 0-0 5.♗d3 c5 6.a3
  • Christian Braun – Est-Indirnne: 3.g3 ♝g7 4.♗g2 d6 5.♘f3 ♝f5

“Fabulous Fabiano”

The strategy expert Mihail Marin analyzes selected games by the American and identifies a guiding principle of his game: attack! Includes a video introduction and two training sessions in which you can follow in Caruana’s footsteps with our expert!

Special: Pelletier’s pearls

Yannick Pelletierrenowned ChessBase author, opens his personal treasure chest – four classics with enlightening comments on opening, mid-game and, above all, endgame.

Thematic traps in the Opening

“A bit of legal mate”, “Trapped three ways” and more – Rainer Knaak presents eight traps from current tournament practice – from the Van Geet opening (1.♘c3) to the Budapest Gambit to the French.

“Move by Move

Creative play from the start! In the clash between Nodirbek Abdusattorov and Ju Wenjun at the Tata Steel Masters 2024, the game entered uncharted territory after just a few moves. Find out more about this high-level encounter, move by move, with Robert Ris during his interactive training session!

“Modern Classics”

Botvinnik-Keres (1952) prompted many GMs to include the Gambit-♕ Exchange Variation with 5.♗g5 in their own repertoire -. Dorian Rogozenco shows strategies and motifs that are still relevant today!

Practical tips for tournament players: “Active defense

In his training series, Jan Markos shows you what strategy to adopt when under pressure to increase your chances!

“All eyes on f7!”

In this 34-part tactical article, Oliver Reeh has compiled training material from recent tournaments. You can solve his four favorite combinations move by move in the interactive training format with video feedback!

“Fundamental knowledge in endgames” – Part 9: Pawn(s) versus Knight

“Putting yourself in the shadow of the ♘”, “Karpov’s distance” and many more topics! Karsten Mueller continues his series. After an introductory video, your technique is put to the test in two interactive videos. Mueller also contributes Fabiano Caruana’s finest endgames (introductory video + analysis).

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