ChessBase Magazine 216

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ChessBase Magazine offers first-class training material for club players and professionals! CBM is the most comprehensive and sophisticated chess magazine ever. World-class players analyse their brilliant games and explain the ideas behind the moves. Opening specialists present the latest trends in opening theory and exciting ideas for your repertoire. Master trainers in tactics, strategy and endgame show you exactly the tricks and techniques you need to be a successful tournament player! Available as download (incl. booklet as pdf file) or on DVD with accompanying booklet by post.


From Dorian Rogozenco's video analyses of the World Cup to Jan Markos' practical tip "How to win simply at chess" and the tactics article "Skilful attacking play" with Oliver Reeh:

Over 7 hours of video play with Luis Engel, Daniel King, Rainer Knaak, Jan Markos, Mihail Marin, Karsten Müller, Elisabeth Paehtz, Oliver Reeh, Robert Ris and Dorian Rogozenco! World-class chess explained in video: Dorian Rogozenco shows two win by Magnus Carlsen from the World Cup 2023 –Analyses of Nijat Abasov, Anish Giri, Vidit Gujrathi, Ferenc Berkes, Jan Krzysztof Duda, Andrey Esipenko, Nils Grandelius, Anna and Mariya Muzychuk, Praggnanandhaa, Peter Svidler et al. from the World Cup 2023 – “Special” on Hou Yifan: exclusive collection of 22 encounters with detailed commentary from the period from 2008 to 2020 – "Crushing the Benoni": Petra Papp recommends the attack with 6.e4 g6 7.f4! – Carlsbad 1923: Mihail Marin surprises us with how modern the old masters already laid out the game 100 years ago, incl. two interactive videos – From a surprise weapon to a fashionable variation: Luis Engel shows why 6.Rg1 is being used by more and more top players against the Najdorf Variation (video) – "Fundamental Endgame Knowledge" Part #6: Karsten Mueller reveals tips and tricks in the endgame with more than two pawns on one wing and much more.

Top games and master analyses

FIDE World Cup 2023: Magnus Carlsen was on the brink of elimination against Vincent Keymer in the fourth round, but then prevailed in the tiebreak. After that, the world number one didn't let anything happen and completed his collection of world titles with the tournament victory. Dorian Rogozenco shows two Carlsen games in the video. In addition, many participants have commented on their best games, including Praggnanandhaa, Nijat Abasov, Anish Giri, Vidit, Gujrathi, Ferenc Berkes, Jan Krzysztof Duda, Andrey Esipenko, Nils Grandelius, Anna and Mariya Muzychuk and Peter Svidler. Peter Heine Nielsen also contributes two annotated games by Magnus Carlsen.

Special: Hou Yifan

Our authors (Adhiban Baskaran, Emanual Berg, Romain Edouard, Lubomir Ftacnik, David Navara, Igor Stohl and many others) comment on their favourite game of Hou Yifan, that exceptional player who has been leading the women’s world ranking since 2015. An exclusive collection of 22 victories from the period 2008-2020!

All in One

Everything you really need to know about the variation 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Bg5!? in the Italian Game is compiled by Igor Stohl in a single detailed annotated game with many variations and recommendations for your repertoire!

Opening videos

From a surprise weapon to a fashionable variation: Luis Engel shows Najdorf with 6.Rg1 (Part I: 6...e5). Daniel King reviews Ding Liren's win with the London System against Nepomniachtchi from the World Championship in April and presents exciting ideas for both sides. And Mihail Marin has rediscovered the Bogo-Indian with 4.Nbd2 d5 5.Qa4+ Nc6 6.e3 a5 7.a3 Be7 - also thanks to Ferenc Berkes' brilliant game against Boris Gelfand from the World Cup!

Luis Engel: Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Rg1 (Part I)
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Rg1 e5
Daniel King: London System
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Nbd2 cxd4 6.exd4 Bf5
Mihail Marin: Bogo-Indian
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 d5 5.Qa4+ Nc6 6.e3 a5 7.a3 Be7

Nes ideas for your repertoire

From the Modern Benoni to the Classical King's Indian - ChessBase Magazine #216 offers 11 opening articles with new ideas for every repertoire!

Papp: Modern Benoni 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4
Lorenzini: Caro-Kann Exchange Variation 7.Qb3 e5
Hera: Sicilian Rossolimo 3...e6 4.0-0 Nge7
Braun: Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Rg1
Srinath: French Advance Variation 4...Qb6 5.Nf3 Bd7
Szabo: Four Knights Game with 4.Be2
Schandorff: Ruy Lopez Berlin Defence 5.c3 d5
Postny: Queen’s Gambit Exchange Variation ...Bb4, ...h6, ...g5
Grigoriants: Gruenfeld Russian System
Kapnisis: Nimzo-Indian 4.e3 b6 5.Ne2 Ne4
Sumets: Classical King's Indian 6...e5 / 7...Bg4

Topical opening traps

"A multi trap, harmless moves and a spectacular mate" - Rainer Knaak presents eight traps from tournament practice - from the Sicilian to Gruenfeld. Enjoy three of them demonstrated in the video!

Move by Move

The game Wei Yi - Luis Paulo Supi from the World Cup 2023 is full of dynamic ideas and tactical motifs. Interactive training session with several changes of perspective - so you will have to keep an eye on both sides!

Modern Classics

The game Reshevhsky-Petrosian from the Candidates Tournament in Zurich in 1953 caused a sensation, above all because of Petrosian's positional exchange sacrifice - a trademark in the later World Champion's playing style.

Practical Tips for the Tournament Player: “How to win simply at chess”

If you want to win a game comfortably, you should aim for positions for which there are ready-made winning plans. In his video Jan Markos presents three such position types from his own grandmaster practice.

Carlsbad 1923

Mihail Marin looks back on a tournament that marks an important moment in chess history. With regard to both strategic and concrete play, he finds many successful examples that can also be of great use to the modern tournament player.

Skilful attacking play

41 games peppered with many training questions await you in Oliver Reeh's tactics article! You can solve his favourite combinations – recorded in interactive video format - move by move together with the CBM editor-in-chief.

Fundamental Endgame Knowledge Part 6 – Endgames with more than two pawns on one wing

In the introductory video, our expert presents the most important techniques. Then it's your turn in two interactive training videos! In addition, Mueller presents a selection of Hou Yifan's most beautiful endgames (video introduction + analyses).

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