Publisher: Chessbase, 2012, DVD + Booklet
The final issue of the year is once again packed with high-level games and exciting top tournaments. On the DVD you will find over 4,000 from four world class events, in each of which the level of tension remained high right to the very. From the Chess Olympiad, in which Armenia secured another gold medal by an unbelievably close margin, all the way through to the European Cup with the Azeri team SOCAR the new title holders. At the Grand Slam finals in Sao Paulo/Bilbao the victor was not decided till the tiebreak between the two young stars who were equal on points, Caruana and Carlsen, and the decision was in favour of the number one in the world ranking list. And last but not least: the FIDE Grand Prix in London may have ended without a tiebreak, but nevertheless there were three winners all on the same number of points. Many of the principal actors in all this are among the annotators on this DVD, led by Carlsen, Kramnik and Caruana.
IntroIn his introductory video Grandmaster Karsten Müller shows you what most impressed him when he looked through the contents of the new DVD and at the same time gives an overview of the offers on DVD. Starting with Caruana's brilliancy against Aronian at the Grand-Slam finals, all the way through to Rainer Knaak's opening trap, which this time comes from a surprising system against the Queen's Gambit 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Bf5.
In this issue too, we have brought together all the games with training questions. A click on the icon on the left opens the relevant list with 56 games. These contain a total of 1841 training questions and you can score a maximum of 418 points.
Team SOCARwith the trophy
For a long time it appeared as though the team from St Petersburg would be able to defend the title they had won in the previous year. After five rounds and five victories they had a handsome lead over their rivals. But then Team SOCAR from Azerbaijan ended the series of wins for the Russians. Before the start of the 7th and final round four teams were in the lead with an equal number of points and these very teams were facing each other. SOCAR and St Petersburg won; at the finish SOCAR had their nose in front in view of their Sonneborn-Berger tiebreak score.
Volokitin,A - Mamedyarov,SPosition after 20...h6
Topalov,V - Eljanov,PPosition after 27...Nd5
Magnus CarlsenKing of Bilbao
The "double tournament" in Sao Paulo in Brazil and in Bilbao in the Basque country had two winners: Fabiano Caruana was the man of the first rounds, but in the return leg in Bilbao Magnus Carlsen completely cleared up his arrears. The two stars finished the tournament side by side - well ahead of World Champion Anand. There was then simply only one winner in the tiebreak of two blitz games. Carlsen retained his title by 2:0.
Carlsen,M - Caruana,FPosition after 15...b5
Caruana annotatesCaruana,F - Aronian,L
The spectators at the first tournament in the new Grand Prix cycle were offered a neck-and-neck race. At the end there were three players on top Veselin Topalov, Boris Gelfand and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. On the DVD you will find all the games from London, many of them annotated. Let us put you in the mood with a brief look at one game selected by each of the three winners.
Mamedyarov,S - Giri,APosition after 19...Be7
Topalov,V - Dominguez,L Position before 32.Bxf6
This is how we like to see the winners of a Chess Olympiad celebrating: being driven in an open car through the streets of rejoicing fans and being welcomes by the country's president in person. There is no question but that the reception accorded to the Armenian gold medal winners on their return was of olympic quality. For the third time within only three years Levon Aronian on first board had led his team to gold. The silver medal went to the probably frustrated Russians and bronze to the Ukraine.
Kramnik,V - Aronian,LPosition after 21.Nb3
Opening Survey by Mihail Marin
Ivanchuk,V - Wang HaoPosition after 23...Qc6
Position after 5...Nc6White's only good move is one which protects the pawn on d4: 6.e3 or 6.Nf3. See Opening Trap
Training in ChessBase Magazine starts with the very first moves and takes in all the phases of a game of chess. The 11 up-to-date openings articles with numerous ideas and suggestions for your repertoire can also be found above among the links. This time Rainer Knaak's Opening Trap (including a Fritztrainer video) contains a trap in the Baltic Defence (1.d4 d5 2.c4 Bf5 - D06). You will also find in video format the openings articles by Alexei Shirov (Semi-Slav), Leonid Kritz (Sicilian Rossolimo Variation) and Robert Ris (London System). These videos can be found in the Openings Videos column. In Daniel King's long running favourite Move by Move the subject is a game with the Najdorf Variation. And in the Tactics column (subject: the killer instinct) and the Endgame (subject: the king must be activated) Oliver Reeh and Karsten Müller have once more collected for you all that is best from recent tournament practice.
Stohl: English A21
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4
These moves are played in the Rossolimo Sicilian, and the move order is perhaps also possible in the English and with a tempo less. The greatest difference consists of the extra possibility of 3.Nd5, because there is not a black knight on f6. That is also the main variation.
Schipkov: English A31
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d5 6.cxd5 Bc5 7.N5c3 0-0 8.e3
Actually the position is more often reached via 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 and is of some significance for those who play the Benoni or the Volga Gambit. It fits in well to their repertoire – Black obtains good play in return for the pawn he has sacrificed.
Breutigam: Trompowsky Attack A45
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.Nd2
The white knight move is designed to avoid the great quantity of theory after 3.e4. In addition, Martin Breutigam would like to avoid the Torre Attack and where possible does without an early Nf3. The author refers several times to model games played by Nikita Vitiugov.
Krasenkow: Dutch/Semi-Slav A84
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 (3.Nc3) 3...c6 4.e3 f5
The setup may be classified under the heading Dutch, but it is usually reached via the Semi-Slav and is also recommended in it by Michal Krasenkow. What is very important in it is that White has by playing e3 made more difficult the development of his Bc1.
Kritz: Sicilian Defence B50
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Qe2
The bishop move to c4 looks really harmless, but White’s idea is to play c3 and then d4 and set up a full centre. Black will have to play very accurately in order to equalise.
Langrock: French Defence C01
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.exd5
In the third part of his series Hannes Langrock examines a few side-lines. In addition to the dubious 4...exd5 5.Bd3 c5?! There are also the solid 5...c6 and the attempt to break the symmetry immediately by 4...Qxd5.
Schandorff C84: Ruy Lopez
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a4 b4
Unlike in the case of the Anti-Marshall Variations on move 8 (6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 and then 8.a4 or 8.h3) with 6.d3 White has saved on the move Re1. Schandorff hopes in his article to present a clear repertoire for the player with Black.
Marin D16: Slav Defence
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bg4 6.Ne5 Bh5 7.g3
The move 5...Bg4 has lost an enormous amount of its popularity, but are there also objective reasons for that? In his first contribution, which contains 7.g3, Mihail Marin cannot to his own astonishment find any such reasons. Black can be happy with the positions he obtains.
Rotstein: Catalan E041.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 c5
With the setup which is being presented against the Catalan, Black is trying to seize the initiative immediately. Although players with White have been looking for a few years for a variation capable of giving them an advantage, according to Arkadij Rotstein they have so far been unsuccessful.
Kuzmin: King's Indian E61
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Bg5
In the 2nd part of his investigations into the setup with an early 4.Bg5 our author Alexey Kuzmin turns to those lines in which Black first of all does without ...d6. There are some subtleties to take into account here. For example, White’s reaction will be different according to whether ...h6 has been played or not.
Postny: King's Indian E94
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 exd4 8.Nxd4 Re8 9.f3 c6 10.Kh1 Nh5
In the variation with an early ...exd4 nowadays 10...Nh5 appears to be somewhat more popular than the more frequently played 10...Nbd7. Evgeny Postny, however, sees a slight advantage for White, and in any case 11.g4 Nf6 result in really double-edged positions