Publisher: Chessbase, 2018, DVD

Top Tournaments

  • Wijk aan Zee
  • Tradewise Gibraltar

Openings Training

  • 12 new opening ideas
  • In Focus: Open Ruy Lopez

Video Reports

  • Jonas Lampert: French Fort Knox

World Class Players Annotate

  • Anish Giri
  • Michael Adams
  • Peter Heine Nielsen

Practical Training

  • Efstratios Grivas

FIDE Training course

  • Simon Williams: Move by Move
  • Rainer Knaak: Opening Trap
  • Mihail Marin: Strategy
  • Oliver Reeh: Tactics
  • Karsten Müller: Endgames

The editor’s top ten:

  1. Has Magnus Carlsen really given away a piece? Dragon expert Peter Heine Nielsen explains what lies behind it.
  2. When Anish Giri defeated the clear leader Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in Wijk, the tournament became interesting; the Dutch player himself shows you his crashing victory.
  3. London System: Alexey Kuzmin’s setup 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.e3 Bg7 5.h4 is venomous and can also be learned quickly.
  4. Decision in Wijk: Enjoy Daniel King’s video summary of the tiebreak Carlsen vs. Giri.
  5. In a Sicilian Stunner from Oliver Reeh White makes the going at first, but you get the opportunity to distinguish yourself in the defence of the black position.
  6. The German player Jonas Lampert shows you a convincing path for White against the popular Fort Knox variation of the French!
  7. Move by Move with Simon Williams: attack along with Abhijeet Gupta and hunt down Ivanchuk’s king.
  8. If you are looking for a safe repertoire against 1.b3 Renato Quintiliano can guarantee you the correct one.
  9. French Defence: Mihail Marin investigates the pawn formation that arises when Black has played  ...f6 it comes to the exchange of the e5- for the f6-pawn.
  10. In the interactive endgame our expert Karsten Müller asks you some tricky questions: can you do better than the two players?

Twelve opening articles with new ideas for your repertoire!

  • Marin: Open Ruy Lopez (Openings in focus)
  • Quintiliano: Nimzowitsch-Larsen Opening
  • Kuzmin: London System 2.Bf4 g6 - Till now the new setup presented by Alexey Kuzmin was seen predominantly in blitz. Naiditsch-Carlsen is the exception.
  • Szabo: Sicilian Paulsen 5.c4
  • Kritz: Classical Sicilian 7.Qd2 Qb6
  • Kosintseva: Classical Sicilian 7.Qd2 a6
  • Papp: French Tarrasch 3...Nf6 - Lithuanian Daimante Cornette favours the new plan against the Tarrasch with 3...Nf6, presented to you by Petra Papp.
  •  Schandorff: Petroff 7...Bg4
  • Stohl: Four Knights Game 4.Bb5 Bd6
  • Postny: Ruy Lopez Archangelsk 10.a5
  • Ris: Slav 4...a6 5.Qc2 - Maxim Matlakov also tried recently (RUSch) the rare 5.Qc2 against the Slav with 4...a6. Robert Ris analyses.
  • Langrock: Catalan 7.Ne5 c5

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

  • This time Simon Williams has put the Queen’s Indian game Gupta-Ivanchuk (Gibraltar 2018) on his training plan.
  • The backward French pawn - Mihail Marin uses predominantly classical games and studs his article with numerous training questions; there is also a video introduction. 
  • Run-up combinations - Oliver Reeh’s article consists of 25 games with many training questions and an introductory text with links to all the games. In addition there are three videos in interactive format.
  • Endgames from Gibraltar and Wijk - A column from Karsten Müller with two introductory texts, 27 annotated endgames, numerous training questions and four classic videos. In addition there is a clip in the interactive format. 
  • Recent opening traps - In Rainer Knaak’s database ten recent traps are put under the microscope.   


ChessBase Magazine 183 (+DVD)