Lubomir Ftacnik complements his popular Scheveningen DVD with fresh material for training tactical themes. The world’s most popular opening, the Sicilian defense (played in more than 50% of all games!) rises and falls with attack, fantasy and combinations. The ability to spot a tactical opportunity, calculate variations and choose the best line decides the game in sharp Sicilian positions and, even on its own, is a skill worth having. The new interactive features in ChessBase make it possible to view every position through the eyes of grandmaster with subtle hints that help you to find the best idea. You still get praise for choosing the second best solution, of course, but you also get another chance to appreciate the full depth and beauty of 79 rich, colorful and carefully selected tactical examples from the games of top players. Every opening bears its own strategic hallmarks, typical endgames and quite naturally, its own stock of tactical motives. Scheveningen structures subtly unite and help to explain problems in many of the varied forms of the Sicilian – ranging from the Paulsen variation, all the way through to sharp forms of the Najdorf. The same goes for its natural tactical richness, attacking combinations and possibilities for counterplay. All players meeting the Sicilian with White or playing it with Black will be entertained, surprised and their knowledge enriched by spending moments with this selection of the best tactical positions. The dust of Sicilian tactical magic will be sure to rub off on you, making you a more versatile and dangerous opponent.
Chess Olympiad Tromsø: China wins gold and does so very convincingly. Participating players have annotated their games: Yu Yangyi, Kramnik, Laznicka, Negi, Sasikiran and many more.
Tromsø Special: Daniel Kings analyses the „Game of the Day“ for each round, Rustam Kasimdzhanov shows two of his games in video format. Several hours of ChessBase TV videos, which were recorded in situ with outstanding players and trainers.
Sinquefield Cup Saint Louis: 7 out of 7 by Fabiano Caruana, to finish on 8.5 out of 10 – that is an Elo performance of 3107. A historic tournament!
Hans Suri Memorial Biel: Masime Vachier-Lagrave continued his good form and won with 6 out of 10. The tournament winner has annotated his game against Motylev, Plus ten daily summaries by Daniel King in video format.
11 topical opening articles:
Stohl: English Flohr-Mikenas Variation
Rotstein: Old Indian 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 Bf5 4.Nf3 c6
Antic: Benoni Fianchetto Variation 11.Bf4
Havasi: Modern Defence 4.f4 a6 5.Nf3
Krasenkow: Closed Sicilian
Postny: Sicilian Paulsen 6.Nxc6
Szabo: Sicilian English Attack
Müller: King’s Gambit à la Quaade – Part 1
Breder: Ruy Lopez Four Knights 4...Nd4
Kuzmin: Queen’s Pawn Game 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bf4
Marin: Nimzo-Indian 4.e3
Ftacnik: Anti-Grünfeld Defence - 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3
Marin: Bird Opening - 1.b3 Nf6 2.Bb2 e6 3.e3 b6 4.f4 Bb7 5.Nf3 Be7 6.Bd3 c5 7.0-0
Shirov: Reti Opening - 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Bg4 3.Bg2 Nd7
• 35.205 games (from June to August 2014)
• Tournaments: FIDE Women Grand-Prix (Lake Lopota, Georgia) won by Yifan Hou, Swedish Championship, Rosmalen Calder Cup, and much more.
• Video training:
Alexei Shirov shows a game against Andrei Volokitin in the Kalashnikov variation of the Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5). After a strategic beginning the game became very dynamic. According to Shirov the move 6.c4 in this line is often underestimated!
Valeri Lilov was very impressed by the game Jobava-Mamedyarov, Beijing 2012. The first moves – 1.b3 Nf6 2.Bb2 g6 3.Bxf6 exf6 – were unusual, and the further course of the game was unusual as well. Particularly noteworthy: the final attack on the king!
Robert Ris shows a classic: Chigorin-Zukertort, played in London 1883, a tournament, which Zukertort won with a great margin and ahead of Steinitz.
Komodo is a chess program that is different from the rest. Its search makes greater use of extensions than any other top engine, which allows Komodo to often see deeper than the others, even if it is displaying a slightly lower search depth. The evaluation differs from its main rivals because it represents a blend of both automated tuning and the judgment of a grandmaster and computer expert (Larry Kaufman). Fully automated evaluations are subject to rather large sample error, and applying some chess judgment is beneficial, both in results and in the reasonableness of reported evaluations.
Komodo is primarily known for superb positional play. Of course it is also one of the the top few engines in tactical strength, but the programmers have not been willing to sacrifice positional play just to score better on tactical problem sets. All good engines are far stronger tactically than any human player, but when positional judgment is involved, top grandmasters are still superior. Therefore it makes sense to emphasize positional play rather than tactical skill; it is better to improve one's weakest point rather than just to further improve the strongest feature.
Komodo is especially useful for opening analysis, because its grandmaster programmer has always made sure that the program's evaluations agree in general with accepted theory. Komodo also excels in the evaluation of positions with material imbalance, which it handles more correctly than other top engines. The endgame of Komodo has been improved by the use of Syzygy tablebases, which provide only the most essential information to save time and memory.
Another unique feature of Komodo is its superior performance when using eight or more cores. There is little doubt that Komodo 8 will be the top rated commercial chess engine on most rating lists.
The Veresov ( 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nc3 d5 3 Bg5) is little-played and understood when we compare it to other queen’s pawn openings, like the Trompowsky, Torre Attack and London system. As such it can be a very dangerous weapon in the right hands. Very few club or amateur players will be properly prepared to play against it. The Veresov is an attacking opening, based on quick minor-piece development followed by effective pawn levers to open the game. Many strong grandmasters have used the Veresov as a surprise weapon, including Spassky, Tal, Bronstein, Alburt and Gufeld. Modern exponents include Miladinovic and Jonny Hector, with whom the Veresov is a special favourite. On this all-new ChessBase DVD Andrew Martin introduces the opening and discusses how the main themes work. After that comes a selection of repertoire choices. Finally, there is a quiz, where you may test yourself about what you have learned. This DVD is an ideal introduction to this opening for players below 2000 or busy players who would like to play aggressive chess, but do not have time to learn the main lines. The Veresov is worth studying and playing!
Is there an absolute truth in a flexible opening such as the Pirc Defense? After I had played and studied the Pirc intensively for more than ten years I was sure I had found the best move order against each White system. Then I stopped playing the opening for a while and when I checked new ideas I realized that things were not that simple. Thus, the repertoire I recommend on this DVD is a combination of good lines in my old repertoire that have stood the test of time and new lines inspired by my fresh look at the Pirc. When playing the Pirc one must know what to do against White‘s attacking systems. White‘s space advantage offers him a lot of active possibilities, but when White proceeds aggressively he creates weaknesses in his own camp that Black can use for counterplay. There are a number of forced lines but they are mostly based on the elementary principles of dynamics and development. With these principles one should find one‘s way when confronted with a novelty or... forgot the analysis! The resulting positions are usually dynamic or double-edged and offer fairly balanced chances. The better tactician may win, but do not be dissappointed if the game ends in a spectacular and logical draw!
Is there an absolute truth in a flexible opening such as the Pirc Defense? After I had played and studied the Pirc intensively for more than ten years I was sure I had found the best move order against each White system. Then I stopped playing the opening for a while and when I checked new ideas I realized that things were not that simple. Thus, the repertoire I recommend on this DVD is a combination of good lines in my old repertoire that have stood the test of time and new lines inspired by my fresh look at the Pirc. 1* In the positional systems White does not try to refute the Pirc from the very first moves, but aims for a long strategic battle to prove that his space advantage and better development will finally give him the better position. These systems are by no means harmless and to hold his own and to get counterplay Black should first of all master the basic tactical and positional ideas I explain in detail. There are a few concrete lines I examine together with the general ideas and these lines should be rather easy to memorize. If you study the DVD carefully you should be able to reach complex strategic middlegames in which the better player has the better chances to win!
The Scotch has long been associated with exciting play, although people often doubt it’s positional base. But the opening has evolved from the swashbuckling games of the 19th century to become a sound, but aggressive, alternative to the evergreen Spanish. In his first Fritz-Trainer DVD, Parimarjan Negi looks at the latest revolution in Scotch theory that has completely changed white’s plans, and once again brought back the interest of the world’s elite. Negi presents not only the white strategies in detail but also outlines a dynamic way for Black to counter this latest trend.
Parimarjan Negi (21) became the youngest GM in the world in 2006, and since then has won many international events, including the Asian Championship in 2012.
Better than the world-champion! Sergei Karjakin for the 2nd time wins "Norway Chess" thanks to three wins in a row in the final rounds. Karjakin comments on his win over Kramnik. Other annotations have been contributed by Ftacnik, Krasenkow, Marin, Negi, Roiz, Stohl, Sumets and Szabo. In addition there are an openings survey by Mihail Marin + „Game of the day“-videos by Daniel King.
Capablanca Memorial: The game Almasi-So in the 5th round was a decisive one. His victory with Black brought the Wesley So into the lead and from then on it could not be prised out of his hands. The tournament winner has annotated that theoretically important game.
Karpov-Tournament: Tournament victor Morozevich was able to permit himself a draw in the last round because his rival Jakovenko lost his game. Jakovenko, Bologan and Sutovsky, who all took part, have annotated games
Interactive training lectures with video feedback to your ideas: Daniel King „Move by Move“, Oliver Reeh “Tactics" and Karsten Müller „Endgames“ - get on a move!
13 new opening articles with lots of new ideas for your repertoire: Viktor Moskalenko reveals more secrets of a "secondary opening" (Budapest Gambit: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Bf4 g5), Tibor Havasi presents a setup against the Caro-Kann (with 2.Nf3 and 3.Nf3), Dejan Antic shows the ideas in the "Adams-Variation" against the Sicilian (2.Nf3 e6 3.g3) and many more!
Alexander Alekhine, the fourth World Champion, played many fantastic attacking games and to this day enjoys the reputation of being an attacking genius. But ever since Alekhine won the World Championship match against Capablanca in Buenos Aires 1927 the chess world could see that the Russian-born Alekhine – who immigrated to France in 1921 – also handled technical positions excellently. But his success against Capablanca was still a surprise because the Cuban was considered to be virtually unbeatable. After winning the World Championship Alekhine reached the peak of his career in the early 1930s winning famous tournaments such as San Remo 1930 and Bled 1931 by a huge margin. Moreover, the World Champion was also a prolific author and in annotating his games gave deep insights to the thinking of a World Champion. Alekhine was one of the best players in the history of chess and treated all phases of the game – opening, middlegame and endgame – in textbook fashion. No wonder a lot of later top class players, not least Garry Kasparov, claimed Alekhine as their role model in chess. On this DVD Grandmasters Dorian Rogozenco, Mihail Marin, Karsten Müller, and International Oliver Reeh present outstanding games, stunning combinations and exemplary endgames by Alexander Alekhine. And they invite you to improve your chess knowledge with the help of video lectures, annotated games and interactive tests. The DVD also contains all known games by Alekhine, most of them annotated. Tables of important tournaments and various articles with background information complete the DVD.