and the Dortmund Chess Festival are the outstanding tournaments of
this issue of ChessBase Magazine. Whereas in Foros in the Ukraine, the
young star Magnus Carlsen progressed smoothly from start to finish
with his final victory never in danger, in Dortmund the tension was
high for a long period and it looked like a sensation was in the
making. However, in the last but one round Peter Leko wrested the lead
from Jan Gustafsson and held on to it until the end. In the shape of
Carlsen, Karjakin, Eljanov, van Wely and Nisipeanu, we have five of
the participants from Foros taking a look back at some selected games
and explaining to you the decisive ideas and moments. For the first
time, Jan Gustafsson has sat in front of the camera and recorded in
Fritztrainer format his convincing victory over Arkadij Naiditsch.
grandmaster from Hamburg Karsten Müller gives you a survey
of the contents of the DVD in his introductory video.
Click on the highlighted text or on the picture on the right to
get a feel for our latest issue. This will give you an easy view
of the highlights, the various training articles and the incentive
to take a look at one or more of the total of 13 openings articles
contained on the DVD.
Furioso in Foros: Magnus Carlsen
Eight games from the super-tournament in Foros are annotated on
this DVD by the participants themselves, starting with Carlsen’s
first round victory over Ivanchuk. The game between the two
favourites for the victor’s laurels started off along unexpected
lines. Ivanchuk and perhaps even more so Carlsen are always good
for an early surprise in the opening. But this time both of them
followed for a relatively long time a topical main line in the
Classical King’s Indian. It was eventually the young Norwegian who
left the main paths with 13.b5. In his analysis Magnus
Carlsen criticises in retrospect this decision and explains
how Black could have achieved equality without any problems. The
decisive moment for the outcome of this game, however, was a
faulty evaluation by Ivanchuk, who after move 30 went in for a
plan of opening up the position on the kingside to obtain a
decision there. Click here or on the link under the
diagram to have the game explained to you by the Norwegian
Carlsen,M - Ivanchuk,V
Position after 16...Ng7
Karjakin,S - Nisipeanu,L
Position after 24...0-0
After Carlsen in the table, it resembled the Ukrainian Olympiad
team with Ivanchuk, Karjakin, Eljanov and Volokitin. Karjakin
and Eljanov each annotate two of their best games from Foros on
In his second round game against
Nisipeanu Sergey Karjakin was confronted with the
unorthodox but well thought-out innovation 12...h5 in a
known position of the Paulsen Variation. The young
Ukrainian presumably did not choose the strongest reply and was
lucky that his opponent did not liquidate at once to a
comfortable endgame. Instead, Nisipeanu went for an attack
against the white king which had castled queenside and even
invested a whole piece in it. However, in the position in the
diagram he overlooked a good defensive resource which allowed
Karjakin to achieve immediately a decisive advantage.
Karjakin was able to rack up another victory with
White against Dmitrij Jakovenko. In the Petrov Defence,
which has been hard-pressed of late, they both followed up till
move 22 the game Anand - Kramnik from Wijk 2008. But the young
Ukrainian innovated with 23.Qg1
and a few moves later he reached a splendid attacking position
in which Black had no counterplay at all. In his analysis
Sergey Karjakin admits that there must be some improvement
for Black. Despite that, his conduct of the attack in this game
is really worth seeing and very instructive. Click here
to play through the games with the comments of the young
Eljanov,P - Shirov,A
Final position after 39.¦xb8
In recent years, the 25 year old Ukrainian Pavel Eljanov
has been gradually working his way towards the top group in the
world rankings. After Wijk, Foros was his second absolutely top
tournament this year. In Foros he managed to finish on a result
of +1, including wins over Volokitin, Onischuk and Shirov. The
latter one is however somewhat curious, As Eljanov points out in
his analysis, Shirov’s capitulation came as quite a surprise:
from a double rook endgame Eljanov liquidated to a technically
won but quite demanding ending. In retrospect, he doubts
whether, in view of the little remaining thinking time, he would
have found the correct way to win it over the board. In his
analysis he examines the variations after 39...b5 and uncovers
for us some tricky lines for White.
Eljanov scored a victory over Volokitin with the Berlin Defence,
which tends to be notorious for its propensity to end in a draw,
The game at first followed a typical course for the opening. Here
and there White would set a trap and Black would have to play
accurately to maintain equality. When, around move 28, Volokitin
thought he spotted an attractive mating attack on the black king,
he committed the miscalculation which would cost him the game.
Eljanov fended off the mate with a simple pawn move and scored an
elegant win with the help of his passed f-pawn. Click here
to play through the game with Eljanov’s extensive comments.
Svidler,P - Van Wely,L
Position after 30.Qd1-c1?
Loek van Wely is going through a difficult
phase at the moment. In Foros, his two victories saved him from
coming in last, but in Dortmund everything seemed to go wrong
which could go wrong. Nevertheless, the Dutch player has chosen
from his better tournament in Foros a drawn game which he has
annotated. It was indeed instructive and exciting. In the position
in the diagram, it takes some time for the correct move to appear
among the 10 best ones: 30...Bb4!!
– the idea consists of
32.bxa3 b2 (whilst after the immediate
31.bxa3 b2 32.Qc2
the pawn on a3 is protected). But this lovely move was missed not
only by van Wely, but also by both players in their common
analysis. Van Wely shares this and other details with us in his
entertaining analysis of the game.
was also all or nothing in the game Nisipeanu,L - Van
Wely,L, in which the Najdorf was once more up for discussion.
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu has commented in depth on this game.
As suited his temperament and the character of the opening, van
Wely went for an attack on the white king which had castled
queenside and even invested a pawn in it. However, in his
calculations he missed a strong blockading move by the white
bishop – the bishop threatens to get from h3 to a4 via d7 - and
thus saw himself forced into a passive continuation (21...Ra7).
Nisipeanu made the most of his good fortune and obtained a
decisive advantage by exchanging queens and advancing the white
passed pawn on the d-file.
Nisipeanu,L - Ivanchuk,V
Position after 34...Rc8
his game against Ivanchuk, it was a surprise weapon in the
Sicilian which Nisipeanu had to face. The Ukrainian star turned on
move 4 to something unusual for the top level – 4...Qb6
– and sounded the trumpet for an attacking game of the highest
level. Nisipeanu was the first to seize the initiative with the
advance of the a-pawn. He invested a pawn and achieved a position
which at first glance looked very promising. But the Romanian was
unable to demonstrate a concrete advantage, neither in the game
nor in his analysis and so it was Ivanchuk, who more and more took
over the initiative, partly because of a rook manoeuvre which is
well worth seeing. In the position on the board, you can almost
smell a mate or massive loss of material because of White’s weak
back rank and exposed king position. But fortune favoured the
brave, and Nisipeanu found in 35.Bb4!
the saving move which granted him the draw.
sensation in Dortmund
For German eyes, the Dortmund tournament was above all marked by
the pleasantly surprising appearance of Jan Gustafsson.
The Hamburg grandmaster, who went into the tournament as an
outsider, turned out after five rounds to be the only
participant on +2 and thus had a good chance to win the short
tournament. Gustafsson has recorded his best performance for us
on a Fritztrainer-Video. Click on the
highlighted text or on the picture on the right to see the
explanations of the 29 year old.
Gustafsson,J - Leko,P
Position after 17.axb3
The fact that the tournament was won by an established
grandmaster, Peter Leko, and not by Jan Gustafsson,
was decided by their sixth-round game. In the position in the
diagram, the German grandmaster had allowed his queen to be
exchanged on b3 and was planning to make up for the weaknesses
in the pawn structure with e4-e5. But Leko’s innovation,
17...f6! drew a line under all of that and he was from
then on at the wheel. b3 soon fell and the Hungarian
transformed his advantage into a win. The game has been
annotated by Michal Krasenkow.
Leko’s second win was that against
Ivanchuk in round two. Igor Stohl has annotated it extensively
The second German participant, Arkadij Naiditsch, also
created a furore. He had two nice games, including a victory
over Vladimir Kramnik in the latter’s favourite Petrov. With
the innovation 19.Qd2,
which leaves the rook on e5, he put the Russian under powerful
pressure. Taking on e5 is without any doubt risky – White
might then call on deep computer analysis and who knows how
things would end? So it is no wonder that Kramnik avoided
that by 19...Ng6.
But after that, Black is simply worse and Naiditsch managed to
completely outplay Kramnik. Looking back at it, the knight
retreat must be ranked as a mistake, 19...Qxe5
is required. The analyses Leonid Kritz, who has annotated the
game for ChessBase, cannot then find any advantage for White.
Naiditsch,A - Kramnik,V
Position after 19.Qd1-d2!N
Opening training en passant
Friends of the French, pay attention! Daniel King
presents an interesting new idea in a highly topical variation
(from C11). In conversation with ChessBase colleague Pascal
Simon, he looks into Gurevich’s innovation 10...Qe7
in conjunction with the lever f7-f6 – a move which is rather
atypical for this line. King goes into detail about the
advantages and disadvantages of this idea. In his Fritztrainer
video, however, he also considers fundamental
questions such as "Should White exchange on f6?" or "Who
benefits from the exchange of the black knight on c6?".
As in the previous issue, IM Andrew Martin presents a
repertoire suggestion entitled "Structural Damage". This time
it is an idea for White and in fact a special plan in the
Closed Sicilian (1.e4 c6 2.Nc3
The central idea behind 3.Bb5
is to exchange the black knight on c6 and thus not
inconsiderably damage Black’s pawn structure. Martin’s
contribution stretches over 3 lectures with a total running
time of over an hour! In the first video, which
Martin dedicates to the response 3...g6, he illustrates, e.g.
with the game King - Hegarty (2008), various attractive ideas
for White. Martin’s conclusion is that the so natural looking
move 3...g6 is already a grave inaccuracy and creates very
good prospects for White.
Similarly 3...e6 – the subject of the second video.
White can play flexibly after the exchange on c6 and either toy
with the idea of a late Grand Prix Attack or try to set in
concrete Black’s pawn weaknesses on the c-file.
According to Martin, Black’s only correct reply is, on the other
allowing Black to completely avoid the exchange of the knight.
In his third video the English IM
presents the relevant variations and explains the motifs to
watch out for here. His conclusion: with accurate play on both
sides things should remain on a level keel.
the various sections, there even more training for you, some in
video format, e.g. in Dr Karsten Müller’s Endgame column, in
the Trap by Rainer Knaak or the Tactics column by
Oliver Reeh (see the browser list at the start of this page). The
column New DVDs brings you, by means of video clips in Chess
Media format, a preview of forthcoming Fritztrainer DVDs from
Stohl: Anti-Grünfeld A16
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Qa4+ Bd7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 a6
This article is a follow-up to the 1st part in CBM 123,
which dealt with alternative 6th moves for Black. In the
second part Stohl first of all examines 7.g3 and 7.e4,
but with accurate play Black should equalise.
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 d6 4.Nc3 Bf5
This move order allows White to avoid a few gambits and
then Black sets off down unusual paths, which calls on
White too to react in non-standard ways.
Moskalenko: London System
Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 c5
White’s setup is simple – c3, e3 and
should follow. A lot of players with Black have
difficulty against it, but with the repertoire presented
by Moskalenko they should be able to solve their
Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nf3 g6 7.Bg5
The variation with
has become unfashionable – so many Benoni players go
wrong in the opening – but it is very promising and easy
to learn, for which task the author’s detailed
contribution will be very helpful.
Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.Bd3 Bg7
8.h3 0-0 9.Nf3 a6 10.a4 Nbd7 11.0-0 Re8 12.Bf4 Qe7
In his article, the author tries to prove that in this
critical Benoni variation Black does not have to play
9…b5, but that, with accurate play, the traditional
setup can lead to playable positions.
Kuzmin: Semi-Slav/Dutch Defence A84
2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e6 4.e3 Bd6 5.Bd3 f5
This hybrid between the Semi-Slav and the Dutch is to
some extent important, if White wishes to use the move
order indicated to transpose to the Meran Variation,
without giving Black the opportunity to turn to the
Noteboom Variation (4.Nf3
Karolyi: Dutch Defence A85
2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f3
When using this setup against the Leningrad System,
White is aiming to play the advance e2-e4 immediately.
The ever creative Viktor Korchnoi first played 4.f3
in 1979 and also from then on repeatedly made use of
Postny: Ruy Lopez C63
2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d3 fxe4 5.dxe4 Nf6 6.0-0 Bc5
Surprisingly, 4.d3 has developed into the main weapon
used by the very top players against the Jänisch Gambit.
The article describes the present state of knowledge
about this line and can only see mini-advantages for
Marin: Ruy Lopez
2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5
8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Be7 10.Re1 0-0 11.Nd4 Nxe5 12.f3 Bd6
This variation in which Black sacrifices a piece by 11…Nxe5
(otherwise his position would be somewhat worse), goes
far into the middlegame. In his thorough analysis Marin
comes to the conclusion that Black can hold on.
Kritz: Slav Defence D11
2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Bd3 Bg4 6.Nbd2 e6
White’s setup against the Slav with …a6 contains more
venom than it might appear and our author has really had
to pay his dues with the black pieces. But now he has
built up his repertoire against it, a repertoire which
also contains a few innovations.
Schandorff: Semi-Slav D45
2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4 h6
The 2nd part of his repertoire for Black
based on the move 7…h6 concerns above all the useful
which, e.g., prevents the move 8…e5 which in the first
part (with 8.Rg1) was so reasonable - 9.cxd5 cxd5 10.Nb5!.
However, Black has another solution, which begins with
Grivas: Queen's Gambit D60
Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Bd3
This move order is called the Lost Tempo Variation on
account of 7…dxc4 8.Bxc4,
but Grivas is aiming after that for isolated pawn
positions (after 8…c5 9.0-0 cxd4 10.exd4), in which
White is well positioned. The article presents a
repertoire against the Orthodox Queen’s Gambit.
Krasenkow: Grünfeld Defence D93
Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bf4 0-0
This contribution is above all concerned with 6.e3 (with
some supplementary comments on 6.Rc1, which was treated
by Ftacnik in CBM 114). According to the author, Black
need not fear the sometimes quite sharp variations.