El núcleo principal de este número lo forman dos torneos con formatos diametralmente opuestos: el "Zurich Chess Challenge" fue un encuentro entre Vladimir Kramnik y Levon Aronian en un duelo amistoso a seis partidas, que terminó 3:3, algo lógico cuando se considera lo igualado de sus fuerzas. El Campeonato de Europa disputado en Plovdiv, por otro lado, fue una vez más un torneo gigantesco, con más de 300 participantes, de los que 180 eran grandes maestros. Hubo un ganador en solitario, Dmitry Jakovenko (portada) con 8.5 de 11. El nuevo campeón europeo es, junto con Kramnik, Karjakin, Bologan, Shirov, Inarkiev, etc. uno de nuestros autores estelares. También encontrará en el DVD 13 artículos sobre teoría de aperturas, que abarcan un amplio espectro, desde la Holandesa pasando por la Francesa Winawer hasta llegar a la tropical "Variante Westphalia" del Gambito de Dama. ¡Hay algo para todo el mundo!
The most spectacular moments and and the most important games are presented to you by GM Dorian Rogozenco in his highlights video. In this issue, e.g., Fressinet-Akopian and Jakovenko-Fressinet from the ECh as well as the two wins in the match between Kramnik and Aronian.
| 21.04.-28.04.2012||Zurich Chess Challenge 2012|
The friendly match between ex world champion Vladimir Kramnik and the second placed player in the world ranking list Levon Aronian was the best of chess entertainment and also showed all that one can expect from a duel of this class: spectacular victories, a little theoretical duel (the subject: the "Berlin Wall") and a series of hard-fought draws. The final result was also in tune with the friendly atmosphere of the match: both of these top players could be satisfied with 3:3. At the press conference which followed, Kramnik showed himself satisfied with his play and with the match. Aronian's conclusion was slightly more self-critical: he thought he had been "a bit too emotional" and that he had often evaluated his positions too optimistically. But he too had a positive spin on things: "I learned a lot and the match was a great experience".
|The most spectacular game was in the third round Vladimir Kramnik himself has annotated it in detail. In view of his first-round defeat the Russian player felt himself under some pressure and chose after 1.e4 e5 The Scotch Four Knights Game. Aronian's 5...Bc5 thwarted his opponent's preparation (Kramnik: "I had something in mind") and with 9...d5 he poured oil on the flames. Then, only a few moves later, the Armenian had to give up his queen for three minor pieces. In the turbulent position on the board on the left, Kramnik continued with 13.Bxc7. In the subsequent complications the ex world champion always knew what was going on and finally managed to level the match. Click on the link under the diagram and play through the game with Kramnik's analysis!|
|The other games from Zürich:|
Runde 1: Kramnik - Aronian (annotated by Igor Stohl)
Runde 2: Aronian - Kramnik (annotated by Leonid Kritz)
Runde 4: Aronian - Kramnik
Runde 5: Kramnik - Aronian
Runde 6: Aronian - Kramnik (annotated by Igor Stohl)
|20.03.-31.03.2012||European Championship Plovdiv 2012|
Although this year again the European Championship with 350 participants from the ECU was played as an open tournament, the quality was astonishingly high. Almost a third of the players had an Elo rating of 2600 or more. This enormously even level of participant led to the leader board changing at the end of almost every round. One round before the finish it was Laurent Fressinet who was leading, but he was defeated by Dmitry Jakovenko, who won the tournament with 8.5 out of 11 and a lead of half a point over his pursuers.
|The new European Champion has selected two games from Plovdiv to analyse on the DVD. The decisive game Jakovenko - Fressinet from the final round as well as the twists and turns of his highly exciting draw Rakhmanov - Jakovenko. In this game, which is of theoretical importance for the Slav Defence Exchange Variation with 6...Bf5, Jakovenko found new resources for Black. The 28 year old Russian went for the sharp continuation 10...g5 (diagram) 11.Bg3 h5 12.h3 h4 13.hxg4 hxg4 14.Nd2 Kf8. A good choice, which promptly secured for him a slight advantage. But then he missed an important nuance and he needed three “endgame miracles” to save the draw.|
|In addition to the tournament winner, Viktor Bologan, Ernesto Inarkiev and Andrei Volokitin (three other highly placed participants in the ECh) have commented on their best games for you. And Gawain Jones too, who caught the attention in Plovdiv and for a time was in sole lead with 4 out of 4, has selected some games to analyse on the DVD.|
Lupulescu - Bologan (Slav with an early...a6)
Matlakov - Bologan (Semi-Slav)
Inarkiev - Stojanovic (Paulsen Variation with 7.Qd2 b5)
Inarkiev - Sokolov,I (Ruy Lopez with 3...Nge7)
Volokitin - Zhigalko,S (Najdorf Variation with 8.h3)
Volokitin - Lenic (Caro-Kann Advance Variation with 5...c5)
Caruana - Jones,G (King’s Indian Sämisch)
Zoler - Jones,G (King’s Indian with Nc6)
In addition to all that, there is GM Mihail Marin who has studied more than 70 annotated games from the European Championship and in his opening survey he presents the most important innovations and trends.
Sergey Karjakin successful with the double fianchetto
Sergey Karjakin was the top board who led his team Tomsk 400 to victory in the Russian Championship in April. His 5.5 out of 7 constituted one of the best performances in the tournament and included a series of remarkable games. On the DVD Karjakin annotates his victory with Black over the new European champion Jakovenko. This extremely interesting game was not decided until the ending, when in the position on the board Karjakin offered to sacrifice his passed pawn with 38...d3. Play through the game with the comments of the top grandmaster and let him show you whether White should accept the sacrifice.
Alexei Shirov analysiert
On this DVD Alexei Shirov offers you three analyses in video format, including his game against Luke McShane from the top Bundesliga match against Werder Bremen. The English player chose in 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 an opening which as a side variation is also really interesting for amateur chess. In his video analysis Shirov shows the best way for Black to achieve equality in this opening. His explanations on the subject of how to approach a game after a strategic pawn sacrifice are equally instructive - for this is an area in which even grandmasters occasionally make mistakes!
Sergei Tiviakov: How I defeated the world champion
Vishy Anand's last competition before the WCh match in May did not quite look like that of a world champion. In the final round of the chess Bundesliga he was forced to concede defeat to Sergei Tiviakov with Black. Tiviakov analyses the game in which the naturalised Dutchman also turned after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 to 3.Bb5+ and went on to deliver a model game on the subject of "the weak d5-square". In doing so he picks apart the world champion's play.
|From the opening trap to the endgame study|
Training in ChessBase Magazine starts with the very first moves and includes all the phases of a game of chess. The 13 up-to-date openings articles with their numerous ideas and suggestions for your own repertoire can be found above in the links. This time Rainer Knaak's Opening Trap (including its Fritztrainer video) contains a trap in the Semi-Slav (D46). You will also find in video format openings articles by Alexei Shirov (French Winawer), Leonid Kritz (Sicilian Paulsen) and Andrew Martin (French Steinitz). These videos can be found in the column Opening videos. Peter Wells' subject in his Strategy-column is called: "Harmonious positions". In Daniel King's long-running favourite Move by Move it is a game in the Ruy Loez which is up for discussion. And in the Tactics (subject: mating alert in the h-file) and Endgame columns (subject: bishops of opposite colours) Oliver Reeh and Karsten Müller have once more brought together for you the best from recent tournament practice.
Marin: King’s Indian Torre Attack A48
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bg5 Bg7 4.Nbd2 0-0 5.c3 d6 6.e4 Nbd7
Schipkov: Dutch A88
1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.Nc3 c6 8.d5
Schandorff: Caro-Kann B12
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nd2 e6 5.Nb3 Nd7 6.Nf3 a6
Kritz: Sicilian B38
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Be2 b6 9.0-0 Bb7
Breder: Sicilian B90
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.g4 b5 12.g5 b4 13.Ne2 Ne8 14.f4 a5 15.f4 Bxb3
Kuzmin: French C11
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 a6 8.Qd2 Qb6
Moskalenko: French C15
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 dxe4 6.Qg4 Nf6 7.Qxg7 Rg8 8.Qh6
Anic: Two Knights Defence C55
Breutigam: Ruy Lopez C96
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.h3 0-0 9.c3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Nd7 12.Nbd2 exd4 13.cxd4 Nc6
Postny: Queen’s Gambit Accepted D20
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 e5 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.Nc3 exd4 6.Nxd4
Krasenkow: Semi-Slav D31
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.e3 b5 6.a4 Bb4 7.Bd2 a5 8.axb5 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 cxb5 10.b3 Bb7
Stohl: Queen’s Gambit D38
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.e3 c5 8.dxc5
Grivas: Semi-Slav D44