In the first video, Simon Williams presents you an opening idea, which goes back to no lesser than Magnus Carlsen. Yannick Pelletier came across a variation in the Semi-Slav at the Chess Festival in Biel, which may turn out to be much better than its reputation. Moreover, there is an excellently filled "Lucky bag", the "Brilliancy game" Tal-Koblencs (1961) in another video, and a huge update for your database.
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At the Norway Chess 2019 against Yu Yangyi Carlsen played a rather new idea in the Slav Geller Gambit: in the rare line with 6.Be2 he met 6…b4 with 7.e5. In this video Simon Williams looks into the alternative 7.Na4. For the sacrificed pawn he sees “great compensation” in the form of an advantage in space, pawn weaknesses in the opposing camp and attacking options on the kingside. And that sort of gambit is just to the taste of the Englishman!
In the second video Yannick Pelletier presents one of the most spectacular games of this year's chess festival in Biel between Jorge Moise Cori and Sam Shankland. According to the current theory, the move 8.Bb2 in the Semi-Slav with 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 c6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.b3 0-0 is only second choice. Pelletier explains why that is - and why the game Cori-Shankland could be the reason for a rediscovery! And Adrian Mikhalchishin introduces an idea in the Nimzo Indian with 4.Qc2 and 5.e5.
The special extra of Extra # 191 is actually the "Lucky bag"! Top players like Adams, Adhiban, Vidit, McShane and many more analyse thier games. Iranian super talent Alireza Firouzja has commented on two of his latest games, including his game against Asadli, V 1-0, with which he broke the Elo sound barrier to go beyond 2700.
Michael Adams' analysis of his game against Stephen Gordon from the British Championship - when he played the trendy 4.Ba4 in the Sicilian after 2...d6 3.Bb5 + Nd7 - is recommended to complement the article "The Strange Retreat" by Alexey Kuzmin in the current ChessBase # 191!
The "Brilliancy game" covers another masterpiece by Mihail Tal. In one of his training games against Aleksandrs Koblencs from 1961 Tal first sacrificed his queen in move 13 and shortly afterwards also a knight. Enjoy the game in the video analysis by Georgios Souleidis!
Last but not least: The update service delivers over 44,000 new games for your database. The list of the best players reads almost like the current FIDE world rankings: Carlsen, Caruana, Ding Liren, Vachier-Lagrave, Grishuk, Nepomniachtchi, Mamedyarov, Anand, Dominguez Perez, Nakamura, So, Kramnik, Aronian, Karjakin, Wei Yi and more!