Highlights of the issue¬
“I consider 3.Bb5+ a Najdorf!“
Anish Giri annotates his victory as Black over Ian Nepomniachtchi
2:0 with 1.e4!
Wesley So presents his current recipes for success vs. the Berlin and the Petroff
“I had a strong feeling we were in for a big fight!“
Fabiano Caruana shows how he defeated MVL with the Neo-Arkhangelsk Variation
Trendy and tricky
How Adhiban Baskaran came to like Najdorf with 6.h3 e5 7.Nb3
Evgeny Postny checks 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 e5!?
The structure of the champions
Robert Ris examines the very popular Rossolimo Sicilian 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 dxc6
Victory with prestige
Vidit Gujrathi analyzes his groundbreaking win against Peter Leko at the Chess Festival in Biel
Similar but different
Trap expert Rainer Knaak shows a trick against the black stencil ...Nc6, ...Qb6 and...Bf5 in the London System
Karsten Müller examines inter alia 16 recent knight endgames
A little new trend in the English
Renato Quintiliano takes control of the centre with 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 5.e4!?
Mariya Muzychuk annotates her victory over Aleksandra Goryachkina from the Women’s Candidates
Manoeuvre the “Rook on the 3rd“ to success – interactive video training with Oliver Reeh!
Annotated games by McShane, Gelfand, Wojtaszek, Yu, Heine Nielsen, and many more…
Top-class training – from opening traps to endgame tricks
Don't miss Ivan Sokolov's first video for ChessBase Magazine! Starting from the game Carlsen-Yu Yangyi (Stavanger 2019) he presents a new idea against the Slav in the Geller Gambit and explains how to get compensation for the sacrificed pawn on c4 – and possibly more!
Ivan Sokolov: Slav – Geller Gambit
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 b5 6.Be2!?
Simon Williams: Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack
1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 e4!?
Daniel King: Najdorf Gothenburg Variation
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 h6 9.Bh4 g5 10.fxg5 Nfd7
Top tournaments with top-class analyses
Top players and tournament winners comment on their best games in ChessBase Magazine! Anish Giri’s analysis of his game against Ian Nepomniachtchi can be found in the booklet of CBM #191 on a double page and in full on the DVD, as well as analyses by Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Vidit Gujrathi (winner at the Biel Chess Festival), Boris Gelfand (winner of the Netanya GM Tournament), Anna and Mariya Muzychuk, Yu Yangyi, Peter Heine Nielsen, Radoslaw Wojtaszek etc.
Recent opening traps
Let our traps expert Rainer Knaak show you eight carefully chosen traps from recent tournament practice. Three of them – one in the Scandinavian, one in the Caro-Kann and one in the London System – are also presented in video format.
New ideas for your repertoire
The English Opening and the Sicilian are the main topics of this issue. But our authors also show new and exciting ideas for the French Winawer, the King's Indian and the Queen's Gambit with an early ...a6. Simply load the article of your choice from the menu on the left, eg. Adhiban's article on the trendy Najdorf with 6.h3 e5 7.Nb3!
The classic game Bogoljubow-Capablanca from 1924 is presented to you by the trainer of the German national team as a sample game on the subject of “weaknesses”. Let Dorian Rogozenco demonstrate the squeaky clean technique deployed by the masters.
„Move by Move“
Together with GM Simon Williams use the example of the game Shankland-Howell from the 2019 Summer Chess Classic to find the ideal setup for your own pieces. Hint: Don’t allow pseudo-activity by your opponent to distract you.
Strategy – „Besieging the knightless isolani“
How weak is the isolani when there are no more knights on the board? What is the role played by the presence of bishops? Strategy expert Mihail Marin investigates various distributions of material and presents both winning methods and ways to defend.
Tactics – „Cooperation is everything“
Oliver Reeh's tactics selection contains 27 recent games, each of which contains at least one training question. In addition, he presents his three favourite combinations in our interactive training format with video feedback!
Recent knight endings and more
Karsten Müller presents a varied selection of knight endgames, starting from the struggle of “knight against pawns” via classic knight endings with and without extra pawns all the way to curious endgames in which knights had a (not always happy) role to play. Plus video training with a total running time of over an hour!