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ChessBase Magazine 109
Listen to Topalov, Anand, Morozevich and former world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov. Live from San Luis. It's all in ChessBase Magazine Vol. 108, more than an hour and a half of high-quality video footage. Together with 1764 carefully edited games, hundreds with expert analysis. Almost 8000 correspondence chess games. Special sections on tactics, strategy, endgames. Extensive theory articles. The best chess training in the world.

Contents of ChessBase Magazine 109

By Frederic Friedel and Rainer Knaak

The main database CBM 109

In this issue we will be describing ChessBase Magazine 109 CD as it appears to the user of our database program ChessBase 9.0. Naturally you can access the data and read the articles in older versions of ChessBase, and also simply use Fritz to run everything. You can also use the ChessBase Reader which is supplied on the CD.

If you are using Fritz all of the functions described below basically apply, except that you have to open databases in a different manner, i.e. by locating it on the CD in the file explorer of the program. The Reader that is provided on the CBM 109 CD cannot be started directly from the CD, but must be installed on your computer, using the program Setup.exe. Full instructions on how to install the reader (essentially simply follow the instructions of the installer) and how to operate it, are to be found in the PDF instruction manual (cb9readerENG.pdf) included on the CD in the root directory. The Reader has a Fritz analysis module, and also gives you access to the Playchess.com zone.

If you have ChessBase 9.0 running and insert the ChessBase Magazine 109 CD into your drive the contents are displayed as in the picture below. You may have to click on the "Drives” icon on the left, but normally "Magazine109” will be automatically selected when you insert the CD.

The main database appears as an icon labelled "109 CBM” in the database window. When you click on this icon the contents are shown in the quick-view list at the bottom of the main ChessBase window.

Let us assume you do not see the quick-view list. This would mean that it was switched off. You can turn it back on again in the "Window” menu: "Database preview” can be toggled on and off. Ctrl-Alt-L does the trick as well. Note that you can also switch the "Folders” section on the left off and on as well in the "Window” menu.

The quick view is useful when you are using small databases and want to locate a game quickly, without any hassle. But for a large database like 109 CBM you are better off opening a full list window. This is done by double-clicking on the database icon.

Doing this for the first time will produce a database text with links to games and keys. On the top there are a number of tabs – Text, Games, Players, Tournaments, etc. Click on "Games” to get to the games list. The next time you open the database the text will not be displayed, you will be taken straight to the games.

If you have read the online help of the program you will know that in ChessBase 9.0 you can rearrange the lists at will, switching columns on or off, and dragging them to new places. Right-click the header line and choose from the commands that appear in the context menu.

One very useful function is to auto-adjust or optimise the column width: Ctrl-+ (hold down the Ctrl key and press the "+” key). Naturally you can increase and decrease the width of any column by dragging the separators in the header.

If you scroll to the bottom of the games list you will see that there are 1768 entries. However, the database contains four text reports, three at the beginning and one on the Spanish Team Championship. So the actual number of games is 1764. Text reports are handled just like games and stored in databases with them.

Naturally you can browse through the games list, double-clicking any entry to load it on a board window and replay it. But this is not the most efficient way of going about it. More systematic is to use one of the other tabs at the top to get a different overview.

The most important tab in the case of ChessBase Magazine is probably "Tournament”. When you click it you get a list of the different tournaments included in this issue. They are displayed in the physical order in which they are stored in the database, but you can easily sort them according to other categories. In older versions of ChessBase you did this by right-clicking the list and using "Sort”. You could choose from categories like name, place, nation, date, category, etc. In ChessBase 9.0 things have become easier and more straightforward: simply click on a column header to sort the games according to that category. Clicking it again will resort the games in opposite order.


The big sensation in this issue is the European Team Championship which was held in Gothenburg in July. First of all it was the Dutch team that won, ahead of Israel, Greece and France. But the big surprise was the 14th (in words: fourteenth!) place for the usually dominant Russian team. The main reasons for the abysmal result were clear: key players like Morozevich, Grischuk and Kramnik (not to mention a certain retired chess player) were missing; and those that did turn up were obviously not in their best shape. This is one the Russians will want to forget, as soon as possible.

The 58th Russian Championship semi-final, which was held in Kazan from September 2nd – 12th, 2005, was a category 13, which is very high for a Swiss tournament. The winners were Evgeny Bareev and Alexander Khalifman, who took a nice share of the total prize fund of US $100,000. In addition the first seven players qualified for the Super-Final, which is scheduled to take place in December 2005 and includes Svidler, Morozevich, Grischuk, Dreev and apparently Kramnik.

The Mainz Chess Classic has come to be regarded as the unofficial rapid chess world championship. This year Vishy Anand faced Alexander Grischuk, and duly defeated the young Russian with 5:3 points. Anand seems to be quite invincible in these faster games.

Another interesting tournament was the American Continental, which was won by the Cuban talent Lazaro Bruzon Bautista with 8.5/11 points and a 2775 performance. Seven players tied for second place, including 15-year-old Gastón Needleman, the reigning champion of Mendoza Province in west Argentina, listed at Elo 2242 on the FIDE rating scale, and 99th seed in the tournament. Gastón had played the tournament of his life, defeating GMs like Ariel Sorín and Alexander Shabalov, IMs like Guillermo Soppe und Yuniesky Quezada, and drawing Gata Kamsky and Darcy Lima. In the end he had 8/11 points, with a 2655 performance. Naturally he was the absolute crowd favourite.

A problem arose because FIDE had promised the top seven players from this event free tickets to the FIDE World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk in December this year. Unfortunately there were eight contenders. Lázaro Bruzón had got his ticket by winning the tournament, the other seven were Julio Granda, 2601, Alexander Onischuk, 2628, Gilberto Milos, 2606, Gata Kamsky, 2700, Ruben Felgaer, 2618, Giovanni Vescovi, 2640, Gaston Needleman, 2242.

A tiebreak was needed to decide who would get the tickets – actually which player would be left out. And it was here that a controversy arose. The tiebreak games were held late at night, after the last round and the closing ceremony. Nobody was eager to play, and many games were quick draws (11 out of the 21 games). Of the rest there was one decided game between the GMs, Julio Granda beating Ruben Felgaer in the second round. Only the "rabbit” Gastón Needleman, who was the obvious candidate for elimination, had to go through six hard-fought games. He won the first (against Milos) and then was taken to the cleaners by the other GMs. In the end Gastón’s score was +1, =1, –4, and he was out of contention for the World Cup.

In the wake of this tiebreak event Carlos Ilardo, a journalist for the Argentinian newspaper La Nacion, wrote a sharp article criticising the GMs for "ganging up” against young Needleman. The story was published on our news page at www.chessbase.com, and a number of GMs replied in equally sharp form. Gata Kamsky wrote:

"I was quite surprised at the allegations brought up by [Ilardo’s] article. Clearly, out of the seven players who shared the second place, only six could qualify. After the final round had finished we first had to go through the closing ceremony that started around 8 pm, and then we were driven half way across the city to the Argentina Chess Club. We commenced our playoffs around 9:45 pm. Frankly, that was quite demanding, because our final round game had started at 2 pm, and a bit unnerving. All the players were tired.

I don’t think that any conspiracy theory would really stand a chance given the simple mathematics that people that draw all their games are guaranteed qualification, except with regards to the kid, because the main tournament tie break formula would be used and he would be out.

But, okay, personally I decided that I would need something like +1 to guarantee my qualification. Hence I played for a win with white against Granda in the first round. The result was a draw. In the second round I played with black against Vescovi, and we played a pretty sharp line in Open Spanish that could have lead to any result. Vescovi offered a draw partly because I played some sharp side line. We were both trying to remember how it went, and so finally I saw no reason to take any risks and accepted his offer.

In the third round I played white against the kid, and the fact that I could have defeated him in the last round of the main event, but made few inaccuracies and let him get away, made me want to fight him. We played a rather unusual line of a Benoni type position. I was thoroughly outplayed in the opening and was close to being in a strategically lost position. Fortunately for me, the kid missed a certain tactic that lead to a devastating opening of the position with a counterattack, and he lost.

After that I’d reached my goal and was just happy to draw the rest of the games, sometimes offering and sometimes accepting early draws. I mean, why the hell not, especially given the time of the hour and how close I was to falling asleep? If there were financial incentives like separate significant prizes (on par with the main tournament) I would surely have played for the top prize. But otherwise the only incentive was to qualify, and given the hour and how late the playoff was, we are only human and make our little individual strategies on how to proceed in the tournament, where to try to play for a win and where to draw.”

The "kid”, Gastón Needleman himself, was very gracious about the entire affair: "I must say that I do not believe that the behaviour of the players was directed against me personally. It seems logical that if all the grandmasters were rated over 2600 and one in fact was 2700 they would only risk something against the weakest player with a 2200 rating points. Also not all the games were quick draws. For instance Granda-Kamsky was a fighting game, in the second round Granda won against Felgaer, etc.

I would like to make it clear that I am not bitter or sad that I was eliminated in this qualification for the World Cup tournament, and that I enjoyed my six games in the Continental Championship tremendously. I am happy to have made my first IM and GM norms, and mainly to have been able to play against so many grandmasters. And I am thankful for the warm feelings brought to me by so many people. I thank ChessBase for your support in this matter and leave it to my father to explain the results of the tiebreak to you.”

The discussion of the Buenos Aires tiebreak continued vigorously on chessbase.com, with countless readers chipping in with their often quite adamant opinions. In the end the matter was resolved by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who at the request of the Governor of San Luis (where the FIDE World Championship was held), Dr. Alberto Rodriguez Saá, invited Gastón to the World Cup as a special "President’s invitee”.

Of the1764 games in the main database, 486 contain analysis and commentary.


The multimedia section of CBM 109 contains footage and interviews shot by Frederic Friedel and Nadja Woisin during the FIDE World Championship in San Luis. To view them you should start the database "CBM 109 mm” and open the only file it contains, "World Championship San Luis”. There you will find the following video clips:

  1. The Closing ceremony in San Luis (8:56 min)
  2. Interview with Veselin Topalov (11:22 min)
  3. Interview with Viswanathan Anand (23:14 min)
  4. Interview with Alexander Morozevich (19:04 min)
  5. Interview with Rustam Kasimdzhanov (27:40 min)

Vishy Anand talks about the FIDE World Championship in San Luis

The sequences multimedia are in Windows Media Video format (WMV), which give you excellent picture quality at very high compression rates, which means we get more material in better quality on a CD. In this case the total video time is one hour, 20 min and 16 sec.

Veselin Topalov unplugged: soon after his victory in the FIDE World Championship the Bulgarian GM spoke to us and offered tentative explanations for his remarkable success.

Apart from that the new format allows us to embed instructions for the graphic chessboard into the video stream. This means that the pieces can also be made to move while the video is playing, perfectly synchronised with the contents of the clip. Here this is not relevant, since we are doing free interviews. However if you open the files in ChessBase 9 (or Fritz or the Reader) you will get a chessboard and the video window. Note that you can "undock” the video window by grabbing the top and pulling it off the board window. After that you can resize it and place it anywhere on the screen. To reattach it to the board window double-click the blue title bar at the top, or simply close it.

Interview with Alexander Morozevich

Note that if you have ChessBase 8.0 or 7.0 you will not be able to start the videos in the multimedia report. This is because the Windows Media format did not exist when these programs were created. To view the clips you have to use the Windows Explorer and start them manually (with a double-click).

Rustam Kasimdzhanov

The videos are in a directory called "CBM109mm. avi”. You will need to have the Windows Media Player 9.0 or higher installed on your computer, which is automatically the case if you have Windows XP. If the videos do not play you can install the necessary media player from the Microsoft web site. It is free of charge. There are also other media players that can handle the WMV format.


The openings articles are all to be found in a subdirectory called "Theory”. A double-click on it will open the directory and reveal its contents.

E92: Gligoric variation with 11.d5

The main position that is of iinterest in this database arises after the following moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Nf3 e5 7.Be3 Ng4 8.Bg5 f6 9.Bh4 g5 10.Bg3 Nh6 11.d5.

The author GM Boris Avrukh writes: "In my opinion 11.d5!? is the most critical continuation to meet 10...Nh6, which has become quite popular during the last couple of years. Closing the centre makes perfect sense since the black knight is misplaced on h6, so Black falls behind if it comes to typical King’s Indian play, that is White’s play on the queenside is usually faster than Black’s attempts on the kingside. On the other hand, the position of the white bishop on g3 is not ideal either, so Black may take advantage of this, advancing his pawns on the kingside. In any case it leads to a very complicated struggle in which White has very good chances to get an opening advantage. Most of Black’s ideas have been introduced by Radjabov and French grandmaster Nataf, who are considered to be the main experts in this line.

Black has two main replies which are equally popular: 11...Nd7 and 11...f5, but some attempts to fight for equality have been made also after 11...a5 and 11...Na6, however, the latter two moves are less popular so I have concentrated mainly on the most crucial continuations.”

There are 57 selected games in this database with 25 commented games, 17 of them have been annotated by the author especially for this article. This database contains almost all fresh practical material and a deep opening key, especially developed for the current database.

C40: Elephant Gambit (Part 6)

The following position was the starting point for Peter Leisebein’s remarks in ChessBase Magazine 106 and 108 (arising after the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 Bd6):

Up till this point, we have considered the most important replies by White: 5.d4! and 5.Bb5+!?. Of course, White can also choose other continuations, but none of them ought to be really dangerous for Black. Proof of this can be found in the statistics for the games we are considering: 1:0 42%, drawn 15%, 0:1 43%. However, Black must play very accurately after 4.Nc3.

Of course this natural developing move by White cannot be bad, but for all that one has no better chances for an opening advantage after playing it! The game Lo Conte,V-Leisebein,P ½-½ shows this clearly: White can lay claim to having slightly the better of things into the middlegame, but Black has tactical opportunities which often cause this advantage to melt away.

Note that the continuations 4.c4, 4.Qe2, 4.d3 and 4.Bc4 have also been played. Since these lines are not well suited to bring any advantage to White, they are not considered any further in Leisebein’s article. In ChessBase Magazine 111 the author promises to take a look at the less often played continuation 3...e4 (instead of 3...Bd6).

C13: French Defence – Bern variation

This article, written by GM Alex Finkel, deals with the variation after the moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Be7 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.Nf3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nd7 9.0-0-0 Be7 10.Bd3 b6 11.h4 Bb7 or 10...Bb7 11.Qf4 Be7 12.h4.

GM Finkel writes: "I have no doubts that the setup involving Qd2, Bd3 and 0-0-0 is the most ambitious way to meet the Bern variation, which is probably Black’s main weapon against 4.Bg5 lately. Due to the efforts of Bareev, Gurevich and Croatian grandmaster Goran Dizdar, who are using this line on a permanent basis (and I would add they are doing so very successfully!), this sharp line is considered to be a relatively safe option for Black. Well, maybe I am not using the right term to describe it, as in some lines White gets a very dangerous initiative (we are talking about the positions with castling on opposite wings, after all), but in all of them Black gets very good counter-chances of his own...” The content of the database:

1. 93 games played in this line. On the white side you will find such strong players as Anand, Topalov, Ivanchuk, Short, Vallejo, Sakaev, Motylev and many others who used this variation occasionally. On the black side you will find quite a few experts in the French Defence: Bareev, Gurevich, Dreev, Radjabov, Dizdar etc.

2. 30 annotated games, 18 of them annotated by Alex Finkel for this database.

3. As usual, you will find a very detailed opening key designed especially for the database to make the learning process more efficient.

The conclusion the author draws after his investigations are as follows: "This line leads to a sharp struggle with mutual chances, so it is a good choice to play for a win with the black pieces. White also has quite a few reasons to opt for this line, since he has reasonable chances of getting an opening advantage after 12.Qe2, 12.Neg5 and 12.c3.

The best way for Black to treat this position is pushing c5 as early as possible to be able to trade some major pieces down the d-file and to disrupt White’s play on the kingside by opening up the centre. In my opinion the lines with 11.Qf4 are rather harmless for Black, so I do not really believe in this continuation.”

B31: Sicilian 2...Nc6 3.Bb5

GM Sergey Erenburg deals with the position after the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.c3 Nf6 6.Qa4..

GM Erenburg writes: "The variation 3.Bb5 has become very popular in the last few years. White avoids the Sveshnikov variation, where Black scores quite good results. In this database we deal with the 3...g6 variation. After the following logical moves 4.0-0 Bg7 5.c3, the first player is intending to seize space in the centre. After 5...Nf6, he has a choice of moves to protect his central e-pawn, like 6.Re1 or 6.e5.

The creative move 6.Qa4 has its point: White prepares to carry out the breakthrough d2-d4 and creates some pressure on Black’s queenside, disturbing the opponent in the completion of his development.

This variation has become a frequent guest in modern practice, including top-level tournaments, thanks to the games: Morozevich,A-Anand,V 0-1 and Svidler,P-Gelfand,B ½-½. The main protagonists of this variation for the white side are the elite grandmasters Peter Svidler, Leonid Totsky, Peter Wells, Andrei Kovaliov, Evgeny Alexeev, Nikola Sedlak and many other strong players. Both sides have some interesting strategic and tactical ideas, including pawn and exchange sacrifices...”

There are 69 selected games in this database, 18 of them are annotated by the author. There are a few more games annotated by other contributors as well. This database contains almost all fresh practical material up to October 2005. Furthermore, there is an opening key, specially developed for this database.

Statistics for this database: Out of 69 games White won 33 = 47%, 25 games were drawn = 38%, Black won 11 games = 15%. The average rating of White players is 2474, performance = 2523; the average of Black players is 2413, performance = 2349. As can be seen from the statistics, White has quite an obvious advantage.

The final conclusion of the author: "This variation is one of the most principled attempts to get an advantage after 3...g6. The resulting clash of ideas has led to many original and unexplored positions. Black faces some problems to equalize the game, also in the pawn sacrifice line 8...d6. On the other hand, in the 8...Nxe4 line the second player found an original idea for an exchange sacrifice in Hernandez,G-Kotronias,V 0-1, which probably leads to a position where he is at least not worse. There is no doubt that the resources of this variation are not exhausted yet.”

B22: Alapin Sicilian

GM Dorian Rogozenko examines the variation that arises after the moves 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 g6

The move 4...g6 was first introduced in GM practice at the beginning of the nineties by Cvitan, Hulak, Dizdarevic, P.Popovic and other players from the former Yugoslavia. Only 6-7 years later, at the end of the millennium, did the fianchetto system against the Alapin gain a wider popularity. Since then many strong GMs, like for instance Dreev, Almasi and Dautov, have included 4...g6 in their opening repertoire.

GM Rogozenko writes: "The established opinion about the discussed variation is that two strong arguments are in Black´s favour. First of all, it enables Black often to achieve positions with many fighting resources and enough possibilities to outplay less experienced opponents. The second attractive point of 4...g6 is that it allows the second player to avoid lots of Alapin Sicilian theory, since most other lines in this opening are analysed in great detail. For some reasons the fianchetto system has never been studied properly by theory, although in practice 4...g6 gave Black very good results. Black scored considerably above 50% from a total of more than 600 games. This is an extremely high percentage against such a safe opening like the Alapin Sicilian, and therefore I think that 4...g6 fully deserves a detailed investigation.

Black’s idea in the diagram position is to develop his pieces in the most optimal way, especially against an isolated pawn. As is often the case in Sicilian Defense, Black’s dark-squared bishop will be very well placed on the long diagonal. The delay with the development of the king’s knight can also turn out to be in Black’s favour sometimes: later the knight can go via h6 to f5, increasing Black’s pressure on d4. And what about White? Should he play in the usual slow manner (Nf3, Be2, 0-0), or try to develop quicker and use every single tactical possibility? Practice shows that in case of a slow development, Black conveniently arranges his pieces reaching comfortable play. One can hardly affirm that Black’s chances are preferable then, yet they are not worse. Instead White should try to use the exposed position of the opponent’s queen in order to quickly develop his pieces on active positions. Quite often White succeeds in achieving some development advantage which, however, is not enough to set serious problems: with accurate play Black is usually able to neutralize it. In that case, thanks to his healthy position, the second player can be optimistic about the future. Nevertheless, as we will see the White players have found ways to keep Black under a rather long positional pressure, forcing him to play very exactly move by move in a position where every inaccuracy would immediately turn White’s edge into a visible advantage.

My conclusion: 4...g6 leads to interesting play, with a lot of subtleties. The most promising variations for White are 5.Na3 cxd4 6.Nb5 Na6 7.Be3 and especially 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Na3, when after both 6...cxd4 7.Bc4 and 6...Nf6 7.Bc4 Black’s task is far from easy.”

A69: Modern Benoni

Jerzy Konikowski writes: "I would like to introduce you to a variation which has not yet been thoroughly researched and which is therefore rarely employed in modern praxis. I am talking of the sharp Three Pawns Attack in the Modern Benoni, as occurs after the moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 0-0 6.Nf3 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Be2 exd5 9.cxd5 Re8 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Ng4 12.Bg5 Qb6.

In the position in the diagram the overwhelming choice has been 13.0-0 and in opening theory this move constitutes the main line. At this point, however, there is a very interesting plan after 13.Qd2!?, clearly intending to castle queenside and rapidly mount an attack against the opposing king. Black now has a lot of problems he must overcome in order not to rapidly end up in a hopeless position.

My judgement: The queen continuation 13.Qd2!? gives White excellent prospects of a successful attack on the king. But I think that after 13...Nxe5 14.0-0-0 Nbd7 Black has good chances of defending himself.”

A29 English

GM Zoltan Ribli handles the variation which starts with the moves 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Nd4 5.Bg2 Nxf3+ 6.Bf3 Bc5.

The whole variation with 4...Nd4 is relatively rarely played, the alternatives 4...Bb4 and principally 4...d5 are more popular (4...Bc5 is also possible). And also on Black’s 6th move the alternative 6...Bb4 is played more; White usually replies 7.Qb3 and Black then plays 7...Bc5. The variation with the immediate 6...Bc5 is a favourite of some strong grandmasters (especially Sutovsky) and has another advantage – in its case there is a lot less theory.

GM Ribli’s conclusion: "This variation with 4...Nd4 and 6...Bc5 seems to me very playable for Black. The latter is mainly striving for simplifications and equality. White has a space advantage in the centre but Black’s position has no particular weaknesses. A good method of equalising is in many positions as follows: if White plays e3 (wanting to play d4) or a3 (wanting to play b4), Black can reply with the move a6 and his bishop finds some peace on a7. I believe that the variation 6...Bc5 is just as playable as the traditional continuation 6...Bb4.”

Other databases

On the CD you will find a number of other databases dealing with different areas of chess. Each of these sections is written by a leading expert and will help you improve your chess skills.

109 Strategy
This article by GM Peter Wells is entitled "Good and Bad Pieces Revisited – their functions, and what we expect of them!” It begins with a thought-provoking game, and narrates how this subject emerged. The column, we learn, was inspired by a particular game, in fact, not so much by the whole game (which was soon marred by serious mistakes on both sides), but by a string of thoughts which came to the author’s mind when he reached the key position.

109 Endgame
This section is written by GM Karsten Müller, who scans the most recent games for interesting and instructive endgames. His themes this time are active king; distant passed pawn; rooks behind passed pawns; drawing and losing zones; fortress; the fourth phase of the game.

109 Tactics
GM Valery Atlas has dedicated his column to the "Tactical Battles at the 15th European Team Championship”. This event, which took place in Gothenburg, Sweden, provided many spectacular tactical positions. A big number of games was decided by beautiful combinations, impressive sacrifices, and powerful tactical blows.

ICCF Telechess
This section contains seven very informative articles and 2187 games. The purpose of the articles is to provide readers with a comprehensive coverage of correspondence chess, whether using post, email, webservers or other kinds of transmission, as organised by the International Correspondence Chess Federation and its member federations, which represent the correspondence chess playing countries and the CC players of the world. The articles provide an insight into the "ICCF family of friends” working together as one unified organisational team, according to the motto "Amici Sumus” (we are friends).

The second Telechess database of correspondence and email games has been prepared by Roberto Alvarez und Juan Morgado. These two Argentinians provide 5696 correspondence games and nine reports. The latter are entitled Introduction to Telechess; Annotated Games by GM Juan Sebastían Morgado; Annotated Games by GM Roberto Alvarez; Where to play EmailChess for Free; IECC News; SEMI News; 6th World Championship Latvian Gambit; DESC – Deutscher E-Mail-Schachclub; IECG News; IECG Rating List.

109 History
This is an article by John Donaldson on grandmaster Igor Ivanov, who was born in St Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) on January 8, 1947 and died recently in the USA. Attached is a database containing 160 of Ivanov’s best games.

Mannheim 1914
This is a second historical report and deals with an unfinished tournament – the 19th Congress of the German Chess Federation (DSB). In 1914 the venue chosen for the 19th Congress of the DSB was the south German trading metropolis, Mannheim. Participants included Aljechin, Vidmar, Spielman, Breyer, Marshall, Reti, Janovsky, Bogoljubow, Tarrasch and Tartakova. However, on the 1st of August 1914, after the end of the eleventh round, Germany declared war on Russia. The tournament director Hermann Römmig resigned from his post and, since he was a reserve officer, immediately set off to join his unit. As far as the tournament was concerned, all sorts of scurrilous suggestions were made, such as continuing it in neutral Switzerland. Tarrasch moved that it be simply postponed for one year, on the grounds that the war would of course then be over. In the end it was decided that the players should be "indemnified” according to their score, but not paid the total prize money. Thus Alekhine got 1100 marks, Vidmar 850, Spielmann 600, Breyer, Marshall and Reti 375 each, Janowski 250, Bogoljubov and Tarrasch 180 marks, and all the others 100 marks. Calculated in terms of purchasing power today, the sums would be multiplied ten times in euros. So Alekhine’s "consolation prize” was 11,000 Euros.

This database contains descriptions of the new products available from ChessBase at the end of the year 2005. You will find a summary of them on pages 25-26 of this printed magazine. You can also visit the ChessBase shop on our home and news page:www.chessbase.com.

Other directories

This directory on the CD contains the latest version of ChessBase 9 and a Fritz 8 service pack. In both cases you should start the file Setup.exe from the Windows Explorer. The upgrade process should take under one or two minutes.

This directory contains the latest ChessBase Reader, which you can use to access all the material on this CD. When you start the program Setup.exe (as described in the introduction above) these files are used to install the reader.

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