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ChessBase Magazine 114
What did summer 2006 bring? Which interesting novelties, what ideas and strategies? In the latest issue of ChessBase Magazine we find stars like Loek van Wely, Teimour Radjabov, Magnus Carlsen, Boris Gelfand, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Kateryna Lahno annotating their best games. On the DVD you get more than two hours of audio and video chess training. 

What did summer 2006 bring us on the chess scene? What are the interesting novelties for your own openings repertoire? What ideas and strategies underlie the touches of genius shown by the top players? In this issue stars such as Loek van Wely, Teimour Radjabov, Magnus Carlsen, Boris Gelfand, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Kateryna Lahno annotate their best games for you and explain their ideas and their strategies. On the DVD you get, amongst other things, more than two hours of chess training in the Chess Media Format. Chess Media Format means that you receive more direct information from international title holders, who are able to show you in pictures and words more specifically and more effectively innovations, combinations, endgames, etc. In addition there are 12 up-to-date openings surveys from leading authors and grandmasters. 

The Hamburg grandmaster Karsten Müller starts off in his introductory video by presenting a few of the highlights of this issue and by giving you an overview of the other training material on the DVD.

Van Wely, Radjabov, Carlsen & Co annotate their best games

Top Dutch player Loek van Wely is a well known lover of sharp variations, fighting open chess and spectacular moves. In this issue of ChessBase Magazine he examines one of his recent brilliant games and explains it to you in words and pictures.

Van Wely-Timman
Position after 20.h3

In the Dutch Championship in June 2006 in Hilversum, van Wely came up against former champion Timman as he has so often done. And just like most meetings of these two players, a most entertaining game was the result. With White, van Wely chose the Classical Nimzo-Indian with 4.Qc2. Timman decided on the 16th move to try his luck in tactical complications on the kingside. After van Wely’s provocative 20.h3 (see diagram) and the subsequent 20...Ngxf2 21.Rf1 there arose sharp tactical complications finishing up with two extremely exposed kings. Thanks to his bishop pair and his dominance of the black squares, van Wely finally managed to decide the game in his favour.

Above all, there was extremely attractive chess on offer to the spectators of the Biel Chess Festival. The young stars Carlsen, Radjabov and Co. put as much into it as the tournament winner Morozevich, who drew only one of his games. However, the top Norwegian prospect Magnus Carlsen (should we still be calling him a "prospect”?) managed to defeat the tournament winner twice. Magnus Carlsen annotates in this issue in depth his 7th round victory with Black against Morozevich. 

Morozevich,A - Carlsen,M 0-1
Position after 18...Bxa5

In a 3.Bb5 Sicilian, both players soon left the paths of theory (Morozevich innovated with 6.Bf4). In the position in the diagram on the right, Carlsen played the highly risky 18...Bxa5 and as a consequence had to give up his queen for a rook and bishop, though he received in return a very strong bishop pair. After somewhat careless play by Morozevich, the young Norwegian managed to expose the weaknesses of White’s back rank by means of an intermediate move you really must see and went on to decide the game in his favour. Click on the link under the diagram to play through the game with the annotations of the new young champion of Norway.
Another young star did great things in Biel: Teimour Radjabov came through to share second place with Magnus Carlsen. For years Radjabov has turned in constantly good results in world class tournaments. His performance in Biel served to emphasise once more his ambitions to topple World Champion Topalov from his throne next year – should the latter still be world champion at that point... The young Azerbaijani has annotated two of his wins from Biel for this issue. 

Pelletier,Y - Radjabov,T 0-1
Position after 41...b4

He defeated Yannick Pelletier in a model strategic game in the King’s Indian. Firstly, by means of the manoeuvre g5-Ng6-Nf4 and the advance of the h-pawn he gained the upper hand on the kingside. Then he blocked the centre, took the initiative on the queenside and frustrated all attempts by his opponent to achieve active play for himself. On move 41, Radjabov sealed the fate of a game which had not gone at all well for White. After the said move (see diagram) White is helpless against the penetration of the black rooks down the a-file and the loss of the b3-pawn and with it the game. 
Radjabov played another high class strategic game with excellent technique against the young Cuban  Lazaro Bruzon. In the Exchange Variation of the Queen’s Gambit Radjabov chose the early and rarely played 12.Bf4 (intending to place a bishop on e5), and immediately went on to seize the initiative on the queenside with Rab1 and a pawn advance. After an exchange of queens and the opening of the c-file for the white rook (see diagram) the black pawns on b5 and d5 turned out to be indefensible. Radjabov’s perfect technique and the white passed pawn on the d-file decided the game. 

Radjabov,T - Bruzon Bautista,L 1-0
Position after 24.Rc6

Anand,V - Radjabov,T 0-1
Position after 26...Bf7

Another important part of this issue are the Mainz Chess Classics and above all the WCh rapid chess match between Anand and Radjabov as well as the Ordix Open with its highly qualified field of participants (won by Kasimdzhanov, see below).  The match for the crown of the best rapid chess player between Anand and Radjabov was full of fighting chess and Black victories, One of these, and one really worth seeing, has been commented on in detail on this DVD by Radjabov. As in rounds 1 and 4 (both drawn) he chose as Black in round 5 the Sveshnikov Variation. After a series of precise and fine moves (including the manoeuvre Qe6-c8-c5) he gradually gained the upper hand. After White had to play the unpleasant 26.Bg6-f7 (see diagram) Black already had an advantage. But to realise the said advantage, another whole series of subtle moves was necessary: they are worth seeing and you should not miss them.

And the 2004 FIDE-World Champion, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, also had grounds to feel happy. With a new record entry in Mainz Ordix Open (over 630 players, including 58 grandmasters), he was able to come out victorious. However he was certainly much aided in his efforts by his new outfit with his ChessBase T-Shirt. In his games Kasimdhzanov once more gave proof of excellent chess understanding and a feel for strategy. In this issue, he has commented on five of his games – sometimes in great depth – in the Chess Media Format (Audio).

Position after 16.Nbd2

Kasimdzhanov uses more than half an hour in presenting the analysis of his game against GM Prusikin. It is highly instructive. Amongst other things he explains what kind of position he is striving for in a c3 Sicilian, and exactly where he sees the structural advantages and disadvantages for both sides.

In the game against Israeli GM Golod – a Nimzo Indian with 4.Qc2 – both players followed the final game Kramnik vs Leko (Dortmund 2006) for a long time. on move 15 Golod tried to improve on Kramnik's game with the move Ne2, but Kasimdzhanov's reply 15...f5 foiled his plans and gave the FIDE world champion of 2004 the healthier, more active position.

Kasimdzhanov narrates a little story from his game against the Hungarian GM Gyimesi. For the first time in his career he was able to excute a tactical shot after he had missed it a few moves earlier. You can listen to his comments and follow the game, manually on a separate board. In ChessBase Magazins of couse everything is automatic – the author speaks and moves the pieces on the board. And of course the sound quality is better, since in this teaser we are using a much higher compression rate.

Stellung vor 36.Sxc5!

In comparison to Biel, play was a bit more reserved in the top tournament of the Dortmunder Schachtage. That can be seen from a glance at the number of draws: only 10 of the 28 games were decisive. But of course there was world class chess to be admired here also, such as Boris Gelfand’s victory over the rising star of 2006, Levon Aronian. 

Gelfand,B - Aronian,L 1-0
Position after 8.cd5:

In a Queen’s Indian with 4...Ba6 Gelfand chose 5.Qc2 – a move which in his opinion has been underestimated for too long. Shortly thereafter, he decided with 7.d5 ed5: 8.cd5: to play a pawn sacrifice which has not been used much (see diagram): it does give White an opening advantage and a long-lasting initiative in the centre, but it still certainly needs to be confirmed as being playable in grandmaster praxis. Gelfand went on to decide on ambitious plan of castling long, with an attack on the black king as wells as strong pressure in the centre. His reward was a victory in 33 moves which is well worth looking at. 
Immediately after the Dortmund Schachtage Gelfand travelled to Prague, where as part of theCEZ Chess Trophy 2006 he played a four-game match with David Navara. The 21-year-old Czech shooting star had just shone with 8.5 out of 12 on first board in the Turin Olympiads and in doing so achieved the leap to an Elo rating of more than 2700. Gelfand has annotated the first game of this match – another Queen’s Indian, but this time the Israeli grandmaster had the black pieces and had already achieved equality after 13 moves (see diagram and Gelfand’s commentary in the game). By advancing the g-pawn and putting constant pressure on the f2-pawn, Black got the upper hand on the d-file and for a time a dangerous attack against the white king. Gelfand did miss an excellent tactical attacking chance, but won the resulting endgame (rook and knight) thanks to his faster queenside passed pawns.

Navara,D - Gelfand,B 0-1
Position after 13...Qc8

An absolute novelty for ChessBase Magazine can be found in Kateryna Lahno’s annotations to her games from the North Urals Cup. Firstly, this brings one of the strongest up and coming players in the world into our team of annotators, and with good reason. Unless I am completely wrong, women are on the advance in chess – the latest proof of this is Eva Moser’s triumph over her male colleagues in the Austrian Championship. The 16-year-old Ukrainian convincingly won the strong tournament with the likes of ex World Champions Zhu Chen and Maja Chiburdanidze as well as other top women players. She has annotated three games for this issue of ChessBase Magazine. In some parts she really gets to the point – see for yourself!

Cmilyte,V - Lahno,K 0-1
Position after 26...Ba6

In the game against the Lithuanian WGM Cmilyte there were various exchange sacrifices. In an aggressive variation of the Modern Benoni (with 11.Bf4), Lahno, with Black, played very accurately and early on involved her opponent in queenside complications which led to her having to give up a rook in exchange for a powerful black knight on d3. A few moves after that the European champion herself intentionally sacrificed her rook on b6 (see diagram), in order to retain the initiative and to be able to renew the disruption on d3 with her second knight.  

Another victory of hers with Black which is worth seeing is the game against the Russian WGM N. Konsintseva. In the Archangel Möller Variation of the Ruy Lopez, she came up with, in 16.Ne7 (see diagram), an attractive alternative for Black compared to the game Leko - Karjakin (Dortmund 2004). In Lahno’s view the text move is more precise, since it starts regrouping the black pieces at once, while still keeping an eye on the the weaknesses in White’s kingside. 

Last but not least, there follows a game which was a convincing victory over Chiburdanidze, who tried out with 7...Bb4+ and 9...Nf6 a new setup in the Caro-Kann, but one which does not seem to promise success. However, Lahno’s exemplary play with queenside castling and advance of the h-pawn should not be missed.

Kosintseva,N - Lahno,K 0-1
Position after 16...Ne7

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