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ChessBase Magazine 115
Congratulations! As this year comes to an end we should be able to rejoice in the so-called reunification of chess, which after a long and tedious process has been brought to a conclusion with the match between the FIDE-World Champion Veselin Topalov and the Classical Chess World Champion Vladimir Kramnik in September/October in Elista. Anyone who followed this spectacle and war of nerves could see how painful this rebirth was. May the at least formal unity of chess last for a long time. After all the World Chess Champion is the visiting card which the chess world can present to that other world. The more splendid that card looks, the better chess will be able to keep up in the competition with other sports. The chess played in the match is one of the high points of this our Christmas issue of ChessBase Magazine. Almost at the same time, the Europa Cup for teams was taking place in Fügen. At it there was gathered a large part of the remaining chess élite. A further high point in terms of chess were the World Youth Championships for boys and girls in Batumi, a veritable exhibition of talent. German chess fans are happy to have a World Champion in Arik Braun. After two German championships and his place as runner-up in the European Youth Championship, this was the greatest success yet for the 18 year old. Another 18 year old is a step ahead in his development. When Teimour Radjabov beat Garry Kasparov three years ago in Linares, the young man from Baku was reckoned to be a possible future world champion. At the rapid chess tournament in Cap d'Agde, he came in first and gave his opponents the chance to admire his strength.


A plethora of publications has earned for the Hamburg grandmaster Karsten Müller the reputation of a first-class author in the world of chess. Nowadays he is counted as one of the leading experts in the realm of the endgame. In our new ChesBase Magazine, he is responsible for the endgame and at the beginning of the magazine he also gives an overview of its content in Fritz Trainer video format; in it he points out the most important content.


Technical note: if you read this DVD with the ChessBase Reader you should start by installing the new version of the Reader from the DVD. Go to Start -> Run and enter: D:\Setup.exe (if D: is your DVD-drive). If you are using ChessBase 9.0, you should first install the update from the DVD. For the moment ChessBase Magazine is being reorganised, which also has its downside and means that the program frequently has to be updated. We thank you for your understanding and promise you that it is all worth the trouble.

During the World Championship, grandmaster Yasser Seirawan  commented live (in databaseElista 2006) for spectators on the Fritz server and discussed and analysed with the grandmasters present and with a lot of knowledgeable spectators. There can be no other commentator who has so intensively lived the games as he has done. For all those who wish to enjoy this unique match once more in retrospect, looking at the chess and forgetting the hectic day-by-day events, the comments which Seirawan makes in this magazine in Fritz Trainer format should be extraordinarily informative. For German speaking readers, Hamburg chess trainer and author Gisbert Jacoby also gives a résumé of the openings used in Elista, also in Fritz Trainer format - see text Openings. He also explains the match strategy which underlies the choice of openings. Jacoby has himself been able to gain experience of matchplay as a second. He was in the support team for Robert Hübner for his candidates finals match against Kortschnoj in Meran 1980 and his candidates match agains Smyslov in Velden.

As well as Yasser Seirawan, Mihail Marin has also annotated all the Wch games, and that in extraordinary depth. The Romanian grandmaster has in various circumstances given proof ofhis very thorough analysis of games, not least as an author of some excellent ChessBase Training CDs. In his preface the author apologises for possibly having put in what some may consider too many question marks in his analysis. This should not be taken to mean that he in any way underestimated the level of play in Elista, according to Marin; instead, the extreme difference between playing styles and the large quantity of complex positions unavoidably led to errors.




The Europa Cup for teams was organised on this occasion by the Austrian Chess Federation in cooperation with the Jenbach Chess Club. An appropriate venue was found in Fügen, in the Zillertal, one able to stage this event which resembled a minature version of the chess Olympiads. The Alps all around them encouraged many a grandmaster to take a little tour of the mountains. Because of the plethora of games and the simultaneous Wch match in Elista, it was difficult for the Europa Cup to attract the attention it deserved while it was being played. However some authors have turned in retrospect to this super tournament and present in this issue analyses and comments which will offer students of the game plenty of stimulation for their own further development. One of the high points is the annotation by Alexei Shirov of his game against Kasimdzahnov; in the said annotations he casts light especially on the theory of the opening.


The best individual result in Fügen was that of the Werder Bremen player Tomi Nyback, who was the only player to score 6.5 points out of 7 thus putting in a performance of 2887 Elo. The victims of the young Finnish player include such Elo-giants as Evgeny Bareev and Vladimir Malakhov. The young Finn has annotated both of these games for the readers of ChessBase Magazine. Against Bareev, Nyback was the beneficiary of a blackout on the part of his opponent, whereas the victory over Malakhov was the consequence of better strategic understanding. In his comments, the Finnish number one points out at the same time how in many positions human beings still understand more about chess than do computers. It is worthwhile playing the game over again just on account of the satisfaction which results from this insight. Bareev,E - Nyback,T 0-1, Nyback,T - Malakhov,V 1-0

The previous FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov who represented in Fügen Ladya Kazan managed 5 points in 7 games and an average of over 70%. The Uzbek, who lives in Germany, considers that with his move 8.Qd3! he has dealt a heavy blow to the 6...b5-Variation in the classical Nimzo Indian. In his comments on the game against Arkadij Naiditsch, he explains how and why White obtains a positional plus in all variations - Kasimdzhanov,R - Naiditsch,A 1-0. In his two DVDs which have recently appeared, Kasimdzhanov has also demonstrated his excellent abilities as an annotator.


Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu could almost have won the FIDE World Championship in 1999 in Las Vegas. He knocked straight out of the tournament two of the favourites, Ivanchuk and Shirov, before Khalifman was able to stop him in the semi-final. Suddenly the Romanian German was a household name in the chess world. In the previous year, after all, he had become European Champion. In the Europa Cup he made exactly the same score as Kasimdzhanov, though it was for the French representatives Clichy. Nisipeanu annotates his games against Georgiev -Georgiev,K - Nisipeanu,L 0-1 - and van Wely - Nisipeanu,L - Van Wely,L 1-0 -, when he surprised the Dutchman by castling queenside in a Sveshnikov Sicilian, a move against which all the chess programs specifically advise at that point in the game. Once more we come up against the superiority of human fantasy when it is compared to the calculations of the machines!



The top Dutch player Loek van Wely was appearing for the Spanish team Gros Xake Taldea in Fügen and turned in a solid performance on board one. He has annotated two of his victories for this number. According to van Wely, his game against Rainer Polzin of Schachfreunde Berlin is very instructive on account of "a series of interesting mistakes" - Polzin,R - Van Wely,L 0-1. On the other hand, the game against Evgeny Agrest is an interesting theoretical battle on the terrain of the Botvinnik Variation in the semi Slav - Van Wely,L - Agrest,E 1-0. The several times Dutch champion is a great expert in that line, especially with the white pieces. A DVD on this subject by him will soon be appearing under the ChessBase label.

The top of German chess is quite far from the world pinnacle. So for that reason we are all the more happy when Germans enjoy success and are even able to win a title. The 18 year old Arik Braun has for a long time been one of our hopefuls in German junior chess. After two German youth titles and the runner-up position in the European youth Championships, he achieved his as yet greatest success in the U-18 championship held during the World Youth Championships. In his comments on two of his games the young man from Backnang also demonstrates his qualities as an annotator.
Bosiocic,M - Braun,A 0-1
Braun,A - Jojua,D 1-0

If not before, then since Teimour Radjabov's fine tactical game against Garry Kasparov in Linares three years ago caught the notice of the chess public, the young Azerbaijani (now 19 years old) is reckoned to be a possible future world champion. Radjabov has in common with Kasparov not only his place of birth (Baku) but also a tactically influenced playing style, which occasionally leads to wild attacking chess. In Fügen where he was in the same team as Rustam Kasimdzhanov he scored a victory which is well worth seeing in an extremely aggressive game against Alexander Morozevich -Radjabov,T - Morozevich,A 1-0. He goes into the game in some detail in this issue. Soon afterwards, Radjabov won the rapid chess tournament in Cap d'Agde. He has annotated for the readers of ChessBase Magazine two games from this tournament: one against Volokitin and the other against Fressinet. Fressinet,L - Radjabov,T 0-1, Radjabov,T - Volokitin,A 1-0

As well as the collaborators we have already mentioned, numerous other authors contributed to the content of this issue of the magazine and annotated in particular games from the Europa Cup. These include Vlastimil Babula, Emanuel Berg, Lubomir Ftacnik, Viktor Bologan, Michal Krasenkow, Leonid Kritz, Viktor Mikhalevsky, Yannick Pelletier, Dorian Rogozenko, Lars Schandorff, Peter Wells, Arizmendi Martinez and Oliver Reeh. Any one of these authors deserved to be introduced in such detail. The only reasons for this not happening are those of time and space.

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