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A World Cup Particular – Higher Chess

CBM 216

Photograph: Anna Shtourman

Introduction to CBM 216

ChessBase Journal gives a window to the world {of professional} chess. The newest problem, CBM 216 is out. Our columnist, Nagesh Havanur takes a glance.

968 video games (34 annotated), decisive encounters from the World Cup deeply annotated. 12 opening surveys, 3 opening movies, 9 demo. lectures and a number of other workouts for coaching. Annotators embody Anish Giri, Peter Heine Nielsen, Nijat Abasov, Vidit Gujrathi and Praggnanandhaa amongst others. The icing on the cake is a function on Hou Yifan with 22 annotated video games. She has simply gained the Julius Baer Girls’s Pace Championship for the second consecutive time.

Evaluation by Nagesh Havanur (Betterchess contributor)

At the same time as I write these strains, the twenty fourth European Crew Chess Championship has drawn to an in depth. As anticipated, Carlsen carried out nicely (+5, =3, -0). Magnus didn’t relaxation on his laurels when he was the World Champion and he doesn’t let go of any alternative to play severe chess even now.

Be that as it could, nobody anticipated the latest World Cup Match to be a cakewalk for him. Throughout his illustrious profession Magnus had gained each essential chess competitors, however not the World Cup. This jewel within the crown had eluded him regardless of some heroic effort prior to now. Now it appeared to be much more difficult with each previous and new rivals in fray. On the one hand there have been seasoned gamers like Ivanchuk, Svidler, Caruana and Giri.

Then again there was the youthful expertise, Duda, Pragg, Gukesh, to not point out a brand new star on the horizon, Nijat Abasov. How Magnus overcame his rivals is a crucial a part of the story. In CBM 216, Peter Heine Nielsen annotates two of his decisive video games, one with Abasov and the opposite with Pragg:

However this DVD is just not about Magnus and his conquest of the World Cup alone. Additionally it is in regards to the youthful gamers and their quest for victory. Pragg beat Nakamura and Abasov beat Caruana. Admittedly, the latter didn’t do himself justice in that sport. So allow us to see a special sport by Abasov in CBM 216. It’s with Vidit Gujrathi who obtained eradicated because of this sport.


Abasov-Gujrathi, FIDE World Cup 2023 (obtain pgn)

On the finish of his annotations to the sport Abasov writes, “I recognize Vidit’s sportsmanship in permitting me to ship a checkmate on the board. It’s all the time a heartbreaking to have decisive sport in opposition to a buddy, I’ve to confess. However I additionally was glad to listen to spectators applauding me after my final transfer. Positively a second to recollect ceaselessly.”

I used to be notably touched by Abasov’s last remark on the finish of his annotations to the sport, “I recognize Vidit’s sportsmanship in permitting me to ship a checkmate on the board. It’s all the time a heartbreaking to have decisive sport in opposition to a buddy, I’ve to confess.

However I used to be additionally glad to listen to spectators applauding me after my final transfer. Positively a second to recollect ceaselessly.”

Each gamers have proven sportsmanship of a excessive order right here. By means of postscript I’ll add, now Vidit Gujrathi has additionally turn into a world championship candidate. He and Abasov could be battling collectively on the planet championship cycle together with Pragg and Caruana.

A Hou Yifan Particular

CMB 216 - Hou Yifan

CBM 216 additionally carries a particular function on Hou Yifan with 22 annotated video games. Curiously, half of the opponents are male GMs like Caruana, Nepomniachtchi and Nigel Quick. Among the many feminine Muzychuk sisters deserve point out.

Opening movies and surveys

There are 3 opening movies in CBM 216:

The primary gives an introduction to a comparatively new line with 6.Rg1 in opposition to the Sicilian Najdorf (B90) by Luis Engel.

The second by Daniel King presents evaluation of a line within the London System (D02) with which Ding Liren beat Nepomniachtchi within the World Championship Match early this yr

The third examines an aggressive line within the Bogo-Indian (E11) by Mihail Marin.

Take your decide.

What’s extra, there are as many as 11 opening surveys starting from the Caro-Kann to the King’s Indian. Amongst them I might single out the evaluation of the Advance Variation of the French Defence (C02) by Tanmay Srinath and the Rubinstein Variation within the Nimzo-Indian(A83) by Spyridon Kapnisis.

Tanmay Srinath has printed a collection of surveys on the French Defence in ChessBase Journal lately. His writing takes under consideration each OTB and CC video games. Right here I’m providing the principle line of his evaluation with the textual content of rationalization:

Kapnisis presents a special type of problem in his survey. He begins with a dialogue of the well-known sport Erigaisi-Rapport, Wijk aan Zee 2023. At first sight Black does so nicely within the strains given by him that one begins to fret about White. Right here I’m providing a little-known line that brings some cheer for White.

Apart from opening surveys, CBM 216 has normal options on techniques, technique and the endgame. Right here I might make a particular point out of Mihail Marin’s writing on technique. Marin is an authority on our chess heritage and he has re-interpreted many video games of the previous in his books and articles. In CBM 216, he has chosen video games from Carlsbad 1923 for Checks on Technique for aspiring event gamers. The previous masters knew a factor or two in regards to the sport.

Additionally noteworthy is Karsten Müller’s demo. lecture on king and pawn endings. Apart from, he gives a column, “Readers write” wherein he consists of evaluation by specialists like Zoran Petronijevic and Charles Sullivan. Right here is an illustrative instance:

Final, however not least, we have now Jan Markos’ demo lecture on tips on how to win a gained place. Sensible recommendation for the event participant.

Summing up

The principle database of CBM 216 has 968 video games of which 34 are deeply annotated. There may be a lot else on this CBM 216 DVD that deserves to be explored. Aside from the gamers I’ve already talked about, the commentators embody Anish Giri, Peter Svidler, Jan Duda and Andrey Esipenko amongst others. It could be famous that there are extra annotated video games within the opening and coaching sections of CBM 216. Nicely, apply makes excellent.



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