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MegaBase 2023 Evaluation – Higher Chess

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MegaBase 2023: Trendy Grasp Play

07/09/2023– MegaBase 2023 is Chess Historical past in Motion. Often up to date each month the Major Database at the moment gives 10 million video games, a lot of them annotated. Our columnist, gives a evaluation with concentrate on trendy grasp play. There’s much more to find on this treasure trove, grand battles, opening novelties and exemplary endgames.

Evaluation by Nagesh Havanur

When MegaBase got here my approach on the finish of final yr there have been greater than 9.7 million video games. Immediately with updates there are as many as 10 million video games on this database. The primary of them, Francisco De Castellvi -Narcisco Vinoles, was performed in Valencia, Spain approach again in 1475. The final of them with updates in my database is Sergiy Zavgorodniy-Peter Roberson, World Group Fast Championship on 28th August, 2023. The quantity continues to be rising. So once you see this MegaBase in your display you might have greater than 5 centuries of chess earlier than you. It’s not possible to do justice to this type of work in a single evaluation.

So. right here I shall take care of one theme, trendy grasp play. The primary query {that a} reader would ask is in regards to the world champions and their video games on this century. For starters, Carlsen has greater than 3000 video games and Ding Liren greater than 2000 video games on this database. Because the newly topped world champion, Ding Liren is but to open his innings (now that may be a cricket analogy!). So first, we will concentrate on Carlsen and his rivals.

On advantage and sporting success his world championship video games with Karjakin and Caruana listed here are necessary. The stakes have been excessive and the challengers additionally carried out very properly. They deserve as a lot credit score because the world champion (properly, nearly).

The primary of them, Carlsen-Karjakin,World Championship Match 2016 was a fierce wrestle and the video games listed here are annotated by John Nunn, Yasser Seirawan, Wesley So and Fabiano Caruana amongst others. Karjakin got here near a victory within the following sport, however it was not sufficient.

Karjakin-Carlsen WCH (9) 2016 (obtain pgn)

Then Carlsen struck again within the subsequent sport:

Carlsen-Karjakin, WCH (10) 2016 (obtain pgn)

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The following world championship match, Carlsen-Caruana was comparatively a staid affair with quite a lot of nuanced attracts. The video games listed here are annotated by Anand, Adams, Gelfand, Duda and Wesley So amongst others

The challenger was not with out possibilities on this Match as seen within the following sport:

Caruana –Carlsen, WCH (10) 2018 (obtain pgn)

Carlsen struck again within the tie-break video games and solely right here managed to prevail over his opponent:

Carlsen-Caruana, WCH (Fast 1) 2018 (obtain pgn)

Eteri Kublashvili

Picture: Nikolai Dunaevsky

Magnus had a string of successes in tournaments, repeatedly he proved himself in World Fast and Blitz Championships.


What about veterans, Anand and Kramnik? One could ask. Anand has greater than 4000 video games and Kramnik has greater than 3000 video games on this database. These buddies and rivals have performed an entire world championship match between them and proceed to compete with one another. Lately it was this epic encounter that made waves within the chess world:

Anand-Kramnik, Legends of Chess, chess24.com (obtain pgn)

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Picture: Frederic Friedel and Wolfgang Rzychon

Younger Skills

This brings us to the younger abilities in world area. At the moment the Indian trio, Praggnanandhaa, Gukesh and Arjun Erigaisi have taken the chess world by storm and rightly so. The MegaBase has quite a lot of their video games, each annotated and unannotated.

Amongst others Abdusattorov, Duda and Firoujza deserve particular point out. Abdusattaorov has had an enormous rivalry with Gukesh and the dramatic conflict right here helped the Uzbek Group to win the Gold Medal within the Chess Olympiad and pushed the Indian staff to say the Bronze Medal.

Gukesh-Abdusattaorov, FIDE Chess Olympiad 1922

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Picture: Lennart Ootes

In equity to Gukesh, he has fared higher towards Abudusattorov in latest days, beating him every so often. Gukesh is an intense, passionate participant with nice dedication to win. Every now and then he overreaches himself in his turbulent quest for victory. Praggnanandhaa additionally has nice dedication to win. In addition to, he has sturdy nerves and may face up to stress. He finds sources in determined conditions as proven within the following sport:

Carlsen-Praggnanandhaa, Tata metal 2023 (obtain pgn)

One level about these younger Indian gamers is that their play is consistently evolving and their opening arsenal retains on altering. This makes it tough for the opponents to arrange towards them. As of now, solely Carlsen appears to get the higher of them, and that, usually within the endgame during which he’s a virtuoso.

Final, however not least, is Daniil Dubov. He’s a daredevil and his play is, particularly, paying homage to younger Tal. The next sport made waves within the chess world for its imaginative play and tactical fantasy:

Dubov-Karjakin, Russian Championship 1920

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Picture: Eteri Kublashvili)

Dubov is a hit-or-miss participant. You’ll be able to be taught from each his wins and losses on this Database.


This brings me to the topic of annotations on this Database. The video games in recent times are annotated intimately, because of their primary supply, ChessBase Journal proper as much as November 2022. Not so with video games from the previous. A variety of them are unannotated. Others have annotations of various size and high quality. Which annotations are greatest? Those who supply a considered mix of rationalization and evaluation.

At the moment, Anish Giri units an instance. Nonetheless, I used to be pleasantly shocked to seek out annotations by Carlsen, Caruana, Karjakin and Ding Liren to their video games. This was within the years earlier than they contested the world championship title on their very own.

System Necessities

At the moment the system necessities for the MegaBase 2023 are Home windows 10 and ChessBase 17 Program. On older packages the search operate is sluggish and outcomes are usually not all the time correct. The variety of video games in MegaBase 2023 has now exceeded 10 million and it’s nonetheless rising. So sooner or later or the opposite, use of ChessBase 17 would change into inevitable. Younger readers are tech-savvy and so they don’t want this recommendation. Older readers could attempt to see if they will run the MegaBase 2023 with this system they have already got. If not, ChessBase 17 must be used. In the long term it will accommodate different large databases.

Seeing the video games within the MegaBase 2023 is step one. Thereafter one has to complement one’s understanding with some good studying and importantly, follow over the board.


1) In a earlier evaluation of the MegaBase I had handled its remedy of three world championship matches:

https://en.chessbase.com/put up/megabase-2022-three-epic-matches

2) An in depth commentary on this sport could also be discovered right here:

https://en.chessbase.com/put up/the-dramatic-deciding-game

Gukesh’s personal account of this traumatic expertise could also be present in his interview in New in Chess Journal, 2022 #6.

3) Praggnanandhaa has analysed this sport with Carlsen in CBM 212. Price a glance.

4) I did annotate the Dubov –Karjakin sport earlier than:

https://en.chessbase.com/put up/cbm-200-from-kasparov-to-carlsen-a-review-by-nagesh-havanur

Nonetheless, his personal annotations to the sport in New in Chess Journal 2021 #1 are necessary. They provide an perception into the thoughts of this gifted participant.

Additional Studying:

1) Carlsen versus World Championship 1916 by Lev Alburt and Jon Crümiller with spherical by round-by-round sport evaluation by Vladimir Kramnik

Chess Data and Analysis Heart. 2017

2)Carlsen vs Caruana, Duel of Giants by Niklas Huschenbeth

Independently printed. 2018

3)The Magnus Methodology by Emmanuel Neiman

New in Chess.2021

The Writer


Prof. Nagesh Havanur (in any other case often called “chessbibliophile”) is a senior educational and analysis scholar. He taught English in Mumbai for 3 a long time and has now settled in Bangalore, India. His pursuits embody chess historical past, biography and opening principle. He has been writing on the Royal Recreation for practically three a long time. His articles and critiques have appeared on a number of internet sites and magazines.



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