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A very important point
Candidates winner Ian Nepomniachtchi explains his hard-fought win over Wang Hao

Jan Timman – the Dutch legend turns 70
Special with 25 games annotated by the authors of CBM + chronicles on strategy and endgame

Bogo-Indian: no respite for the Blacks!
Lars Schandorff Shows Poison 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Qe7 5.e3!?

Three times Anish Giri!
Among other things, the Dutchman notes his impressive win over Liren Ding

“Good news for French players!”
Rustam Kasimdzhanov repairs the Classical Variation (opening video)

Italian bet à la Dubov
Christian Braun hits with the sharp 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 cxd4 6.b4!?

New by “lapsus manus”!
Mihail Marin shows his discovery in the Grünfeld with 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 Bg4 8.Be3 Nfd7 9.Qb3 Nc6!?

Scare your opponent – ​​with the Halloween Gambit!
Robert Ris debouches 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nxe5 Nxe5 5.d4

Inverted Sicilian: d2-d4 at once!
Alexey Kuzmin presents White’s plan after 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.0–0 Nb6 7.b3

Technical vs ticking
Jan Krzysztof Duda shows why his advantage against Hikaru Nakamura at NIC Classic was only enough for the draw

Caro-Kann for fighters – resume as Mikhail Tal
All in one by Spyridon Kapnisis on 1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 5.gxf3!?

Pushes, Bags and Special Moves
Tactics with Oliver Reeh

Special: My Favorite Timman Game

The authors of CBM present their favorite game of the Dutch GM, who 30 years ago was part of the absolute world elite and who lost twice in the Candidates final (1990 against Karpov and 1992 against Short). Contributions to this exclusive collection have come, for example, from David Navara, Adhiban Baskaran, Yannick Pelletier, Krishnan Sasikiran and Imre Hera.

Candidates Tournament 2020/2021

Ian Nepomniachtchi, winner of the Candidates Tournament and new challenger to Magnus Carlsen, comments
his match against Wang Hao. Additional analysis by Anish Giri. Romain Edouard and Michal Krasenkow in their analyzes focus on the most important moments and the most beautiful matches.

“All in one”

Here, you can find out everything you need to know about a specific opening line based on just one in-depth analyzed play! Spyridon Kapnisis examines a rather provocative line in the Caro-Kann: 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 5.gxf3!? And Igor Stohl informs about the current state of things in the Petroff, especially after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Be3 Nd7 8.Qd2 0 – 0 9.0-0-0

Opening Videos

Rustam Kasimdzhanov uses the Alekseenko-Grischuk game of the Candidates Tournament to show the latest developments in classical French with 8…Qb6. Mihail Marin celebrates the analytical skills of Jan Timman (1986 vs. Karpov) and highlights an explosively powerful 1960 “Fingerfehler” for today’s Grünfeld
the theory. A novelty at move three? Daniel King scrutinizes 3…Ne7 in the Albin Countergambit.

New ideas for your opening repertoire

With 11 opening articles, CBM #202 offers many exciting ideas and recommendations:

  • Alexey Kuzmin: English 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 with 7.b3
  • Sergey Grigoriants: Caro-Kann Advance Variation with 5.f4!
  • Andrey Sumets: Paulsen Sicilian Variation with 6…Qb6
  • Tanmay Srinath: French Tarrasch with 3…Be7
  • Martin Lorenzini: Philidor Antoshin 6g3 (II)
  • Robert Ris: Four Knights Game (Halloween Gambit) 4.Nxe5
  • Christian Braun: Italian Game 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.b4!?
  • Petra Papp: Grünfeld 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 c5 7.dxc5 Ne4!
  • Lars Schandorff: Bogo-Indian 4.Bd2 Qe7 5.e3
  • Evgeny Postny: Nimzo-Indian 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ (II)
  • Krisztian Szabo: King’s Indian with 6…Bg4 7.Be3 Nfd7

Topical aperture traps

Laying traps often pays off! Our expert Rainer Knaak presents nine current examples, three of which are also in video format. This time his contribution covers Modern Defence, Queen’s Indian, Italian Game and several Sicilians!

Move by Move

The Fabiano Caruana vs. Anish Giri match of the Candidates Tournament 2020/2021 was a brilliant performance from a position perspective for the young Dutch player. play through
the game interactively in video format with Robert Ris and try to find the master moves on the board yourself!

Jan Timman – the depth of a hypomodern

According to the issue’s “special”, strategy expert Mihail Marin examines various aspects of Jan Timman’s play – from “the fight for the important squares” to “mysterious moves”. Including an intro video with over half an hour of playing time!

“The classic”

The former German federal coach demonstrated at Sämisch-Nimzowitsch (1923) the “immortal game of Zugzwang” – enough to delight not only fans of the Classic!

Tactics: “Advances, sacrifices and special moves”

Oliver Reeh’s tactical article consists of 31 games filled with practice questions. Solve the three best combinations – “My favorites” – interactively in his FritzTrainer videos!

Excelling in the Finals: From “Timman Technique” to Candidates Tournament Finals Highlights

In no less than four articles, Karsten Müller again delivers a plethora of endgame analyses. In addition to the “Timman Technique” article, the “Candidates Tournament Endgames” are a highlight of this issue!

Additionally, Efstratios Grivas offers an in-depth investigation of Rook & Pawn vs Knight & Pawn Fortress in Caruana – Candidates Tournament MVL.

ChessBase Magazine 202

Special: Jan Timman turns 70! 2020/2021 Candidates Tournament with analysis from Nepomniachtchi, Giri and others. Opening video of Kasimdzhanov, King and Marin. 11 opening articles with new repertoire ideas. Practice tactics, strategy and endgame with our expert


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