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ChessBase Magazine - The magazine for professional chess (No. 182)

The editor's top ten and a bonus by Wesley So!

Sharp attack on move 7: Ian Nepomniachtchi shows you how he surprised former World Champion Vishy Anand at the LCC.

An important step to the title: Radjabov explains his strategic win against Movsesian at the European Team Championship on Crete.

Castling queenside to make short shrift: join Simon Williams and follow the attack in Morozevich-Ponomariov move by move!

"A funky line": share the enthusiasm of IM Lawrence Trent for the rare 7.Nbd2 in the Classical Italian!

Important update: GM Krasenkow presents new ideas and trends in the King's Indian with 6.h3.

An exciting game in the Scotch: enjoy Daniel King’s video analysis of the fantastic encounter Nakamura-Carlsen!

"Natural moves": how are they linked to our positional understanding? Strategy expert Mihail Marin offers valuable practical tips!

Petroff Defence without risk: IM Breder shows how 8.Nbd2 is a guarantee to get a comfortable position.

Nobody saw it: trap expert Rainer Knaak presents an impressive collection of "missed chances“ in current tournament practice.

"Troizky line and Henry’s side-check": let Karsten Müller show you what is important when checkmating with two knights vs pawn!

Bonus: Wesley So annotated his win against Viswanathan Anand from London!


Eleven opening articles with new ideas for your repertoire!

· Krasenkow: King’s Indian 6.h3

· Postny: Reti Opening 2.c4 d4 3.b4 Bg4!?

· Ris: Benko Gambit 5.Nc3

· Papp: Sicilian Paulsen 7.a3 b5

· Karolyi: French Advance Variation 4...Ne7

· Szabo: French Armenian Variation 7.Qg4

· Breder: Petroff 8.Nbd2 - So-Fedoseev (Tiflis 2017) was one of the key games with 8.Nbd2, Dennis Breder puts the variation under the microscope.

· Marin: Ruy Lopez 7...Bg4

· Breutigam: Anti-Grünfeld 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7

· Schandorff: Anti-Grünfeld 6.c3

· Kuzmin: Queen’s Gambit 4.cxd5 Nxd5 - 4...Nxd5 is also often used by Leinier Dominguez Perez, Alexey Kuzmin confirms the vitality of the variation.

· Quintiliano: Catalan 7...b6
Test your chess with Simon Williams, Karsten Müller, Mihail Marin, Oliver Reeh, and Rainer Knaak

Move by Move: This time Simon Williams has on his training plan the Slav game Morozevich-Ponomariov (Biel 2017).

"Natural moves" - Mihail Marin uses predominantly classical games and studs his article with numerous training questions as well as a video introduction.

"Sicilian catastrophes and human hashtables" - Oliver Reeh’s article consists of 28 games with numerous training questions and an introductory text with links to all the games. In addition there are three videos in interactive format.

"Recent rook endings" - Karsten Müller’s column has two introductory texts, 26 annotated endgames, many training questions and four classic videos. In addition there are two clips in interactive format.

Topical opening traps: In Rainer Knaak’s database (including three Fritztrainer videos) ten recent traps are put under the microscope.