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ChessBase Magazine Extra #208

Opening Videos

Ivan Sokolov: 6.g3 against the Sicilian variation of the four knights

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.g3

The subject of Ivan Sokolov’s video analysis is a rare line in the Sicilian variation of The Four Knights. However, Sokolov’s repertoire recommendation is mostly directed against the Sveshnikov Variation because Sveshnkiov players often use a change in move order – starting with the Sicilian Four Knights Variation – in order to avoid the Rossolimo Variation (2 … Nc6 3.Bb5). As is known, it is very difficult for White to gain an advantage against the Sveshnikiov, so the 6.g3 surprise weapon (instead of 6.Ndb5 which would allow the Sveshnikov) is worth trying! Based on the Durarbayli-Abdusattorov game from the 2021 FIDE World Cup, Sokolov examines all of Black’s relevant answers (except 6…d6) and makes it clear that Black afterward does not face an easy task. ! Video playback time: 23 min.

Nico Zwirs: Viennese variant of the Queen’s Gambit with 5…b5

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.e4 b5

The move 5…b5 in the Viennese Variation of the Queen’s Gambit only established itself in the best chess a few years ago as an alternative to the main move 5…Bb4, but in the meantime it has already been played by Nepomniachtchi, Caruana, Nakamura, So, Aronian, Grischuk and many more. A look at the Mega Database 2022 with the Reference function of ChessBase 16 shows: we are dealing here with an absolutely fashionable variation!

Moreover, Black’s score with 5…b5 has been above average in practice so far (more than 50%). During the 2022 Candidates Tournament, the variation occurred in the first round between Teymour Radjabov and Alireza Firouzja. Nico Zwirs takes this current game as the starting point for his video analysis and also details the strategic motives behind this very dynamic variation. Video playback time: 23 min.

David Navara, Anish Giri, Kirill Shevchenko and many more commentaries

David Navara delivers “The shine” of this CBM Extra. Against Alexei Shirov, the Czech no. 1 pulled off a brilliant Black victory with a Berlin endgame:

After 20…Rd8 (still in preparation!) White is on the losing track after 21.Ne2?!

In addition to “The brilliancy”, no less than 59 deeply analyzed games await you in the “Lucky Bag”! Among them are analyzes of Anish Giri, Surya Ganguly, David Navara, Kirill Shevchenko, Nikolas Theodorou, Romain Edouard, Emanuel Berg, Adrian Mikhalchishin and many more.

And last but not least: the Update Service provides more 45,000 new games for your database!

Once again, almost all of the best players in the world are represented!

Update Service games are also included in the Mega 2022 Update Service, which you can use with the ChessBase 15/16 program (and corresponding subscription).

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