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ChessBase Magazine issue 159
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19.95

On the cover of this DVD you will find the former nr.3 of the world GM Jan Timman who has managed to create a top performance in Wijk aan Zee B.
Jan Timman took a second place just behind van Saric.
But it was  Levon who  Aronian dominates Wijk aan Zee in style of the great  Bobby Fischer.
The reader will find here analyses by Aronian, Caruana, Karjakin,and van Wely.And  Marin shows the latest trends in opening theory.
The tournament file is good for 418 entries.
Yes there is also a telechess file from over 10.000 entries!
Magnus Carlsen continues his series of victories at the "strongest tournament in the history of chess”.
Caruana, Heine Nielsen,Krasenkow, Marin and others comment on the best games.New are the  interactive training lectures
with video feedback from: Daniel King „Move by Move“, Oliver Reeh “Tactics" and Karsten Müller „Endgames“ - get on a move!
Superb material!
The theory files hold: Schandorff: English A37 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 d6 6.0-0 Bf5, Moskalenko: Budapest
Gambit A52 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Nf3 Bc5 5.e3 Nc6, Krasenkow: Benoni A70 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5
 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.Bd3 Bg7 8.h3 0-0 9.Nf3 b5 10.Nxb5, Kuzmin: Pirc Defence B07 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nbd2 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Bd3 0-0 6.0-0, Postny: Caro-Kann B12
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.dxc5 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.c3 e6, Szabo: Sicilian B81
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 e6 7.g4, Havasi: Sicilian B90
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.f3 Be6 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 a5, Marin: French C16
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 b6, Breutigam: King's Gambit C33
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4, Antic: Bogoindian E11 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 a5 5.a3, Skembris: Queen's Indian E12
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Bf4, Stohl: Queen's Indian E15
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Nc3,and  at last Gutman: Nimzoindian E25
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.dxc5 Qa5 9.e4 Nf6 10.Be3 0-0.
Others are King: Move by Move,Reeh Tactics,Müller Endgames,Rogozenco: Strategy,Knaak Opening trap opening videos as
 Marin Pirc with 4.Be3 c6, Kritz Nimzowitsch Defence 2.Nf3 f5 and Trent Sicilian 3.Bb5 Nd7 4.d4
Conclusion: More important than the Informator!

Training / Master Class
Master Class Vol.2: Mihail Tal
by Dorian Rogozenco, Dr. Karsten Müller, Mihail Marin, Oliver Reeh

Price Euro 29.90
Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

Mikhail Tal 1936 –1992 was probably the most remarkable player of all time,this mans was a great attacking genius
who could launch attacks from out of the sky.
Dorian Rogozenco, Mihail Marin, Oliver Reeh and Karsten Müller present the 8. World Chess Champion in highly instructive
video lessons,where they cover on this DVD,his openings play, his brilliant understanding of chess strategy, his endgame play, and at
 last his unbelievable  combination play, all brought in interactive video play, where the authors invite you to play like Tal.
There is a lot to learn hee,not only from his annotated games,but above all the 245 Tal trainings questions which  make this Tal DVD unique in the world of chess.
Included is a short biography plus a Tal Powerbook with all the games he ever played.
Set up comes with two languages, German and English.
Conclusion: Unique made Tal DVD!

Training / Opening / Friztrainer
Winning against the Grünfeld
by Mihail Marin

Price Euro 29.90
Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

The famous chess author Grandmaster Mihail Marin  provides the user of this DVD with a killing repertoire based on the line: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6
 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Be3.
With this,system, white intends to develop his queenside first with Qd2 and Rc1 or Rb1.
Kramnik knows as no other how to play this system as we can see in the following model game that gets a instructive turn from
Marin: Kramnik,Vladimir (2784) - Caruana,Fabiano (2796) [D85]
Dortmund Super GM 41st Dortmund (8), 03.08.2013
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Be3 c5 8.Rc1 Qa5 9.Qd2 cxd4 10.cxd4 Qxd2+ 11.Bxd2 0-0
12.Nf3 e6 13.Bc4 Nc6 14.d5 exd5 15.Bxd5 h6 16.0-0 Re8 17.Rb1 Re7 18.Rfc1 Be6 19.Bxe6 fxe6 20.Kf1 Rd8 1-0.
The Grünfeld has always been a popular choice with players who aim to counterattack, but here I would prefer white!
Included is a super base of 92 entries! Here you can find all games that are used for the superb video lessons.
Video running time: 4 hours 31 minutes!
Conclusion: One of those super made Openings DVD’s!

Training / Middlegame / Fritztrainer
Improve your chess with Tania Sachdev
by Tania Sachdev

Price Euro 27.90
Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

The well known IM Tania Sachdev does not only provide the user with instructive games as the following beauty from Tania herself:
 Efroimski,Marsel (2174) - Sachdev,Tania (2379) [B82]
Istanbul ol (Women) 40th Istanbul (10.2), 07.09.2012
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.Nc3 Qc7 7.0-0 d6 8.f4 b5 9.Nf3 Bb7 10.Qe1 Nbd7 11.a3 Be7 12.Bd2 0-0
13.Qg3 Nc5 14.Qe1 Rfe8 15.b4 Ncd7 16.h3 g6 17.g4 Bf8 18.Kh2 Bg7 19.Rb1 Rac8 20.Rb3 Nb6 21.Qg3 Nc4 22.Be1 e5
 23.f5 d5 24.g5 Nxe4 25.Bxe4 dxe4 26.Nd2 Nxd2 27.Bxd2 Qd7 28.fxg6 fxg6 29.Be3 Rf8 30.Rxf8+ Rxf8 31.Qg4 Qxg4
32.hxg4 Rf3 33.Nd1 Bf8 34.Kg2 Be7 35.Rc3 Bd6 36.Kh2 Kf7 37.Nf2 Ke6 38.Kg1 Rf7 39.Rb3 Rc7 40.Rb2 Rc3 41.Nd1 Rxa3
42.Kf2 Bd5 43.Ke1 Ra2 44.Rxa2 Bxa2 45.c3 Kd5 46.Kd2 Bb1 47.Nf2 Bd3 48.Nd1 Be7 49.Kc1 Be2 50.Nf2 Bf3 51.Kc2 Kc4
52.Kd2 Kb3 53.Nh3 Bxg4 54.Nf2 Bf3 55.Nh3 Bd8 0-1,but the user shall find some exciting exercises, to see if you have learn from here well explained games.
Video running time: 4 hours 50 minutes in the English) language.
Conclusion: Super learning material!