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UltraCorr 2020
The basic price for a downloaded copy is 55 Euro

New and just out,Tim Harding’s UltraCorr 2021 download correspondence game file with over two million correspondence games, exactly counted there are on this file 2261179
And that are 149798 more games than his previous 2020 edition from April last year.
UltraCorr 2021 has managed to pass the legendary two million correspondence game border!
The more expensive ChessBase correspondence DVD from ChessBase with the price of  €189.90,yes from nearly €200,-  has to do with only a small 1626801 entries.
The modern correspondence player of today with his quad core machines and latest chess engines as Alpha Zero related chess machines, are an insurance for high quality chess games, and uncountable novelties.
Nowadays there are not many correspondence players left who only use there engine, to check there position,no they prefer to invest in fast hardware.
Tim Harding is working for years on his correspondence files and the extra time of the lockdown has given him the opportunity to do a lot of  extra work on historic game material and even better references to the games.
Pleasant to mention are the Hugh collection of older games that where hidden, on other correspondence servers as FICGS and brought back to life by Tim Harding.
Going throw this file I found from the German IM Hagen Tiemann, Hamburg 16-9-1934 - Templin 13-01-2021,1588 entries and that includes a time period  from 70 years correspondence chess, author from several chess books and expert on the Latvian Gambit,Lettische Gambit Tiemann& Vetter,Mädler Verlag 1980/1989.
Tiemann,Hagen (2459) - Ruggeri Laderchi,Giorgio (2400) [C40]
Latvian Training email, 15.02.2001
[Ruggeri Laderchi, Giorgio]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.Nc4 fxe4 5.Nc3 Qf7 6.Ne3 c6 7.d3 exd3 8.Bxd3 d5 9.0-0 Bc5 10.Na4 Bd6 11.c4 d4 12.Nc2 [12.c5 Bxh2+ (12...Bc7 13.Bc4 Qf6 14.Nc2 d3 15.Qxd3 Bf5 16.Qe2+ Ne7 17.Re1 Nd7 18.Nd4 0-0-0 Borrmann-Leisebein, corr 1986 19.Ne6 (19.Nf3) 19...Bxe6 20.Qxe6) 13.Kxh2 dxe3 14.fxe3?! (14.Bxe3 Nf6 15.Be2 Qc7+ (15...0-0!? 16.Kg1 Nd5÷) 16.Kg1 (16.Qd6) 16...0-0 17.Nc3 Be6 18.Qd4 Nbd7 19.Bf4 Qc8 20.Bd6 Rf7 21.Rfe1 Nf8 22.Bd3 Qd7 23.Re2 Rd8 24.Rae1) 14...Nf6 15.e4 0-0 (15...Bg4 16.Qe1 Nbd7 17.Qg3 Qh5+ 18.Kg1 0-0 19.Be3 Rae8µ Melchor-Krantz, corr 1987) 16.e5 Ng4+ 17.Kg1 Qe7 18.Bc4+! (18.Bg5 Rxf1+ 19.Qxf1 Qxe5 20.Bc4+ Be6 21.Bxe6+ Qxe6 22.Re1 Ne5 23.Nc3 Nbd7 24.Qe2 Re8 25.Ne4 Qxa2 26.Nd6 Nf3+ 27.Qxf3 Rxe1+ 28.Kf2 Qe6 0-1 Elburg,J-Tiemann/corr 1988) 18...Kh8 19.Bg5] 12...c5 13.b4 [13.Re1+ Ne7 14.b4 0-0 15.f3 (15.bxc5 Qxf2+ 16.Kh1 Bxh2 17.Kxh2 Qh4+ 18.Kg1=; 15.Qe2 Na6 16.bxc5 Nxc5 17.Nxc5 Bxc5) 15...Qh5 16.h3 Bxh3 (16...Qh4 17.bxc5 Bg3 (17...Bc7 18.Bb2) 18.Re4 (18.Re2 Nbc6÷ Diepstraten) ) 17.gxh3 Qxh3 18.Qe2 Rxf3 19.Qe6+ Qxe6 20.Rxe6 Rxd3 21.Rxd6 Na6 22.bxc5 Nf5 23.Rd5 Rf8 24.Bb2] 13...Ne7 [13...b6 14.Be4! Bb7 15.Bxb7 Qxb7 16.bxc5 bxc5 17.Nxc5+- Bxh2+ (17...Qc7 18.Ne6 Qf7 19.Qxd4 1-0 Kozlov,V-Elburg,J/corr Elburg A 1990 (19); 17...Qc6 18.Ne6 Ne7 19.Ncxd4 Qxc4 20.Nxg7+ Kd8 21.Ndf5 1-0 Kozlov,V-Magee,T/cr Atars 1991 (21)) 18.Kxh2 Qc7+ 19.Kg1 Qxc5 20.Re1+ Ne7 21.Ba3 Qxc4 22.Rxe7+ Kd8 23.Nxd4 Nd7 24.Ne6+ 1-0 Kozlov,-Jackson,/Cr Atars 1991 (24);
13...cxb4 14.a3 (14.Nxd4 Nc6 (14...Ne7 15.Nb5 Qf6 16.Bb2 Qh6 17.Nxd6+ Qxd6 18.Bxg7 Rg8 19.Qh5+ 1-0 Kozlov,-Tiemann,H/Cr Atars 1990 (19)) 15.Nxc6 bxc6 16.Re1+ Ne7 (16...Be7 17.Be4 1-0 Kozlov V F-Nolden H D/corr Elburg 1992 (17)) 17.c5 Bc7 18.Bg5 Bd8 19.Bxh7 Rxh7 20.Qd6+-) 14...Nf6 15.Re1+ Kf8 16.h3 bxa3 17.Nxd4 Na6] 14.Nxc5 Bxc5 15.bxc5 Nbc6 16.Bb2 0-0 17.Nxd4 Nxd4 18.Bxd4 Bf5 19.Bxf5 Nxf5 20.Be3 Qxc4 [20...Qc7 21.Qd5+ (21.Qb3 Nxe3 22.Qxe3 (22.fxe3 Qxc5 23.Rxf8+ Rxf8 24.Qd3) ) 21...Kh8 22.Rab1 Rab8 23.a3 h6;
20...Rad8 21.Qb3 Nxe3 22.fxe3 Qe7 23.Rxf8+ Rxf8 24.Re1 Rc8 25.Rd1] 21.Qb3 Qxb3 [21...Nxe3?! 22.fxe3 Rxf1+ (22...Qxb3 23.Rxf8+ Rxf8 24.axb3 a6) 23.Rxf1 Qxb3 24.axb3 Rc8 25.Rf5 Rd8 26.Rf4 (26.b4 Rd2) 26...Rc8 27.b4 (27.Rb4 Rc7 28.Kf2 Kf7 29.Kf3 Kf6 30.Ke4) 27...a5 28.bxa5 Rxc5 29.Rb4 Rxa5 30.Rxb7 Ra2 31.Kf1 h6 32.e4 (32.h3 g5) 32...Kf8 33.Rb3 Kf7 34.Re3 Kf6 35.Re2 Ra6 36.Kf2 Ke5 37.Kg3 Ra4 38.Kg4 (38.Kf3 h5) 38...Rxe4+= 39.Rxe4+ Kxe4 ½-½ Owens,J-Ruggeri Laderchi,G/Email 1998 (39) 40.Kh5 Ke3 41.Kg6 (41.h3 Kf2 42.g4 Kg3 43.h4 Kf4 44.g5 Kf5 45.g6) 41...Kf2 42.Kxg7 (42.g4 Kg2 43.h4 Kg3) 42...h5 43.Kg6 h4 44.Kg5 Kxg2 45.Kxh4 Kxh2;
21...Qf7 22.Rfd1 Rac8 23.Bg5 (23.Rac1 Rfd8 24.Qxf7+ Kxf7 25.h3 Nxe3 26.fxe3) 23...Rxc5 24.Rd7 Qxb3 25.axb3 Rf7 26.Rd8+ Rf8 27.Rxf8+ Kxf8 28.Rxa7 Rb5] 22.axb3 Rfe8 23.Rfe1 Re4 24.Bd2 [24.h3 Rb4 25.g4 Nxe3 26.Rxe3 h6 27.Kf1 a5 28.Rd1 Rc8 29.Rc3 Rc6 30.Rdd3 Kf7 31.Ke2 Ke6 32.Ke3 g5 33.Kd2 Rf4 34.f3 Ke5 35.Re3+ Kd5 36.Re8 Rcf6 37.Rd8+ Kc6 38.Rdd3 a4 39.bxa4 Rxa4 40.Rc2 Rb4 41.Ke3 ½-½ Elburg,J-Ruggeri Laderchi,G/SEMI 1999 (41)] 24...Rxe1+ 25.Rxe1 Rd8 26.Bc3 Rd3 27.Rc1 Ne7 28.b4 Nd5 29.Be1 Rb3 30.Rc4 Kf7 31.Rd4 Rb1 32.Kf1 Ke6 33.Ke2 Ke5 34.Rc4 Nf4+ 35.Kf3 Ne6 [35...Rxe1 36.Rxf4 Rb1 37.Kg3 Rb2;
35...Rb3+ 36.Rc3+- Ne6 37.Rxb3 Nd4+ 38.Kg3 Nxb3 39.Bc3+ Kd5 40.Bxg7 Kc4 41.Bf8] 36.Bd2 Rb3+ 37.Kg4 Rb2 38.Bc3+ Kd5 39.Bxb2 Kxc4 40.Kf5 Nd4+ 41.Ke4 Ne6 42.Ke5 Nc7 43.c6 bxc6 44.Kd6 Ne8+ 45.Kxc6 [45.Ke7 Nc7 (45...Nf6 46.Kf7 Nd5 (46...Ng4 47.f4 g6 48.Kg7 Nxh2 49.Kxh7 Kxb4 50.Kxg6 a5 51.f5 Ng4 52.f6 Nxf6 53.Kxf6 a4 (53...c5 54.g4 a4 55.g5 a3 56.Ba1 c4 57.g6 c3 58.g7 c2 59.g8Q c1Q 60.Qb8+ Ka4 61.Qa8+ Kb3 62.Qf3+ Ka2 63.Bc3 Qd1 64.Qg3 Qd5 65.Qe3 Kb1 66.Qg1+ Kc2 67.Ba1) 54.g4 a3 55.Ba1 c5 56.Ke5 c4 57.Kd4) 47.Kxg7 h5 48.Kh6 Nxb4 49.f4 Nd3 50.f5) 46.Bxg7 Nd5+ 47.Kd6 Kxb4 48.Kxc6 Kc4 49.g3 (49.Be5 a5 50.g4 a4 51.f4 a3 52.f5 Nc3 53.f6 a2 54.Bxc3 Kxc3 55.f7 a1Q 56.f8Q Qa4+ 57.Kc7 Qxg4) 49...a5 50.f4 a4 51.Bf8 (51.Bb2) 51...Ne3 (51...Nb4+ 52.Bxb4 Kxb4 53.f5 a3 54.f6 a2 55.f7 a1Q 56.f8Q+ Kc4 57.Qg8+ Kd3 58.Qxh7+ Ke3) 52.Bc5 Nf5 53.g4 Nd4+ 54.Kb6 Ne6 55.Bd6 Kd5 56.Ba3 Nxf4 57.Kb5 Ke4 58.Kxa4 Kf3 59.g5 Kg4 60.Be7 Nh3 61.Kb5 Nxg5 62.Bxg5 Kxg5] 45...Kxb4 46.Kd7 [46.f3 Kc4 47.Kd7 Nf6+ 48.Ke6 Nd5 49.Bxg7 Nf4+ 50.Ke5 Nxg2 51.f4+-] 46...Nf6+ 47.Ke6 [47.Bxf6 gxf6-+] 47...Kb3 [47...a5 48.Kf7 Nd5 (48...Ng4 49.Kxg7 Kb3 50.Ba1 Nxf2 51.Kxh7) 49.Kxg7 h5 50.g3 Kb3 51.Be5 a4 52.f4 a3 53.f5 Nc3 54.f6 a2 55.f7 a1Q 56.f8Q Qa7+ 57.Qf7+ Qxf7+ 58.Kxf7] 48.Ba1 Ng4 49.f3 [49.Bxg7 Nxf2 50.Bd4 Nd3 51.Bxa7 Nf4+ 52.Kf5 (52.Ke5 Nxg2 53.Bf2 Kc3 54.Ke4 Kd2 55.Ba7 (55.Kf3 Ne1+ 56.Kg3 (56.Bxe1+ Kxe1=) ) 55...Ke2) 52...Nxg2 53.Bf2 Kc3 54.Kg4 Kd2 55.Kf3 Ne1+;
49.f4 g6] 49...Ne3 [49...Nxh2 50.Bxg7 Nf1 51.Bd4 a5 52.f4 Ng3 53.f5 Kc4 54.f6+-] 50.Bxg7 [50.Bxg7 Nxg2 51.Be5 a5 (51...Ne1 52.f4 Nf3 53.f5 a5 54.f6 a4 55.f7 Ng5+) 52.f4 a4 53.f5 a3 54.f6 Nh4 55.f7 Ng6 56.Ba1 Kc2 57.h4 h5 58.Kf6 Nf8 59.Kg5+-] 1-0
Conclusion: This is a must have game file!

ChessBase Magazine issue 199
January- February  2021

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 19.95
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The main file of this smashing made ChessBase Magazine is good for 440 entries, where a small 16 of them hold breath taking analyses, and better analysed  than in any New in Chess or Informator printed book.
A fine example of this all is: Caruana,Fabiano (2828) - Aronian,Levon (2767) [E20]
Norway Chess 8th Stavanger (5), 10.10.2020
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 c5 5.d5 b5 6.e4 d6!? A quiet but decent continuation, examined in CBM 193, annotations by GM Vladimir Fedoseev to his game against GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek.
7.Bd2 Bxc3!? 8.Bxc3 b4 9.Bd2 0-0 10.Ne2 [10.Be3 had been played in earlier games: 10...exd5 11.cxd5 Nfd7 (11...Nh5 12.g4 is White's idea behind 10.Be3; 11...a5?! 1-0 (47) Fedoseev,V (2664)-Wojtaszek,R (2748) Douglas 2019 CBM 193 [Fedoseev,Vladimir] 12.Ne2² V.Fedoseev; 11...Ne8!? 12.Ne2 f5 13.Nf4 fxe4 14.fxe4 Qe7 15.Bd3 Nc7 16.0-0 Nd7" 1-0 (81) Tsvetkov,A (2350)-Khanin,S (2500) Moscow 2020) 12.Ne2 f5 13.Nf4!? (13.exf5 Rxf5 14.Ng3 Re5 15.Kf2÷ 1/2 (34) Aronian,L (2758)-Carlsen,M (2876) Douglas 2019) 13...Ne5 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6 Nbc6 16.f4 (16.Bb5 1/2 (43) Tsvetkov,A (2358)-Smirnov,A (2597) INT 2020 16...Qb6") 16...Ng4 17.Bc4 Qe7 18.Qf3 Nxe3 (18...Nd4 19.Bxd4 cxd4 20.exf5 Ne3 0-1 (33) Lombaers,P (2383)-Alekseenko,K (2704) Caleta ENG 2020 21.Bd3±) 19.Qxe3 Nd4 20.Rc1 Kh8÷] 10...Nh5 This manoeuvre is appropriate now [Black could have played 10...exd5!? first: 11.cxd5 (11.exd5 Nh5) 11...Nh5÷] 11.Be3 [11.h4 was possible now, to which Black should probably play 11...f5!? a) 11...Nd7 12.Bg5! f6 13.Bc1 Ne5 14.f4 Ng4 15.dxe6 Bxe6 16.f5±; b) 11...exd5 12.Bg5! Qd7 13.g4 (13.Qxd5 Bb7) 13...dxe4 14.gxh5 exf3 15.Ng3±; 12.dxe6 fxe4 13.Bg5 Qe8 14.e7 Rf7 with big complications] 11...f5 12.dxe6 This is the main difference from the positions after ...e6xd5 c4xd5. 12...Bxe6 13.exf5 Rxf5 14.Qd2 Nd7 15.0-0-0 Qa5÷ 16.Kb1 [16.Qxd6 Re8 17.Kb1 Re5 18.Bf2 Bxc4";
¹16.b3 Re8 17.Ng3 Re5!÷] 16...Bxc4 17.Nc1 Bf7 18.Qxd6 Nhf6 19.Qc6?! White's queen loses its way. [19.Bf2÷] 19...Re8 20.Bf2 Nb8 21.Qb5 c4! 22.Qxa5 Rxa5f 23.Rd4 Rc8 24.b3 [Missing a good defensive opportunity: 24.Be1 c3 25.bxc3 bxc3 26.Bxc3! Rxc3 27.Rd8+ Ne8 28.Rxb8 Bg6+ 29.Bd3! Rxd3 30.Nxd3 Bxd3+ 31.Kb2 , and White should not lose] 24...Nc6 25.Rxc4 Bxc4 26.Bxc4+ Kh8 Black has won material; White is probably able to survive but must play very accutarely.
27.Rd1 [¹27.Nd3 Nd5 28.a3! bxa3 29.Be1 a2+ 30.Ka1 Ra3 31.Bxd5 Nd4 32.Bg3 holding on.] 27...Re5?! [27...Ne5!µ .28.Bf1 Nd5] 28.Rd6 Ne8 29.Rd2 Nc7 30.Ne2? [30.Kb2! was essential preventing 30...Nb5 in view of 31.f4 Rf5 32.g4] 30...Nb5 Black activates this knight, and White's king gets into trouble. 31.Kb2 Na3 32.Ba6 Rd8 33.Rxd8+ Nxd8 34.Kc1 Ne6 35.Bd3 Nc5 36.Kd2 Nxd3 37.Kxd3 Rd5+ 38.Nd4 Rd7 39.g4 a5 40.Bg3 Kg8 41.Be5 g5 42.Ke4 Nb1 43.Kf5 Nc3 44.Nc6 Rd3 45.Ke6? A strange decision - to keep the g5 pawn alive. [After 45.Nxa5 Rxf3+ 46.Kxg5 Nxa2 47.h4 Black needs to work a while to win. 47...Nc1 is not decisive due to 48.Bd6] 45...Nxa2 46.Nxa5 Rxf3-+ 47.Bd6 Rd3 48.Nc6 Re3+ 49.Kf6 Rxb3 50.Nd4 Rh3 51.Nf5 b3 52.Ba3 Rxh2 0-1.
Other contributions are All in One from Anish Giri and Igor Stohl,Williams:Move by Move, With AVRO tournament of 1938,Rogozenco:The Classic,The game Botvinnik – Capablanca of AVRO tournament of 1938,Marin: AVRO1938,Reeh:Tricky trades and king actions,again with some back in time of AVRO1938 issues,Knaak: Topical opening traps and at last a super endgame contribution from the legendary endgame expert GM Karsten Müller,Of AVRO tournament of 1938 and Norway Chess 2020.
The opening videos hold: Erwin l'Ami: The Philidor endgame
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.Bc4
Daniel King: French Advance Variation – Milner-Barry Gambit
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.0-0 Bd7 8.Nbd2
Mihail Marin: Dutch Leningrad Variation
1.c4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nc3 d6 6.d4 0-0 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Na5 9.Qa4
The ten opening surveys hold, Modern Benoni A61,Caro-Kann B11,Classical Sicilian B56,King’s Gambit C34,Ruy Lopez Anti Marshall C88,London System D02,Queen’s Gambit Accepted D24 and at last the good old Moeller Attack C54 which is brought by Christian Braun back to life!
Dauth,Benjamin (2332) - Schroeder,Jan Christian (2539) [C54]
Helsingor Xtracon op Helsingor (6), 26.07.2017
[Braun, Christian]
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.Nf3 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Nxe4 8.0-0 reaching again the main position in this Classical Italian where Black now takes with the bishop (what is usually played here). 8...Bxc3! 9.d5! Reaching the Moeller Attack! White has to play d5 himself otherwise, Black plays ...d5 and is simply better. [9.bxc3? d5!³] 9...Bf6 The main move here. 10.Re1 Now White gets a piece back 10...Ne7 11.Rxe4 d6 Not allowing White to play d6. 12.Bg5! Black has to take on g5. 12...Bxg5 13.Nxg5 0-0 I would not say this is a dubious move, but now Black has to face a huge attack and to play very very precisely (of course White also has more or less "only moves"). 14.Nxh7! Kxh7 [if 14...Bf5 15.Rh4 threatens Qh5 followed by Nf6+ and mate on h8. (15.Rxe7 Qxe7 16.Nxf8 Rxf8 17.Qd4=) 15...Re8 1-0 (58) Sadykov,R (2332)-Beliotis,G (2212) Kavala 2019 CBM 191 Extra. now better is 16.Qh5! Ng6! only move! 17.Rd4÷ with a very complicated position. White is about to play Ng5 followed by Qh7+.] 15.Qh5+ Kg8 16.Rh4 f5 [16...f6 17.g4!÷ with the idea to play Bd3-Bh7+] 17.Qh7+ Kf7 18.Rh6! Now Black has to play Rg8! Suprisingly in this game, the specialist in openings, GM Jan Christian Schroeder, did not know this line and was punished for it very quickly. 18...Re8?? Loses immediately. [18...Rg8! The only move here is 19.Re1 Kf8? (19...Qf8! only move again! 20.Bb5! so Black gets problems to develop his Bc8. 20...a6 (20...Rh8!? 21.Qxh8 gxh6 22.Qh7+ Kf6 23.Rxe7 Qxe7 24.Qxh6+= with a perpetual.) 21.Ree6! axb5 22.Rhf6+ Ke8 23.Rxf8+ Rxf8 24.Re1÷ White wants to take on g7 and let the h-pawn roll!) 20.Rh3 Bd7 21.Rhe3 b5 22.Bb3 a5 23.Rxe7 Qxe7 24.Rxe7 Kxe7 1-0 (50) Dueball,J (2460)-Pachman,L (2520) Germany North 1976. It looks like a equal position because the material is quite balanced, but Black's pieces are badly coordinated, leading to a big advantage for White. 25.Bd1+-] 19.Be2! Ng8 20.Rg6+- 1-0.
Included is a eye catching booklet from two languages, English and German.
Conclusion: Smashing till the last file!