ChessBase Magazine #147 - April 2012
Interactive Chess Magazine (PC-DVD)
This year too, the series of world class tournaments opened with the classic in Wijk aan Zee. Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian, the two leaders of the world ranking list, were in the starting blocks.
This time it was the Armenian who made the running in a high-class event with a lot of decisive games. As well as Aronian and Carlsen, Caruana, Radjabov, Karjakin and van Wely have annotated their strongest games from Wijk.
The second tournament highlight is the Open in Gibraltar which is getting stronger from year to year. The sensation this time was Hou Yifan, who shared first place with Nigel Short and in doing so defeated opponents such as Shirov, Le Quang and ... Judit Polgar.
The women's world champion annotates on the DVD her historic duel with the still (?) strongest woman player in the world.
At the same time with its 13 openings articles the DVD again offers numerous ideas for your repertoire and suggestions as to what to play, e.g. a weapon against the Volga Gambit (4.Nf3), a strategic recommendation against the Maroczy Bind in the Sicilian, a re-discovered move in the in French Advance Variation and a completely new development in the Exchange Variation of the Queen's Gambit.
- Wijk aan Zee: Elite at the start
- Gibraltar: Hou Yifan sensational!
- 13 new opening ideas: From Caro-Kann to Slav
- Alexei Shirov on the Botvinnik Variation
WORLD CLASS PLAYERS ANNOTATE
Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Hou Yifan, Teimour Radjabov, Fabiano Caruana
- Daniel King: Move by Move
- Rainer Knaak: Opening Trap
- Peter Wells: Strategy
- Oliver Reeh: Tactics
- Karsten Müller: Endgames