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Chess Letter November 2014
Dear chess friends!
The countdown has long since started and this Saturday will finally see the start of the chess event of the year - the World Championship duel between title
holder Magnus Carlsen and Challenger Viswanathan Anand in Sochi!
Last year, Carlsen may not have had the home advantage, but he dethroned
Anand convincingly and without conceding a loss 6.5 to 3.5. But what can we
expect this time around? Magnus is still the undisputed world number one,
and is going into the match as the clear rating favourite.
said, the last two supertournaments that he played, in Norway and in the
USA, he had to settle for second place. Vishy Anand, however, surprised a
number of experts with his exceptional victory over all the other
challengers in the Candidates Tournament and in September also won the Grand
Slam final in Bilbao. Indeed, many reports don’t see Anand as that much of
an underdog – will he bounce back this time to reclaim the title he held
until last year?
What’s more, this time around in Sochi, the roles
will be reveresed - the “Tiger from Madras” can’t lose the title any more -
only win it - so by all accounts, the match is set to be explosive!
The players have been preparing for months - but are you ready? Treat
yourself to the best coverage - on
Premium member and enjoy exciting live commentary of all the games at
the World Championship. This year, ChessBase has put together an unbeatable
team of commentators. Read more below.
World Championship -
All the games will be broadcast live and with expert
commentary - in four languages simultaneously – German, English, French and
Commentary in English will be provided a tried and tested
team who know how to explain what’s going on better than most and, this
year, features Daniel King, Parimarjan Negi, Chris Ward, Yannick Pelletier,
Simon Williams, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Loek van Wely, Irina Krush and many
Check out the full schedule here:
So what do you need to
be a part of the action? If you aren’t already a Premium member, the only
thing you can do to make sure you don’t miss out on the action is order a
Premium serial number from our online shop today! That way, you can be sure
that you won’t miss a second, and will be able watch the match with our
incredible commentary right from the word go.
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New Fritztrainer DVDs this November:
Simon Williams: Most Amazing Moves
Just like the paintings
of a great artist or the sounds of a symphony, mind-blowing moves can also
be a great source of aesthetic pleasure to chess players. This interactive
DVD presents viewers with some of the most beautiful and unbelievable moves
in the history of chess - and also reminds us that we don’t have to go back
so far in time to see modern virtuosos at the board either! The interactive
format invites the viewer to search for brilliancies, in essence, to walk in
the footsteps of the best players of all time! Simon Williams’ DVD covers
every aspect of the royal game, including brilliancies straight out of the
opening, middlegame miracles and endgame extravagance and also looks at
brilliant tactical shots, paradoxical manoeuvres, material sacrifices and
Take a closer look at Simon Williams’s "Most Amazing Moves" in the ChessBase
Michal Krasenkow: Tactic Toolbox Grünfeld
Grünfeld is an active opening that often leads to razor-sharp positions. It
stands to reason, then, that knowledge of the tactical patterns that arise
in this opening is of paramount importance to your success when playing it,
and such knowledge needs to be constantly kept up to date. Grünfeld expert
GM Krasenkow has compiled 69 tactical exercises from GM games in a dynamic
and interactive format on his very first ChessBase DVD. The exercises are
ranked according to their level of difficulty, with the first few positions
being fairly simple -their thematic solutions prove easy to find. However,
as you progress through the collection, you will become ever better
acquainted with the standard patterns in the Grünfeld The final puzzles are
so difficult that not even a top grandmaster was able to find the right way
forward at the board!
Check out Michal Krasenkow’s "Tactic Toolbox Grünfeld" in the ChessBase
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