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CVO #127: Vishy Anand's handling of the Caro-Kann Advance Variation

CVO #127: Anand's handling of the Caro-Kann Advance VariationIf it hadn't been clear before, it's very clear now. The Advance Variation may be the most critical way of playing against the Caro-Kann, but only if White chooses a healthy positional approach with 4.Nf3 or related lines, and not when he goes all-out for the attack with anything based on the double-edged move g4. The theoretical impact of the Anand-Shirov match in León is discussed in CVO #127 - subscribe easily with Paypal, iDEAL or bank transfer.


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ChessVibes Openings - What's hot and what's not?Every issue consists of a PDF Magazine and the accompanying PGN file. The PDF consists of four pages (A4 size) with the following contents:

  • What's hot? A round-up of this week's important opening developments, with statistics about the frequence and score of the week's most important opening novelty (page 1)
  • What's not? Which openings are not recommended at the moment, according to the top players? And why not? (page 1)
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ChessVibes Openings no. 127

This week's issue: #127, June 8, 2011

ChessVibes Openings #127
Our main focus is on the rapid match between Anand and Shirov, which was won very convincingly by the World Champion with a 4.5-1.5 score. We also check out the French League, and the new German Champion is named Khenkin. All about the Anti-Moscow Gambit of the Semi-Slav, which was covered in our Game of the week Anand-Shirov, Leon (2) 2011.

Other lines that are covered:

  • Sicilian, Taimanov (6.f4)
  • Caro-Kann, Advance (4.Nf3)
  • Caro-Kann, Advance (4.g4)
  • Semi-Slav, Meran (8...b4)



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ChessVibes Openings no. 126

Last week's issue: #126, June 1, 2011

ChessVibes Openings #126
In this issue we take a look at the final game of the Gelfand-Grischuk match, the French and Chinese Leagues, the Nakamura-Ponomariov rapid match and the German Championship, including several spectacular opening ideas. All about the Fianchetto Gruenfeld, which was covered in our Game of the week Gelfand-Grischuk, Kazan 2011.

Other lines that are covered:

  • Evans Gambit
  • Classical Dutch
  • Open Catalan
  • Ragozin


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Here's what ChessVibes Openings #16 (April 22, 2009) looks like:

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  • What's hot? A round-up of the most important opening developments of mid-April, including statistics about the frequence and score of the Chebanenko position after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.c5 Nbd7 6.Bf4 Nh5 7.Bd2 Nhf6
  • What's not? This week 1.e4 e5 was hot, as the top players categorically avoided the Semi-Open Games. Interestingly, the classical 1...d5 was also much more popular than the more modern answers to 1.d4, at the FIDE Grand Prix in Nalchik.
  • Game of the week "I didn't spend much time on it before the game, but I prepared seriously for this tournament and we did investigate this line", Peter Leko said at the press conference in Nalchik, after his game against Sergei Karjakin. Page two has a closer look at this highly interesting draw in the Chebanenko.
  • This week's harvest For more opening ideas from the Ruy Lopez Marshall, Sicilian Taimanov, Queen's Indian and Ragozin Defence.
  • Opening expert This week Rustam Kasimdzhanov is highlighted. The former FIDE World Champion and current second of Anand has a broad repertoire, switching from hypersharp openings like Dragon and Anti-Moscow to positional Queen‚Äôs Gambit lines.

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July 1, 2009: Eugene Manchester reviews ChessVibes Openings for ChessCafe

In the July 1 issue of ChessCafe's Book Review (mirror here) ChessVibes Openings was reviewed by Eugene Manchester. Some quotes:

CVO in ChessCafe"So, who-ya-gonna-call? Opening busters? Not quite. For the reasonable price of 25 euros per year [now 28 - CV] , once a week you can receive intelligent, interesting opening surveys and analysis presented by a team lead by Dutch IMs Merijn van Delft & Robert Ris."

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May 7, 2009: GM Hedinn Steingrimsson reviews ChessVibes Openings for Chess Today

In issues 3103 (Thursday, May 7) of Chess Today, the daily chess newspaper which also comes into your inbox by email in PDF, ChessVibes Openings was reviewed by GM Hedinn Steingrimsson from Iceland. Some quotes:

CVO in CT"What I like about ChessVibes Openings is their focus on the trend and discoveries that are revealed in super tournaments and by very strong players. It makes sense for all tournament chess players and opening theoreticians to follow these developments and getting an overview from ChessVibes Openings definitely saves time."

"I find it positive that there is consistency in the openings covered so that the readers will with time have a certain repertoire available based on different theoretical articles from ChessVibes about e.g. the Anti-Moscow Variation."

"For those that really want to find out how to get a better position out of the opening and are willing to enter complications and do some homework in order to succeed, ChessVibes Openings can be recommended."

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