Which openings are hot in top level chess? Which are not? Receive the latest opening novelties right in your mailbox with ChessVibes Openings, a weekly PDF magazine (+ PGN!) covering the latest openings news, co-authored by International Masters Merijn van Delft and Robert Ris and published by ChessVibes.
What is ChessVibes Openings?
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)
- Game of the week Each week you'll find the theoretically most important game analysed by our two IMs, with a detailed survey of the opening phase (page 2).
- This week's harvest Four more new important opening ideas from this week (page 3) revealed and described with explanation of the opening and early middlegame (page 3).
- It's Your Move An interactive element: every week two exercises, of which the solutions/explanations will follow one week later. This will improve your understanding of certain opening, middlegame or even endgame themes even further.
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Read CVO on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch
With the app SmartChess! you can also read ChessVibes Openings on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch*. We've put CVO at the lowest possible price that Apple allows, which is $0.99 or €0.79. More info can be found here.
*At the moment we offer single issues only, so this means they're not included in the subscription. At the moment we cannot offer discounts to our subscribers, partly due to Apple's policy against subscriptions.
Can I buy back issues? Yes you can!
We started our magazine ChessVibes Openings in the first week of January 2009. Since then, we've built an impressive archive of back issues!
At the moment we're offering the complete package of back issues for € 85,95 EUR. For this you get a ZIP file with all PDFs and PGNs, and also one big PGN file with all issues together. Or, in other words, a wonderful overview of the most important novelties from 2009 until now.
Which opening variations have been discussed so far?
Ehm... can I have a look?
Here's what ChessVibes Openings #141 (September 14, 2011) looks like: FREE SAMPLE ISSUE - ChessVibes Openings #141 - click to download!
ChessVibes Openings #141 In this issue of CVO we cover FIDE World Cup rounds 4 and 5 in full and the regular games from round 6. The round 6 tiebreaks and final will be covered next week. Svidler eliminated Ponomariov and Grischuk-Ivanchuk is the battle for the second spot in the final. All about the Archangelsk Ruy Lopez which was covered in our Game of the week Kamsky-Svidler, World Cup (Khanty-Mansiysk) 2011. Other lines that are covered:
- Ruy Lopez, Anti-Marshall
- Sicilian Najdorf, 6.Bc4
- King's Indian, Averbakh
- QGD, Vienna
What does it cost?
As a subscriber you'll receive the PDF Magazine and accompanying PGN files in your mailbox every week. A one-year subscription is € 30 (that's less than € 0.60 per issue!) - for price in US $ click here
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Our other magazine ChessVibes Training, which is 8 pages, costs € 43 a year. Not a CVT subscriber yet, and interested in getting both magazines? The two separate magazine subscriptions are 30 + 43 = 73 Euro but if you go for both you only pay 64 Euro! (click for price in US$)
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: "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." "The format and presentation are consistently of high quality, with variety of coverage and opening analysis." "The cost per year is roughly equivalent to a good chess book. Each week you get a four- page issue packed with opening analysis, at least two thoroughly annotated games with one or more of that week's featured openings, a glimpse into the world of the latest opening novelties, in short, a quality weekly opening report."
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: "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."