Reports | October 07, 2010 14:24

ChessVibes Openings #92: Beating the Caro-Kann

Start the new season rightIt seems that Shirov refuted the Caro-Kann line 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Ne7 6.0–0 Bg6 7.Nbd2 Nf5 brilliantly against Jobava, but how exactly? And did you know that the 9.g4 Dragon is currently quite popular again? Read it all in ChessVibes Openings #92. Subscribe easily via Paypal, credit card or iDEAL.


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ChessVibes Openings no. 92

This week's issue: #92, October 6, 2010

ChessVibes Openings #92
The latest opening developments of the first week of October, covering rounds 7-11 of the Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk. All about the Caro-Kann Advance (Short System) which was analysed in our Game of the Week Shirov-Jobava, Khanty-Mansiysk (Olympiad) 2010.

Other lines that are covered:

  • Spanish Four Knights, 4...Nd4
  • Sicilian Dragon, 9.g4
  • Caro-Kann Advance
  • Gruenfeld, Exchange


ChessVibes Openings no. 91

Previous issue: #91, September 29, 2010

ChessVibes Openings #91
The latest opening developments of the fourth week of September, cover rounds 2-6 of the Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk. All about the King's Indian (9.Nd2 Ne8) which was analysed in our Game of the Week Kramnik-Nakamura, Khanty-Mansiysk (Olympiad) 2010.

Other lines that are covered:

  • Max Lange Attack
  • Sicilian, 3.Bb5 Nc6/d6
  • Semi-Slav, Anti-Moscow
  • Gruenfeld, g3


ChessVibes Openings no. 90

Last week's issue: #90, September 22, 2010

ChessVibes Openings #90
The latest opening developments of the third week of September. Kateryna Lahno is the new Women's World Blitz Champion. The first round of the Olympiad often reminds of the old Master vs Amateur books by Euwe & Meiden, but some top players seem to be playing with the handbrake on. We cover both scenarios. All about the Rubinstein French which was analysed in our Game of the Week Karjakin-Heidenfeld, Khanty-Mansiysk (Olympiad) 2010.

Other lines that are covered:

  • Ruy Lopez, Graf variation
  • French, Winawer
  • Najdorf, 6.Bg5, 7...Nc6
  • Gruenfeld, g3


ChessVibes Openings no. 89

Previous issue: #89, September 15, 2010

ChessVibes Openings #89
The latest opening developments of the second week of September. This week the top level encounters were all some sort of exhibition match: the consultation game between Kasparov and Short, the blitz playoff Kramnik- Aronian and the RAW Challenge game Carlsen versus the World (led by Nakamura, Polgar and Vachier). All about the g3 King's Indian which was analysed in our Game of the Week Carlsen-The World, New York 2010.

Other lines that are covered:

  • Sicilian, Paulsen
  • Slav, Exchange
  • Queen's Gambit Accepted, 7.Bb3
  • Catalan, 5...b5


Ehm... can I have a look?

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, 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."

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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."

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"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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Founder and editor-in-chief of ChessVibes.com, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.

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