Reports | May 08, 2009 22:26

ChessVibes Openings: "recommended"

ChessVibes Openings"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", wrote GM Hedinn Steingrimsson in his review for Chess Today yesterday, about our weekly PDF magazine which keeps you up-to-date with the latest opening developments at top level.

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's hot and what's not?

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."

ChessVibes Openings now 4 pages

At ChessVibes headquarters we constantly try to improve. Although our very first product was generally welcomed positively, we've taken the few bits of criticism seriously and since issue 15, CVO is now not 3 but 4 pages. You will find more text and explanation of the openings in our weekly PDF (+ PGN) which, by the way, has reached no. 18 already.

We have expanded our weekly PDF (+PGN) magazine ChessVibes Openings, which brings you the latest opening novelties directly into your inbox, to four pages! This gives us more space to add some extra text and explanation about the openings, and an annotated game attached to the weekly opening expert.

Latest issues: #17 and #18, April 29 and May 6, 2009

Issues #17-18 discuss all important theoretical opening novelties from the the last two weeks, or in other words: all you need to know about the latest opening developments from the FIDE Grand Prix in Nalchik, the French and Italian Leagues and the tournaments in Dubai and Benidorm.

ChessVibes Openings no. 17-18ChessVibes Openings #17
The latest opening developments of last week of April 2009. All about the sharp French Winawer (with Qd1-g4xg7) which is analysed in our Game of the Week. Other lines that are covered:

  • Petroff 8.Re1, 9.c4
  • Ruy Lopez, Breyer
  • Slav, Anti-Meran
  • Queen‚Äôs Gambit, Vienna

This week's opening is expert is top GM Alexei Shirov.

ChessVibes Openings #18
The latest opening developments of the first week of May 2009. All about the Perenyi Attack against the Sicilian Najdorf which is analysed in our Game of the Week. Other lines that are covered:

  • Caro-Kann Advance
  • French Winawer
  • Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
  • Queen‚Äôs Gambit, Vienna

This week's opening is expert is GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.





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What is ChessVibes Openings?

ChessVibes Openings - What's hot and what's not?Every issue consists of a ZIP archive file, including both the PDF Magazine and the accompanying PGN file. The PDF consists of three 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).
  • Opening expert Every week an opening expert is covered (page 4. Examples from the first two issues: Teimour Radjabov (King's Indian with Black), Alexey Dreev (White: Nimzo-Indian; Black: Caro-Kann and Slav). (page 3)

Ehm... can I have a look?

Here's how it looks like:

Below are the first two issues, still in the old format which you can download for free!

ChessVibes Openings #0 - click to download!

  • ChessVibes Openings 0What's hot? A round-up of the most important opening developments in 2008, with statistics about the frequence and score of Topalov's amazing novelty 12.Nxf7 against Vladimir Kramnik, at Corus 2008
  • What's not? What changed in the Sveshnikov Sicilian? Why were the Nimzo- and Queen's Indian less played in 2008?
  • Game of the week As arguably the most spectacular game of 2008, our two IMs cover the game Topalov-Kramnik, Wijk aan Zee 2008, with extensive annotations.
  • This week's harvest What were the four most important opening ideas from 2008? The 0 issue answer this question!
  • Opening expert Teimour Radjabov and the King's Indian.

ChessVibes Openings #1 - click to download!

  • ChessVibes Openings 0What's hot? A round-up of the first week of January 2009, describing the most important opening developments, statistics about the frequence and score of Almasi's 13.Nxb5!? against Ni Hua, in Reggio Emilia.
  • What's not? This week many Maroczy's were played, but did they change the theoretical verdict?
  • Game of the week Our two IMs cover the game Almasi-Ni Hua, which turned out to be decisive for this year's Reggio Emilia tournament.
  • This week's harvest Coverage of the four most important opening ideas from the first week of 2009, including the Najdorf with 6.Be3/8...h5 and the Symmetrical English.
  • Opening expert Alexey Dreev (White: Nimzo-Indian; Black: Caro-Kann and Slav)

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As a subscriber you'll receive the PDF Magazine and accompanying PGN files in your mailbox every week.

A one-year subscription is € 25 (that’s less than € 0.50 per issue!) - for price in $ click here





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Author: Peter Doggers

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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Comments

LS's picture

Why is the single option no longer available ?

I won't subscribe because I'm no grandmaster to use all these openings, but I'm interested once in a while. If 1€ is not enough, make it 1,50 € or 2 €

Besides, I would suggest you add a 'master versus amateur' game (from an Open) in every issue - this way you'll reach a broader audience, I think - and this kind of games are hardly annotated anywhere...

Peter Doggers's picture

For some reason not many people chose to buy single issues, almost everyone goes for a one-year subscription. You can still transfer 1 euro and let us know which issue you'd like.

C. Reemer's picture

First off all: I like this site very much, so don't take this the wrong way. Still, I have to say it: if you're not advertising yourself, you're congratulating yourself. Stop it already with this opening e-zine!
For me there's too much commercials between the regular news items, without making a clear distinction between them. I don't like that. I think it would be a good idea to give advertisements (for your weekly e-zine) and news items distinctly seperate places on your website.
For the rest: keep it up!

Thomas's picture

I have no problem whatsoever to distinguish (self-)advertisements from other topics - here or elsewhere (Chessbase).
And obviously, advertisements need high visibility to reach the desired audience.

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