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CVT 65: the pawn steamroller, the '4th phase', rook endings and a column by top GM Anish Giri

ChessVibes Training #65

The latest issue of ChessVibes Training, our weekly PDF & PGN magazine with middlegame and endgame lessons, is a great example of the diversity in training material that's offered every week. CVT 65 contains the following:

Giri's grab bag – top GM Anish Giri gives a detailed analysis of the top encounter in the recent Dutch Championship: Giri-Sokolov, Amsterdam 2012.

Guess the move – IM Merijn van Delft presents another example of the 'pawn steamroller'. At the Leiden Chess Tournament Parimarjan Negi of India created a new masterpiece, against Bartosz Socko of Poland.

Guidelines in the jungle – IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering talks about the "4th phase" in chess, when only queens and rooks remain. It appears the terminology originates from Pyotr Romanovsky, who examined a lot of major piece positions in a book he wrote about the middlegame. These positions have characteristics of both the middlegame and the endgame, hence Romanovsky thought up the name 4th phase. Van de Oudeweetering gives a number of instructive examples.

Tactics, tactics – IM Robert Ris carefully selected 12 new tactical exercises, arranged in an increasing level of difficulty. Regular tactical training is highly important to maintain your top form!

Practical endings – IM Robert Ris returns to an important topic: anticipating rook versus pawn endings. Rook endgames often lead to a rook versus pawn battle where the result depends on a single tempo. Ris gives three illustrative examples, focusing on text rather than variations and, as always, providing useful guidelines.

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What is ChessVibes Training?

Every issue consists of a PDF Magazine and the accompanying PGN file. The PDF consists of eight pages (A4 size) with the following contents:

  • Giri's Grab Bag - A weekly column by GM Anish Giri in which he tells about his tournament practice and his excitement and worries during a top level chess game.
  • Guess the move - A weekly game quiz by IM Merijn van Delft that gives you the opportunity to solve problems that GMs couldn't. What move did they play? Can you calculate as deeply? Give it a try and see how many points you score this week!
  • Guidelines in the jungle - Every week IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering discusses a feature of chess strategy. Lessons are drawn from both very recent and old games, played by club players as well as grandmasters. Get ready to really play the game when your opening knowledge stops!
  • Tactics, tactics - 12 tactical exercises carefully selected by IM Robert Ris, arranged in increasing level. Regular tactical training is highly important to maintain your top form, and now it will be easier than ever with new diagrams delivered in your mailbox every week!
  • Practical endings - IM Robert Ris gives a clear explanation of a recent endgame played by strong players, focusing on text rather than variations. Every week a typical endgame theme is discussed, sometimes with the emphasis on the theory, but always providing you with useful guidelines.




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Recent material, digitally

For their sections in the magazine the authors will mostly use recent games and fragments. However, if needed they will return to a classic example if it explains the basic theme the best. In any case, ChessVibes Training will provide excellent, additional training material to existing books and manuals with the advantage of being published digitally - you can enjoy all material in your Chessbase or Fritz or other software, or on your iPhone or iPad!

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With the app SmartChess! you can also read ChessVibes Training on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch*. We've put CVT at $1.99 or €1.59. 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.


For several reasons, this magazine will be different from other magazines in the market. An important aspect of ChessVibes Training is that it will be interactive. For our section Improve your play we need your input! If you have a question about a game you played, just send it to us and maybe it will be discussed in the next issue of ChessVibes Training so that you and all other subscribers can learn from it!

Meet the ChessVibes Training team

ChessVibes Training: GM Anish Giri   ChessVibes Training: IM Merijn van Delft
GM Anish Giri - top grandmaster   IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering - highly experienced trainer and tournament player
ChessVibes Training: IM Robert Ris   ChessVibes Training: IM Thomas Willemze
IM Robert Ris - highly experienced trainer and tournament player   IM Merijn van Delft - highly experienced, full-time trainer, author and tournament player

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As a subscriber you'll receive the PDF Magazine (8 pages) and accompanying PGN files in your mailbox every week. The basic price is € 43* for a full year but you can also choose other options. Payments can be done via Paypal, by credit card after creating a Paypal account (which takes about a minute), bank transfer or iDEAL. Just click on the option that suits you most!


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ChessVibes Openings and ChessVibes Training

Our other magazine ChessVibes Openings, which is 4 pages, costs € 30 a year. If you're already a subscriber to CVO, you should have received a newsletter this week that announced a serious discount. Not a CVO 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$) ChessVibes Openings & ChessVibesTraining Duo Subscription

Can I buy back issues?

Yes you can! At the moment we offer back issues 1-60 for 49,95 EUR. You can also buy sets of ten issues separately. In all cases, you will receive a ZIP file with all PDFs and PGNs with dozens of pages full of instructive chess content.

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