Reports | January 22, 2009 0:37

Did Smeets repair the Botvinnik Semi-Slav?

ChessVibes Openings no. 3ChessVibes Openings #3 is out!
We've just emailed ChessVibes Openings #3 to our subscribers - our brand new PDF (+PGN!) magazine that delivers the latest novelties in your mailbox! This week's issue focuses on the most important opening developments from the Corus Chess Tournament so far, covering the Botvinnik Semi-Slav, the Taimanov Sicilian, the Lange Gambit, the Ruy Lopez Deferred Exchange and the Exchange Gr?ºnfeld.

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Latest issue: #3, January 21, 2009

ChessVibes Openings no. 3First, the ChessVibes team likes to thank our readers for the feedback on ChessVibes Openings that we've received thus far. Working from three different locations (IM Merijn van Delft: Queenstown, New Zealand; IM Robert Ris: Cologne, Germany; Peter Doggers: Amsterdam, The Netherlands), we've created this third issue thanks to modern technology! At the end of the month we'll probably meet again in Wijk aan Zee, where we'll do our first evaluation session. This way we can try to implement some of the readers' suggestions.

Issue #3 contains the latest opening developments from the third week of January 2009, or in other words: all you need to know about the latest opening developments from the Corus Chess Tournament!

Learn all about the Semi-Slav, Botvinnik Variation, which was played in our Game of the week: Smeets-Van Wely, Corus 2009, played only two days ago!

Other lines that are covered this week:

  • Sicilian, Taimanov
  • Lange Gambit
  • Ruy Lopez, Deferred Exchange
  • Exchange Grünfeld

This week's opening is expert is Ukrainian GM Sergey Karjakin.

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  • 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. (page 3)
  • Opening expert Every week an opening expert is covered. 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)

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Yes you can! Below are the first two issues which you can download for free!

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  • 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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hendrik's picture

I want to see the videos of round four? Where they are??

Euwe's picture

Guys, give these fellows a break... Have you seen videos on any other site so far? No, so why don't you just be happy with what you have and stop whining?

Jan's picture

Wow... yesterday in Corus, today in Chessvibes Openings. Nice job! :-)

Bootvis's picture

Great, but could we please get iDeal. I can't pay now :(

sjaak's picture

really nice , but where are the videos of round 4? almost 24 hours later and still no video...

magnus's picture

Where can i find the video 4?

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