Reports | February 19, 2009 21:07

Kasparov‚'s 13.Nd4 has lost its venom

ChessVibes Openings no. 7ChessVibes Openings #7 is out!
Our latest issue of ChessVibes Openings brings you the most important opening developments from last week, focusing on the German Championship and covering the Semi-Slav Meran Variation in our Game of the Week. Our IMs also present you updates on the Nimzo-Indian (4.Qc2 0-0 5.e4!?) and the Open Catalan. Furthermore, issue #7 gives you a solid antidote against the King's Indian Attack and discusses a rare line from the Semi-Slav that was played by Alekhine and Euwe back in 1935!

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Latest issue: #7, February 18, 2009

ChessVibes Openings no. 7Our editors are quite active themselves: IM Merijn van Delft is currently playing in the brand new Batavia 1920 round-robin tournament in Amsterdam (live games here) while IM Robert Ris is playing in the Aeroflot Open. Still, they managed to create another great issue of ChessVibes Openings yesterday, wrapping up the latest opening developments from the third week of February.

Learn all about the Meran Variation of the Semi-Slav which features in the Game of the week, and get your self updated on the following lines:

  • Nimzo-Indian, 4.Qc2 0-0 5.e4!?
  • Open Catalan (4....dxc4, 5...c5)
  • Semi-Slav (rare variations)
  • English (King's Indian Attack), 1...c6

This week's opening is expert is Indian GM Pentala Harikrishna.

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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!
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  • 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.
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M anu's picture

Focus on what you want , but thats not moderation.
If you erase only the defender side of a conflict , you are double- atacking the person.
About low-taste : My joke was present in Monthy Pythons movie and in one episode of ¨Everybody loves Raymond¨ , but if you still feel that calling a person a pimp or a poor guy is not low taste i feel sorry for you.
Last comment on this site , you can rest now.

Jarvis's picture

@M anu: Maybe you will also find one day that the world doesn't revolve around you. Chessvibes just moderated a low-taste comment, that's all. Now shall we focus on chess again?

hans dampf's picture

you are spamming!
Please do not bore us!


M anu's picture

Politely asking to remove an insult is not spam .
If you are moderating a forum you cannot pick which insult to remove and which not .
I ask you again , since you considered my post an insult ( i dare you to quote me insulting someone) please remove the insult directed towards me , and i leave you in peace.
I think its a pretty fair thing to ask.

M anu's picture

You deleted 4 posts of mine without any agressive intentions from my part, then you close the comments on that item...
I have no problem to adress this issue again(and again):

I worked many years on tv and i am fully aware of what is an insult and what is not , so i never do insults.
But anyway it is really sad that you considered my defence an insult but you dont have any problems with someone calling Danailov a ¨pimp¨ or calling me ¨poor kid¨.
The way you are censoring me just proves that you consider that some people are allowed to insult and some dont, that is not good for you or your site.
Adress this problem so i can stop copying my deleted comments and i can peacefully go to another site.

M anu's picture

And since you are in a censoring mood , i will kindly ask you to remove the insults directed to me on that thread .

M anu's picture

Wow , i just came from the beach and find that the insult is not deleted,
im starting to feel flattered about this.
You deleted 4 completely inocuos posts , then closed a hole thread just to stop me from posting, and still refuse to delete a clear insult towards me ...
Wouldnt be easier to just delete the insult ?
Is chessvibes making an example with me?

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