Reports | July 27, 2012 19:01

Theory lovers take note: the Winawer French, the Bayonet KID and more

CVO 186

'Hardcore theory' is what we sometimes call the most deep and complicated but at the same time traditional main lines of certain openings. Theory lovers shouldn't miss the most recent issues of ChessVibes Openings, in which the readers are updated on some of the most fascinating variations. Some examples:

Winawer French
Obviously we mean the sharp line 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Qc7 8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 cxd4 10.Ne2 dxc3 11.f4 Nbc6, and here it all starts! In CVO 185 editors IM Merijn van Delft and IM Robert discuss 12.Qd3 d4!? as played in Leko-Caruana, Dortmund 2012. Only a week later, in CVO 186 (published last Wednesday) the latest try by White is treated: 12.h4!? which Leko tried in the same tournament against Fabiano Caruana.

King's Indian, Bayonet
Suddenly the King's Indian is all the rage again, and the Bayonet Attack (9.b4) is still popular. Wang Hao-Bacrot was and important addition to the theory of Kramnik's new pet line 10.g3 and 12.Bf3, and is discussed in CVO 186.

Other lines that are discussed in this and last week's issues are the Scotch (4...Bc5), the Sicilan (2...Nc6 3.Bb5 d6), the Symmetrical English (5.g3 e5), the Caro-Kann Main Line (4...Bf5) and the Open Catalan (4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 Bb4+).

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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)
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This week's issue: #186, July 25, 2012

ChessVibes Openings #186: The rise of Caruana Caruana won Dortmund because he had a higher number of wins than Karjakin (both scored 6 out of 9). Meanwhile the strong Biel tournament has started with Carlsen as the top seed. All about the Ruy Lopez, Anti-Berlin (4.d3) which was covered in our Game of the week Caruana-Kramnik, Dortmund 2012. Other lines that are covered:

  • French, Winawer
  • Caro-Kann, Main Line (4...Bf5)
  • Open Catalan
  • King's Indian, Bayonet

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Here's what ChessVibes Openings #141 (September 14, 2011) looks like:  FREE SAMPLE ISSUE - ChessVibes Openings #141 - click to download!

ChessVibes Openings #141 In this issue of CVO we cover FIDE World Cup rounds 4 and 5 in full and the regular games from round 6. The round 6 tiebreaks and final will be covered next week. Svidler eliminated Ponomariov and Grischuk-Ivanchuk is the battle for the second spot in the final. All about the Archangelsk Ruy Lopez which was covered in our Game of the week Kamsky-Svidler, World Cup (Khanty-Mansiysk) 2011. Other lines that are covered:

  • Ruy Lopez, Anti-Marshall
  • Sicilian Najdorf, 6.Bc4
  • King's Indian, Averbakh
  • QGD, Vienna

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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 hereChessVibes 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 [now 28 - CV] , 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." "The cost per year is roughly equivalent to a good chess book. Each week you get a four- page issue packed with opening analysis, at least two thoroughly annotated games with one or more of that week's featured openings, a glimpse into the world of the latest opening novelties, in short, a quality weekly opening report."

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." "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."


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