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What did we cover in the latest issues of ChessVibes Openings?

ChessVibes OpeningsIt's been a while since we last mentioned our PDF (+PGN!) subscription service in which we cover the latest developments in chess opening theory. Meanwhile, the Chebanenko Slav is under pressure, the 6.Bg5 Najdorf is back on top and the 9.Bxf6 Svesh is as complicated as ever. In this week's issue the great game Gelfand-Nisipeanu (a King's Indian Bayonet Attack) of only three days ago is analysed!

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.

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Latest issues: #19-24, May 13-June 17, 2009

Issues #19-24 discuss all important theoretical opening novelties from the the last six weeks, or in other words: all you need to know about the latest opening developments from the Azerbaijan-FIDE World match, the US Championship, Bosna Sarajevo, Mitropa Cup, M-Tel Masters, Asian Continental Open, ACP World Rapid Cup, Ivanchuk-Navara, Leko-Anand, Chinese Championship, French League, Poikovsky, Sigeman, King's Tournament (Bazna), Ruy Lopez (Zafra) and the Capablanca Memorial.

ChessVibes Openings no. 19-21ChessVibes Openings #19
The latest opening developments of the second week of May 2009. All about the Chebanenko Slav (5.e3 b5 6.c5) which is analysed in our Game of the Week. Other lines that are covered:

  • Accelerated Dragon
  • French, Rubinstein
  • Semi-Slav, Marshall Gambit
  • Gr?ºnfeld, 3.f3

This week's opening is expert is GM Yuri Shulman.

ChessVibes Openings #20
The latest opening developments of the third week of May 2009. All about the 6.Bg5 Najdorf which is analysed in our Game of the Week. Other lines that are covered:

  • Sicilian Najdorf, 6.Be3
  • Sicilian Dragon, 12.Kb1 b5
  • Slav, 6.Ne5
  • Gr?ºnfeld, 4.Bf4

This week's opening is expert is GM Hikaru Nakamura.

ChessVibes Openings #21
The latest opening developments of the fourth week of May 2009. All about the Sveshnikov with 9.Bxf6 with which Alexei Shirov beat Magnus Carlsen, our Game of the Week, to win the M-Tel Masters 2009. Other lines that are covered:

  • Petroff, 3.d4
  • Ruy Lopez, Zaitsev
  • Semi-Slav, Botvinnik
  • Catalan/Benoni

This week's opening is expert is GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly.

ChessVibes Openings no. 19-21ChessVibes Openings #22
The latest opening developments of the end May and early June 2009. All about the Slav with 6.Ne5 which is analysed in our Game of the Week. Other lines that are covered:

  • Sicilian, Najdorf 6.Bg5
  • Semi-Slav, Meran
  • Gr?ºnfeld, g3-system
  • King‚Äôs Indian, 7.Be3

This week's opening is expert is GM Murtas Kazhgaleyev.

ChessVibes Openings #23
The latest opening developments of the second week of June 2009. All about the move 6.Qf3!? against the Sicilian Najdorf which is analysed in our Game of the Week. Other lines that are covered:

  • Petroff, 8.Re1
  • Ruy Lopez, Zaitsev5
  • Sicilian Dragon 9.0-0-0
  • Gr?ºnfeld, 5.Qb3, 7...a6

This week's opening is expert is GM Alexander Motylev.

ChessVibes Openings #24
The latest opening developments of the third week of June 2009. All about the Bayonet Attack of the King's Indian which is analysed in our Game of the Week. Other lines that are covered:

  • Petroff, main line
  • Ruy Lopez, Exchange
  • Scandinavian, 3...Qd6
  • Nimzo-Indian, 4.Qc2 d5

This week's opening is expert is GM Vugar Gashimov.





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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 four 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 4)

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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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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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