ChessBase Magazine 159
The tournaments at Zurich and Wijk aan Zee featured numerous top players. Indeed, the World Champion himself - Magnus Carlsen - made a rare post-title winning appearance at Zurich. He won the tournament (a double round-robin, half classical limit and half blitz) but should definitely have lost to Nakamura in the first cycle. Danny King presents excellent video coverage of the 'game of the round' for the two aforementioned tournaments and his analysis of the key games is typically insightful.
|Nakamura vs. Carlsen|
It's good to spend time playing through expert analysis of top games. 'Live' commentary on the Internet is all very well, but a considered approach reveals far more secrets and creates a more lasting impression.
Incidentally, Aronian was on great form at Zurich (sharing second with Caruana) and Wijk aan Zee (clear first, by a remarkable 1.5 point margin) and consequently went into the subsequent Candidates tournament as the favourite in the eyes of many chess fans. Yet somehow his form deserted him. No doubt we will get the full story on CBM 160.
The eye-catching performance in the second tier at Wijk aan Zee was that of the popular veteran and former title challenger Jan Timman. He eventually shared second place in the tournament after many adventures. Indeed, he could have added to his impressive score if he had taken all of his chances.
|Timman vs. Jobava|
Of the opening surveys, the two I enjoyed most were Moskalenko's on the Budapest Gambit (he even shows a key improvement on Spassky vs. Illescas (Linares, 1990) that seems to turn the evaluation on its head) and Marin on an underrated variation of the French Winawer (4 e5 b6). Black may have to put up with some funny looks after both 5 a3 Bf8 and 5 Qg4 Bf8, but Marin weighs up the pros and cons - highlighting the deficiencies of the two White tries - before providing a strong case for the Black side of the board. Games by Korchnoi and Petrosian are used as model examples of Winawer power.
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