ChessBase Magazine 160
The latest issue of ChessBase magazine covers the event in impressive depth. Mihail Marin presents a detailed opening survey, which reveals - among other things - that the Berlin Defence to the Spanish Game (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6) gave Black a plus score of two wins, four draws and no defeats in this event. The Berlin's rise in popularity since Kramnik revitalised it back in 2000 still shows no sign of slowing down.
Anand provides illuminating annotations to his ninth round win against Topalov. He is not afraid to admit his mistakes, as shown by this snippet.
|Anand vs. Topalov|
|Anand vs. Topalov|
In addition to the regular annotations, we are treated to Daniel King's excellent ''Game of the Day'' video feature, which certainly brings things to life a whole lot more. The Candidates coverage is undoubtedly the highlight of this issue.
Meanwhile, World Champion Carlsen was back in action and won the Gashimov Memorial tournament, despite losing two games (to Caruana and Radjabov) along the way. Perhaps some players are getting used to Carlsen's unusual style of play and are now more able to successfully fight against what was formerly an almost inevitable slide to defeat. The forthcoming title rematch between Carlsen and Anand may be closer and more interesting than most pundits expect. Anyway, readers can find annotations by both Caruana and Radjabov to their respective victories against the World Champion.
Elsewhere there is the usual selection of features, including the ever-popular opening surveys. My favourite this time is Krasenkow's analysis of an interesting move order in the Queen's Gambit Accepted, namely 1 d4 d5 2 c4 dxc4 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 e3 e6 5 Bxc4 c5 6 Qe2.
In all, there 2617 games and by the way, there is at least two examples of White wins against the Berlin Defence: watch out for Adams vs. both McShane and Buhman in the Bundesliga! Indeed, the Bundesliga is a good place to look for star names and there are plenty of instructive moments to be found, including this one.
|Rodshtein vs. Karpov|
Just like the Berlin Defence (apart from when Adams has the White pieces), ChessBase Magazine shows no signs of flagging. It remains a top-quality product that every serious chess player should be buying and studying on a very regular basis.