|ChessBase Magazine 153|
The latest issue of ChessBase magazine features impressive tournament reports on Zurich (Caruana, Anand, Kramnik, Gelfand), Wijk aan Zee (Carlsen, Aronian, Anand...), Baden-Baden (Anand, Caruana, Adams...) and Gibraltar (Short, Vitiugov, Vachier Lagrave, Sandipan...).
A puzzled-looking Garry Kasparov takes pride of place on the cover of the printed part of the magazine. He has not returned to over-the-board battles; he provided live commentary at the Zurich event.
One eternal puzzle for us all - how do super-Grandmasters actually lose games? I found it interesting to look at some example of high-level losses and to compare how the super-GMs toppled. One of the big strengths of ChessBase Magazine is that one has all of the top games altogether in one place, so such comparisons are made a lot easier. It also helps when the games have Grandmasterly annotations.
Example One: Bad Judgement
|Anand - Caruana|
Example Two: A Simple Blunder
|Anand - Kramnik |
As annotator GM Gormally says: ''All of a sudden the game is over. It's easy with chess to become obsessed with strategy, positional play, opening preparation and so on. But horrible blunders decide the games more often than we think.''
Example Three: Fatigue
|Caruana - Gelfand|
Example Four: Preparation
|Aronian - Anand|
''After this I actually could not remember, what we had prepared. This was a bit of a problem, because this is not the position where you could make a half move or a position that plays itself. You have to make an exact move, because there is a rook hanging on f8 and a lot of action. You have to do the right thing. And there are some possibilities. I was considering moves like 15...e5, 15...Nde5, 15...Qh4, etc. But none of them made a lot of sense. And then I got the key. Though I couldn't remember the variations, I remembered that in some lines my knight gets to d3. So I mainly remembered the position where my knight gets to d3 and from this I managed to reconstruct and find this move ...Bc5.''
So 15 ...Bc5! it was, and after Aronian's erroneous reply 16 Be2? Anand went on to chalk up an important victory (0-1, 23).
All very instructive stuff.
Elsewhere, all of the usual ChessBase features are present and correct, making this another feast of fine chess which should be a required purchase for all serious chess players.