The Master's Bulletin, December 2013

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Welcome to The Master’s Bulletin!

Editor Peter Doggers welcomes you to the first "full" edition of The Master’s Bulletin. Chess.com “tested” a similar magazine (with a very similar name!) between July and November, but the one you are looking at right now is the real deal! [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]


In the Spotlight

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Anand-Carlsen: The Critical Moments

The World Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen was won 6.5-3.5 by the young Norwegian. Admitting that he didn’t expect it to be so one-sided, GM Dejan Bojkov looks at the critical moments. Where did it go wrong for Anand? [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]


   Topical Theory

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Ruy Lopez, Berlin: 4.d3

Anand only went for the Berlin Endgame once against Carlsen but then switched to 4.d3, keeping the queens on the board. GM Sergei Tiviakov, who has decades of experience with this move, gives you a thorough explanation of the opening and middlegame ideas! [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]


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Nimzo-Indian, Sàˆmisch Variation

In a must-win situation, Anand decided that 1.d4 was called for and against Carlsen’s Nimzo-Indian, the sharp Sàˆmisch Variation was an excellent choice! GM Alexander Ipatov gives a theoretical overview of this line which looks quite promising for White. [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]


   Tasty Tactics

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Tactical exercises for you to solve, selected by IM Robert Ris [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]


   Middlegame Musings

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Shadow Play

At the Goteborg Interzonal in 1955 three Argentinian players famously lost to three Russians who used the same opening novelty. At the European Team championship in Warsaw, Poland, something similar happened, according to IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering! [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]


   The Endgame Explained

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The magic of opposite-colored bishops with rooks

More from the European Teams, where the game Polgar-Pantsulaia nicely illustrated some key themes in the typical ending with opposite-colored bishops and rooks. IM Robert Ris shows you the magic! [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]


   Afek’s Corner

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Endgame Studies

Every month we present you three endgame studies selected by IM Yochanan Afek: player, trainer, endgame study composer and writer. The studies are especially useful for the practical player. Next month we’ll publish the solutions. Good luck solving! [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]


   In the News

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Magnus Carlsen World Champion of Chess

You won't have missed it: Magnus Carlsen is the new World Champion of Chess! He won the world title match with Vishy Anand just eight days before his 23rd birthay. Soon after the last game he jumped into the swimming pool of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chennai, with his clothes on! This photo, taken by Tarjei J. Svensen, was posted on the official Magnus Carlsen Facebook page and quickly spread over the Internet. Read our final report here.

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Azerbaijan and Ukraine Are The New European Champions

During the Anand-Carlsen match many other top players were active as well, at the European Team Championship in Warsaw, Poland. Azerbaijan won the tournament, playing with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Radjabov, Eltaj Safarli, Rauf Mamedov and Gadir Guseinov. They finished on 14 match points, one more than France, Russia and Armenia. Ukraine won the women's section ahead of Russia and Poland. Read our final report here.

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Gold for Russia at World Teams

Russia expectedly won the gold medals at the World Team Championship in Kemer, Antalya (Turkey). Ian Nepomniachtchi played an important role for the Russians as he won the decisive game in two match-ups. China clinched the silver medals, while bronze went to Ukraine, who had been topping the standings from the start but lost to the Netherlands and Russia. Read our final report here.

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3rd Death Match Qualifier: December 2013 and Future Qualifying System

Chess.com's 3rd Death Match Qualifier is taking place from December 1st 2013 to January 1st, 2014 and will determine the participants for the 21st Chess.com Blitz Death Match - set to be held on Saturday, February 8th 2014. The rules and format for this Death Match Qualifier will be the same as those before, however December's event will also be the first of our now regularly planned series of "qualifying events". All details can be found here.


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