The Master's Bulletin July 2013

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  • | Jul 2, 2013


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   Topical Theory


9.d4 Bg4 10.Be3 in the Ruy Lopez, Part 1 by GM Jan Smeets

9.d4 in the Ruy Lopez allows 9...Bg4, but has been tried by several World Champions nonetheless. At last month's Ukrainian Championship it emerged again, which inspired GM Jan Smeets to give a very detailed breakdown in two parts of this weapon for white players! [Full Article in PDF & PGN]


9.0-0-0 d5 10.Kb1 in the Sicilian Dragon by IM Keaton Kiewra (in cooperation with IM Danny Rensch)

It's always fascinating when one of the sharpest and most popular "defenses" against 1.e4, the Sicilian Dragon, gets tested at the highest level. It was played once at the Tal Memorial, in Andreikin-Morozevich. So... how's that Dragon holdin' up!? [Full Article in PDF & PGN]


4.e3 0-0 5.Nge2 in the Nimzo-Indian by IM David Vigorito

An old line resurfaced last month amongst the world's elite! Magnus Carlsen chooses a "classical" approach to the Nimzo, takes the World Champion by surprise on his way to a win in less than 30 moves. What does this mean for Nimzo players moving forward? Read to find out! [Full Article in PDF & PGN]

   In the News


Tal Memorial: Boris Gelfand Takes the Trophy

A day before he turned 45 he he got himself a great birthday present. Boris Gelfand won the 8th Tal Memorial in Moscow, and with it the golden trophy and the € 30,000 (US $39,420) first prize.


June's Rapid Chess Review

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the World Rapid Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Sergey Karjakin didn't defend his title as he preferred to finish first at the Sberbank Rapid tournament! Anish Giri defeated Vassily Ivanchuk in three different quicklyplay formats in León, Spain.


Caruana Wins Death Match #15

The new world's number three GM Fabiano Caruana won Death Match 15 by a score of 16-9 over GM Valeriy Aveskulov. The score did not reflect the proximity of most of the match as Aveskulov showed surprising prowess in both the five-minute and three-minute segments. In the entire 25 games, only 2 games were drawn!

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  • 3 years ago


    @Danny, I appreciate your quick response. Many times I am traveling, and away from my home computer. I was just curious.

  • 3 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    @hreed - You can ask a member who's downloaded it to do it?

    Why can't you download when you get home?

    There's a reason we want these only in DropBox, links from these articles. Don't want it floating around... Sorry.


  • 3 years ago


    @Danny, you are using "DropBox" which is disallowed by my company's IT policy (possible malware transmission). I know your content is clean, but my IT won't budge. Can you simply put this in's "download" area?

  • 3 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Danny!!!!!!!!

    More of these (please).  Innocent

  • 3 years ago


    Very nice.  I'm reading Vigorito's article just now.  These are the "good" kind of annotated games.

  • 3 years ago


    Love the newspaper / magazine style. Very pleasing to the eyes. 

  • 3 years ago


    coolio! : D

  • 3 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Yes, this is's latest feature (we launched it this month)! Look for it at the beginning of every month!

    Watch out "Serious-Opening-Theory-Report-Dudes" and companies Wink - it's about to get REAL up in here Tongue Out...

    We plan to expand and make this even more awesomer (yes, that's a word) each month. 

    You're welcome, world!


  • 3 years ago


    Interesting, is this gonna be a monthly bulletin thing from now on ?

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