The Master's Bulletin November 2013

Nov 5, 2013, 12:00 AM 12,461 Reads 5 Comments Opening Theory



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In the Spotlight


An Indian Preview of Anand-Carlsen

The upcoming match for the World title between Anand and Carlsen is one of the most eagerly awaited chess events of the year. The expectations are huge because it is going to be a unique battle of generations. Focusing on Vishy Anand, GM Pentala Harikrishna of India reviews the match that starts this Saturday! [Full Article in PDF & PGN]


A Norwegian Preview of Anand-Carlsen

The upcoming World Championship match in Chennai, India between defending champion Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen is the ultimate climax of a ten-year long fairy tale journey for Norwegian chess fans. Focusing on Magnus Carlsen, GM Rune Djurhuus of Norway reviews the match that starts this Saturday! [Full Article in PDF & PGN]

   Topical Theory


5. h4 in the Grünfeld

What to do against the Grünfeld? It's "the horror" for a white player according to German GM Daniel Fridman, who recently decided to solve this problem by playing Morozevich' 5.h4!? in a Dutch league game. Fridman gives a theoretical overview that's... [Full Article in PDF & PGN]


The Slow Slav for White

One of the best ways to learn an opening is to study the games of a leading expert in the variation in question. IM Max Illingworth uses examples by Boris Gelfand to explain the ins and outs of the Slow Slav (3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3). [Full Article in PDF & PGN]

In the Spotlight


Anand-Carlsen: World Championship Coverage will offer a wide array of exclusive, comprehensive coverage of the 2013 World Championship Match between  Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen. With live (ChessTV) coverage during the round, exclusive on-site reporting, and a "post game show," we'll offer our worldwide community, in all time zones, the most detailed look into the action from Chennai. Read the full article here

   In the News


Peter Svidler Clinches 7th Russian Title

Peter Svidler won the Russian Championship Superfinal in Nizhny Novgorod. The grandmaster from St Petersburg beat Ian Nepomniachtchi 1.5-0.5 in a rapid playoff after both had finished on 6.5/9. You can read the final report on this tournament online here.


Novy Bor Wins European Club Cup

After beating the mighty SOCAR team in the penultimate round, Novy Bor convincingly set aside Minsk 4.5-1.5 in the last round tobecome the surprising winners of the 29th European Club Cup in Rhodes, Greece. You can find our reports of the last two rounds online here and here.


Smurfo Beats Ginger GM 17-15 in Very Close Death Match 19

GM David Smerdon of Australia (smurfo) beat GM Simon Williams of England (Ginger_GM) with the score of 17 to 15 in's Death Match 19. In what was one of the closest and most exciting Death Matches ever, Williams took the lead several times but Smerdon always managed to level the score, and then won the last two games. Read the report here!

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