Giri in the Bundesliga, learning from a loss, opposite-coloured bishops & a devilish trick

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In the latest issue of ChessVibes Training you can find loads of interesting and instructive chess material. Let's have a look!

  • Giri's Grab Bag - In his weekly column, GM Anish Giri discusses the first game he played after Tata Steel: his encounter with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the German Bundesliga, on Saturday, February 4th, 2012. It was a great fight that eventually ended in a draw.
  • Guess the move - In his weekly game quiz IM Merijn van Delft tells that back in 2001 he lost without a chance against Belgian IM Michel Jadoul. It was a painful experience, but Merijn started to properly study the particular middlegame structures and two years later he had the chance to show what he’d learned. What moves did they play? Can you calculate as deeply?
  • Improve your play - In his interactive section, IM Thomas Willemze discusses one of his recent games - a complicated struggle in which he made several instructive mistakes and failed to spot a very elegant trick at the end. Can you find it?
  • Tactics, tactics - Like every week, IM Robert Ris provides 12 tactical exercises, arranged in increasing level and based on last week's GM games!
  • Practical endings - IM Robert Ris gives a clear explanation of an opposite-coloured bishop endgame played in the Moscow Open, two weeks ago. Such endings are known for their drawing tendencies. However, the stronger side also has trumps, as this week we see the strong Russian GM Dmitry Kokarev (2618) utilize the double function to convert his advantage.

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For their sections in the magazine the authors will mostly use recent games and fragments. However, if needed they will return to a classic example if it explains the basic theme the best. In any case, ChessVibes Training will provide excellent, additional training material to existing books and manuals with the advantage of being published digitally - you can enjoy all material in your Chessbase or Fritz or other software, or on your iPhone or iPad!

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For several reasons, this magazine will be different from other magazines in the market. An important aspect of ChessVibes Training is that it will be interactive. For our section Improve your play we need your input! If you have a question about a game you played, just send it to us and maybe it will be discussed in the next issue of ChessVibes Training so that you and all other subscribers can learn from it!

Meet the ChessVibes Training team

ChessVibes Training: GM Anish Giri ChessVibes Training: IM Merijn van Delft
GM Anish Giri - top grandmaster IM Thomas Willemze - highly experienced trainer, talent coach for the Dutch Chess Federation and tournament player
ChessVibes Training: IM Robert Ris ChessVibes Training: IM Thomas Willemze
IM Robert Ris - highly experienced trainer and tournament player IM Merijn van Delft - highly experienced, full-time trainer, author and tournament player

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ChessVibes Openings and ChessVibes Training

Our other magazine ChessVibes Openings, which is 4 pages, costs € 28 a year. If you're already a subscriber to CVO, you should have received a newsletter this week that announced a serious discount. Not a CVO subscriber yet, and interested in getting both magazines? The two separate magazine subscriptions are 28 + 40 = 68 Euro but if you go for both you only pay 60 Euro! (click for price in US$) ChessVibes Openings & ChessVibesTraining Duo Subscription

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Yes you can! At the moment we offer back issues 1-40 for 29,95 EUR. You can also buy sets of ten issues separately. In all cases, you will receive a ZIP file with all PDFs and PGNs with dozens of pages full of instructive chess content.

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