It’s exciting for me to see how my favorite training tool can be downloaded in less than 3 minutes!! 3 GB of intense chess training on my HD and ready to go on a Saturday morning I don’t have to go to work, and I can finsally enjoy every drop of chess wisdom given to me by professionals like: Robert Ris with his move by move analysis of a game,
which is quite helpful. It’s like entering into the mind of a top chess player. Yes, the move by move, means to guess what the next move played will be, and this guessing back and forth, with the right feedback by Ris will help an amateur or club player to understand the difference in thinking, evaluating and calculating lines compared to a pro.
Then of course I love to follow the “Tune your tactics” which in my opinion is more focused than the usual tactic trainers based on engines which find a difference in scores about a position and present the position. Here we have Oliver Reeh which presents different themes from a good variety of games he has watched.
One advantage of Chessbase Magazine over paper magazines is the amount of positions given, in this issue there are multiple positions coming from 37 games, and the orientation of the diagram is from the side which should play, instead in books for the laziness of authors and publishers, they are all oriented from White’s side.
Imagine in the following position, Black missed a simple tactic, and he’s rated 2400+ hence the need to practice more tactics!
Here Oliver Reeh asks our comment: if White plays Qxh6 what happens after Rxg2
It seems there are recurring squares in chess where a massacre happens! LOL
And then of course, at a certain level games are won or drawn thanks to endgame skills, so the Chessbase author I always run to listen to is GM Karsten Mueller, with his deep endgame wisdom. This issue is about rook endgames, and I believe they are a MUST for every player aspiring to the Master title. GM Mueller gives 44 endgames, taken from games, which I believe are a good amount of material for the chess player aspiring to learn them.
Huebner a famous top player from the 1970ies, played some very interesting endgames. Here one which I found interesting, but which could be given to a chess student for training.
Black just played 54…Kc8 which is a mistake, Black could have drawn with 54…Kd8, but give this position to a friend and ask to analyze it and prove the draw, it will not be easy. White now plays a winning move, guess move 55 by White, and prove with analysis how he can win.
Personally I feel grateful to these chess trainers who poured so much of themselves and their chess knowledge into this and other issues of Chessbase Magazine (I’m definitely behind with my chess reading, Chessbase just issued Chessbase Magazine 211! But everyone of their magazines is pure gold for those genuinely interested in growing as chess players).
Issue 205 of Chessbase Magazine ends with 2288 Top Master level games which can satisfy everyone’s need for knowing the latest trends in opening’s theory, while at the same time giving us a chance to follow and replay the latest games of the players we love (there are more than 40 annotated games from top players like Firouzja). I love the training format of this magazine and I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings of a Saturday morning with my fellow chess players who are also preparing for tournaments, or just trying to improve in chess!
I’d like to end this impromptu article with a game I commented lightly, because in it we can see the magic of top level chess!