What's New December 2012

(updated 24th Dec 2012)


New Software!

Chess Assistant 13, Starter Package (DVD) - $125


Chess Assistant 13, starter package with Houdini 3 is a unique tool for managing chess games and databases, playing chess online, analyzing games, or playing chess against the computer.

Chess Assistant has a long history of innovative and advanced analysis functions and now, with a built-in CQL search system, it has also taken the lead in advanced search functionality.

To get a better idea of Chess Assistant features you can watch short training videos.

The Starter Package includes the best chess engine Houdini 3 UCI, Chess Opening Encyclopedia 2012, a powerful search system, a unique Tree mode, databases of 5.6 million games in total (as of November 1, 2012) and Premium Game Service 2013 (3000 new games each week by Internet).

Houdini 3 is the Worlds strongest chess engine, capable of supporting up to 6 cores and 4 GB of hash. You can connect Houdini 3 UCI engine to ChessOK Aquarium, Fritz and ChessBase.

Houdini 3 The World Rating Lists Leader

Chess Assistant 13 comes with the Houdini 3 chess engine. Houdini 3 leads most independent computer chess rating lists by a considerable margin. No serious chess player can be without Houdini 3!

Opening Studies Stay Organized with Opening Tables

Chess Opening Encyclopedia 2012 contains rich theoretical material on all openings. It contains over 8.000 annotations from GM Kalinin and 40 million evaluations by the strongest engines. The detailed key system for all openings can be edited to suit your needs.

Opening Tables is a revolutionary way of creating, maintaining and studying your opening repertoire. Base your studies on the Opening Encyclopedia, customize it with your own moves and evaluations, enhance your favorite variations or create your own private opening repertoire. Working on your opening repertoire finally becomes the creative and enjoyable task it should be!

Opening Test Mode allows you to test your knowledge and skills in openings.

Analysis Automatic, Manual and Background Analysis

Infinite analysis offers a wide range of options to customize the analysis to your needs:
  • Include/exclude selected moves from analysis
  • Multivariation and adjourned multivariation mode
  • Analyse simultaneously with several different chess engines
  • Check moves in game or annotations
  • Search for additional moves
  • Analyse position from both sides at the same time
  • One- or two-panel display of analysis

Automatic opening annotation searches for novelty, adds expert annotations from the Opening Encyclopedia, CAP evaluations, inserts reference games etc.

Search for blunders automatically analyzes your games and annotates mistakes.

Multi-pass game analysis is an advanced game analysis method with flexible options to fine-tune each step of the search. You can even choose different engines for each phase of the game.

Analysis markers allow you to mark selected positions for automatic analysis at a later time.

Interactive analysis lets you to work with the engine, allowing it to analyze a position, and then guide it in its analysis without forgetting its conclusions.

Background Analysis is the most powerful position analysis tool in the extensive Chess Assistant arsenal. The analysis takes place in a background process, allowing you to continue working in Chess Assistant during the analysis. If you run into an interesting position, simply send it to background analysis while you continue your own analysis.

Background analysis can be split between two or more processors on the same computer or distributed automatically to several networked computers.

Tablebase analysis gives you a precise evaluation of endgames with 3-6 pieces (tablebases required).

Database Search Standard Searches & CQL

Standard searches. When it comes to searching, you will not find a more powerful system than Chess Assistant. It offers all the types of standard searches you would expect for a chess database:

You can search through multiple databases and searches can be saved, enabling you to run them again at a later time. The program also keeps track of your most recent searches so you can quickly modify them and search again.

CQL (Chess Query Language). CQL is simply put the most powerful search method currently available for chess databases. If you have ever run into the limitations of standard search methods, CQL is for you. Mastering Chess Assistants CQL allows you to perform searches you could only dream of with any other chess database system.

Composite search allows you to store and organize your CQL queries into a hierachical structure, give them descriptive names, and set up a diagram of a typical position. This allows you to build a library of useful search criteria.

Databases and Premium Game Service 2013

Chess Assistant 13 includes two databases of 5,6 million games in total:
- HugeBase database (as of November 1, 2012) - 5,083,000 games
- Correspondence database - 538,000 games.

Premium Game Service 2013: subscription for full database updates with games played from November 1, 2012 till December 31, 2013, in Chess Assistant and PGN formats (supported by Fritz, Chess Base and Aquarium).

Classifiers Organize Your Chess Data

A database of chess games is a rather unwieldy collection of data. Of course you can sort the games, search etc. but all of this is temporary.

The next time you open the database you will see the same list of games without any useful structure. If you want to repeat a search, you have to enter all the search criteria from scratch and then search again.

Classifiers allow you to organize your chess data into nested folders in a similar way as you organize your hard disk into folders. Each folder in a classifier can contain:

Chess Trees State of the Art

Chess Assistant offers state of the art chess trees:
  • Transpositions are automatically detected
  • New trees can be created from any collection of games
  • Detailed information is displayed about positions: Human evaluations, computer evaluations, and various statistics
  • Games can be annotated automatically based on information in a tree.

Game Annotations and Global Annotations

Chess Assistant supports all types of game annotations, from simple text to multimedia content:

  • Add and manage variations (promote etc.).
  • Powerful annotation editor makes it easy to add Chess Informant symbols, engine evaluations and verbal commentary.
  • Assign visual styles to moves so they stand out in the notation. You can search for games based on styles.
  • Use any of 30 standard classes to classify important games or instructive positions. The same game can belong to multiple classes (e.g. Tactics and Kingside attack). Search for games belonging to specific classes.
  • Organize games with a flexible, user defined, Windows Explorer style Classifier.
  • Display board graphics and insert diagrams at selected point in the notation.
  • Add multimedia annotations (images, video and audio) to moves.
  • Reference games can be inserted from a database, and endgame information from tablebases. All of this can be done manually or through any of the automatic game analysis methods.

As useful as game annotations are, they have one drawback: They are tied to a particular game. When you run into the same position in a different game, how would you like to get a reminder saying: Hey, you have annotated this position before! Well, in Chess Assistant you can annotate trees and tree annotations are global, meaning that they are displayed whenever the same position arises in all databases.

Playing Features

If you want to play a game of chess against the computer, Chess Assistant offers a variety of engines and options:

Online Play and Broadcasts: ChessOK Playing Zone and ICC

For online play, Chess Assistant offers you the choice of two popular chess servers: ChessOK Playing Zone (www.chessok.com) and ICC.

ChessOK Playing Zone. The Playing Zone is an advanced chess server that supports anything from bullet and blitz to correspondence play.

The ChessOK Playing Zone is absolutely free.

In addition to playing online you can watch games from the most important chess events on the Playing Zone, with live Houdini 2 analysis.

Internet Chess Club (ICC). Chess Assistant comes with a graphical user interface to the Internet Chess Club (ICC), which supports variations, engine analysis, and online annotation.

Database Compatibility: Chessbase and Chess Assistant

Chess Assistant supports all the most popular chess database formats, which means that your current database can most likely be used in Chess Assistant:

The Aquarium interface also supports all these database formats, which allows you to share databases between Chess Assistant and Aquarium.

Optionally you can open and save databases in Zip-format in order to save space and conveniently send and receive databases by email.

Strong Chess Engine Support

Chess Assistant is compatible with most modern commercial and free chess engines. It supports a variety of protocols for communicating with chess engines, such as UCI, UCI2, WinBoard and MCS. In layman terms, this means that Chess Assistant gives you an unparalleled choice of chess engines for analysis and play.

Try it in action

Download CA 12 Lite

Documentation & Updates

Sergey Rublevsky, Russian Chess Champion: I have been using Chess Assistant with great pleasure for more than 10 years already.

Language versions: English, Spanish, German, French and Italian versions are available.

System Requirements: 128 Mb RAM, Hard Disk 1 Gb, Windows 8/7/XP/Vista.

Chess Assistant 13, Professional Package (DVD) - $179

Chess Assistant 13 Starter compared to Chess Assistant 13 Professional

Chess Assistant 13 Professional includes everything Chess Assistant 13 Starter has, PLUS:

ChessOK Aquarium 2012 interface with advanced analysis functions

Analyze and annotate your games with Aquarium's advanced analysis methods:

Interactive Deep Analysis is the most advanced chess analysis method available today and is greatly enhanced in Rybka 4 Aquarium. It's completely new approach makes it an essential weapon in the arsenal of every serious player and analyst!

Infinite Analysis is more flexible than ever with analysis presets. Use many engines at the same time, all analyzing the same position or different games.

Find Blunders and Game Analysis for analyzing whole games.

Play against the computer. Choose from three different strength handicap methods, material handicap or time handicap.

Publish your games, analysis or even whole chess books! Publish as Aquarium iBook, on the web/blog or in print.

Chess Assistant 13, Mega Package (DVD) - $245

Chess Assistant 13 Mega Package compared to Chess Assistant 13 Professional package:

Chess Assistant 13 Mega Package includes everything Chess Assistant 13 Professional has, PLUS:

Gold Nalimov Tablebases contains 12 DVDs, 100 Gb in total (Total Nalimov Tablebases I and Total Nalimov Tablebases II).


Complete Chess Course Combo: All 3 Volumes - $72

Chess King's Complete Chess Course 3 DVD Set is the quickest and easiest way to learn the chess basics, the patterns, tips, strategies, techniques which will turn you from a beginner into an accomplished chess player. The DVD video format makes it simple to improve your chess. Just watch, listen and learn. This Course is a fountain of knowledge for parents and coaches. The set contains close to 5 hours of structured instruction with over 100 ready-to-use examples of sound chess fundamentals. Recommended for players Unrated to 1500 Elo. Ideal for Junior and improving players to reach club player level. Useful for parents and coaches to gather material for their chess lessons. The high quality DVDs feature 12th Women's World Chess Champion and Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk and a portion of the proceeds go to support her Chess Fund.

If you are only interested in some of the volumes, they can be bought separately.

Volume 1: Chess opening Principles. Demonstrates that you don't need to try to memorize hundreds of openings variations as long as you play the opening by following common basic ideas. 20 chapters, 100 minutes.

Volume 2: Basic Tactics and Strategy. You'll discover a variety of tactical weapons and strategy concepts that you could use over and over to win material and provide you with a lasting edge. 27 chapters, 120 minutes.

Volume 3: Endgames. When few pieces are left on the board, knowing the proper procedures can spell the difference between victory and defeat. 22 chapters, 70 minutes.

System Requirements: PC, Mac, DVD player or any other means of playing DVD video.

The DVD is zone 0″ or ALL which means it is guaranteed play anywhere in the world (including USA zone 1, Europe zone 2, etc.), and it works on any normal DVD player or PC or Mac.



This Opening Principles disk is the first volume of the Complete Chess Course. It demonstrates that you don't need to try to memorize hundreds of opening variations as long as you play the opening by following common basic ideas. You'll learn all about fast development, centralization, mobility, and defense, all of which will help you get a good position which will lead directly into a playable middle game. The next two volumes in this course are Tactics & Strategy, and Endgames.

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction A. Kosteniuk
  2. The Center
  3. Mobility
  4. Center Pawns
  5. Development
  6. Knights First
  7. One or Two Pawn Moves
  8. Wasting Time
  9. Castle Early
  10. Early Queen Moves
  11. Play the Sure Thing
  12. Rooks in the Opening
  13. Pointless Pawn Moves
  14. Pawns and castled Kings
  15. f-Pawn Weakness
  16. Opening Disaster 1
  17. Opening Disaster 2
  18. Opening Disaster 3
  19. Opening Disaster 4
  20. Opening Disaster 5
  21. Using an Opening Tree
  22. Conclusion A. Kosteniuk


This Tactics and Strategy disk is the second volume of the Complete Chess Course. You'll discover a variety of tactical weapons that you could use over and over to win material and gain an advantage over your opponents. You'll also learn all about chess strategy, plans and formations that will provide you with a lasting edge. The other two volumes in this course are Opening Principles, and Endgames.

Table of Contents:

  1. 1- General Tactics
  2. Pins
  3. Discovered Attacks
  4. Discovered Check
  5. Double Check
  6. Back Rank Mate
  7. Smothered Mate
  8. The Mill
  9. Sacrifice to Mate
  10. Diversion
  11. Blocking Combinations
  12. Obstruction
  13. Eliminating the Defense
  14. Square Clearance
  15. Line Clearance
  16. Pawn Promotion
  17. Attacking the Centralized King
  18. Attacking the Castled King
  19. Sacrifices against the Castled King
  20. Opposite Side Castling
  21. The Seventh Rank
  22. Semi-Open Files
  23. Pawn Structure
  24. Weak Squares
  25. Good and Bad Bishops
  26. Material Advantage
  27. Further Study


When few pieces are left on the board, knowing the proper procedures can spell the difference between victory and defeat. In this DVD, you will be introduced to the most common chess endgames. Knowing these key concepts and positions will increase your success in your tournament practice and will allow you to convert a material advantage into a win. You will learn about opposition, triangulation, Philidor and Lucena positions, and more. The other two volumes in this course are Opening Principles, and Tactics and Strategy.

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction A. Kosteniuk
  2. General Endgames
  3. Pawn Endgames
  4. Pawn Endgames
  5. Pawn Endgames
  6. Multi-Pawn Endgames
  7. Multi-Pawn Endgames
  8. Multi-Pawn Endgames
  9. Rook Endgames
  10. Rook Endgames
  11. Queen Endgames
  12. Queen Endgames
  13. Queen Endgames
  14. Multi-Pawn Rook Endgames
  15. Multi-Pawn Rook Endgames
  16. Rook vs. Queen or Bishop
  17. Rook vs. Queen or Bishop
  18. Bishop Endgames
  19. Bishop Endgames
  20. Bishop Endgames
  21. Bishop Endgames
  22. Knight Endgames
  23. Wrap up Endgames
  24. Conclusion A. Kosteniuk
  25. Bonus: Game Anand - Kosteniuk

Chess Opening Ideas Combo: All 3 Volumes - $72

Dont be surprised in the opening! Chess King's Opening Ideas DVD Course is the quickest way to learn the ideas, plans and goals behind the major chess openings. Just watch the moves and listen to their explanations. Over 8 hours of instruction in over 90 chapters in this amazing openings video encyclopedia! Recommended for players Unrated to 1700 Elo.

Ideal for Junior and improving players to reach club player level. Useful for parents and coaches to gather material for their chess lessons. The high quality DVDs feature 12th Women's World Chess Champion and Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk and a portion of the proceeds go to support her Chess Fund.

There are 3 volumes in the series: Volume 1: Open Games 1.e4 e5. Volume 2: Semi-Open Games 1. e4 others. Volume 3: Closed Games 1.d4 or 1.Nf3. The course is masterfully presented by chess computer guru Steve Lopez. Introduction by Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk.

If you are only interested in some of the volumes, they can be bought separately.

Volume 1: Open Games 1.e4 e5. King's Gambit, Italian, Evans, Scotch, Two Knights, Philidor, Petroff, Ruy Lopez, Marshall and many more. 32 chapters, 145 minutes.

Volume 2: Semi-Open Games 1. e4 others. French, Caro-Cann, Pirc, Scandinaviam Alekhine, Sicilian defense (Dragon, Sveshnikov, Najdorf, Closed, Alapin, Smit-Morra), etc. 28 chapters, 140 minutes.

Volume 3: Closed Games 1.d4 or 1.Nf3. Queen's Gambit, Reti, Benko, Grnfeld, Dutch, Slav, English Opening and several Indian Defenses (Bogo-Indian, Nimzo-Indian, Kings Indian). 33 chapters, 150 minutes.

System Requirements: PC, Mac, DVD player or any other means of playing DVD video.

The DVD is zone 0″ or ALL which means it is guaranteed play anywhere in the world (including USA zone 1, Europe zone 2, etc.), and it works on any normal DVD player or PC or Mac.



  1. Introduction
  2. Fight for the Center
  3. Center Game
  4. Danish Gambit
  5. King's Gambit Basics
  6. King's Gambit Declined
  7. Falkbeer Counter Gambit
  8. Classical King's Gambit
  9. King's Gambit Modern
  10. Vienna Game
  11. Bishop's Opening
  12. Latvian Gambit
  13. Ponziani Opening
  14. Goering Gambit
  15. Scotch Gambit
  16. Scotch Game
  17. Four Knight's Defense
  18. Two Knight's Defense
  19. Philidor Defense
  20. Petroff's Defense
  21. Italian Game
  22. Evans Gambit
  23. Ruy Lopez Basics
  24. Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense
  25. Schliemann Defense
  26. Ruy Lopez Exchange
  27. Ruy Lopez Steinitz Defense
  28. Open Ruy Lopez
  29. Marshall Attack
  30. Ruy Lopez Archangel
  31. Closed Ruy Lopez
  32. Further Opening Study

VOLUME 1: SEMI-OPEN GAMES 1. e4 others

  1. Introduction A. Kosteniuk
  2. Introduction
  3. Alekhine Four Pawns
  4. Alekhine Classical
  5. Scandinavian
  6. Pirc Austrian Attack
  7. Pirc Classical
  8. French Advance
  9. French Exchange
  10. French Tarrasch
  11. French Classical
  12. French Winawer
  13. Caro-Kann Advance
  14. Caro-Kann Exchange
  15. Caro-Kann Main Line
  16. Sicilian Alapin
  17. Sicilian Closed
  18. Sicilian Smith-Morra
  19. Sicilian Modern Paulsen
  20. Sicilian Four Nights
  21. Sicilian Richter-Rauzer
  22. Sicilian Najdorf
  23. Sicilian Scheveningen 6. Be3
  24. Sicilian Scheveningen 6. g4
  25. Sicilian Shveshnikov
  26. Sicilian Dragon
  27. Sicilian Accelerated Dragon
  28. Further Opening Analysis
  29. Conclusion A. Kosteniuk


  1. Introduction
  2. Queen's Gambit Exchange
  3. Queen's Gambit Tarrasch
  4. Queen's Gambit Tartakower
  5. Queen's Gambit Orthodox
  6. Queen's Gambit Catalan
  7. Queen's Gambit Accepted
  8. Slav Exchange
  9. Slav Mera
  10. Slav Botvinnik
  11. Slav Cambridge-Springs
  12. Queen's Indian Petrosian
  13. Queen's Indian Main Line
  14. Nimzo-Indian Saemisch
  15. Nimzo-Indian Rubinstein
  16. Nimzo-Indian Capablanca
  17. Bogo-Indian 4.Nbd2
  18. Bogo-Indian 4.Bd2
  19. Grunfeld Main Line
  20. King's Indian Defense Classical
  21. King's Indian Defense Averbakh
  22. King's Indian Defense Saemisch
  23. King's Indian Defense Four Pawns
  24. Modern Benoni
  25. Dutch Stonewall
  26. Dutch Leningrad
  27. English Symmetrical
  28. English Reverse Sicilian
  29. English Double Hedgehog
  30. Reti Opening
  31. Benko Gambit
  32. Further Opening Analysis

CT-ART 4.0 (on CD) - TBA

This excellent tactics course has been voted more than once by the chess experts as the best training program on chess tactics. CT-ART is an indispensable training tool for intermediate players. The new version sports a convenient user interface and adds 1,000 training exercises (2,200 basic exercises and 1,800 auxiliary exercises altogether).

Improve your play by studying, practicing and solving the carefully selected exercises in CT-ART 4.0. Its ease of use lets you focus on what matters most: Your improvement.

You get plenty of feedback and opportunity to track your progress.

Chessbase 12

New in ChessBase 12:

         Let's Check: Access to LiveBook and Let's Check including a new analysis function (see below)

         Engine Cloud: Make private use of engines on other computers, rent or make available for others. Better than in Fritz: several board windows can be analysing each with its own cloud engine in parallel without any loss of performance.

         Optional 64Bit-Version: Use: On computers with a lot of storage (>=4GB) databases can be stored completely in the main memory during a search. Faster access to your databases.

         Deep analysis of positions: The program endlessly analyses a position and generates an analysis tree for the best candidate moves and replies. This tree changes dynamically as with time weaker variations are dropped. This represents a considerable development compared to the deep position analysis in Fritz.

         Cloud analysis: Deep analysis of a single position with several engines from different computers running in parallel. Till this date the most lavish, the most efficient and the most precise of all the analytical options in ChessBase or Fritz.

         Online player encyclopaedia: Kept up to date throughout the year, e.g. with new Elo ratings.

         Search for similar endgames: With just one click you get all comparable endgames from your main database classified according to similarity. It recognises pawn structures (passed pawns, blockaded pawns, linked pawns, chains, pawn islands, isolated pawns, backward pawns) and relevant piece positions (rooks behind passed pawns, a rook cutting off the king, king in the square of the pawn, the wrong bishop, etc.). A very rapid search on up-to-date multiprocessor systems.

         Search for similar middlegame structures: A single click will show you all comparable pawn structures from your main database, classified according to their similarity to the position in the game. It recognises related positioning of pieces (rooks on open files, a queen or bishop on the same diagonal, the position of the kings). A very rapid search on up-to-date multiprocessor systems.

         Search for similar moves: This finds at a click the same manoeuvre in a similar pawn structure. The result is classified according to the level of similarity to the starting position.

         Shows all previous games in this opening by the players: Games by the players against one another or against other opponents, with the same colour or with the opposite one, all classified according to the level of similarity with the original game. It makes use of the most recent games from the online database.

         Intelligent search through the Online Database ("Kasparov Wijk")

         One-click publication of one or more games on the web. Optional "Share link" for Facebook.

         Let's Check analysis in abbreviated form with mistakes and combinations human-like comments. The latest strong GM games usually appear in Let's Check with complete analysis on the very next day. With this analysis, which only takes seconds, possible errors and combinations are provided with brief notes in the style of a human annotator.

         Double click on the Quick Board: Easy loading of games from the quick board (the board which appears in game lists). A double click on a move in the notation loads the game on to a normal board at exactly that position.

         After leaving the playchess server, either the list of the games you watched or played shows up automatically: According to what you were doing last. Thus one of your own games, e.g., can be analysed at once.

         All small PGN downloads from the Internet are collected in a single database: In addition databases from the "TEMP" folder are no longer automatically displayed as symbols in "My databases". Such databases are, for example, the result of the opening of e-mails.
And also: if only one game is loaded, then the board window opens immediately

         New engine dialogue and optimised CPU-management: Viewed with name, symbol and author. The default number of CPUs is selected in such a way that an engine can no longer bring the whole computer grinding to a halt (e.g. with 8 CPUs on a 4-core machine as in CB11).

         Chess Media window gets a new look: A better layout for larger video presentations. It allows you to move from chapter to chapter while streaming.

         Improved texture for the wooden boards: The textures teak, babinga, pine and wheathred have been refreshed.

         New look for the ribbon bar: File tab to replace the "Application menu".

         Large database symbols for high resolution.

         If desired, automatic updates: Updates are actively offered by the program.

System requirements:

Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9 and Internet access to activate the program, Playchess.com, Lets Check, Engine Cloud and updates.

Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7 (64 Bit) or Windows 8 (64 Bit), DirectX10 graphics card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive and Internet access to activate the program, Playchess.com, Lets Check, Engine Cloud and updates.

 CB 12 Starter Package - $214

CB 12 - Upgrade from CB 11 - $124

CB 12 Mega Package - TBA

*(Note this product is supplied 10 days after the order is received to ensure latest CB magazine is included in package)

CB 12 Premium Package - TBA

*(Note this product is supplied 10 days after the order is received to ensure latest CB magazine is included in package)


Update Service through 31.12.2013: Get more than 4,000 new games every week, a total of 200,000 new games in 2013!

 The exclusive annotated database. Contains more than 5.4 millions games from 1560 to 2012 in the highest ChessBase quality standard. 67,000 games contain commentary from top players, with ChessBase opening classification with more than 100,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames. The largest topclass annotated database in the world. The most recent games of the database are from the middle of November 2012. Mega 2013 also features a new edition of the playerbase. As usual, this is where most of the work was done. As the player index now contains already more than 281,000 entries, it made sense to use an adapted playerbase which includes about 293,000 names. Doing this, the photo database was extended as well to contain 33,000 pictures now.

 Incl. Online Mega-Update 2013: With ChessBase 10, 11 or 12 you can download games for Mega 2013 for the whole year, a total of approximately 200,000! That means your Mega 2013 will remain up to date from January to December

 System requirements: 1 GHz Pentium PC, Windows 8/7/Vista/XP, 512 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, ChessBase 12, ChessBase 11, Internet connection required for online updates.


         Game database on DVD-ROM

         More than 5.4 Mill Games,

         Exclusive: 67,000 games contain commentary

         Exclusive: Online-Update with 200,000 games in 2013

         Exclusive: Playerbase with 282,000 names and 34,000 pictures

         EAN 4027975007281


The Big Database 2013 contains more than 5.4 millions games from 1560 to 2012 in the highest ChessBase quality standard with ChessBase opening classification with more than 100,000 key positions, direct access to players, tournaments, middlegame themes, endgames. The most recent games of the database are from the

Middle of November 2012.

         Database on DVD-ROM

         More than 5.1 Mill games

         EAN 4027975007298

An Opening for White According to Anand 1.e4, vol. 14 - $39.95

by Alexander Khalifman (2012)
This is the last volume of the epic series. It covers the Najdorf with 6...e5 and 6...Ng4

The Sharpest Sicilian 2012 - $39.95

by Kiril Georgiev and Atanas Kolev
Five years after the first edition, the book was completely rewritten and redesigned. While remaining true to the original structure, this new edition underwent major changes.
The most notable one is the section devoted on the variation 6.Be3 e5. It was divided on two separate parts for the retreats 7.Nf3 and 7.Nb3. Both of them are totally new. For instance, Black's repertoire against 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 is now based on the topical 8...h5 where the authors analyse original new plans.
The Poisoned Pawn section has also been considerably changed to reflect the new discoveries in the 7.f4 h6 line.
The Fianchetto system now considers 6...e5, together with 6.g3 e6.
The 6.f4 system has been enriched with 6...Qc7 while retaining 6...e5 as a main repertoire.
6.a4 is now met by 6...e5, instead of 6...Nc6.
The rare systems also underwent a major update due to the increased popularity of lines like 6.h3 and 6.Qf3.
The book now includes games played until 25.09.2012.

The Open Games For Black (2012) - $39.95

A complete black repertoire with 1.e4 e5 against everything except the Ruy Lopez

by Igor Lysyj and Roman Ovetchkin
Igor Lysyj: "In this book I have presented all my analyses and my
discoveries during the World Cup 2011. I believe that it will be useful for chess players at all levels to study them, together with the excellent annotations and explanations of Roman Ovetchkin."

The Berlin Defence (2012) - $39.95

by Igor Lysyj and Roman Ovetchkin
Igor Lysyj: "In this book Roman Ovetchkin and I have decided to illustrate the theoretical section with model games and thorough analysis of these will undoubtedly help the reader to gain a better grasp of the finer points of this system and orientate himself among the enormous amount of information available."

The Modern Reti. An Anti-Slav Repertoire (2012) - $37.95

by Alexander Delchev, 212 pages

This book presents a repertoire against 1...d5, based on the Reti: 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 when Delchev considers both 2...c6 and 2...e6. It offers mostly original analysis and examines plans and variations that have never been covered so far. The book follows Chess Stars trademark structure with 3 chapters in every part. Read the "Main Ideas" sample of Part 8 below. You'll also find the Intro, Contents and Index of Variations.

The French Defence Reloaded (2012) - $44.95

by Nikita Vitiugov
A completely updated edition which presents a Black repertoire based on the French.

Here are Vitiugov's own words: I received, quite unexpectedly, many comments and opinions following the publication of my first book on the French Defence. These were quite varied, both in form and content. There were renowned experts, who pointed out that some of the variations were not analyzed to perfection. Some meticulous readers looked for, and found (!), possibilities for both sides, which I had omitted in several important, and even not so important, lines. There were people who criticized my rather ambitious concept, according to which I tried to present the opening the way I saw it, instead of just following the branches of the database. However, there were also some appreciative comments.

Chess develops so rapidly that writing a book devoted to opening theory which will be valid for a long period of time is "mission impossible" nowadays. What was fashionable a year ago quickly becomes outdated, while some dead and forgotten variations rise from the ashes. Nevertheless, I believe that the foundations which I laid eighteen months ago can be enriched with new variations and ideas, while the essence remains the same."

Books - Three more super specials in the sale that never ends.

Bobby Fischer: From Chess Genius to Legend - Now $8.95

by Grandmaster Eduard Gufeld (192 pages (2002))

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International Master C.J.S. Purdy was born in Australia and was the world's first Correspondence Chess Champion, and author of many chess periodicals from the 1930s to the 1970s. Ex-chess champion Bobby Fischer called Purdy the best teacher on chess.

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Volume 2 of C.J.S. Purdy's Fine Art of Annotation series continues in the same vein as the first. Purdy is one of the best annotators in chess history, honing his skills by writing "Chess World" for many years.

Here are 120 more games for you to absorb, along with 13 articles from Purdy's various publications.

C.J.S. Purdy was the very first World Chess Correspondence Champion in 1953, establishing his dominance as one of the world's most thorough and inventive analyzers in the chess world.

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 Garrys Choice 115 3rd edition - exclusive column by Garry Kasparov. The 13th World champion dissects top games of modern chess/

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GM Milos Perunovic, Serbia (B22), Sicilian defence, Alapin variation

GM Rafael Leitao, Brasil (B94), Sicilian defence, Najdorf variation

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The Definitive book, Encyclopedia of Chess Problems - Themes and Terms

Hardcover, 520 pages, 1726 problems, October 2012The Encyclopedia of Chess Problems

Authors: Milan Velimirovic (Serbia) and Kari Valtonen (Finland)



"I have great respect for the experts in the field of chess problems, though I never was a great fan. All those terms and themes sounded distant and hard to understand. Instead, I preferred the practical aspects of playing chess. However, while writing for different newspapers, I witnessed a great interest from readers for two movers. The common question being, "Why are you not including chess problems."

What I really liked were those gigantic problems and studies where the mate could be found in, say, 298 moves! It was fantastical; yet, sometimes, even if it didn't make any sense, I felt like it could happen in real tournament games.

What I always wanted was one book that would explain everything and provide the best examples from the history of chess problems. I asked the guru of the chess problem community, GM of chess composition and GM solver Milan Velimirovic, whether such a book was possible and unknowingly tapped into his lifetime wish to create just that.

Many months later, we are proud to present The Definitive Book, Encyclopedia of Chess Problems: Themes and Terms, written by Velimirovic and his colleague, GM solver and 1984 World Solving champion, Kari Valtonen from Finland. Inside, there are 1,726 selected problems and all the answers to any question that one might ask about chess problems. It can be read in different ways, like the classical Larousse encyclopedia or as a great collection of problems. Every theme and term is illustrated with the appropriate problem.

I am proud to be involved in this project. I see it as a historic moment for the world of chess problems. And, yes, now I a full-fledged fan of this magnificent field!"

Josip Asik, CEO of Chess Informant



"A lot of courage was needed to undertake, within an extremely tight time table, the impossible mission of coping with such a comprehensive task as displayed in this book, which covers practically all aspects of chess composition.

Behind this there stood a special situation, where the general manager of Chess Informant has found it in his interest to invest in such a project, provided that the chief editor is GM Milan Velimirovic. And indeed, one could not ask for a better qualified man for the job. In a lucky coincidence, Kari Valtonen who happened to gather a lot of material suitable for the book joined forces with Milan and these two with the help of several enthusiastic friends managed to present us with this mammoth enterprise the encyclopedia before you.

Every fan of chess composition can find in this book some thing of interest. The undersigned finds appeal in most aspects of the book, but being biased by his personal composing activity, particularly so in the core parts referring to themes and terms. For the undersigned, browsing through these extensive parts has been a fascinating journey among the stars.

Nowadays it seems that the time of basic themes is over. The time of the more complex themes has come, but these must preserve a number of basic characteristics: internal coherence and logic, a high prospective for inspiring composing and a strong survival capability which can only be verified over time.

The themes should expose the potentials hidden in the contingent rules of chess their power to create things of beauty, which in the case of chess compositions are dependent entities, as they are man-made. Beauty in chess composition is not constant but a dynamic concept. Taste will change over time, and like the stars in the skies, themes have their periods of flourishing and decline, depending on the amount of life or energy they possess, and how long it will take for each to burn its entire vitality before turning into a white dwarf.

This book seems to have taken these or similar criteria into consideration. Hopefully the number of counter-examples is negligible and can easily be adjusted in a future edition.

This comprehensive encyclopedia is special in our field of chess composition and will be enjoyed by chess players as well. It is a must in the library of all lovers of chess problems and studies."

Uri Avner, GM of Chess Composition, Honorary President of the WFCC



velimirovic.jpgMilan Velimirović (b.1952) is a GM of Chess Composition, GM Solver and International Judge of chess composition. Editor of chess composition magazines MAT (1974-1985) and Mat Plus (since 1994). He has published several books on chess composition. Author of numerous articles on chess composition. Living in Belgrade, Serbia.






Kari ValtonenKari Valtonen (b.1954) is GM Solver and International Judge of chess composition. Editor of the chess composition section of Suomen Shakki (1987-2008), sub-editor of chess composition magazine Suomen Tehtvniekat (1992-1997). Author of several articles on themes and terms in chess composition. World Solving Champion in 1984. Living in Tampere, Finland.