Issue #111 celebrates Chess Informant's forty-fifth jubilee! Between these royal purple covers is a treasure trove of material for all chess lovers. This single issue offers more than 300 annotated games, a similar amount of game fragments, brilliant combinations, instructive endings, excellent moves, chess problems and studies. You will also find the Portrait of Alexander Grischuk and voting for the best ten games and ten most important theoretical novelties from Chess Informant 110.
Beyond this, there are two new columns: "Chess History" written by Harald Fietz, about the famous San Sebastian 1911 tournament and the centenary of José Raúl Capablanca's first visit to Europe;
and "Women in Chess" by WGM Anna Burtasova, dedicated to the legendary Maia Chiburdanidze, who celebrated her jubilee birthday in 2011.
There are more than 100 contributors in CI 111, including seventy-six grandmasters, among them World Champion Vishy Anand, former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Judit Polgar, Vitiugov, Bologan, Sasikiran, Ivan Sokolov, Berkes, Volokitin, Tiviakov, Christiansen, Marin, Stohl, Halkias and more! Notable new additions to our contributors roster include Inarkiev, Sargissian, Kiril Georgiev, Parligras, Zhao Jun, Delchev, Zontakh, Igor Miladinovic and Predojevic. Not to mention that you don't want to miss two exceptional games by Zhao Jun from Beijing; these games will be among the candidates for best game accolades.
Moreover, Chess Informant 111 gathers together some of brightest young guns of today's chess world. You surely must have heard of American stars Shankland and Naroditsky, Philippine tigers Wesley So and Darwin Laylo, African champion Bassem Amin from Egypt, as well as promising players like the Kalmykian Sjugirov from Russia, Sanikidze from Georgia or the Hungarians Berczes and Erdos.
Chess Informant Labs - Wesley So joins the crew! We were completely amazed by the quality and depth of the annotations that one of the world stars, Wesley So, contributed to Chess Informant 111. So's coverage of the Grünfeld Defence was so complex and interesting that we had to create additional space inside CI Labs for a further theoretical survey; one which gained the admiration of his CI Labs colleagues.
The CI Labs crew presents original ideas in the following openings:
B12 Caro-Kann, Advance Variation by GM Milos Perunovic
C41 Philidor Defence, Gambit Variation by GM Robert Markus
C70 Ruy Lopez by GM Ivan Ivanisevic
D76 Grünfeld Defence, Fianchetto Variation by GM Wesley So
E35-37 Nimzo-Indian Defence, 4.Qc2 System by GM Bojan Vuckovic
E68 King's-Indian Defence, Fianchetto Variation by GM Dragan Solak
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