Latest book reviews of 1 January 2007

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                                     Chess Books

The Nimzo-Indian by John Emms,Chris Ward & Richard Palliser

Everyman Chess
272 pages
Price $ 23,95
ISBN 1-85744-424-8

A brand new series openings books from Everman chess based on little-explored variations as in this case of the Nimzo-Indian where the three well known  authors, Emms,Ward and Palliser are providing the reader a wealth of ‘dangerous’ options for both sides of the board.
The reader shall find many interesting less known  lines in this book as for example the  Romanishin Gambit: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 c5 7.dxc5 d4; The Topalov Gambit 5.cxd5 c5!? and a welt of other dangerous lines often  with exotic names as for example the modern twist that runs with the with the exciting  moves: 4.e3 c5 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Nge2 cxd4 7.exd4 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.a3!? or the specialty from Vitolinsh  4.e3 0-0 5.Ne2 b5!?someway a rare move, offering a pawn to unbalance the struggle, aiming to seize an early initiative.
But there is also the Baguio City revisited or the simple knight move  4.e3 Ne4 which  is not even mentioned in the ECO of chess openings!
And wat about  the break from Kasparov,1.d4 Nf62.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 c5 5.d5!? or rhe Milov gambit; 4.Nf3 b6 5.Bg5 Bb7 6.Nd2 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.d5!? and it is always possible to go for the Dutch direction  with 4.Nf3 Ne4!? a  move that was even employed by the great Karpov against Kasparov in one of there many  world championship battles.
It ends all with a original Leningrad adventure 4.Bg5 h6 5.Bh4 c5 6.d5 d6 7.Nf3!? and a radical queen adventure with 4.Qd3.
Included throw this book are various icons with explanatory notes but unfortunately  no bibliography but on the other hand  feedback is welcome!
Conclusion: A book that is overloaded with interesting opening's ideas!

The Sicilian by John Emms & Richard Palliser

Everyman Chess
272 pages
Price $ 23,95
ISBN 1-85744-423-X

In The Sicilian dangerous weapons; John Emms and Richard Palliser handle  fourteen dangerous off beat lines starting with: 1.A Swedish Specialty: The Gaw-Paw (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Qb6!?) 2.Taking a Break from Refuting the Dragon (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.Be2 0-0 8.Qd2!?) 3Vallejo's Viable Lowenthal (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 e5 5.Nb5 a6!? 6.Nd6 Bd6 7.Qd6 Qf6)  4Danger in the Taimanov (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f4!?)  5 Silent but Violent (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Be2 Nf6 8.a3!?) 6The Koblencs-Goletiani Kan (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Bd3 Bd6!?)  7. Take my Pawns! (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be2 Bb4 7.0-0!?) 8Taking the Sting out of the Open Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 d5!?) 9Karklins against the Najdorf (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Qf3!?) 10Baklan and Epishin's Sozin Antidote (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bc4 e5!?)  11The Prins Variation (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.f3!?) 12The O'Kelly Variation: Not Just a One-Trick Pony (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6!?)  13A Cure for Indecision? (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 a6 5.f4!?) 14Surprising the Sveshnikov (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Nde2!?) Where Palliser is responsible for the chapters: 1,3,6,8,9,10,11,14 and Emms has taken the chapters  2,4,5,7,12 and 13
Superb written is for example {as many other lines in this book} chapter three with the Lowenthal variation which is good for around  44 pages of this book !
The whole Lowenthal is very interesting and where the rook move from Kramnik {1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 a6 6.Nd6+ Bxd6 7.Qxd6 Qf6 8.Qd1 Qg6 9.Nc3 Nge7 10.h4 h5} 11.Rh3 is given a ?! with the words that 11.Bg5 could be a better try.
If  11...d5 12.ed5 Nd4!?,which is an old suggestion of Euwe that Vallejo has rehabilitated.
But great fun is the Pils variation  1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 a6 6.Nd6+ Bxd6 7.Qxd6 Qf6 8.Qd1 Qg6 9.Nc3 d5 10.Nxd5 Qxe4+ 11.Be3 Nd4 12.Nc7+ Ke7 where white still needs to find one or other  way to neutralize.
Interesting enough I found quite some old  ideas of Euwe as for instance in the  The O'Kelly Variation where 3.d4 is still very  good for black.
Included are tips and various icons but again no bibliography but feedback is again welcome!
Conclusion: Buy this book  for the Lowenthal variation!

Starting out: Queen’s gambit declined by Neil McDonald
Everyman Chess
191 pages
Price $21,95
ISBN 1-85744-426-4

GM Neil McDonald  handles in this starting out book one of the oldest openings,the Queen’s gambit declined which goes back to the famous  Göttingen manuscript of 1490.
All material is explained at the hand of a good collection of 50 model games where the reader can find enough basic information to get full started with this opening.
The material is divided in seven chapters where I found lines on the Tartakower’s defence,Lasker’s defence,the classical defence,the Cambridge springs defence, the exchange variation and at last the main line with 1.d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Bf4.
As in all the Starting out books the reader is helped in this book with instructive notes,tips and warning highlights.
The Orthodox defence with 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 0-0 6.Nf3 Nbd7 was the choice from Capablanca in his match against Alekhine from the year 1927  and many consider it as the most boring world championship of all time.
Conclusion: A very readable introduction to the Queen's gambit!

Starting out:1.d4 by John Cox
Everyman Chess
239 pages
ISBN 10-1-85744-417-5

Repertoire books are a matter of choice but the English IM John Cox has managed to create a exciting collection openings lines based on the first  move 1.d4 as the good old  King's Indian defence that runs with the moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 Nh5 and now the star move 10.Re1,or Grunfeld,Exchange Variation with 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Rb1, Nimzo-Indian 4.Qc2,Modern Benoni 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.Bd3 Bg7 8.h3 0-0 9.Nf3,Benko Gambit accepted 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 g6 6.Nc3 Bxa6 7.g3 d6 8.Bg2 Nbd7 9.Nf3 Bg7 10.Rb1,Queen's Gambit Declined  Exchange Variation, 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5, Queen's Gambit Accepted ,Semi-Slav and at last the Dutch main line with 3.Bg2.
Included a eleventh chapter with some rare but tricky lines with the Budapest,moderm and miscellaneous lines where I even found a clear cut refutation of the good old Owens defence as we can play throw  in the well analysed correspondence e-mail game: Burger,H - Braun,1.d4 b6 2.e4 e6 3.c4 Bb7 4.Bd3 f5 5.exf5 Bxg2 6.Qh5+ g6 7.fxg6 Bg7 8.gxh7+ Kf8 9.Ne2 Bxh1 10.Bg5 Nf6 11.Qh4 Qe7 12.Nf4 Qf7 13.Ng6+ Ke8 14.Ne5 Qf8 15.Nc3 d6 16.Bg6+ Ke7 17.0-0-0 dxe5 18.dxe5 Nbd7 19.exf6+ Bxf6 20.Bxf6+ Nxf6 21.Rxh1 Qg7 22.Qg3 Rad8 23.Re1 Qh6+ 24.Kb1 Rd6 25.Nb5 Nxh7 26.Nxd6 cxd6 27.f4 Nf8 28.Be4 Qf6 29.f5 e5 30.Rg1 Nd7 31.Qd3 Nc5 32.Qd5 Qf7 33.Qc6 Rd8 34.Bc2 Rg8 35.Qc7+ Nd7 36.Rf1 Qf6 37.Qxa7 Rc8 38.Ba4 Rd8 39.Bxd7 Rxd7 40.Qxb6 Rd8 41.a4 Kf8 42.a5 e4 43.a6 e3 44.Qxe3 Rb8 45.Rf2 1-0
A good repertoire book is one with serious openings lines that you even can play against the big boys of the club and that means some memorizing
as for instance in the Botvinnik variation of the Semi-Slav where Cox comes up with the interesting  suggestion: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.g3 Bb7 12.Bg2 Qb6 13.exf6 0-0-0 14.0-0 c5 15.d5 b4 16.Rb1 Qa6 17.dxe6 Bxg2 18.e7 Bxf1 19.Qd5,a move which really crowns white strategic design of fighting for the central white squares and is surely aesthetically forced {John Cox}
Conclusion: A very strong written repertoire book!

The English opening by Zenon Franco
Gambit Publications Ltd
111 Pages
Price $19,95
ISBN 978-1-904600-59-6

The well known chess trainer and grand master Zenon Franco digs in this latest chess explained book openings book on the old opening from the good old Howard Staunton, the English opening,all well explained at the hand of a impressive collection of  25 well analysed model games.
Some games as for example Vladimor Kramnik – Zhang Zhong,Wijk aan Zee 2004 are good for more than four pages of instructive text!
Many of these games come from the years 2004,2005 and 2006 so besides the instructive explanations from the Paraguay born chess grandmaster the reader is insured with a wealth of latest developments!
For instance the game Mikhail Gurevich – Arkadij Naiditsch,European  Ch,Antalya 2004 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 5.Nc3 Bb4  4.g4 is a interesting idea of the prolific Russian GM Vadim Zviagintsev.White totally changes the character of the position, going from quiet manoeuvres to complications where the fate of both kings is hazardous.
Michal Krasenkow,the main advocate of the line, pointed out that this move has similarities with the Shabalov – Shirov Atack of the Semi – Slav,which is seen after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4,etc.White combines development with attack, disrupting black’s developments, and reminding him that ..Bb4 has weakened the kingside.{ Zenon Franco}a game that certainly had belonged in the book from Viacheslav Eingorn,Creative chess opening preparation!
All material is divided into three major chapters Symmetrical English, Reversed Sicilian and Nimzo-English.
Conclusion: A impressive work on the English opening!

Chess CD's               

Fritztrainer middlegame
The path to tactical strength by Rustam Kasimdzhanov

Price € 29,95
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive

The great Kasimdzhanov handles in this fritztrainer middlegame DVD 22 middlegame lectures all games where Kasimdzhanov plays the white or black side of the board.
Lectures from own games and explained by a former FIDE world champion in chess makes a learning DVD like this one very special.
Kasimdzhanov is a modest chess player in his games and has no problems for a objective describing of his games,as for example as we can see in his game against Karpov Keres Memorial 2006, Lecture two {Tactics} where Kasimdzhanov saved the game with a well balanced  tactical pawn sacrifice.
Conclusion: Excellent Training’s material!            

Fritztrainer opening
A world champion's guide to the King's Indian by Rustam Kasimdzhanov

Price € 29,95
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive

The chess giant GM Fide 2004 world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov from Uzbekistan  explains here in this latest  Fritz trainer opening DVD all important major lines and strategies from the King’s Indian defence.
In a small 3,5 hour he goes throw many lines as for example with  the classical variation,that runs with the moves; 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6, g3 variation; 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 0-0 5.0-0 Nc6 7.Nc3 a6.&.Be3 variation and introduction plus the b4 variation; 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4;Saemisch variation 5.f3 and at last the famous game Letelier – Fischer from Leipzig 1960 where we ca learn from Rustam Kasimdzhanov who really was the greatest on the King’s Indian defence!
Conclusion: Very instructive material to get started  with the King’s Indian defence!

ChessBase magazine issue #115 on DVD!
Kramnik ist Weltmeister!
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19,95 per issue
Annual subscription  costs Euro 99,70

Technical note: if you read this DVD with the ChessBase Reader you should start by installing the new version of the Reader from the DVD. Go to Start Run and enter: D:\Setup.exe (if D: is your DVD-drive). If you are using ChessBase 9.0, you should first install the update from the DVD. For the moment ChessBase Magazine is being reorganised, which also has its downside and means that the program frequently has to be updated. We thank you for your understanding and promise you that it is all worth the trouble.

This latest ChessBase DVD magazine is well overloaded with interesting games and exciting chess media files all packed in heavy ChessBase files which can easy be opened with the free included ChessBase reader.
A high light on this DVD is of course the World championship match between Kramnik and Topalov,these seventeen games are all very extensive analysed by the great Mihail Marin,who has a reputation of going into a  painstaking depth.
But there are more that you really must input in to your own database as Elista 2006 and the European Cup 2006 games,many of these games carry excellent annotations from players world top players  as for example  Rogozoenko,Wells and the Dutch van Wely.
But there is more as opening surveys,this time: Trompowsky Attack A45 {1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 g6 3.Bxf6 exf6}by Efstratios Griv, Scandinavian Defence B01The Qa5, Nf6, Nc6 setup with its long tradition now refuted by Eric Prie, Sicilian 3.Bb5 by Dorian Rogozenko {1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.0-0 Bd7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.c3 a6 7.Bf1 Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 g6},Sicilian Dragon - Repertoire for White (part 1)
by Dorian Rogozenko {1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Ne5 11.Bb3 Rc8 12.Kb1},Sicilian: English Attack B90 with 14.f4 by Lubomir Ftacnik, A remarkable system - 4...Bd7, 5...a6 against the French Advance by Hannes Langrock{For many adherents of the French Defence, the Advance Variation is quite an unpleasant thing to handle. It occurs comparatively rarely, but still it is based on solid positional grounds and it demands a lot of strategic understanding. Furthermore, white players are usually well aware of the typical plans and structures. Now if you decide to prepare a main line against the French Advance, it may well turn out that your memory will let you down at the crucial moment, for the simple reason that the Advance Variation occurs less often than 3.Nc3 or 3.Nd2. When, some years ago I decided to switch from Sicilian to French against 1.e4 I just had to deal with that problem. Searching for a sound but not overly theoretical system against the French Advance, I fortunately remembered a seminar of GM Matthias Wahls, that I had taken part in one year earlier. That seminar discussed the O'Kelly-system of the Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6) from Black's point of view, and it was stated by Wahls that the variation 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 3.c3!? e6! 4.d4 d5 5.e5, which can also emerge from the French Advance would be very playable for Black. After taking a somewhat closer look at the variation, I finally decided to play it against the French Advance, and the results were satisfying. Indeed, that line more often develops from the Sicilian (O'Kelly) than from the French, which is why B28 is the correct code and where it is to be found in the ChessBase opening key.However, as this article presents a concept against the French Advance, our starting position occurs after the moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Bd7 5.Nf3 a6!?} Petroff with 5.Nc3 – the plan with queenside castling by Leonid Kritz, Old wine in new bottles A variation with a long history behind it brings new life into the Open Spanish by Mihail Marin{1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Be7 10.c3 0-0 11.Bc2 f5 12.Nb3 Qd7}Slav Defence D15 by Viktor Gavrikov, D19 Slav Main Line by Peter Lukacs and Laszlo Hazai Our initial position arises after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.0-0 0-0 9.Qe2 Nbd7 10.e4 Bg6 11.Bd3 Bh5 12.e5 Nd5 13.Nxd5 cxd5 14.Qe3.
The Slav Gambit declined - a kind of French Winawer by Peter Lukacs and Laszlo Hazai
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e6 4.e4 Bb4, Queen's Gambit Declined (Exchange Variation) – Botvinnik System Nge2, f3 by Viktor Moskalenko 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Be7(c6, Nbd7) 6.e3 0-0 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.Nge2 Re8 9.0-0 c6 10.Qc2 Nf8 11.f3!?
Gruenfeld positional: 10...Bd7 by Michal Krasenkow{In the previous issue we examined a sharp line with an exchange sacrifice. It requires a lot of knowledge and keen tactical vision from both players, which definitely doesn't suit everyone. Fortunately, Black has other options in the 7.Bc4 system, more comfortable for a positional player. 10...Bd7 is now the most popular of them. {1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 0-0 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Be3 Bd7}and at last King's Indian Defence E80/81 Saemisch Variation  Robert Byrne System by Efstratios Grivas{The American GM Robert Byrne was the inventor of a very interesting system against the Saemisch Variation of the King's Indian Defence. After the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 (which is the mark of the Saemisch Variation) he introduced the pawn-structure scheme with …a6, …c6 and …b5 (Byrne System).Usually, in the Saemisch Variation of the KID, Black plays for an …e5 and later an …f5 pawn advance. In the Byrne System he adds one more pawn advance, the …b5 one. In that way he is able to introduce counterplay on either side of the board, depending on the circumstances.
In my opinion this is a great system against the Saemisch Variation and I adopted it during my "professional" years. I even managed to score 73.2% with Black in 28 games (+15/=11/-2), where my opponents' average rating was 2320 and mine 2473. That does not mean of course that White faces too many problems, but just that I studied and understood well the subtleties of the system.This survey consists of my 28 above-mentioned games. Of course there are numerous references to other important games and plenty of "old" and new analysis, which will help the reader (I hope!) to understand this system.1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3.
But there is more as the famous tele chess file with over 7845 entries, endgames, tactics and more.
Very useful in this issue is the update from ChessBase 9 which makes it possible to run Fritz10!
Conclusion: Excellent material!

Fritz Powerbook 2007 on DVD


Price € 49,99
System requirements: Pentium PC, 32 MB RAM, Windows2000, WindowsXP, DVD drive and Fritz9/Fritz10, ChessBase8/ChessBase9

The latest Powerbook is good for around 18 million openings positions divided from one million high class chess games which makes this Powerbook really super loaded.
Included on this DVD is also a extra but very exclusive openings book with the strongest GM games from the past hundred years and that is good for around 900.000 top class chess positions!
All this information read as a tree for Fritz or other chess engines from ChessBase but personally I prefer this Fritz Powerbook 2007 in my ChessBase program as analytical tool for example by correspondence games and openings analyses,in the practice it means you can load every openings position from the included million game file.
To do this all in a fast way copy all files from this DVD to your hard disk and that is included all the game files from a small 2.3 Gigh!
A nice example of Powebooks can be found in the engines rooms from where the strength in engines is limited but the advance can be found in a better developed openings tree.
Conclusion: This Powerbook is a must for every Fritz user!

Mega Database 2007 on DVD!

Price € 149,90
System requirements: Pentium PC, Windows 2000/XP, 64 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, ChessBase 9.0, hard disk space requirements 1.6 GB.

The latest Mega Database is good for 3512846 entries where a small 60102 of these games cover excellent annotations to the games,where the latest update of material comes from the middle of November 2006 and that is for a chess file as this super made Rolls Royce file excellent up to date.
But there is more in this openings file as an excellent made  opening classification key  with over 100,000 key positions!
Included is also on this DVD a impressive made playerbase with around 200,000 names and 27,000 pictures!
Many sources from this Mega Database can be found from the ChessBase magazines and maybe it is interesting to mention that CBM subscribers can buy this DVD for the special price of €49,99 and a special upgrade price from € 29,99!
Conclusion: Buy it for the excellent  annotated games!

                                  Chess Magazines

British Chess Magazine No.12
Volume 126
December 2006
Price: £3.60

The first pages of this heavy loaded BCM magazine are devoted to the Essent Hoogeveen tournament won by GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarow & GM Judit Polgar just before GM Veselin Topalov and GM Ivan Sokolov.
The tournament report is from Steve Giddins and the excellent annotations come from Ian Rogers.
Included is a interesting contribution on Topalov’s complaint;Did Topalov really believe that Kramnik was cheating?
Other contributions in this issue are: Steve Giddinsn looks back  at the chess year of 1956;The Kavalek file,Mind over matter: Misha Tal who would have been 70 this November, by Bernard Cafferty (Bernard Cafferty tells us more about the life of the Magician of Riga as related in a recent book by Tal’s first wife, Sally Landau, and also recalls his own meetings with the great man.Included is also a interesting photo from Tal and Cafferty}
John Saunders reports on the 15th Monarch assurance isle of Man; William Winter: Chess Maverick {Included is the classic beauty Aaron Nimzowitsch – William Winter from London 1927};Book Reviews etc.
Conclusion: Well loaded!