Latest book reviews of 1 August 2008

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Taktik Gewinnt! by Volkhard Igney
Edition Olms
168 Pages
Euro 17,80
ISBN 978-3-283-01009-6

The German chess master Volkhard Igney provides the reader in this “Tactic Wins” book a fascinating collection of 500 exercises all clearly divided in different classical themes,where nearly all material is taken from the practical tournament game.
Some exciting positions also come from the world of correspondence chess as for example  the game Adam – Demitriescu,corr 1934,where black won with a simple but brilliant queen move.
The major part of the material in this book is quite new,so far I only could find a few classics as Tarrasch – Richter,Halle 1882,where white won again with a brilliant Queen move and for one or other reason Tarrasch did not publish it in his famous book Driehundert SchachPartien,van Goor Zonen 1925.
Interesting to mention in this book are the five exercises from Jan Hein Donner but these are not all brilliant wins!
All major themes get a important turn in this book as forks, pins, overloading, stale mate etc.
Where all material is divided in nine readable chapters plus a useful players index,which makes it all very complete.
Going throw these exercises will certainly help you to develop your attacking skills,but try to develop a intuitive feeling for tactical positions and this can easy  be done by solving a few exercises for 15 minutes or so, but try to do this every day!
The aim of the books lays around the 1500 – 2000 ELO player.
Conclusion: Highly recommended for your tactical skills! 

Schach ist easy! by Nikolai Krogius
Edition Olms
200 Pages
Euro 17,80
ISBN 978-3-283-01008-9

The former trainer from Boris Spassky and Anatloi Karpov,grandmaster Nikolai Krogius  explains you in 33 lectures how to play a good game of chess.
Kroguuis goes further than explaining how to move the chessmen, this great player describes step by step,with a lot of diagrams and instructive words the secrets of successful chess play.
The training exercises come very quick and it is instructive to see that Krogius spends more time explaining the power of pieces than over loading you with tricky openings lines.
In lecture eighteen Krogius explains you how to handle  opposite coloured bishop endings,after these endgame lectures he smoothly moves to the middle game lectures and even explains you how to defend.
Many chess students learn this in the practice but with Krogius educative skills you have a unbelievable advantage!
Opening play is covered at last section 31 till 32 and here I found 21 complete games all well with a lot of readable text.
Krogius learned Spassky how to play it sharp and his love for playing at the edge comes back in the model game Bronstein – Rojan,Moscou 1956 where Bronstein went for the move order 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.d3 h6 7.Nf3 e4 8.dxe4!?,the so called Morphy variation  where Bronstein relayed on the strong centre and gives his bishop for two strong pawns,but he never repeated it after this game!
But Bronstein's idea 8.dxe4!? still lives and some brave warriors stil play it now and than.
Going throw this book you can  understand why the Russians always played so strong chess!
Conclusion: A very all round learning  chess book!        

The flexible French by Viktor Moskalenko
New in Chess
279 pages
Price €21,95
ISBN 978 90 5691 2451

Usually repertoire books only cover one side of the board but the Ukraine grandmaster Viktor Moskalenko has managed to create a work with suggestions for both sides of the board.
For all have bought his Fabulous Budapest Gambit will have a idea what you can expect to find in this move to move openings book.
Again there is a small historical overview and photo from the player who invented the suggested line,by the way all main ideas, resources and advises are all very well explained with a unbelievable amount of readable text.
Moskalenko did not write a reference book on the French Defence but picked out a lot of creative ideas all at the hand of 75 full annotated games.
The author does not only throw his chess secrets on the road but he also explains you how to play and understand it.
Some of my favourite chapters in this book are the MacCutcheon and a secret for white is here the move 6.Be3{1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Pc3 Pf6 4.Lg5 Lb4 5.e5 h6},the Black Queen Blues of the Winawer variation: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Pc3 Lb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Lxc3+ 6.bxc3 Da5 7.Ld2 Da4.Moskalenko writes:The idea of …Qa5 and than …Qa4 has survived,and with the years it has become back into use as an exotic variation.Black fights for the initiative and starts counterattack,making use of the great capabilities of the black queen.
Interesting to mention is that the great Lajos Portisch was the first to play the Black Queen Blues.After the move 5…Qa5 black begins playing the blues.
The whole line looks very rich in possibilities for both sides of the board.
Populair on internet is the Wing Gambit against the French defence: 1.e4 e6.2.Nf3 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4 but Moskalenko suggest Kortchnoi Wedge with 4…d4!? And after 5.bxc5 Bxc5 6.Ba3 Qa5! 7.Bxc5 Qxc5 8.c3 Nc6 9.cxd4 Nxd4 10.Qa4+ Bd7!! 11.Qxd4 Qc1+ 12.Ke2 Bb5+ A spectacular check and the key position for this new idea.
But Steffen Pedersen writes in his book: French:Advance and Other Lines:9.Qb3 might be better!
Conclusion: This book  is a dream for all lovers of the French Defence!

100 endgames you must know by Jesus se la Villa
New in Chess
248 pages
Price €21,95
ISBN 978 90 5691 2444

Endgames are for many chess players a big mystery because it does not have the glamour of a complicated middlegame fight but also the authors of endgame books can be blamed, with there need to compile and collect knowledge with out the need of explaining.
I have some endgame books on my book shelf who are completely unreadable and when I opened this book from the Spanish Grandmaster Jesus de la Villa I was impressed with his didactic talent of explaining complicated endgame position with instructive words.
Specially with narrow positions where the line between a win and draw is very close the author speaks in this book of extreme positions.
As  Jesus de la Villa explains in his book some endgame positions as rook endings  are so complicated that they must be memorized otherwise it will be partly forgotten after some time.
So it is important to go over these end techniques over and over again.
The 100 positions in this book start with basic endings but slowly it gets more and more complicated.
Included throw this book are recommended exercises which involve the analyses of positions that you just have worked throw,and these exercises are always easy and there resolutions will help you to understand the material and I hope it will be locked up in your memory for the rest of your life.
Essential knowledge in endgames is necessarily but when you work throw  this book you will be able to win superior positions and survive inferior ones!
Conclusion: I am sure this endgame book will certainley improve your endgame skills in a spectacular way!

The Chebanenko Slav according to Bologan by Viktor Bologan
New in Chess
248 pages
Price €24,95
ISBN 978 90 5691 2466

It is amazing to see that the move order 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6!? has grown so extensively to a openings book from over 235 pages!
Bologon writes in this book: And from the mid 1970s,the various Moldovan masters began to use the system in practise. Today it is one of  the main openings systems against 1.d4,but 30 years ago only a small number of players knew about it and it seemed quite a exotic idea. Chess ideas were still dominated by relatively classical principles, and the apparently pointless loss of a tempo had trouble being accepted.
It is worth seeing how it changed the evaluation of the Exchange Variation of the Slav Defence.
Glenn Flear wrote some time ago in his the …a6 Slav:The variation is so modern that the world can’t settle on which name to give it!
Now we are five years further and one of the strongest players  in the world,GM Victor Bologan has created a unique move to move reference bible on the Chebanenko Slav!
Interesting to mention is that Chebanenko him self preferred the line 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.Ne5 Nbd7.Bolgogan writes: The most populair continuation which Chebanenko also considerd the main line although black has other interesting possibilities. White’s main moves are 6.g3,6.Bf4,6.Nxd7!? or cxd5.
Also it is possible to answer prophlaxis with prophylaxis in the Catalan style:1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.a4 e6 6.g3 which seems to give white some more play,but again  it is all a matter of taste.
Bologan knows as no other to transfer his thought to the reader,he does not work with model games but prefers a classical openings style with instructive text and hundreds of game fragments.
The index of players must have been a hell of a job!
Included is a foreword by Alexey Shirov,a eighteen page introduction, practical exercises,index of variations  and twenty two chapters learn everything about this exciting line!
I doubt that Viktor Korchnoi could have dreamed this all when he wrote famously 4..a6? in one of his annotations!
Conclusion: A very important reference work on  the Chebanenko Slav!

Starting out: the modern defence by Nigel Davies
Everyman Chess
189 pages
Price $24,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-566-4

There are many ways to play the modern defence but GM Nigel Davies enjoys to creep around the edges with moves as d6 and e6.
But please don’t under rest this great chess player he only  play the modern defence when he needs to win!
It was the modern defence which helped him to reach his first GM norm,where he won six of the eight games with the modern defence!
Usually these Starting out books are for players with little or no experience but seen the experiences of Davies I would like to recommended this book also for the more experience 1..g6 player.
Specially for all who ever bought the 1972 edition of Raymond Keene and George Botterill because it is impressive to see the evaluation of the moves 1..g6 and 2…Bg7.
Keene preferred in many lines moves as …Nc6 as for example in the Averbakh system but Davies sees more in moves as ..c6 and ..a6.
A fine example of this strategy is the game Thomas - Davies,
BCF-ch Brighton (9), 1984
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Lg7 3.c4 d6 4.Pc3 a6 5.f4 c6 6.a4 a5 7.Pf3 Lg4 8.Le2 Db6 9.e5 Ph6 10.Pg5 Lxe2 11.Dxe2 Pf5 12.exd6 0-0 13.dxe7 Te8 14.0-0 Txe7 15.Dd3 Pa6 16.Kh1 Dxd4 17.Dxd4 Pxd4 18.Ld2 Pb3 19.Tad1 Td8 20.Le1 Txd1 21.Pxd1 f5 22.h3 Pac5 23.Pc3 Pd3 24.Lh4 Te8 25.Pd1 Pd2 26.Tg1 Pxc4 27.Pf3 0-1
That time Davies was only a 2340 rated player but you already can see his talent for the modern defence.
New for me in this book is the “Monkey’s Bum Attack” 1.e4 g6 2.Bc4 Bg7 3.Qf3 e6 4.d4 Bxd4 a Morra Gambit style pawn sacrifice which gives black  a pleasant feeling.
By the way Hebden preferred against Davies the following move order 1.e4 g6 2.Bc4 Bg7 3.Qf3 e6 4.c3 and Davies writes: The wily Hebden does not give away pawns lightly.
Astounding  is the game: S.Del Rio Angelis – Spragget,Mondariz 1998:1.d4 d6 2.e4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Bc4 e6 5.f4 Ne7 6.Nf3 a6 and black managed to win
with this cramped position with  in 27 moves!
Included throw this move are 58 model games where many are from Davies himself and that makes this book ofcourse very special.
Davies has also included summary’s but also 39 test positions to help you to get some grip on the mechanics of the modern defence.
Conclusion: Certainly one of the finest books every written on the Modern Defence!   

Chess DVD's and other chess material.

DGT960 digital chess clock
Price €29,90

The Dutch company DGT Projects was so kind to send me this unbelievable made pocket  size digital chess clock.
Probably some of you will remember the small  PSION hand computers well this chess clock is even smaller and  only a little  thicker, but still small enough to fall in your pocket and you have still enough place left in your pocket  for your car keys and  mobile phone!
But when you open it is a full size tournament  chess clock that with na handy to use menu list.
First of all it will automatically switch on when you open the time and switch of when you close it.
When you open it for the first time it will set the timer with 5 minutes but it is very easy to change the time settings, and to be honest it is  much easier than other DGT clocks that I ever had in hand before.
I once bought 15 DGT chess clocks for our local chess club but they never play 2 minutes games because the menus of these clocks are to complicated for this way of play.
No this DGT960 chess clock is like a automatic car just push the button and go!
For the older ones between us the settings of the clocks can easy be read even without the use of extra reading glasses.
A sound signal is possible but a real blitz player prefers no computer sound at all, maybe a classic clock tick would be a  nice alternative for all old ones between us, but for all  blitz lovers bonus time and delay is no problem at all.
A other great possibility of this clock is the use of generating one of the 960 positions of random chess.
The display shows you all of the 960 positions of Fischer Random Chess,the initial position is set up in a special way and there are 960 such positions, thus the name Chess960,and this clock includes a build in randomiser with all 960 positions! And again easy in use.
Fischerrandom  is a chess variant produced the legendary  Bobby Fischer.
This kind of play requires a special kind of creativity,especially during the openings fase.
This clock was developed in the Netherlands by DigitalGame Technology BV,the designers of the official match clock of the World Chess Federation FIDE.
It includes a 3volt battery and works with the use of sound for around 4 years and without sound for 6 years!
And the clock is very robust, you can hit it drop it throw it on the ground but it will not stop going!
Conclusion: Touch it and buy it for the easy programming!   

ChessBase magazine issue #124 on DVD!
Vassily Ivanchuk - 8 out of 10!
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19,95 per issue
Annual subscription  costs Euro 99,70

ChessBase Magazine issue 124 comes again with a lot of smassing games {and more!} as for  example Fide Grand Prix Baku,Eu-ch Plovdiv,Mtel Masters Sofia etc.
All played between March and May of this year.
The list of contributors is impressive and I counted a small 35 authors of this ChessBase Magazine!
A fine example from what you can aspect from these authors is the folowing game,where the comments come from the great Krasenkow.
Kobalia,Mihail (2627) - Krasenkow,Michal (2624) [B33]
RUS-chT Dagomys (2), 03.04.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bf4 e5 8.Bg5 a6 9.Na3 b5 10.Nd5 Be7 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.c4 This quiet system is very popular nowadays. 12...b4 13.Nc2 a5 14.Qf3 A rare move, which suddenly gained some popularity after Alexander Morozevich applied it in two blitz games. [14.g3 is more common.] 14...Be6 Fighting against the main "enemy" - the d5 knight. [14...Bg5 is what White expects: 15.h4 Bh6 16.g4 f6 (the typical 16...Bf4 17.Nxf4 Qf6 leads to a pleasant position for White after 18.0-0-0 Qxf4+ (18...exf4 19.g5 Qe5 20.Rd5 Qe7 21.Qxf4) 19.Qxf4 exf4 20.Rxd6 Ne5 21.Nd4 Bxg4 22.Rd5 f6 23.Rg1) 17.Rg1 (or 17.g5 fxg5 18.Qh5+ Kf8 19.Bh3 g4 20.Bxg4 Qe8 21.Qxe8+ Kxe8 22.f3 Rb8 23.b3 Rf8 24.Ke2² 1-0 Amonatov,F-Zinchenko,Y/Tashkent UZB 2008/The Week in Chess 699 (58)) 17...0-0 18.Qg3 g6 19.g5 fxg5 (¹19...Bg7²) 20.hxg5 Bg7 21.0-0-0 a4 22.c5!± 1-0 Morozevich,A-Carlsen,M/Moscow 2007/EXT 2008 (41);
14...Be7!? 15.a3 bxa3 16.Qxa3 0-0 17.Bd3 Rb8 18.0-0 Be6 19.Rfd1 Bxd5 20.cxd5 Nb4 21.Nxb4 Rxb4 22.Rd2 Rd4 23.Rdd1 Rb4 ½-½ Ponomariov,R-Radjabov,T/Dagomys RUS 2008/The Week in Chess 700] 15.Rd1 Bxd5 [15...Be7 16.c5 0-0 17.Bb5 Na7 18.Ba4 Bxd5 19.Rxd5 Qc7 20.0-0 Rad8 21.Rfd1 Nc6 22.Qd3± 1-0 Nepomniachtchi,I-Andriasian,Z/Moscow RUS 2008/The Week in Chess 693 (45);
15...Bg5 16.c5 0-0 17.cxd6 Rb8 18.h4 Bh6 19.b3 Qd7 20.Be2 f5 21.Nc7± 1-0 Tologontegin,S-Holmirzaev,B/Tashkent UZB 2008/The Week in Chess 699 (51)] 16.Rxd5 [16.cxd5 Na7 is not dangerous for Black. His knight will come out via b5.(or 16...Nb8 17.Bb5+ Nd7 18.Qg4 Ra7 , e.g. 19.Ne3 0-0 20.Bxd7 Rxd7 21.Rc1 Rc7 22.0-0 Rxc1 23.Rxc1 Bg5 24.Qe2 f5 25.exf5 Bxe3 26.Qxe3 Rxf5 27.g3 Rf8 28.b3 Qf6 29.Rc7 Qf5 30.Kg2 h5 31.h4 1-0 Geller,J-Batsanin,D/Dagomys RUS 2008/The Week in Chess 702 (53) 31...e4!=) ] 16...Ne7 17.Rd1 [17.Rb5!?] 17...Qb6 [17...Qc7 18.Ne3 Bg5 19.Nf5 Nxf5 20.exf5 e4?! (20...0-0 21.Bd3²) 21.Qxe4+ Qe7 22.Bd3 d5 23.cxd5 Rd8 24.Bb5+ Kf8 25.Qxe7+ Kxe7 26.0-0 Kd6 27.Rfe1± 1-0 Iuldachev,S-Timoshenko,G/Tashkent UZB 2008/The Week in Chess 699 (64)] 18.Be2 [To 18.Ne3 an intermediate 18...b3! is now possible, and after 19.a3 Bg5 20.Nf5 Nxf5 21.exf5 0-0 22.Bd3 Rac8 the white bishop can't get to d5;
18.h4!? , preventing ...¥g5, needs testing.] 18...Bg5 19.Qd3 Rd8 20.0-0 0-0 21.g3 g6= 22.Ne3 A very aggressive continuation. White is prepared to spoil his pawn structure in order to obtain the initiative. [22.Kg2 ½-½ Watzka,H-Horvath,T/Austria 1993/EXT 1998] 22...Bxe3 23.Qxe3 Qc7 [After 23...Qxe3 24.fxe3 Black can't successfully defend his d6 pawn, e.g. 24...f5 (24...Kg7 25.Rd2 Rd7 26.Rfd1 Rfd8 27.c5 d5 28.Bb5 Rc7 29.c6!±) 25.Bf3;
23...Qc5 doesn't solve problems either as after 24.Rd2 Nc6 25.Rd5! is unpleasant.] 24.f4 Not a bad move but with a wrong idea. [24.Rd2!? Nc6 (24...f5 25.Rfd1) 25.Rd5 Nd4 26.Rc1 and the black d4 knight is quite bearable.] 24...exf4 25.gxf4?! [¹25.Qxf4 Nc6 26.Rd5÷] 25...f5 26.e5? This pawn now becomes weak but of course, it was not easy for White to accept his mistake by playing [26.Kg2 fxe4 27.Qxe4] 26...dxe5 27.fxe5 [27.Qxe5 Qxe5 28.fxe5 Nc6 29.e6 Kg7³] 27...Rxd1 28.Bxd1 [28.Rxd1 f4 29.Qe4 Rf5 30.e6 Qe5 31.Bf3 Qxe4 32.Bxe4 Re5 33.Bd5 Kg7³] 28...Rc8! As you see from the previous notes, the weakness of the e5-pawn becomes obvious in the endgame; therefore, Black aims for the queen exchange.
 29.Ba4 Qc5 30.Kf2 [30.Rf3 g5!? .31.Bd7 f4!;
30.Re1 f4] 30...f4 31.Qxc5 Rxc5 32.Re1?! [It was better to look for counterplay by means of 32.Rc1! Here a possible continuation is: 32...g5 a) 32...Rxe5?! 33.c5; b) 32...Kg7 33.Kf3 g5 34.Ke4 Ng6 35.Kd4 Rxe5 36.c5 Re2 leads to the main line(36...f3 37.c6 f2 38.c7 Re1 39.c8Q f1Q 40.Qd7+ Kh6 41.Rxe1 Qxe1 42.Kc5 with a crazy position) ; 33.Kf3 Ng6 34.e6 (34.Ke4 Rxe5+ 35.Kd4 f3µ) 34...Kg7 35.Ke4 Re5+ 36.Kd4 Rxe6 37.c5 Re2 (37...f3 38.Rf1! .Ne5 39.Kd5) 38.c6 f3 39.c7 Ne7 40.c8Q Nxc8 41.Rxc8 f2 42.Rc1 (42.Rc7+ Kg6 43.Rc6+ Kf5 44.Rc7 Rd2+ 45.Kc5 Rxb2) 42...Re1 43.Rc7+ Kf6 (43...Kh6? 44.Bc2!) 44.Bb5 f1Q 45.Bxf1 Rxf1 46.Rxh7 Ra1! with good winning chances for Black.] 32...g5 33.Bd7 [33.Kf3 Kg7 34.b3 Ng6 35.e6 Kf6-+] 33...Kf7 34.b3 h5 [34...Ng6 35.Bf5 Nxe5 36.Bxh7 Ng4+ 37.Kg1 Ne3 was also strong but the text move creates an unstoppable pawn avalanche.] 35.e6+ Kf6 36.Re4 Kf5 37.Rd4 g4 38.Rd2 h4 39.Rd4 Re5 40.Rd2 g3+ 41.Kg2 Kg4 42.h3+ Kg5 43.Rd3 Re2+ 44.Kf1 Rxa2 There are many roads to Rome: [44...Rh2;
44...Rc2 45.Rf3 Rh2 etc.] 45.c5 Rc2 46.c6 Rc3 0-1
Included on these DVD are also Fritztrainer videos from Karsten Muller,Dorian Rogozenko,Alexei Shirov and Lubomir Ftacnik.
Special recommended are the opening ideas on video from Lubomir Ftacnik: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 dxc4 4.e3 Be6 and Andrew Martinwho digs in a excititng line of the Modern Defence:
1.d4 c6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 Bxc3 5.bxc3 f5!?
The openings files on this DVD go to: The Benoni A77: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 0-0 6.Be2 d6 7.Nf3 e6 8.0-0 exd5 9.cxd5 Re8 10.Nd2 a6 11.a4 Nbd7 by Mihail Marin {part 2}.
Dutch Defence A87: 1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.Nf3 d6 7.0-0 Qe8 8.d5 Na6 9.Rb1 Bd7 10.b4 c6 11.dxc6 Bxc6 by Tibor Karolyi.
Centre Counter B01: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Bd2 e6 8.Nd5 Qd8 9.Nxf6+ gxf6 by Eric Prie,interesting are the words from Eric Prie after 9…Qxf6: This possibility surveyed in CBM 106 June 2005 has done a lot to revive the popularity of the Scandinavian defence. At the time I was convinced the recapture with the g pawn was "weaker but more complicated". That said, I still started to employ it in 'not happy with a draw' situations, that is to say generally against lower rated opposition, one year after the article had been published.
Most unfortunately, the maintenance of the structural integrity is probably unplayable at the (very) end of the day...
Philidor Defence C41:1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Re1 c6 8.a4 b6 by Lubomir Ftacnik.
Philidor Defence C41: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Bf4 0-0 7.Qd2 by Hannes Langrock.
Ponziani C44 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 by Leonid Kritz.Ruy Lopez C63:1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 Nf6 6.Nxf6 Qxf6 by Evgeny Postny.
Ruy Lopez C67:1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Re1 Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bd3 0-0 8.Nc3 Nxe5 9.Rxe5 by Michail Marin.
Slav Defence D11: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 dxc4 4.e3 Be6!? By Lubomir Ftacnik.
Queens Gambit Accepted D23: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Na3 by Efstratios Grivas and at the Semi Slav D31: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Qxd4 7.Bxb4 Qxe4 8.Be2 Na6.
Other columns are: Daniel King: Move by Move,Oliver Reeth:Tactics,Peter Wells:Strategy,Rainer Knaak: Opening trap,Karsten Muller,New DVD’s Fritztrainer and important updates for Fritz11 and ChessBase 9.
Booklet from 27 pages included!
Conclusion: Smashing!

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 124
July  2008
Davies and Martin on the Trompowsky

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

This ChessBase magazine holds exactly counted 19939 games and all played between 20/4 2008 and 22/06 2008 and that mean that you will find the latest games of the New York Marshall championship where pleasantly  included.
Going throw this magnificent game file,I found 12 Latvian games where black did manage to win 5 of them!And Estratios Grivas speaks in the latest British Chess Magazine about the dubious Latvian Gambit!
One of the black heroes of the Latvian Gambit  is Orazio Guanciale, Carola,Paolo (1958) - Guanciale,Orazio (2182) [C40]Porto Mannu op Porto Mannu (1), 17.05.2008
1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 f5 3.Pxe5 Df6 4.Pc4 fxe4 5.Pc3 Df7 6.d4 Pf6 7.Pe5 De6 8.Lc4 d5 9.Lb3 Pc6 10.0-0 Ld6 11.Pxc6 bxc6 12.f3 La6 13.Te1 0-0 14.Pxe4 Pxe4 15.Txe4 Df6 16.c3 Kh8 17.Tg4 Lc8 18.Lg5 Dg6 19.Le7 Lxg4 20.Lxf8 Lh3 21.Dc2 Lf5 22.Lxg7+ Kxg7 23.Dd2 Tf8 24.Te1 h5 25.c4 dxc4 26.Lxc4 h4 27.Te2 Df6 28.d5 Lc5+ 29.Kh1 Td8 30.Df4 Td7 31.Td2 Te7 32.g4 Le3 33.Dxf5 Dxf5 0-1
And the other is the bright Evgenia Sokolova: Markopoulou,Anna - Sokolova,Evgenia [A04]EU School-ch U09 Girls Kallithea (3), 30.04.2008
1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 f5 3.d3 d6 4.Pc3 Pf6 5.exf5 Lxf5 6.d4 Pc6 7.De2 De7 8.Pb5 Lg4 9.Lg5 Lxf3 10.Dxf3 exd4+ 11.De2 0-0-0 12.Lxf6 Dxf6 13.Dg4+ Kb8 14.Td1 Te8+ 15.Le2 h5 16.Dd7 Te7 17.Dh3 De5 18.Td2 Dxb5 19.0-0 Txe2 20.Df3 Txd2 21.Te1 Pe5 22.Dg3 De2 23.Txe2 Td1+ 24.Te1 Txe1# 0-1
A other great Latvian expert is Manfred Wagner: Georgiadis,Nico (1930) - Wagner,Manfred (2069) [C40]Thun op Thun (4), 11.05.2008
1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 f5 3.Pxe5 Df6 4.d4 d6 5.Pc4 fxe4 6.Pe3 c6 7.c4 g6 8.Pc3 De7 9.g3 Pf6 10.Lg2 Lg7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Tb1 Pa6 13.b3 Pc7 14.La3 b5 15.Dc2 Lf5 16.h3 h5 17.Pe2 Ld7 18.Pf4 Kh7 19.f3 Tae8 20.Tbe1 Pe6 21.Pxe6 Dxe6 22.fxe4 Pxe4 23.Txf8 Lxf8 24.d5 De5 25.Lb2 Dxg3 26.Tf1 Dxe3+ 27.Kh2 Dg3+ 28.Kh1 Lf5 29.dxc6 De3 30.Tf3 Dxf3 0-1.
I only can say continue with the Latvian Gambit and your won game will be published here!
Pleasant to mention is that you shall find on this CD games that have seen no publication before as this smashing Marshall game:
entze,Markus (2030) - Kreutzer,Alexander (1892) [C89]
GER-ch Net qual1 U18 INT (5), 01.06.2008
1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 Pc6 3.Lb5 a6 4.La4 Pf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Lb3 Le7 7.Te1 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Pxd5 10.Pxe5 Pxe5 11.Txe5 c6 12.d4 Ld6 13.Te1 Dh4 14.g3 Dh3 15.Le3 Lg4 16.Dd3 Dh5 17.Pd2 Tfe8 18.f4 Te7 19.Lf2 Tae8 20.Txe7 Txe7 21.Te1 Txe1+ 22.Lxe1 h6 23.De4 Lf5 24.De8+ Kh7 25.Lxd5 cxd5 26.De3 Dd1 27.Pf3 Le4 28.Pe5 b4 29.Pxf7 Le7 30.Pe5 bxc3 31.bxc3 La3 32.Pc6 Lc1 33.Df2 Ld2 34.Dxd2 1-0
The two extra included video files cover Nigel Davies and Andrew Martin on the good old Trompowsky.
Davies goes for 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 b6!? And Martin 2…d5 3.Bxf6 exf6!
Conclusion:There is no better way to fill your database!   

Rustam Kasimdzhanov Albin's Countergambit
For Experts
Fritztrainer opening
Price € 29,99
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM,Windows XP or Windows Vista, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive.

The former Worldchampion Rustam Kasimdzhanov digs in this fritztrainer opening’s DVD in the good old Albin’s Countergambit.
This opening is named after the Austrian master Adolf Albin who practised the moves  1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 successfully in the late nineteen century.
For years the Albin’s Countergambit was a respected but someway  unsound opening but it all suddenly changed when Alexander Morozevich suddenly started to play and  win with it.
It is interesting to mention that Morozevich was using the moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Nbd2 Nge7 and than 6…eventual to reach ..g6!
But also the author of this DVD had a important impact in the development of the Albin’s CounterGambit,even that there are only three model games from Rustam Kasimdzhanov so he certainley belongs to one of the greatest experts of this line.
This DVD provides more than a overview from the Albin Counter –Gambit for example the following game is a good example what you can aspect to find on this DVD:
Gelfand,Boris (2736) - Kasimdzhanov,Rustam (2690) [D08]
Wch Blitz Moscow (37), 22.11.2007
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.a3 Nge7 6.b4 Ng6 7.Bb2 [7.b5 Ncxe5] 7...a5 [7...Ngxe5 8.Nxe5 Nxe5 9.Bxd4 (9.c5; 9.e3 Be6 10.c5) 9...Nxc4] 8.b5 Ncxe5 9.Nxe5 [9.Qxd4 Qxd4 10.Bxd4 Nxc4 11.Nfd2 Nd6 (11...Nxd2 12.Nxd2 Bd7) 12.a4 Nf5 13.Bc3 Bc5 14.e3 0-0 15.Nb3 Bb6 16.N1d2 Nd6 17.Nc4 Nxc4 18.Bxc4 Re8 19.0-0 Ne5 20.Be2 Be6 21.Nxa5 (21.Nd4 Bc4) 21...Rxa5 (21...Bxa5 22.Bxe5) 22.Bxe5 Bb3 23.Bf4 (23.Bd1 Bxd1 (23...Bxa4 24.Bc3; 23...Rxe5 24.Bxb3; 23...Bc4 24.Bc3 Bxf1 25.Bxa5 Bxa5 26.Kxf1) 24.Rfxd1) 23...Rxa4 24.Rxa4 (24.Rac1 Rxf4) 24...Bxa4 25.Ra1 Bb3 26.Bf3 Bc4 27.Rb1 Bd3 28.Rb3 Be4 29.Bxe4 Rxe4 30.Rc3 Rb4 ½-½ Karpov,A (2672)-Kasimdzhanov,R (2670)/Tallinn 2006/CBM 110 ext; 9.Bxd4 Nxc4 10.e3 Be6 (10...Nd6) 11.Qc2 Nd6 12.Bd3 Nh4 13.Nxh4 Qxh4 14.0-0 Be7 15.Nd2 0-0 16.f4 Rad8 17.a4 Ne8 18.Nf3 Qh6 19.Rad1 Nf6 20.Qxc7 Nd5 21.Qc1 Bg4 22.Be4 Qe6 23.Qb1 g6 24.h3 Bxf3 25.Rxf3 Nxe3 26.Rxe3 Rxd4 27.Rxd4 Bc5 28.Qd1 Qb6 29.Kh2 Bxd4 30.Rd3 Rd8 31.Bxb7 Qd6 32.Kh1 Qxf4 33.g3 Qe5 34.Kg2 Rd6 35.Bf3 Bc5 36.h4 Rf6 37.Qd2 Bd6 38.Qg5 Qb2+ 39.Qd2 Qe5 40.Qg5 Qb2+ 41.Qd2 Qe5 42.Qg5 ½-½ Sargissian,G (2651)-Slobodjan,R (2525)/Dresden 2007/CBM 118] 9...Nxe5 10.Bxd4 [10.e3 Be6 11.c5 Bxc5 12.exd4 Bb6 13.dxe5 Bxf2+] 10...Nxc4 11.e3 Be6 [11...Nd6 12.Bd3 Qg5 (12...Nf5 13.Bxf5 Bxf5 14.Qf3 Qc8 15.Nc3) 13.0-0 Nxb5 14.h4 Qd5 15.e4 Qd7 (15...Qxd4 16.Bxb5+) 16.Bxb5 Qxb5 17.Nc3 Qd7 18.Nd5 Ra6 19.Be5 (19.Qh5) 19...Rc6 20.Rc1 f6 21.Rxc6 Qxc6 22.Qh5+ g6 23.Nxf6+ Qxf6 24.Bxf6 gxh5 25.Bxh8 Bxa3] 12.Qc2 Nd6 13.Bd3 Qg5 [13...Qd7 14.Nc3 Nf5 15.Ne2 Bd6 16.Be4] 14.0-0 [14.f4 Qh4+ 15.g3 Qh5 (15...Qh3 16.Kf2 Nf5 17.Nd2 Nxd4 18.exd4 Bd6 19.Ne4) 16.Nc3 Nf5 17.0-0 0-0-0 (17...Nxd4 18.exd4 0-0-0 19.f5 Bd7 20.Nd5 Bd6 21.Nxc7 Kb8 22.Na6+) 18.Ba7 Qg4 (18...b6 19.Bxb6 cxb6 20.Nd5+ Bc5 21.Nxb6+ Kb8 22.Qxc5 Nxg3 23.Qxh5 Nxh5 24.Bc4) 19.Ne4 (19.Na4 Rxd3 20.Nb6+ Kd8 21.Qxd3+ Bd6 22.e4) 19...Rd7 20.Rfd1 Qf3 21.Ng5 Nxe3 22.Nxf3 Nxc2 23.Bxc2 b6 24.Ne5 (24.Rxd7 Bxd7 25.Be4) 24...Rxd1+ 25.Rxd1 Bxa3 26.f5 Ba2 27.Ra1 (27.Kg2 Re8 28.Nc6 Bc4 29.Ba4 Bb2) 27...Bc5+ 28.Kf1 Re8 29.Re1 f6 30.Nd3 Rxe1+ 31.Kxe1 Bd6 32.Nc1 Bd5 33.Bb3 Be4 34.Bxb6 cxb6 35.Be6+ Kc7 36.Ke2 Be5 37.Nd3 Kd6 38.Ke3 Bd5 0-1 Topalov,V (2757)-Morozevich,A (2741)/Monte Carlo 2005/CBM 105 ext] 14...Nxb5 15.Nc3 Nxd4 [15...Nxc3 16.Qxc3] 16.exd4 Bd6 [16...0-0-0 17.Rab1 Rxd4 18.Nb5] 17.Rab1 [17.d5 Bd7 (17...Qh5 18.g3 Bh3 19.Rfe1+ Kf8 20.Rab1 Rb8 21.Ne4; 17...Bxd5 18.Nxd5 Qxd5 19.Rfe1+ Kf8 20.Be4) 18.Rfe1+ Kf8 19.Ne4] 17...Qh6 18.g3 0-0 19.Rxb7 Bxa3 20.Nb5 Bb4 21.Rxc7 Rac8 22.Be4 Rxc7 23.Nxc7 Bh3 24.Rb1 Rc8 25.Bb7 Rb8 26.Be4 Qd6 27.Nd5 [27.Bxh7+ Kh8] 27...g6 28.Nxb4 Rxb4 29.Rxb4 Qxb4 30.Qd1 a4 31.Bg2 [31.Bd5 a3] 31...Bxg2 32.Kxg2 a3 33.d5 a2 34.d6 Qb7+ 35.Kh3 Qb1 36.Qa4 a1Q 37.Qe8+ Kg7 38.d7 Qf5+ 39.Kg2 Qd5+ 40.Kh3 Qad4 0-1
And as you can see Kasimdzhanov digs deep.
For this DVd you only have to sit back but the 3.5 hour video entertainment is honestly in one breath
Conclusion: One of those DVD’s you want to watch over and over again!

The Colle System by Nigel Davies
Fritztrainer opening
Price € 26,99
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM,Windows XP or Windows Vista, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive.

GM Nigel Davies demonstrates you in this Fritztrainer opening CD the secrets and strategies of the Colle system.
As Davies explains in readable words the Colle is a simple opening to learn and that makes it interesting for players who have no time to learn a mass of chess openings theory.
It was the great Cecil Purdy who once said: A player who specialises in the Colle system needs to spend only a tenth of time studying the openings.
Also the Colle is the safest of all opening systems for white,and yet it is designed for a real kingside attack.
Davies starts this lecture with the classic beauty Colle – Grünfeld,Berlin 1926.
1.d4 Nf6 [1...d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3] 2.Nf3 e6 [2...g6 3.e3;
2...c5 3.e3 cxd4 4.exd4 d5] 3.e3 b6 4.Bd3 Bb7 5.Nbd2 c5 6.0-0 Be7 7.b3 [7.c3] 7...cxd4 8.exd4 d6 9.Bb2 Nbd7 10.c4 0-0 11.Rc1 Re8 12.Re1 Qc7 13.Qe2 Rac8 14.Nf1 Qb8 15.Ng3 Qa8 16.Ng5 g6 [16...Bxg2 17.f3 h6 18.N5e4 (18.Nxf7 Bxf3 19.Qxe6) 18...Bh3] 17.Nxf7 Kxf7 18.Qxe6+ Kg7 19.d5 Nc5 20.Nf5+ Kf8 [20...gxf5 21.Qxf5 Nxd3 22.Rxe7+ Rxe7 23.Qxf6+ Kg8 24.Qxe7 Nxb2 25.Rc3] 21.Qe3 gxf5 22.Qh6+ Kf7 23.Bxf5 Bxd5 24.Rxe7+ Rxe7 25.Qxf6+ Ke8 26.Qh8+ Kf7 27.Bxc8 1-0
Berlin 1926 was a very prestige tournament and this game was awarded with a brilliancy price.
Nowadays the Colle  is played by great players as Miles ,Jussopov,Khalifman,Yermolinsky,Portisch,Kramnik etc.
Pleasant to mention is that Davies explains you the secrets of several set-ups against for example the Dutch,Benoni and King’s Indian.
Janosevic,Dragoljub - Honfi,Karoly [E61]Bari Bari (14), 1970
1.d4 [1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0;
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e3 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.d4 Nbd7 6.Be2 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 was the original move-order] 1...Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.c4 0-0 5.Be2 d6 6.0-0 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.Qc2 [8.b4 exd4 9.exd4 (9.Nxd4) 9...Re8;
8.b3] 8...Re8 9.b3 e4 [9...exd4 10.Nxd4 Nc5 11.Bb2 a5 12.Rad1 c6 13.Nf3 Qe7 14.Ne1 Ng4 15.Nd3 Qh4 16.Bxg4 Bxg4 17.f3 Bf5 18.e4 Nxd3 19.Rxd3 Be6 20.Rfd1 (20.Rxd6 Be5) 20...f5 21.Rxd6 Be5 22.g3 Qh5 (22...Bxg3 23.hxg3 Qxg3+ 24.Qg2) 23.R6d3 f4 24.Ne2 Bxb2 25.Qxb2 fxg3 26.Nxg3 Qc5+ 27.Qf2 Qxf2+ 28.Kxf2 a4 29.Ke3 axb3 30.axb3 Ra3 31.Ne2 c5 32.Nf4 Bf7 33.Nd5 Re5 34.f4 Re6 35.Nc7 Rb6 36.Nb5 Ra2 37.R1d2 Ra1 38.Rd1 Rba6 39.Rxa1 Rxa1 40.Rd8+ Kg7 41.Rd7 1-0 Trifunovic,P-Nikolac,J/Sarajevo 1951/EXT 2002] 10.Nd2 c5 [10...Qe7 11.Bb2] 11.dxc5 dxc5 12.Bb2 Qe7 13.Rad1 Nf8 14.Nd5 Nxd5 15.cxd5 Bxb2 16.Qxb2 Qg5 17.f4 exf3 18.Bxf3 Qxe3+ 19.Kh1 Qe5 20.Qc1 Bf5 21.Nc4 Qc7 22.d6 Qd7 23.Ne3 Re5 24.Nxf5 Rxf5 25.Rfe1 Rxf3 [25...Ne6 26.Bg4] 26.gxf3 Ne6 27.Qc4 Rc8 28.Qd5 b5 29.Re4 c4 30.bxc4 Rc5 31.Qd3 b4 32.Qe3 Rh5 33.c5 Nxc5 [33...Rxc5 34.Rxe6] 34.Re8+ Kg7 35.Qd4+ Kh6 [35...f6 36.Re7+] 36.Qf4+ Rg5 [36...g5 37.Qf6#;
36...Kg7 37.Re7] 37.Re5 Ne6 38.Rxe6 Qxe6 39.Qxg5+ Kxg5 40.d7 1-0
All together we have here a highly instructive DVD where the chess student
Is not forced to spend all his free time on chess openings just learn the strategies of this system, and you have a life time openings repertoire!Running time is around four hour's.
Conclusion: Very instructive!

Torre Attack by Nigel Davies
Fritztrainer opening
Price € 26,99
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM,Windows XP or Windows Vista, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive.

<> Nigel Davies digs in his latest Fritztrainer opening’s DVD in the good old Torre Attack again a opening without to much memorizing but on the other hand a powerful tool
in the hands of aggressive players as for example Kasparov.
Specially as Davies explains  against moves as 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5,or 3…g6 4.Bg5 but he does not recommend 3.Bg5  against 2..d5!?
The Torre is a flexible opening which white focuses not only on a quick development but also for a  important control of  the centre pawns.
In the Torre we see a great diversity of structures as for example in the following model game where we see black playing  a King’s Indian defence which by the way could also arise form the Modern Defence! Again all well explained by the great Davies himself!
Kasparov,Garry (2595) - Martinovic,Slobodan (2475) [A48]
Baku Baku (15), 18.04.1980
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bg5 Bg7 4.Nbd2 d6 5.e4 0-0 6.c3 Nbd7 [6...Nc6;
6...h6 7.Bh4 Nc6; 6...c5] 7.Be2 e5 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.0-0 b6 10.Re1 Bb7 11.Qc2 h6 12.Bh4 Qe7 13.Bf1 Rfe8 [13...Rfd8] 14.b4 a6 15.Nc4 Rac8 [15...Qe6;
15...c5 16.Rad1 cxb4 17.Nd6] 16.a4 Qe6 17.Nfd2 Nh5 18.f3 Bf6 [18...Bf8] 19.Bf2 Bg5 20.Ne3 Ndf6 21.c4 c6 22.Nb3 Nd7 23.c5 b5 24.Red1 Be7 25.Nc4 [25.Nf5 gxf5 26.exf5] 25...Rc7 [25...bxc4 26.Bxc4] 26.Nd6 Rb8 27.axb5 cxb5 28.Nxb7 Rbxb7 29.Qa2 Nb8 30.Na5 Qxa2 31.Rxa2 Ra7 32.c6 Ra8 33.Rc2 Bxb4 34.Rd8+ Kg7 35.Bb6 Bxa5 36.Bxa5 Rxc6 37.Rxb8 Rxb8 38.Rxc6 b4 39.Bc7 1-0
Kasparov wrote about the first moves in his book: The test of time:This variation has a harmless reputation but a convincing win for white in the game Balashov – Sax {1979},also Georgadze – Van der Wiel {1979}which repeated it almost move for move,showed that everything is not so simple.
The following game shows us the main system of the Torre or as Graham Burgess once wrote in his book The Guide to the Torre Attack:the Torre Jungle.

Seirawan,Yasser (2585) - Andersson,Ulf (2635) [A47]
World Cup Skelleftea (11), 08.1989
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 c5 4.e3 Be7 5.Nbd2 b6 6.c3 Bb7 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.a3 0-0 9.e4 d6 10.h3 cxd4 11.cxd4 e5 12.d5 Nb8 13.Be3 Nbd7 14.b4 Rc8 15.Rc1 Nh5 16.0-0 Rxc1 17.Qxc1 g6 18.Qc2 Qb8 19.Qa4 Rd8 20.Rc1 Rc8 21.Rxc8+ Bxc8 22.g4 Ng7 23.Ba6 Bxa6 24.Qxd7 Qb7 25.Qxb7 Bxb7 26.Ne1 f5 27.f3 h5 28.gxf5 gxf5 29.b5 Ne8 30.Nc2 Bh4 31.Bf2 Bg5 32.Nc4 Kf7 33.Nb4 fxe4 34.fxe4 Ke7 35.Kg2 Kd7 36.a4 Kc7 37.Nc6 Bxc6 38.dxc6 Nf6 39.a5 bxa5 40.Bxa7 Nxe4 41.Nxa5 1-0
For the interested player there is a book : The life and games of Carlos Torre by Gabriel Velasco where Torre said in a interview on 10th August 1977:I abandoned chess competion,but never my love for this beautiful game.
I would like to end with a game where David’s started with: Torre Repetto,Carlos - Lasker,Emanuel [A46]Moscow Moscow, 1925
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 c5 4.e3 cxd4 [4...Be7 5.c3] 5.exd4 Be7 6.Nbd2 d6 [6...d5] 7.c3 Nbd7 8.Bd3 b6 9.Nc4 Bb7 10.Qe2 Qc7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Rfe1 Rfe8 13.Rad1 Nf8 14.Bc1 Nd5 15.Ng5 b5 16.Na3 b4 17.cxb4 Nxb4 18.Qh5 Bxg5 19.Bxg5 Nxd3 20.Rxd3 Qa5 21.b4 Qf5 [21...Qxb4 22.Rb1 Qa5 23.Nc4] 22.Rg3 h6 [22...f6 23.Nc4 Red8 24.Ne3 Qg6 25.Bxf6 Qxf6 26.Ng4 Qf4 27.Nh6+ Kh8 28.Nf7+ Kg8 29.Nh6+] 23.Nc4 Qd5 24.Ne3 Qb5 [24...Qxd4 25.Rd1 Qe5 26.Nc4;
24...Qe4 25.Bxh6 Ng6 26.Bg5] 25.Bf6 Qxh5 26.Rxg7+ Kh8 27.Rxf7+ Kg8 28.Rg7+ Kh8 29.Rxb7+ Kg8 30.Rg7+ Kh8 31.Rg5+ Kh7 32.Rxh5 Kg6 33.Rh3 Kxf6 34.Rxh6+ Kg5 35.Rh3 Reb8 36.Rg3+ Kf6 37.Rf3+ Kg6 38.a3 a5 39.bxa5 Rxa5 40.Nc4 Rd5 41.Rf4 Nd7 42.Rxe6+ Kg5 43.g3 1-0
Torre said about  this game: To tell the truth,I do not consider it a good game, because both of us committed various errors.
Conclusion: A hell of a DVD!

Daniel King
Power Play 7
Improve your pieces

Fritztrainer opening
Price € 29,99
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM,Windows XP or Windows Vista, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive.

GM Daniel King explains you in his latest Fritztrainer power play  DVD the strategy of manoeuvring and recognizing problems.
In chess it is not easy to find the best places on the board for your pieces but the educative King helps you in this DVD to develop this skill, but dear reader there is no relaxing and laying back with a good smoke,but hard work as doing exercises, yes without the help of one or other tricky chess engine.
Also the user is advised to use to set-up  the good  old fashion chess  board and play throw the games by hand.
Some way we can compare King in the style of  the good old Dvroretsky but than not so irritating  dry and again much more understandable.
The annotations to the games are extensive and the fans of Fischer will certainly enjoy the phenomenal game Fischer – Weinsten,USA Champioship of 1963 where Fischer  won the Championship with the unbelievable score of 11 out 11!
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 cxd4 12.cxd4 Bb7 13.d5 Bc8 14.Nbd2 g6 15.b4 Nb7 16.a4 Bd7 17.axb5 axb5 18.Rxa8 Qxa8 19.Re3 Qc8 20.Ra3 Qc7 21.Nb3 Nh5 22.Bd3 Rc8 23.Qf1 Nf6 24.Bg5 Rb8 25.Ra7 Qd8 26.Qa1 Qe8 27.Qa6 Qc8 28.Nxe5 dxe5 29.Bxf6 Bxf6 30.Qxf6 Qc3 31.Nc5 Nxc5 32.bxc5 Be8 33.Bf1 Qxc5 34.Re7 b4 35.d6 Qb6 36.Bc4, 1-0.
By the way it is not easy to find this game analysed in  the books!
Weinstein had been described as having a "ruthless killer instinct" for chess in a February issue of the 1964 British Chess Magazine just before he killed his 83 year old room mate.
Conclusion: There is no better way to learn chess strategies  than with Daniel King!  { Daniel King speaks in the  English and German language!}

Chess Magazines's

British Chess Magazine No.6
Volume 128
July 2008
Price: £3.70

This issue starts with Vasy Ivanchuk who came to Sofia and won,John Saunders reports and Ian Rogers is responsible for some of the annotations.
Other important tournaments in this issue are: Bosna Sarajevo and Kings Tournament.
Readable contributions are Bronstein: Genius of Attack where the Greek grandmaster Efstratious Grivas looks at David Bronstein’s attacking élan.
Interesting is the game Bronstein – Mikenas,Rostov on Don 1941,where Mikenas went for the Latvian Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 f5 3.Pxe5 Df6 4.d4 d6 5.Pc4 fxe4 6.Le2 Pc6 7.d5 Pe5 8.0-0 Pxc4 9.Lxc4 Dg6 10.Lb5+ Kd8 11.Lf4 h5 12.f3 Lf5 13.Pc3 exf3 14.Dxf3 Lxc2 15.Lg5+ Pf6 16.Tae1 c6 17.Lxf6+ Dxf6 18.De2 Dd4+ 19.Kh1 Lg6 20.Txf8+ Kc7 21.Lxc6 bxc6 22.Pb5+ cxb5 23.Dxb5 Te8 24.Te7+ Txe7 25.Dc6# 1-0
It is a pity that Grivas does not dig in to the move 11…Nf6,he only writes: He should go for the natural 11…Nf6 and pray.
Passkey at Hay-On-Wye where Boris Spassky  did entertain an audience on the Book Festival in Wales.
This month Jonathan Speelman looks at Magnus Carlsen’s defensive endgame technique.
In News in Brief we read that Karin Asrian died at the shockingly age of 28,apparently as the reusult of a hart attack while driving a car in Yerevan.
In the Kavalek file,I found the fascinating game Kaidanov – Onischuk,USA Championship 2008,1.e4 e5.2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Qf3 Be7!?
Curt von Bardeleben tested this nautural developing move in some offhand games against Amos Burn in the Vienna Café in London,July 1895.
Conclusion: Fascinating issue!

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