CHESSBOOK REVIEWS


Latest book reviews of 1 October 2008
BOOKS REVIEWS BY JOHN ELBURG.

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Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess
Part 2: Kasparov vs Karpov 1975-1985

2008
Everyman Chess
http://www.everymanchess.com
424 pages
Price $45,00
ISBN 978-1-85744-433-9


The greatest player of all time Garry Kasparov digs in his second book of Modern Chess,in his famous 1984/1985 matches with Karpov.
As we can read in this book Kasparov started poorly in the 1984/85 world champion match,but he came back and after 48 games with the score Karpov 5  and Kasparov 3 wins.
The match was controversially terminated and a rematch was ordered in 1985 and this match was narrowly won by Kasparov.
Dramatic was the  24th game which is covered in this book with a impressive 12 pages of text,and as no other Kasparov manages to create with readable words and understandable analyses  the atmosphere of  this trilling game.
The words from Kasparov after this game are historical,Karpov appeared to freeze.A few more agonising minutes passed,and finally he held out his hand and congratulated me on my victory and on winning the title of world champion. And the thunderous roar which broke out in the hall at that moment convinced me –yes,yes,it was true! I had done it! Worldchampion!!
Kasparov his duels with Karpov are one for one and that are 76 of then in this book deeply analysed with a unbelievable amount of instructive text.
Included is even his ever first duel with Karpov, a simultaneous display,played at Leningrad of the year 1975, 1.e4 c5 2.Pf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Pxd4 Pf6 5.Pc3 a6 6.Le2 e5 7.Pb3 Le7 8.Lg5 Le6 9.f4 exf4 10.Lxf4 Pc6 11.0-0 0-0 12.Kh1 b5 13.Lf3 Pe5 14.Pd4 Lc4 15.Tf2 b4 16.Pd5 Pxd5 17.exd5 Lf6 18.Td2 Db6 19.Le3 Dc7 20.Le4 Tfe8 21.Lg1 g6 22.a3 a5 23.axb4 axb4 24.Txa8 Txa8 25.b3 La6 26.Pc6 Pxc6 27.dxc6 Te8 28.Ld5 Lc3 29.Tf2 Te1 30.Df3 Ld4 31.Lxf7+ Kg7 32.Lc4 Txg1+ 33.Kxg1 Lxf2+ 34.Kxf2 Lxc4 35.bxc4 Da7+ 36.Ke2 Dd4 37.Dd5 Df6 38.De4 b3 39.cxb3 Db2+ 40.Kf1 Dc1+ 41.De1 Df4+ 42.Kg1 Dd4+ 43.Kh1 Db6 44.De7+ Kh6 45.Df8+ 1-0
Kasparov writes after move 29…Re1?!:But this is a mistake typical of a young player: also the fruit of a shallow penetration into the position. Through inexperience I did not realise that the position was not yet for a such stroke! First the threats on the f-file should have been neutralised 29…Re7 30.Qf3 Kg7 31.g4 f6 32.g5 f5 33.Qh3 Kf8 etc.
The position had become extremely sharp, and it was not surprising that Karpov was spending the lion’s share of his time on my board. Alas,my team colleagues were unable to support me: the score was in 5-0 favour of the simultaneous player plus a strategically hopeless position for Lyosha Eppelbaum.Soon Lyosha also resigned, and Karpov and I where left face to face…
Kasparov second duel was six years later in the tournament of USSR teams of the year 1981.
There are many reasons to buy this book some will prefer the historical background information on the highly constraining match terms for the challenger,play to six wins without counting draws and a return match also unlimited were adopted by the Fide with Karpov’s agreement.
When Kasparov was working on this volume,Kasparov was charged and sentenced by the Putin’s Russia for organizing an unsanctioned procession, resisting arrest and chanting anti-government slogans.
Here Karpov made an attempt to visit Kasparov in prision,the solidarity of champions proved stronger than political and personal disagreements!
Conclusion: Unbelievable work!


The Chess Instructor 2009
2008
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
218 pages
Price €22,95
ISBN 978 90 56912475


The Chess Instructor is a teaching and coaching chess book based on sixteen superb. articles from authors as Michael Basman,now one of the most successful chess teachers in the world.
His secret lays in searching educative teachers who are able to be friendly against there students!
Basman tells: A lady who was serving customers in a grocery store was always very kindly talking to everybody’s I thought: that’s a good chess teacher.
She couldn’t play,so I thought her. Now she still teaches chess for me and  her classes are very popular.And it is interesting to mention that
Basman’s school gets more than seventy thousand children to play chess every year!
And for the chess fans of  Basman his most favourite book is Logical Chess Move by Move!
{Basman:A classic because it is well written and doesn't look like a scientific text book.It does't make assumptions about the beginner's knowledge and patiently explains the basic ideas. }
A other interestung contribution that I would like to touch comes  from Alexander Vaisman, Honoured trainer from the Ukraine who writes: The parents of many famous chess players are well known in the chess world,but the role of parents in the development of there children’s talent is a subject that remains to be researched in detail.
It is possible to become a strong grandmaster,despite having problems with psychology, even to the extent of beating oneself about the head after losing or playing badly;practical examples of this are well-known.But it is impossible to reach the very top,given the current level of competition.
The mother of one of my pupils told me, when her son was still very young, about the characteristics of his nervous system. Sure enough, it was precisely these characteristics which, when he was already a grown adult, prevented this strong and talented grandmaster from withstanding the psychological blows experienced during tournaments. His play gradually lost its edge and he became extremely cautious, which led to a collapse, every time he had realistic chances of a high place in a tournament.
A other fascinating contribution comes Simen Agdestein: Working with Magnus.
Kasparov gave Magnus a little homework,’ Analyse four losses and spend at least four hours on each game’.
That meant about 16 hours of work and he was only five days on the assignment. I suggest we could do the job together, but it just wasn’t so tempting for Magnus and he actually declined an offer from Kasparov of a full time coaching programme. He rather wanted to just play and have fun!
Other chapters in this book come from Mark Dvoretsky: Controversial thoughts,Cor van Wijgerden: The step by step method, Igor Zaitsev: The devolvement of a sensible concept,Jan van Mortel:Top ten of things to remember as a chess teacher,Jeroen Bosch: Small Strategic operations,Anique de Bruin:Helping chess players improve,Steve Giddins: Learning an opening by studying the endgame, Richard James: Chess thinking skills in children,Adrian Mikhalchishin: Endgame trouble at the Fide Woman’s World Championship, Karel van Delft:The hertan hierarchy, Willy Hendriks:First move,than plan,than judge and at last a 25 page section book reviews from Jeroen Bosch.
Conclusion: This is a book that every chess coach must have on his book shelf!

SOS - Secrets of Opening Surprises 9
No Time to Study Chess Opening Theory?
by Jeroen Bosch
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
143 pages
Price €19,95
ISBN 978 90 56912413


 
The latest secrets of opening surprises brings again a exciting collection
surprising openings lines, as for example the unknown Gunsberg surprise in the Two Nights Defence from Daniel Stellwagen,that runs with the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5 + c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Bd3!?
This move first appeared in the 22nd match game between Gunsberg – Chigorin of  the year 1890 and since nearly no game have been played with it.
After Estrin it is a old recommendation fromn the great Henry Bird but Stellwagen has come with the idea 8…Nd5 9.Nf3! and that is truly a shocking surprise.
Bayonet moves as 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.g4 are not easy to handle for black specially with the advises of Adrian Mikhalchishin who has written a nearly four page article about it.
If 6…e5 7.d5 c6 8.g5 Ne8 9.h4 Nc7 10.Be3 Nba6 11.Qd2 cxd5 12.cxd5 Bd7 13.h5 b5 14.f3 Qe7 15.Nd1 b4 16.a4 and white has a clear advantage!
Other lines in this book are Fianchetto in the French Tarrasch, SOS versus the Sveshnikov, Seeking Greener Pastures in the Grünfeld, Scandinavian Motif in the Alapin, The Dutch Indian, Two replies to 3.d4 in the Scandinavian, This is not the Chigorin, Caro-Kann: Bellon Variation, English: Nimzowitsch Variation, Réti’s Line against the French, Dutch: Bogoljubow Gambit, Ruy Lopez: the Popov Variation, Sicilian: the Czerniak Attack and the Queen’s Indian: the Surprising 5.Qb3.
Conclusion: Buy it, before your opponent cruses you with these tricky lines!                   

          

                                                            Chess DVD's


Chessbase 10

On DVD!
2008
ChessBase http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com 
Price € 154,90
System requirements: Minimum: Pentium 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Windows Vista or Windows XP (Service Pack 2), DVD ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9. Recommended: PC Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows Vista 64, GeForce8 graphics card (or compatible) with 256 MB RAM or higher, 100% DirectX compatible  sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive.
Included are the engines Fritz 6 and Crafty.

The new ChessBase database program ChessBase 10 is a unbelievable too,not only it has a lot of  new features as a new online database tool where you have access with millions of games, and the possibility of a second online search result{s },the so called (DSL).
But there is also the possibility of a automatic update of your reference database,yes this was a original  idea of Chess Assistant and now taken over by ChessBase,but ChessBase has also improved it with a  keen display of games and moves with useful statistics all done in  practical and eeasy to read  three style.
Note: It is possible to download updates for one year.
But the serial numbers for the online update of games are only available for the starter package and megapackage.
Openings references include now  an overview of common variations, there is brand  new search booster for super-fast results yes and this works really fantastic!
Other improvements are openings books with instantaneous display of replies;
Preparing for specific players is now easier than ever before because you have the possibility to a  player dossier with improved openings references.
Good news for correspondence chess player,ChessBase 10 has a direct access to the ICCF sever!
Pleasant to mention are the new engine functions where you als can also see the discarded lines.
Simple said more information of your favorite chess engine.
Fans of the Chess Server will certainly like the online database,ECO codes in the games lists, tactics training, and the full Chess 960 support.
In addition, there is a  new look with high-resolution pieces all brought with in a  improved window management.
To be hones the last weeks my wife had to pull me away behind my computer because I could  not stop playing with this fantastic made chess tool.
It is better than everything, that I ever have seen and tried on a computer before!
The installation went smoothly and after you have restarted your computer,you have to input your serial number.
When you register ChessBase 10 the system configuration is saved on the server,so if install the program on a new computer you should first deactivate the existing registration.
The deactivation is accessed by the menu help, Activate Program.
Interesting to mention is when you move the mouse over a game and leave it there for a moment, additional information will be displayed.
As Fritz ChessBase 10 has now the possibility of photo realistic three dimensional board but it needs a fast graphics card with accelerator.
To set-up a position just push on S in the database window.
ChessBase 10 comes with a impressive 3.8 million {big}database
plus a players base from more than 30.000 players!These photo’s can now also be viewed in a list by simple using the menu list.
Fun is the possibility of multimedia commentary,automatic play,html available in editor mode,player dossier with better opening references,tournament tables can be sorted according to player names etc!
Indeed  there is so much more to explore!
Conclusion: I never had such a great playing tool on my computer!


Rybka3
On DVD!
2008
ChessBase http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com 
Price € 49,99
 
System requirements: Minimum: Pentium 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Windows Vista or XP (SP 2), DVD ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9. Recommended: pc Intel Core Duo 2.4 GHz or higher, 4GB RAM, Windows Vista, GeForce8 or compatible graphics card with 256 MB RAM or higher, 100% DirectX compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive.
 
The incredible Rybka 3 is as the insiders say improved with a impressive 80 elo points.
I am not sure where Vsik Rajlich did squeeze the 80 points out maybe it is simple the secret that Rybka can save his hash tables between his analysis sessions.
But for the experts under us, Rybka uses a bitboard representation, and is an alpha-beta searcher with a relatively large aspiration window.
For all who want to win with Rybka, this engine is about 60% faster when you it in a  64-bit mode than a 32-bit one,and the positional evaluation algoritms come from IM Larry Kaufmann.
A fine example of the possibilities of Rybka is the following game: Fischer,Robert James (2740) - Taimanov,Mark E (2620) [B44]
Candidates Match quarterfinal3 Vancouver (2), 18.05.1971
1.e4 c5 2.Pf3 Pc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Pxd4 e6 5.Pb5 d6 6.Lf4 e5 7.Le3 Pf6 8.Lg5 Da5+  9.Dd2 Pxe4 10.Dxa5 Pxa5 11.Le3 Kd7 12.P1c3 Pxc3 13.Pxc3 Kd8 14.Pb5 Le6 15.0-0-0 b6 16.f4 exf4 17.Lxf4 Pb7 18.Le2 Ld7 19.Td2 Le7 20.Thd1 Lxb5
21.Lxb5 Kc7 22.Te2 Lf6 23.Tde1 Tac8 24.Lc4 Thf8 25.b4 a5 26.Ld5 Kb8 27.a3 Tfd8 28.Lxf7 Lc3 29.Ld2 d5 30.Td1 d4 31.Lxc3 Txc3 32.Kb2 d3  33.Kxc3 dxe2 34.Te1 Pd6 35.Lh5 Pb5+ 36.Kb2 axb4 37.axb4 Td4 38.c3 Th4 39.Lxe2 Pd6 40.Td1 Kc7 41.h3 Tf4 42.Tf1 Te4 43.Ld3 Te5
44.Tf2 h5 45.c4 Tg5 46.Kc3 Kd7 47.Ta2 Kc8 48.Kd4 Kc7 49.Ta7+ Kd8 50.c5 bxc5+ 51.bxc5 Pe8 52.Ta2 Pc7 53.Lc4 Kd7 54.Tb2 Kc6 55.Lb3 Pb5+ 56.Ke4 Kxc5 57.Kf4 Tg6 58.Ld1 h4 59.Kf5 Th6 60.Kg5 Pd6 61.Lc2 Pf7+ 62.Kg4 Pe5+ 63.Kf4 Kd4 64.Tb4+ Kc3 65.Tb5 Pf7 66.Tc5+ Kd4 67.Tf5 g5+  68.Kg4 Pe5+ 69.Kxg5 Tg6+ 70.Kxh4 Txg2 71.Ld1 Tg8 72.Lg4 Ke4 73.Kg3 Tg7
74.Tf4+ Kd5 75.Ta4 Pg6 76.Ta6 Pe5 77.Kf4 Tf7+ 78.Kg5 Tg7+ 79.Kf5 Tf7+ 80.Tf6 Txf6+ 81.Kxf6 Ke4 82.Lc8 Kf4 83.h4 Pf3 84.h5 Pg5 85.Kg6 Pf3 86.h6 Ph4+ 87.Kf6 1-0
Fischer played on move 50 the weak 50.c5 just like Fritz11 but Rybka 3 finds here the
much stronger recommendation from Balashov 50.Ra6 and that is more than impressive!
Tal wrote about this endgame: The adjourned position was objectively lost for Taimanov. Apparently Fischer was so confident of an easy win, that he did  not analyse the position at all, or did so carelessly.
Rybka 3 is packed in Fritz11 but than as UCI engine so it is no problem to move it in your database program.
New in this package is the new function Live search where the engine is constantly sending information to the window which line he is examining.
Very nice also is the new utility Monte Carlo Analyses,where Rybka plays a large number of games to make a statistical evaluation of the board position.
Other improvements are search for alternative move, and multilane search within an evaluation range.
Besides Rybka 3 there are two other Rybka chess engines included: Rybka 3 960 and Rybka 3 Dynamic.
Interesting to mention is the included openings book from Jeroen Noomen,even that the ctg files are only a small 150 MB they belong to one of the best.
Many chess players are not aware of it but Rybka is able to learn from your experiences but only  if you have copied the book files on your hard disk.
And it comes with a database from over one million games!
Conclusion: Rybka 3 is in one word  incredible strong!


Rybka3Book
On DVD!
2008
ChessBase http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com 
Price € 24,99

For al who have tasted from the Rybka3 book will have a idea what you can expect on this 358 MB PowerBook,devided from around 3.387966 openings positions.
These openings positions are careful selected by Jeroen Noomen and largely taken from latest tournament games {up to June 2008}correspondence games and computer games.
Many positions on this CD are computer checked analyses and have seen no publication before.
Noomen digs awful deep as for example in the good old MacCutcheon variation: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Pc3 Pf6 4.Lg5 Lb4 5.e5 h6 6.Ld2 Lxc3 7.bxc3 Pe4 8.Dg4 g6 9.Ld3 Pxd2 10.Kxd2 c5 11.h4 Pc6 12.Df4 Ld7 13.dxc5 Da5 14.Df6 Tf8 15.h5 g5 16.Pe2 d4 17.Dxh6 dxc3+ 18.Pxc3 Pe7 19.Th3 Pd5 20.Le4 Dxc5 21.Lxd5 exd5 22.Td3 Lf5 23.Dxg5 Dxf2+ 24.Pe2 Tc8 25.Te1 Lxd3 26.cxd3 Tc5 27.Tb1 Ta5 28.Tb2 d4 29.h6 De3+ 30.Dxe3 dxe3+
Or the Tait line named after a English correspondence chess player: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Pc3 Lb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Lxc3+ 6.bxc3 Pe7 7.Dg4 Dc7 8.Dxg7 Tg8 9.Dxh7 cxd4 10.Pe2 Pbc6 11.f4 Ld7 12.Dd3 dxc3 13.Tb1 0-0-0 14.h4 Pf5 15.h5 which is nearly not covered in openings books at all,but awfull dangerous for the black side of the board!
Again Noomen goes deep again many times complete games can be found between the lines of this impressive written PowerBook!
The use of computer games is very special and I can insure you with this CD a lot of wins from the book!
Conclusion: With this PowerBook you can change transfer your favourite engine into a incredible machine!               


Corr Database 2009
2008
ChessBase http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com 
Price € 79,90
System requirements: Pentium PC, XP, 32 MB RAM, CD-ROM drive,ChessBase 10.0 or ChessBase 9.0, hard disk spacerequirements: 350 mb

The new correspondence database 2009 CD comes with a impressive 670471 games and that are a small 182000 more games than the previous one.
But they are still a small 140000 lest than Tim Hardings’s impressive made Ultra Corr.CD.
It is no secret that many professional chess players find there novelties on these correspondence games because correspondence .players enjoy following the theoretical lines of the books.
For example on the Najdorf line with the poisoned pawn variation you shall find hundreds of games in the line 1.e4 c5 2.Pf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Pxd4 Pf6 5.Pc3 a6 6.Lg5 e6 7.f4 Db6 8.Dd2 Dxb2 9.Tb1 Da3 10.e5 dxe5.
If you like to win from the books just simple copy these games to your Powerbook!
Also interesting to mention on this CD are the thematic tournaments which are so popular in the world of correspondence chess.
I found thematic games from the Evans-Gambit,Morra Gambit,Kings Gambit etc.
The material starts with the year 1804 and ends with the latest correspondence games of the year 2008.
Closing date 30-3-2008,but still good enough for 377 games of the year 2008.
Unfortunately I found also some mistakes in the references to the games as for example a correspondence game from Alekhine played against Rodzinski of the year 1987!
A other famous correspondence chess player was Paul Keres and after so many years the following game is still worth publishing:
Seibold,Matthaus - Keres,Paul [C12]
Deutsche Schz-1 corr3233 Germany, 1932
[Keres]
In the Nunn edition of "Paul Keres, The Road to the Top" (game 2) White's name is incorrectly given as "Siebold". This was earlier in vol. 1 of the 3-vol Golombek edition in the 1960s, and (among non-CC players anyway) is probably the best known CC game of Keres. 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Pc3 Pf6 4.Lg5 Lb4 Keres commented in later years; "In the French Defence my favourite system was the MacCutcheon variation and I tried to use it at every opportunity. Here too the wish to make the game as violent as possible from the very first moves was dominant." 5.e5 h6 6.Ld2 Lxc3 7.Lxc3 Keres notes that between 1932-36 the two players had several games with the usual 7 bxc3 but this time Seibold wanted a change. 7...Pe4 8.Dg4 Kf8 "At that time, in such positions I always preferred the ¢ move to the alternative 8...g6". 9.Ld3 Pxc3 10.bxc3 c5 11.h4 "At the time the game was played I deemed the text-move not good and recommended as better for White [11.Dd1 Da5 12.Dd2 Pc6 13.Pf3 so as to keep the pawn position in the centre compact. This would, however, lead to a quieter level position, whereas after the text-move the game pursues an interesting and exciting course."] 11...Da5! 12.Kd2 Pc6 [12...cxd4 13.Dxd4 Pc6 14.Df4 d4 15.Pe2 was feared during the game but Black can play (¹15.Pf3! Dxc3+ 16.Ke2©) 15...dxc3+ 16.Pxc3 Dxe5] 13.Pf3 [13.dxc5 Pxe5 (13...d4 14.Pe2 (or 14.Pf3!? Dxc3+ 15.Ke2©) 14...dxc3+ 15.Pxc3 Dxc5 thought good by the young Keres but the mature Keres wrote "it now seems to me that White's position is not bad after" 16.f4) 14.Db4 was thought bad for Black by the mature Keres, but Nunn gives 14...Dc7 White's centre has disappeared and the continuation 15.c6+ Kg8 16.cxb7 Lxb7 17.Tb1 Tb8 is clearly bad for White (JDMN)] 13...cxd4 14.Pxd4 Pxe5 TH: But now White starts to play better: 15.Dg3! [RR15.Df4 f6 TH] 15...Pxd3 [15...f6 16.Tae1! threatening an exchange sacrifice on e5 (16.f4 Pxd3 17.cxd3 Ld7) …16...Pxd3? 17.Pxe6+ Lxe6 18.Dd6+] 16.Dd6+! White obtains a lasting initiative in return for the pawn sacrifice. 16...Ke8 White wishes to ensure that his can be developed via d7, but in doing so his ¢ remains in a most precarious position. [16...Kg8 17.cxd3 Kh7 deserved consideration] 17.cxd3 Ld7 18.The1 Tc8 19.Tac1! White was, of course, threatening 19 ¤f5. The text-move gains an important tempo for the defence. 19...Dc5! [Obviously Black cannot afford the time to take the a-pawn. RR19...Dxa2+? 20.Tc2 Da5 21.Pf5!;
19...Dc7 is also bad on account of 20.Pf5! Now White cannot make this move as his f2-pawn would be en prise.] 20.De5 Kf8 21.g4
The first storm is over and the situation can now be assessed. White undoubtedly has good atacking chances in return for the pawn sacrificed, but the position has concealed in it a number of interesting and complicated possibilities, since the white king is not particularly well placed. [21.Te3!? also merits consideration.. …21...b5 22.Pb3 followed by d4] It should, however, be observed that at time in our correspondence games we paid less regard to a careful defence than to direct attacks on the king. Once this is taken into consideration the following moves are easy to understand. 21...b5! 22.f4 b4 23.cxb4 [Naturally 23.c4 was more prudent and would have led to a roughly balanced ending after 23...dxc4 24.Txc4 Dxe5 25.Txc8+ Lxc8 26.Txe5 But our intentions were obviously far away from the endgame.] 23...Dxb4+ 24.Ke3 [24.Ke2 Db2+ 25.Kf3 Kg8 (25...Dxc1 26.Pxe6+) ] 24...f6! It is easy to see that White must not capture either on c8 or e6. 25.Dh5 e5? [Nowadays I would have prepared this thrust with 25...Te8 but at that time I was especially entranced by the forced continuation of the text-move with all its combinative possibilities. 26.Tf1 Kg8] 26.fxe5 Te8 27.Tf1! Db6! So as to be able to renew the threat of ...¢g8, Black must protect the f6-point once more. [27...Kg8 28.Txf6! leads to a mating attack.] 28.Tb1 Dc7 29.Pf3 Dc5+! 30.d4 [30.Kd2 Kg8] 30...Dc2 threatens ...g6 but White knows how to present his opponent with new and difficult problems. 31.Pg5! g6 [31...hxg5 32.Dxh8+ Kf7 33.Txf6+! would afford White an attack good enough for at least a draw] 32.Txf6+ Kg7 33.Tb7! [33.Tf7+ Kg8 and White loses his queen] 33...gxh5 [33...Te7 34.Pe6+ would ensure White at least a draw.] 34.Txd7+? [34.Tf7+! Kg8 35.Tfxd7! threatening mate in two. During the game, I had prepared the following variation: 35...Dg6 36.gxh5 Df5 a) 36...Dxh5 37.Tg7+ Kf8 38.Ph7+ Txh7 39.Txh7 etc.; b) The move 36...Df6 was a possibility only noticed subsequently by Keres 37.Tf7 (37.Ph7 Txh7 38.Txh7 Df5-+) 37...Txe5+ 38.Kd2! (38.dxe5 Dxe5+ 39.Kd3 hxg5 40.Tfe7 Df5+ followed by ...£f8 and a clearly won position for Black) 38...Dd8 39.dxe5 hxg5 Black retains some winning prospects.; 37.Tg7+ Kf8 38.Tgf7+ Dxf7 39.Pxf7 Th7 40.Pd6 though all the same a win for Black is not certain. However, the mature Keres added that after 40...Txb7 41.Pxb7 Ke7 Black retains excellent winning chances.] 34...Kg8 35.Tff7 Dc3+! 36.Ke2 Txe5+! With the white rooks placed on b7 and d7 this sacrifice would be useless since a mate with the rook on d8 would be subsequently threatened. 37.dxe5 Dxe5+ 38.Kd3 [After 38.Kf1 hxg5 39.Tf5 Black wins simply by 39...Db8] 38...hxg5 39.Tf5 [39.Tfe7 Dg3+ 40.Ke2 White must not allow a check on the f-file because of ...Qf8, and if(40.Te3 Black wins by 40...Db8 41.Tee7 Df8 etc.) ] 39...De4+ [39...De4+ 0-1. I demonstrated the following continuation to my opponent: 40.Kc3 Dc4+ 41.Kd2 Db4+ 42.Ke3 or 42 ¢c1 42...hxg4 43.Txg5+ Kf8 44.Td8+ Ke7 45.Txh8 Dc3+ followed by Qxh8.]  0-1
Interesting enough I found this game with the {original}  annotations on Tim Harding’s Ultra Corr.CD!
All together there are 3496 annotated games on this CD.
Included is correspondence chess player base with about 65000 names!
Conclusion: A wellcome game collection!
ChessBase reader included!

Alexei Shirov
My best games in the Spanish vol.3

2008
ChessBase http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com 
Price € 32,99
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard


The phenomenal GMAlexei Shirov digs in this Spanish Volume 3 Fritztrainer opening’s DVD
Again in the world of the Spanish opening ,where Shirov digs in the secrets of the Jaenisch Gambit,and well in one of his  latest games:
Svidler,Peter - Radjabov,Teimour,Baku FIDE GP 2008!
1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 Pc6 3.Lb5 f5 4.d3 [4.Pc3 fxe4 5.Pxe4 Pf6 (5...d5 6.Pxe5 dxe4 7.Pxc6) 6.De2 d5 7.Pxf6+ gxf6 8.d4 Lg7 9.dxe5 0-0 10.Lxc6 (10.e6 Pe5 11.0-0 Lxe6 12.Pd4 Lg4 13.f3 Lc8 14.f4 c6 15.fxe5 fxe5 16.Txf8+ Dxf8 17.Ld3 e4 18.Lxe4 Lxd4+ 19.Le3 Lxe3+ 20.Dxe3 dxe4 21.Dg5+ Dg7 22.Dd8+ Df8 23.Dg5+ Dg7 ½-½ Polgar,J (2707)-Radjabov,T (2735)/Wijk aan Zee 2008/CBM 122) 10...bxc6 11.e6 Te8 12.0-0 Txe6 (12...c5 13.Lf4) 13.Le3 d4 (13...Te8 14.Dd3 Lg4 15.Ph4 c5 16.Tfe1 c4 17.Dd2 f5 18.Lg5 Dd7 19.c3 d4 20.h3 Lh5 21.Lh6 Lf6 22.Lg5 Lh8 23.Le7 Lg6 24.Lc5 d3 25.Pf3 Te4 26.Pg5 Txe1+ 27.Txe1 Lf6 28.Df4 Dd5 29.Ld4 Lxd4 30.cxd4 Dd6 31.Dh4 Tf8 32.Pf3 f4 33.Dg4 Df6 34.Dd7 Dd6 35.Db5 Lf7 36.b3 c6 37.Dg5+ Dg6 38.Dxg6+ hxg6 39.bxc4 Lxc4 40.Pe5 Lb5 41.a4 Lxa4 42.Pxd3 Lb5 43.Pe5 Kg7 44.Pd7 Tf7 45.Pc5 a5 46.f3 a4 47.Kf2 a3 48.Ta1 Ta7 49.Pe6+ Kf6 50.Pxf4 Lc4 51.Pe2 a2 0-1 Shirov,A (2699)-Radjabov,T (2747)/Odessa 2007/CBM 119) 14.Tfd1 c5 15.c3] 4...fxe4 5.dxe4 Pf6 6.0-0 Lc5 etc.
Shirov’s honest notes to this game on this DVD are truly superb!
Other games in these 5hours and 51 minutes lectures  are the Marshall Gambit, Shirov,Alexei - Jakovenko,Dmitrij,RUS-chT Dagomys,2008
1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 Pc6 3.Lb5 a6 4.La4 Pf6 5.0-0 Le7 6.Te1 b5 7.Lb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Pxd5 10.Pxe5 Pxe5 11.Txe5 c6 [11...Lb7] 12.d3 Ld6 13.Te1 Lf5 14.Df3 Dh4 15.g3 Dh3 16.Lxd5 cxd5 17.Dxd5 Tad8 18.Dg2 Dh5 19.Le3 and Shirov,Alexei Aronian,Levon,Morelia/Linares 25th Morelia/Linares,2008 ,Anti-Marshall at the hand of the game; Shirov,Alexei - Svidler,Peter
Foros Aerosvit,2007 1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 Pc6 3.Lb5 a6 4.La4 Pf6 5.0-0 Le7 6.Te1 b5 7.Lb3 0-0 8.h3.
Closed Spanish with the game Shirov,Alexei - Kamsky,Gata [C95]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk,2007
1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 Pc6 3.Lb5 a6 4.La4 Pf6 5.0-0 Le7 [5...b5 6.Lb3 Lc5 7.a4 (7.c3 d6 (7...0-0 8.d4 Lb6 9.Pxe5 Pxe5 10.dxe5 Pxe4 11.Ld5) 8.a4 Lg4 (8...Tb8) ) 7...Tb8 8.c3 0-0 (8...d6) 9.d4 Lb6 10.dxe5 (10.axb5 axb5 11.Pa3 Pxe4; 10.a5 La7) 10...Pg4] 6.Te1 b5 7.Lb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Pb8 10.d4 Pbd7 11.Pbd2 Lb7
Open Spanish, Shirov,Alexei - Carlsen,Magnus,
Moscow Tal mem Moscow,2007
1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 Pc6 3.Lb5 a6 4.La4 Pf6 5.0-0 Pxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Lb3 d5 8.dxe5 Le6 9.Pbd2 [9.Le3] 9...Le7 [9...Pc5 10.c3 d4 (10...Le7) 11.Lxe6 (11.Pg5 Dxg5 12.Df3 0-0-0 13.Lxe6+ fxe6 14.Dxc6 Dxe5 15.b4 Dd5 16.Dxd5 exd5 17.bxc5 dxc3) 11...Pxe6 12.cxd4 Pcxd4 13.a4] 10.c3,and Shirov,Alexei - Khenkin,Igor (2609) RUS-chT Dagomys,2008
1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 Pc6 3.Lb5 Pf6 4.0-0 Pxe4 5.d4 Pd6 6.Lxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Pf5 8.Dxd8+ Kxd8 9.Pc3 Pe7 [9...Ke8 10.h3 Le7 11.g4 Ph4 12.Pxh4 Lxh4 13.Kg2 (13.Lf4 Le6 14.Kg2 Le7 15.Tfd1 Td8 16.f3 h5 17.b3 a5 18.Pe2 a4 19.Pd4 Ta8 20.Pxe6 fxe6 21.Lg3 g6 22.Le1 c5 23.c4 b6 24.Lc3 Kf7 25.Td2 axb3 26.axb3 Txa1 27.Lxa1 Ta8 28.Lb2 Lg5 29.f4 Lxf4 30.Tf2 g5 31.Lc1 hxg4 32.hxg4 Kg6 33.Lxf4 gxf4 34.Txf4 Kg5 35.Tf6 Kxg4 36.Txe6 Kf5 37.Te7 Ta3 38.e6 Txb3 39.Kf2 Tb4 40.Txc7 Kxe6 41.Th7 Txc4 42.Th6+ Kd5 43.Txb6 Te4 44.Tb1 c4 45.Te1 c3 46.Txe4 Kxe4 47.Ke1 0-1 Karjakin,S (2732)-Wang Yue (2689)/Baku 2008/CBM 124) ] 10.h3 Pg6.
This DVD is not only filled with Shirov’s games,for example he also digs in the following one,where black went for the famous Zaitsev line: Kamsky,Gata - Adams,Michael, Baku FIDE GP Baku 2008,
1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 Pc6 3.Lb5 a6 4.La4 Pf6 5.0-0 Le7 6.Te1 b5 7.Lb3 0-0 8.c3 d6 9.h3 Lb7 10.d4 Te8 11.Pbd2 [11.a4 h6 (11...Lf8 12.Lg5)
Conclusion: There is no better way to learn chess than with Alexei Shirov!


Viswanathan Anand
My career volume 1

2008
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Viswanathan Anand
My career volume 2

2008
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Viswanatahan Anand covers in the first DVD the beginning of his brilliant chess career,and as Anand explains clearly on this DVD he learned to play chess at the age of 6.
Like Velimirovic Anand learned the first moves of chess from his mother and his sister managed to found a chess club for him.
As Anand honestly explains the first begin was difficult but he was able  to over win his difficulties,Anand memories cover a lot of
unknown information or better said unique information that is not mentioned in chess books.
Anand describes his first important wins as the game Anand – Dreev, World championship under 20 at Kiljava 1984.But also his first IM title and winning the 1987 World championship for juniors,which gets a important turn from Anand,but personal I found the highlight of this DVD his games against Kasparov and well the following one: Anand,Viswanathan (2650) - Kasparov,Garry (2770) [B82]
Tilburg Tilburg (6), 1991
1.e4 c5 2.Pf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Pxd4 Pf6 5.Pc3 a6 6.f4 e6 7.Ld3 Pbd7 8.0-0 Db6 9.Le3 Dxb2 10.Pdb5 axb5 11.Pxb5 Ta5 12.Tb1 Txb5 13.Txb2 Txb2 14.Da1 Tb6 15.Lxb6 Pxb6 16.Dc3 Le7 17.Tb1 Pfd7 18.Dxg7 Lf6 19.Dh6 Ke7 20.Lb5 Tg8 21.Td1 e5 22.f5 Pc5 23.Txd6 Lg5 24.Dxh7 Pxe4 25.Txb6 Td8 26.Ld3 Le3+ 27.Kf1 Lxb6 28.Lxe4 Td4 29.c3 1-0
The running time of the first DVD from Anand is about three hours and 48 minutes.
Anand’s second DVD begins in the year 2000 where he became Fide World Champion.
Of course these games get a lot of attention  from Anand on this well loaded DVD,but there is more, much more  as the fascinating games Anand –  Grischuk,and Anand – Svidler, World championship Mexico City 2007.
Anand,Viswanathan (2792) - Grischuk,Alexander (2726) [C88]
World Championship Mexico City (7), 20.09.2007
1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 Pc6 3.Lb5 a6 4.La4 Pf6 5.0-0 Le7 6.Te1 b5 7.Lb3 0-0 8.a4 b4 9.d3 d6 10.Pbd2 Pa5 11.La2 c5 12.c3 Pc6 13.d4 bxc3 14.bxc3 exd4 15.cxd4 Pb4 16.Lb1 Lg4 17.h3 Lh5 18.g4 Lg6 19.d5 Pd7 20.Pc4 Tb8 21.Lf4 Pb6 22.Pxb6 Txb6 23.Pd2 Lg5 24.Lxg5 Dxg5 25.Pc4 Tbb8 26.Dd2 Dxd2 27.Pxd2 f6 28.Pc4 Tfd8 29.f4 Lf7 30.Ta3 g5 31.h4 gxf4 32.Tf3 Le8 33.Txf4 Kg7 34.h5 Lxa4 35.h6+ Kxh6 36.Txf6+ Kg7 37.g5 Tf8 38.Txd6 Lc2 39.Pe5 Tf4 40.Tf6 Th4 41.d6 Lxb1 42.Txb1 Txe4 43.Tf7+ Kg8 44.Te7 Td8 45.Td1 c4 46.d7 Tf4 47.Tf1 Tff8 48.Txf8+ Kxf8 49.Txh7 c3 50.Pg6+ 1-0
Anand,Viswanathan (2792) - Svidler,Peter (2735) [C89]
World Championship Mexico City (5), 18.09.2007
1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 Pc6 3.Lb5 a6 4.La4 Pf6 5.0-0 Le7 6.Te1 b5 7.Lb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Pxd5 10.Pxe5 Pxe5 11.Txe5 c6 12.Te1 Ld6 13.g3 Lf5 14.d4 Dd7 15.Le3 Tae8 16.Pd2 Lg4 17.Dc2 Lf5 18.Dc1 Te7 19.Pf3 Lg4 20.Ph4 Tfe8 21.Dd2 h6 22.Dd3 g6 23.Ld1 Lh3 24.Lf3 g5 25.Pg2 Lf5 26.Dd1 Pf6 27.a4 Pe4 28.axb5 axb5 29.Ta6 Db7 30.Da1 Lc8 31.Ta8 Lb8 32.Lc1 Pf6 33.Txe7 Txe7 34.Da3 Td7 35.Ta5 La7 36.Pe3 Dc7 37.Pf5 c5 38.Pxh6+ Kh7 39.Lxg5 1-0
It is very interesting to follow Anand explaining the ideas behind 13.g3,Svidler inspired Anand to take up the Marshall with the black side of  the board!
But Anand also discuss all kind of other chess related items as the situation in the Bundesliga and Kasparov’s  retirement from tournament chess.
Included one each DVD are excellent game files from 1424 and 1038 entries but  the best part of these two files are the annotated games!And that are exactly counted 447 and 626 annotated games.And many of them are deeply analysed!
Conclusion: More interesting than any printed book on Anand!


ChessBase magazine issue #125 on DVD!
Leko wins Dortmund plus two
2008
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To see the exciting video files from Karsten Müeller,Jan Gstafsson,Andrew Martin and Daniel King just click on 125 start and the world of this ChessBase magazine with all the superb. analyses opens all itself  and you only have to layback.
The video file from Daniel King is very interesting,specially after the moves: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bc5 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 Qe7 11.Kb1 f5
The two most important tournaments on this DVD are from Foros and Dortmund.
But first a fine example what you can expect to find on annotated games and for the interested reader the excellent annotations come from Igor Stohl,author of the impressive Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces,Gambit 2001.
Leko,P (2741) - Ivanchuk,V (2740) [B46]
Dortmund SuperGM Dortmund (2), 29.06.2008
[Stohl]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Nxc6 Nowadays White's main attempt against this Paulsen move-order. [  After 6.Be2 Qc7 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Be3 Black can (and often does!) steer into a Scheveningen with 8...Be7 9.f4 d6 10.a4 0-0 11.Kh1 Re8 12.Bf3 Bf8 -B85. Even the great Paulsen expert Rublevsky prefers this transposition, as witness his recent game with Jakovenko in Poikovsky 2008.] 6...bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Qf3!? This is starting to become popular in place of the once main continuation [ 9.Re1 Be7 The direct 10.e5 ( 10.Qf3 0-0 11.Bg5 ( 11.Bf4 is more usual, as now Black can occupy more ”†.) 11...d4 12.Na4 e5 13.b3 Nd7 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.c3 c5 16.Rac1 Qd6 17.Qg3 Bb7 18.Rc2 Rac8 19.Rec1 Qh6 20.Nb2 f5 21.exf5 e4 22.Bc4+ Kh8© „,Topalov,V (2772)-Mamedyarov,S (2757)/Sofia/2007/; 10...Nd7 11.Qg4 g6 12.Bh6 can be effectively met by 12...Rb8 13.Qh3 Rb4 14.Bg7 Rh4 15.Qg3 Rg8 16.Bf6 Bxf6 17.exf6 g5 18.Qd6 Bb7 19.g3 Rh6„ 20.Qb4 Bc8 21.Qd6 Bb7 22.Qb4 1/2,Alekseev,E (2606)-Navara,D (2616)/Lausanne/2004/] 9...Be7 [ ‹9...Bd6?! 10.Bg5 ( 10.Re1 is also good) 10...Qc7 11.Kh1 Nd7 12.Qh3 d4 13.Ne2 c5 14.b3 e5 15.Qg3 Nb6 16.c3 Bb7 17.cxd4 cxd4 18.Rac1 Qd7 19.f4 f6 20.fxe5 fxe5 ( 20...Bxe5 21.Bf4±) 21.Rf5 Qe6 22.Bf4! g6 23.Rxe5 Bxe5 24.Bxe5 0-0 25.Nxd4 Rac8 26.Re1 Qd7 27.Nf5 Rfd8 28.Rf1 1-0, Miton,K (2628)-Larino Nieto,D (2428)/Elgoibar/2007/;
 9...Bb7 10.Bf4 Be7 11.Rfe1 -9.¦e1 11...0-0 12.Rad1 ( 12.e5 Nd7 13.Qg3 g6 14.Bh6 Re8 15.Na4 c5 16.c4 Nb6 17.Nxb6 Qxb6 18.b3 Red8 19.cxd5 Rxd5 20.Bc4 Rd7 21.Rad1 Rad8 22.Rxd7 Rxd7 23.Qc3 Qd8 24.Be3 Rd1= 1/2, Kovchan,A (2513)-Kovalyov,A (2525)/Sort/2008/) 12...Nd7 ( ¹12...g6!? 13.Na4 Qa5„) 13.Na4 Nb6 14.Nxb6 Qxb6 15.b3 c5 16.exd5 Bxd5 17.Qh3 g6 18.Be5 Rfe8 19.Re3 Bf8 20.Qh4 Bg7 21.Bxg7 Kxg7 22.Rh3 h5 23.Qg5 Qd8 24.Rxh5± Svidler,P (2723)-Anand,V (2766)/Cap d'Agde/2003/] 10.Qg3 [ 10.e5 Nd7 11.Qg3 leads to the game position with 2 moves less.] 10...Nh5 [ 10...0-0!? 11.Bh6 ( 11.e5 Nh5 ( 11...Ne8 12.Na4²) 12.Qf3 g6 13.Na4 f6„; 11...Ne8 12.Bd2 ( 12.Bf4 a5 13.exd5 cxd5 14.Nb5 1/2, Lastin,A (2625)-Tunik,G (2503)/St Petersburg/2002/ 14...f6„) 12...a5 13.e5 ( 13.Rad1 Ba6 14.Bxa6 Rxa6 15.Na4 Qc7 16.e5 c5 17.c4 Qc6 18.Nc3 d4 19.Nb5 a4 20.Rfe1 g6 21.h4 Nc7 22.Nd6 Bxd6 23.exd6 Ne8 24.Bh6 Qxd6 25.Qg5 Ng7 26.Qf6 Ne8 27.Bxf8 Nxf6 28.Bxd6 Rxd6© Movsesian,S (2670)-Laznicka,V (2610)/Bundesliga/2008/) 13...a4 14.b3 axb3 15.axb3 Rxa1 16.Rxa1 f6 17.f4 g6 18.Qe1 fxe5 19.fxe5 Ng7 20.Na4 c5 21.Be3 d4 22.Bh6 Bb7 23.Be4 Bxe4 24.Qxe4 Qa8 25.Qe1 Qb7 26.Nb2 Ra8 27.Rxa8+= 1/2, Karjakin,S (2686)-Rublevsky,S (2680)/Foros/2007/;
 10...h5 is suspect: 11.e5 Ng4 12.h3 Bh4 13.Qf4 Nh6 14.Qf3 g6 15.Na4 Nf5 16.c4 0-0 17.Bxf5 exf5 18.cxd5 Qxd5 19.Qc3 Qe6 20.Nc5 Qe7 21.g3 Bg5 22.Bxg5 Qxg5 23.h4 Qe7 24.Rfd1± Leko,P (2738)-Mamedyarov,S (2757)/Dortmund/2007/ with a long-lasting edge for White. Although Leko didn't manage to win in the end, Ivanchuk clearly was in no mood for such suffering] 11.Qf3 [ 11.Qg4 g6 12.Bh6 Rb8„;
 11.Qh3 g6 12.e5 f5!? 13.Bh6 ( 13.exf6!? Bxf6 14.Bh6 Bg5 15.Bxg5 Qxg5 16.Qe3²) 13...Rb8 14.Be2 Rb4 15.Bxh5 Rh4 16.Qg3 Kf7!? 17.Ne2 Rxh5 18.Bd2 c5 19.a3 Rh4 20.b4 Re4 21.Qf3 Bd7 22.Ng3 Rc4³ Movsesian,S (2695)-Predojevic,B (2651)/Sarajevo/2008/] 11...Nf6 12.e5 After a short intermezzo Leko avoids repetition. 12...Nd7 13.Qg3 g6 [ 13...Kf8 14.Na4 Rb8 15.b3 h5 16.Bb2 ( The bishop is not too useful here, more natural is ¹16.c4ƒ ) 16...g6 17.f4 Nb6 18.Nxb6 Qxb6+ 19.Kh1 h4 20.Qh3 c5 21.Rad1 Kg7 22.Ba1 a5„ Jansa,V (2495)-Priehoda,V (2365)/Hamburg op/1995/] 14.Bh6 This position is slightly different from Alekseev-Navara above, White's £ is less exposed on g3 and this takes the sting out of the manoeuvre ¦b8-b4. 14...c5N [ 14...Bf8 15.Bxf8 ( 15.Qf4!?) 15...Kxf8 16.Rfe1 ( 16.Na4 Qc7 17.Rfe1 c5 18.c4 d4 19.b3 Kg7 20.h4 h5 21.Nb2 Bb7 22.Be4 a5 23.Rad1 Ra7 24.Bxb7 Qxb7 25.Qg5 Qa8 26.Rd3 Qd8 27.Qf4 Nb6 28.Rf3 Qe7 29.Nd3 Nd7 30.Nc1 a4„ Vachier Lagrave,M (2632)-Laznicka,V (2578)/EU-ch Plovdiv/2008/ It proved rather difficult for White to emulate the model game Nijboer,F-Rublevsky,S/Bled ol (Men) 2002 (8)/1-0) 16...a5 ( ¹16...c5² /=) 17.Na4 Kg7 18.c4 h5 19.h4 Rb8 ( 19...Nb6²) 20.b3 Nb6 21.Nc3 Qe7 22.Ne2 Bd7 23.Rac1 a4 24.Nf4 Rh6 25.Be2± Kurnosov,I (2593)-Movsesian,S (2695)/EU-ch Plovdiv/2008/;
 14...a5 15.Rfe1 Ba6 16.Qh3 Bf8 17.Ne2 Qe7 18.Nd4 Bb7 19.c4 dxc4 20.Bxc4 Bxh6 21.Qxh6 Qf8 Kurnosov,I (2577)-Kobalia,M (2623)/Moscow/2008/ 22.Qe3ƒ] 15.Na4 c4?! Ivanchuk for the time being ignores his uncastled ¢ and opts for immediate activity. However, although Black prevents c4, he gives White a chance to blow up the « with a timely b3. [ The more circumspect 15...Bf8!? transposes to the 14...¥f8 lines.;
 15...Nb6 16.Nxb6 Qxb6 17.b3 Bf8 18.Qf4!ƒ] 16.Be2 Bb7 17.b3!? Bc6 18.Nb2 Rb8 [ 18...Nxe5 19.Qxe5! ( 19.Bg7 Bf6 20.Bxh8 Bxh8©;  19.bxc4 f6!?÷ …¢f7) 19...Bf6 20.Qg3 Bxb2 21.Rab1 c3 ( 21...Bf6 22.bxc4ƒ) 22.Bg7 Rg8 23.Bxc3 Bxc3 24.Qxc3 Bb5 25.Rbe1² ×¢e8;
 18...Qb8 19.Rab1!?²] 19.Nd1 [ 19.Rab1!?] 19...Nc5 [ 19...Nxe5!? 20.Bg7 Bf6 21.Bxh8 Bxh8 22.Ne3 h5!? 23.Rad1 Qb6© … 24.bxc4 d4] 20.Ne3ƒ …¤g4, ¥g7, ×f6 White has realized his opening plan without much hindrance, his ¤ already heads for f6 and Black still hasn't safeguarded his ¢. 20...Ne4 [ 20...Bf8 21.Bxf8 Kxf8 22.Qf4 Kg7 23.bxc4 d4 24.Ng4±] 21.Qh3 …¥g7 21...Ng5 The ¤ will eventually be lost here, but White is on top also after [ 21...Rg8 22.bxc4 ( 22.Bf3 cxb3 ( 22...Nd2 23.bxc4±) 23.axb3 Nd2 24.Rfd1ƒ; 22...d4 23.Ng4±] 22.Qg4 c3 23.a3! [ 23.Bxa6² is perhaps also possible, but Leko first of all stops any „, connected with ¦b4.] 23...Bb5? [ ¹23...Ne4 24.Bxa6 d4 25.Rfd1!? ( 25.Rad1 Bf8 26.Bxf8 Kxf8 27.Nc4 Nc5 28.Rxd4 Bd5 29.Nd6 Nxa6 30.Qf4 Qe7 31.Rd3²) 25...Bf8 ( 25...Qb6 26.Bd3 dxe3 27.Bxe4 exf2+ 28.Kh1ƒ) 26.Bxf8 Kxf8 27.Bd3 Nxf2 28.Kxf2 dxe3+ 29.Kxe3² /±] 24.Bxb5+ axb5 25.f3! פg5, …h4 25...Qb6 Black's ¤ is in terminal trouble and Ivanchuk seeks desperate „.
 26.Rae1 d4 27.Nd1 [ White can already aspire for more than a healthy § after 27.Bxg5 h5 28.Qf4 Bxg5 29.Qxg5 dxe3 30.Qxe3±] 27...d3+ 28.Kh1 [ 28.Nf2!? d2 29.Re2± /+-] 28...dxc2 29.Nf2 Bc5 30.Nd3 Be3 31.Bxg5 Bd2 32.Re2 0-0 Black has finally managed to castle, but it's too late and his position is ruined beyond repair. [ ¹32...Qa5 33.Ra1 0-0±] 33.Nc1! [ 33.Bxd2?! cxd2 34.Rxd2 Rfd8 35.Qe4 Qd4!²] 33...b4 [ 33...Qa5 34.Be7 Rfe8 35.Bd6 Rbd8 36.Qe4+-] 34.Bxd2 cxd2 35.Rxd2 bxa3 36.Rxc2 Rfc8 37.Qe4+- Rxc2 38.Qxc2 Qd4 39.Na2?! [ ¹39.f4!? … 39...Qb2 40.Rf2+-] 39...Qxe5 [ 39...Qb2 40.Qxb2 axb2 41.Rb1 Rxb3 42.Kg1 Kf8 43.Kf2+-] 40.b4 Rd8 41.h3 h5 42.Rb1 Qe3 43.Rd1 Rd5! 44.Qb1 Qe2 45.Re1 [ 45.Rxd5?! exd5 46.b5 d4 47.b6 Qb2! 48.Qe4! d3 ( 48...Qxb6 49.Qa8+ Kg7 50.Qxa3+-) 49.b7 d2 50.Qd5 Qc1+! 51.Kh2 Qc7+ 52.g3 Qxb7 53.Qxb7 d1Q„] 45...Qd2?! [ 45...Qf2! 46.Rf1 Qe3 47.Qe1 Qb3 48.Qe2 Rd4± /²] 46.Rc1+- Rd8 [ 46...Qf2 47.Rc2 Qd4 ( 47...Qe3 48.b5+-) 48.Nc3 Rd7 49.b5+-] 47.b5 Rb8 48.Rc3 h4 49.b6 [ 49.Rxa3+-] 49...Qd6 50.Rb3 Rb7 51.Nc3 Qc6 52.Rxa3 Qxb6 [ 52...Rxb6 53.Qe1+- ×h4] 53.Qxb6 Rxb6 54.Ra4 g5 55.f4 Rb3 56.Ne2 Re3 57.Ng1! Wins another §, converting a full extra piece doesn't present any problems. 1-0
Two other impressive files comes from Tele file and ICCF telechess  with nearly 6000 and 8027 entries!
The theory files go to the Anti Grünfeld A16 by Igor Stohl: 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Qa4+ Bd7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 a6, The Spielmann Counter-attack by Arthur Kogan Benoni A43,1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 d6 4.Nc3 Bf5,London System A46 by Viktor Moskalenko: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 c5!,Benoni a la Botvinnink by Martin Breutigam Benoni A61: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nf3 g6 7.Bg5.
Benoni A70 by Mihail Marin 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 a6 10.a4 Nbd7 11.0-0 Re8 12.Bf4 Qe7,The Slav Stonewall A84 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e6 4.e3 Bd6 5.Bd3 f5,The Korchnoi Variation in the Leningrad by Tibor Karolyi A85 1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f3,Mini advantages with 4.d3 by Evgeny Postny Ruy Lopez C63: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d3 fxe4 5.dxe4 Nf6 6.0-0 Bc5,Is the Breslau Variation still playable? By Mihail Marin Ruy Lopez C83: 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.c3 Be7 10.Re1 0-0 11.Nd4 Nxe5 12.f3 Bd6.
New ideas in the Slav with 4..a6 by Leonid Kritz Slav D11:1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Bd3 Bg4 6.Nbd2 e6.Dynamic Chess by Lars Schandorff Semi Slav Defence D45: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 4.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4 h6.
The tempo loss variation by Efstratios Grivas,Orthodox Queen’s Gambit D60: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 and at last the Grünfeld Defence D93: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bf4 0-0 by Michal Krasenkow.
Other contributions are Daniel King: Move by Move,Oliver Reeh Tactics,Peter Wells Strategy,Rainer Knaak Opening trap and Karsten Müller Endgames!
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British Chess Magazine No.9
Volume 128
September2008
Price: £3.70

This issue starts with Biel where Ian Rogers witnessed a Magnus Carlsen failure!
Included is a small interview from Magnus Carlsen with Ian Rogers;How much money do you earn? Carlsen: I don’t know much I earn.I do nothing with my money;I keep it in the bank.Not a Swiss account- the Major of Oslo made that mistake.
Why should I be obsessed with money? I don’t even use much money.
Other  interesting tournaments in this issue are: British Championship where I found a Wing gambit against the Caro – Kann; 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c6 4.b4!? Surtees – Houska round seven and 1-0 on move 23.
Staunton Memorial which was held at Simpson’s in the Strand and featured nine of the players who played in the 2007 edition.
The 87 age old Bob Wade did only hold 11 defeats but this could not dampen his enthusiasm!
Other tournaments  are Fide Grand Prix,World Junior Championship  and Mainz Chess Classic.
Columns that you may not miss are:  Speelman on the endgame where the great endgame expert from England puts a bishop endgame with opposite coloured bishops  from Magnus Carlsen against Pelletier under the microscope and endgame studies from John Beasley!
Conclusion: One of  the best magazines in the world!   


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