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How to beat the French Defence by Andreas Tzermiadianos
Everyman Chess
424 pages
Price $25,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-433-9

How to beat the French defence is impressive written move-to-move repertoire book on the French Tarrasch  from the Greece IM Andreas Tzermiadianos.
The author is a unbelievable hard worker and does not care to dig where other French experts sleep, for example I compared the line: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5
 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Nf3 Bd6 11.0-0 0-0,the key position of the main line.
This variation gets around sixteen pages of text and Tzermiadianos handles several alternatives for black as 12.Bf4 Bxf4 13.Nxf4 Ne4 as 13….Qd6 and 13…Ng4!?
By the way the move 13…Ne4 is also mentioned in the New and Chess book from Moskalenko but Tzermiadianos gives so much more information  in these lines as any other book on the French Defence.
The first real lines in this book begin with page 42 the first 41 pages of this book are all introductions and strategies of the French defence.
Tzermiadianos  even includes typical French endgames and here we can feel his skills of a experienced chess coach and French expert who does not fear to give his opening secrets away.
For the interested reader on 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 a6 Tzerniadianos recommends 4.Bd3!
He writes: I think this is the most dangerous move.White maintains all his options open and does’n hurt to exchange on d5,thereby keeping the black bishop on c8 in it’s ‘box’.
Other repertoire lines that you can find in this book {in big lines} are :3…Be7 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Be7!? 4.Bd3 c5 5.dxc5 Nf6 6.Qe2,3…c5
4.Ngf3 cxd4 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.Bc4,5…exd5 6.Bb5,3…c5 4.Nf3,3…Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 b6 7.Nh3!
3….Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2,After Tzermiadianos the best option is 6...Nc6 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 Qb6,this all is covered in chapter seventeen and is good for twenty pages of text.
Chapter eighteen and nineteen  handles the old main lines with 8…f6 where white has some fine possibilities to hold a slight edge.
For the experts under us on 6….Nc6 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Nf3 Bd6 11.0-0 Qc7 12.Bg5 0-0 13.Rc1 Tzermiadianos prefers to bring all his pieces in to play.
Included in this book  is the Rubenstein variation with 4…Nd7 and of course as many lines in this book it is all provided with various alternatives.
The Tarrasch has always appealed to players who prefer a positional base as Karpov once did so impressively in the early seventies on his way to the top.
Included are 40 illustrated games but the book is written as a classic openings work with a impressive mass of original ideas!
Conclusion: Tzermiadianos offers you in this book a unbelievable piece of hard work on the French Tarrasch!

Starting out: The c3 Sicilian by John Emms
Everyman Chess
206 pages
Price $24,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-570-1

GM John Emms offers you in this latest starting out  c3 Sicilian openings book all the necessarily understanding to take up the Alapin or must we call it the Alapin or the opening with out a name?
The c3 Sicilian is a opening that is based on logical sense and there for recommended who like to play openings which are really easy to learn.
This book is written for both sides of the board but Emms admits in his introduction that a certain bias for the white side is expressed between these 207 instructive filled  pages.
All theoretical lines get a important turn from Emms and he is not shy to cover unexplored and forgotten lines as the line 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Nc3! Bxf3 8.gxf3 Qxd4 9.Qxd4 Nxd4 10.Nb5! Nc2+ 11.Kd1 Nxa1 12.Nc7+ Kd7 13.Nxa8,and Emms writes: Both knights are trapped in the corners,but black’s is in more danger of white’s very active pieces.
However,if black’s displays some accuracy theory suggests that this line is just about okay for him.For example,13.g6 14.Be3 Bh6!{ 14… Bg7 15.Bxa7 Bxb2 16.Bb5+ Kd6 looks like trouble for black with all those pieces swarming around his king}15.Bb5 + Kd6 16.Bxa7 Nf6 17.Nb6 Rd8 18.Ke2 Nc2 19.Rd1+ Kc7 was the old game C.Crouch – R.balinas,London 1979.Black is making a fight of it,but I still prefer white.One option is 20.a3!? preventing …Nb4 and intending to meet 20…Nd4+?? With 21.Rxd4! Rxd4 22.Na8+!
Modern lines as 1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bc4 gets a important turn from around 33 pages.
For all black players who prefer to avoid chess theory please take a brief look at chapter five with a lot of second moves alternatives.
A interesting idea could be 2…Qa5!? where Emms writes:is a strange move,which isn’t half as bad as it first looks.Black uses his most powerful piece  to prevent white from playing d2-d4 {at least without being able to recapture on d4 with a pinned c-pawn}.
Personally I would prefer 2…Qa5 above Finkel his idea in Secrets of opening surprises volume 9 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Nf6?!.
Included throw this work are 35 well analysed games which I would consider as very instructive.
Useful for the beginning chess student are the summary’s where Emms explains a over view of the discussed chapters and that are five of them in this book.
But for me they could have been much longer!
Conclusion: Excellent material to take-up 2.c3 against the Sicilian defence!

Starting out: d-pawn attacks by Richard Palliser
Everyman Chess
206 pages
Price $24,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-578-7

Richard Palliser covers in this latest starting out book a detailed and in depth study of the Colle-Zukertort {1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 4.Bd3 c5 5.b3 Nc6 6.0-0},the Colle Queens’s Indian {1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 b6 4.Bd3 Bb7 5.0-0 c5 6.Nbd2},the Barry attack {1.d4 Nf62.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4,the Main line Barry {1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 and the so feared 150n attack that runs with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be3 0-0 6.Qd2.
The King’s Indian and Pirc players  might prefer the move order 2…d6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e4.
As I mentioned Palliser goes deep in these 272 pages as we for example can see in the Tarzan Attack,1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.Qd2.
Palliser writes: A very direct approach, which is partly why the Israeli Grandmaster,Artur Kogan ,has christened it’the Tarzan Attack’.Leading d-pawn expert Eric Prie,thougt,prefers the name ‘the Vorotnikov-Kogan-Hebden Attack’ after it three exponents. Indeed, Hebden has switched of late from his long-time favourite 5.e3 to this aggressive and fairly trendy approach.
Included in this book are 34 model games all clearly explained with readable words, a fine example is for example  the game Hebden – Gormally,Southend 2006, 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 0-0 6.Be2 c5 7.Ne5 cxd4 8.exd4 Nfd7 9.Nf3 Nf6 10.Qd2 Bg4 11.Ne5 Bxe2 12.Qxe2 Nh5 13.Be3 Nc6 14.0-0-0 Rc8 15.g4!?
Palliser writes:A novelty from Hebden,although as he doesn’t get very far with it,the reader may prefer to employ his earlier choice of 15.f4.The fairly famous Barry game Hebden – Nunn,Hastings 1997/98,continued 15…Nf6 16.g4 Qa5 {a natural enough move,alternatively,16,…Ne4?! 17. Nxe4 dxe4 18.Nxc6 bxc6 19.h4 Qd520.Kb1 is promising for white,but Ftacnik’s solid suggestion of 16…e6!? Deserves attention,if only because 17.h4 can now be well met by 17…h5!}17.a3 Nxe5 18.fxe5 {had white captured the other way with 18.dxe5,than 18…Rxc3 would have become possible since the long diagonal opens and black has decent counter play after 19.exf6 Bxf6  20.Bd2 d4}18…Rxc3?{a miscalculation,black had to refrain from the temting text and should have preferred 18…Nd7!,as pointed out by Ftacnik,now 19.Qb5 isn’t too inspiring,but might be best as 19.h4?! Nb6 leaves white starting to look vulnerable on the quuenside}19.exf6 etc.
This game is by the way good for two pages of text.
Interesting is Palliser his recommendation against the Modern defence: 1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Nf3 a6 5.Be3 b5 6.Qd2 Bb7 7.Bd3 Nd7 8.a4 b4 9.Ne2 Ngf6 10.Ng3 c5 11.c3 bxc3 12.bxc3 Qa5 13.0-0 0-0 and the position is about even but white has the pawn centre!
Conclusion: A must for all 1.d4 players!

The Berlin Wall by John Cox
Quality Chess
328 pages
Price € 23,99
ISBN 978-91-857790-2-4

IM John Cox handles in this move to move openings book the Berlin Wall which is reached after the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8 Kxd8.
The material from Cox on the Cox is compressive and he deeply covers all  lines of the Berlin Wall.
Unfortunately the reader has to be patient in this book from Cox, seen that the  first 134 pages of this book are all  divided to understand the strategies and secrets of the Wall.
Indeed  you shall find chapters on typical Berlin endings and positional themes but I have to admit  it is quite a study to work throw it.
The Berlin Wall is along term opening where black is relaying on his bishop pair and white on his space advantage.
So it is not a opening for everyone, you must enjoy as black player to wait and as Bareev says it so nice in his book,From London to Elista: yoy have to play fully in accordance with the opening.
The 65 model games in this book are well analysed with a lot of instructive text but the index of variations in this book is complex labyrinth of played lines,where  it is nearly impossible to find your favourite line!
But you buy this book for theoretical part and that is truly superb!
For example 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8 Kxd8 9.Nc3 h6 10.h3 Bd7 11.Bf4 Kc8 12.Rad1 Bb4 is after Cox,too time consuming.
and he explains this all at the hand of a half page of text,and that is much more instructive than the few notes from  Garry Lane on this game,in his Ruy Lopez Explained!
Well covered  are also the so called alternatives, as the moves 9.Nbd2,9.Bg5+,9.b3 and 9.c4.
Chapter eleven of this book holds even more dangerous  alternatives as the moves : 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Re1 Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1,Cox writes: This alternative turns the game into something more like a Petroff and is deceptively dangerous: Berlin aficionado Zoltan Almasi and Sergei Karjakin have both lost games against it within the last year,and Larry Kaufman’s The Chess Advantage in Black and White recommended this line for white against the Berlin.
Conclusion: Cox is a experienced theoretician on the Berlin Wall and he provides the reader in this book with a detailed coverage of the Berlin Wall!

Questions of modern chess theory by Isaac Lipnitsky
Quality Chess
229 pages
Price € 23,99
ISBN 978-91-906552-03-9

The Russian edition of Questions of Modern Chess Theory came out in the year 1956 and was directly sold out by chess enthusiasts why understood that this was
Who was Isaac Lipnitsky? In 1950 he shared in the 18th Soviet Championship a impressive 2nd-4th place,finishing only behind Keres but before players as Smyslov,Petrosian and Geller.
He was only 27 years but this young chess genius was exposed to some form of radioactive rain.
For this was no cure and he died at the end of March 1959,but a few years before his death he wrote this out standing work where he explains with instructive words the secrets of chess.
This is no book with a mass of analyses no Isaac Lipnitsky explains you the techniques of chess, as no other ever did before!
This book holds sixteen chapters but some of them are truly revolutionary, specially for the late 1950s.
Isaac Lipnitsky explains in these chapters, highly instructive items that you would expect to find in the latest book from Dvoretsky as revaluation of values, the concrete approach, evaluation the position, conquering the centre from the flanks ,from critical positions to settles positions, how long does a novelty lat,etc.
For example I love his words: In the present stage of chess evolution,a certain part of the middlegame is subject to exacly the same kind of analytical study as the opening.
The annotations to the game also very interesting as for example the following simultaneous game between Alexander Alekhine and the chess amateur A van Mindeno, played at Alekhine his famous world tour of the year 1933.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.d4 exd4 5.Qxd4 Bd7 6.Bxc6 Bxc6 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.0-0-0 0-0 10.h4 h6 11.Nd5 hxg5 12.Nxe7+ Qxe7 13.hxg5 Nxe4 14.Rh5 Qe6 15.Rdh1 f5 16.Ne5 dxe5 17.g6 1-0
Now with computer help we are able to find improvements but Isaac Lipnitsky already pointed out that black could have saved this game with the moves 14…f5.
But first some words from Isaac Lipnitsky:This game has been reprinted dozens of times,and Alekhine’s annotations leave us no doubt that he considered black’s position hopeless.All later authors subscribed to that opinion.But the game was analysed by the Kiev chess enthusiast A.Eremenko,who unearthed some subtleties which had gone unnoticed,and found some possible ways for black to defend.
Here Lipnitsky,includes with nearly one page of text the analyses of the saving pawn move 14...f5.
Conlusion: Even 60 years later this work is still a master piece!   

                                                            Chess CD's & DVD's

Price €35,00

ChessBase has just released a corr.CD with around 670000 correspondence chess games, but Tim Harding the man from the well known  Ultra chess CD’s jumps over this ChessBase CD,
with closed eyes and offers you heavy loaded  900.000 correspondence chess game file, for a unbelievable price of €35.00.
For the good order the ChessBase one leaves the shop for  nearly eighty euro!
Tim Harding does not offer you a eye-catching cover CD but a home made one,but with a lot of extra’s as two pdf files from his books, 64 Great Chess Games and Winning at Correspondence Chess.
And for all  Russian fans, all files are also available as Chess Assistant file.
The master file is good for around 39563 annotated games and I only counted the VCS and RCS files and that are all one for one heavy annotated files!
Also every ICCF server game that was available to the end of June 2008 is included! Must say that it is quite complicated to download games from the ICCF webserver because it does not allow  bulk downloading of games (they can only be got section by section or game by game), and the server will have to be reprogrammed before this is possible.
Harding’s CD does not only hold latest correspondence games but it also includes a lot of historical correspondence games,as for example I found 79 from Alekander Alekhine.
But also ten games from the great Steinitz,where I would like to show the following game,so you so you have a idea about the quality of the material on this CD:
Steinitz,Wilhelm - Huntingdon Chess Club,(USA) [C25]
corr 1886-87, 1886
[Steinitz, Int Chess Mag iii:119]
Int Chess Mag iii:119-21 (April 1887) [The following correspondence game was played by the Editor who agreed to conduct the attack in his own Gambit against the Huntingdon Chess Club. We understand that the chief leader of the consulting party was Dr. George D. Ballantyne.] 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 exf4 4.d4 Qh4+ 5.Ke2 b6 [First adopted by Herr Minckwitz against the Editor in the Baden tournament of 1872.] 6.Nb5 Ba6 7.c4 [The usual continuation is here 7.a4 The move in the text is, we believe, at least as good, and it was first played by the Editor against Captain Michaelis in Philadelphia, in 1882.] 7...Bxb5 8.cxb5 Qh5+ 9.Nf3 Qxb5+ 10.Kf2 Qa5 [10...Qb4 11.a3 Qe7 12.Bxf4 Qxe4 13.Qd2 0-0-0 14.Ba6+ Kb8 15.Rhe1 Qd5 16.Rac1 Nf6 17.Qc2 Bd6 18.Bc4 Nxd4 19.Qd3 Qf5 20.Bxd6 Qxd3 21.Bxd3 Nxf3 22.Bxc7+ Kb7 23.gxf3 Rc8 24.Be5 1-0 Steinitz-Michaelis,OE/Philadelphia 1882] 11.Bxf4 Nf6 12.Bd3 b5 13.Qb3 Nb4 [The best move, no doubt. If 13...a6 14.e5 Ng4+ 15.Kg3 h5 16.d5 and now should Black play 16...Nb4 they would lose thus: 17.Be4 c6 18.dxc6 Nxc6 19.e6 fxe6 20.Bxc6 and wins.] 14.Bb1 c5 15.Bd2 c4 16.Qc3 Qd8 [In the main line of play the Black allies who had played remarkably well up to this point proceeded here 16...Qb6 By mutual agreement it was decided to conduct simultaneously another game after substituting the move in the text;
If, however, 16...d5 17.Re1 Be7 18.exd5 Nfxd5 19.Qc1 Qd8 (or 19...0-0 20.a3 Qa6 21.axb4 Qxa1 22.Bxh7+ and wins) 20.Bxb4 Nxb4 21.Qg5 recovering the pawn with the superior game.] 17.a4 a6 18.Bg5 h6 [Time lost. 18...Be7 though it would not have saved the doubling of pawns, was superior, as it prepared castling in some emergencies with a less exposed position. It tells against them later on that they are in an undeveloped state.] 19.Bxf6 gxf6 [Of course they could not retake 19...Qxf6 or the answer 20.axb5 would leave the Queen's Rook without its support necessary for retaking.] 20.Nh4 Nc6 21.Nf5 Qa5 [Black would have done better, we believe, to play a waiting game by 21...Rb8 with a pawn ahead.] 22.axb5 [22.Qe3 would have been good enough for a slow defense, but we believe the sacrifice is also quite good enough for a lengthy attack which seems to secure at least a draw, though White does not recover sufficient material for a long time.] 22...Qxa1 23.bxc6 dxc6 24.Qxc4 Qxb2+ [If Black did not disdain to play for a draw this, we think, was their best opportunity, and they ought to have played 24...Rc8 No violent attack like 25.Ba2 would have paid for winning purposes, e.g. 25.Ba2 (still less would White have prospects of victory by 25.Bc2 followed by 26.Ba4, as Black would defend, after taking 25...Qxh1 26.Ba4 by 26...Rc7; White was therefore probably reduced to 25.Qc3 which also did not promise more than equality after 25...Qa4 26.d5 Be7 followed by 27...Qb4, since White dare not advance 27.e5 on account of 27...Qf4+) 25...Qxh1 (best) 26.Qxf7+ Kd8 27.Be6 (best, for White can not allow the King to escape at c7 followed by ...Qxh2, which gives Black a draw with better prospects of winning) 27...Rc7 28.Qxf6+ Ke8 29.Bf7+ Rxf7 30.Qxc6+ Kd8 (best) 31.Qa8+ Kc7 and White can only recover one Rook or must draw by perpetual check.] 25.Bc2 Qb5 26.Qa2 0-0-0 [So far the main play on each side could have been anticipated by either party. Here, however, the lines of defense and consequently also of the attack are various and widely divergent. One fair defense was 26...Rc8 27.Rb1 Bb4 and now it would not be wise for White to attempt to win the Queen by 28.Nd6+, as Black would retain two Rooks with a strong game. But the attack might have proceeded 28.Ba4 Qb8 (if 28...Qa5 29.Qc4 Qxa4 30.Rxb4 with a fine attack) 29.Qc4 (here 29.Qd5 had also to be taken into consideration, for if 29...Qf4+ (but if Black played 29...0-0 at once, then the brilliancies might have come in by 30.Nxh6+ Kh7 31.Qf5+ Kxh6 32.Qxf6+ Kh7 33.e5 Rfe8 (or 33...Rfd8) 34.Qxf7+ and after two or three judicious checks with the Queen and Bishop, Rb3 comes in winning) 30.Kg1 0-0 31.Qb3 followed by 32.Rf1, with a strong attack) 29...a5 30.Bxc6+ Kf8 31.h4 Qb6 32.Rc1 and if Black now try to utilize his a-pawn, in order to exchange, he would lose, e.g. 32...a4 33.Rb1 Rxc6 34.Qxb4+ Qxb4 35.Rxb4 Rc8 (best) 36.Rxa4 Re8 37.Kf3 Kg8 38.Ra6 Re6 39.Ra7 with a winning game;
Another line of defense might have also led to some interesting play, viz., 26...Bb4 27.Rb1 a5 (if 27...0-0 then 28.Qb3 threatening the Bishop as well as 29.Qg3+ wins) 28.Ba4 Qb6 29.Qc4 Rb8 30.Nd6+ Kd7 (Black would not get a good game in this situation by giving up the Queen, for they lose a pawn, and all their other pawns are scattered. And 30...Kd8 is no better, on account of 31.Nxf7+ Kc7 followed by 32.Nxh8 and 33.Rc1) 31.Qxf7+ Kxd6 32.Qxf6+ Kd7 33.Qg7+ Kd6 (best) 34.Bb3 and wins in a few moves.] 27.Rb1 Bb4 28.Ba4 Qb6 [If 28...Qa5 then still 29.Qc4 followed by 30.Rxb4 with an irresistible attack.] 29.Qc4 c5 30.Kf3 [This quiet waiting move wins by force, we believe. It threatens 31.dxc5, or else 31.Rxb4 if Black play 30...Qe6, winning a piece.] 30...a5 [What else could they do? If 30...Qa5 31.dxc5 Qxa4 32.Nd6+ and wins.] 31.Ne7+ Kc7 [No better was 31...Kb7 32.dxc5 Qa6 (best; if 32...Qe6 33.Rxb4+ axb4 34.Qxb4+ Kc7 35.Qa5+ and wins in a few moves accordingly after either 36.c6+ or 36.Nc6+) 33.Bc6+ Ka7 34.Bb5 Qe6 35.Nc6+ Ka8 (best, or else 35...Kb7 36.Nxa5+ would win the Bishop, or Queen if Black take 36...Bxa5 followed by 37.Bd7+) 36.Rxb4 axb4 37.Qxb4 Rd3+ 38.Ke2 (it should be remarked that the tempting 38.Kf4 would lose, as Black would reply 38...Qa2 threatening 39.-- Qf2+ 40.Kg4 followed by 40...Rg8+) 38...Qg4+ 39.Kxd3 Qd1+ 40.Ke3 Qc1+ 41.Kf3 Qd1+ 42.Be2 and wins.] 32.Nc6 Rdf8 [There was no remedy. If 32...Rd6 White answers 33.Nxb4 axb4 followed by 34.dxc5;
or if 32...Rd7 then 33.Nxb4 axb4 followed by 34.Bxd7 wins easily;
or if 32...Kb7 33.dxc5 Qc7 (if 33...Qa6 then 34.Bb5) 34.Nxb4 axb4 35.Rxb4+ Ka7 36.Rb6 Qc8 37.Bc6 and wins.] 33.dxc5 [33.dxc5 Black resigns. If 33...Qxc5 (and if 33...Qb7 then 34.Nxa5) 34.Rxb4 etc.]  1-0
Tim Hardings enjoys his work as chess researcher, please see his publication: Policeman on the case: early chess in Lancashire and the Preston Guardian chess column, 1879-83’ in A. Brown and R. Spalding (eds.), Entertainment, Leisure and Identities (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007), pp. 50-65. ISBN 9-781847-182364.
And I can truly  insure you this master file is also overloaded with historical chess notes.
Conclusion: A unique file for a bargain price!

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 125
September  2008
Andrew Martin on the Caro-Kann

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

The master file of this CD is good for 37496 entries and all played between Budapest FS06 and Miercurea Ciuc Bank Post of 24-08 2008.
Again a impressive loaded file with a Hugh amount of latest developments. But first some Latvian fun from the game Curea Ciuc Banc Post op 11th Miercurea Ciuc
 Todoran,Maria Elena (1821) - Andrei,Gheorghe (2028) [C40] 2008
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.exf5 e4 4.Ne5 Nf6 5.Ng4 d5 6.Nxf6+ Qxf6 7.Qh5+ g6 8.fxg6 hxg6 9.Qxd5 Rh5 10.Qc4 Bc5 11.Qe2 Nc6 12.c3 Be6 13.b4 Bb6 14.b5 Nb4 15.Kd1 Nd3 0-1
Please see the power of the black rook to h5!
A fine white win with the Marshall comes from the 58 old Stanislav ,Stanislav (2017) - Kolar,Daniel (1800) [C89] Teplice op Teplice (8), 21.06.2008
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Be3 Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 17.Qf1 Qh5 18.Nd2 f5 19.Bxd5+ cxd5 20.f4 Re6 21.a4 Rh6 22.Qf2 Be7 23.axb5 axb5 24.Nf1 Bf3 25.Ra7 Bd8 26.Rb7 Rb6 27.Rxb6 Bxb6 28.Nd2 Bg4 29.Qf1 Qe8 30.Nf3 Bc7 31.Ne5 Bh5 32.Ra1 Bxe5 33.dxe5 Qc6 34.Ra5 Rb8 35.Qd3 Bg4 36.Qd4 Rc8 37.Qb6 Be2 38.Qxc6 Rxc6 39.Bd4 Kf7 40.Kf2 Bc4 41.h3 g6 42.Ra7+ Kg8 43.g4 h5 44.b4 hxg4 45.hxg4 Re6 46.Kg3 Bd3 47.Bc5 Be4 48.Bd6 Bd3 49.Kh4 Re8 50.Kg5 Rc8 51.Bc5 Rc6 52.Re7 fxg4 53.Kxg4 Bf5+ 54.Kg5 Ra6 55.Rb7 Bd3 56.Bb6 Bf5 57.Kf6 Ra8 58.e6 Rf8+ 59.Ke5 Re8 60.e7 Kf7 61.Bc5 Bg4 62.Rxb5 Bf3 63.Rb6 Ra8 64.Rf6+ Kg7 65.Rf8 Ra1 66.Bd4 Kh7 67.Rh8+ Kxh8 68.e8Q+ Kh7 69.Qe7+ Kh6 70.Qh4+ Bh5 71.Kxd5 Rd1 72.Qg5+ Kh7 73.Qe7+ 1-0
It looks that black got lost in the lines of the Marshall!
Included on this CD are some video files as the theory file from Andrew Martin on the Caro-Kann where he discusses the game between Michael Surtees (2182) and Jovanka Houska (2405) [B10] GBR-ch 95th Liverpool (7), 04.08.2008
1989/91  1.e4 c6 2.Ne2 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4 cxb4 5.d4 Nc6 6.a3 e6 7.axb4 Bxb4+ 8.c3 Ba5?! 9.Ng3 Nge7 10.Nh5 0-0 11.Bg5 Qc7 12.Rxa5 Qxa5 13.Nxg7 f5 [ d5!? Kasparov-Nikitin] 14.Nh5! Ng6?! 15.Nf6+ Kh8 16.Nxh7 Qc7?! 17.Nxf8 Nxf8 18.Bf6+ Kg8 19.g4 f4 20.Bd3 b5 21.g5 b4 22.Qh5 Ne7 23.g6 1-0
plus a little but fine combination avi file from Rainer Knaak.
Conclusion: With this CD you are insured from all the latest games and more!      

The ABC of Evans Gambit by Andrew Martin
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.

Andrew Martin handles on this Fritztrainer Opening’s DVD the grandest and most romantic opening of all Gambits,the good old Evans Gambit which was introduced in 1826 by the packet boat captain Davies Evans.
The running time of this DVD is around four and a half hours and the man of explanation, Andrew Martin explains you every you need and more to take up this interesting gambit.
Between the model games of this DVD there is also a unknown correspondence game from Tim Harding,once played in a thematic tournament organised by the gambit master Mario Fiorito who died  to young.
Harding,Timothy David (IRL) - Szilagyi,Sandor (HUN) [C52]
Evans Gambit Thematic,corr, 1988
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 d6 7.Qb3 Qd7 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.0-0 Bb6 10.Rd1 Qe7 11.a4 Nh6 12.a5 Bxa5 13.Ba3 Qf6 14.Bb5 Bd7 15.c4 0-0-0 16.Rd5 Bb6 17.c5 Be6 18.cxb6 cxb6 19.Nc3 Bxd5 20.Nxd5 Qe6 21.Bxc6 bxc6 22.Nxb6+ axb6 23.Qxb6 Qd7 24.Rc1 1-0
The move 16.Rd5 is as Martin explains stunning and leads to a winning position, Tim Harding was for many years aware of this winning move but had to wait some years before he had the opportunity to play it.
Martin also pointed out that the black did not have to resign this game by simple playing 24…Qb7 25.Rxc6+ Kb8 26.Bd6+ Rxd6 27.Rxd6 Qxb6 28.Rxb6+ Kc7 and black has his draw nearly in his pocket.
Included in this DVD is a bright made biography video file where Martin show you some good books on the Evans but I am missing in his collection the book "Play the Evans Gambit" (Harding/Cafferty) 2nd ed (Cadogan 1997).
If Martin would have reed this book he could have seen that he has stepped on the analyses from Harding, please see  the pages  95-6 where Harding mentioned that black resigned in a drawn position.
Conclusion: A must for all gambit lovers!

The English opening by Nigel Davies
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.

This time GM Nigel Davies digs in the English defence, all at the hand of a impressive file from 40 deeply analysed games.
Where the basis lays in these game on a development of the white bishop to g2, so Davies keep it’s all in the context, easy to play and easy to understand, where the white player  does not have to fear to get lost in complicated transpositions.
Because the English opening can easy lead to a wide array of complicated structures.
Davies belongs to one of the experts of the English defence for over 40 years,and in the introduction we can see a five move win against a eight year old Short, of course with the English Opening.
The material is logical explained and white always play on the second move 2.g3,as we can see in the following model game: Davies,Nigel R (2505) - Moberg,Karl Johan (2420) [A20]
Katrineholm Katrineholm, 1995
1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.d4 Bb4+ [4...exd4] 5.Bd2 Bxd2+ 6.Qxd2 e4 [6...exd4 7.Qxd4 0-0 8.Nf3 d5 9.cxd5 cxd5;
6...d6 7.Nc3 Qe7 8.e3 0-0 9.Nge2 Na6 10.h3 e4 (10...Re8) 11.g4] 7.Nc3 d5 8.f3 exf3 9.Nxf3 0-0 [9...dxc4 10.e4] 10.0-0 Be6 11.Ng5 Nbd7 12.cxd5 [12.Nxe6 fxe6] 12...cxd5 13.e4 dxe4 14.d5 [14.Ngxe4 Nxe4 15.Nxe4 Bd5] 14...Nb6 15.Rxf6 [15.dxe6?? Qxd2] 15...gxf6 [15...Qxf6 16.dxe6] 16.Ngxe4 Bxd5 [16...Bf5 17.Rf1 (17.Qh6 Nd7) 17...Bxe4 18.Nxe4 f5 (18...Nd7 19.Bh3) 19.Rxf5] 17.Nxd5 Nxd5 18.Qxd5 Qxd5 19.Nxf6+ Kg7 20.Nxd5 Rfd8 21.Rd1 Rac8 22.Rd2 Rc1+ 23.Kf2 Rd6 24.Ke3 Rh6 25.Bf3 Rd6 26.a3 Re1+ 27.Kd4 Rf1 28.Bg2 Re1 29.a4 Ra1 30.b3 Rb1 31.Kc3 Rc6+ 32.Kb4 a5+ 33.Ka3 Rcc1 34.Be4 Rd1 35.Rxd1 Rxd1 36.Nb6 Rd4 37.Bf3 [37.Bxb7 Rb4] 37...Rd2 38.Bxb7 Rxh2 39.b4 axb4+ 40.Kb3 Rh3 41.a5 Rxg3+ 42.Kxb4 Rg1 43.a6 Rb1+ 44.Ka5 Ra1+ 45.Na4 Re1 46.a7 Re8 47.Nb6 f5 48.Bc8 Re5+ 49.Kb4 Re4+ 50.Nc4 1-0
The running time of these video files is nearly unbelievable, eight hours!!
Conclusion: There is nothing more instructive than a real Nigel Davies in front of you!

The Tarrasch Defence by Nigel Davies
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.

The Tarrasch defence {1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5} is a opening that gives black immediate activity at the cost of an isolated pawn.
GM Nigel Davies explains you as no other on this DVD the strategies and ideas of this interesting  defence.After Davies this defence is very suitable for club players seen the activity of the black pieces,but it also very useful against all kind of flank openings as for example after the moves: 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 e6 3. g3 c5.
Going throw the 23 games on Davies master file is more than good enough to play the Tarrasch with confident.
A fine classic example explained by Davies is the game,Rotlewi – Rubenstein,Lodz 1907  where white went for the solid move 4.e3.
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 a6 6.dxc5 [6.cxd5 exd5] 6...Bxc5 7.a3 Nc6 8.b4 Bd6 9.Bb2 0-0 10.Qd2 Qe7 11.Bd3 dxc4 12.Bxc4 b5 13.Bd3 Rd8 14.Qe2 Bb7 15.0-0 Ne5 16.Nxe5 Bxe5 17.f4 Bc7 18.e4 Rac8 19.e5 Bb6+ 20.Kh1 Ng4 21.Be4 [21.Qxg4 Rxd3;
21.Bxh7+ Kxh7 22.Qxg4 Rd2;
21.Ne4 Rxd3 22.Qxd3 Bxe4 23.Qxe4 Qh4 24.h3 Qg3 25.hxg4 Qh4#] 21...Qh4 22.g3 [22.h3 Rxc3 23.Bxb7 a) 23.Bxc3 Bxe4 24.Qxe4 (24.Qxg4 Qxg4 25.hxg4 Rd3) 24...Qg3 25.hxg4 Qh4#; b) 23.Qxg4 Rxh3+ 24.Qxh3 Qxh3+ 25.gxh3 Bxe4+ 26.Kh2 Rd2+ 27.Kg3 Rg2+ 28.Kh4 Bd8+ 29.Kh5 Bg6#; 23...Rxh3+ 24.gxh3 Qxh3+ 25.Qh2 Qxh2#] 22...Rxc3 23.gxh4 [23.Bxc3 Bxe4+ 24.Qxe4 Qxh2#;
23.Bxb7 Rxg3] 23...Rd2 24.Qxd2 [24.Qxg4 Bxe4+ 25.Rf3 Rxf3;
24.Bxc3 Rxe2 25.Bxb7 Rxh2#] 24...Bxe4+ 25.Qg2 Rh3 26.Qxe4 Rxh2# 0-1
Chernev wrote later about this game:
"The great artist of the endgame displays his virtuosity in yet another field. He unleashes an attack with the fire and elegance of a Morphy, and unfolds
combinations and brilliant sacrifices that would do honour to Tal or Alekhine."
Running time is 3 hours and 50 minutes of this DVD.
Conclusion: Highly recommended for club players who like to improve there tactical openings skills.