CHESSBOOK REVIEWS


Latest book reviews of 1 January 2009
BOOKS REVIEWS BY JOHN ELBURG.

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Verbessern Sie ihr Schach by Jacob Aagaard
2008
Quality Chess
222 pages
Price €24,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-09-1

GM Jacob Aagaard has managed to squeeze two books,Excelling at Chess and Excelling at Positional chess both published by Everyman Chess in  this German edition.
Aagaard provides you with a mass of instructive items as how to calculate, important key factors,exercises,endgame techniques and above be practical.
For the owners of Aagaard’s original work chapter four with Unforcing Play did not make it in this new edition.
When Aagaard wrote his Excelling at chess he was only a IM but meanwhile  he belongs to one of the strongest GM’s in the UK.
So I am sure carefully working throw this book will help you to improve your chess skills.
Personal I think Aagaard reaches in his explanations the level of a Dvoretsky,a strong point from Aagaard is his talent to explain with instructive words.
Where other chess professional prefer dreadful complicated analyses,Aagaard does it all with his pen.
For example the game Andersson – Polugaevsky,Haninge 1990, 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.d4 Ne4 8.Nxe4 Bxe4 9.Ne1 Bxg2 10.Nxg2 d5 11.Qa4 c5 12.Be3 cxd4 13.Bxd4 dxc4 14.Qxc4 Qc8 15.Rac1 Na6 16.Nf4 Qxc4 17.Rxc4 Rfd8 18.Be3 b5 19.Rc3 Nb4 20.a3 e5 21.axb4 exf4 22.Bxf4 Bxb4 23.Rc7 h6 24.Ra1 Bd6 25.Bxd6 Rxd6 26.Ra3 a5 27.Rb7 b4 28.Rxb4 Re8 29.Rxa5 Rxe2 30.Rb8+ Kh7 31.Rf5 Rd7 32.g4 g6 33.Rf4 Kg7 34.Kg2 Re5 35.h3 h5 36.b4 hxg4 37.hxg4 g5 38.Rc4 Re2 39.Rb5 f6 40.Rf5 Rb2 41.b5 Rb7 42.Rcc5 Rb4 43.Kf3 Rb3+ 44.Ke2 Rb4 45.f3 Ra7 46.Kd3 Ra3+ 47.Rc3 Ra5 48.Rc7+ Kg6 49.Rc6 Raxb5 50.Rcxf6+ Kh7 51.Rf7+ Kh8 52.Rxb5 Rxb5 53.Rf5 Rb3+ 54.Ke4 1-0
This game is explained with nearly five pages of text.
Aagaard writes after move 8.Nxe4: This is a typical Ulf Andersson.To most players this line is tanamount to a draw offer,but to Andersson it is a serious alternative to the main lines.I remember discussing this line with a friend after having played 7.Re1 in a game and later regretting it slightly.He said: “True,sometimes I just take a deep look into opponents eyes,and than exchange everything.’
To some people this is a truly destructive way of playing,as the more technical aspects of chess hold little or no interest at all to them.
Andersson,presumably,does not see this as destructive at all.{although I am only guessing}After some moves we will enter the part of the game where there is no confusion {tactics},
And where a more static understanding of the pieces begins to count.
Included is a index of games and that is missing in his Excelling At Chess.
Conclusion:A classic masterpiece!


Beat the KID by Jan Markos
2008
Quality Chess
222 pages
Price €23,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-12-2

Jan Markos hold in his book’ Beat the KID’ a collection repertoire lines based on the white side of the King’s Indian defence as: The Bayonet Attack (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4); The "Korchnoi" Variation (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1); and the dangerous Krasenkow Variation,also mentioned as the Makogonov 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.h3
Markos understands as no other what he is doing, for instance: after the moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.f3 f5 11.Be3 f5 11.Be3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.a4 Ng6 we have reached the old main line.which was very popular in the 1990s.
Markos prefers here  the most frequently played move 14.a5,a move that was awarded by no less thaqn Kasparov with a explanation mark. Please see the fifth volume of his My Great Predecessors.
Interesting are the notes from Markos after the interesting 14.Nb5!?
I find this move extremely interesting, but I probably would not use it in an important game,as this continuation is very risky and difficult to play over the board.
Markos plays the King’s Indian with the black pieces and in on of his model games in this book,he preferred after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 c5 a kind of Benoni.On 7.d5 he continued with 7…e6.
Again some words from the young grandmaster: Immediately challenging.White’s central strongpoint is the most natural move,but we are at such an early stage that transpositions to many different openings are still possible.
For example 7…Na6 8.0-0 Nc7 is a way for black to retain flexibity in his central pawns,but black is likely to play e7-e6 at some point.
Black can also play in Benko Gambit style with 7…b5 8.cxb5 a6 9.0-0 axb5 10.Bxb5 which is well outside the scope of a book on the KID.
All I would like to say is that the Benko is justified because of the disruption of white’s development in the theoretical lines,but here white is perfectly placed and should be better.
In Informator 102,there is a game position that is analysed by Markos:
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 Nh5 10.Re1 f5 11.Ng5 Nf6 12.Bf3 c6 13.Bb2 h6 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6 fxe4 16.Nxe4 Nxe4 17.Rxe4 Nf5 18.b5 Rc8 19.Re2 Qe8 20.bxc6 bxc6 21.Qa4 Nh4 22.Bg4 en Marcos writes:Black is simply worse,as he has nothing to offer against white’s bishop pair.
But Golod suggest in the Informator:  Rd8 23.Qxa7 Nf5 24.e7 Qxe7 25.Qxe7 Nxe7 26.a4 with a slight advantage.
My Fritz suggests:26… Ra8 27.Be6+ Kh7 28.a5 Rfb8 29.f3 Rxb2 30.Rxb2 e4 31.Rbb1 Bd4+ 32.Kf1 Bxa1 33.Rxa1 exf3 34.gxf3 Ra6 35.Ke2 Kg7 36.f4 Kf6 37.Bh3 d5 and there is not much to worry about.
So as you can see this book is very up to date!
And Markos offers you in this book  different styles of play from solidly positional to wildly attacking.
So it is up to you!
Conclusion: One of those fine Quality Chess openings books!


Boris Avrukh 1.d4 Volume 1
2008
Quality Chess
458 pages
Price €24,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-05-3

Grandmaster Repertoire is a new series of opening’s book from Quality Chess based on main lines and written by strong grandmasters.
This book from Avrukh is a truly heavy weight where the first 246 pages are completely divided to the favourite of many grandmasters the Catalan.
The work from Avrukh on the Catalan is impressive nearly on every page I found improvements and novelties.
For example: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Nbd7 11.Ba5 Rc8 12.Nbd2 Nb8 13.a3 Nc6 14.Bc3 b4 15.axb4 Nxb4 16.Qa4 Nbd5 17.Ba5 Qd7 18.Ne5 Qxa4 19.Rxa4 c5 20.e4 Nc7 21.dxc5 Bxc5 22.Rc1 Nb5 23.Rac4 Nd4 24.Kf1 Bd6 25.Bc7N Avrukh writes: I really like this move.Black manged to hold the game after 25.Nd3 in Gelfand – Leko,Wijk aan Zee 2006.
My brief analyses goes at follows:25…. Bxc7 26.Rxc7 Rxc7 27.Rxc7 Rc8 28.Rxc8+ Bxc8 29.Ndc4 with a slight advantage.
Despite its innocent look,this game is quite dangerous for black.The weakness of his a6-pawn,the better coordination of the white pieces,and the fact that white’s king is likely to approach the centre much more quickly than black’s: these are all drops that can fill white’s glasss.Objectively white is just a little better,but in reality the pressure is on black to deliver a great defence.
Yes in this book you can feel the atmosphere of a grandmaster!
Other openings that are discussed in this move to move openings book:The Slav,Queens Gambit,Albin Counter Gambit,Chigorin Defence and various lines.
The Index of this work is missing a human touch,so it is not east to find your way throw it.
Included is a bibliography and forward.
Conclusion: Buy it for the grandmasters touch!


World Chess Championship 2008 by Raymond Keene & Eric Schiller
2008
www.keeneonchess.com
112 pages
Price € 26,95
ISBN978-190666-101-4

The well known GM Raymond Keen and his companion FM Eric Schiller have managed to create in no time a eye catching 112 page book on the latest world championship match 2008,between Anand and Kramnik, better known to the audience as the battle of Bonn.
Again the Fide organizer Julian Simpole is responsible for the eye witness reports and technical contributions come from FM Steve Giddins,and these are a truly plus.
Included is some historical background of our great chess heroes but of course you buy this book for the annotations of the  world championship games.
These eleven match games are all well analysed, for example game three holds around six pages of text and the eye witness reports from Julian Simpole keep you in the book.
Conclusion: A very good read!


Chess Student by E.G.R Cordingley & K. Whyld
2007
Moravian Chess
http://www.moravian-chess.cz
569 pages
Price £29.95

Chess Students Quaterly' was a magazine brought out by publishing pioneer Cordingley and the well known ken Whyld, originally published  in the dark post-war years.
This book covers a 570 page compilation of all 18 issues which were brought out and pleasantly  published by Fiala in a good quality hardback edition.
It is very important to mention that all these publications where made by Stencil duplication and this way of printing comes back in this reprint,which unfortunately  results in some unreadable pages.
Probably is was better to type the whole magazine over but on the other hand,we have a original reprint with the atmosphere of that time.
Interesting to mention is that Cordingleydeveloped a reputation as reader of proofs.
He was the one who  prepared the indexes for Alekhine's book of the 1936 Nottingham  tournament and the story is that Alekhine was very pleased with it.
"Chess Student" is the third the closing part of a trilogy of reprints,that the Ken Whyld Association decided to reprint from Whyld.
Conclusion: Absorbingly interesting for chess researchers!

Botvinnik's Best  Games Volume 3: 1957-1970
2001
Moravian Chess
http://www.moravian-chess.cz
464 pages
Price €33,00
ISBN 80-7189-405-2

This third part deals with the last 14 years of Botvinnik’s great chess career and covers over 159 games and that is included Botvinnik his  famous matches with Smyslov.Tal and Petrosian.
This work is an authorised translation of Botvinnik's great work Analiticheskie i riticheskie raboty 1942-1956,Moscow 1984 and now translated into the English language by Ken Neat.
Included are 24 pages of photographs and 30 pages of cross tables.
The comments of Botvinnik belong to the absolute top in chess analysing and playing throw these game will help you to become a very strong chess player.
Botvinnik was a pioneer on the French defence and I would like to end with one of his training’s games,against :Viacheslav Ragozin - Botvinnik,Mikhail [C18]
Moscow training m1 Moscow, 03.1951
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Ba5 6.Qg4 Ne7 7.Qxg7 Rg8 8.Qxh7 cxd4 9.b4 dxc3 10.bxa5 Nd7 11.Nf3 Qc7 12.Bf4 Nf8 13.Bb5+ Bd7 14.Bxd7+ Qxd7 15.Qd3 Rg4 16.g3 Nfg6 17.Be3 Nc6 18.h3 Rc4 19.0-0 Ncxe5 20.Nxe5 Nxe5 21.Qh7 0-0-0 22.Bxa7 Nf3+ 23.Kg2 Nd2 24.Rfe1 d4 25.f3 f5 26.Qxd7+ Kxd7 27.Re5 Ke7 28.Rae1 Rc6 29.Rb5 d3 30.Rc1 Nc4 31.Rxb7+ Kf6 32.cxd3 Rxd3 33.Rb3 Rd2+ 34.Bf2 c2 35.a6 Rxa6 36.Rc3 Nxa3 37.f4 Rd1 38.R1xc2 Nxc2 39.Rxc2 Ra4 40.Rb2 Rc4 41.Be3 Rd3 42.Kf2 Rcc3 43.Re2 Ke7 44.Kf3 Kd6 45.g4 Ke7 46.Re1 Kf7 47.Re2 Rb3 48.Re1 Rdc3 49.Re2 Rc4 50.gxf5 exf5 51.Ra2 Re4 52.Re2 Kg6 53.Re1 Kh5 54.h4 Ra4 55.Rg1 Raa3 56.Re1 Ra2 57.Rh1 Rc2 58.Rg1 Rh2 0-1
This game is analysed with four pages of text and in time trouble Ragozin fails to find 38.Be3.Interesting to mention is that Botvinnik played over 60 games with Ragozin.
By the way, Ragozin was a significant factor in Botvinnik's success.
Conclusion: Magnificent work!

Chess in Wales by Martyn Griffiths
Moravian Chess
http://www.moravian-chess.cz
338 pages
Price €29,00
ISBN 978-80-7189-595-4


Martyn J Griffiths describes in this latest Moravian book the interesting history of chess in Wales.Wales has a very rich history as for example the famous Captain Evans, inventor of one the famous chess gambits of all time.
Griffiths : At the age of 14 years, William Davies found himself at sea in the middle of the Napoleonic Wars.He served until 1815 when he was transferred to the Postal Service.
In 1819 he attained the rank of Captain on the sailing packet ‘Auckland’, plying between Milford and Waterford.On the boat he met Lieutentant Harry Wilson,R.N,who introduced him in the charms of chess. About five years later he divided his famous gambit.
A couple of years later,around 1826 or early in 1827,Evans visited William Lewis’Chess Rooms in St.Martin’s Lane,London.There he met one of the foremost players of  the day,Alexander McDonnell,the Irishman,who become famous for his battles with La Bourdonnais in 1834.The Irishman defended an Evans’s Gambit and, in an historic game, a new opening was born.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0-0 d6 5.b4 Bxb4 6.c3 Ba5 7.d4 Bg4 8.Qb3 Qd7 9.Ng5 Nd8 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Ba3 Nh6 12.f3 Bb6+ 13.Kh1 Bh5 14.Rd1 Qc8 15.Rxd8+ Qxd8 16.Nxf7 Qh4 17.Qb5+ c6 18.Qxe5+ Kd7 19.Qe6+ Kc7 20.Bd6#
15.Rxd8 looks nice but it is a mistake, and 16….Qh4? is even a bigger mistake.
One player described the opening as “A yellow fever attack”.
The book includes,photographs, club information, players information and a mass of  results.
Conclusion: Very interesting work!

Matten
2008
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
127 pages
Price €11,95
ISBN 978 90 5691 2543

Matten is a new Dutch magazine that is overloaded with good reading chess stories as for example, the one from John Kuipers on Jan Timman’s chess playing brother Ton.
It was Ton who learned Jan to play chess.
Ton was in his young years a very strong player and he even managed to join the Dutch Championship of 1972 together with his little brother Jan.
Ton gave up his chess career and did not touch his chess pieces for over 30 year but now he has returned to the board and in a rapid tournament of Waalwijk 2006 both brothers did meet each other for a serious tournament game.
On the front cover of this magazine is a photograph of Judit Polgar,taken in the hot summer of 1989.
Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam describes in eleven pages how she took and over won  Amsterdam.
Willem Goudriaan describes the lonely chess genius Teimour Radjabov,but there is so much more to read in this heavy loaded,eye catching chess magazine!
Conclusion: One of those magazine’s that you must have read!

New in Chess Yearbook 89
2008
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
246 pages
Price €26,95
ISBN 978 90 5691 250-5


This latest New in Chess Year book comes with 32 dangerous openings surveys as the one from Peter Lukacs and Laszlo Hazai and there Meran Variation that decided the World Championship.
Indeed with special contributions by Anand and P.H.Nielsen. After the moves:1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 a6 9.e4 c5 10.e5 cxd4 11.Nxb5 axb5 12.exf6 gxf6 13.0-0 Qb6 14.Qe2 both authors write: It is really rare in chess history that one opening decides the battle for the crown. Nevertheless.
This is what happened in October in Bonn at the Kramnik –Anand World Championship match.
Kramnik suffered two painful losses with white and afterwards did not get enough chances to change the course of the match despite a devastating win in game 10.It has to be said that against Kasparov his own choice of the Berlin Wall was extremely successful as well…
Interesting to mention is the survey on the Poisoned Pawn by Viacheslav Zakhartsov with contributions from Louk Tazelaar who is responsible for the amazing :
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Nfd7 12.Ne4 h6 13.Bh4 Qxa2 14.Rd1 Qd5 15.Qe3 Qxe5 16.Be2 Bc5 17.Bg3 Qd5!!
But my favourite is Sosonko’s Corner,where Sosonko looks back at the game Tal – Larsen,Bled 1965,1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 Nd7
Í immediately realized that 6.Nxf7 is the critical replay.I calculated various ramifications.Thaen I switched to another move.In all I thought for over an hour  and in the end I decided against the sacrifice on f7’,Thus Tal.
Conclusion:  Certainly these New in Year Books offer  the best surveys, that money can buy!                    

Mastering the chess openings volume 3 by John Watson
2008
Gambit Publications Ltd
http://www.gambitbooks.com
E-mail
info@gambitbooks.com
351 pages
Price $ 29,95
ISBN 978-1-904600-98-5

This is John Watson’s third volume on mastering the chess openings, a series of openings books that is based on a throughout understanding of the opening.
Personally I think this third volume from Watson on the English openings is so far the best one that Watson has written, on his good reading series “Mastering The Chess Openings”.
Watson has written in the 1980s a groundbreaking work on the English opening with his four books on the English Opening,and his openings knowledge  comes back in this excellent written work,where you  can learn throw instructive words  the latest developments and strategies of the move 1.c4.
The following words are a nice example of Watson’s understanding of the English Opening:
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Bb4 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 e4 7.Ng5 Bxc3 8.bxc3 Re8 9.f3 e3 10.d3:Various grandmasters have played 10.dxe3!?,in order to get rid of  the annoying pawn on e3 and acquire a central majority of sorts.Naturally,White’s pawn structure suffers,but two bishops often become effective with shattered pawns and pawn sacrifices.Black seems to have several methods of holding his own,yet I can’t help showing the game Kasparov – Sadvakasov,Astana 2001,which is illustrative of broader issues: 10..Qe7
11.Nh3!? Qc5 12.Nf4 Qxc4 13.e4 d6 14.Qd3 {Kasparov mentions 14.Be3!? Qxc3 15.Bf2 with compensation; that will take the form of the bishop-pair coming to life after Nd5} Ne5 15.Qxc4 Nxc4 {White has two bishops, but they’re passive and his queenside pawn-structure  is weak and blocked. What to do?White continued} 16.g4!space,friend of the bishop pair!} Rb8{versus g5 and Nd5} 17.Rd1 b6 18.g5 Nd7 19.Nd5 Rb7{Karpov gives 19…c620.Ne3! with pressure on the d-pawn} 20.f4 Nf8 21.Rd4 Na5 22.f5 Bd7 23.Rb1 c5 24.Rd3 Ba4 25.Bf4!{an incredible exchange sacrifice,in order to straighten out white’s pawn-structure,in order to straighten out white’s pawn structure and mobilize his pieces to the maxium} Bc2 26.Rb2 Bxd3 27.exd3 Rd8 28.h4 Nc6 29.h5 Ne7 30.Ne3 Rbd7 31.Ng4 Nc6 32.h6 Ne5 33.Bxe5 dxe5 34.hxg7 Kxg7 35.Bf1{35.Nxe5 allows black to return the exchange by virtue of his d-file control} Rd6 36.Nxe5 f6 37.Ng4 fxg5 38.Rh2 Re8 39.e5 Rd5 40.f6+ Kh8 41.Nh6 Rdxe5 42.Nf7+ Kg8 43.Nh6+ ½-½
By the way this game from Elwert – Tiemann,World Championship Ch 2003-5 gets nearly five pages of highly instructive text!
Out is the Botvinnik system:
1.c4 g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Bg2 d6 4.Nc3 e5 5.e4 Nc6 6.Nge2 Nge7 7.d3 0-0 8.0-0 Be6 9.Nd5 Qd7 10.Be3 f5 11.Qd2 Rf7 12.f3 Raf8 13.Rae1 Kh8 14.b3 Ng8 {It’s hard to find a positive plan;Black may now be intending ..fxe4 and …Bh3,to probe the light squares,Again the retreat 14…Nc8 intending perhaps ..Nd8 and …c6,was better.}15.exf5 gxf5?!
Watson: For reasons we’ll see shortly, a better recapture was 15…Bxf5.Nevertheless,White gains a central advantage by 16.d4;for example,16…Bh3 17.dxe5 Nxe5 18.f4 Bxg2 19.Kxg2 Peyrat –Le Quang,Bagneux 2000.After both 19…Ng4 20.Bd4 and 19…Nc6 20.Nec3 {or even 20.Bd4! Nxd4 21.Nxd4}White has more space and he can go to work down the e-file.
Systems met f5 get a important turn from Watson as for example: 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 f5 3.d4! e4 4.g4! fxg4 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.Bg5! Be7 7.e3 d6 8.h3! gxh3 9.Nxh3 c6 10.Nf4 Bf5 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Bxe4 Bxe4 13.Nxe4,Watson: White has a winning advantage.Black can hardly defend against Qh5+,whereas White also has ideas such as Ng6,Ne6,d5,etc.The idea of the h3 sacrifices, notably in the Dutch Defences.
Included in this book is impressive bibliography,index of players and a very fine made index of variations.
Conclusion: Very instructive! Collect them all!
  

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ChessBase magazine issue #127 on DVD!
World Chess Champion Vishy Anand
December 2008
ChessBase http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19,95 per issue
Annual subscription  costs Euro 99,70


A hot item on this DVD are of course the latest World championship games where Anand did personally analyse on this DVD his 3rd and 5th game victories.
The remaining games of this match are deeply analysed by GM Rogozenco,and dear reader all in ChessBase video files!
Here a example with fine notes from Anand:
Kramnik,Vladimir (2772) - Anand,Viswanathan (2783) [D49]
World Championship Bonn (3), 17.10.2008
[Anand]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 a6!? 9.e4 c5 10.e5 cxd4 11.Nxb5 axb5 12.exf6 gxf6 13.0-0 Qb6 14.Qe2 [14.Be4 Bb7 15.Bxb7 Qxb7 16.Nxd4 Rg8"] 14...Bb7!? 15.Bxb5! Bd6!? 16.Rd1 [16.Nxd4!? Qxd4 (16...Rg8 17.g3! is the computer improvement on the above-mentioned game.) 17.Rd1 Bxh2+! (17...Qc5? 18.Be3 Qc7 19.Rac1 Qb8 20.Bxd7+ Kxd7 21.Qb5+ Ke7 22.Rxd6! wins immediately.) 18.Kxh2 Qh4+ 19.Kg1 Bxg2! 20.Bxd7+ Ke7 21.Kxg2 Rhg8+ usually black just mates in such scenarios, here black has to find a perpetual. 22.Kf3 Qh5+ 23.Ke3 Qc5+ 24.Kd2 Rad8! 25.Rf1 (25.Qf1 Rxd7+ 26.Ke1 Rxd1+ 27.Kxd1 Qh5+ 28.Ke1 Qh2) 25...Rxd7+ 26.Ke1 Rc8! 27.Qe3 Qa5+ 28.Bd2 Rxd2 29.Qxd2 Qe5+ 30.Qe2 Qa5+=] 16...Rg8 17.g3! Rg4! 18.Bf4 [18.Nd2 Ke7!! 19.Bxd7 (19.Qxg4 Qxb5 is just bad for white.) 19...Rag8! 20.Bb5 (20.Qb5 Qc7 just intensifies the pressure against g3.) 20...d3!? The most solid. 21.Qxd3 Rxg3+ 22.hxg3 Rxg3+ 23.Kf1 Rxd3 24.Bxd3 Qd4! 25.Nc4 Bb4 26.a3 Bg2+! 27.Kxg2 Qg4+ forcing perpetual.] 18...Bxf4 19.Nxd4!? [19.Rxd4 is also very complicated.] 19...h5 [19...Rg6!? 20.a4!? Maybe this cool computer-move is what Kramnik was planning on? (20.Bxd7+?! Kxd7 21.Nxe6+ Bd6! 22.Nf4 Rg5; 20.Nxe6 fxe6 21.Rxd7 Kf8 22.Bd3 Be5 23.Bxg6 hxg6 24.Qc4 Ke8 25.Rh7 Bd4! 26.Rxb7 Bxf2+ 27.Kf1 Qxb7 28.Qxe6+ Kf8 29.Qxf6+ Kg8 30.Qxg6+ Kh8 31.Qf6+ Kg8 32.Qg5+ Kh8 33.Qe5+ Kh7 34.Kxf2 Rf8+ 35.Kg1 Qb6+ 36.Kg2 Rf2+ 37.Kh3 Qh6+ 38.Kg4 Qg6+ with perpetual.) ] 20.Nxe6 fxe6 21.Rxd7 Kf8 22.Qd3 Rg7!? [22...Bc8? 23.Rh7+-;
22...f5? 23.Qc3+-;
22...Bxg3!? This seems to be just a forced draw 23.hxg3 h4! 24.Rd6 (24.Kf1? hxg3 25.fxg3 Rg5! wins for black.) 24...Qc5 25.b4 Qe5 26.Rd8+ Rxd8 27.Qxd8+ Kg7 28.Qe7+ Kh6 29.Qf8+ Rg7 30.Qh8+ Rh7 31.Qf8+ with a perpetual.] 23.Rxg7 Kxg7 24.gxf4 Rd8! [24...Kh6 25.a4 Rg8+ 26.Kf1 Bg2+ (26...Rg2 27.Qd2 Rxh2 28.Ra3²) 27.Ke2±] 25.Qe2 [25.Qc4? Rd4-+;
25.Qb3!? Kh6 26.a4 (26.Kf1? Bd5 27.Bc4 Bxc4+ 28.Qxc4 Rd2 and f2 collapses.) 26...Rg8+ 27.Kf1 Rg2 28.Qe3 Qxe3 29.fxe3 Rxh2=] 25...Kh6 26.Kf1 Rg8 27.a4! [27.f5? Bg2+! 28.Ke1 Bc6! 29.Qd2+ Kh7 30.Bxc6 Qxc6 31.Ke2 Qb5+ 32.Kf3 Rg4 33.Re1 Qc6+ 34.Ke2 Qc4+ 35.Kf3 (35.Kd1 Rd4 36.fxe6 Rxd2+ 37.Kxd2 Qb4+ 38.Kd1 Qd4+-+) 35...Rd4-+] 27...Bg2+ 28.Ke1 Bh3! [28...Bc6 is enough for a draw.] 29.Ra3? [29.Rd1! Bf5!? An amazing move. White is ok, but would you be able to calmly play Qf1 or h3? a) 29...Rg1+ 30.Kd2 Rg2 31.Qe3! (31.Ke1? Bg4! 32.Qf1 Rxh2 and whites position collapses.) 31...Rxf2+ 32.Be2 Rxe2+!? (32...Qa5+ 33.Kc1 Qc7+ 34.Kb1 Bf5+ 35.Bd3! Bxd3+ 36.Qxd3 also fails short.) 33.Qxe2 Bg4 34.Qd3 Qxb2+ 35.Qc2 Qd4+ 36.Kc1 Bxd1 37.Qxd1=; b) 29...Bg4? 30.Qe3! Qxe3+ 31.fxe3 Bxd1 32.Kxd1; 30.Qe3? Rg1+ 31.Bf1 Qa6!] 29...Rg1+ 30.Kd2 Qd4+ 31.Kc2 Bg4? Despite being 75 minutes ahead on the clock, by now I had caught up. I wanted to provoke f3 [31...Bf5+! 32.Rd3! a) 32.Kb3 Rc1! 33.a5 (33.Ra2 Bc2+! 34.Qxc2 Rxc2 35.Kxc2 Qxf2+ 36.Kb3 Qe3+ 37.Kc2 Qxf4 38.a5 Qxh2+-+) 33...Qd5+! This move wins, but there are a lot of incredibly difficult moves in the winning line. a1) 33...Rc2?! 34.Qxc2! Bxc2+ 35.Kxc2 Qc5+ 36.Kb1 Qxb5 37.a6 Qd5 38.a7 Qa8 39.Ka1! Qh1+ (39...Kg6 40.b4!) 40.Ka2 Qd5+=; a2) 33...e5?! 34.Ra4! I had come upto here in my calculations and didnt see a way forward 34...Be6+ (34...Qc5! 35.Bc4 Bc2+ 36.Qxc2 Rxc2 37.Kxc2 Qxf2+ But this is a good version for white compared to earlier lines.) 35.Bc4 Oddly enough black dosent have a win: 35...Bg4 36.f3 Bf5 Followed by ¦d1 seem to secure counterplay for a draw.; 34.Bc4 a1) 34.Ka4 Bc2+ 35.Kb4 (35.b3 Bxb3+ 36.Rxb3 Qd4+ 37.Rb4 Qa1+-+) 35...Qd6+ 36.Kc4 Bd1+-+; a2) 34.Kb4 Qc5+ 35.Ka4 (35.Kb3 Bc2+ 36.Ka2 Qd5+ 37.Bc4 Qh1 38.Qxc2 Rxc2-+) 35...Bc2+ 36.b3 Bxb3+; 34...Qb7+ 35.Ka4 (35.Bb5 Bc2+ 36.Ka2 Qh1 mates.) 35...Rc2!! This quite move is the point 36.Ba6 Qd7+ 37.Qb5 Rc4+ 38.Kb3 Qd3+ 39.Ka2 Qb1+ 40.Kb3 Rc2 41.Ra2T Be4!! 42.Bb7 Qd1 43.Ka3 Bxb7 44.Qxb7 Rc4 45.b3 Qd6+ 46.Kb2 Qd2+ 47.Ka3 Qxa5+ 48.Kb2 Qc3+ 49.Ka3 Rc5-+ and finally all white resistance is broken.;
b) 32.Bd3 Rg2!? (32...Bg4!? 33.f3T Bh3 transposes to the game.) 33.Bxf5 Rxf2 34.Bd3 Rxe2+ 35.Bxe2 Qe4+ 36.Bd3 Qxf4 37.a5 Qxh2+ 38.Kb1 h4 39.a6 Qg1+ 40.Ka2 Qa7-+ and despite the mess, blacks pawns should prevail.; 32...Rg4!? This could be best (32...Ra1?! is preferred by the computers, but: 33.Qe3 Bxd3+ 34.Qxd3 Qxf2+ 35.Qd2 is the usual story, black cant swap queens due to whites passed pawns.) 33.Kb3 Bxd3 34.Qxd3 Qxf2 keeps winning chances for black.] 32.f3? Returning the favour. [32.Rd3! was a golden opportunity, as black has nothing more than: 32...Bf5 33.Kb3 Bxd3 34.Qxd3 Qxf2 (34...Qxf4 35.Qe3 as usual cant be allowed.) 35.Qd8! securing a perpetual.] 32...Bf5+ 33.Bd3 Bh3?! Played instantly since this was my reason for provoking f3, but there was a stronger move: [33...Bxd3+! this wins the house instantly. 34.Rxd3 (34.Qxd3 Rg2+) 34...Qc4+] 34.a5 [34.Qe4 Rg2+ 35.Kd1 Qg1+ 36.Qe1 Qxh2!-+ and ¦g1 cant be stopped, winning instantly.;
34.Qd2 Rg2 35.Be2 Bf5+ 36.Kc1 Qg1+ 37.Qd1 Qxh2 38.Kd2 Here many moves win, but I will give the comp line because its funny 38...h4! 39.a5 Qxf4+ 40.Kc3 h3 41.a6 h2 42.a7 Rxe2 43.Qxe2 h1Q 44.a8Q Qc7+! This wins, but also the only move which doesnt lose! 45.Kb4 Qb6+ 46.Ka4 Qh4+!-+] 34...Rg2 35.a6 Rxe2+ 36.Bxe2 Bf5+ 37.Kb3 [37.Bd3 Bxd3+ 38.Rxd3 Qc4+;
37.Kc1 Qxf4+ 38.Kd1 Qd4+ 39.Kc1 Qe5!-+] 37...Qe3+ 38.Ka2 Qxe2 39.a7 Qc4+ 40.Ka1 Qf1+ 41.Ka2 Bb1+ [41...Bb1+ 42.Kb3 Qxf3+ is simple enough.]  0-1
The theoretical openings files cover: D11 Slav Defence 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 5.h3 Bh5 by Lubomir Ftacnik, Nimzo Indian E32 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 Qe8 by Andrew Martin,Eric Prie goes for the Nimzo – London System A46 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 c5, Igor Stohl Caro –Kann B12,1,e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c4!
Dorian Rogozenko goes for some new developments in the Dragon B78, 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0.
Hannes Langrock handles a repertoire for black against the Tarrasch,part 2: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Be7 4.Bd3 c5 5.dxc5 Nf6 6.Qe2.
The French C11 with Leonid Kritz: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Qd2 0-0,Tibor Karoly discusses the Ruy Lopez Exchange: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Qd6 6.Na3 b5.
Evgeny Postny digs in the Ruy Lopez C88: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d5.
Michail Marin the Accelerated Chigorin Variation C90: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 Na5 9.Bc2 c5 10.d4 Qc7.
Martin Breutigam covers the Queen’s Gambit D06 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c5,Doriaqn Rogozenko the Slav Defence D10 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 dxc4 4.e4 b5 5.a4 b4 6.Na2 Nf6 7.e5 Nd5 8.Bxc4 e6 9.Nf3 Ba6,Lubomir Ftacnik The Slav defence D11 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 5.h3 Bh5, Michal Krasenkow explains the Semi –Slav D45: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4 Nxg4 8.Rg1,Catalan E05 1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.d4 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.a4 Bd7 9.Rd1 Bc6 10.Nc3 and at last the great Efstratios Grivas with the Queen’s Indian E16-E19; 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2.
Other contributions are TeleChess  with 8033 new games!
Daniel King:Move by move,Oliver Reeh: Tactics,Peter Wells: Strategy,Karsten Müller: Endgames,Rainer Knaak :Opening trap,ICCF Telechess with 1266 games and more as updates etc.
Plus a booklet of 26 pages!
Conclusion: A must for the more ambitious chess player! 

Mega Database 2009      
December 2008
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The new  Mega DataBase 2009 is good for 4million 126340 games where over the 62000 of them are usually heavily annotated by some of  the best players of the world.
For example I found from Anand 259 annotated games!
A fine example is: Carlsen,Magnus (2733) - Anand,Viswanathan (2799) [D43]
Morelia/Linares 25th Morelia/Linares (3), 17.02.2008
[Anand]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Ne5 h5 10.f3 A relatively rare move. 10...h4 11.Bf2 Bb7 12.Be2 Nbd7 13.Nxd7 Nxd7 14.0-0 [14.e5 c5 15.Nxb5 Qa5+ Possible since White hasn't castled. 16.Nc3 h3 looks rather unpleasant for White.] 14...e5! Now White was threatening e5 and ¤e4. Black has equalized, so White should look for an improvement earlier. 15.a4 a6 16.d5 Rh6 Inspired by Paco Vallejo's rook against Topalov from Morelia 2006. Black is not really looking at castling kingside, and the rook is incredibly useful on the 6th rank. 17.dxc6 Bxc6 18.axb5 axb5 19.Rxa8 Qxa8 The problem for White is that Black has so much space especially in the kingside where White needs f4 to get things going. 20.Qc1 Rg6 21.Rd1 Bc5 22.Bxc5 Nxc5 23.Qe3 Nb3?! [23...Ne6! The other route to get to d4, but allows White the possibility of b3 which I hoped to avoid 24.b3 (24.Nd5 Kf8 25.b3 cxb3 26.Qxb3 Nd4) 24...b4! (24...cxb3 25.Nxb5 Qa2 Not a very human move to make. 26.Nd6+ Kf8 27.Nf5 (27.Bc4 Nf4) 27...h3 28.gxh3 b2 29.Qb6 Be8 30.Qb4+ Kg8 31.Ne7+ Kh7 32.Nxg6 Kxg6) 25.Nd5 cxb3 26.Qxb3 Qb7 and it seems White can't take the b4 pawn: 27.Nxb4 (27.Bc4 Nd4 28.Qe3 Qa7 29.Kh1 Qa3 30.Qd2 h3!) 27...Nd4µ] 24.Qb6 [24.f4! Shipov suggested this move and it does seem to hold. 24...gxf4 (24...exf4 25.Qb6 h3 26.Bh5 Rh6 27.Bxf7+ Kxf7 28.Qc7+ Ke8 29.Qe5+ Kf8 30.Qf5+ Kg7 31.Qxg5+ Rg6 32.Qe7+=) 25.Qh3 Qa7+ a) 25...Kf8 26.Qxh4 Kg7?? 27.Rd8!; b) 25...b4 26.Bh5 (26.Nd5 Bxd5 27.exd5 Nd4) 26...Nd4 27.Bxg6 fxg6 28.Rxd4 exd4 29.Qe6+ seems to be a draw.; 26.Kh1 Nd4 27.Qxh4 Qc7 (27...Qe7 28.Qh8+ Kd7 29.Bh5! (29.Ra1 Qg5! 30.Ra7+ Ke6 31.Qc8+ Kf6 32.Qh8+ Rg7 33.Qd8+ Kg6) 29...Qf6 30.Qb8 Rg5 31.Ra1 Rxh5 32.Ra7+ Ke6 33.Qc8+ Kd6 34.Qf8+ Ke6=) 28.Bh5 (28.Qh8+ Ke7 29.Qh4+ Rf6 (29...Kf8 30.Qh8+ Rg8 31.Qh6+ with enough compensation.) 30.Bg4) 28...Rg7 29.Bg4 followed by ¦a1 seems to give White enough play.;
24.Nd5 Kf8] 24...Nd4 Now White has little choice but to enter the endgame. 25.Rxd4 exd4 26.Nxb5 [26.Qxd4 Qd8 27.Qh8+ (27.Nxb5 Bxb5 28.Qe5+ Kf8 29.Qxb5 Qb6+ transposes to the game.) 27...Kd7] 26...Bxb5 27.Qxb5+ Qc6 28.Qe5+ Re6 [28...Qe6 29.Qb8+ Ke7 30.Qa7+ Kf8] 29.Qxd4 [29.Qb8+ Ke7 30.Qa7+ Kf8 31.Qxd4 Qb6 comes to the same thing.] 29...Qb6 30.Qxb6 Rxb6 31.Bxc4 Rxb2 Black needs to keep the king on the first rank. 32.g3 [32.Kf1 Ke7 33.Be2 Kd6 34.Kf2 Kc5 35.Ke3 Rb1 36.g3 (36.Bd3 Rh1 37.Kf2 f6 38.Bf1 Kd4-+) 36...Rh1µ] 32...f6 [32...Ke7 33.gxh4 (33.e5 Rc2 34.Bb3 (34.Bd3 Rc3 35.Be2 Ke6) 34...Re2!) 33...gxh4 34.f4 f6 35.e5 Rd2! This excellent move takes away d5 and d3 from the white bishop. (35...Rb4 36.exf6+ Kxf6 37.Ba6 Kf5 38.Kg2! Kxf4 39.Bc8=; 35...f5 36.Bd3! Ke6 37.Bc4+=) 36.Bg8 (36.Kh1 f5 37.Ba6 Rd4 38.Kg2 Rxf4 39.Bc8 Kf7-+) 36...h3!] 33.Be6 Ke7 34.Bg4 [34.Bf5 Kd6 35.gxh4 gxh4 36.f4 Re2! again the key.;
34.Bh3 Kd6 35.gxh4 gxh4 36.f4 Re2 37.Bg2 Kc5 38.Kf1 Rb2 39.e5 f5 40.Bh3 Rb4 41.Ke2 Rxf4 42.Ke3 Re4+ 43.Kf3 Rxe5 44.Kf4 Re2 45.Kxf5 Kd5 46.Kg4 Ke4 47.Kxh4 Kf4!] 34...Re2!! [34...Kd6 35.gxh4 gxh4 36.f4 Rd2 37.Bh3 Kc5 38.e5 Rd4 39.exf6 Rxf4 40.Kg2 Once the king escapes from the first rank, its a draw. 40...Rxf6 41.Bc8=] 35.gxh4 gxh4 36.h3 Now a fortress is no longer possible, so Black wins. 36...Kd6 37.Kf1 Rb2 38.f4 Kc5 39.e5 Rb4 40.exf6 Rxf4+ 41.Ke2 Kd4 42.Bf3 Rxf6 43.Bb7 Rb6 44.Bc8 [44.Bg2 Rb3] 44...Ke4 45.Bg4 Rb2+ 46.Ke1 Ke3 47.Kf1 Kf4 48.Ke1 Kg3 49.Kf1 Rf2+ 50.Ke1 [50.Kg1 Rf7! wins] 50...Rf4 51.Bc8 Rf8 52.Bg4 Kg2 53.Ke2 Re8+ 54.Kd3 Kf2 55.Bf5 Re3+ 56.Kd4 Kf3 57.Bg4+ Kf4 58.Kd5 Re5+ 59.Kd4 Rg5 [59...Rg5 60.Be6 Rg6 61.Bc8 Rd6+ 62.Kc5 Rd2 Now the king is far enough. 63.Bg4 Kg3 64.Bf5 Rh2 65.Kd4 Rxh3 wins.]  0-1
For the good order Mega DataBase 2008 had to do with 3.8 million games!
The playerbase is now good for over 248000 names and there are over 31000 pictures on this DVD!
New is the possibility to do with ChessBase 10 automatic updates!
This brings you automatically  over 200.000 new games,covering the period January –December 2009.
Click in ChessBase 10 on the bottom new games,now enter your serial number of your Mega Database and the down load will start to run.
It is up to you what you want to do with the new games import them into your Mega DataBase or park these games first on a  temporally file.
Closing date of this DVD is November 2008!
At first glance it is a lot of money but ChessBase Magazine subscribers can get this DVD for a special price of €49,99!
Conclusion: This is certainly  the best database DVD that money can buy!

Facing the World  Champions by  Vlastimil Hort
2008
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Vlastimil Hort describes in this DVD his experiences and encounters with the players of his time as Botvinnik,Petrosian,Smyslov,Spassky,Fischer,Karpov etc.
Hort belongs to the same generation as Bobby Fischer and we can see this in his encounter with Bobby Fischer,the man who only played chess to win.
Bobby arrived  always a little late at the board probably he was aware that most players feared him at the board, and that was included the former chess prodigy  Boris Spassky!
But as Horst says what would have happened if Kortchnoi would have played a world championship match with Fischer?
Hort covers on this DVD all world champions, included  with fascinating eye witness reports.
But there is also a lot of chess for example  I loved the game that is analysed by Hort: Fischer,Robert James - Hort,Vlastimil,
Siegen ol (Men) Siegen (17), 1970
1.e4 c6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 e5 6.Ngf3 Ne7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Re1 Nd7 9.b3 d4 10.Bb2 b5 11.c3 c5 12.Rc1 Bb7 13.cxd4 cxd4 14.Bh3 Nc6 15.a3 Re8 16.Qe2 Rc8 17.Rc2 Ne7 18.Rec1 Rxc2 19.Rxc2 Nc6 20.Qd1 Nb6 21.Qc1 Qf6 22.Bg2 Rc8 23.h4 Bf8 24.Bh3 Rc7 25.Nh2 Bc8 26.Bf1 Bd7 27.h5 Rc8 28.Be2 Nd8 29.Rxc8 Bxc8 30.Ndf3 Nc6 31.Nh4 b4 32.axb4 Nxb4 33.N4f3 a5 34.Qc7 Qd6 35.Qa7 Ba6 36.Ba3 Nc8 37.Qa8 Qb6 38.Bxb4 Bxb4 39.Qd5 Qc5 40.Qxe5 Qxe5 41.Nxe5 Nd6 42.hxg6 hxg6 43.Kf1 Bb5 44.Nhf3 Bc3 45.Ne1 Nb7 46.Bd1 Nc5 47.f3 Kg7 48.Bc2 Kf6 49.Ng4+ Ke7 50.Nf2 Bd7 51.Nd1 Bb4 52.Nb2 Be6 53.Nc4 Bxc4 54.dxc4 Bxe1 55.Kxe1 g5 56.Ke2 Kd6 57.f4 gxf4 58.gxf4 f6 59.Kf3 Ke6 60.Ke2 Kd6 ½-½
Hort explains that 36.Nxe5 wins!
Fischer was autodidact and liked to work alone and enjoyed solving chess puzzles! But than under pressure of time.
I would like to end with a blitz game from Bobby against Vlastimil Hort at ,Herceg Novi blitz Herceg Novi, 1970
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Bf4 e6 6.e3 Nc6 7.Bb5 Bd6 8.Bxd6 Qxd6 9.f4 Bd7 10.Nf3 Ne4 11.Nxe4 dxe4 12.Nd2 Qb4 13.Qb3 Qa5 14.Qa4 Qxa4 15.Bxa4 Nb4 16.Bxd7+ Kxd7 17.Ke2 f5 18.Nc4 Rhc8 19.Rhc1 Nd3 20.Ne5+ Nxe5 21.dxe5 Rxc1 22.Rxc1 Rc8 23.Rxc8 Kxc8 24.Kd2 Kd7 25.Kc3 Kc6 26.Kc4 b6 27.a4 a6 28.b4 b5+ 29.axb5+ axb5+ 30.Kd4 Kb6 31.h3 g6 32.g4 h5 33.gxh5 gxh5 34.h4 Kc6 35.Kc3 ½-½ 
As Hort says Fischer played his moves unbelievable fast and he was never in time trouble!
Running time of this DVD is 4 hours.
Conclusion: Fascinating!

Power Play 8 by Daniel King
2008
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Daniel King explains you in Power Play 8 the secrets of knight and bishop play.
King starts with a classic example of Bobby Fischer who understood as no other the power of his pieces  as you can see in the following game:
Saidy,Anthony Fred - Fischer,Robert James [A33]
USA-ch (Rosenwald 10th) New York (11), 02.01.1964
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Ndb5 Bb4 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.Nxc3 d5 9.e3 0-0 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Be2 Bf5 12.Nb5 Qb6 13.0-0 a6 14.Nd4 Nxd4 15.Qxd4 Qxd4 16.exd4 Rac8 17.Bd1 Bc2 18.Be3 Bxd1 19.Rfxd1 Rc2 20.Rd2 Rfc8 21.Rxc2 Rxc2 22.Rc1 Rxc1+ 23.Bxc1 Nd7 24.Kf1 Nf8 25.Ke2 Ne6 26.Kd3 h5 27.Be3 Kh7 28.f3 Kg6 29.a4 Kf5 30.Ke2 g5 31.Kf2 Nd8 32.Bd2 Kg6 33.Ke3 Ne6 34.Kd3 Kf5 35.Be3 f6 36.Ke2 Kg6 37.Kd3 f5 38.Ke2 f4 39.Bf2 Ng7 40.h3 Nf5 41.Kd3 g4 42.hxg4 hxg4 43.fxg4 Nh6 44.Be1 Nxg4 45.Bd2 Kf5 46.Be1 Nf6 47.Bh4 Ne4 48.Be1 Kg4 49.Ke2 Ng3+ 50.Kd3 Nf5 51.Bf2 Nh4 52.a5 Nxg2 53.Kc3 Kf3 54.Bg1 Ke2 55.Bh2 f3 56.Bg3 Ne3 0-1
Fischer won this US Championship with the unbelievable score  11 out of 11!
As you can learn from King it is all a matter of space and as King instructively explains  Saidy played to passive.
After King white had to try 24.g4!
But could Saidy have saved the game with44.Ke2 Nxg4 45.Bg1 Kf5 46.Kf3 Nf6 47.Bh2 Nh5 48.a5 Kg5 49.g4 fxg3 50.Bxg3= The Games by Robert J Fischer by Robert Wade and Kevin J.O’Connell  in there great book on Fischer.

Many positions handled by King are very instructive and I hope not to boor you with a other game from Bobby Fischer who out played Gadia in a classic way which is a must for every chess student : Fischer,Robert James - Gadia,Olicio [B87]
Mar del Plata Mar del Plata (3), 31.03.1960
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.0-0 Bb7 9.f4 Nc6 10.Nxc6 Bxc6 11.f5 e5 12.Qd3 Be7 13.Bg5 Qb6+ 14.Kh1 0-0 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Bd5 Rac8 17.Bxc6 Rxc6 18.Rad1 Rfc8 19.Nd5 Qd8 20.c3 Be7 21.Ra1 f6 22.a4 Rb8 23.Nxe7+ 1-0
As King explains 21…f6? Is a horrible move, the position was bad from black but after this move it is lost! Running time over 6 hours!
Conclusion: These video  lessons from King truly helps you to understand chess!


Endgame fireworks  by Alexei Shirov
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One of the best players of all time the great Alexei Shiriov,born 1972 in Latvia and now settled in Spain was the first player to reach the 2700 level before the age of 20.
Shirov handles in this endgame DVD seventeen endgame positions all taken from his own endgame experiences.
All divided in the sections opposite coloured bishops, two rooks vs two rooks,rook and knight vs rook and knight,rooks and bishops vs rooks and bishops and miscellaneous endgames.
Shirov includes in these 4,5 hours endgame course his amassing bishop sacrifice against Topalov: 

Topalov,Veselin (2740) - Shirov,Alexei (2710) [D85]
Linares 15th Linares (10), 04.03.1998
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bb5+ c6 8.Ba4 0-0 9.Ne2 Nd7 10.0-0 e5 11.f3 Qe7 12.Be3 Rd8 13.Qc2 Nb6 14.Bb3 Be6 15.Rad1 Nc4 16.Bc1 b5 17.f4 exd4 18.Nxd4 Bg4 19.Rde1 Qc5 20.Kh1 a5 21.h3 Bd7 22.a4 bxa4 23.Ba2 Be8 24.e5 Nb6 25.f5 Nd5 26.Bd2 Nb4 27.Qxa4 Nxa2 28.Qxa2 Bxe5 29.fxg6 hxg6 30.Bg5 Rd5 31.Re3 Qd6 32.Qe2 Bd7 33.c4 Bxd4 34.cxd5 Bxe3 35.Qxe3 Re8 36.Qc3 Qxd5 37.Bh6 Re5 38.Rf3 Qc5 39.Qa1 Bf5 40.Re3 f6 41.Rxe5 Qxe5 42.Qa2+ Qd5 43.Qxd5+ cxd5 44.Bd2 a4 45.Bc3 Kf7 46.h4 Ke6 47.Kg1 Bh3 48.gxh3 Kf5 49.Kf2 Ke4 50.Bxf6 d4 51.Be7 Kd3 52.Bc5 Kc4 53.Be7 Kb3 0-1
Ftacnik wrote after move 47..Bh3!! Fascinating idea of Shirov, since black has to push his two pawns a4,d5 as quickly as possible. The bishop would obstruct the way of the king on the natural square e4, on h3 it wins a precious tempo.
As Shirov explains on this DVD the new Rybka chess engine is able to find this winning move but I tried it on my new note book but not one engine was able to find Shirov’s brilliant winning move.
All 17 positions are one for one instructive examples to improve your endgame skills,as for example the following one:
Shirov,Alexei (2723) - Dreev,Alexey (2690) [B19]
Dos Hermanas-A Dos Hermanas (6), 02.04.2003
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bf4 Ngf6 12.0-0-0 Be7 13.Ne4 0-0 14.Nxf6+ Nxf6 15.g4 Nxg4 16.Rhg1 f5 17.Qe2 Kh7 18.Qxe6 Qd5 19.Qxe7 Qxf3 20.Be5 Rg8 21.Qxb7 Qxf2 22.Kb1 Rae8 23.Qxc6 Nxe5 24.dxe5 Rxe5 25.a4 Qc5 26.Qxc5 Rxc5 27.Rd7 Ra5 28.Rf7 f4 29.Rxf4 Rxh5 30.b4 g5 31.Rf7+ Rg7 32.Rxg7+ Kxg7 33.Kb2 Kf6 34.b5 Ke5 35.Kb3 Kd5 36.Rd1+ Kc5 37.Rd7 g4 38.Rc7+ Kb6 39.Rc6+ Kb7 40.Rg6 Rg5 41.Rxh6 g3 42.Rh1 g2 43.Rg1 Kb6 44.Kb4 Rg4+ 45.c4 a5+ 46.bxa6 ½-½
Conclusion: Invest 4,5 hours of your time with this fascinating  made endgame DVD from Shirov!            

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British Chess Magazine No.12
Volume 128
December 2008
Price: £3.70

This issue continues the with the duel of Bonn and Ian Rogers covers besides the excellent annotated games a interesting interview with Anand.
Other readable contributions: The Kavalek file, Speelman on the endgame, Reviews and new books,John Saunders looks back at the year 1958, Bernard Cafferty looks back in some of his older chessbooks and the great Gary lane is responsible for Chess Questions Answered.
Included are a lot of colourful photographs!
Conclusion: Buy if for the duel of Bonn!                        




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