Latest book reviews of 1 February 2009

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The Petrosian System against the QID by Alexander Beliavsky & Adrian Mikhalchishin
Chess Stars
168 pages
Price €23,95
ISBN 978-9-548782

Alexander Beliavsky & Adrian Mikhalchishin dig in this latest move to move Chess Stars openings book in the Queen’s Indian Defence,that runs with the moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3
Both authors present in this book a objective work where they discuss with moves and analyses the possibilities of both sides of the board.
Every section of this book starts with a Main Ideas section that explains the major plans and typical positions which are then analysed in the “Move to Move” chapters.
The modern way of handling the Queen’s Indian Petrosian system goes: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Qc2 Nxc3 8.Qxc3
White does not waste time on e3,but immediately goes for a push in the centre with e4.
Black’s counter play is linked with c7-c5.
Complete different is a fianchetto Benoni Structure : 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bf4 Bg7 7.e3 0-0 8.Be2 d6 9.0-0 Nbd7 10.Qc2 Qe7 11.h3 c5 12.dxc5 Nxc5 13.Nd2 Rfc8 14.Rac1 d5 and black reached  comfortable equality in Schandorff-Speelman,Copenhagen 1996.
Included in this book is a bibliography, index of variations, contents, introduction by the editor and foreword.
Conclusion: One of those openings works where you easy can win from the book!

Blindfold Chess by Eliot Hearst & John Knott
History, Psychology, Techniques, Champions, World Records, and Important Games
445 pages
Price $65,00
ISBN 978-0-7864-3444-2

Eliot Hearst and John Knott provide you in this heavy weight the evolution of blindfold chess.
The story goes that in the eleven century ,al-Mawardi {d.1058}stated that Sa’id bin Jubair was the first well known player who did turn his back on the board and pieces, instead of touching them.
By profession he was a judge, and his practice was to have his slave call out the opponent’s move.He would then tell the slave what move to make in replay.
According to Murray {page 192}Al-Mawardi remarked that Sa’id could play blindfolded as well as he could play regular chess.
The first player who had the ability to play several games of chess simultaneously without sight of the board goes to the Saracen player Buzecca or sometimes spelled as Buchecha or Borzaga.
The Italian Giovanni Villani,desribes Buzecca’s visit to Florence in 1266,where he took on the three best players in the city simultaneously, conducting two games without sight and one with sight of the board.Buzecca won two games and drew one,but unfortnatley  there is no record of these games.
All famous and less known blindfold chess players get a important turn in this book from Hearst and Knott,as for example the great Capablanca,who was not very interested in  blindfold chess.
His well-known ,but misguided remark,was”Why should I kill myself?”
But as we see on one of these lovely photographs in this book {altogether there are 62 rare photo’s mostly from the archives from the famous chess historian Edward Winter},Capablanca occasional played blindfold games,included some against several strong players in consultation.
Fascinating are the forgotten blindfold players as Ladislas Maczuski {1838-1898},who played four,than six,then in Paris,in 1863,eight games simultaneously.Later,in 1876,in a four-game display at the home of the president of the Ferrara Chess Club,in northern Italy,he announced mate in eleven moves against Mazzonali.
Besides the history of blindfold chess and the psychology of blindfold chess there is a impressive blindfold chess game collection from 444 well analysed games.
Here I would like to show the game of Maczuski: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 Bc5 4.Bc4 Qf6 5.Nf3 h6 6.cxd4 Bb6 7.Nc3 Ne7 8.e5 Qg6 9.Bd3 f5 10.exf6 Qxf6 11.Ne4 Qf7 12.Ne5 Qe6 13.Qh5+ g6 14.Qh4 Nf5 15.Nf6+ Kf8 16.Bxf5 Ba5+ 17.Kf1 Qxf5 and Maczuski announced mate in 11 moves!
Interesting to mention is the chapter, The techniques of blindfold champions, where we can read: Geometric knowledge of the chessboard in an important factor in chess, virtually indispensable in managing the memory and imagery problems that arise in playing without sight of the board {and also helpful in analysing ahead  or noticing patters in regular chess},this kind of knowledge presumably underlies what an expert blindfold player means when he talks about visualizing “lines of force”or”powers of a piece”rather than seeing actual pieces and colored squares in the mind’s eye.
The American/Latvian chess player Val Zemitis received early advice from blindfold whiz Sämisch on that form of play and later took on as many as 16 opponents at once himself,Hearst & Knott. When I asked the old master and friend Zemitis about this,he told me Yes, some 50 years ago I gave many blindfold simultaneous exhibitions - mosstly agains 10 players.  Playing against 20 is possible but after such an exhibition I could not sleep 24 hours because my brain kept replaying games. 
Many writers think that the current world record blindfold chess is held by Janos Flesch,a record of his 52 board exhibition in 1960.However both authors belief that the standards and rules for this exhibition were too dubious to be considered as a world record.So the official  record for blindfold chess goes to Najdorf who played 45 games simultaneously blindfold, with the result won 39,lost two and draw 4.
The table of contents of this book, holds the following chapters: 1: Even before Philidor,2:Francois Andre Philidor,3: Between Philidor and the late 1800s.
4: The first part of the twentieth Century,5: The last fifty years,6: Women and blindfold chess,7: Major recent tournaments and matches.
8: Research en chess skill, 9: Psyological studies and comments on blindfold chess,10: The techniques of blindfold chess,11: The supposed health hazards.
Part 3 Blindfold chess games.
Where you also can find World record setting simultaneous exhibitions,Proposed rules for serious simultaneous blindfold displays,bibliography,games index,openings index,ECO openings index,illustrated index and general index.
The bibliography is heavy loaded with five pages of text.
Conclusion: Certainly one of the most interesting chess books of the last 50 years!

True combat chess by Timothy Taylor
Everyman Chess
208 pages
Price $24,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-584-8

IM Timothy Taylor explains you in his latest book ‘true combat chess’ the secrets of successful chess play,all at the hand of 27 instructively explained games where a major part of these well explained games {25} come from Taylor himself {plus a unbelievable extra ones between the lines!}.
When a author has the courage to publish his own games with a wealth of instructive  text, means in the world of chess publishing  that you have something special in hands.
Taylor has overloaded these 27 games with a mass of  practical tips as for example the game Timothy Taylor,(2401) – Melikset Khachiyan, (2473) [D90]
Los Angeles Los Angeles (2), 19.08.2003
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 c6 8.e3 0-0 9.Bd3 Nd7 10.Nxd5 cxd5 11.0-0 Re8 12.Qb3 Qa5 13.Bb5 a6 14.Bxd7 Bxd7 15.Qxb7 Qb5 16.Qxb5 Bxb5 17.Rfc1 g5 18.Bg3 Rec8 19.h4 f6 20.hxg5 hxg5 21.Bc7 Kf7 22.Nd2 g4 23.Rc5 e5 24.dxe5 fxe5 25.a4 Be8 26.Nb3 Bf8 27.Rcc1 Ke6 28.a5 Bb5 29.Bb6 Bc4 30.Nd2 Bb5 31.Nf1 Bb4 32.Kh2 Bc4 33.Ra4 Bd6 34.e4 Bb3 35.Rxc8 Rxc8 36.exd5+ Bxd5 37.Rxg4 e4+ 38.Ng3 Rc2 39.Rg6+ Kd7 40.Rg7+ Kc6 41.Kh3 Rxb2 42.Nf5 Be6 43.g4 Be5 44.Rg6 Kd7 45.Kh4 Rb5 46.Rh6 Bxf5 47.gxf5 Bc3 48.Rh7+ Kd6 49.Bc7+ Kc6 50.Kg4 e3 51.fxe3 Rb7 52.Rh6+ Kxc7 53.Rxa6 Rb5 54.f6 Kd7 55.Ra7+ Ke6 56.f7 Bb4 57.a6 Ra5 58.Rb7 Be7 59.a7 Kxf7 60.e4 Ke6 61.Rb6+ Bd6 62.Rb7 Ra4 63.Kf3 Bc5 64.Rh7 Bxa7 65.Rh6+ Ke5 66.Rh5+ Kf6 67.Rf5+ Ke6 68.Rb5 Ra3+ 69.Kg4 Bd4 70.Rb8 Bc5 71.Re8+ Be7 72.Rc8 Bd6 73.Rc6 Rg3+ 74.Kh4 Rg1 75.Kh3 Ke5 76.Rc2 Kxe4 77.Rg2 Rh1+ 78.Kg4 Bf4 79.Re2+ Be3 80.Kg3 Rh8 81.Kg2 Rg8+ 82.Kh1 Rd8 83.Rg2 Rd1+ 84.Kh2 Bf4+ 85.Kh3 Kf5 86.Rg8 Ke4 87.Rg2 Rd7 88.Rg4 Rd3+ 89.Kg2 Ke3 90.Rg8 Rd2+ 91.Kh1 Rh2+ 92.Kg1 Kf3 93.Rf8 Rc2 0-1
First of all this fascinating where Taylor ends with a Rook against Bishop and Rook is good for over ten pages of text!
After 79…Be3,Taylor writes:I knew there was something called a “second rank defence” and I knew  it was based on a stalemate trick-but I never studied it! { I have now of course.}
This lack of crucial knowledge was a big part of my loss,but I’m not sure I could have successfully defended even with my current knowledge,with two seconds on the clock,or five seconds per move.Anyway,the mechanism of my coming mistake is as follows: knowing that the second rank defence was based on a stalemat,I moved my king toward the corner,thinking that most stalemates occur there. Unfortunately, this particular stalemate works best in the middle of the last rank.
The material in this book is based on the following chapters:The critical move,Opening Prepaeration,The endgame with the clock,Winning the won game,Beating a grandmaster,underground innovation,bibliography plus index of openings and index of complete games.
For all lovers of the Bird Opening,I found three well analysed Bird games,
1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.Be2 Nf6 5.0-0 0-0 6.d3 c5 7.a4,Taylor –Fontaine,Las Vegas 2006,{By the way Taylor writes after move 7.a4: In my book on the Bird’s opening,I had given 7.Nc3 as the main move,and the text is an interesting sideline.It certainly worked here,but I can no longer recommended the move in view of GM Golod’s improvement,which will be seen in game 22.{Game 22: 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.Be2 c5 5.0-0 Nc6 6.d3 Nf6 7.a4 0-0 8.Na3 a6 9.Ne5 Qc7 10.Nxc6 bxc6,this game is analysed by Taylor with 4,5 pages of text}and 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 c5 3.Nc3?
Taylor: I don’t think anyone will say I don’t know Bird’s Opening- I have written a book on the avian attack! One can rest assured that the next move,rather text lemon,is not in the book.The reason is the simple fact that Black’s next move makes the knight look foolish- I would say White is struggling for equality after move three!
Conclusion: One of those book you buy for the educative advises!

How to play against 1.e4 by Neil MCDonald
Everyman Chess
238 pages
Price $24,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-586-2

The English GM Neil McDonald provides the reader in this book with a complete easy to learn repertoire line based on the French Defence.
It is interesting to mention that woman players have made an important contribution to the modern theory of the French Defence.
So Neil McDonald talks in his introduction about ‘Fairer Defence’ in there honour but not the crude ‘female Defence’.
McDonald’s repertoire material is based on 54 readable and not to difficult to play throw model games where,the author prefers lines for black as for example the Fort Knox defence that goes like this: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 {or even 3.Nc3} dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7 5.Nf3 Bc6 and now some instructive words from McDonald: The Fort Knox is one of the greatest labour saving devises ever invented. Firstly ,it  can be played against both 3.Nc3 and 3.Nd2.This in itself is enough to cut out  a Hugh amount of opening preparation. But it gets even better: in the Fort Knox itself there is essentially only one pawn structure that we need to study.As we  shall see,white might vary by putting a pawn on c3 rather than c4,but black’s plan of development remains the same.
So that’s two reasons why a lazybones like myself was attracted to the opening.I also appreciated its solidity,and when I was trying for GM norms often used it to keep strong opponents at arm’s length,but also the Tarrasch 2.Nd2 Be7 or better known as the Romanishin Variation gets a important turn of 24 pages.
All lovers of the French will certainly enjoy the 40 pages that are spend on the good old McCutcheon Variation,but unfortnatley McDonald only concentrates on the king’s move to 8…Kf8,
{1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.bxc3 Ne4 8.Qg4.}
All material is well explained with introductions texts and instructive explanations.
Neil McDonald has included in this book all kind of odds and ends as for example the two knights defence with 2.Nf3.
Conclusion: It is not easy to find a better work to get in touch with the French Defence!

Secrets of positional play4 by Mark Dvoretsky & Arthur Yusupov
Edition Olms
240 Pages
Euro 32,70
ISBN 978-3-283-00518-4

Aaron Nimzowitsch is famous for his book "My System" and his "prophylaxis" but if you truly want to understand the secrets of chess strategy, than I would suggest go for these books from Dvoretsky & Yusupov.
The main theme of this work,School of future Champions 4 is mainly divided to Nimzowitsch pet line   "prophylaxis"
Larsen once wrote that Nimzowitsch his games without thinking too much of his ‘system’; only afterwards, when he had to annotate it, he made the effort to fit in it.
The works from Dvoretsky & Yusupov are much more ambitious and offer so much more,for example please see the notes to the game Yusupov – Timoshchenko,Kislovodsk,1982; 1.c4 c6 2.e4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qb3 Bxf3 9.gxf3 Nb6 10.d5 Nd4 11.Bb5+ Nd7 12.Qa4 e5 13.dxe6 Nxe6 14.Be3:Dvoretsky writes: A normal developing move-this would probably have been played without thinking by almost everyone. But now black gains time, by attacking the bishop on b5,to force favourable exchanges.
Cast an unprejudiced glance at the position doesn’t it remind you of everything? Wouldn’t you agree that we have seen something similar in the old games of Paul Morphy and Adolf Anderssen? The centre is open,the black king is stuck { true,at the moment white is also there},and there is a pin on the a4-e8 diagonal as in the famous Morphy- Allies game.But do you remember what you should do in such situations?
Sacrifice if necessary, inhibit the opponent’s development and in the same time complete your own development as quickly as possible, bring your rooks to the open files in the centre and create a mating attack on the enemy king.
Alas such opening strategy is something we have half forgotten, since in modern set-ups the play is usually in a quite different key.I am in no doubt that without thinking Morphy would have played 14.Bg5!!,in order to place his rook on d1 as quickly as possible. Black position would immediately have become hopeless.
Material is divided into the following chapters: Part 1: Methods of Improving in Positional Play, Part 2: Ways of Looking for Positional Solutions, Part 3: Typical Positions, Part 4: Complicated Strategy in Practice and Part 5: From Games by Pupils of the School (Artur Yusupov)
The material in the book is based upon lectures given by Dvoretsky to talented young players as  Dlugy, Kosikov, Khenkin,Bareev,Yusupov and the later world champion Kramnik!
Included are exercises to see if you have learned from Dvoretsky & Yusupov!
Conclusion: These are certainley  the best trainings books that money can buy!

Latvijas Saha Gadagramata by Janis Vitomskis & Alberts Cimins
168 pages
Price unknown

Janis Vitomskis & Alberts Cimins come in this book with a collection best Latvian games taken from over the board and from the correspondence chess scene.
This eye catching work covers over the 70 annotated games where many of them are well loaded with latest developments.
Good for fun are always the games from Svesnikov who played a tough game with Skuja,Gipsla 2007;
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Be7 5.c3 d3 6.Qb3 d6 7.Bxf7+ Kf8 8.Bxg8 Rxg8 9.Be3 Qe8 10.Nbd2 Qg6 11.0-0-0 b6 12.Qd5 Bb7 13.Qxd3 a5 14.h4 a4 15.h5 Qf7 16.Kb1 Ba6 17.Qc2 b5 18.a3 Bc8 19.Nd4 Ne5 20.Nxb5 Ba6 21.c4 Bf6 22.Qxa4 Nd3 23.Bd4 Qd7 24.Qc2 Nf4 25.Bxf6 gxf6 26.g3 Ne6 27.Qc3 Kf7 28.Nd4 Rgb8 29.Nxe6 Qxe6 30.Rc1 Ra7 31.Rc2 c5 32.f3 Bc8 33.g4 Kg8 34.Re1 Bd7 35.Ka2 Ba4 36.b3 Be8 37.Kb2 Rab7 38.Ka2 Bf7 39.Re3 Qe7 40.Rd3 Rb6 41.f4 Ra6 42.Re3 Rba8 43.Nb1 Qa7 44.Qb2 Qe7 45.g5 f5 46.h6 Be8 47.exf5 Qf7 48.Rce2 R6a7 49.g6 Qf8 50.g7 Qf7 51.f6 Qh5 52.Qd2 Bg6 53.Qd5+ Qxd5 54.cxd5 Bf7 55.Kb2 Rb8 56.Re7 Be8 57.Rxe8+ Rxe8 58.Rxe8+ Kf7 59.g8Q+ Kxf6 60.Qe6# 1-0.
But also of great interest are the annotated Latvian games where Kurpnieks went for the move order 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nc6!?
Included are besides the cross tables 15 high quality  photographs!
Conclusion: Recommended for lovers of the Latvian chess scene!          

                                                                                        Chess DVD's

Fritz Powerbook 2009 DVD

€ 49,99
System requirements: Pentium PC, 32 MB RAM, Windows Vista, WindowsXP and Fritz11, DVD drive.

The new PowerBook 2009  comes with over 27 million openings positions all divided from 1.4 million best played games.
Besides the openings moves there is also other relevant chess information on this DVD as all the moves that where played in a specific position but also the average rating of the player and not to forget the performance results.
But first a game example:
Here we have the following game from the Power2009 file: 
Kononenko,Dmitry (2495) - Ajrapetjan,Yuriy (2389) [C67]
UKR Universiad B1 8th Evpatoria (3), 08.06.2007
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 Ne7 10.h3 h6 11.Be3 Ng6 12.Rad1+ Ke8 13.a3 Be7 14.Rfe1 Bd7 15.Nd4 Nxe5 16.Bf4 f6 17.Bxe5 fxe5 18.Nf3 Rd8 19.Nxe5 Rf8 20.Rd3 Rf6 21.Rg3 g5 22.h4 Re6 23.hxg5 hxg5 24.f4 gxf4 25.Rg8+ Bf8 26.Rxf8+ Kxf8 27.Nxd7+ Ke7 28.Rxe6+ Kxe6 29.Nc5+ Kf5 30.Nd3 Kg4 31.Ne2 c5 32.Kf2 b6 33.Ke1 Rf8 34.Ndxf4 Rxf4 35.Nxf4 Kxf4 36.Kf2 c4 37.c3 b5 38.g3+ Ke4 39.Kg2 a5 40.g4 b4 41.axb4 a4 42.g5 Kd3 43.g6 Kc2 44.g7 Kxb2 45.g8Q Kxc3 46.Qg7+ Kb3 47.Qa1 c6 48.Qb1+ Kc3 49.Kf3 Kd2 50.Qa2+ Kd3 51.Qxa4 c3 52.Qxc6 1-0
On the first clip we can see the game where Fritz is analysing on the background  and on the second one you can see  the Fritz Powerbook.
After Fritz 16..f6 is not the best move but playing with Fritz Powerbook 2009 {over two gigh!}gives a lot of fun and provides you with  more information than 100 opening's books!
There for it is very popular under chess authors because it states the art of modern chess theory.
Included on this VDV is also a smaller but stronger book from 129 MB and a file with all the games,and that are exactly counted 1448642 games.
Conclusion: There is no better way to keep abreast of latest devolpments!

The ABC of the Leningrad Dutch 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.

IM Andrew  Martin explains you in a afternoon {4h 10 min} everything you need to know how to handle the Leningrad Dutch 1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 with the move order 7…c6.
Valeri Beim once wrote about in his book, Understanding the Leningrad Dutch :7…c6 is more flexible than any other move at this point, since it gives white no possibility for a rapid attack and leaves black with a relatively wide range of possible piece configuration.
In big lines black fianchettoes his dark squared bishops and keeps his centre pawn flexible.
In the game Lahaye – Rychagova,Canadian 2007,whote goes for the move 8.Qc2 but Andrew Martin is not impressed with this set-up as we can see in the following clip:
Included besides the annotated games are small theory video  files where Martin digs more in the played strategies of the Leningrad Dutch.
Stefan Kinderman has also written a repertoire book on the Leningrad Dutch but he prefers 7…Qe8 but for a local club player I would prefer the less complicated  7…c6.
With 7…Qe8 a player easy can get lost in tactical lines.
Conclusion: A powerful line that you can learn in no time!

The ABC of the Anti- Dutch 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.

To play and understand the Dutch defence it is necessarily to understand  the so called Dutch lines as the Staunton Gambit.
As Martin explains Black has to be careful but does not have to fear this tricky line as we can see in the following game from Martin himself,where black for a old recommendation of Nimzowitsch 4..b6:
Some classics as Johnner – Nimzowitsch,Karlsbad 1929,and Brinckmann – Nimzowitsch, Nordisk Skakforbund 1924,where black went for ...b6  are well explained by Andrew Martin.
Popular under club players is the Staunton Gambit but as we can see this setup is not very dangerous for black he has to know what he is doing as we can see in the following game.
alkiran,Sertac (2080) - Onischuk,Alexander (2625) [A82]
EU-Cup Gr6 Heraklio (2), 11.10.1997
1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.g4 h6 5.g5 [5.Bg2 d5;
5.f3 d5 6.Bf4 a) 6.h3 Nc6 7.fxe4 (7.Be3 e5) 7...Nxe4 8.Nxe4 dxe4 9.Be3 (9.d5 Nb4 10.Bb5+ Bd7 11.Bc4 e6 12.dxe6 Bc6 13.Qxd8+ (13.Qe2 Bc5) 13...Rxd8) 9...e5 10.dxe5 Qh4+ 11.Bf2 Qe7;
b) 6.Bg2 e5 7.dxe5 Nxg4 8.fxg4 Qh4+ 9.Kf1 (9.Kd2 Bxg4) 9...Bc5; 6...c5 7.Nb5 Na6 8.dxc5 e5 9.Bxe5 Bxc5 10.h3 0-0 11.f4 Qb6 12.Bd4 Bd7 13.Bxc5 Nxc5 14.Nd4 Nd3+ 15.cxd3 Qxd4] 5...hxg5 6.Bxg5 d5 7.h4 Nc6 8.f3 Bf5 9.Bh3 Qd7 10.Bxf5 Qxf5 11.a3 0-0-0 12.Qd2 e5 13.Bxf6 [13.dxe5 Nxe5 14.0-0-0 exf3 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.Nxd5 Qh6 17.Nb6+ axb6] 13...gxf6 14.fxe4 dxe4 15.d5 Nd4 16.Qg2 Bh6 17.Rd1 Rhg8 18.Qxe4 Nxc2+ 19.Ke2 Qh5+ [19...Qxe4+ 20.Nxe4 f5 21.Nf2 Nd4+ 22.Kf1 Rxd5] 20.Kd3 [20.Kf2 Ne3 21.Rd3 f5] 20...Ne3 21.Re1 Rg4 22.Rxe3 Rxe4 23.Rxe4 c6 24.Rc4 [24.Kc2 cxd5] 24...Rxd5+ 25.Nxd5 Qd1+ [25...Qd1+ 26.Kc3 Bd2+ 27.Kd3 Bc1+ 28.Ke4 (28.Kc3 Qd2+ 29.Kb3 Qxb2+ 30.Ka4 Qb5#) 28...Qxd5+ 29.Kf5 Qxc4]  0-1
As in many gambit lines it is a matter of return,simple to wrest the initiative from white.
Conclusion: With this DVD you will never have to fear any Anti-Dutch lines!             


British Chess Magazine No.1
Volume 129
January 2009
Price: £4,05

This issue holds the Dresden Olympiad where Ian Rogers, annotates some of the best games.Ian Rogers reviews also the impact of the various new rules in force at the Dresden Olympiad.
John Saunders pays a personal tribute to the great late Bob Wade{1921-2008} with photos and reminiscences.
Included in this issue is a fine annotated  win from Bob Wade on Viktor Korchnoi: Buenos Aires Buenos Aires (10), 05.07.1960
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.e4 Bg4 6.d5 Ne5 7.Bxc4 Nxc4 8.Qa4+ Nd7 9.Qxc4 e5 10.Bg5 f6 11.Be3 Bxf3 12.gxf3 Bd6 13.Nb5 Nb6 14.Bxb6 axb6 15.Rc1 0-0 16.Rg1 Rf7 17.Nxd6 Qxd6 18.Ke2 Rd8 19.Rgd1 Rdd7 20.Rd3 f5 21.Ra3 fxe4 22.fxe4 Rf8 23.Rcc3 Rdf7 24.Rf3 h5 25.Rxf7 Rxf7 26.Rf3 Rxf3 27.Kxf3 Kh7 28.Ke2 h4 29.Qc3 Qe7 30.Qf3 g6 31.Qg4 Kg7 32.Qe6 Qf6 33.Qxf6+ Kxf6 34.Kf3 Kg5 35.a4 Kh5 36.b4 Kg5 37.b5 Kh5 38.a5 1-0
Bob Wade wrote later in the BCM of September 1960: I made a bad start according to the score chart,drawing in the first round with Eliskases and losing the next seven games.
Most of these were games in which I gradually became accustomed to thinking about chess in a proper fashion once more.In the remaining 11 games I somehow notched five points,including wins from Korchnoi and Benkö.
Other columns are: Speelman on the endgame {Speelman analyses his own recent and pawn endgame in the 4NCL}Dresden Women’s Olympiad,Spot the continuation,Reviews and new books,Quotes and queries etc.
Conclusion: Buy it for the personal tribute to the late Bob Wade!

Kaissiber issue 33
Price €6,10

Kaissiber is probably, the best {gambit}chess magazine in the world ,every issue holds excellent contributions from the great Bent Larsen and the computer expert Chrilly Donninger.
But also the historical articles from Alfred Diel are contributions where you truly can look forward too,and that is included the extra photographs, and these are usually from a very high quality.
Issue 33 holds a lot of King’s Gambit material mainly based from contributions as from the Dutch Henk Smout who belongs to one of the greatest experts on the Kieseritzky Gambit.
Smout digs in the classic game Cordel – Michaelson,Berlin 1864, 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.Bc4 d5 7.exd5 Bd6 8.d4 Nh5 9.Nc3 Qe7 10.Bb5+ Kf8 11.Ne2 Bxe5 12.dxe5 f3 13.gxf3 gxf3 14.Bh6+ Ng7 15.Qd4 fxe2 16.Bg5 1-0.
By the way this game is not mentioned in the MegaDatabase of 2009!
The great Stefan Bücker goes in a other article with the move order 6.d4 and spends around eleven pages of text on it.
Pleasant to mention is a article from Maurits Wind on the English opening wit the moves:
1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.e4 Bb7 4.Bd3 f5 and I found a interesting letter from the German Gambit expert Thomas Stock who has gave up chess but not reading Kaissiber!
Conclusion: A must for every gambit lover!