Latest book reviews of 1 November 2009

Wilhelminalaan 33 


The Netherlands.
John Elburg

                                 Chess Books

Improve your chess by Lars Bo Hansen
Gambit Publications Ltd
191 pages
Price $ 24,95
ISBN 978-1-906454-12-8

The Danish grandmaster Lars Bo Hansen shows you in this book, how you can improve your chess understanding, by studying the games of the great champions of the present and from the past.
A fine combination of the present and the past are the instructive games from Garry Kasparov who was a expert in some romantic lines as the  Evans and Scotch Opening.
But first some words from our instructive teacher  Lars Bo Hansen:When Kasparov started playing the Scotch opening regularly, he obviously handled it differently from the players of the Romantic era.
The process of ‘updating’ an ancient opening to modern times consists of looking at it with the knowledge we now have, which means evaluating positional and defensive resources more precisely than 100-150 years ago.Then we might end up with a different way of playing the opening.A good example is the following game in which Kasparov used the Scotch to win a positional struggle based on the superior pawn-structure.
Lars Bo Hansen’s book is based on the following chapters: Introduction:Why study chess history, The romantic era,The Scientific era,The hypermodern era, New dynamism, The age of universality, Creative concreteness and  Chess in the future-The era of transformation.
In the hypermodern era I found some interesting words on Larsen:My legendary countryman Bent Larsen has played a significant role in the developing the theory of how to play against isolated paws.Larsen refined Nimzowitsch’s approach to such positions to coining the phrase”such pawns should not be blockaded, they should be encircled “.In the following game, Larsen blockades and encircles the isolated pawn.
In chapter seven, Chess in the future I found some interesting thoughts on opening preparations: I feel that some players emphasize opening preparation too much,at the expense of working on there endgame skills.That’s a mistake:while opening preparation is important,it will rarely lead to a competitive advantage over opponents,only competitive parity.On the other hand,the abilty to outplay the opponent to long strategic and technical endgames will distinguish the masters of the future.
The most two promising youngsters in chess Magnus Carlsen and Sergei Kariakin,both possess excellent endgame skills,and at an early stage of there careers they have already shown that they are capable of outlasting much more experirnced grandmasters in long games.Let me conclude this book with two examples of this pattern in action.
For the interested student please also see Lars Bo Hansen’s Secrets of Chess Endgame Strategy Strategy,Gambit 2006.
All games in this book, over ninety of them are all well analysed with full notation.
Included is a impressive bibliography.
Conclusion: This book will certainly help you to reach master skills!

FCO Fundamental chess openings by Paul van der Sterren

Gambit Publications Ltd
479 pages
Price $ 29,95
ISBN 978-1-906454-13-5

The former Dutch champion GM Paul van der Sterren provides the reader in this one volume, heavy weight all major chess openings,well explained with a wealth of instructive text.
Paul van der Sterren does not overload you with latest database files but helps the chess student to find your balance between knowing to much and knowing to little.
Paul van der Sterren does not scope to much, on long references to the games but explains in instructive words the first 15 moves of all major openings.
For example the good old Marshall Gambit is covered till move 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, and van der Sterren even gives some alternatives as 15.Re4,even the  rare Latvian Gambit gets a small but very instructive turn.
Van de Sterren writes:This rowdy pawn sacrifice is one of the very few openings that never gets a neutral qualification,not even in the most careful of opening books.The Latvian knows only two categories of chess players:those who are for it {a handful of enthusiastic fans}and those who are against {the rest of the world}.It is very old {it was mentioned by Geco as far back as 1669,and indeed is sometimes called the Geco Counter Gambit}but has always had to live on the fringers of opening theory.
And what a nerve ;Black not only leaves e5 unprotected but even puts another pawn  en prise as well.The point of 2…f5 is of course  to meet 3.exf5 with 3…e4,attacking the f3-knight.It is significant for the extraordinary weak positional foundation of the Latvian Gambit that even this is a dubious line.4.Ne5 Nf6 5.Be2 for instance,is pretty dangerous for black.
Paul van der Sterren has managed to create a unbelievable readable work where every opening is an inexhaustible source of enjoyment!
Conclusion: Seldom I have seen such a readable book on chess openings!

Champions of the new millennium by Lubomir Ftacnik,David Kopec & Walter Browne
Quality Chess
452 pages
Price €24,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-02-2

GM Walter Browne, GM Lubomir Ftacnik and IM Dany Kopec present you in this lovely printed heavyweight, the eighteen best chess players of today.
Each of the eighteen players is introduced with a readable introduction, some creative made photographs from all stars  of the new millennium, plus four deeply analysed games.
The strongest grandmasters in the world today are Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, Morozevich, Svidler, Mamedyarov, Shirov, Leko, Ivanchuk and  Aronian.
The most promising youngsters in chess are at this moment: Karjakin, Carlsen, Radjabov, Wang Yue, Ponomariov and Grischuk.
Included also is the best female chess player of all time Judit Polgare plus the playing comeback man Gata Kamsky.
All together we come on a total of 72 well analysed games where Lubomir Ftacnik is responsible for the games on:Aronian,Kamsky,Ponomariov,Leko,Anand,Wang Yue,Ivanchuk and Mamedyarov.
Danny Kopec: Kramnik,Carlsen,Svidler,Morozevich and half of Polgar.
Walter Browne: Grischuk,Karjakin,Shirov,Radjabov,Topalov and half of Polgar.
The book has become a real heavy weight with it’s 100 colour photos where many of then have never seen any print before.
Thirty years ago Walter Browne was one of the best players in the world too,see Best games of the young grandmasters by Pritchett & Kopec 1980,so it is very pleasant to see such a creative chess professional as author of this book,on a new generation of  champions.
This book includes some of the finest games that ever where played as for example the game  Gata Kamsky – Gary Kasparov,Dortmund 1992:
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.Nd2 a5 10.a3 Nd7 11.Rb1 f5 12.b4 Kh8 13.f3 Ng8 14.Qc2 Ngf6 15.Nb5 axb4 16.axb4 Nh5 17.g3 Ndf6 18.c5 Bd7 19.Rb3 Bh6 20.Rc3 Bf4 21.cxd6 Nxg3 22.hxg3 Nh5 23.gxf4 Nxf4 24.Bc4 Nh3+ 25.Kh1 Qh4 26.Nb3 fxe4 27.Qh2 Rf5 28.f4 Rh5 29.Qg3 Qxg3 30.Rxg3 exf4 31.Bb2+ Kg8 32.dxc7 Bxb5 33.Bxb5 fxg3 34.Kg2 Ng5 35.d6 Rh2+ 36.Kxg3 Rxb2 37.Bc4+ Kg7 38.d7 1-0,
this game is good for five pages of text!
Fascinating, specially the openings phase, with the brilliant  novelty on move 19…Qa5!? Is the game: Teimour Radjabov, - Magnus Carlsen,Magnus Baku FIDE GP Baku 2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.Bb3 Rc8 11.h4 h5 12.0-0-0 Ne5 13.Bg5 Rc5 14.Kb1 Re8 15.g4 hxg4 16.h5 Nxh5 17.Rxh5 gxh5 18.Qh2 Ng6 19.Qxh5 Qa5 20.f4 Rxg5 21.fxg5 e6 22.Nf5 exf5 23.Qxg6 Be6 24.Qh5 fxe4 25.Rf1 Qe5 26.Rxf7 Bxb3 27.axb3 g3 28.Ka2 Rf8 29.Rxf8+ Kxf8 30.Qg4 e3 31.g6 e2 32.Qf3+ Ke8 33.Qf7+ Kd8 34.Qg8+ Kd7 35.Qf7+ Qe7 36.Qf5+ Kd8 37.Qa5+ b6 38.Qd5 e1Q 39.Qa8+ Kd7 40.Qb7+ Ke8 0-1 and good for seven pages of highly instructive text.
A other fine win in this book from Magnus Carlsen is his game against Vladimir Kramnik,Wijk aan Zee 2008,which Lars Bo Hansen described in his book Improve your chess as an ingenious choice of openings,by outplaying the Russian World Champion in a strategically complex middlegame: 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.0-0 Be7 7.d4 cxd4 8.Qxd4 d6 9.Rd1 a6 10.Ng5 Bxg2 11.Kxg2 Nc6 12.Qf4 0-0 13.Nce4 Ne8 14.b3 Ra7 15.Bb2 Rd7 16.Rac1 Nc7 17.Nf3 f5 18.Nc3 g5 19.Qd2 g4 20.Ne1 Bg5 21.e3 Rff7 22.Kg1 Ne8 23.Ne2 Nf6 24.Nf4 Qe8 25.Qc3 Rg7 26.b4 Ne4 27.Qb3 Rge7 28.Qa4 Ne5 29.Qxa6 Ra7 30.Qb5 Qxb5 31.cxb5 Rxa2 32.Rc8+ Kf7 33.Nfd3 Bf6 34.Nxe5+ dxe5 35.Rc2 Rea7 36.Kg2 Ng5 37.Rd6 e4 38.Bxf6 Kxf6 39.Kf1 Ra1 40.Ke2 Rb1 41.Rd1 Rxb4 42.Ng2 Rxb5 43.Nf4 Rc5 44.Rb2 b5 45.Kf1 Rac7 46.Rbb1 Rb7 47.Rb4 Rc4 48.Rb2 b4 49.Rdb1 Nf3 50.Kg2 Rd7 51.h3 e5 52.Ne2 Rd2 53.hxg4 fxg4 54.Rxd2 Nxd2 55.Rb2 Nf3 56.Kf1 b3 57.Kg2 Rc2 0-1,and good for five pages of text.
16.Rac1 is probably not the best move a pity that Kopec missed the analyses from Bent Larsen in Skakbladet; 16.Qc1! Or see the annotations from Lars Bo Hansen in the above mentioned book.
There is a fine index of complete games plus alphabetical index but I am missing a in this book a openings index plus bibliography.
Conclusion:A book with high instructional value!

Pirc alert by Lev Alburt & Alex Chernin
Chess Information and Research Center P.O.Box 534
Gracie Station,New York NY 10028
448 pages
Price $34,95
ISBN 978-1-889323-019-10

This Pirc Alert! Is a updated and revised edition from 2001 where GM Lev Alburt was responsible for the first three chapters:The autors & the Pric,How to use the book and how to study an opening.
Part two with the general ideas is written by GM Alex Cherin and part three,the theoretical part with all the variations are written together by Cherin & Alburt.
Pirc Alert is no standard openings book about the Pirc but one with a unbelievable lot of explanations how to play and understand the Pirc.
You can overload a player with lines, as John Nunn and Colin McNab once did in there Ultimate Pirc,Batsford 1998 heavyweight ,no than I prefer the instructive explanations from Alburt & Cherin.
Useful in this book for the beginners are the so called memory makers,where you can lock in what you have learned.
But theoretical lines as the Austrian Attack “Brenner Pass”gets a important turn from both authors as:1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 c5 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.e5 Ng4 8.e6 fxe6 9.Ng5 Bxb5 10.Nxe6 Bxd4 11.Nxb5 Qa5+ 12.c3 Bf2+ 13.Kd2 Be3+ 14.Kc2 Qa4+ is good for around 33 pages of full text and explanations.
A serious enemy of the Pirc is 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 and these explanations are also good for around 33 pages of text.
Throw the book you shall find novelties as: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 Bg7 5.e5 dxe5 6.dxe5 Ng4 7.Qxd8+ Kxd8 8.Rd1+ Bd7 9.e6 fxe6 10.Bc4 Ke8 11.Nf3 Nc6 12.0-0 Nce5 13.Nxe5 Nxe5 14.Nb5 Bxb5!TN and Cherin & Alburt write:This brand-new theoretical novelty is an improvement on the game Magem – Cherin,1998 and they point at the game Trivino – Peralto 2003.
Conclusion: One of those books where you really can learn to play and understand the Pirc!

Chess Informant 105
323 pages
Price  £ 20.50

Informator issue 105 comes with 315 annotated games and 412 game fragments, all held from events that where hold between January 1st, 2009 and April 30th of this year.
The best game of the preceding volume goes to: Anand,Viswanathan (2783) - Kramnik,Vladimir (2772) [E34]
Bonn (m/6) 104/146, 2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 Qxd5 6.Nf3 Qf5 7.Qb3 Nc6 8.Bd2 [8.a3 - 81/(441)] 8...0-0 9.h3!N [9.e3] 9...b6 [9...Rd8!? 10.g4 Qg6 11.Rc1] 10.g4 Qa5 11.Rc1 Bb7 12.a3 Bxc3 13.Bxc3 Qd5 14.Qxd5 Nxd5 15.Bd2 Nf6 [15...Rfd8 16.e3 (16.Bg2 Na5 17.Bxa5 Nf4!"; 16.Rg1 Rac8 17.Bg2 Nb8 . ¤d7) 16...Rac8] 16.Rg1 Rac8 [16...Rfd8 17.g5 Ne8 18.e3²] 17.Bg2 Ne7 [17...Nb8 18.Bf4;
17...Ba8! 18.Bg5 (18.g5 Ne4 19.Bf4 Na5") 18...Na5 (18...Ne4 19.Be3 Ne7 20.Ng5 Nxg5 21.Bxg5 f6 22.Bxa8 Rxa8 23.Bf4 Rfd8 24.g5 Ng6 25.gxf6 Rxd4 26.Be3 Rd7 27.fxg7 Kxg7 28.b4) 19.Bxf6 gxf6 20.Nd2 Bxg2 21.Rxg2 Rfd8 (21...c5 22.dxc5 bxc5 23.Ne4) 22.b4 (22.e3 c5 23.dxc5 Rxd2 24.Kxd2 Nb3+=) 22...Nb7 23.Nb3 a5 24.e3 (24.bxa5 Nxa5 25.Nxa5 bxa5 26.e3 c5 27.dxc5 Rd5=) 24...axb4 25.axb4 Rd5 . ¦b5] 18.Bb4 c5 [18...Rfe8 19.Ne5 Bxg2 20.Rxg2²] 19.dxc5 Rfd8 20.Ne5 Bxg2 21.Rxg2 bxc5 [21...Nc6 22.Nd3² (22.cxb6 Nxe5 23.Rxc8 Rxc8 24.b7 Rb8 25.Bd6 Nf3+ 26.exf3 Rxb7©) ] 22.Rxc5 Ne4 23.Rxc8 Rxc8 24.Nd3 Nd5 25.Bd2 Rc2 26.Bc1 f5 [26...Nc5 27.Kd1 Nxd3 28.exd3 Rc8 29.g5! . ¦g4-c4±] 27.Kd1 Rc8 28.f3 Nd6 29.Ke1 [29.e3 Nc4 30.Re2 Rd8 31.Kc2 Rc8 32.Kb3 Na5+ 33.Ka4! (33.Ka2 Rc3 34.Rd2) 33...Nc6 34.Bd2²] 29...a5 30.e3 (. ¦e2, e4) 30...e5 31.gxf5 e4 32.fxe4 Nxe4 33.Bd2 [33.Ke2! Nd6 34.Rg4 Nxf5 35.Ra4] 33...a4? [33...Re8! 34.Nf4! (34.Bxa5? Nxe3 35.Rh2 Nc4) 34...Re5 (34...Nxf4 35.exf4±) 35.Ne6 (35.Nxd5 Rxd5 36.Bc3 Nxc3 37.bxc3 Rd3) ] 34.Nf2 Nd6 [34...Nxd2 35.Kxd2 Rb8 36.Nd3 Re8 37.Rg4 Nxe3 38.Rxa4 Nxf5 39.b4+-] 35.Rg4 [35.Ke2 Rc2 36.Nd1 Nf6 37.Kd3 Rc5 38.Nc3+-] 35...Nc4 36.e4 [36.Nd1!] 36...Nf6 37.Rg3 Nxb2 [37...Nxe4 38.Nxe4 Re8 39.Bc3 Rxe4+ 40.Kf2 Ne5 41.f6 g6 42.Rg5 Nd3+ (a) 42...Nd7 43.Kf3 Re6 (43...Rc4 44.Rd5+-) 44.Ra5+-) 43.Kf3+-] 38.e5 Nd5 [¹38...Re8 39.e6 Nc4 40.Bc3 (40.Bh6 g6) 40...Nd6! 41.Ng4T Nh5 42.Nh6+ Kf8 43.Rg5 g6 44.fxg6T (44.Rxh5 gxh5 45.Bb4 Kg7 46.Bxd6 Kxh6 47.Bf4+ Kg7 48.Bg5 h6 49.Bh4 Kf8!) 44...Rxe6+ 45.Re5! Rxg6 46.Rxh5+-] 39.f6 Kf7 [39...g6 40.Ne4 Nc4 41.e6+-] 40.Ne4! Nc4 [40...Ke6 41.fxg7 Ne7 42.Ng5+ Kd5 43.Nxh7+-] 41.fxg7 Kg8 [41...Rg8 42.Nd6+ Nxd6 43.exd6 Ke6 44.Bh6 Kxd6 45.Rf3+-] 42.Rd3 Ndb6 [42...Nxd2 43.Kxd2 Nb6 44.Rg3 Nd5 45.Nf6+ Nxf6 46.exf6+-] 43.Bh6 Nxe5 44.Nf6+ Kf7 45.Rc3! Rxc3 46.g8Q+ Kxf6 47.Bg7+ [47.Bg7+ Ke7 (47...Kf5 48.Qxh7+ Ke6 49.Qh6++-) 48.Qf8+! (48.Bxe5 Re3+) 48...Kd7 49.Qf5++-]1-0,please also see the excellent theoretical opening survey on this line E34 from T.Paunovic.
The best of the preceding volume goes to: Akopian,Vladimir (2679) - Vachier Lagrave,Maxime (2716) [B84]
Dresden (ol) 104/52, 2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.Be2 Qc7 8.a4 b6 9.f4 Bb7 10.Bf3 Nbd7 11.Qe2 g6 12.0-0 e5 13.Rad1!!N [13.Nb3 - 104/(52)] 13...Be7 [13...Bg7 14.Ndb5! axb5 15.Nxb5 Qb8 16.Nxd6+ Ke7 17.Qd3 Rd8 (17...Bd5!? 18.Nb5 Bc6 19.Qa3+ Kd8 20.Nd6 Rxa4 21.Nxf7+ Kc7 22.Qd6+ Kb7 23.fxe5+-) 18.Qa3! Nc5 19.fxe5 Rxa4 20.Bxc5! Rxa3 21.Bxa3,;
13...exd4 14.Bxd4 Be7 a) a) 14...Bg7 15.e5 dxe5 (15...Bxf3 16.Qxf3±) 16.fxe5 Ng8 17.Bxb7 Qxb7 18.Ne4,; b) b) 14...0-0-0 15.e5 dxe5 16.fxe5 Ne8 17.Bxb7+ Kxb7 18.Rxf7,; 15.e5 dxe5 (15...Bxf3 16.Qxf3±) 16.fxe5,] 14.fxe5 Nxe5? [14...dxe5! 15.Nd5!? Nxd5 16.exd5 0-0 (16...exd4? 17.Bxd4 Rg8 18.d6+-) 17.Nc6 Bd6²] 15.Bh6 Bf8 16.Bxf8 Kxf8 17.Qe3! h6? [17...Kg7T 18.Be2 (18.Qg5 Qc5! 19.Kh1 Nxf3=) 18...Rhe8 (18...Qc5 19.Kh1²) 19.Rf4² (19.Rxf6!? Kxf6 20.Qh6 Ke7÷) ] 18.Bh5!! Qe7 [18...Kg7 19.Bxg6! Nxg6 (19...Kxg6 20.Qg3+ Nfg4 21.h3 Rag8 22.hxg4 Kh7 23.Rf4±) 20.Nf5+ Kg8 21.Nxd6 Ng4 22.Qg3 h5 23.h3 N4e5 24.Nxf7! Qxf7 25.Rxf7 Kxf7 26.Rd6!,] 19.Bxg6! Nxg6 [19...fxg6 20.Rxf6+ Qxf6 21.Rf1 Qxf1+ 22.Kxf1 Re8 23.Nf3 Nxf3 24.gxf3±] 20.Nf5 Qe5 21.Qxb6 Bxe4 [21...Ng4T 22.Qxd6+ Kg8 23.h3! Qxd6 24.Nxd6 Ne3 25.Nxb7 Rb8 26.Nd6 Nxd1 27.Nxd1±] 22.Qxd6+ Qxd6 23.Nxd6 Bxc2 24.Rxf6! Ra7 [24...Bxd1 25.Rxf7+ Kg8 26.Nd5!+-] 25.Rd2 Kg7 26.Rf3! [26.Rf3 Bb3 27.Nf5+ Kh7 28.Rh3+-]  1-0.
Besides the excellent annoated games there are extra openings surveys in this magazine, covering the Scotch C45 wit the moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 by Sr.Cvetkovic {36 pages!},Najdorf B90: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Ng4 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3 Bg7 by T.Paunovic{4 pages} Ruy Lopez C88:1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 by Sasa Velickovic, The Slav D15: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.e3 b5 6.b3 Bg4 by Z.Krnic and good for seven pages of easy reading ECO symbols.
The best of the Chess Informant 105 goes to Ruslan Ponomariov.
Included are columns as Studies, Endgames, Combinations etc.
Conclusion: These Informators are truly indispensable!  

Secrets of creative thinking by Mark Dvoretsky & Arthur Yusupov
Edition Olms
206 Pages
Euro 24,95
ISBN 978-3-283-00519-1

This finale volume of the series “School of future champions 5” holds several techniques of creative thinking and is connected with the following chapters: Part I The calculation of variations, Part II Intuitive decisions, Part III Practical expediency in the taking of decisions
Part IV Attack,Part V Defence and Part VI Analysis of a game.
Mark Dvoretsky analyses in his chapter ‘Defence “the fascinating correspondence game,
Sanakoev – Maeder,10th World Correspondence championship 1979-1994: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.Bd3 b5 11.Rhe1 Bb7 12.Qg3 b4 13.Nd5 exd5 14.e5 dxe5 15.fxe5 Nh5 16.Qh4 Bxg5+ 17.Qxg5 g6 18.e6 0-0 19.exd7 Rad8 20.g4 Ng7 21.Bf5 Bc6 22.Rd3 Bxd7 23.Qh6 Rfe8 24.Rf1 b3 25.Rh3 bxa2 26.Qxh7+ Kf8 27.Qh8+ Ke7 28.Qh4+ f6 29.Re3+ Ne6 30.Nb3 Qc4 31.Bd3 Qxb3 32.Qxf6+ Kd6 33.Qe5+ Kc6 34.cxb3 a1Q+ 35.Kc2 Qa5 36.Bxg6 Rf8 37.Rf7 Nc7 38.Qe7 Rg8 39.b4 Qa4+ 40.Kd2 Kb7 41.Bf5 Rge8 42.Qd6 Qc6 43.Qxc6+ Kxc6 44.Rc3+ Kd6 45.Rf6+ Ke5 46.Rxc7 Kxf6 47.Rxd7 Rxd7 48.Bxd7 Rh8 49.h3 Ke5 50.g5 Rg8 51.h4 Rh8 52.g6 Rxh4 53.b5 axb5 54.Bxb5 Kd4 55.Kc2 Rg4 56.Be8 Ke3 57.b4 d4 58.g7 Rxg7 59.Kb3 Rg5 60.Kc4 d3 61.Ba4 d2 62.Bb3 Rg1 63.b5 Rc1+ 64.Kd5 Rb1 0-1.
This game is good for ten pages of higly instructive text!
The whole game is unbelievable well analysed but I also love Dvoretsky sum up words of this game: Let us sum up.In playing for a win both players willingly took great risks.From the opening white did not gain any advantage, but black’s dubious castling on the 18th move put him in an extremely dangerous position. He committed another error by being tempted by the spectacular 24…b3?! Instead of retaining the balance with 24…Qc4!.Sanakoev also went wrong twice: on the 21st move he did not choose the strongest plan of attack,and on the 25th he played too straight-forwardly for white,missing a quiet way of refuting his opponent’s idea.Later black defended accurately and at no point he let his advantage slip.
On the whole ,the quality of the play {taking into account the irrational nature of the very sharp situation which arose in the game}can be assessed as very high.
Please note that in Sanakoev’s game collection and previous editions of Dvoretsky’s previous editions,black’s last move was awarded with two exclamation marks.
{Grigory Sanakoev wrote in his World Champion at the third attempt:A brilliant counter stroke!!}
But Dvoretsky gives move 24…b3?! And writes:It was only when the present edition was being prepared for publication that I discovered both the refution of Maeder’s idea,and the defence improvement 24….Qc4!.
All together I found 6 high class correspondence games in this book from Dvoretsky & Yusopov.
Amusing are the words from Beniamin Blumenfield who describes in a classic article,Practical chances in a chess game,where I found  the two brilliant wins from Nimzowitsch,Kmoch – Nimzowitsch and Nimzowitsch – Euwe.
Interesting are the words from Blumenfield on this game:Some would say that Nimzowitsch did not deserve to win.I cannot agree with this.Even the strongest master cannot take everything into account and do sometimes he ends up in an inferior or even lost position,not only against an equal opponent but also against a weaker one.
Conclusion: These works from Dvoretsky & Yusupov are unbelievable instructive!

The improving chess thinker by Dan Heisman
Mongoose Press
219 pages
Price € 15.95

The Improving Chess Thinker is the result of 40 years chess Grootg based on the techniques of  thinking process from de Dutch Dr.A de Groot and his fascinating work from the 1930s Thought and Choice in Chess.
Dan Heisman files in this book a gap between the  Groot and the more lighter work from Jacob Aagaard ,Inside the Chess Mind.
It is well known that the Dr. de  Groot,a professional psychologist and strong chess master who recorded in a scientific way the thought process of chess players.
Personal I think that Heisman approach is just so interesting.
The whole book is overloaded with useful advises as,for example chapter two,Thought Process Basics,where Heisman discusses useful thinking techniques as nr2: You see a good move and don’t  look for a better one,Result: You end up playing too fast and making a series of second-rate moves which unnecessarily throw away the game.
But first back to the impressive  index where I found the following {readable} chapters: Chapter 1 The exercise,Chapter 2 Through Process Basics,Chapter 3 Class F,Chapter 4 Class E,Chapter 5 Class D,Chapter 6 Class C,Chapter 7 Class B,Chapter 8 Class A,Chapter 9 Expert and above,Chapter 10 The thinking cap,The basics of time management,Chapter 12 What the researcher  learned plus Appendix A: Dr.Max Euwe protocol of de Groot A,Appendix B:Computer Analysis and positions,Glossary and Bibliography.
In chapter 10 The thinking cap,I found some useful info about the use of time:
Using your opponent’s thinking time efficiently is an important part of managing a chess game.Your opponent’s time is the best time to drink,eat,go to the restroom,and stretch your leggs.It is beneficial to eat and drink long games,and stretching your legs in awhile keeps your blood circulation and your body limber.
Although these activities take a certain percentage of your opponent’s thinking time,you should keep these extraneous activities down to a moderate amount.
Heisman provides Along with each protocol, a wealth of instructive comments and that makes this book unbelievable useful!
Interesting to mention is Appendex B,where I found some exciting Rybka multiprocessor analyses.
Conclusion: This book offers the reader a unique insight of human chess thinking!

Dismantling the Sicilian by Jesus de la Villa
New in Chess
Price €26,95
ISBN 978 90 56912949

The Spanish GM Jesus de la Villa provides you with a complete repertoire for,white, against the Sicilian defence.
De la Villa likes it sharp and against the Dragon he prefers the bishop to c4,{ 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4} and Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.Kb1 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Rxc4  he goes for the move 14.g4! Some authors describe this move as one of the critical positions of the modern Sicilian Dragon,but first some words from our author: Apparently, one more in the long list of white’s attacking options, but perfectly directs against black’s ideas ..h5 and ..b5,as only concrete analyses can prove.
Black has tried virtually every reasonable move in this position, but at this moment, it looks like the solution must be found earlier.
And now 14…b5?! Gets a explanation mark,and de la Villa suggests alternatives as 14…Qb8!? And 14…h5 as better,this all is good for two pages of explanations.
Interesting to mention are de la Villa words on the New Sicilian Dragon: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 a6: An infrequent set-up which is a kind of Najdorf hybrid.This move has always been regarded as slow and clumsy against the Rauzer and indeed,it surely is…if it is played later.But by playing it now,black gets ready for a completely new developing plan:..Nbd7,…b5,...and ..Bb7,delaying ..0-0.This is a very active and theory-free system,ideal for original players.Perhaps one day this system will have its own place among  the ‘respectable’ Sicilian variations, but so far it has not received the attention it deserves.
Less theoretical are not forgotten by the clearly explaining author,for example the Nimzowitsch variations and other moves is good for six pages of text.On 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6,de la Villa prefers 3.Nc3: I think the official refutatio,3.e5 and 4.Nc3,is rather debatable and not very economical,as it requires an enormous effort to study,involves a possible minefiled and finnaly,offers only alight edge in the endgame.
Against the Scheveninger and Najdorf,de la Villa goes for the bishop to e3 and covers with a small 59 pages all the latest developments of these lines.
This book is a revised version of the Spanish original Desmontando la Siciliana,where in big lines all material has been changed for this English work.
Included is a index of main games and index of variations.
In big lines we could someway  compare this book with Experts vs.the Sicilian from Quality chess, but this work from Jesus de la Villa provides us with much more information!
Conclusion: Buy it for the clear cut explanations!

British Chess Magazine No.10
Volume 129
October 2009
Price: £4,05

Starting with: The Bilbao Grand Slam, Experience versus rising stars where Ian Rogers witnessed an unprecedented example of ‘Age before Beauty’ in Amsterdam.
Daniel Stellwagen out played Loek Van Wely with the move: {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.g3 f5 11.Ng5 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.b5 fxg3 14.hxg3 h6 15.Ne6 Bxe6 16.dxe6 Qc8 17.Nd5 Qxe6 18.Nxc7 Qh3 19.Rf2 Nxe4 20.fxe4 Rxf2 21.Kxf2 Rf8+ 22.Ke3 Qxg3+ 23.Kd2 Rf2 24.Ne8]24… Rf3!!
A fantastic new idea!
Said is the news on John Littlewood who died aged 78,who was one of the most interesting English players of the 1950s and 1960.
The article from John Saunders is a nine page tribute to a player who is even mentioned with analyses in Bobby Fischer’s book: My Sixty Memorable Games.
Garry Lane handles in his Chess Questions Answered the move: {1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4]6… e5
Jon Speelman’s subject this month is the creation of passed pawns.
New is Phil Hughes who digs in some missing games of Nimzowitsch, please also see
Conclusion: Interesting issue!                   

Chess CD's & DVD's

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 131
September  2009
Andrew Martin with 4 chess media videos

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

This ChessBase Magazine Extra CD comes with a impressive 40.413 edited games,all played between June and August of this year.
Again all major tournaments are well covered on this CD as over 1500 games from the Copenhagen Chess Festival,better known as the Politiken Cup Helsingor tournament.
From the EU Senior masters comes the following exciting Latvian Gambit game:
Milinkovic,Nebojsa - Bondick,Karl Heinz (2172) [C40]
EU-ch Seniors 09th Rogaska Slatina (1), 22.07.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nc6 4.Nxc6 dxc6 5.e5 Be6 6.Nc3 Bc5 7.d3 Ne7 8.f4 Qd4 9.Qf3 Bb4 10.Bd2 Nd5 11.Qf2 Bxc3 12.Bxc3 Qxf4 13.Qxf4 Nxf4 14.g3 Nd5 15.Bd2 c5 16.Bg2 0-0-0 17.0-0-0 Ne7 18.Rde1 Rhe8 19.Bc3 Bd5 20.Rhg1 Nc6 21.Bh3 Be6 22.Rgf1 g6 23.a3 b5 24.b3 Nd4 25.Re3 Rd7 26.Rfe1 Kb7 27.Kb2 Kb6 28.Bg2 a5 29.Bd2 c6 30.Bf1 Rde7 31.Bc3 Bd5 32.b4 axb4 33.axb4 Ra8 34.bxc5+ Kxc5 35.Bxd4+ Kxd4 36.c3+ Kc5 37.d4+ Kb6 38.Ra1 Rea7 39.Rxa7 Rxa7 40.Be2 Be6 41.h4 Ra2+ 42.Kb1 Ra3 43.Rf3 Bd5 44.Re3 b4 45.Kb2 Ra2+ 46.Kb1 bxc3 47.Bd1 Rd2 48.Bc2 Be6 49.Rd3 Rxd3 50.Bxd3 c5 51.h5 cxd4 52.h6 Bd5 53.Kc1 Kc5 54.Ba6 Be6 55.Bb7 d3 56.Bf3 Kd4 0-1.
As we can learn from this game never play 5.e5?!
Andrew Martin is responsible for 4 multimedia games,all played from the English Championship hold at the lovely place of Torquay.
A fine example is the following game but than without the instructive notes:
Eggleston,David (2341) - Gordon,Stephen J (2537) [B90]
GBR-ch 96th Torquay (4), 30.07.2009
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 [6...e6] 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5 9.Qd2 Nbd7 10.0-0-0 b5 11.f4 [11.Nd5 Bxd5 12.exd5 Rc8 13.g3 Qc7 14.Kb1 Nb6] 11...Be7 12.f5 Bc4 13.Qe1 [13.Bxc4 bxc4 14.Na1 Rb8] 13...Rc8 14.Kb1 Qc7 15.Bxc4 Qxc4 16.Nd2 Qc6 17.a3 a5 18.Rc1 b4 19.axb4 axb4 20.Na2 [20.Nd5 Nxd5 21.exd5 Qxd5 22.Qg3 Ra8 23.Nb3 0-0] 20...Qa4 21.b3 Qa3 22.Nc4 Rxc4 23.bxc4 0-0 24.Ba7 Qxa7 25.Nxb4 Qa3 26.Rd1 Ra8 27.c3 Qb3+ 28.Kc1 Nxe4 29.Qxe4 Qxc3+ 30.Qc2 Ra1# 0-1.
Conclusion: More than 40.000 games!

ChessBase Magazine issue 132
Levon Aronian - rushing from one victory to the next
ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 19.95

ChessBase magazine  has been new packed in a two languages magazine, and the booklet is turned into a small but real eye-catching chess magazine.
The DVD holds top tournaments as Grand Slam Final Bilbao,FIDE Grand Prix,Chess Festival Biel,San Sebastian,Montreal,Warsaw,Russian Higher League etc.
Good for over the 700 games!
Many of these are well analysed by players as Stohl,Gelfand,Vachier – Lagrave,Eljanov,Marin,Krasenkow etc.
But first a fine example what you can expect to find: Vachier Lagrave,Maxime (2703) - Kasimdzhanov,Rustam (2672) [B78]
Donostia-A San Sebastian (1), 07.07.2009
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 [When fighting against the Dragon, one shouldn't chicken out - only positions with opposite-side castling promise White realistic chances to fight for an advantage. A recent example: 6.Be2 Bg7 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Be3 0-0 9.Qd2 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Bd7 11.a4 Bc6 12.Bf3 a5 13.Nd5 Nd7 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.Rfe1 Rc8 16.Be2 Nc5 17.Bb5 e5 18.Nc3 f5 19.Bxc6 bxc6 20.Rad1 Nb7 21.f4 exf4 22.Qxf4 fxe4 23.Qxe4 Qb6+ 24.Kh1 Rf7 25.b3 Rcf8= Kamsky,G (2725)-Carlsen,M (2776)/Nice rpd/2009/] 6...Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 [The second main alternative 9.0-0-0 d5 also features in current practice, here White is at a crossroads: Even after the seemingly most promising 10.Kb1!? a) 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Bd4 Nxc3 13.Qxc3 Bh6+ 14.Be3 Bxe3+ 15.Qxe3 Qb6 16.Qxe7 Be6 17.Qa3 Rad8 18.Bd3 Rd5© 19.b3 Rfd8 20.Rde1 (20.Rhe1 Bf5 21.Qe7 Qd4 22.Kb1 Qc3 23.Re3 Ozolin,M (2367)-Kashlinskaya,A (2201)/Pardubice/2008/ 23...Kg7 .¦d3=) 20...c5 21.Bc4 Rd2 22.Bxe6 fxe6 23.Rd1 Rxd1+ 24.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 25.Kxd1 c4! 26.Qe7 Qg1+ 1/2, Rublevsky,S (2702)-Gashimov,V (2730)/Poikovsky/2009/; b) 10.Qe1 e5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.exd5 Nxd5! (12...cxd5?! 13.Bg5 Be6 14.Bc4 f") 13.Bc4 Be6 14.Ne4 Qc7 15.Bc5 Rfd8 16.h4 h6 17.h5 f5 18.Nf2 Nf4 19.Bxe6+ Nxe6 20.Bb4 g5 21.Bc3 Rxd1+ 22.Nxd1 Nf4 23.Ne3 Qf7 24.Kb1 Nd5 25.Nc4 Rb8 26.Bd2 Qe7 27.c3 e4f Inarkiev,E (2669)-Radjabov,T (2751)/Elista/2008/; 10...Nxd4 11.e5 Nf5 12.exf6 can be met by 12...exf6!? (Ivanchuk's positional £-sac 12...Bxf6 13.Nxd5 Qxd5 14.Qxd5 Nxe3 15.Qd2 Nxd1 16.Qxd1 Be6 (16...Bf5 allows active development 17.Bc4²) is starting to lose ground after the accurate 17.Bb5! (17.Be2 Rfd8 18.Qc1 b5 19.Rd1 Rdc8 20.Qe3 a5 21.g4 b4 22.Bb5 a4 23.Rd3? (23.Rd2!?÷) 23...Bxa2+! 24.Kxa2 Rxc2 25.g5 Bg7 26.Rd2 b3+ 27.Ka3 Bxb2+ 28.Kb4 Bc1-+ Simacek,P (2493)-Kashlinskaya,A (2303)/Marianske Lazne/2009/) 17...a6 18.Ba4 Rfd8 (18...b5 19.Bb3 Bxb3 20.axb3 a5 21.Qe2 a4 22.Ka2! is an important motif, after 22...axb3+ 23.Kxb3 White's ¢ is safe and he consolidates his set-up.) 19.Qe2 Rd4 20.Bb3 Bxb3 21.axb3 Rad8 22.g3 R8d5 23.f4 e6 24.Qf3 b5 25.g4 a5 26.Rg1 Kf8 27.Rf1 a4 and now again 28.Ka2!² Pacher,M (2357)-Pinter,E (2415)/AUT-chT2/2008/ and Black faces a fight for a draw.) 13.Bc5 d4 (Black must be generous - 13...Re8?! 14.Nxd5 Be6 15.Bb5±) 14.Bxf8 Qxf8 15.Nb5 (15.Ne2?! Ne3 16.Rc1 Nc4! 17.Qxd4 b5 18.c3 Bf5+ 19.Ka1 Rd8 20.Qf2 Rd2 21.Qxa7 Nxb2 22.Nd4 Na4 23.Nxb5? Nxc3 24.Bc4 Nxb5 25.Qe3 Bd3! 0-1, Lahno,K (2493)-Jobava,B (2616)/Dubai/2004/) 15...Ne3 16.Re1 f5 17.f4 (17.Nxd4 f4 18.g3 Qd8 19.Nb3 Qf6 20.Qc1 Bf5 21.Bd3 Rc8 (21...Bxd3! 22.cxd3 Qf5 23.Rxe3 fxe3 24.Qxe3 Qb5©) 22.Bxf5 Qxf5 23.Re2 a5?! (23...Bf6 24.Rhe1 Rc6") 24.Rhe1 a4 25.gxf4 axb3 1/2,Akshayraj,K (2400)-Ganguly,S (2603)/Mangalore/2008/ 26.axb3f . 26...Nd5 27.Re8+ Rxe8 28.Rxe8+ Bf8 29.Re5 Qd7 30.Qd2±) 17...Qc5 18.c3 Nxf1 19.Re8+ Bf8 20.Qxd4 Qxb5 21.Qd8 Nd2+ 22.Kc2 Qa4+ 23.Kc1 (23.Kxd2 Qxf4+ 24.Kd1 Qh6 25.Rhe1 f4") 23...Qxe8 24.Qxe8 Ne4 25.Rd1 Nf6 26.Qe5 Nd7 27.Qe8 Nf6 28.Qd8 Ne4 Although White got a draw, later he had to force it after 29.Rd7 Bxd7 30.Qxa8 Bc6 31.Qxa7 Nc5!= Nisipeanu,L (2675)-Radjabov,T (2756)/Bazna/2009/ - see notes by Rogozenco in CBM 131.] 9...Bd7 10.Bb3 The Dragon owes most of its recent popularity to Carlsen, but lately (Sofia, Dortmund) the Norwegian junior has returned to the Sveshnikov again. Currently his last classical game with the Dragon featured its Chinese branch with  [10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.Bb3 Na5 12.Bh6 (12.Kb1 b5 13.h4 Nc4 14.Bxc4 bxc4 15.Ka1 h5 16.Rb1 Qa5 17.Bh6 Bxh6 18.Qxh6 Rb6 19.g4?! (19.Qg5=) 19...hxg4 20.Qe3 Rfb8 21.h5 g5³ Carlsen,M (2775)-Radjabov,T (2744)/Bilbao/2008/ Although Carlsen went on to win this game, he was motivated to try the setup with opposite colours.) 12...Bxh6 13.Qxh6 b5 14.g4 Nxb3+ 15.Nxb3 b4 16.Nd5 Nxd5 17.exd5 Rb6! 18.Rhe1 e5 19.dxe6 fxe6 20.Re3 (¹20.Qd2÷) 20...Rf7 21.Nd2 d5 22.Nb3 Qc7 23.Kb1 Rb8 24.Rde1 Rc8 25.R1e2 Qb6 26.h4 d4!f Dominguez Perez,L-Carlsen,M/Linares /2009/ For more details see Rogozenco's notes in CBM 129.] 10...Rc8 11.0-0-0 Ne5 12.Kb1 Re8 [Carlsen used to play this move last year before turning to 12...a6 We'll try to ascertain what discourages the top players from repeating this move:  13.h4 (13.Rhe1 b5 14.Bh6 Bxh6 15.Qxh6 Rxc3! 16.bxc3 a5 , pokracovanie 17.f4 Neg4 18.Qh4 a4 19.Bxf7+ Rxf7 20.e5 Nd5 21.e6 Nxc3+ 22.Kc1 Bxe6 23.Nxe6 Qa5 24.Qxg4 Nxa2+ 25.Kb2 Qc3+ 1/2,Ivanchuk,V (2781)-Carlsen,M (2775)/Bilbao/2008/; 13.g4 b5 14.h4 is statistically promising, but nobody has played tha natural 14...b4 with excellent ".) 13...h5 leads to an important theoretical position, in which White has 2 promising alternatives: Even the aggressive 14.g4!? (The positional continuation is 14.Bh6 Nc4 (Here 14...Bxh6? 15.Qxh6 Rxc3 16.bxc3± is already insufficient due to the ×g6; White already threatens f4.) 15.Bxc4 Rxc4 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Nd5!? (17.Rhe1 Re8 18.Nde2 Qa5 19.Nf4 Rec8 20.Ncd5 Qxd2 21.Rxd2 Nxd5 22.Nxd5 Re8 23.Nb6 Rc7 24.e5 Be6 25.exd6 Rc6= Anand,V (2798)-Carlsen,M (2775)/Mainz rpd/2008/) 17...e5 With the ¦ on f8 instead of e8 White can't take on f6, but he has the unpleasant 18.Nb3 . 18...Nxd5 19.Qxd5 Rc6 20.Na5 Rb6 21.c4!f צb6 Now the ¦ is trapped due to Black's 12th move (!) and the violent 21...Rb4? 22.a3 Be6 23.Qxd6 Qxd6 24.Rxd6 Ra4 25.Nxb7 Bxc4 26.Rc1+- Nikolenko,O (2511)-Kashlinskaya,A (2303)/Moscow/2009/ quickly led to a hopeless position.) 14...hxg4 15.h5 Nxh5 16.Rdg1 is dangerous for Black: (16.Bh6 Kh7!? (16...e6 17.Rdg1 Qf6 18.fxg4 Bxh6 19.Qxh6 Qg7 20.Qe3 Nf6 21.g5 Nh5 22.Nde2 a5 23.Rxh5 gxh5 24.Nf4 Ng4 25.Qh3f Dominguez,L (2708)-Carlsen,M (2775)/Biel/2008/) 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.fxg4 Bxg4 19.Nf5+ gxf5 20.Qg5+ Ng6 21.exf5 Bxd1 22.Bxf7 Rxf7 23.Qxg6+ Kf8 24.Nxd1 Qb6! 25.c3 (25.Rxh5 Qd4µ) 25...Rg7 26.Qxh5 Qc6³ gives White only rather vague compensation. This line is important for the comparison of 12...a6 and 12...¦e8.) 16...Rc5 (16...Qa5 17.Bh6 Bf6!? (17...Rxc3? 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.Rxh5 Rxb3 20.Qxa5 Rxb2+ 21.Ka1 gxh5 22.f4 Be6 23.Nxe6+ fxe6 24.fxe5+- Anand,V (2798)-Carlsen,M (2775)/Mainz rpd/2008/) 18.fxg4 Bxg4 and now the main problem is the as yet untested computer suggestion 19.Bf4!f (19.Bxf8 Kxf8 20.Qe3 Rxc3! 21.Qxc3 Qxc3 22.bxc3 e6 23.Bc4 Nxc4 24.Rxg4 Be5 25.Rg2 b5 26.Rf2 Kg8© Karjakin,S (2727)-Radjabov,T (2744)/Sochi/2008/  gave Black ample compensation even for 2 (!) exchanges and he went on to win a nice game.) ) 17.Bh6 (Interesting is 17.Nd5 , or Rogozenco's; 17.f4!? Nc4 18.Bxc4 Rxc4 19.f5÷) 17...Kh7 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.f4 (19.Nd5!?) 19...Nc4 20.Bxc4 Rxc4 21.f5 e5 ¹22.fxe6 (22.Nde2 Rh8 23.b3 Rc8! (23...Rc6? 24.Rxg4 Nf6 25.Rgg1! ,'h,Topalov,V (2777)-Carlsen,M (2775)/Bilbao/2008/) 24.Rxg4 (24.Qxd6 Bxf5! 25.Qxd8 Rcxd8 26.exf5 gxf5µ) 24...Nf6 25.Rxh8 (25.Rgg1 Qe7=) 25...Qxh8 26.Rg1 Rc6 27.Ng3 Qh6") 22...fxe6 23.b3! . 23...Rc5 24.Rxg4 e5? 25.Nf5+ Bxf5 26.exf5 Rxf5 27.Ne4,;
The committal 12...Nc4 13.Bxc4 Rxc4 14.g4 practically forces Black to go for an unclear exchange sacrifice 14...b5 15.b3 b4!? (Earlier practice has shown Black doesn't have quite enough for the § after 15...Rc8 16.Ndxb5²; Also the trick 15...Rc5? 16.Ne6!± is already well-known.) 16.bxc4 bxc3 17.Qxc3 Qc7÷ /²] 13.h4 h5 14.g4!? Youngsters tend to be courageous and aggressive. White had more sedate alternatives: [Even here, there is the promising strategic 14.Bh6 , analogous to the above note. After 14...Nc4 (14...Bh8?! 15.g4! Nc4 16.Qd3 b5 17.gxh5 Nxh5 18.Rhg1 e6 19.Bc1 Qf6 20.Nde2 d5 21.f4 b4 22.e5 Qd8 23.Ne4 Bb5 24.Qh3 Nxb2 25.Bxb2 Bxe2 26.Rd2 Bc4 27.Nd6± Timofeev,A (2663)-Azarov,S (2583)/Moscow/2007/) 15.Bxc4 Rxc4 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Nd5 e5 18.Nxf6 Qxf6 19.Nb3 Be6!? (19...Re6 20.Qa5 Ra4 (20...a6 21.Qb6 Bc8 22.Na5 Rc5 23.c4!? Qe7 24.b4! Rc7 25.Rd5 ?) 21.Qc7!? Bc6 22.a3² .¢a2,¦d2,¦hd1,צa4) 20.Qxd6 Rec8 21.c3 R4c6 is a more recent attmept, but after (21...b5 22.Qd2 a5?! 23.Nxa5! (23.Qg5?! Qxg5 24.hxg5 a4 25.Nd2 R4c7 26.a3 Rd7 27.Kc1 f6 28.gxf6+ Kxf6 29.Nf1 Rxd1+ 30.Kxd1 Rd8+ 31.Ke1 Kg5= Leko,P (2741)-Carlsen,M (2765)/Miskolc rpd m/2008/) 23...Ra4 24.Nb3±) 22.Qd2 Qe7 23.Nc1 (23.g4 Qf6 24.Qg2 hxg4 25.fxg4 Qf4 26.g5 Rc4" Wearstad,L (2007)-Lilleoren,M (2507)/corr/2007/) 23...Ra6 (23...b5!?) 24.g3 b5 25.a3 Bc4 26.Qg5 f6 27.Qe3 Rac6 28.g4 hxg4 29.fxg4 a5 30.g5 b4 Kulaots,K (2556)-Fier,A (2581)/Beijing rpd/2008/ White should have played 31.h5!, ;
14.Bg5 Rc5 15.Bh6!? a) 15.g4?! hxg4 16.h5 Nxh5 17.Rxh5 gxh5 18.Qh2 Ng6 (18...Qb6? 19.Qxh5 e6³) 19.Qxh5 Qa5 20.f4 Rxg5 21.fxg5 e6 22.Nf5? (22.Qxg4÷) 22...exf5 23.Qxg6 Be6 24.Qh5 fxe4 25.Rf1 Qe5 26.Rxf7 Bxb3 27.axb3 g3µ Radjabov,T (2751)-Carlsen,M (2765)/Baku/2008/; b) 15.f4 Nc4 16.Qd3 Qc8 17.f5 gxf5! 18.exf5 Ne5 19.Qe2 Neg4 20.Rhf1 Rxc3! 21.bxc3 Qxc3 22.Bc1 a5 23.Bb2 Qe3 24.Rde1 Qxe2 25.Rxe2 a4 26.Bc4 Ne5 27.Bb5 Rc8 28.Bxd7 Nfxd7 29.Nf3 Rc4 30.Nxe5 Nxe5© /ק³,Dominguez Perez,L (2717)-Radjabov,T (2761)/Linares/2009/; 15...Nc4 16.Bxc4 transposes to the 14.¥h6 line with an extra move for both sides.] 14...hxg4 15.h5 Nxh5 [15...Rxc3 is probably insufficient due to 16.Qxc3! (16.bxc3? Nxf3! 17.Nxf3 Nxe4 18.Qd3 Nxc3+ 19.Kc1 Bf5 20.Bxf7+ Kf8! 21.Qc4 gxf3 22.h6 Ne2+ 23.Kb1 Nc3+ 24.Kc1 Bh8 25.h7 e6 26.Bg8 Qa5 27.Rd3 Nxa2+ 28.Kb1 Nc3+ 29.Rxc3 Bxc3 30.Bh6+ Ke7 31.Bg5+ Kd7 32.Qxc3 Qxc3 33.h8Q Qxh8 34.Rxh8 Rxg8 0-1,Aroshidze,L (2526)-Vocaturo,D (2445)/Antalya/2009/) 16...gxh5 17.Rdg1f (17.f4!? Nxe4 18.Qe1²) ] 16.Bh6 e6 The most usual reaction, but not the only one: [Kasimdzhanov understandably doesn't want to repeat 16...Kh7 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.fxg4 Bxg4 19.Nf5+!? Bxf5 (19...gxf5? 20.Qg5+ Ng6 21.exf5 Bxd1 22.Bxf7+- - with the ¦ on f8 this line was playable for Black.) 20.exf5 Rh8 21.fxg6 Nxg6 22.Ne4!? (22.Nd5 Nf6 23.Nxf6 exf6 24.Rxh8 Qxh8 Dominguez Perez,L (2719)-Kasimdzhanov,R (2672)/Dresden olm/2008/ 25.Qxd6²) 22...Nf6 23.Rdf1 Rxh1 24.Rxh1 d5 25.Nxf6 Kxf6 26.Qf2+ Kg7 27.Rf1 f6 28.Qf5 Rc5 (28...Rc6? 29.Rg1 Qe8 30.Bxd5 Rc5 31.Qe6! Rb5 32.c4 Rb6 33.Qh3 e6 34.Bf3 Qd8 35.Qg2 1-0,Radjabov,T (2751)-Kasimdzhanov,R (2672)/Elista/2008/) 29.Rg1 Qe8 30.c3f (30.c4!?,) ;
However, 16...Bf6 deserves more attention: 17.Nd5!? a) 17.Qg2 a5 (17...Rxc3!?÷) 18.f4 Nc4 19.f5 a4 20.Nxa4 Bxa4 21.fxg6 Bxb3 22.gxf7+ Kxf7 23.cxb3 Ne5 24.Qh2, Domanov,D (2141)-Simmelink,J (2307)/corr/2006/; b) 17.fxg4 Bxg4 18.Rdg1 e6!?³ gives Black chances to consolidate his ».(18...Rxc3?! 19.Qxc3 Qb6 20.Be3 Qa6 21.Qd2 e6 22.a3 Bg7 23.Bh6 Qb6 24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.Rh4 Bf3 26.Ka2 Qd8 27.Qh2 Nf6 28.Qf4 Bh5 29.Qg5, Cubas,J (2434)-Fier,A (2595)/Campinas/2009/) ; 17...a5 (The question is if Black can afford 17...gxf3!? . 18.Rdg1 e6 19.Nxf6+ Qxf6 20.Rxh5? f2) 18.Nxf6+ exf6 19.Rxh5 gxh5 20.Qh2 a4 21.Bd5 Rc5 (21...Be6) 22.Qxh5 Rxd5 23.exd5 Ng6 24.fxg4 Qa5 Wilczek,T (2527)-Bennborn,J (2486)/corr/2005/ 25.Bc1!?f] 17.Rdg1 [Too soft is 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Rdg1 Rh8 19.fxg4 Nf6 20.g5 Nfg4!?³ (20...Nh5 21.Nce2 Qe7 22.Rh2 a6 23.Rf2 Rcf8 24.Qc3 Rc8 25.Qd2© פh5,Kontic,D (2342)-Motylev,A (2552)/Niksic/2000/) ] 17...g3!? [17...Qf6 18.fxg4 (18.Bxg7? Kxg7 19.fxg4 Qf4! 20.Qd1 Ng3 21.Nde2 Nxe2 22.Nxe2 Qxe4µ Stanojoski,Z (2493)-Parligras,M (2605)/EU-ch Budva/2009/) 18...Bxh6 19.Qxh6 Qg7 20.Qe3 Nf6 21.g5 Nh5 leads to the Dominguez - Carlsen game, mentioned in the note to move 12, only Black has played ¦e8 insted of a6. This allows  22.Ndb5² (Also Dominguez's 22.Nde2!?© deserves attention.) ] 18.Rxh5 White must play forcefully and go for the complications. [After 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.Rxg3 Black can afford even the ambitious 19...Rh8!³ (19...Nxg3 20.Qh6+ Kf6 21.Qf4+ Ke7 22.Qg5+=) ] 18...gxh5 19.Rxg3 Ng6 20.Nf5 Bf6N A novelty, but it's natural enough. Other moves are less enticing: [20...exf5? 21.Rxg6+-;
20...Bxh6 21.Qxh6 Qf6 22.Nxd6² . 22...h4 23.Rg1 Qxf3? 24.Nf5+- and White mates. That's why Black wants to keep the important ¥.;
20...Be5? 21.f4± only gives White an important tempo.] 21.Nxd6 Rc6 Returning the exchange was still probably part of Black's preparation. [After 21...Be5?! 22.Rg5!f Black is in trouble due to 22...Bxd6? (22...Bc6 23.Rxe5! Nxe5 24.Qf4+-) 23.Qxd6 .£e5+-] 22.Nxe8 Bxe8T [22...Qxe8?! 23.f4± (23.Rh3f) ] 23.Qh2 h4 24.Rg2 [24.Rg1 Bd4 25.Rd1 Rd6";
24.Rg4 Rc5!?÷] 24...Bxc3 [The typical motif 24...Rxc3 25.bxc3 Qd1+ after 26.Bc1!? (26.Kb2 Qxf3 27.e5 Be7© þh4) 26...Qxf3 27.Rxg6+! fxg6 28.Bxe6+ Bf7 (28...Kh7?! 29.Qc7+ Bg7 30.Qe7±) 29.Qb8+ Kg7 30.Qc7 Bd8 31.Qxd8 Bxe6 32.Qxh4= /² should be a draw, but only White can fight for more.;
Apart from the forcing text move Black can maybe try also 24...Rc5!? ] 25.bxc3 Qd1+ 26.Bc1 [26.Kb2? Qxf3µ attacks the §c3 with tempo.] 26...Qxf3 27.Rg1 .£b8 27...Kh7 Due to White's threat Black must ignore the §, but an alternative was [27...h3 28.Rg3 (28.Qb8 Kh7 -27...¢h7) 28...Qxe4 29.Rxh3© and White has compensation, but the outcome remains open.] 28.Qb8 Bd7? However, this is a serious miscalculation. [Necessary was 28...h3" . 29.Qxe8 (29.Rg3 Qf1 30.Rg5 Bd7 31.Qxb7 Qd1 32.Rg3 Qf1!= znovu vedie len k opakovaniu tahov.) 29...h2 30.Rxg6 fxg6 (30...Kxg6? 31.Qg8+ Kh5 32.Qg5#) 31.Qe7+ Kh8 32.Qh4+ Qh5 33.Qf6+ Kh7=] 29.Qd8 Bc8 [29...h3? now fails to 30.Rxg6! fxg6 31.Qxd7+ Kh8 32.Bxe6+- , mating threats allow White to stop the þ and convert his material advantage.] 30.Qg5 Kg8 [30...h3? 31.Qh6+ Kg8 32.Rxg6+! fxg6 33.Qxg6+ Kh8 34.Bg5!+-] 31.Qxh4± /+- White has liquidated Black's main trump with a continuing ,. This gives him a permanent advantage and in a higher sense the game is decided. 31...b6 Black can't activate his ¦. [31...Rxc3? 32.Bb2+-;
31...Rd6 32.Qe7,] 32.Qe7 Kg7 [32...Qxe4 33.Qd8+ Kg7 34.Rf1! f5 (34...Qe5 35.c4! ,'a1-h8) 35.Rg1 (35.Qe8!?+-) 35...Kf7 36.Qg5 f4 37.Qh5+- .¥f4 fully exposes Black's ¢ and he can't survive for long.] 33.Qxa7 [Rybka prefers 33.c4!?, a human player grabs a pawn and prefers not to limit his ¥b3.] 33...e5 [33...Qxe4 34.Rf1 Ne5 35.Qe7+-;
Somewhat more resilient was ¹33...Qf2± ] 34.Rg5 [¹34.Bd5! Rf6 (34...Rxc3 35.Rg3!+-) 35.Bg5+- wins at least an exchange.] 34...Rf6?! [34...Qf6!?±] 35.Qc7 Be6 36.Qxe5+- Another § is gone and Black still has no ". 36...Kg8 37.Qd4 Bxb3 38.axb3 Re6 39.Qd8+ Kg7 40.c4! Now even more convincing, than on move 34. 40...Rxe4 [40...Qxe4 41.Bb2+ f6 (41...Kh6 42.Rg1 Kh7 43.Qc7+-) 42.Qc7+ Re7 43.Qxb6+-] 41.Qd5 Qe2 42.Bb2+ Kh6 43.Rg1 [43.Rf5!?+-] 43...Qf3 44.Bd4 White already has many ways to win. [44.Bc1+ Kg7 45.Re1+-;
44.Ka2!+- is arguably the most incisive] 44...b5 45.Bf6 bxc4 Kasimdhzanov decides he has suffered enough... 46.Qxf7 1-0.
Indeed very impressive.
The openings cover:Marin Alekhine’s Defence 4…g6
Postny: Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be3 e5
Kritz: French 5…Ba5 6.b4 cxd4 7.Nb5
Kuzmin: Petroff 3.d4 Nxe4 4.dxe5
Marin:Ruy Lopez Steinitz Defence 3…d6
Grivas: Slav 4.Nbd2
Hazai/Lukacs: Slav 4….a6 5.c5
Karolyi:Queens’s Gambit Accepted 3…c5 4.d5
Langrock:Queen’s Indian 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 g6
Stohl: Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2 0-0 5.e4 d5
Krasenkow: King’s Indian 6.h3
Grivas: King’s Indian 7.Be3 exd4
Video material on this DVD comes from Mikalchishin: Anti- Benoni Gambit,Kritz: Scandinavian {two videos}Kritz: Slav 4..a6 5.Ne5 and Ftacnik who covers the Najdorf with the  move  6.Bc4.
Other columns are King: Move by Move,Reeh: Tactics,Well Strategy,Knaak Opening Traps and the great Karsten Müller with his terrific endgames.
A must for every correspondence player is the ICCF section,also good for over the 3000 games.
Included are important updates,new material and of course not to forget the eye catching magazine!
Conclusion: Simple you must have it!


Euro 49.90
System requirements: Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows-Media Player 9, internet access (, updates and activation). Recommended: PC Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz, 3 GB RAM, Windows Vista or Windows 7, DirectX10 graphics card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive and internet access (, updates and activation).

The most popular chess engine of al time,Fritz is not only improved by Frans Morsch,but it also has a complete new interface.
All old menus are replaced  by a “ribbon bar” with eye catching graphical buttons.
Important functions which you use a lot have now a big buttons and stand more to the left,less used functions are replaced to the right.
The database functions are changed too so I did need some time to play around with it but for example Deep Position Analyses is like all Fritz programs still there!
Other new features are: New is the possibility to set an ELO number for your computer opponent and your rating is calculated automatically; The “spy is now even able to answer some questions; One year free premium member to A lot of 3D stuff: 12 hours of video training material:Alexander Kure has brought the openings book up to date {290MB}, expanded database {1546900 games,106707 keys,100339 positions}and more!
But first a view of his playing possibilities: After the moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.e3 0-0 6.Bd3 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.a3 Ba5 9.Ne2 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Bb6 11.dxc5 Qxd1 12.Rxd1 Bxc5 13.b4 Be7 14.Bb2 Bd7 15.Rac1 Rfd8 16.Ned4 Nxd4 17.Nxd4 Ba4 18.Bb3 Bxb3 19.Nxb3 Rxd1+ 20.Rxd1 Rc8 21.Kf1 Kf8 22.Ke2 Ne4 23.Rc1 Rxc1 24.Bxc1 f6 25.Na5 Nd6 26.Kd3 Bd8 27.Nc4 Bc7 28.Nxd6 Bxd6 29.b5 Bxh2 30.g3 h5 31.Ke2 g5 we reach a poition that is mentioned in the book from Jan Timman,Fischer World Champion,after 32.Kf3 we have quite some differences in analyses between Fritz 11 and Fritz 12:
946: Spassky,B - Fischer,R, World Championship 28th 1972
5k2/pp6/4pp2/1P4pp/8/P3PKP1/5P1b/2B5 b - - 0 1
Analysis by Fritz 12:
1. +/-  (1.18): 32...Ke7 33.Kg2 Bxg3 34.fxg3 a6 35.b6 g4 36.e4 Kd6 37.Kf2 Kc5 38.Be3+ Kc4 39.Ke2 e5 40.Bf2 Kb3 41.Bc5 Kc4
2. +/-  (1.14): 32...a6 33.b6 e5 34.e4 Kg7 35.Kg2 Bxg3 36.fxg3 Kg6 37.Bd2 f5 38.Kf3 f4 39.gxf4 exf4 40.Bc3 Kf7 41.Be5 Ke7 42.Bd4 Ke6 43.Bc3 Kd6 44.Bf6
946: Spassky,B - Fischer,R, World Championship 28th 1972
5k2/pp6/4pp2/1P4pp/8/P3PKP1/5P1b/2B5 b - - 0 1
Analysis by Fritz 11:
1. +/-  (0.87): 32...Kf7 33.e4 Kg6 34.Kg2 Bxg3 35.fxg3 e5 36.Bd2 f5 37.Kf3 a6 38.b6 f4 39.gxf4 gxf4 40.Bc3 Kf6 41.Bb4 Ke6 42.Be1 Ke7 43.Bd2 Ke6 44.Bb4 Kd7 45.Bc3 Kd6 46.a4 Ke6 47.a5
2. +/-  (0.88): 32...Ke7 33.Kg2 Bxg3 34.Kxg3 e5 35.e4 Kf7 36.f3 Kg6 37.Bb2 Kf7 38.a4 Ke6 39.Bc1 a6 40.b6 Kd6 41.Be3 Ke6 42.a5 Kd6 43.Kg2 Ke6
But both engines go for 29…Bxh2? Where Timman wrote: It is almost certain that this move is based on a miscalcululation.All other  moves lead to a draw.It is nevertheless strange that Fischer takes the poisoned pawn, considering that it is the only variation in the position requiring calculation-for which Fischer had enough time.
Strange enough after some time Fritz 11 goes for 29..a6 and Fritz 12 keeps hanging on the h2 pawn.
How impressive chess engines may be not one is able and that is included Fritz 12 to find the brilliant rook move from Nimzowitsch 50…Rb4!!
Kmoch,Hans - Nimzowitsch,Aaron [C15]
Bad Niendorf Bad Niendorf, 1927
1.e4 Nc6 2.Nc3 e6 3.d4 Bb4 4.Nge2 d5 5.e5 h5 6.Nf4 g6 7.Be3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Na5 9.Bd3 Ne7 10.Nh3 c5 11.Bg5 c4 12.Be2 Nac6 13.Bf6 Rg8 14.0-0 Qa5 15.Qd2 Nf5 16.Rfd1 Kd7 17.Ng5 Rf8 18.h3 Kc7 19.g4 hxg4 20.hxg4 Nfe7 21.Kg2 Ng8 22.Bg7 Re8 23.Rh1 Bd7 24.Rh3 Nd8 25.Rf3 Rc8 26.Rh1 Qxa2 27.Rh7 Kb8 28.Nxf7 Nxf7 29.Rxf7 Bc6 30.Bf6 a5 31.Rh1 Qb2 32.Bg5 Rf8 33.Rfh7 Rc7 34.Rxc7 Kxc7 35.Qc1 Qxc3 36.Qa1 Qxa1 37.Rxa1 Ra8 38.Bd2 b6 39.Kg3 Ne7 40.Bd1 Bd7 41.Bb4 Nc6 42.Bd6+ Kb7 43.c3 b5 44.Rb1 b4 45.Ba4 b3 46.Bxc6+ Kxc6 47.g5 Ra7 48.Rb2 Rb7 49.Kf4 Bc8 50.Kg3 Rb4 51.cxb4 a4 52.b5+ Kxb5 53.Ba3 c3 54.Rb1 Kc4 55.f4 Kxd4 56.Kf2 Kc4 57.Ke1 d4 58.Ke2 Kd5 59.Kf3 Bb7 60.Re1 Kc4+ 61.Kf2 b2 62.f5 exf5 63.e6 Bc6 0-1.
Great in this program are the blitz possibilities with different time limits,but you also easy switch over from a game position to a computer match,or play blitz from the same starting position.
Conclusion: Fritz has not only become faster but is also complexly redesigned!

Daniel King Powerplay 11: Defence
Price € 29.99
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard    

Again there is a lot to learn from GM Daniel King in his PowerPlay 11 DVD where the great man of explanation handles several kind of defences as we can see in this latest played game:
Marcelin,C (2495) - Shirazi,K (2410) [B28]
TOP 16 GpA Clichy FRA (1), 20.03.2009
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.d4 Nf6 6.Be2 e6 7.0-0 Nbd7 8.Re1 Qd6 9.Nbd2 Be7 10.Nc4 Qc7 11.Nfe5 cxd4 12.cxd4 b5 13.Nxd7 Nxd7 14.Ne5 Nxe5 15.Bf4 Bb7 16.Bxe5 Qd7 17.Bd3 Bd6 [Why not ... 17...0-0 ...? 18.Bxh7+ a) 18.Qh5 f5 Black has no difficulties.; b) 18.Re3 f5 19.Be2! Rac8 20.Bf3 Bxf3 21.Rxf3 Bd6 22.Re3 Bxe5 23.Rxe5=; c) 18.Qg4 g6 (18...f6 is also possible. 19.Qh3 g6 20.Bf4 Bd5) 19.h4 f5 (19...Bd6!? 20.Bf6 Be7 21.Bxe7 (21.Be5 Bd6=) 21...Qxe7 22.h5 Qf6!) 20.Qg3 Bf6 21.h5 Qg7 and Black can match the aggression.; 18...Kxh7 19.Qh5+ Kg8 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 21.Re3 (21.Qg4+ Kh6 22.Re3 Bxg2! The most spectacular, but  (22...Bg5 is also winning, if more mundanely: 23.f4 Rg8 24.Rh3+ Kg7 25.fxg5 Rh8 26.Rc3 Rad8 27.Rd1 e5-+) 23.Kxg2 (23.Qxg2 Qxd4 24.Re4 (24.Rh3+ Bh4-+) 24...Qg7 25.Qxg7+ (25.Rg4 Qxg4 26.Qxg4 Rg8-+) 25...Kxg7-+) 23...Qd5+ 24.Kf1 Qg5 25.Rh3+ Kg7 26.Qe4 Bd6-+ The bishop makes room for the king to escape to e7. ) 21...Rh8 (21...Rg8 22.Rg3++-) 22.Rg3+ Bg5!! This is the key defensive move. It reminds me of Topalov-Kramnik (mentioned in DVD 10). 23.Qxg5+ (23.Rxg5+ Kf6 24.Qg4 Ke7-+) 23...Kf8 24.Qg7+ Ke7 25.Qg5+ Ke8 and Black can begin the slow process of unravelling - he should win.;
17...f6?! 18.Qh5+ Kf8 19.Bg3 Qxd4 20.Rxe6 Qxd3 21.Rae1f;
17...Bf6!? 18.Bxf6 (18.Re3) 18...gxf6 19.Qg4 Ke7 (19...0-0-0!?) ] 18.Re3 [18.Bxg7? Rg8;
18.Qh5 Bxe5 19.Qxe5 0-0 20.Re3 Rfd8 21.Rg3 (21.Rh3 Qxd4 22.Bxh7+ Kf8 23.Qxd4 Rxd4³) 21...Qxd4!µ] 18...0-0-0 [18...Bxe5! is a sensible option. 19.dxe5 (19.Rxe5?! 0-0) 19...g6! a) 19...0-0? 20.Bxh7++-; b) 19...h6?! 20.Rg3 g6 (20...g5 21.a4,) 21.Qe2; 20.Qg4 0-0 21.Rh3 Qd5! 22.Re1 (22.Bf1 Qxe5) 22...Rac8 23.Bf1 (23.Be4? Qxe4-+) 23...Qd2 24.Qh4 h5 and Black's counter-attack is as strong as White's attack.;
Even  18...0-0 is playable: 19.Bxh7+ (19.Qh5 f5; 19.Rh3 f5) 19...Kxh7 20.Qh5+ Kg8 21.Bxg7 f6 (21...Kxg7 22.Qg5+ Kh7 23.Rh3#) 22.Qh8+ (22.Bxf8 Rxf8 23.Rxe6 Qxe6 24.Qg6+ Kh8 25.Qh6+=) 22...Kf7 23.Bxf8 Rxf8 24.Qh7+ Ke8 25.Rxe6+ Qxe6 26.Qxb7©] 19.a4 Bxe5 [19...b4 20.a5±] 20.dxe5 Qd5? [20...b4!? 21.a5 Kb8 22.Qe1 (22.Qf1 Ka7 23.Qe1 Qd5) 22...Qd5 23.Rg3] 21.Qf1 Qd4 [21...b4? 22.Bxa6+-] 22.axb5 a5 23.Rxa5 Rd5 24.Qe2 Rhd8 25.Ra3 Kb8 26.h3 h5 27.Rc3 g6 28.Re4 Qa7 29.Ra3 Qc5 30.Qe3 Qxe3 31.Rxe3 Rd4 32.Rc3 h4 33.f3 Ra4 34.Kf2 Ra1 35.Rc4 Rd1 36.Be4 R8d4 37.Rxd4 Rxd4 38.Rd3 Rb4 39.Bxb7 Rxb2+ 40.Kf1 Rb1+ 41.Kf2 Rb2+ 42.Kg1 Kxb7 43.Rd7+ Kc8 44.Rxf7 Rxb5 45.Rg7 Rxe5 46.Rxg6 Kd7 47.Rh6 Ke7 48.Rxh4 Ra5 49.Rf4 Rh5 50.Kh2 Kd6 51.g4 Ra5 52.h4 Ke5 53.Rf8 Kd6 54.h5 Ke7 55.Rf4 e5 56.Rf5 Ke6 57.h6 Ra8 58.h7 Rh8 59.Rh5 Kf6 60.Kg3 Kg6 61.Kf2 Kf7 62.Ke3 Kg7 63.Rxe5 1-0.
Daniel King does not run throw a game but he explains the whole game with a mass of instructive tips.
For example King himself,explains on this DVD he  would not have castled here, either on the king or queens side!
Now and than you are forced to think and avoid passive play!
A classic beauty is the game: Spassky,Boris V - Petrosian,Tigran V [D36]
URS-ch26 Tbilisi (17), 1959
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.d4 Be7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 c6 7.Qc2 g6 8.e3 Bf5 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 Nbd7 11.h4 How would you deal with White's aggression? 11...0-0 [11...Nf8 12.Bxf6 Bxf6 13.h5 Ne6 14.hxg6 (14.0-0-0) 14...hxg6 15.Rxh8+ Bxh8 16.0-0-0 Qe7 17.Kb1 0-0-0= 0-1 Winkelmann,E (2114)-Van Beek,A (2386)/Maastricht 2007/CBM 118 ext (49);
11...Bd6?! 12.h5 Qe7 13.0-0-0 0-1 Pinter,J (2570)-Sprenger,J (2431)/Balatonlelle 2003/EXT 2004 (33)(13.hxg6 fxg6 14.0-0-0²) ;
11...Ng4 12.Qc2 h5 (12...0-0) 13.0-0-0 0-0 14.Kb1 Nb6 15.Ka1 Kg7 16.Bf4 Bd6 17.g3 Nc4" ½-½ Pinter,J (2518)-Michalczak,T (2339)/Senden 2003/EXT 2004 (66);
11...h5 12.0-0-0 Ng4 13.Rd2 Bxg5?! (13...0-0!) 14.Nxg5 Qe7 15.Kb1 0-0-0 16.f3 Nh6 17.e4² 1-0 Horvath,P (2457)-Taylor,T (2385)/Budapest 2003/CBM 097 ext (51);
11...h6 12.Bf4] 12.Bh6 [12.h5 Nxh5 (12...Ne4!? 13.Bxe7 (13.Bf4 Re8" (13...g5!?) ) 13...Qxe7") 13.Bh6 (13.Rxh5!? gxh5 14.Qf5) 13...Ng7 14.0-0-0 Re8µ;
12.0-0-0 Re8 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.g4 b5 15.g5 Bg7 16.h5 b4 17.Ne2 c5 18.hxg6 hxg6 19.dxc5 Nxc5 20.Qxd5 Qc7 21.Kb1 Ne4 22.Rc1 Qe7 23.Rhf1 Rad8 24.Qb3 Nxg5 25.Nfd4 Nf3 26.Nxf3 Qe4+ 27.Rc2 Qxf3 28.Nf4 g5 29.Rc7 Rf8 30.Nd3 a5 31.Qc2 Rd6 32.Rc1 Qf5 33.Nxb4 Rd2 34.Qxf5 Rxb2+ 35.Ka1 Rxf2+ 36.Kb1 Rb2+ 37.Ka1 Rf2+ 38.Kb1 Rxf5 39.Nc6 Rf6 40.Rc4 Re8 0-1 Bromberger,S (2444)-Acs,P (2606)/Pardubice 2003/CBM 095 ext] 12...Re8 13.h5 Ne4 [13...Nxh5 14.Rxh5 gxh5 15.Qf5 (15.0-0-0) 15...Nf8 16.Qxh5] 14.hxg6 [14.Nxe4 dxe4 15.Qxe4 Bb4+] 14...hxg6 15.Kf1 Bf8 16.Bxf8 Kxf8 17.g3 Kg7 18.Kg2 Qe7 19.Rh4 Rh8 20.Rah1 Rxh4 21.Rxh4 Rh8 22.Rxh8 Kxh8 23.Nd2 Ndf6 24.Ndxe4 Nxe4 25.Nxe4 dxe4 ½-½
By the way this DVD also holds the whole training course in audio-format for Pocket Fritz 3!
Video running time of this DVD is around five and a half hour!
Conclusion:  These Power Play DVD's  belong to the absolute top!

Nigel Davies 1....e6 A solid repertoire
Against 1.d4 and 1.e4

Price € 27.50
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard    

GM Nigel Daviels provides you in this DVD with a easy to learn repertoire line that is based on the French and on a old pet line from the young Paul Keres, who played it  in the middle of the nineteen thirties,against some of the best players in the world,1.d4 e6 2.c4 Bb4.
The material is very well thought by Davies seen that on 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 he prefers 3…Be7 and on the move 3.Nd2 he touches the black bishop,and puts it on e7 again.
Of course the Advanced and Exchange variation and all other kind of interesting two moves  alternatives are all well explained by Davies.
With the Paul Keres line we can easy reach Franco Indian structures as we can see in the following game: Stocek,Jiri (2543) - Anastasian,Ashot (2587) [E20]
EU-ch 5th Antalya (10), 25.05.2004
1.d4 e6 2.c4 Bb4+ 3.Nc3 c5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.g3 [5.e3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 d6 7.Be2 Qe7 8.0-0 e5 9.Ne1 a) 9.Nd2 e4 10.f3 exf3 11.Bxf3 (11.Nxf3) 11...Qxe3+; b) 9.d5; 9...e4 10.f3 Bf5] 5...Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 d6 7.Bg2 0-0 8.0-0 Nc6 9.Bf4 Re8 [9...Nh5 10.Be3 Qe7 11.Rb1 Nf6 12.Qc2 h6 13.Rb5 (13.dxc5 dxc5 14.Rb5 Rd8 15.Bxc5 Qc7) 13...Ng4 14.Bd2 e5] 10.Qd3 [10.Rb1 Na5 11.Qd3 b6 12.Ng5 Bb7 13.Bxb7 Nxb7 14.Rfd1 e5 15.dxe5 dxe5 16.Qxd8 Raxd8] 10...Nh5 11.Bg5 [11.Be3 Qe7 12.dxc5 dxc5 13.Nd2 Nf6 14.Nb3 Rd8 15.Qc2 Qc7 16.Nxc5 b6] 11...Qc7 12.Rfd1 e5 13.dxe5 dxe5 14.Nh4 h6 15.Be3 Nf6 16.Nf5 [16.Bxc5 e4] 16...Bxf5 17.Qxf5 Ne7 18.Qb1 Rab8 19.a4 a5 [19...b6 20.a5] 20.Ra2 b6 21.Rb2 Ng4 22.Bc1 Rbd8 23.Bd5 Nc8 [23...Nxd5 24.cxd5 Nf6 25.c4 Re7] 24.Rbd2 Nf6 25.Rd3 Rd6 26.e4 Rdd8 27.Rf3 Ne7 28.Kg2 Rd6 29.Qc2 Qd7 30.h3 Rd8 31.Re1 Ng6 32.Rf5 Re8 33.Re3 Nf8 34.h4 Qe7 35.h5 N8d7 36.Ref3 Nxd5 37.cxd5 f6 38.c4 Nf8 39.Rb3 Nd7 40.f4 Nf8 41.fxe5 fxe5 42.Rbf3 Nd7 43.Bb2 Rf6 44.Rxf6 gxf6 45.Qe2 Qh7 46.Bc1 Kf7 47.Rf5 Ke7 48.Qd2 Rh8 49.Qb2 Qg7 50.Qe2 Rg8 51.Rf3 Qg4 52.Re3 Qxe2+ 53.Rxe2 Kf7 54.Kf3 Rb8 55.Rb2 Re8 56.Bd2 Rh8 57.Rb1 Rg8 58.Rh1 Rh8 59.Rh3 Nb8 60.Rh4 Nd7 61.Be1 Nb8 62.Bd2 Nd7 63.Rh1 Rh7 64.Kg4 Rg7+ 65.Kf3 Rh7 66.Kg4 Rg7+ 67.Kh3 Rg8 68.Rg1 Rh8 69.Rh1 Rg8 70.Rb1 Ke7 71.Rb3 Kf7 72.Kh4 Rh8 73.Kg4 Rg8+ 74.Kf5 Rg7 75.Rb5 Rg8 76.g4 Rh8 77.Rb1 Rh7 78.Rb2 Rh8 79.Rb3 Ke7 80.Rb1 Kf7 81.Rb2 Ke7 82.Rb5 Kf7 83.Rb1 ½-½.
After 1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 black can transpose into the Bogo-Indian but there are more possibilities as Kramnik shows us: Huebner,Robert (2604) - Kramnik,Vladimir (2777) [A46]
Brissago , 29.01.2004
1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 [2.c4 Bb4+ 3.Nd2 d5 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.g3;
2.g3] 2...Nf6 [2...Bb4+ 3.c3;
2...f5] 3.g3 [3.c4 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 (4.Bd2 Bxd2+ 5.Qxd2 d5; 4.Nc3 c5) 4...d5] 3...b5 [3...d5 4.c4 Bb4+ 5.Nc3] 4.Bg2 [4.Qd3 Ba6 5.e4 b4 6.Qe3 Bxf1 7.Kxf1 d5 8.e5 Nfd7] 4...d5 5.0-0 Bb7 6.b3 Nbd7 7.c4 bxc4 8.bxc4 dxc4 9.Na3 [9.Qa4 c5] 9...c3 [9...Bd5 10.Qa4 c6 11.Nxc4 (11.Ne5 Bxg2 12.Kxg2 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Qd5+ 14.f3 Nd7) 11...Nb6 12.Nxb6 axb6] 10.Nb5 Bb4 [10...c5 11.Bf4 Nd5] 11.Qb3 a5 12.Nxc3 c5 13.a3 c4 14.Qb2 [14.Qxc4 Rc8] 14...Bxc3 15.Qxc3 Qc8 16.Bf4 0-0 17.Rfc1 Nb6 18.Rab1 Ra6 19.Rb5 Be4 20.Rxa5 [20.Qe1] 20...Nbd5 21.Qe1 c3 22.Rc5 [22.Rxa6 Qxa6 23.Bg5 Qxa3 24.Bxf6 gxf6] 22...Qa8 23.Nh4 Bxg2 24.Nxg2 Ne4 25.Rb5 Rxa3 26.Ne3 Qa6 27.Rbb1 Nxe3 28.Bxe3 Ra2 29.Ra1 Qxe2 30.Rxa2 Qxa2 31.Bf4 Qd5 32.f3 [32.Qe3] 32...Nd2 33.Bxd2 cxd2 34.Qxd2 Qxf3 35.Qf4 Qxf4 36.gxf4 Rd8 37.Kf2 h6 38.Ke3 Rd5 39.Rc2 Rh5 40.Kf3 Rh3+ 41.Ke4 f5+ 42.Ke5 Re3+ 43.Kd6 Kf7 44.Rf2 g5 45.Kc5 Re4 46.fxg5 hxg5 47.Kc4 Kf6 48.Kd3 g4 49.Rf1 Kg5 50.Ra1 e5 51.dxe5 Rxe5 52.Ra8 Kf4 0-1.
A pleasant side of this repertoire lines is that black avoids the Richter-Veresov,Tromp lines with it nasty 2.Bg5.
Running time is 5 hours of highly instructive video entertainment!
Conclusion: A sold and easy learning opening system!

Viktor Bologan The King's Indian
Price € 27.50
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard    

The incredible Viktor Bologan offers you in this DVD a complete repertoire line based on the King’s Indian defence, the opening which helped Bologan to make his GM norm.
Bologan material on this DVD is truly impressive, it holds 21 chapters covering all main and side lines, of this so interesting defence.
The King’s Indian figures the repertoire of many of the world’s leading players as for example Bobby Fischer once did.
Pleasant to mention is that Bologan comes with a lot of own material and that makes this DVD extremely interesting.
First a example of Bologan his excellent play,which is excellent analysed on this DVD:
Tregubov,Pavel (2520) - Bologan,Viktor (2600) [E66]
RUS-Cup01 Chigorin Memorial St. Petersburg (Russia) (7), 1996
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 0-0 5.Bg2 d6 6.0-0 Nc6 7.Nc3 a6 8.d5 Na5 9.Nd2 [9.b3 c5 10.dxc6 Nxc6 11.Bb2 Qa5 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.Bxg7 Nc3 14.Bxc3 Qxc3] 9...c5 10.Qc2 [10.Rb1 Bf5 11.e4 Bd7 12.b3 e5 13.Bb2 h5 14.h3 (14.Qc2 h4 15.Rbe1 b5 16.Ne2 Ng4 17.h3 (17.Qd3 hxg3 18.hxg3 Qg5) 17...Nh6 18.f4 hxg3 19.fxe5 Bxe5 20.Bxe5 dxe5) 14...h4 15.g4 Nh7] 10...Rb8 11.b3 b5 12.Bb2 e5 13.dxe6 [13.Rae1 h5 14.Nd1 h4 15.e4 bxc4 16.bxc4 Bh6 17.Bc3 Bd7 18.Ne3 Nh5 19.Bf3 Ng7 20.Ng4 Bg5;
13.Nd1 Nh5 14.e3 f5 15.f4 exf4 16.Bxg7 Nxg7 17.gxf4 Qf6 18.Rb1 Re8 19.Re1 Rb7;
13.e4 Nh5 14.f4 (14.Rae1 f5 15.exf5 gxf5 16.Bf3 Nf6) 14...exf4 15.gxf4 bxc4] 13...fxe6 14.cxb5 axb5 15.Nce4 Nxe4 16.Bxg7 [16.Nxe4 Bxb2 17.Qxb2 Bb7 18.Rfd1 Bxe4 19.Bxe4 d5 20.Bg2 Qb6] 16...Nxd2 17.Bxf8 Nxf1 18.Bh6 Nxh2 19.Qc3 [19.Kxh2 Bb7] 19...e5 [19...Qe7] 20.Bd5+ Kh8 21.Kxh2 Bb7 22.Rd1 Bxd5 23.Rxd5 Nc6 24.Qf3 Qe7 25.e3 Nb4 26.Rd1 e4 27.Qe2 Nd3 28.f3 c4 29.fxe4 Qxe4 30.Rf1 Kg8 31.Qd2 Qe5 32.e4 Nc5 33.bxc4 bxc4 34.Qd5+ Qxd5 35.exd5 Nd7 36.a4 Ra8 37.Ra1 Nc5 38.a5 Nb3 39.Ra4 Rxa5 40.Rxc4 Rxd5 41.Rc8+ Kf7 42.Rc7+ Ke6 43.g4 Rd4 44.Kh3 Rd3+ 45.Kg2 Nc5 46.Rxh7 Ne4 47.Bf4 g5 48.Bh2 Kd5 49.Rh6 Kc4 50.Re6 Rd2+ 51.Kf3 d5 52.Bc7 Kd3 53.Bb6 Re2 54.Rg6 d4 0-1.
Yes Bologan knows as no other how to win with black,by the way please also see Bologan his book on the King’s Indian: The King’s Indian,A complete black repertoire,
A interesting side line is: Gelfand,Boris (2736) - Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar (2752) [D78]
Ch World Moscow (Russia) (26), 22.11.2007
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 d6 5.d4 c5 6.Bg2 [6.dxc5 Qa5+ 7.Nbd2 Qxc5 8.e3 0-0 9.Bg2 Nc6 10.0-0 Qh5;
6.d5 b5 7.Bg2 0-0 8.0-0 Bb7 9.c4 bxc4 10.bxc4 Nbd7 11.Nbd2 Qa5;
6.c4 Ne4 7.Bg2 Qa5+ 8.Nfd2 Nxd2 9.Bc3 Qb6 10.dxc5 Nxb1 11.Bxg7 Qa5+ 12.Kf1 Nd2+ 13.Kg1 Rg8 14.Bd4 dxc5 15.Be3 Nxc4 16.bxc4] 6...cxd4 7.Nxd4 d5 8.0-0 0-0 9.c4 dxc4 10.bxc4 Qb6 11.Qb3 Nfd7 12.Rd1 Nc6 13.e3 Nc5 14.Qxb6 axb6 15.Nc3 Bg4 [15...Nxd4 16.exd4 Na4 17.Nxa4 Rxa4] 16.f3 Be6 17.Nxe6 Nxe6 18.Rab1 Nc5 19.f4 e6 20.Rd2 Rfc8 21.Rbd1 Na5 22.Bf1 Bxc3 23.Bxc3 Ne4 24.Bxa5 Rxa5 25.Rb2 Rc7 26.Rd4 Nc3 27.Rdd2 Ne4 28.Rdc2 Ra3 29.Rb3 Ra6 30.c5 Ra7 31.Rxb6 Rxc5 32.Rcb2 Rc7 33.Be2 Nc3 34.R6b3 Nxa2 35.Bf3 Nc1 36.Rxb7 Raxb7 37.Rxb7 Rc3 38.Kf2 Nd3+ 39.Ke2 Nc5 40.Rb2 Nb3 41.Be4 Nc5 42.Bc2 h5 43.Kd2 Ra3 44.h3 Kg7 45.g4 h4 46.Rb5 Nd7 47.g5 Ra2 48.Kc3 Ra3+ 49.Kd2 Ra1 50.Rb1 Ra2 51.Kc3 Ra3+ 52.Kd2 Nc5 53.Rb5 Na6 54.Bd3 Nc7 55.Rb2 Nd5 56.Ke2 Ra1 57.Be4 Nc3+ 58.Kd3 Na4 59.Rc2 Ra3+ 60.Kd4 Nb6 61.Bc6 Nc8 62.Be4 Nd6 63.Bd3 Ra1 64.Rc6 Ne8 65.Be4 Rd1+ 66.Kc3 Nd6 67.Bc2 Rd5 0-1
Running time of this DVD is 5 hours and ten minutes.
Conclusion: One of those impressive made opening’s DVD’s. 

Chess Informant 105 on CD
Price  £ 20.50
Chess Informant 95 printed boek + CD is only £ 27.00

The games and annotations of the Informator are also available on these well packed eye catching chess CD’s.
As extra supplement comes all games from issue 104 but than without  any annotations!
There are two programs which you can use,Chess Informant Reader and Chess Informant Expert Lite.
Both work perfect!
Conclusion: Well packed!       

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