Latest book reviews of 1 December 2009

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The complete Hedgehog by Sergey Shipov
Volume 1
Mongoose Press
532 Pages
Price $29,95
ISBN 978-0-9791482-1-7

The Hedgehog is like a eagle who curls into a ball when the enemy comes to close.
GM Sergey Shipov does not only describes in this heavy weight of 532 pages the openings techniques of the Hedgehog but has made a detailed, move to move study of his opening for white and black.
For example the move: 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c5 3.Nf3 e6 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.0-0 Be7 7.Re1 d6 8.e4 a6 9.d4 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Qc7 11.Be3 0-0 12.Rc1 Nbd7 13.f4 Rfe8 14.g4 Nc5 15.Bf2 g6 16.b4 Rad8 17.f5! gets around one and a half page of text!
First some words from Dhipov: White ratchets up the central tension,attacks the e6 square,and postpones the choice of a spot for his queen.
As we shall see,there will be other places,in addention to e2 and f3.
Garry used this continuation in some training games he played against me at the turn of the century,and than presented in his book,Revolution in the Seventies.I was his sparring partner for some years,and we tested the Hedgehog’s solidity more than once.
I am not going to reproduce our encounters here,as that would be a violation of professional ethics.I am only going to show some latter analysis.
For the interested reader in the MegaDatabase I found around 35 games with this position.
From Shipov we can learn to win with the Hedgehog,all at the had of top level chess games,but he also gives an excellent view of the history from the Hedgehog.
A lot of this material is all explained by complete and deeply analysed games.
Several techniques as the Canonical piece set-up or the Modern Hedgehog are all clearly mentioned by the well explaining Russian chess crack.
Personal I think we have here a very objective work written by one of the greatest experts of this line.
Interesting is the introduction from Garry Kasporov.From the beginning, the Hedgehog has been about concepts and plans,not concrete variations and memorized lines.
Included is a index of players.
Conclusion: A very important reference work on the Hedgehog!

Starting out the Scandinavian by Jovanka Houska
Everyman Chess
320 pages
Price $25,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-582-4

Starting out the Scandinavian is a interesting work from the ladies Grandmaster Jovanka Houska { Woman's Grand Master (WGM) and International Master!} who digs deeply in the soul of the good old Scandinavian defence.
Usually these “starting out” books are good for the first understanding of a line but this work from  Jovanka Houska is certainly  good for more!
All modern variations as the popular mail line with moves as: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Bd2 e6 8.Nd5 Qd8 9.Nxf6+ Qxf6 10.Qe2 Bg4 11.d5 Bxf3 12.gxf3 cxd5 13.Bxd5 Nd7 14.0-0-0 Ba3
Houska writes: This move has all but been disregarded today, Black’s plan is to provoke a queen side weakness and castle kingside, However, white’s fast development down the g and h files has more or less put paid to this idea.
Houska does not see much in lines as the Patzer variation: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qe5
Where I would like to start with again some words from Houska: 3….Qe5+ is an alternative with another nickname!The so-called Patzer variation gets its nickname from the saying”Patzer sees a check,patzer plays a check.”Even though this move cannot be refuted,it’s not to be entirely recommended  either! For example 4.Be2 c6 {this is the whole point-Black can still adopt the Scandinavian structure} 5.Nf3 Qc7 6.d4 Nf6 7.Ne5 {this typical reaction is of course ,the most critical against 3…Qe5}7….Bf5 8.Bf4 Qa5?! {with this natural move
Black wastes more time}9.0-0 e6{9…Be6 10.Qd2 g6 11.Rfe1 Qd8 12.d5! Nxd5 13.Nxd5 Bxd5 14.Rad1 Qc8 15.Qc3 Be6 16.Nxf7 crushed black in M.Yarmysty – I.Shkuro,Rodatychi 2006}10.g4 white can exploit black’s loss of tempo to lash out}10.Bg6 11.h4 Nd5 {or 11…Be4 12.Re1 Be7 13.Nxf7!! Kxf7 14.Nxe4 Ne4  15.Bc4 and black must return the piece,as 15..Nf6 loses to 16.Qe2}12.Nxd5 cxd5 13.c4 Be7 14.Qb3 and white has an extremely strong initiative.
What would the English Candidate Grandmaster,Andrew Martin say about this?
After Martin the Patzer line is worth a look!
Well covered are also in this book lines with the modern 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6.
Still alive is the Mieses Gambit 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.b4 and 4.a3 is even a way of playing!
All material is based at 71 model games included with a lot of summary’s to improve your understanding.
All together we have here a very readable book with a lot of new ideas on the exciting Scandinavian defence!
Conclusion: This book offers you a lot of value for your money!

The giants of power play by Neil McDonald
Everyman Chess
320 pages
Price $24,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-597-8

Neil McDonald describes in the book the powerful attacking techniques of some of the greatest players of all time,Toplav,Geller,Bronstein,Alekhine and Morphy.
McDonald regards powerplay as a fusion of dynamism, psychology and forceful opening preparation.
A fine example of openings preparation is the game Fischer – Geller,Monto Carlo 1967,
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.f5 Nc6 11.fxe6 fxe6 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.e5 Nd5 14.Nxd5 cxd5 15.Be2 dxe5 16.0-0 Bc5+,
Neil McDonald:It is ironic that Geller played this wild opening to upset Fischer,but he  himself is the first to loose his nerve.He has made a lot of “crazy”moves and feels that it is time for a couple of ‘sane’ developing moves: namely bringing out the bishop with a check,and than putting the rook on f8.But normal moves don’t work in crazy positions.
And so he should play the ‘odd’but strong 16…Ra7!,which keeps the c5 square free for the black queen to return to the defence.The tempo she might have gained by checking the white king from c5 is the difference between life and death in such situations.
After: 17.Kh1 Rf8 18.c4 Rxf1+ 19.Rxf1 Bb7 20.Bg4? We have again a fascinating position,well explained by McDonald:Despite thinking for more than twenty minutes,Fischer misses the win and as a consequence loses the game.Not that the winning line was at all easy to find – after the game there was an hour post mortem in the tournament hall invlovling Geller,Fischer and other intrigued competitors with out the decisive continuation being discovered.
The American genius had  exclaimed angrily that “it was a crushing position!” and he was right.
The author examines the contributions made by each player, their differences in approach and style.
In Bronstein – Rojahn,Moscow Olympiad Bronstein step in the footsteps of Morphy: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.d3 h6 7.Nf3 e4 8.dxe4 Nxc4 9.Qd4.
The material in this book is divided into the following chapters: The dynamic element.Catching the king in the centre,Opening old and new wounds,The life history of a knight,The Goldilocks queen,Energizing the pawns,A battering ram on the f file,Backward pawns and Indian bishops,The psychology of preparation and The art of surprice.
Included is a index of openings and players.
Conclusion: Very instructive!

Bobby Fischer by Karsten Müller
Russel Enterprises,Inc.
Milford,CT USA
408 pages
Price $39.95
ISBN 978-1-888690-59-0

The endgame professor, and author, GM Karsten Müller has annotated,in this book every serious game that is ever played by Bobby Fischer,yes there are more game collections on Fischer as
‘Die gesammelten Partien von Robert J Fischer and The Games of Robert J.Fischer by Robert G.Wade and Kevin J.O’Connel,but these works can not stand-up against this excellent analytic  work from Karsten Müller, on the greatest chess player of all time.
All together Karsten Müller comes with a total of 735 complete games, unfortunately there are still some games missing on Fischer,it looks that 29 games are disappeared for all time
In career results, of this book we can read: From the 1958 match against Matulovic,the last three games are missing, Donaldson and Tangborn,in The Unknown Bobby Fischer, reported that the late British International Master Robert Wade had offered Matulovic 1000 German marks for the 3 missing games a few years ago,but he could not find them in despite of his incentive.
{Some time ago I received a e-mail from a chess players who once lived next to Fischer,he had nearly no contact with him but he wrote that Fischer had all his chess games on one of those first home computers}.
Karsten Müller does not overload you with lines in painstaking depth, no he keeps it all very readable,with interesting introductions of every tournament that Bobby ever played, and ofthen with refreshing analyses as we can see for example in the game Fischer – Pupols,USA Junior Championship 1955, 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4 fxe4 6.Nc3 Qg6 7.Ne3 Nf6 8.Bc4 c6 9.d5 Be7 10.a4 Nbd7 11.a5 Ne5 12.Be2 0-0 13.0-0 Bd7 14.Kh1 Kh8 15.Nc4 Nfg4 16.Qe1 Rf7 17.h3 Nf6 18.Nxe5 dxe5 19.Bc4 Rff8 20.Be3 Nh5 21.Kh2 Bd6 22.Bb3 Nf4 23.Bxf4 exf4 24.Qxe4 f3+ 25.g3 Bf5 26.Qh4 Rae8 27.Rae1 Be5 28.Qb4 Qh6 29.h4 g5 30.Rh1 gxh4 31.Kg1 h3 32.dxc6 bxc6 33.Qc5 Qg7 34.Kh2 Qf6 35.Qxa7 Bd4 36.Qc7 Bxf2 37.Rxe8 Rxe8 38.Rf1 Bd4 39.Rxf3 Bxc3 40.bxc3 Re2+ 41.Kh1 Be4 42.Qc8+ Kg7 43.Qg4+ Qg6 44.Qd7+ Kh6 0-1.
Karsten Müller comes in this game with some new creative ideas as for example 17….Nf3!! 18.Qd1 Ngh2 and black’s attack is very dangerous.
The story is that Fischer lost that afternoon more Latvian gambits than in all the rest of his life! Please see: Viktor Pupols American master.
Anyway this exciting game is good for nearly one  page of text.
The foreword of this book,’From Prodigy to Superstar” comes from no less than as Larry Evans,who collaborated with Bobby Fischer on his book My 60 memorable games,Evans writes amusingly: hem someone  asked him about my role ,Bobby shrugged,”Oh him? He just does the typing.”
Larry Evans was probably Fischer’s closest friend and confidant says, Karsten Müller in his book,so I can insure you there is more than only games!
On page 363 there is a photograph from Bobby, by the way ,one of the many in this book, and we can see Larry Evans playing chess with Bobby in the swimming pool.
Included in this book is a contribution from Andy Soltis on the openings from Bobby Fischer,“Opening Survey”.
Soltis shows us here that Fischer left us some openings mysteries as for example in game 619 he played the “dubious”1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.Nc3 Bb7 3.Nc3 Bb7 4.f3 d5,and in game 436 he went for 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 b5 5.Bb3 Na5.
The young Fischer had no respect for the Pirc/Modern defence, and his voracious appetite for Russian chess literature may be blame for his Pirc Defence fiasco against Viktor Kortschnoi at Curacao.But Fischer got his revenge when he turned 6.Bd3 into a powerful weapon, most famously in his game against Benko in the 1963/64 U.S. Championship.
Included in this book are a lot extras as the story from Anthon Saidy and his last round game struggle against Bobby Fischer {good for nearly two pages of text!} at the U.S.Championship of 1964,where Fischer managed to win all his eleven games!
Fischer used openings in New York which he never played before!
All together we have here all games from Fischer well packed with a large amount of readable text!
Conclusion: Simple highly recommended!           

British Chess Magazine No.11
Volume 129
November 2009
Price: £4,05

This issue starts with Pearl Spring, Nanjing, where Ian Rogers was in China to see the brilliant playing Magnus.
Wonder boy Carlsen phoned every morning,not his mother but his new trainer Garry Kasparov,who gave him useful comments and advises.
Interesting are the words from Radjabov on Carlsen: From the first round you could see that Magnus had new ideas and strategies, and he changed every round which impressed me very much.He was well prepared and played particularly well.of course,such a result needs some objective factors – your good form and your opponents playing poorly.Others may be surprised to see such a result,but Magnus is young and for him nothing is impossible.
Other items you must not miss are the match Short – Efimenko 3,5- 2,5,which was held in the West Ukrainian town of Mukachevo.
Premier winner Keith Arkell looks back at the traditional Paignton congress and annotates two of his games.
BCM reader looks back at a his 1980 Two knight twist with the great Bent Larsen: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Bd3 h6 9.Ne4 Nd5 10.Nbc3 Nf4 11.Bf1 f5 12.Ng3 Bc5!
Jon Speelman revisits Ju Wenjun’s endgame,John Saunders reports on the Kaparov v Karpov rematch in Valencia,How to win at chess without actually thinking,Games department,New in brief,Quotes and queries,Reviews and new books etc.
Conclusion: Buy it for the well analysed games from Magnus Carlsen!                  

Chess CD's & DVD's

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

GM Lubomir Ftacnik does not run throw the Gruenfeld but offers you a detailed study of  this opening, all at the hand of 52 video files and that is included the bonus files on typical structures and specific Gruenfeld endgame positions.
Included is also a file from over 8000 Gruenfeld games where over 1300 of them are extensive analysed.
 As we can learn from Lubomir Ftacnik.the Gruenfeld has always been a good choice for players who are aiming for one of those clear cut counterattacks!
GM Lubomir Ftacnik provides you with a complete up-to-date  repertoire based on instructive multimedia files which are all numbered in ECO sections  from D70 till D99.
And that is from 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 till 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3.
After 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e4 Nxc3 7.bxc3 c5 8.Rb1 0-0 9.Be2 cxd4 10.cxd4 Qa5+ 11.Bd2 Qxa2 12.0-0,Ftacnik goes for the super reliable 12…  Bg4,
As we can see in the following model game: Khalifman,Alexander (2656) - Leko,Peter (2725) [D85]
Linares 17th Linares (8), 08.03.2000
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e4 Nxc3 7.bxc3 c5 8.Rb1 0-0 9.Be2 cxd4 10.cxd4 Qa5+ 11.Bd2 Qxa2 12.0-0 Bg4 13.Bg5 h6 14.Be3 [14.Bxe7 Re8] 14...Nc6 15.d5 Ne5 [15...Na5 or;
15...Bxf3] 16.Rxb7 e6 17.d6 Rfd8 18.Re1 Bxf3 19.gxf3 Qa5 . ¦d6 Black should parry the f3-f4 and e4-e5 threat. The other possibility: [19...Qa3 is insufficient in view of 20.f4! (20.d7 Qe7 21.Bb5 Qh4 22.Bf1  ½-½ Gelfand,B-Ivanchuk,V/Manila (izt) 1990) 20...Rxd6 21.Qc1! (21.Qb1 Nc6 22.Rxf7 Kxf7 23.Qb7+ Ne7 24.Qxa8 Bd4"; 21.Qc2 Rc6 22.Qd2 Rd6 23.Rb3!? Qxb3 24.Qxd6 Nc4! 25.Qc6 Nxe3 26.Qxa8+ Kh7 27.Qxa7 Qc3 28.Rb1 Qc2 29.Qxe3  ½-½ Solozhenkin,E-Daniliuk,S/RUS-ch Elista 1995) 21...Qxc1 22.Rxc1 The black knight is now trapped in the very centre of the board! 22...Nc6 23.e5 Nd4 24.Rcc7! Nxe2+ 25.Kf1 Rdd8 26.Rxf7 Bf8? (26...Bh8 27.Kxe2±) 27.Kxe2 Rdb8 28.Rxb8 Rxb8 29.Rf6!+-  Gelfand,B-Kamsky,G/Dos Hermanas 1996/1-0 (46)] 20.Rf1 [Loses material 20.d7? Rxd7 21.Rxd7 Nxd7 or;
20.Rb5? Nxf3+!] 20...Bf8 [20...g5 21.f4 or] 21.d7 [21.Rb5? Qa2 .22.Rxe5? Bxd6 23.Rb5 Bxh2+ 24.Kxh2 Rxd1 25.Bxd1 Qc4-+ Kasparov,G] 21...Qa2 The point of Black's idea: because of the poor position of the e2 bishop 22...¦xd7 is threatened. 22.Bb5 [22.Re1 Qa5! again threatening 23...¦xd7 23.Rf1 (23.Kf1 Nxf3 24.Bxf3 Qa6+ 25.Kg1 Qxb7 26.e5 Qc7 27.Bxa8 Rxa8÷) 23...Qa2  is just a repetition of moves. Kramnik,V-Kasparov,G/Linares Inf 72/422 1998 (25) ended in a draw this way.] 22...a6 23.Ba4! A good move underestimated by Leko (and perhaps by Kasparov?). [23.f4 axb5 24.fxe5 Qa6 25.Rc7 b4÷ Kasparov,G] 23...Nxf3+ 24.Kg2 [24.Qxf3 Qxa4 25.Rd1 Qc6 26.Rb6 Qc7 27.e5 Rxd7! 28.Rxd7 Qxd7 29.Qxa8 Qd1+ 30.Kg2 Qg4+= Kasparov,G] 24...Ne5 '!?' Ftacnik.  Ftacnik: 'It is rather surprising, that Leko was willing to defend this dubious position. The experiences for black were rather discouraging so far, d7 pawn is just too strong.' [¹24...Nh4+ 25.Kh3! An important improvement introduced by P.Haba. (Kasparov only analysed 25.Kh1 Qc4 26.f3 Be7 27.Bb6 Rf8÷ However, the text move is stronger: the white king takes part in the attack! Cranky Steinitz was sometimes right! Those who are unaware of the classics of the 19th century can recall a more recent example: Alekhine-Capablanca/AVRO/1938.) 25...Qc4 '?' Ftacnik.  (25...g5!? Ftacnik) 26.f3 Be7?! (26...g5 ,freeing the g6 square for the knight, was probably more appropriate: 27.Rf2 Qc3!? needs further investigation. Black seems to hold his ground: 28.Bd4 (28.Qd2 Qa1; 28.Qd4 Qe1) 28...Qa3 29.Bb6 (29.Bb2 Qe7 30.f4÷) 29...Ng6 30.Bxd8 Nf4+ 31.Kg3 Rxd8©) 27.Rf2 Qc3 28.Qd4 Qa5? (28...Qxd4 29.Bxd4± ) 29.Bxh6  1-0 Haba,P-Skytte,R/16th open 2000 (32)] 25.Bb6 Qc4 26.Qd4! After the exchange of queens White's bishop pair and passed d7 pawn guarantee him a huge advantage in the endgame. [Of course, much inferior was 26.f3 g5! (26...Qb4 27.Bxd8 Qxb7 28.Bf6 Nc4 29.Qd4) 27.Bxd8 Rxd8©] 26...Qxd4 [26...Qe2 Ftacnik 27.Qxe5 Qg4+ 28.Qg3 Qxe4+ 29.Qf3 Qxa4 30.Rc1+-] 27.Bxd4 Nd3 28.Bc6 Now White has a lot of threats! 28...Nc5 [28...Nb4 Ftacnik 29.Rc1± (29.Ba4 Nd3!?) ] 29.Rc7! Bd6 30.Bxc5! Bxc7 31.Bxa8 Rxa8 32.Be7! The point of White's combination. In spite of his extra pawn, Black has no defense against 33.¦c1. Ftacnik: 'Now it became clear, that white d pawn will decide the game.' 32...Rd8 [32...f5 33.Rc1 Kf7 34.Rxc7 Kxe7 35.Rc8+-;
32...Bd8 Ftacnik 33.Rc1! Bxe7 34.Rc8++-] 33.Rd1 f5 34.Bxd8 Bxd8 35.exf5 gxf5 36.Rd6 Kf7 37.Rxa6 Ftacnik: 'This endgame is not even technically difficult for white.' 37...Ke7 38.Kg3 Bc7+ [38...Kxd7 39.Ra7+ Kd6 40.Rh7+-] 39.Kh4 Kxd7 [39...Bxh2 40.Rxe6+ Kxd7 41.Rxh6+-] 40.Ra7! Kc6 41.Rxc7+ Kxc7 42.Kh5 e5 43.Kxh6 Kd6 44.Kg5 Ke6 45.h4 f4 46.h5 f3 47.Kg4 1-0,which is pleasant presented with a lot of explanations.
This line is also well presented in Edward Dearing’s book,Challenging the Grünfeld,but to get involved I would prefer the annotations from GM Lubomir Ftacnik!
Running time is over seven hours!! {7.21}
Conclusion: Impressive!

A busy person's opening system by Nigel Davies
Price € 27.50
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard    

The creative GM Nigel Davies comes here on this,latest Chess Base  DVD with a interesting beat of line,of better said,Davies system  based on the  moves 1.e4,2.d3 and 3.c3.
White plays a kind of reversed Philidor Defence but Nigel Davies also recommends the same set-up for black with the pawn moves e5,d6 and c6.
The principles of this opening is simple and as Davies explains in his introduction with some study you can easy expand these opening to one of other kind of Indian Defence.
But with white it is easy possible to reach Spanish or Italian related openings, so this Busy person’s opening system openings moves, really make sense.
Personal I think it is an excellent choice to out play your Frits or Rybka chess program!
Davies does not only explains you all the strategies of  this opening, but also provides you with a real repertoire line,and this for both sides of the board!
A fine example of play comes from,Joerg Hickl, (2500) against Ivan Sokolov,(2580) [B40]
 Dortmund, 1989
1.e4 c5 [1...c6 2.d3;
1...d6 2.d4 c6;
1...e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d3] 2.c3 e6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Be2 Nf6 5.d3 [5.e5] 5...Be7 6.0-0 d5 7.Nbd2 0-0 8.Re1 e5 9.a3 d4 10.cxd4 cxd4 11.b4 a6 12.Nb3 Nd7 13.Bd2 Bd6 14.Qb1 Qe7 15.Rc1 h6 16.Bd1 Nf6 17.Be1 Nd8 18.Na5 Be6 19.Nc4 Bxc4 20.Rxc4 Ne6 21.Bd2 Nd7 22.Qa2 f5 23.exf5 Rxf5 24.Bb3 Kh7 25.Rc2 Nf4 26.Bxf4 Rxf4 27.Bd5 Nf6 28.g3 e4 [28...Rg4] 29.gxf4 exf3 30.Bxf3 Qd7 31.Re1 Qh3 32.Bxb7 Bxf4 33.f3 Rb8 34.Qf7 Bxh2+ 35.Rxh2 Qg3+ 36.Kf1 Qxh2 37.Re7 Qh1+ 38.Ke2 Qg2+ 39.Kd1 Qg1+ 40.Kc2 Qg2+ 41.Kb3 Qg5 42.f4 Qg3 43.Bxa6 Rb6 44.Bc4 h5 45.f5 h4 46.a4 h3 47.a5 h2 48.Qg6+ Qxg6 49.fxg6+ Kxg6 50.Re1 Rb8 51.Rh1 Rh8 52.b5 Kf5 53.a6 Ke5 54.Kb4 Kd6 55.a7 Kc7 56.Rxh2 Ra8 57.Rg2 Kb6 [57...Rxa7 58.Rxg7+ Kb6 59.Rxa7 Kxa7 60.Kc5] 58.Rxg7 Ne8 59.Rg6+ Kxa7 60.b6+ Kb7 [60...Kb8 61.Rg8 Kb7 62.Bd5+] 61.Bd5+ 1-0.
If Hickl is able to win from Sokolov with it than,I can insure you  lot of wins with it on local club level!
Running time is around four hours.
Conclusion: A openings line that needs no memorizing at all!
Just play and learn the strategies.

Power of planning by Adrian Mikhalchishin
Price € 29.90
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard    

GM Mikhalchishin helps you in this DVD to develop your strategy skills, as you will learn throw the model games of this DVD,the secrets of pawn majorities, recognize typical pawn structures, learn to play around with strong and weak pawns, use the power of you out post and more of these useful strategies, all well explained by Mikhalchishin.
Going throw these games with Mikhalchishin will help you to use the power of strategies in your games,dear friends,a good game of chess is more than studying opening and endgames.
A fine classic example is the game,Svetozar Gligoric, - Mikhail Botvinnik,Mikhail,
Palma de Mallorca Palma , 1967
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.Bd3 b6 6.Nf3 Bb7 7.Bd2 0-0 8.a3 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 d6 10.dxc5 bxc5 11.0-0 Nbd7 12.b4 Qc7 13.Rc1 Ne4 14.Bxe4 Bxe4 15.Nd2 Bg6 16.Nb3 Rad8 17.Na5 Nb6 18.Qg4 e5 19.b5 f5 20.Qe2 f4 21.exf4 Rxf4 22.Rfd1 Rdf8 23.Be1 [23.f3 e4] 23...Nc8 24.Nb3 Qf7 25.Nd2 e4 26.Nf1 Bh5 27.Qc2 Bxd1 28.Rxd1 Ne7 29.Ne3 Nf5 30.Nxf5 Qxf5 31.Rxd6 e3 32.Qxf5 exf2+ 33.Bxf2 R8xf5 34.Rd2 Rxc4 35.h3 h5 36.h4 Ra4 37.Rd8+ Kh7 38.Rd3 Ra5 39.Rb3 c4 40.Rc3 Rfxb5 41.Rxc4 Rxa3 42.Bd4 a5 0-1.
This game can also be found in Botvinnik’s Best Games,Volume3:1957-1970.  

Power of exchange by Adrian Mikhalchishin
Price € 29.90
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard    

GM Adrian Mihalchishin digs in this DVD into the world of exchanges, and covers several techniques of exchange.
For example how and when must you exchange your bishop for a  knight?
As we know bishop are better in open positions and knights in closed positions but this is as we can learn Mikhalchishin this is not always the way.
Many positions on this DVD are astounding, sometimes it is difficult to say, who even stands better but,Mihalchishin manages to transfer this all, for us into understandable explanations.
A fine example are the games of Rubenstein who understood as no other the secrets of exchange but also Smyslov belongs to one of the best exchange experts in the world.
Instructive are always the games of Bobby Fischer,who out plays the former chess prodigy Mecking with some fine exchanges: Fischer,Robert James - Mecking,Henrique [A03]
Palma de Mallorca Interzonal Palma de Mallorca (21), 08.12.1970
1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 c5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.0-0 e6 7.d3 Be7 8.Bxc6 Bxc6 9.Ne5 Rc8 10.Nd2 0-0 11.f4 Nd7 12.Qg4 Nxe5 13.Bxe5 Bf6 14.Rf3 Qe7 15.Raf1 a5 16.Rg3 Bxe5 17.fxe5 f5 18.exf6 Rxf6 19.Qxg7+ Qxg7 20.Rxf6 Qxg3 21.hxg3 Re8 22.g4 a4 23.Nf3 axb3 24.axb3 Kg7 25.g5 e5 26.Nh4 Bd7 27.Rd6 Be6 28.Kf2 Kf7 29.Rb6 Re7 30.e4 dxe4 31.dxe4 c4 32.b4 Bg4 33.Ke3 Rd7 34.g6+ Kf8 35.gxh7 Rxh7 36.Ng6+ Ke8 37.Nxe5 Bc8 38.Nxc4 Kd8 39.Nd6 Rg7 40.Kf2 Kc7 41.Nxc8 Kxc8 42.Rd6 1-0.
As Karsten Müller explains in the above mention book,there is nothing wrong with 14…Bxe5 15.fxe5 Qc7 16.Qh5 Be8 17.Rf6 {Alekhine} and now 17…c4 {Odessky} with counterplay.
Running time is around three hours of your time.
Conclusion; These DVD’s from Mikhalchishin are unbelievable instructive!  

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 132
November  2009
Videos by Sam Collins and Jaroslav Srokowski

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

ChessBase magazine extra the one with out the annotations to the games comes with a small 28366 games,all played between Rom-Bulg,Woman 02-08-2009 and Hoogeveen,Unive 21-10-2009.
A exciting Latvian games comes from Matteo Mereu: Larmuseau,Maarten (2169) - Mereu,Matteo (1964) [C40]
EU-ch U18 19th Fermo (2), 01.09.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qe7 4.Qh5+ g6 5.Nxg6 Qxe4+ 6.Be2 Nf6 7.Qh3 hxg6 8.Qxh8 Qxg2 9.Rf1 Kf7 10.d3 Nc6 11.Qh4 d5 12.Bg5 Be7 13.Nd2 Nd4 14.Bd1 f4 15.c3 Nf5 16.Qxf4 Bd6 17.Qf3 Qxg5 18.Bb3 Nh4 19.Qe2 Bh3 20.f4 Ng2+ 21.Kd1 Nxf4 22.Rxf4 Bxf4 23.Nf3 Qg2 24.Qxg2 Bxg2 25.Ke2 Re8+ 26.Kf2 Bxf3 27.Kxf3 Bxh2 28.Rf1 g5 29.Bd1 Bf4 30.Kg2 Rh8 31.Kg1 Ke7 32.a4 Kd6 33.Rf3 a6 34.Rf1 c5 35.Rf3 b5 36.Rf1 c4 37.axb5 axb5 38.dxc4 bxc4 39.b3 cxb3 40.Bxb3 Rc8 41.Rf3 Ne4 42.Rd3 Nxc3 43.Kg2 Ke5 44.Kf3 d4 45.Kg4 Be3 46.Bf7 Nd5 47.Ra3 Rc7 0-1.
The black line was originally played by Greco around 1620,who was the first child prodigy in chess.
Included on this CD is a instructive video game from the Irish International Sam Colins.
Conclusion: These CD’s are cheap and overloaded with high quality chess games! 

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