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Latest book reviews of 1 January 2010
BOOKS REVIEWS BY JOHN ELBURG.

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John Elburg


                                 Chess Books & Magazine's

Schachwelt
November issue 2009
http://www.schach-welt.de/
Price €3,90

A brand new chess magazine under leadership from GM Jörg Hickl and his compagnons  : Prof. Dr. Christian Hesse,GM Dr. Robert Hübner, GM Artur Jussupow, IM Stefan Löffler, GM Christopher Lutz, GM Michael Prusikin, IM Georgios Souleidis and IM Frank Zeller.
The magazine is not only eye catching,as for example the interesting cover and entertaining article about the great artist and chess player Marcel Duchamp.
Included in this article is a photograph from his fountain of 1917,interesting to mention is that the original urinal from 1917,did get lost but Duchamp masde on the 1960s some replicas and these copies are now on display in museums.
Game of the month goes to the game Zviad Izoria – Nigel Short,Olympiade Dresden 2008:
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nf3 f5 4.g3 Nc6 5.d4 e4 6.d5 Ne5 7.Nd4 Nf6 8.Bh3 g6 9.f3 exf3 10.exf3 Bg7 11.f4 Neg4 12.0-0 0-0 13.Bg2 Re8 14.h3 Ne3 15.Bxe3 Rxe3 16.Qd2 Rxg3 17.Nde2 Rxg2+ 18.Kxg2 c5 19.Ng3 Bd7 20.Rf3 a6 21.a4 b6 22.Qd3 Ne8 23.Ra2 Rb8 24.b3 Nc7 25.Nce2 b5 26.axb5 axb5 27.Ra7 Bf6 28.Qd2 bxc4 29.bxc4 Rb4 30.Qa2 Qb8 31.Raa3 Bc8 32.Rfe3 Kf8 33.Kf2 Qb6 34.Qc2 Bd4 35.Kf3 Bb7 36.Nxd4 cxd4 37.Re2 Nxd5 38.Ne4 fxe4+ 39.Kg3 Qc5 0-1,and is well explained by Christopher Lutz, with 3,5 page of text!
Frank Zeller uses four pages of text to explain the readers game,Müller – Boos,Landau 2008,
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.a4 Qa5 8.Bd2 Nbc6 9.Nf3 Bd7 10.Bb5 c4 11.0-0 f6 12.Re1 0-0-0 13.Bc1 fxe5 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.Rxe5 Bxb5 16.Bg5 Rde8 17.axb5 Qxb5 18.Rxe6 Nc6 19.Rb1 Qa4 20.Rxe8+ Rxe8 21.Qg4+ Kc7 22.Bf4+ Kd8 23.Qxg7 Ne7 24.Re1 Qd7 1-0.
There is a lot of latest news and games as from the Bundesligs,Nanjing and I even found some trainings session from the great Jusopov!
Cinclusion: This all for only €3,90!

British Chess Magazine No.12
Volume 129
December 2009
Price: £4,05


This BCM issue starts with the European Team Championship,4NCL October Weekend, World Junior Championship, Speelman on the endgame,where the great endgame specialist Jon Speelman, examines some heavyweight games from Moscow.
John Saunders looks back at chess in 1959 and analyses some fine games from Tigran Petrosian and Bobby Fischer.
The last game is very interesting where Saunders writes after 22…Qf6? Fischer needed to play 22….Qd6! 23.Bxf5+ Kh8 24.Qd4 Ndf6!? 25.Bxc8 Raxc8 26.Re6 c5! 27.Qh4 Qd8 and it is not clear whether white has any advantage against best play.
Tal,Mihail - Fischer,Robert James [E93]
Candidates Tournament Bled/Zagreb/Belgrade (20), 11.10.1959
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Nf3 e5 7.d5 Nbd7 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 a6 10.0-0 Qe8 11.Nd2 Nh7 12.b4 Bf6 13.Bxf6 Nhxf6 14.Nb3 Qe7 15.Qd2 Kh7 16.Qe3 Ng8 17.c5 f5 18.exf5 gxf5 19.f4 exf4 20.Qxf4 dxc5 21.Bd3 cxb4 22.Rae1 Qf6 23.Re6 Qxc3 24.Bxf5+ Rxf5 25.Qxf5+ Kh8 26.Rf3 Qb2 27.Re8 Ndf6 28.Qxf6+ Qxf6 29.Rxf6 Kg7 30.Rff8 Ne7 31.Na5 h5 32.h4 Rb8 33.Nc4 b5 34.Ne5 1-0.
Karsten Müller gives in his book The Career and Complete games of Bobby Fischer: 22...Qd6 23.Bxf5+ Kh8 24.Qxd6 cxd6 25.Ne4 Nb6 26.Be6 Bxe6 27.dxe6 d5 28.Nec5 and white still has a dangerous initiative!
Other readable columns are:Problem World,Reviews and New Books,Quotes and Queries etc.
Conclusion: Certainly one of the best!


The Ruy Lopez Revisited by Ivan Sokolov
2009
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/

Price € 23,95
Edition: Paperback medium
ISBN: 978-90-5691-297-0

GM Ivan Sokolov comes in this offbeat beat book with a detailed study of the Jaenisch Gambit,{1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5}124 pages,Delayed Jaenish Gambit {1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 f5}14 pages,Cozio variotion {1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nge7}24 pages,Smyslov Variation{ 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6}12 pages,Bird’s Defence {1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4}15 pages and Classical Variations {1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5}48,which was once even played by the legendary Bobby Fischer against his companion and close friend Larry Evans:  Evans,Larry Melvyn - Fischer,Robert James [C64]
150 years of Argentina Buenos Aires (13), 09.07.1960
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5 4.0-0 Nge7 5.c3 Bb6 6.d4 exd4 7.cxd4 d5 8.exd5 Nxd5 9.Re1+ Be6 10.Ne5 Nde7 11.Be3 0-0 12.Bxc6 Nxc6 13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.Nc3 Qf6 15.Qa4 Bd5 16.Rac1 Rae8 17.h3 Re6 18.Nxd5 cxd5 19.Qb4 Rfe8 20.a4 a5 21.Qd2 h6 22.b4 axb4 23.Qxb4 ½-½
The main line in the book runs nowadays with moves as  10.Bg5.
Sokolov really digs in it as we can see on the good old Jaenish Gambit with it’s 124 pages,for example minor lines as for example  1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 Nf6 6.Nxf6+ Qxf6 7.Qe2 Be7 8.Bxc6 bxc6,this moves has been played with success by Radjabov.
9.Qxe5 is known that it leads to drawish endgames and after Sokolov 9.Nex5 also leads to drawish endgames after 9….0-0 and Sokolov even suggests 9….c5 but misses the stronger 9…Qe6!!
Instructive are the words after the analyses of the move 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nge7:I have played this line many times in my life,and finally more or less gave up on it because white usually gets a small,solid,lasting advantage and black remains relatively passive in most of the lines.This opinion still holds today.Usually the Cozio transposes into  the Smyslov Variation  and vice versa.
Conclusion: Buy it for the excellent analyses from Sokolov!



New in Chess Yearbook issue 93
2009
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/

Price € 26,95
Edition: Paperback
ISBN: 978-90-5691-289-5

With the Chess Informator,there is always the question is it a book of magazine, but these New in Chess Yearbooks are real books because they all have a ISBN number.
This issue is good for 33 interesting heavy loaded data base surveys, where all of them have
photographs and readable introductions.
Some surveys as the one from A.C. van de Tak on the Velimirovic’s knight is really superb!
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Be3 a6 8.Qe2 Be7 9.0-0-0 Qc7 10.Bb3 Na5 11.g4 b5 12.g5 Nxb3+ 13.axb3 Nd7 14.Nf5!
But it is a pity that there are no more games!
A other interesting contribution comes from Lev Gutman who digs in the good old Max Lange and continues where the gambit magazine Kaissiber did stop.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d4 Bxd4 6.Nxd4 Nxd4 7.f4 d6 8.fxe5 dxe5 9.Bg5 Be6,but first some words from Lev Gutman:
In Yearbook 92 we started our trip on the Max Lange Gambit-not to be confused with the far better known Max Lange Attack:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.0-0 Bc5 6.e5 d5.
We have already examined all de variations before move 9.In this instlement we will go to the heart of 9....Be6,while in the final part in Yearbook 94 we will see 9...Qe7.
Funny enough there is a lot of interest in the Italian Game, specially in the forum, where I found contributions on the Traxler and the good old Fried Liver variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke6 8.Nc3 Ncb4 9.0-0!
After A.C.van der Tak is the last word on the Fried Liver not spoken yet but my Fritz loves:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke6 8.Nc3 Ncb4 9.0-0 c6 10.d4 Qf6 11.Qe2 Ke7 12.Ne4 Qg6 13.dxe5 Bf5 14.f3 Nb6 15.Bb3 Kd7 16.Rd1+ Kc7 17.e6 Re8 18.Bf4+ Kc8 19.Nd6+ Bxd6 20.Rxd6 Re7 21.Rad1!
Conclusion: There is no better way to sharpen your tactical skills!  



Regio Emilia 2007/2008 by Mihail Marin & Yuri Garett

2009
Quality Chess
287 pages
Price €23,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-32-9


Reggio Emilia 2007/2008 by Mihail Martin & Yuri Garett, celebrates 50 years of this famous chess tournament which goes back to the late 1950s,when Grandmaster
Enrico Paoli started in 1958 a small tournament of 12 players and won by the Swiss player  Otto Marthaler,7 wins and two draws.
The Reggio Emilia chess tournament is a chess tournament played in Reggio Emilia.
In Italian the tournament is called Torneo di Capodanno,it was also the ever first category 18 tournament.
Between the winners of Reggio Emilia,I found players as Anatloy Karpov,Ulf Andersson,Lajos Portisch,Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand 
 but also a players as the Swedish Nils Renman,but that was before they found a sponsor with money!
This  tournament book covers all game where many of them are well analysed, often by the players them self,included with interviews, biographies and plus a  lot of interesting background information.
Nearly I would say you can feel the breath of the players!
Specially with the analysed games of  the rising star Ni Hua but also the games of  the great Viktor Korchnoi  makes it all even more facinating.
Conclusion: All together we have here a great tournament book,well produced by Quality Chess!  




Play the Alekhine by Valentin Bogdanov
2009
Gambit Publications Ltd
http://www.gambitbooks.com
E-mail
info@gambitbooks.com
Price $19,95
ISBN 978-1-906454-15-9

The Alekhine defence has a respectable reputation and it scores better for black than the French,Caro-Kann,Pirc or Scandinavian Defence.
Nigel Davies once wrote in his book on the Alekhine Defence, the Alekhine player should have individuality, flexibility, good nerves, fighting spirit and tactical ability.
International Master Valentin Bogdanov belongs to the leading experts on the Alekhine as Baburin,Shabalov and Minasian.
Bobby Fischer experimented with the Alekhine at the Palma de Mallorca interzonal tournament of 1970  before he outplayed Boris Spassky with it at Reykjavik 1972.
Valentin Bogdanov offers you in this book a up-to-date coverage of the Alekhine explained at the hand of 26,well explained readable and modern  model games.
Between these games I found six games of the year 2008 and that is included, Topalov,Veselin (2780) - Carlsen,Magnus (2733) [B04]
Morelia/Linares 25th Morelia/Linares (5), 20.02.2008
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 c6 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.Nxd7 Bxd7 8.0-0 g6 9.Nd2 Bg7 10.Nf3 0-0 11.Re1 Bg4 12.c3 c5 13.Be4 cxd4 14.cxd4 e6 15.Qb3 Bxf3 16.Bxf3 Bxd4 17.Bxd5 Qxd5 18.Qxd5 exd5 19.Rd1 Bg7 20.Kf1 Rfd8 21.Bg5 Rd7 22.Rd2 h6 23.Be3 d4 24.Rd3 Rc8 25.Bd2 Rc2 26.Rb1 Re7 27.a4 f5 28.b3 Rec7 29.Be1 Kf7 30.Rd2 Rc1 31.Rxc1 Rxc1 32.Ke2 Rb1 33.Rd3 Ke6 34.h4 Kd5 35.Bd2 Ke4 36.Rg3 f4 37.Rd3 Be5 38.f3+ Kd5 39.Be1 Bd6 40.Bd2 g5 41.hxg5 hxg5 42.Be1 g4 43.fxg4 Ke4 44.g5 0-1.
Bogdanov writes after 5…c6:As we can see from the names of the players and the event,the 5.…c6 line has boosted the Alekhine’s reputation to the extent that it has made a return to top level events.While no world class player have been willing to put their trust in it as their principal replay to 1.e4,a number use the Alekhine as an occasional weapon.In the current game,black scores a remarkable success against one of the best prepared and most aggressive players in the world.
Valentin Bogdanov covers nearly every possible line of the Alekhine,as for example ones you only see in Gambit magazine as 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Nc6,where he writes:
4….Nc6 is considered a risky approach, but it leads to tense, concrete play that appeals to quite a number of Alekhine players.
The fact that it has been played  quite a lot in high-level correspondence games over many years shows that it needs to be taken seriously.
Conclusion: A very instructive read on the Alekhine!



Chess CD's & DVD's

ChessBase Magazine issue 132
December 
2009
A combative Vladimir Kramnik wins in Moscow
ChessBase
 http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com
ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 19.95
 

ChessBase Magazine issue 133,December 2009 comes with the following Super tournaments: Tal Memorial Moscow,European Team Championship, European Club Cup in Ohrid and Nanjing,the tournament of Magnus Carlsen,and his video analyses  belong to the high lights of this DVD!
Some other tournaments, that I found on this overloaded DVD are,Antwerpen, Hoogeveen and not to forget the fascinating Match Efimenko-Short!
Some other video files that had my interest came from Sam Collins,the Irish International who was so kind to put some interesting games from the Serbian Team Championship under the microscope.
But there is more than only Video files the master file with over 400 tournament games,holds also some excellent analysed games {13 excellent analysed games } as for example the following one: Berg,Emanuel (2616) - Almeida Quintana,Omar (2513) [B06]
ESP-chT Hon Gp2 Montcada (4.4), 19.09.2009
[Berg,E]
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 a6 With this move we enter the Modern Defence. This variation has been a favourite of the Swedish GM Tiger Hillarp Persson, who has played it on a regular basis for many years. It has never been a very popular opening, but since the release of the Book "Tiger's Modern" 2005, the opening has grown in popularity.
 5.h4 This move is a bit more flexible than [5.Qd2 b5 6.h4 which is the move order Tiger mentions in his Book.] 5...h6 By playing this move Black prepares to meet h5 by ...g5 and doesn't weaken the g5-square. [5...Nf6 is alst so as not to close the diagonal for his bishop on g7.;
The standard reaction is o possible, but after 6.f3 followed by £d2 Black has to deal with ¥h6 and move the h-pawn in any case. Moreover Black rather likes to wait with the development of his king's knigh5...h5 when play usually continues 6.Qd2 b5 7.Nh3 Nf6 8.f3 Nbd7 (8...Bxh3 is a possible alternative in order to prevent the knight from getting into g5. Black is solid but after 9.Rxh3² White has the long term advantage of having the pair of bishops.) 9.Ng5 Bb7 10.0-0-0 This position is far from clear but I personally prefer White. Black has problems to find a safe spot for his king as after ...0-0 White will very soon start a kingside offensive with g4 at some stage.] 6.Qd2 [6.Be2 with the idea of an early h5 followed by a later f4 has been tried by Motylev. However Black was doing fine after 6...b5 7.h5 g5 8.a3 Bb7 9.f4?! This move turned out to be in Black's favour. 9...gxf4 10.Bxf4 Nd7 11.Nf3 c5 ½-½ Motylev,A (2570)-Badea,B (2460)/Bucharest 2001/CBM 082 (17). when Black was already slightly better.] 6...b5 7.0-0-0 [After 7.h5 g5 8.f4 gxf4 9.Bxf4÷ 1-0 Miladinovic,I (2630)-Pelagatti,A (2087)/Crema 2004/EXT 2007 (26). Black could have tried the interesting 8...¤f6!?;
7.a4 is a standard reaction to ...b5 which should always be considered. After 7...b4 8.Nd1 a5 9.c3 bxc3 10.bxc3 1-0 Garcia Melgar,J (2291)-Romero,J/Barcelona 2000/CBM 077 ext (55). White is slightly for preferance.] 7...Bb7 8.Nh3N A novelty. Previously only [8.f4 had been played twice, but it doesn't seem to create any problems for Black. 8...b4! (8...Nf6 has also been played but after 9.e5 Ng4 10.h5² 1-0 Rubsamen,C (2138)-Rodriguez,R/Dos Hermanas 2003/EXT 2004 (65). my preference is for White.) 9.Nce2 Bxe4 10.Ng3 Nf6 11.Qxb4 0-1 Bugalski,M (2250)-Dlugosz,J (2294)/Gdansk 2005/EXT 2008 (37). An unbalanced position has arisen with chances for both sides.;
8.f3!? is a possible waiting move which is likely to transpose to the game. ] 8...Nf6 [8...b4 might be tempting but now after 9.Nd5² Whte has the upper hand.] 9.f3 Nbd7 10.Nf4 [Here I believe that 10.g4 would have been a wiser decision, not to allow ...h5 for Black as in the game. Although nothing seems to be wrong with the move played, I soon had difficulties in finding a good plan.;
The waiting move 10.Kb1 should also be considered.] 10...c6 [10...h5!? was interesting, not giving White a second chance to play g4.;
10...c5 should be considered, but might be a bit too early as after 11.dxc5 Black has to take back with the pawn. 11...dxc5 Black has some problem with his piece coordination. White can continue (11...Nxc5 is good for White in view of 12.e5! dxe5 13.Nxg6 Qxd2+ 14.Rxd2 fxg6 15.Bxc5² when White has a slight by clear plus due to the better pawn structure.) 12.Kb1 Qc7 13.g4 Rd8 14.Bg2 when White has completed his development, while Black still has to make up his mind about where to put his King.] 11.Kb1 [Once again 11.g4 is preferable.] 11...h5! This move came somewhat surprisingly and made me fall into deep thought, still being unable to come up with a good plan.
 12.Qf2 Now ...c5 is prevented and e5 becomes a threat. However the question still remains about "What to do next"? [My first intention during the game was to play 12.Nh3 followed by ¤g5. However this would transpose to the line mentioned after  5...h5 with the differences that White has played ¢b1 instead of ¤g5 and Black has the important extra tempo ...c6. With this in mind I had great difficulties to retreat with the knight to h3, allthough it might well be the best move.;
12.Nd3!?] 12...Qc7 13.Nd3 Once again preventing ...c5 and preparing the advance e5. 13...Nb6 14.e5 This move gives Black the d5-square for his knights as well as weakening the light squares along the diagonal c8-h3. This make it possible for Black to activate his passive bishop on b7, bringing it to f5 via c8. The triumphs for White are the space advantage and the absence of the black bishop on g7. 14...Nfd5 15.Nxd5 Nxd5 16.f4? This move is simply a positional error since White will not be able to push through f4-f5. Now the white bishop on e3 becomes a dead piece and there are no active plans whatsoever. [Instead White should have played 16.Re1! preparing ¥d2 and keeping the option of g2-g4 open. Black hasn't any problems here, but at least White should not be worse. 16...Nxe3 (16...0-0-0 17.Bd2 Kb8 18.g3 Bc8 19.Bh3 Bxh3 20.Rxh3") 17.Qxe3²] 16...Bc8! Now it becomes clear who is better. Black is intending to put his bishop on f5 and has full control of the position. Still White is far from hopeless, but from a practical point of view Black has very good chances as he can follow up with an easy move while White has to be very careful.
 17.g3 Bf5 18.Bg2 [18.Bh3 would have been better in order to exchange off the black bishop at once.] 18...a5 Black starts a kingside attack that very soon might be very dangerous for White.
 19.Qe2 b4 20.Bd2 Kf8!? A very surprising decision by Black. Now both the rook on h8 and the bishop on g7 are out of the game for some time. Still, this doesn't change the assessment of the position, but gives White some extra time. [My opponent might not have liked 20...0-0 21.Be4 when White gets some counterplay. 21...Bg4 22.Bf3 Bxf3 23.Qxf3 Qa7 24.Qe4 b3!] 21.Be4 Qb6 A clever move that threatens the pawn on d4 as well as ...¤c3+.
 22.Bxf5 gxf5 23.Be3?! This move protects the material for the moment, but doesn't help much against the black kingside attack. [An interesting alternative would have been to sacrifice a pawn by 23.Ne1! in order to improve the position of the knight. 23...Qxd4 (Now after 23...Nc3+ 24.Bxc3 bxc3 25.b3 a4 26.Qc4 White will soon capture the c3-pawn.) 24.Nf3 Qb6 (24...Qe4? is a mistake in view of the trick 25.Qf1! threatening ¦e1 when gets into difficulties. 25...Nb6 (25...Ne3 26.Bxe3 Qxe3 27.Ng5f gives White a strong initiative.) 26.Bc1 dxe5 27.Qa6! Bf6 28.Qxb6 Qxf3 29.Rhf1f) 25.Qd3"] 23...a4 24.Ka1 b3 This move came as a surprise to me.  [I was expecting 24...a3 when I had prepared an exchange sacrifice after 25.b3 Nc3 26.Qf2 Nxd1 (26...Rh6!?³ might be stronger.) 27.Rxd1 but my opponent probably wanted more than this from his promising position. Here White's king is relatively safe and the extra exchange doesn't mean too much in this closed position. Moreover Black might also get problems with his b4-pawn after ¥d2.] 25.a3? After having played ths move I was down to 10 minutes on the clock to complete the time control of 40 moves. Unfortunately I realised one move later that I had overlooked an important detail. [25.c4 also came to my mind, but I was worried about 25...a3! which looks very nasty for White. 26.Rd2 (26.cxd5 loses on the spot after 26...axb2+ 27.Nxb2 Rxa2+ 28.Kb1 Qa5-+) 26...axb2+ 27.Rxb2 Nc3 and Black wins.;
After 25.cxb3 axb3 26.a3 I couldn't see anything killing White immediately, but when his other rook comes into action it will be hard to resist.;
25.Bf2! was the right way to follow 25...bxa2 (25...Qb5 26.a3 bxc2 27.Rc1 is fine for White.) 26.c4 when things are not so clear.] 25...bxc2 26.Rde1 [My original idea was 26.Rd2 Qb3 27.Rc1 but now 27...Nc3! wins immediately, which I had overlooked when playing 25.a3.;
26.Rc1!? In the event of 26...Qb3?! White might get very strong counterplay (26...dxe5 27.fxe5 Nxe3 28.Qxe3 Bh6 29.Nf4 Qb3 with ...¦g8 to follow and Black retains the advantage.) 27.Bd2! (27.Rxc2 Nxe3 28.Rc3 Qd5-+; 27.Qd2 Nxe3 28.Qxe3 dxe5 29.fxe5 Bh6-+) 27...Qc4 28.Be1 Qxd4 29.Qxc2 c5? 30.Bf2 Qe4 31.exd6 exd6 32.Rce1 Qf3 33.Bxc5 dxc5 34.Rhf1+- and regaining the knight on d5 White has a won position.] 26...Rb8 [26...Qb3 27.Nc1 Qxe3 28.Qxe3 Nxe3 29.Rxe3 c5 30.dxc5 dxe5 31.fxe5 Rd8³] 27.Qxc2 Nxe3 28.Rxe3 Qxd4 29.Rhe1 [29.Re2 followed by ¦d1 would have been a better try.] 29...c5! 30.Nf2 Threatening to trap the black queen with ¦d3. 30...c4! [30...dxe5? 31.Rd3 forces Black to give up material with 31...Qxb2+ 32.Qxb2 e4 33.Rc3 Rxb2 34.Kxb2 Ke8 35.Nd1 Kd7 36.Kc2 Bxc3 37.Nxc3²] 31.Nd1 dxe5 [31...d5] 32.fxe5 e6 33.Rc3 Rc8 [33...Bxe5 34.Rxc4 Qd6 35.Rxa4 gives White some practical chances.(35.Rc6? Qxa3+ 36.Kb1 Qxg3-+) ] 34.Ne3 Qxe5 35.Re2 Qxg3 A slight surprise. The safest route to victory seem to be [35...Qe4 forcing the exchange of queens with a superior endgame for Black e.g. 36.Qxe4 fxe4 37.Rxc4 Rxc4 38.Nxc4 f5 39.Nb6 Kf7 (39...Be5?? 40.Nd7+!±) 40.Ka2 (40.Nxa4 Ra8!-+) 40...Be5 41.Nxa4 Bxg3-+] 36.Rxc4 Rxc4 37.Nxc4 [37.Qxc4 Kg8 38.Qxa4 Kh7µ Now Black has coordinated his pieces and should win relatively simply.] 37...Kg8! [37...Qb3 would have created unnecessary complictions for Black after 38.Qd2! However Black still wins after 38...Bf6!-+ (38...Kg8? is well met by 39.Rg2 when it is difficult for Black to avoid perpetual checks. 39...Qxc4 40.Rxg7+ Kf8 41.Qd8+! Kxg7 42.Qg5+ Kh7 43.Qxh5+ Kg7 44.Qg5+=) ] 38.Qxa4 Kh7 39.Qa7?? This loses on the spot, but it was too late anyway. [39.Qd7 is well met by 39...Qg4! (39...Qxh4? 40.Qxf7 gives White counterplay.; 39...Rf8-+) 40.Qd3 Qxh4-+] 39...Qd3! Now the situation is hopeless for White as after 40.£xf7 £xe2 the h5-pawn is protected and there are no perpetuals for White.
 40.Re1 Qxc4 41.Qxf7 Ra8 42.Qxh5+ Kg8 43.Qf3 Bxb2+! 44.Kb1 Rc8 [44...Rxa3!-+]  0-1.
A other heavy file can be found under Tele Chess files ,the must have master file for all correspondence chess players,good for 6041 entries,where 34 of them cover interesting annotations.
Besides the colums, Move by Move,Tactics,Strategy,Endgames,Opening Trap,there are twelve heavy loaded opening surveys who belong to the absolute top of chess publishing!
For example the one from Alexey Kuzmin who analyses the invention of Manuel Bosboom and his genius invention 7…h5,The Bosboom Variation,please see also the following game:
Firman,Nazar (2481) - Spraggett,Kevin (2633) [B80]
Cappelle op 23rd Cappelle la Grande (3), 05.03.2007
[Kuzmin,A]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e6 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nbd7 8.f3 h5 9.0-0-0 b5 10.Kb1 This is a practically useful move for all variations. 10...Bb7 11.Bd3 Rc8 12.Rhe1 Be7 The critical position.
Both sides have accomplished the activation of their forces. It's time now to choose a concrete plan. But if for Black the situation is quite clear: he wants to realise the manoeuvre ¤d7-e5-c4, White's plan is not so evident.
In the battle ahead Black's chances aren't worse.
 13.Nce2 White moves the knight to f4 threatening to sacrifice on e6. [A)  13.Bg1 Ne5 14.f4 An urgent realisation of the break-through e4-e5 gives to Black the strong d5-square and leads to an unclear position. 14...Nc4 15.Bxc4 Rxc4 16.e5 dxe5 17.fxe5 Nd5 18.Ne4 0-0 19.Qe2 Qa5÷ 0-1 Arakhamia Grant,K (2435)-Rowson,J (2547)/Catalan Bay 2004/CBM 098 ext (63);
B)  13.h4 Ne5 14.Bg5 isn't dangerous. 14...0-0 15.Nce2 d5!? (15...Qb6 16.Be3 Qc7³ 1-0 Wunnink,M (2223)-Bosboom,M (2419)/Amsterdam 2005/CBM 107 ext) 16.exd5 Nxd3 17.Qxd3 Nxd5 18.Bxe7?! (18.Qd2) 18...Qxe7 19.g3 Rfd8µ 0-1 Van Haastert,E (2416)-Nakamura,H (2670)/Gibraltar 2008/CBM 122 Extra (38);
C)  The inclusion of the moves h3 and h4 usually doesn't bring profits for White. 13.h3 h4 14.a3 (14.Bf2 Ne5 (14...Nh5!?") 15.f4 Nc4 16.Bxc4 Rxc4 17.Qd3  Ashley,M (2473)-Teplitsky,Y (2453)/Bermuda 1999/ 17...Qc7÷) 14...Ne5 (14...Nc5!? 15.Qf2 Nxd3 16.cxd3 Nd7! 17.Nb3 0-0³ ½-½ Fier,A (2459)-Disconzi da Silva,R (2403)/Guarapuava 2006/EXT 2007 (31)) 15.Bg5 Nc4 (15...Nh5 16.Bxe7 Qxe7 17.Qe3 0-0") 16.Bxc4 Rxc4 17.f4 (17.Nb3!?) 17...0-0 18.Qd3 Nh5 19.Bxe7 Qxe7÷ 0-1 Soltanici,R (2315)-Hulak,K (2541)/Kusadasi 2006/CBM 111 ext (44);
D)  13.a3 Ne5 14.Bf1 Nfd7 15.Nb3 (15.f4!?) 15...Ba8 releases the b-file for further active operations after penetration on c4, exchange and capture by pawn bxc4.  16.Bd4 0-0 17.f4 Nc4 18.Bxc4 bxc4 19.Nc1 e5³ ½-½ Mrdja,M (2313)-Rowson,J (2599)/Verona 2006/CBM 110 ext (23);
E)  13.Qf2 0-0 14.h3 is too passive. 14...b4 15.Nce2 d5 16.exd5 Nxd5 17.Bc1?! (17.Nf4 Nc5 18.Nxh5 Nxd3 19.Rxd3 Qc7©) 17...Qb6³ 0-1 Rudd,J (2370)-David,A (2529)/Liverpool 2007/CBM 120 ext (36)] 13...Ne5 14.Nf4 Qd7 It's necessary to protect the e6-square. 15.Qf2 [15.h3 h4 16.Qf2 g6 (16...b4=) 17.Nb3 Bd8 This is an interesting strategic manoeuvre. 18.Bf1 Qc7 19.Nd4 Qe7 20.Bc1 Bb6= ½-½ Perez Garcia,R (2421)-Spraggett,K (2631)/Lorca 2007/CBM 119 ext (22)] 15...g6!? [15...0-0=] 16.Bc1 Nxd3 17.Nxd3 e5 18.Nb3 Qc7 19.Be3 Bd8! prepares a6-a5.
 20.Qd2 a5" Black has sufficient counter-play.
 21.Bg5 b4 22.Rc1 Qb6 23.Bxf6 Bxf6 24.c3 a4 25.Na1 bxc3 26.Rxc3 0-0 27.Nc2 Bg5 28.Qxg5 Rxc3 29.Ndb4 Rc5 30.a3 Qd8 31.Qxd8 Rxd8 32.Ne3 Kg7 33.Rd1 h4 34.Nd3 Rcc8 35.Nb4 Kh6 36.Na2 Kg5 37.Nc3 f5 38.Ned5 Bxd5 39.Rxd5 Rc4 40.Kc2 fxe4 41.fxe4 0-1.
Other theoretical surveys are:Fianchetto Variation Part II,Alekhine Defence by Mihail Marin B04:1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 Bg7,Sergey Erenburg Caro-Kann B12:1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bf4 the Fantasy Variation, Emanuel Berg goes for the 8.Qd3 in the Poisoned pawn Variation Sicilian B97:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Bg5 a6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd3,Viktor Moskalenko French 05:1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6!? 4.e5 Nfd7,Leonid Kritz French C18:1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Ba5 6.b4 cxd4 7.Qg4,Spyridon Skembris,Petroff C42: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nd6!? 7.0-0 Be7,Igor Stohl reveals the latest secrets of the Scotch C45:1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4  4.Nxd4 bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Bc4 ne5 8.Be2 Qg6 9.0-0 d6 10.f4,
Mihail mrin analyses the alternatives for white in the Steinitz part II C 66: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.d4 Bd7 5.0-0 Nf6 6.Nc3,Queen’s Gambit by Tibor Karolyi D20:1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4  5.Qxd4 Qxd4 6.Nxd4 Bd7 7.Bxc4 Nc6,Queen’s Indian E12: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 g6 by Hannes Langrock and at last the one of Michal Krasenkow on the King’s Indian E90 II with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.h3 e5 7.d5.
In this second part,the attention goes to the main system with 6…e5 7.d5.
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