CHESSBOOK REVIEWS


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

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The Scotch game for white by Vladimir Barsky
2009
Chess Stars
190 pages
Price €23,50
ISBN 978-954-8782-73-9

IM Vladimir Barsky,the second hand  of Alexander Morozevich and co-author of The Chigorin Defence According to Morozevich,digs in this latest Chess Star repertoire openings book in the good old Scotch Game.
Barsky is not afraid to cover complicated repertoire lines as the Mieses variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Ba6 9.b3.
In The Scotch Game Explained from Gary Lane we only see in big lines the alternative move 9.Nd2.
Funny enough Lane writes: I looked at 9.b3 in depth but quickly concluded I would need to add another 30 pages to the book to satisfy myself.
But pleasant enough Vladimir Barsky did use over 30 pages of text to explains us every thing you need to know with white!
Interesting enough this line is known for ages and goes back to the match Blackburne – Zukertort,London 1881 where it was played twice but it did not inspire many players,at that time,till the greatest player of all time Garry Kasparov started playing it!
Throw the book you shall find many games and ideas from Kasparov,who had the belief that it was  the only serious alternative to the Spanish after 1.e4 e5.
Against Steinitz’s 4….Qh4 Barsky,prefers the modern set-up with 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Be2!
These Chess Star books are well thought there is a quick repertoire of every important line,with step by step you are invited to dip  a little deeper invited and with the complete games are good to sharpen your Scotch Game skills.
Conclusion: A very important repertoire reference work on the Scotch!



The rules of winning chess by Nigel Davies
2009
Everyman Chess
http://www.everymanchess.com
190 pages
Price $26,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-596-1

GM Nigel Davies explains you in this book at the hand of 64 games plus lot of chess  wisdom the success of winning in chess.
Davies “rules” are well packed into the  following categories: the player, preparation, the opening, the middlegame and endgame.
The secret of winning in chess lays by recognizing  patterns and finding the best squares for your pieces,seems all simple and with the instructive explanations from Davies a player is able to come far with this book.
Not only the games are well explained but this is a book that you buy for the wealth of chess wisdom!
This wisdom is not always chess related as we ca read in the chapter ”the player”
A link between health and competitive chess is hardly surprising ,but there may also be more subtle connections between body en mind.In the book Descartes Error by Antonio Damasio,the author,a neuroscientist challenges traditional ideas on what constitutes someone’s ‘mind.Here’s an excerpt:
“The idea that the mind derives from the entire organism as an ensemble may sound counterintuitive at first.Of late,the concept of mind has moved from the ethereal nowhere place it occupied in the seventeenth century to its current residence in or around the brain – a bit of a demotion,but still a dignified station.To suggest that the mind itself depends on brain- body interactions,in terms of evolutionary biology, ontogeny {individual development},and current operation may seem too much.But stay with me .What I am suggestion is that the mind arises from activity in neural circuits,to be sure,but many of those circuits were shaped in evolution by functional requisites of the organism,and that a normal mind will happen only if those circuits represents the organism continuously, as it is perturbed by stimuli from the physical and sociocultural environments and as it acts on those environments.
Conclusion: Extremely interesting also for the more experienced club player!



Genius in the background by Tibor Karolyi & Nick Aplin
2009
Quality Chess
382 pages
Price 24,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-37-4


Tibor Karolyi and Nick Aplin who have portretted in this book twelve not so well known chess geniuses ho are covered in this book with there greatest achievements and best games.
Did you ever hear from Pervakov and Afek? Two great players  who have  created  wonderful compositions and endgame studies,but also a player as Petko Atanasov,who was Topalov’s junior trainer,and who learned Topalov the first secrets of master play.
Petko Atanasov writes: I started to work with Veselin in 1986.I did not know him personally until his mother  came to me and entrusted me to take him into my group.At that time I was teaching a group advanced children between 12-14 years old.He was about ten years old.
For a ten-year old boy he had the necessary basic chess knowledge.But he did not know the higher chess rules:observing the basic principles and laws,building a strong strategy in a given game.In the beginning Veselin wasn’t so different from the rest of the children in the group.
But after two years of work with him,he changed a lot.
Correspondence players between us will certainly enjoy the portrait of Alexander Shakarov,not only Kasparov’s Junior trainer but also a great correspondence chess player.
The following correspondence game: Shakarov,Aleksandr Ivanovich - Rozentalis,Leo S. (LTU) [C42]USSR corr, 1986
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 8.c4 c6 9.Qc2 Na6 10.a3 Bg4 11.c5 Bc7 12.Ne5 Bxe5 13.dxe5 Naxc5 14.f3 Qb6 15.Be3 d4 16.Bxd4 Rfd8 17.Bxe4 Rxd4 18.Bxh7+ Kh8 19.fxg4 Nb3 20.Kh1 Nxa1 21.Qf5 c5 22.Qxf7 Kxh7 23.e6 Rd5 24.Nc3 Re5 25.Ne4 Kh8 26.Ng5 Rxg5 27.Rf3 Qb3 28.Rxb3 Nxb3 29.e7 Re5 30.h4 1-0,is covered with nearly four pages of full text!
A other interesting portrait comes from the endgame expert GM Karsten Müller who plays chess as no other!
The following game is a fine example of his contribution to modern openings play: Mueller,Karsten (2521) - Acs,Peter (2606) [B88]
EU-Cup 19th Rethymnon (3), 30.09.2003
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nc6 8.Be3 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.f4 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 b5 12.e5 dxe5 13.fxe5 Nd7 14.Ne4 Bb7 15.Nd6 Bxd6 16.exd6 Qg5 17.Qe2 e5 18.Rf2 exd4 19.Qe7 Qxe7 20.dxe7 Rfe8 21.Bxf7+ Kh8 22.Re1 Nf6 23.g4 Bd5 24.Bxe8 Rxe8 25.g5 Nd7 26.Rf4 Kg8 27.Rxd4 Nb6 28.Re5 Bf7 29.Rd8 Nc8 30.c3 g6 31.Kf2 Kg7 32.Re2 Na7 33.Re6 Bxe6 34.Rxe8 Kf7 35.Ra8 Nc8 36.Rxa6 Kxe7 37.Ke3 Nd6 38.Ra7+ Bd7 39.Kf4 Nf7 40.b3 h6 41.Rxd7+ Kxd7 42.gxh6 Nxh6 43.Kg5 Nf5 44.Kxg6 Ne7+ 45.Kf7 Nd5 46.h4 Nxc3 47.h5 Ne4 48.Kg6 Nc5 49.Kf6 Ne6 50.Ke5 Ke7 51.h6 Kf7 52.b4 Nd8 53.Kd6 Kg6 54.Kc5 Kxh6 55.Kxb5 Kg6 56.a4 Kf6 57.a5 Ke6 58.a6 Kd7 59.a7 Ne6 60.Kb6 1-0.
Ftacnik wrote later in the ChessBase magazines: This is a fabulous novelty in a very well known position. It may not change the world, but the surprise for black must have been extremely unpleasant.
A major part of Karsten his favorite game fragments  are endgames!
Included between the list of twelve is the Moscow magician Oleg Pervakov who played played with the great icons of the chess world,including Kaparov,Tal and Anand.
Plus a excellent made index of games and fragments.
Conclusion: A great read!



Open files by Wolfgang Uhlmann & Gerhard Schmidt
2009
Edition Olms
http://www.olms.de

164 pages
Price € 24,95
ISBN 978-3-283-01006-5

The first edition of this work was released twenty five years ago in East Germany under the famous Sportverlag and it was in no time one of there best selling chess books.
Maybe it was the title of the book  that inspired  co author Gerard Schmidt to flee for the free West but the contribution from one of the strongest German chess players Wolfgang Uhlmann which makes this book really super.
Specially the combination of specific positions and use of important diagonals makes this book unique in his kind and this book can easy stand-up against important strategy works from Dvoretsky,Watson and Aagard.
Both authors discuss all kind of open line strategies as “Dominated” open lines” where I found between the 113 model games of this book a fine and modern example from the great Garry Kasparov ;  Kasparov,G  - Ponomariov,R Linares 19th Linares,1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.c3 c5 8.Ne5 Nd7 9.Bb5 Bd6 10.Qg4 Kf8 11.0-0 Nxe5 12.dxe5 Bxe5 13.Bg5 Bf6 14.Rad1 Qc7 15.Qh4!? both authors explain in instructive words from move 14 till 38 where black resigned, all good for around 2,5 pages of text.
A other beauty is the short game between Fischer and Fine covered under the theme “The use of open lines” and played at the Manhattan blitz tournamant of New York, 1963
 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 dxc3 8.Qb3 Qe7 9.Nxc3 Nf6 10.Nd5 Nxd5 11.exd5 Ne5 12.Nxe5 Qxe5 13.Bb2 Qg5 14.h4 Qxh4 15.Bxg7 Rg8 16.Rfe1+ Kd8 17.Qg3 1-0
Fische called his move 14.h4 Deflecting the “overloaded queen, but as we can learn in this book it is all a matter of open lines.
Nimzowitch was the master was the master of Prophylaxis but Uhlmann & Schmidt on open lines!
Conclusion: Very important reference work on open lines!


Königswege im Schach: Das Endspiellesebuch: Der Endspiel-Ratgeber
by Hans-Joachim Hecht

2009
Edition Olms
http://www.olms.de

164 pages
Price € 16.80
ISBN 978-3-283-01013-3

H
ans-Joachim Hecht is a strong German Grandmaster who was a while in the 1970s,a professional chess player.This second  book from him holds a fascinating collection endgames where the king is of major importance.
As no other Hecht shows you how to use the king as an inherent part of successful endgame play.
The author covers in this endgame book several endgame topics as exchanges, pawn endings ,small number of pawns,pawns on one side,knight endgames, opposite coloured bishops, defences, etc.
All major aspects get a important turn but the bases of this endgame book is that the king is king. Mikhail Tal once said that the value of an active king is three points, equivalent to a bishop or knight.
A lot of the material in this book comes from Hecht him self and that makes a endgame book like this one very special, for example on page 135,I found the endgame position Hecht – Miles,Bundesliga 1982/83,where Miles played  like a solid oil company,to use the words from Boris Spassky, which is after move 52 good for five pages of text!
For the readers I shall give the complete game: because it is a very impressive win from Hecht,maybe one of his best:1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.dxe5 Nxe5 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Bxd2+ 6.Nbxd2 Qf6 7.c3 Ne7 8.Nxe5 Qxe5 9.Bd3 0-0 10.0-0 Ng6 11.Nc4 Qg5 12.Ne3 Nf4 13.Kh1 b6 14.Bc2 Ba6 15.Re1 Rae8 16.Qf3 Bb7 17.Qg3 h6 18.Rad1 d6 19.Qxg5 hxg5 20.f3 Re5 21.Kg1 Rfe8 22.Kf2 Bc6 23.Bb3 Kf8 24.Bc4 a5 25.Bf1 g6 26.Nc4 R5e7 27.Ne3 Kg7 28.Nc2 Re5 29.Nd4 Bd7 30.h3 Kf6 31.Nc2 Kg7 32.Ne3 Bc6 33.Nc4 R5e7 34.Ne3 Rh8 35.Nc2 Ba4 36.b3 Bd7 37.Ne3 Rhe8 38.g3 Nxh3+ 39.Bxh3 Bxh3 40.g4 Rh8 41.Rh1 Rh4 42.Rh2 d5 43.Rdh1 dxe4 44.Rxh3 Rxh3 45.Rxh3 Rd7 46.Ke2 Kf6 47.fxe4 Ke5 48.Rf3 Kxe4 49.Nc4 f5 50.Re3+ Kf4 51.Rf3+ Ke4 52.Rf2 Rh7 53.Nd2+ Ke5 54.Ke3 Re7 55.Re2 Kf6+ 56.Kf2 Rh7 57.Nf3 Rh3 58.gxf5 g4 59.Re6+ Kxf5 60.Nd4+ Kg5 61.Ne2 Rf3+ 62.Kg2 Rd3 63.Kf2 Rd2 64.a4 Rb2 65.Kg3 Rxb3 66.Rc6 Ra3 67.Rc4 c6 68.Rxg4+ Kf5 69.Rc4 Ke5 70.Rxc6 Ke4 71.Rxb6 Kd3 72.Kf3 Rxa4 73.Rd6+ Kc2 74.Rd5 Ra1 75.Ke3 a4 76.Rd2+ Kb3 77.Kd3 a3 78.Nd4+ Ka4 79.Rg2 g5 80.Kc4 Rb1 81.Rxg5 a2 82.Rg8 Ka3 83.Nc2+ Kb2 84.Rg2 Kc1 85.Na1 Rxa1 86.Kd3 Rb1 87.Rc2+ Kd1 88.Rxa2 Ke1 89.c4 Rd1+ 90.Ke4 Rc1 91.Kd5 Rd1+ 92.Kc6 1-0.
As Hecht explains 79.Re2 Rh1 80.Re8 Rh5 81.Ra8+ Ra5 82.Rxa5+ Kxa5 83.Kc2 Ka4 84.Kb1 g5 85.Ka2 g4 86.Nf5 Kb5 87.Kxa3 Kc4 88.Kb2 Kd3 89.Kb3 Ke4 90.Ng3+ Kf4 (90...Kf3 91.Nh5!) 91.Nf1+- would have won easier, fantastic is the move 85.Na1!!
All together Hech has managed to create a readable endgame book and that is very special!
Conclusion: This book offers you a lot of end game knowledge for your money!     
         


Olympiad United! Dresden 2008 by Harald Fietz,Josip Asik & Anna Burtasova
2009
Verlag Schach Wissen Berlin
304 pages
Price €29,90
ISBN 978-3-9813348-0-7

Seldom I have seen such a well produced tournament book as this one from Harald Fietz,Josip Asik and Anna Burtasova.
This book is not only in hardcover,holds over 300 black and white  photographs and covers around hundred well analysed  games,where some of them  are really deeply analysed.
To cover all games would nearly be impossible with it’s 1270 players so the authors of this book went for a selection of the best played games.
Fascinating to read  are the interviews behind the scenes plus contributions from famous chess cracks  as Jacob Aagaard,Karsten Müller,Iweta Rajlich,Ismael Karim,Elisabeth Pähtz,Anastazia Karlovich,Frank Stiefel,Astrid Fietz and Hartmut Metz.
Is it not enjoyable to see in this book how the great Viktor Korchnoi manages to snatch a draw from a player as  Peter Svidler?
Svidler,P - Korchnoi,V [C11],38th Olympiad (1), 2008
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 a6 8.Ne2 cxd4 9.Nexd4 Nc5 10.Nb3 b6 11.Be2 Nxb3 12.axb3 Bc5 13.Qd2 d4 14.Bf2 Bb7 15.0-0 0-0 16.Rac1 f6 17.Bc4 Kh8 18.exf6 Qxf6 19.Ng5 Rae8 20.Qd3 Qh6 21.Rce1 e5 22.c3 Nd8 23.cxd4 e4 24.Qe3 Bb4 25.Rc1 b5 26.Be2 Bd6 27.Bg3 Nc6 28.f5 Bxg3 29.hxg3 Nxd4 30.Qxd4 Qxg5 31.Rc7 Rd8 32.Qe5 Bd5 33.b4 Qf6 34.Qxf6 Rxf6 35.g4 Rc6 36.Rxc6 Bxc6 37.Rc1 Rd6 38.g5 h6 39.g6 Kg8 40.Kf2 Kf8 41.Ke3 Ke7 42.g4 Kf6 43.Kf4 e3 44.Kxe3 Kg5 45.Rd1 Rf6 46.Rd8 h5 47.gxh5 Kxf5 48.Bd1 Kg5 49.Kd4 Bf3 50.Bxf3 Rxf3 51.Rd5+ Kh6 52.Kc5 Rf2 53.Rd6 Rc2+ 54.Kb6 Rxb2 55.Kxa6 Rxb4 56.Rd7 ½-½.
The notes to this game come from Borislav Ivkov,and where he writes after 1….e6:
This is the move that Korchnoi played against Alexander Matanovic at the World Students Olympiad,Uppsala 1956,and against me in the match,Soviet Union – Yugoslavia 1957.Over the next 50 years it was integral part of his broad opening repertore.
But Korchnou played the French opening long before and well against Suetin in the 19th USSR Championship of 1951, but that is a other story!
Anna Burtasova askes in a interview with Arthur Yusupov;How it did feel to work with such a legendary player as Viktor Korchnoi?
Yusupov: It only strengthened my opinion about Korchnoi as one of the greatest players of the 20th century.His love for chess is simply amazing,he saves most of his energy for the game.
He is always ready to analyse,even after a lost.Ofcourse nowadays age has an effect on his play,but it is phenomental in any case.Even many youngsters cannot attain the level of chess he demonstrates at his age.
Conclusion: This book is a gift for every chess lover!
 


Revolution your chess by Viktor Moskalenko
2009
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
350 pages
Price € 24,95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-295-6

The bright Viktor Moskalenko from  comes in this impressive learning book “Revolutionize Your Chess”with a unique concept based on the general rules of the game,all well packed in his five bright touchstones.
These are based on material, development, placement of pieces and pawns, king positions and time.
Moskalenko writes if a modern player wants to understand and play dynamic chess ,he should understand all five touchstones and,especially,’sence’when the factor time is prevalent, in order to get a firm grip on the so important key moments.
Important in the book from Moskalenko is the factor time,because in most books the concept of time is often ignored.
Miskalenko presents his unique approach of the five touchstones in chapter one and two and slowly apply his system of play in every stage of the game.
This is all explained with a large amount of  model games, all  from opening to endgame, included with a Hugh amount of instructive text, where the author even found time to analyse some strategies and tactics of the King’s Indian Four pawn Attack,Nimzo-Indian and Dutch Defence!
And that is included the tactics and strategies of these lines!
Interesting are the words on Aaron Nimzowitch: a world –class player in his time,he devised a system which he did consider dynamics,but was flawed in it’s description of concepts.
More impressed is Moskalenko about Paul Morphy 1837-1884,child and symbol of dynamic chess.Help your pieces and they will help you!
Pleasant to mention is that Moskalenko has it al in this incredible one volume band!
Conclusion: An revolutionary learning system, which truly helps you to become a player of master strength!


British Chess Magazine No.1
Volume 130
January 2010
Price: £4,05


This month’s issue of the oldest chess magazine in the world is nearly entirely devoted to the London Chess Classic, which was held in December.
It was probably the most prestigious tournament that was held in England for a quarter of a century.
There is a readable round by round account by BCM editor John Saunders included with well analysed games and a lot of eye catching photographs.
The tournament took place at the Olympia Conference Centre,a mile from the west of Central London,where Magnus became Maximus!
Other contributions and  columns in this issue are Games Department, New in Brief,Quotes and Queries, Endgame Studies, Fort coming Events and a useful index of Volume 129.
Conclusion: Incredible issue!


Schachwelt
January issue 2010
http://www.schach-welt.de/
Price €3,90

As we can read omn page one the great Hikaru Nakamura has made the said record to loos in twelve moves from Julio Becerra;
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nc3 e6 5.Nxd5 exd5 6.d4 Nc6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.Qxd5 d6 9.Bc4 Qe7 10.Bg5 f6 11.0-0-0 dxe5 12.Rhe1 1-0!
So there is still hope for many of us and I am sure,this game will reach the second update of The quickest chess victories of all time!
Other readable contributions are Tournaments actual with Tal Memorial,Open Bad Wiesee,Bundelliga,Hickls Welt,Readers games,Game of the month, Strong Vibrations etc.
Highly recommended for local club players, is the section from GM Christopher Lutz,where he handles in detail the amateur game,Matthias Lerch – Daniel Bibicar,Apolda Open 2009.
Conclusion: Impressive read!                            

Chess CD's & DVD's

Fritz Powerbook 2010
2009
ChessBase
 http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com
ISBN 978-3-86681-154-6
Price € 49,99
System requirements: Pentium PC, 32 MB RAM, Windows Vista, WindowsXP and Fritz11,10,9,8, DVD drive.

Fritz Powerbook 2010 is good for around 27 million openings positions, all derived from 1,6 million high quality tournament games,played by the best players in the world.
In one view we can see all moves that were played in the position, by players and there average rating,included with results and performance results.
Included on this DVD is also a exclusive extra Powerbook with the strongest grandmaster games from the last 100 years,and good for over 1.8 million positions.
Pleasant to mention is that all above mentioned 1.6 million games are also extra included on this DVD and that insures you,not only complete games but you shall also find here the latest developments in chess!
On the latest Fritz there is a small Powebook but can not be compared in any way with this hell of a powe file!
The Powebook is also very useful in ChessBase,open a game and click on Openings Book and see what the experts play in that position,or as the opinion from Fritz!
Conclusion: This DVD is completely  overloaded with latest developments!


Mega Database 2010
2009
ChessBase
 http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com
ISBN 978-3-86681-148-5
Price € 149,90
System requirements: 1 GHz Pentium PC, Windows Vista/XP, 512 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, ChessBase 10, Internet.

The new Mega Database the mother of all databases comes with a over 4.5 million database, exactly counted 4463293 games where over 65000 games are excellent analysed by some of the best players in the word.
There are several ways to access these games, by position search, openings key and several general themes as tactics, strategy and endgames.
Some chess players spend a lot of money on rare tournament book but with one click on the mouse you have direct access to every important chess tournament,
and these are more readable than the yellow pages of the old books.
Some times the games are lost in time but there is a group of players who are doing there best to dig up and cover forgotten and lost encounters as for example Slobodan Petrovic from Serbia who has managed to cover forgotten Yugoslavian tournaments of the 1970s  and 80s.
With every new issue of the Mega Database there are new games from famous chess players from the past as Euwe,Alekhine,Rubinstein,Spielman,Bilguer etc.
These games are Often found in archives and old chess bulletins collected by chess lovers throw the world.
The first child prodigy in chess history was Gioachino Greco,who was born in the small town of Celico in the province of Calabria,who is known for the following line in the Latvian Gambit:
NN - Greco,Gioacchino [C40]
Europe Europe, 1620
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qe7 4.Qh5+ g6 5.Nxg6 Qxe4+ 6.Kd1 Nf6 7.Qh3 hxg6 8.Qxh8 Ng4 9.Qh4 Ne3+ 10.dxe3 Qxh4 0-1.
Funny enough a small 400 years later a other Italian talent played the same line again:
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.
So there is still a lot to learn from the old masters!
The statistics of this line are not so good,1-0 17 games 53% draw 16% and 0-1 31%.
New in Mega Database is the opportunity to download new games so you are insured with this DVD with an excellent update of new games till the end of 2010!
And that could be easy over the 200.000 new games!
Pleasant to mention is the new and expanded playerbase which has gone over the 258000 names and the photo base is now over 31000 pictures!
The price of the Mega Database seems at first glace high but on the other hand it offers so much useful information.
But there is a special upgrade price of only €29,99 and that is a bargain!
Conclusion: One of the most interesting ChessBase buys of this moment!


The Trompowsky by Andrew Martin
2009
ChessBase
 http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com
ISBN 978-3-86681-155-3
Price € 27,50
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

The educative IM Andrew Martin comes here with an excellent update of his Trompowsky Attack,probably the only opening that has been taken up by club players and Grandmasters.
Even the best player of all time,Garry Kasparov has played 2.Bg5.
The Tromp is dangerous, one false move and black can be swamped of the board in no time!
The Trompowsky Attack has been known for a very long time and it was named after Octavio Siqueiro Trompowsky,one time Brazialian Champion who made this move popular in the early 1930s and 1940s.
The pleasant side of this opening is that it avoids lines as Nimzo-Indians,Queen’s Indian’s,King’s Indian,Benonis etc.
Andrew Martin has included 6 extra media files for this new update and this man always good for nsome brand new ideas!
Interesting to mention is the following game where black plays:7….Nbd7,this move is not even mentioned in Nigel Davies,book on the Trompowsky but now I know why!
Konenkin,D (2296) - Airumian,S (2070)
Chigorin Memorial, 2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.d5 Qb6 4.Nc3 Qxb2 5.Bd2 Qb6 6.e4 d6 [6...e5 7.f4 d6 8.Rb1 Qc7 9.Nf3 Nbd7 10.f5! a6 11.a4 h5 12.Be2 Be7 13.0-0 c4 14.Ng5 Rb8 15.Kh1 Qc5 16.Qc1 Ng4÷ Smirnov-Zhukov 2008 17.Qe1 b6 (17...b5 18.axb5 axb5 19.Bxg4 hxg4 20.Be3 Qc7 21.Rxb5²) 18.Qg3] 7.f4 Nbd7 8.Nf3 a6 9.e5 dxe5 10.fxe5 Ng4 11.Qe2 e6 12.Qe4 h5 13.Bc4 Nb8 14.0-0 Qc7 15.a4 f6 16.dxe6 Nxe5 17.Nd5 Qd6 18.Nxe5 Bxe6 19.Qg6+ Kd8 20.Ba5+ 1-0
All together there are 37 video files and that is good 4 hours highly instructive video lessons!
Conclusion:Learn a life time opening in only four hours!

1.e4 Repertoire by Sam Collins
2009
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The IM master,Sam Collins from Ireland who just had made his first GM norm and who is responsible for the following short cut: Collins,S IRL (2431) - Spanton,T (2026) [C67]
85th Masters Hastings ENG (3), 30.12.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Re1 Nd6 6.Nxe5 Nxe5 7.Rxe5+ Be7 8.Nc3 Nxb5? 9.Nd5 0-0 10.Nxe7+ Kh8 11.Qh5 g6 12.Qh6 Re8 13.Rh5 1-0,offers you on this DVD a complete openings repertoire based on the safe lines of Italian game,French Tarrash,c3 Sicilian,Caro-Kann Defence,Panov Attack,Alekhine with 1.e4 Nf6 2.e4 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 and against the Prc he likes it sharp too,as we can see in the following game Pirc/Modern game ,where he does not fear to explains one of his own losses:
Fogarasi,Tibor (2490) - Collins,Sam (2413) [B07]
Budapest FS09 GM Budapest (1), 03.09.2005
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 c6 5.h3 Nbd7 6.f4 b5 7.a3 Nb6 8.Nf3 Bg7 9.Bd3 0-0 10.0-0 Bb7 11.Qe1 a5 12.Rd1 Qc7 13.e5 Nfd5 14.Nxd5 Nxd5 15.Bd2 c5 16.c3 cxd4 17.cxd4 Qb6 18.Kh1 b4 19.f5 dxe5 20.dxe5 bxa3 21.bxa3 Qb3 22.Be4 Qxa3 23.Qh4 Ra6 24.e6 fxe6 25.fxg6 hxg6 26.Ng5 Rxf1+ 27.Rxf1 Nf6 28.Bxb7 Rd6 29.Bc1 Qb3 30.Bf3 a4 31.Ne4 Qd3 32.Re1 Rd4 33.Nxf6+ exf6 34.Qf2 e5 35.Be3 Rd7 36.Rd1 Qb5 37.Rc1 Qb3 38.Be2 Qb7 39.Bc4+ Kf8 40.Bc5+ Ke8 41.Qg3 g5 42.Qg4 Qc6 43.Bb5 1-0.
Sam Collins does not only explain you the most important openings principles but also explains and analyses all games in a very understandable way.
All together there are 50 multimedia and that insures you hours of highly chess enjoyment!
Conclusion: Sam Collins offers you on this DVD a very reliable openings repertoire!

Magic of chess tactics by Claus Dieter Meyer & Karsten Müller
2009
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GM Karsten Müller and his companion come in this Magic of Chess Tactics with a fascinating collection tactics all in Chess base video files format and compiled from the
book “Magic of Chess Tactics”.
This is not a copy and paste book but both authors have expanded and updated all material into a spectacular DVD,may I say into a wealth of magnificent examples.
These AVI examples {there is also an excellent CBH file with all the battles included},welledaan explained by GM Karsten Müller in perfect English and German language, all in a very instructive way.That means that GM Karsten Müller explains you a exciting shortcut or a fascinating chess puzzle, all in a very didactic way of understanding.
A lot of examples from the book have been revisit and updated, pleasant to mention is that you only have to sit-down and enjoy the world of  chess tactics, no difficult self solving
with rating indexes but pure chess enjoyment!
As for example the game position between Bobby Fischer and Jan Hein Donner of Varna 1962,where Bobby started well but went wrong with {1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 e6 10.Bf4 Qa5+ 11.Bd2 Qc7 12.c4 Ngf6 13.Bc3 a5 14.0-0 Bd6 15.Ne4 Nxe4 16.Qxe4 0-0 17.d5 Rfe8 18.dxc6 bxc6 19.Rad1 Bf8 20.Nd4 Ra6 21.Nf5 Nc5 22.Qe3 Na4 23.Be5 Qa7 24.Nxh6+ gxh6 25.Rd4 } 25.Rd4?
But first some words from the both authors:
If the knight retreats from f5 White cannot claim an advantage, so Fischer took the opportunity to start a dangerous sacrificial attack.
 1.Nxh6+!! [1.Nd6? comes to nothing: 1...Qxe3 2.fxe3 Bxd6 3.Rxd6 f6 4.b3 Nc5 5.Bb2 Ne4=] 1...gxh6 2.Qg3+ [The game went instead 2.Rd4? Fischer wanted to transfer the d1 rook to the attack immediately, but this allowed Donner to set up a solid defensive formation. 2...f5! 3.Rfd1 Nc5-+ and Black won later.] 2...Kh7 3.h5! This advance of the rook pawn was called for, it is prophylactic  and the key to a successful attack as well as it prevents defences based on f7-f6 or f7-f5 for the time being in view of £g6# (according to Dvoretsky in "Positionelles Schach").
Most of Black's pieces are crowded at the queen's wing, while White is planning the manoeuver Rd4 followed by Rfd1 or Rg4. But matters are not that easy. Black still has a lot of defensive resources, as we will see.
 3...Qe7!? [Alternatives:
I After 3...Qb7? 4.Rd4 Nc5 5.Rg4! is winning, e.g. 5...f6 (5...f5? 6.Rg8 followed by mate) 6.Bxf6 (6.Rg6? fxe5 7.Rxh6+ Bxh6 8.Qg6+ Kh8 9.Qxe8+ Kg7 10.Qg6+ Kf8 11.Qxh6+ Kg8) 6...Qf7 7.Rg6 Ra7 8.Rd1! threatening ¦d4-f4+-, and Black is powerless, e.g. 8...Rd7 (8...e5 9.Qg4 .£f5+-) 9.Rxd7 Nxd7 (9...Qxd7 10.Rxh6+ Bxh6 11.Qg6#) 10.Qd3+- with a crushing discovered attack;
II 3...c5? is also false due to 4.Qg4! (.¦d3-g3+-) (4.Rd3!? Qe7 5.f4! Rd8 6.Rff3 or 6.¦a3 .£g4 plus ¦g3, Dvoretsky) 4...Nxb2 (4...Qe7 5.f4+- preventing ...£g5) 5.Bxb2 Qe7 6.f4 e5 7.Rd7 Qe6 8.Qxe6 Raxe6 9.fxe5+-;
III 3...Nc5!? 4.Bf6? (¹4.Rd4 Qe7 with transposition to the text) 4...Qb8 5.Qg4 Qc8 6.Be5 Qb7 7.Bf6 e5 8.Qf5+ Kg8 9.Qg4+ Kh7 10.Qf5+= , perpetual check] 4.Rd4 Nc5 [4...Ra7 5.Rf4 Nc5 leads to the main line(5...Rd7? 6.Bf6 Qd6 7.Qg4 Nxb2 8.Rf3 .£e4+ and ¦g3++-) ] 5.Rf4! Ra7 [5...Nd7? fails to 6.Bd6 Qg5 7.Rxf7++-] 6.Bf6 Qc7!? [Even in desperate situations one should not give up hope. Instead, looking at the position with a clear head often yields insights that allow one to fight on and on.
The text move is tougher than 6...Qd6?! 7.Qg4! ["Parries threats 7...e5 (8.Qf5+) and prepares Rd1 respectively Rf4-f3-g3 at the same time. 7...¤d7 fails to 8.¥d4!. Black has no satisfactory defense." (Dvoretsky)].
As Dvoretsky's main line stops here, we give some further evidence of White's large advantage:
7...Qd3!? a) 7...Qd7 8.Rd1 Qc8 9.Be5! (threatening ¦xf7+) 9...Qb7 10.Rf3 Qe7 11.Bf6+-; b) 7...Nd7 8.Bd4! Ne5 9.Qg3 f5 10.Re1!? (also 10.Bxe5!? ; 10.c5!?; 10.Bxa7) 10...Rg7 11.Bxe5 Rxg3 12.Bxd6 Bxd6 13.fxg3 Bxf4 14.gxf4 and the rook endgame is winning for White.; 8.Rd1! (Noteworthy is 8.Re1 but proves to be less effective in the end, e.g. 8...e5T 9.Re3! Qb1+ 10.Kh2 Ne6T 11.Rfe4 (11.Rg3?! Ng5T) 11...Bg7 12.Qf5+ Kh8 13.Rg3 Rg8 14.Qxe5² (14.f3²) ) 8...Qc2 9.Re1 Threatening 10.¦f3 and after ¤e4 11.¦xe4 £c1+ 12.¢h2 ¥d6+ 13.¦g3! ¥xg3+ 14.£xg3 ¦g8 the nasty discovered attack 15.£d3!+-
  9...Rd7 and White has the pleasant choice between the direct approach 10.¦f3! and the preparatory 10.¢h2! (of course not 10.¥e5?? f6 11.¦xf6 ¥g7):
 10.Rf3! (10.Kh2! Nd3 a) 10...Qd3 reveals White's fine idea: 11.Re3 Qd1 12.Ref3 (.¥e5+-) 12...Nd3 13.Rg3! Qxg4 14.Rfxg4 Ne5 (14...Nf4 15.Rg7+ Bxg7 16.Rxg7+ Kh8 17.Rxf7+ Kg8 18.Rxd7+- Nxh5 (18...e5 19.Rd6) 19.Be5) 15.Bxe5 f5 16.Rg6+-;
b) 10...Rd3 11.Be5 Rd7 12.Rc1 Qd3 (12...Qxc1 13.Rxf7+ Rxf7 14.Qg6#) 13.Rd1+-; 11.Rxe6! Nxf2 (11...Nxf4? 12.Rxe8 Nxh5 13.Be5 Ng7 14.Rxf8+-) 12.Rxf2 Qxf2 13.Rxe8 Qxf6 14.Rxf8 Qe5+ 15.g3! Rd2+ 16.Kh3 Qe6 17.Qxe6 fxe6 18.Ra8 and most probably we have again a winning rook ending for White.) 10...Rd3 (10...Ne4 11.Rxe4 Qc1+ (11...Rd3 12.Bc3 Rxf3 13.Qxf3 f5 14.Re1+-) 12.Kh2 Bd6+ (12...Rd1 13.Be5 Rh1+ 14.Kg3 Qg5 15.Rxf7+ Kg8 16.Ra7+-) 13.Rg3! Bxg3+ 14.Qxg3 Rg8 15.Rg4 Rg5 16.Bxg5 hxg5 17.Qe5!, +-) 11.Kh1 Rxf3 (11...Qd2 12.Rg1! - .¥h4+-/¥d8+- - 12...Qb4 (12...Nd7 13.Bc3 Qg5 14.Qxg5 hxg5 15.Rxd3+-) 13.a3 Qb8 (13...Qb7 14.Rxd3 Nxd3 15.Qe4+ Kg8 16.Qxd3+-) 14.Bd4 Rxd4 (14...Qb7 15.Bxc5+-) 15.Rxf7+ Kh8 16.Qxd4+ e5 (16...Kg8 17.Qf6+-) 17.Rxf8+ Rxf8 18.Qxc5+-) 12.gxf3 Nd7 13.Bc3 Ne5T (13...e5? 14.Qxd7 Re7 15.Qxc6+-) 14.Rxe5 Bb4 15.Rxe6 (also 15.Rf5 Bxc3 16.Rxf7+ Kh8 17.bxc3 Qd1+ 18.Kh2 Rg8 19.Qd4+ Qxd4 20.cxd4 with a further promising rook ending: 20...Rd8 21.Rf6! Rxd4 22.Rxh6+ Kg7 23.Rg6+ Kh7 (23...Kf7 24.Rg4+-) 24.Rxe6 Rxc4 25.Kg3 Rc2 26.a4+-) 15...Rg8 16.Rxh6+ Kxh6 17.Qxg8 Bxc3 18.bxc3+- gives White a winning queen ending, e.g. 18...Qxa2 (18...Kxh5 19.Qxf7+) 19.Qh8+ Kg5 20.f4+! Kxf4 21.Qg7] 7.Qg4! [I 7.Rd1?! Ne4!? 8.Rxe4 Qxg3 9.fxg3²;
II 7.Re1?! Rd8!? 8.Bxd8 (8.Be5 Qe7 9.Bf6 Qc7) 8...Qxd8 9.Rxf7+ Rxf7 10.Qg6+ Kh8 11.Qxf7 Bg7 12.b3²] 7...Nd7 [7...Rd8? 8.Rf3 Rd3 9.Rxd3 Nxd3 10.Qe4+ Kg8 11.Qxd3] 8.Bd4 Ne5 9.Qg3 Bg7 10.Re4 Rb7 11.Bxe5 [I 11.Rxe5?! Qd6 12.Bc3 Rg8 13.Rxa5 Qxg3 14.fxg3 Bxc3 15.bxc3 Rxg3;
II 11.b3?! Rg8 12.Bxe5 Bxe5 13.Qxe5 Rg5] 11...Bxe5 12.Rxe5 Rxb2 White has regained the sacrificed piece and in view of Black's weakened king's wing still a dangerous initiative. [12...Rd8 13.Qc3] 13.Qd3+ Kg8 [13...Kh8? 14.Qc3! (14.Qd4 Rd2 15.Qxd2 Qxe5 16.Qxh6+ Kg8 17.Rd1 Rb8±) 14...Rc2 15.Qe3 Kh7 (15...Kg7 16.Re4 f5 17.Rxe6 Rxe6 18.Qxe6) 16.Qd3+ Kg8 17.Re3 Rxa2 18.Qb3 Rd2 19.Rg3+ Kf8 (19...Kh7 20.Qc3+-) 20.Qe3 Qd6 21.Qxh6+ Ke7 22.Rb3+-] 14.Re3 e5 15.Rg3+ [15.a3] 15...Kh8 16.Qa3 Rd2 17.Qf3 Qe7 18.Qxc6± Conclusion: Fischer's knight sacrifice was excellent. ±
Al together there are over 38 video files and a game file {CBH}from over 380 positions!
Running time of the Video files is over 3.5 hours!
Conclusion: A magnificent made chess DVD!

 Winning structures by Adrian Mikhalchishin
2009
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GM Adrian Mikhalchishin digs in this Winning structure DVD in to the world of pawn structures, Mikhalchishin starts on this DVD  with a classical example of Alekhine and explains why Alekhine played the brilliant move 12.Bf4!{ Alekhine,Alexander - Rubinstein,Akiba [D64]Carlsbad Carlsbad (1), 1923
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 0-0 7.Rc1 c6 8.Qc2 a6 9.a4 Re8 10.Bd3 dxc4 11.Bxc4 Nd5 12.Bf4 Nxf4 13.exf4 c5 14.dxc5 Qc7 15.0-0 Qxf4 16.Ne4 Nxc5 17.Nxc5 Bxc5 18.Bd3 b6 19.Bxh7+ Kh8 20.Be4 Ra7 21.b4 Bf8 22.Qc6 Rd7 23.g3 Qb8 24.Ng5 Red8 25.Bg6 Qe5 26.Nxf7+ Rxf7 27.Bxf7 Qf5 28.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 29.Rxd1 Qxf7 30.Qxc8 Kh7 31.Qxa6 Qf3 32.Qd3+ 1-0}
Mikhalchishin instructively explains:
"Genius of chess combinations" - this great title was awarded to Alexander Alekhine by his contemporaries, who were bewitched by the sparkling combinational ideas of the Russian champion. But it took some time for even the specialists to realize that Alekhine's combinations were always based on a very solid positional foundation. Sacrifices and sudden tactical blows made his strategical qualities far more powerful. Alekhine was in fact the founder of a universal style, where strategical and tactical means are fully integrated into a general game plan. Let us take a look at a few examples of how brilliant tactics crowned the hard positional preparatory work and Mikhalchishin explains the above mention game.
For the chess historians under us,because of problems with his passport,Alekhine arrival was delayed and he reached the tournament venue to late to be able to play his first game against Rubenstein on the 28 April.The game was rescheduled to take place on the 30 April,the first day in the programme reserved for the completion of adjourned games.
Alekander Alekhine’s Chess Games,1902-1946.
But as Mikhalchishin explains Alekhine was not always lucky as we can see in the following game,which is excellent analysed by Mikhalchishin: Alekhine,Alexander - Lasker,Emanuel [D35]
New York New York (3), 19.03.1924
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bf4 c6 7.e3 Nh5 8.Bd3 Nxf4 9.exf4 Bd6 10.g3 0-0 11.0-0 Re8 12.Qc2 Nf8 13.Nd1 f6 14.Ne3 Be6 15.Nh4 Bc7 16.b4 Bb6 17.Nf3 Bf7 18.b5 Bh5 19.g4 Bf7 20.bxc6 Rc8 21.Qb2 bxc6 22.f5 Qd6 23.Ng2 Bc7 24.Rfe1 h5 25.h3 Nh7 26.Rxe8+ Rxe8 27.Re1 Rb8 28.Qc1 Ng5 29.Ne5 fxe5 30.Qxg5 e4 31.f6 g6 32.f4 hxg4 33.Be2 gxh3 34.Bh5 Rb2 35.Nh4 Qxf4 36.Qxf4 Bxf4 0-1.
It is astounding to see how Lasker outplayed Alekhine.
Useful on this DVD are the isolated pawns techniques as we can see in an excellent game from Raymond Keene where his 14.Re3!! is brilliant played: Keene,Raymond (2505) - Miles,Anthony J (2435) [D42] Hastings 7576 Hastings (13), 12.01.1976
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.e3 e6 5.d4 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Bd3 cxd4 8.exd4 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Re1 Nf6 11.Bg5 Nb4 12.Bb1 b6 13.Ne5 Bb7 14.Re3 g6 15.Rg3 Rc8 16.Bh6 Re8 17.a3 Nc6 18.Nxg6 hxg6 19.Bxg6 fxg6 20.Qb1 Ne5 21.dxe5 Ne4 22.Nxe4 Kh7 23.Nf6+ Bxf6 24.Qxg6+ Kh8 25.Bg7+ Bxg7 26.Qxg7# 1-0.
Video running time is five hours!
Conclusion: Unbelievable instructive!     


ChessBase Magazine extra issue 133
January  2010
Chess Media with Davies and Kritz
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ChessBase Magazine Extra comes with a impressive file of 10798 games, all played between October and December of last year.
In this file you shall find for example all the blitz games from Carlsen in Oslo!
One example of his high quality play: Berg,Emanuel (2594) - Carlsen,Magnus (2801) [C67]
Oslo BNbank KO Oslo (2.1), 28.11.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Ke8 10.h3 b6 11.a3 Bb7 12.Bf4 Rc8 13.Rfe1 c5 14.Nd2 Nd4 15.Rac1 Be7 16.Nce4 Rd8 17.Bh2 Kd7 18.c3 Ne6 19.f4 g6 20.g4 Kc8 21.Nf3 c4 22.f5 gxf5 23.gxf5 Rhg8+ 24.Kf1 Nc5 25.Nxc5 Bxc5 26.Nd4 Bg2+ 27.Kf2 Bxh3 28.Kf3 Bxd4 29.cxd4 Bxf5 30.Rxc4 Be6 31.Rc2 Rxd4 32.Rg1 Rgd8 33.Rg7 Rd2 34.Rxd2 Rxd2 35.Rxh7 Rxb2 36.Ke4 Ra2 37.Rh8+ Kb7 38.Bf4 Rxa3 39.Rh2 Ra4+ 40.Ke3 a5 41.Rb2 Rc4 42.Bh2 c5 43.Kd3 Kc6 44.Rf2 a4 45.Rb2 b5 0-1.
The Belgrade Open is good for 865 entries and good for one Latvian game: Gluscevic,Mira (1596) - Milutinovic,Dejan (2069) [A04]
Belgrade op Belgrade (5), 28.11.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.d3 d6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 c6 6.h3 Be7 7.Qd2 h6 8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.d4 exd4 10.Nxd4 fxe4 11.Nxe4 Qe7 12.0-0-0 0-0 13.Nxf6+ Qxf6 14.Nb3 d5 15.f3 b6 16.Qd4 Qg5+ 17.Qd2 Rf4 18.Kb1 Qf6 19.Re1 Bd7 20.Re3 a5 21.Qc3 d4 22.Qc4+ Kh8 23.Rd3 Be6 24.Qa4 b5 25.Qa3 b4 26.Qa4 Bc4 27.Rxd4 Bxb3 28.Qxb3 Rxd4 29.Qe3 Rd1+ 0-1.
The tournaments of Dallas and Ligoibar where even good for category ten!
This time there are three multimedia files,two from Kritz and one from Davies on the f4 Sicilian!
Conclusion: Overloaded with latest played games!   


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