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Latest book reviews of 1 March 2010
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Modern chess move by move by Colin Crouch
2009
Everyman Chess
http://www.everymanchess.com
414 pages
Price €19,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-599-2

International Master Colin Crouch steps with his Modern Chess move by move in the foot steps of Irving Chernev with his best selling book Logical Chess:Move by Move.
Interesting enough both authors,Colin Crouch and Irving Chernev, analyse the same amount of games in there book 33,only Crouch needs nearly twice so much paper to explain his new millennium encounters.
Crouch has analysed in this book 33 different 2700+ grandmaster encounters against 2600+ strength players,where Crouch explains in great depth every played move,all with a Hugh amount of readable text!
For example some games as, Shirov – Aronian,Moscow 2006 {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.Re4 g5 16.Qf1 Qh5 17.Nd2 Bf5 18.f3 Nf6 19.a4 Nxe4 20.Nxe4 Qg6 21.Nxd6 Qxd6 22.Bxg5 Qg6 23.Qc1 Bd3 24.axb5 axb5 25.Rxa8 Rxa8 26.Kf2 Bc4 27.Bxc4 bxc4 28.g4 Re8 29.Bf4 Qd3 30.Kg3 Qe2 31.Qb1 Qe1+ 32.Qxe1 Rxe1 33.Bd6 Rg1+ 34.Kf2 Rb1 35.Ba3 Kg7 36.Kg3 Kg6 37.h3 h5 38.Kh4 Rg1 39.Bc5 Rg2 40.Ba3 f6 41.gxh5+ Kf5 42.f4 Rg8 43.Bd6 Ke6 44.h6 Kxd6 45.Kh5 f5 46.h7 Rh8 47.Kg6 Ke7 48.Kg7 Ke8 49.Kg6 Kf8 50.h4 Ke7 51.Kg7 Ke8 52.Kg6 Kf8 53.h5 Ke7 54.Kg7 Ke8 55.Kg6 Kf8 56.h6 Ke8 57.Kf6 Rxh7 58.Kg6 Rf7 0-1}, is good for nearly sixteen pages of text!
Throw the book you will find clear and not so clear wins as game seventeen Shirov – Illescas.
Crouch writes: This illustrates the great dilemma in attacking chess .One the one hand,the choice is to go for the imaginative and dangerous attack, with the full knowledge that he will be unable to calculate everything to the end,and that he could easily miss a vital resource.
On the other hand ,he could play solidy. Illescas’s  resource would have been extremely difficult to find over the board, and indeed he later missed it, and lost.Shirov could have played objectively quieter, still with good results. But what a game!
Shirov,Alexei (2720) - Illescas Cordoba,Miguel (2620) [B84]
Pamplona-A 16th Pamplona (7), 29.12.2006
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 Qc7 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Be3 d6 9.f4 Bd7 10.g4 h5 11.g5 Ng4 12.Bxg4 hxg4 13.g6 0-0-0 14.gxf7 Rh3 15.f5 d5 16.Bf4 Qb6 17.fxe6 Bxe6 18.Na4 Qa7 19.c3 dxe4 20.Kg2 Rxd4 21.cxd4 Rd3 22.d5 Rxd1 23.Raxd1 e3 24.Rfe1 b5 25.dxe6 bxa4 26.Rd7 Qb6 27.Rxe3 Qxb2+ 28.Kg3 g5 29.Bxg5 Nd4 30.Rd8+ Kb7 31.Rxd4 Qxd4 32.e7 Qh8 33.e8Q Qh3+ 34.Kf4 Bd6+ 35.Kf5 1-0,again good for eleven pages of explanations!
On 15.f5? Crouch writes:A question mark, even though Shirov’s move is imaginative and deeply though thought, and leads to spectacular winning play. This may seem a harsh judgement from the critic,but what other assessment could reasonable been made? If Illescas Cordoba had played completely accurately, he would have been better.If a player with the white pieces endsup in a worse position, he must have made a mistake.
Shirov is a renowned maximalist,an attacker,although naturally when needed,like all great players,he will switch to steady positional play.
Included is an index of openings, index of games plus a contents but no bibliography.
Conclusion: This book offers the reader a lot of value for your money!



Dangerous weapons: The Dutch by Richard Palliser,Simon Williams & James Vigus
2009
Everyman Chess
http://www.everymanchess.com
224  pages
Price €1975
ISBN 978-1-85744-624-1


The three authors,Richard Palliser,Simon Williams and James Vignus dig in this latest dangerous weapon book is some exciting, side lines of the Dutch Defence.
International Master Richard Palliser goes for the lines 1.d4 f5 2.Qd3;1.d4 f5 2.Nh3;1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3;1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 e6 and 1.Nf3 f5 2.d3 d6 3.e4 e5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.exf5 Bxf5 6.d4 Nbd7.
Grandmaster Simon Williams goes for the aggressive lines: 1.d4 f5 2.Bg5 h6 3.Bh4 g5 4.e4 Rh7;1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 e6 3.h3 Nf6 4.g4;1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.h3;1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.c4 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.Nc3 a5 and 1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.c4 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.Nc3 a5.
And Fide master James Vigus supplied the chapters: The Leningrad Dutch,Christmas Tree Style;1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 e6 and the Christmas Tree,Further brances where he prefers to jump with his knight after 8.Re1 to 8….Ne4!
After 7.Nc3 e6 white has the choice out the following possibilities:8.b3.8.Re1,Bg5,Bf4 and 8.b4.
Sensational is chapter one from Simon Williams on,Block with the Rook: 1.d4 f5 2.Bg5 h6 3.Bh4 g5 4.e4 Rh7,where Williams writes: 2.Bg5 is a tricky move that I suffered against when I started playing the Dutch as black’s natural development is impeded. White  plays in the spirit of the Trompowsky and 2.Bg5 appeals to players who want to mix things up from an early stage.However,there can be a nasty surprise in store for them if they play down the main line..
Black must be prepared to go for lines as: 1.d4 f5 2.Bg5 h6 3.Bh4 g5 4.e4 Rh7 5.Qh5+ Rf7 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.Qg6 Nc6.
But all together they all look very playable, but black has to take care!
Dangerous for black could be 1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3.Don’t be tricked into the Leningrad!
The three authors have included 17 model games but between these games,there is a Hugh of  Dutch Theory!
Conclusion: A must for all lovers of the Dutch Defence!


Learn chess quick by Brian Byfield & Alan Orpin
Illustrated by Gray Jolliffe

2010
Batsford Ltd, London
http://www.Batsford.com
144 pages
Price €14,95
ISBN 978-1-906388-66-9


This eye catching work from Brian Byfield & Alan Orpin with creative made cartoons by Gray Jolliffe, is one of the most original  learning books that I have ever seen on chess.
The first principles of chess are in this book very instructive  explained, where you first learn to how to move the pieces and than how to capture with them.
The text is filled with humour: In chess ,there’s no doubt that pawns do a lot of the dirty work.They have no choice-they’re the Front Line,and 99,9% of the time it’s a pawn that sticks his head above the trenches and makes the first move in a game.
Included are some standard openings as the Giuoco Piano and the Four Knight Defence plus some tips and tricks to outplay your opponent!
Conclusion: A creative masterpiece of chess teaching!


Attacking manual 2 by Jacob Aagaard
2010
Quality Chess
461 pages
Price €29,99
ISBN 978-9-197600

The master of explanation, GM Jacob Aagaard from Glasgow explains in this brand new heavy weight, the fine techniques of  attack.
This attacking manual volume two, covers in big lines the following chapters: Chapter1 Understanding mating attacks, Chapter 2 Typical piece play, Chapter
3 Typical pawn play,Chapter 4 King Safety, Chapter 5 Intuitive Sacrifices and enduring initiative and Gaard closes the book with a large amount of exercises.
As Aagaard explains these exercises can all, be solved with brute force calculation!
In many games the attacks is launched straight out of the opening as we can see in some games from the great playing Gawain Jones.
All together I counted a small 145 full games and game fragments where I did not count the 50 solutions to the exercises of chapter six!
The material is new some times brand new as we can see in the game Aaron Summerscale – Gawain Jones, Britisch Championship, Torquay 2009:
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.d4 0-0 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.a4 Rf6 14.a5 Rh6 15.Kh1 Nf6 16.c5 Qe8 17.Ra3 Qh5 18.Bg1 Qh4 19.Bb5 Nh5 20.Ne2 Ng3+ 21.Nxg3 fxg3 22.Nd3 Ng6 23.c6 Nf4 24.Nxf4 Qxf4 25.Qe1 bxc6 26.Bc4 c5 27.Rb3 Bd7 28.Qe3 Rxh2+ 29.Bxh2 Qh4 30.Qg1 Rf8 31.Rb7 Rf4 32.Rxc7 Qh6 0-1.
This game is good for 3 pages of text,and can be found under the chapter: Intuitive sacrifices and enduring initiative.
The game Vassily Ivanchuk – Curt Hansen,Skanderborg 2003 even makes nearly 5 pages of text and can also be found  here on enduring initiative.
Even some weird moves as 1.e4 e6 2.d4 b5? from the game Stephan Ziska – Manfred Herbold, corr 2001 can be found in this heavy weight.
Amusing are the words from Aagaard on this line:This could with good reason be called  the Kroell?Herbold gambit,as those two players have been instrumental in popularising it.
Well,at least they have tried it,but so far not many have taken on this poisonous opening.
Almost all of the “theory” connected with this variation can be credited {if that is the right word} to Rainer Schlenker,who has written extensively about the opening in his self-published magazine Randspeinger,which means knight on the rim.
{don’t take me there..}He has named  it the Franco – Polish Gambit,but I am not a great fan of this kind of mismatch of existing names, I rather prefer to honour those with enough courage to actually give the pawn up on move ..
Aagaard is very good in explaining chess with concepts and his choice of instructive games in this book is more than  impressive!
Conclusion: A master piece of explanation!
                     


A course in chess tactics by Dejan Bojkov & Vladimir Georgiev
2010
Gambit Publications Ltd
http://www.gambitbooks.com
E-mail
info@gambitbooks.com
191 pages
Price $ 22,95
ISBN: 978-1-906454-14-2

Dejan Bojkov and his companion Grandmaster Vladimir Georgies provide in this latest Gambit book a complete course in chess tactics.
The material is based on two large main sections,starting with all possible motifs as Pins,Deflection,Overload,Decoy,Double Attack,Knight Fork,Discovered Attack,Clearance,Obstruction,Removing the Defender,The Power of the pawn,Back-Rank Mate,Stalemate and  Perpetual Attacks.
Pleasant to mention is that both authors have made extensive  use of complete games to dig in these attacking principles.
Part one of the book is written by Dejan Bojkov,where as he explains: I used a lot of personal examples of mine in this material.This is not to show how good I am,and what an incredible tactician I am supposed to be {indeed ,some of the examples are painful defeats}but because when discussing what went through a player’s mind when making a particular decision, and which variations he foresaw,one can speak with far greater authority when the player concerned is oneself!
Part two is written by both authors and it features the three most common positions of a castled king and various attacking patterns against them,and again there are  a lot of complete games to explain these important strategies.
Tarrasch once claimed that a knight near the corner is always a disgrace,but as our two authors explain: While this is not always so,and indeed modern players are increasly willing to put there knights on the edge and even near corners,care is needed,as such a knight lacks mobility and can quite easily become shut out of play or trapped.
Included is a impressive index of players but there is no bibliography.
Conclusion: A very strong work on chess tactics!


Wojo's Weapons by Jonathan Hilton & Dean Ippolito
2010
Mongoose Press
408 pages
Price €24,95
ISBN 978-0-9791482-0-0

The American duo International master Dean Ippolito and his companion National master Jonathan Hilton, provide you in this Mongoose Press heavy weight with a complete repertoire book,based on the late but phenomenal playing openings lines of the great late Alexander Wojtkiewicz,who suddenly passed away in 2006 on the age of 42.
Alexander Wojtkiewicz travelled from tournament to tournament and where he won or tied for first place in more than 240 tournaments!
This book offers you an excellent move to move coverage of his unique Wojo’s opening system.
The story is that Wojtkiewicz could play his system  on ‘auto-pilot” specially against non master players,as we can see in the following game:
Wojtkiewicz,Aleksander (2595) - Langdon,Peter [E08]
US op 099th Kona (4), 04.08.1998
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.d4 c6 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Qc2 Nbd7 8.Rd1 b6 9.b3 Bb7 10.Nc3 Rc8 11.e4 dxe4 12.Ng5 Re8 13.h4 Bf8 14.Ncxe4 h6 15.Nxf6+ Nxf6 16.Nf3 Qe7 17.Re1 Qd8 18.Bb2 c5 19.Rad1 cxd4 20.Nxd4 Qe7 21.Nf5 Qc7 22.Be5 Qc5 23.Bxb7 exf5 24.Bxc8 Rxe5 25.Rxe5 Qxe5 26.Bxf5 g6 27.Bd3 Bc5 28.Kg2 Kg7 29.Qe2 Qc7 30.Be4 h5 31.Bf3 1-0
Wojtkiewicz system was based on the Closed Catalan, which is really the heart and soul of the ‘Wojo System” and this all can be find in chapter one of this book and  is good for 67 pages of text, even more extensive is chapter two with the Open Catalan and both authors cover in great detail the lines with 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 and 5…0-0,good 154 pages!
Chapter handles the Slav Defence and part four various defences as the  Queen’s Gambit Accepted,Tarrasch,Austrian Defence etc.
The “Austrian Defence” occurs usually after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c5!?,However after using Wojo’s move order 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 c5 3.c4.
Wojtkiewicz enjoyed playing queen less middle games but he preferred to avoid a early queen swap in the Austrian Defence!
Alexander Wojtkiewicz had a time that he was homeless living by hustling cards and chess on the streets of St. Petersburg, probably here lays the secret of his system.
Included is a index of recommended lines,index of players and a bibliography.
Conclusion: A unique repertoire book!


British Chess Magazine No.2
Volume 130
February 2010
Price: £4,05

 
The first ten pages are completely divided to the good old Hastings tournament, as John Saunders explains it in this magazine, some tournaments come, some go, but Hastings represents a fixed point in a changing chess universe.
Other interesting contributions on latest tournaments are: Fide World Cup,Tal Memorial and the London Open.
Gary Lane digs in his Chess Questions Answered on the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4!
After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.Bc4 Nxe4!? Lane writes:The critical test of the line and I think the best way to try and unbalance the position.
Black wins a pawn so white is forced to exchange bishop  for knight via a combination which means  that white heads for a position that is generally regarded as level.However,the argument I would put forward is that black can put up with the slight discomfort of having his king temporarily exposed in return for the bishop pair.
Other readable contributions are Games Department by Sam Collins,Quotes and Queries, Problem World, Reviews and new Books etc.
Conclusion: One of the finest chess magazines in the world!       

Chess CD's & DVD's

Shredder  12
2010
ChessBase
 http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com
ISBN 978-3-86681-156-0
Price € 49,90
System requirements: Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), Windows 7, DirectX9 graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows-Media Player 9, internet access (playchess.com, updates and activation). Recommended: PC Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 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 (playchess.com, updates and activation)


Shredder 12 from Stefan Meyer Kahlen has been completely  updated and rewritten, where Meyer has managed to improve it’s processing power, where for example the search and the evaluation possibilities have been strongly improved. After Kahlen the engine has become  100 Elo points stronger than the previous  one.
The installation was smooth full but don’t forget to do the activation, you will find it in the user menu and click on  the entry “Activate”.
Indeed it is now and than it is useful to read the included hand manual, of 48 pages!
Shredder comes with the New Fritz 12 user interface and that is included with the Magic Eye,this magic eye shows what the program is currently calculating.
This all  is nicely shown by two laser rays on the bord.The photo realistic 3D boards is by the way  in five different designs.
Included is a impressive database from over 1.5 million games,a 255 MB Powerbook  plus a 12 
months basic access to the chess server Playchess.com.
Shredder is the endgame experts under the engines,not one engine understands so much from endgames as this version of Shredder.
I am aware Rybka is strong but he is not human in endgames!
But first a practical test of Shredder his incredible endgame skills: Fischer,Robert James (2740) - Taimanov,Mark E (2620) [B47]
Candidates Match quarterfinal3 Vancouver (4), 25.05.1971
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qc7 5.Nc3 e6 6.g3 a6 7.Bg2 Nf6 8.0-0 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 Bc5 10.Bf4 d6 11.Qd2 h6 12.Rad1 e5 13.Be3 Bg4 14.Bxc5 dxc5 15.f3 Be6 16.f4 Rd8 17.Nd5 Bxd5 18.exd5 e4 19.Rfe1 Rxd5 20.Rxe4+ Kd8 21.Qe2 Rxd1+ 22.Qxd1+ Qd7 23.Qxd7+ Kxd7 24.Re5 b6 25.Bf1 a5 26.Bc4 Rf8 27.Kg2 Kd6 28.Kf3 Nd7 29.Re3 Nb8 30.Rd3+ Kc7 31.c3 Nc6 32.Re3 Kd6 33.a4 Ne7 34.h3 Nc6 35.h4 h5 36.Rd3+ Kc7 37.Rd5 f5 38.Rd2 Rf6 39.Re2 Kd7 40.Re3 g6 41.Bb5 Rd6 42.Ke2 Kd8 43.Rd3 Kc7 44.Rxd6 Kxd6 45.Kd3 Ne7 46.Be8 Kd5 47.Bf7+ Kd6 48.Kc4 Kc6 49.Be8+ Kb7 50.Kb5 Nc8 51.Bc6+ Kc7 52.Bd5 Ne7 53.Bf7 Kb7 54.Bb3 Ka7 55.Bd1 Kb7 56.Bf3+ Kc7 57.Ka6 Ng8 58.Bd5 Ne7 59.Bc4 Nc6 60.Bf7 Ne7 61.Be8 Kd8 62.Bxg6 Nxg6 63.Kxb6 Kd7 64.Kxc5 Ne7 65.b4 axb4 66.cxb4 Nc8 67.a5 Nd6 68.b5 Ne4+ 69.Kb6 Kc8 70.Kc6 Kb8 71.b6 1-0.
In this complicated endgame position Shredder directly finds the winning move 42.Ke2!
And that is quite impressive! Andrew Soltis wrote about this position in Bobby Fischer rediscovered:White gets his king closer to the target area before swapping.After 42.Rd3 Rxd3+ 43.Bxd3 Nd8! Black can blockade with Nf7-d6.
In the third game of the Taimanov match Shredder comes with the astounding  20.Qh3!
My good old Fritz is very greedy and goes for 20.Ne6.The same goes for  Rybka.
Taimanov,Mark E (2620) - Fischer,Robert James (2740) [E97]
Candidates Match quarterfinal3 Vancouver (3), 21.05.1971
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.Bd2 Ne8 10.Rc1 f5 11.Qb3 b6 12.exf5 gxf5 13.Ng5 Nf6 14.f4 h6 15.fxe5 dxe5 16.c5 Nfxd5 17.Nxd5 Nxd5 18.cxb6 axb6 19.Rc6 Kh8 20.Nf3 Bb7 21.Rg6 Nf4 22.Bxf4 exf4 23.Rd1 Qe7 24.Re6 Qc5+ 25.Kf1 Rad8 26.Rxd8 Rxd8 27.Qa4 Qc1+ 28.Kf2 Bf8 29.b4 Be4 30.Re8 Bc6 31.Qxc6 Qxc6 32.Rxd8 Qf6 33.Rc8 Qe7 34.Kf1 Kh7 35.Nd4 Bg7 36.Nb5 Be5 37.a3 Qd7 38.Ra8 f3 39.gxf3 Bxh2 40.Kg2 Qg7+ 41.Kxh2 Qe5+ 0-1.
Kasparov wrote 20.Qh3 :This move would not have won,but would merely have intensified the situation still further.
Taimanov wrote later: That was probably the most painful game in my career.It hurt then,and it rankled for many years after…Russian versus Fischer,Everyman Chess 2005.
Conclusion: Increadable machine!

Yasser Seirawan My best games
2010
ChessBase
 http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com
ISBN 978-3-86681-158-4
Price € 32,90
System requirements: Pentium-PProcessor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

GM Yasser Seirawan was the winner of the World Junior Chess Championship in 1979,just a year before he outplayed one of the best players in the world, Jan Timman at lone Pine with the following game, which is pleasantly analysed with a lot of instructive words on this heavy loaded Fritztainer grandmaster school DVD:
Timman,Jan - Seirawan,Yasser [C16] Lone Pine (1), 1978 [Yasser Seirawan]
At the time this game was played, Jan Timman was the strongest and highest rated player I had faced. 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Qd7!? A very difficult move to explain as it appears to be none-sensical.  What is the Queen doing on the d7-square?  The concepts behind the move are several fold.  In the position, Black has an awkward c8-Bishop and the text prepares to finachetto it and castle Queenside or to trade on the a6-square.   5.Bd2 :02 White decides to avoid doubling his Queenside pawns. White had two interesting choices: [Another idea of Black's fourth move is to defend the g7-pawn.  For example: 5.Qg4 f5 6.Qg3 Leads to an intriguing game.;
5.a3 Bxc3+ (5...Bf8!  Was my intention.) 6.bxc3 Qa4 Is good for White. ] 5...b6 :02 6.Nf3 Bf8! A surprising retreat.  If:  [6...Ne7?! 7.a3 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 Would fall into White's idea of avoiding doubled Queenside pawns.;
While the desirable: 6...Ba6 7.Bxa6 Nxa6 8.Qe2 Would give White a nice edge in  development.  The idea behind the sixth move retreat, is to wait for the f1-Bishop to move before playing ...Bc8-a6, offering a swap.] 7.Be2 Ba6! 8.0-0 Ne7 9.Bxa6! Nxa6 10.Qe2! :24 White is slightly better 10...Nb8! [A mistake would be:  10...Nb4 11.Nd1! c5 12.Bxb4! cxb4 13.Ne3 When Black cannot create counter-play with ...c7-c5, and White's center is well secured. ] 11.Nd1! c5!? Black allows the position to become open when he trails in development.  A dangerous path.  The question though is, what else? White, will open the position by Nd1-e3, b2-b3 and c2-c4 with advantage.  White can also go Kingside by Nd1-e3, c2-c3, Nf3-e1 and f2-f4 with further expansion in view.  With the text I'm trying to chip away at White's center. 12.dxc5! bxc5 13.c4! d4! A good move because it is the only move! After:  [13...Nbc6 14.cxd5 Nxd5 The c5-pawn is weak.(14...exd5 15.Rc1 White has an advantage in  development giving him the superior position.) ] 14.Ne1!! A very fine move indeed as White sets up an ideal blockade against the d4-pawn while getting out of the way for Kingside expansion.    [Another good idea was:  14.b3 Planning Nd1-be-d3, with a similar blockade as in the game. I could meet 14.b3 as follows: 14...Qb7 15.Nb2 Nd7 16.Nd3 a5 With the future intention of ...a5-a4, in order to weaken the b3-pawn.   Timman's choice is best.  The difference as can be seen is that the f3-Knight is not contributing. ] 14...h5! Without the plan of creating a weak b-pawn in White's camp I have to pay attention to White's idea of expanding on the Kingside.  The text slows f2-f4 and g2-g4, while simultaneously securing the f5-square for my Knight. 15.Nd3 :31 15...Nf5 :1:09 16.f4 Qb7! Making room for ...Nb8-d7, which will protect the c5-pawn.  Also, my Queen  is well placed on the long diagonal as well as to eye-ball the b2-pawn. 17.N1f2 Nd7 18.Qe4!? An invitation to an ending where White has his plan of preparing g2-g4, with a Kingside initiative.  While it is easier for White to carry out this plan with Queen's off the board, it isn't clear what Black would have done with his King had the Queen's stayed on the board. 18...Qxe4 19.Nxe4 a5! My counter-play is Queenside based and the text  plans to try to create a target on the b-file. 20.g3! :57 Preparing his Kingside expansion with the idea h2-h3 and g2-g4, giving my f5-Knight the boot.  A dreadful strategic mistake would be: [20.h3 h4 Clamping down the Kingside and Black is slightly better thanks to his f5-Knight and protected passed d4-pawn.] 20...Be7 :1:21 The game is roughly balanced.  21.Kf2!? White telegraphs his plan.  He wants to play h2-h3, Rf1-h1 and g3-g4, with an initiative.  While a slow moving plan, Black's Queenside counter-play is nowhere to be seen so I have to deal with White's plan aggressively. 21...Nh6! Not just abandoning the f5-outpost but preparing to launch my f-pawn forwards to hold back White's g3-g4, break. 22.h3 f5! 23.exf6 White must avoid: [23.Nd6+? Bxd6 24.exd6 Ra6 25.Rae1 Rxd6 26.Bxa5 When White is better, with the idea Ba5-c7-e5 with advantage.  My trick was: ;
23.Nd6+? Bxd6 24.exd6 Nf7 25.Rae1 Rh6 Winning the d6-pawn, with a decisive advantage for Black.  A neatly disguised trap.] 23...gxf6 24.Rae1 Kf7 25.Ke2!? :1:15 This was quite a surprise for me.  White has the deep plan of Ke2-d1-c2, shoring up the protection of the b2-pawn and only thereafter to focus on his Kingside expansion with Rf1-g1 and g3-g4, with advantage.  I thought this plan was simply slow and had expected:  [25.Kf3 Which I thought was best.] 25...Rhg8 :1:35 26.Kd1 Nf5 27.Rg1 Nb6! The start of a well-calculated variation.  It is vital that Black quickly achieves counter-play on the Queenside as it is clear that White's Kingside expansion is coming fast. 28.b3! White has to protect the c4-pawn as:  [28.Nexc5 Bxc5 29.Nxc5 Nxc4 Black has the upper hand thanks to his control of the e3-square.  White cannot capture the e6-pawn: 30.Rxe6 (30.Nxe6 Nce3+  Causes an accident.) 30...Rac8 Wins material.] 28...a4! The crucial follow-up to my previous move.  Again, it is vital to create a Queenside target before White could play a2-a4, Kd1-c2, when all play on the Queenside is blocked.  I was quite pleased to get this move in for another reason as well: White's King wouldn't be nicely placed on the c2-square. 29.Ndxc5? A mistake that allows for a counter-capture.  White had to reverse course by:  [29.Ke2 axb3 30.axb3 Nd7 31.Kf3 Ra3 With an approximately equal position.] 29...axb3 30.axb3 :1:47 30...Nxg3! :1:59 A fine counter-blow that gives Black the superior position.  I've been living under the constant threat of a Kingside expansion and capturing the g3-pawn filled me with high hopes.   31.Rxg3 Rxg3 32.Nxg3 Bxc5 33.f5? A mistake as Jan continues to think he has the better position.  It was time for:  [33.Ne4 Be7 When I thought Black is slightly better.  ;
Certainly not: 33.Nxh5? Rh8! 34.Ng3 Rxh3 Black has recaptured the h3-pawn with the better position.  ;
Finally,: 33.Kc2? Ra2+ 34.Kd3 Rb2! Winning the b3-pawn which has been a cherished dream.] 33...exf5! A serious position mistake would be:  [33...e5 34.Ne4! When with his firm blockade White has the advantage.] 34.Nxf5 d3! A powerful move that secures the advantage for Black.  The immediate threat is 35...Ra1+ 36.Bc1 d2! 37.Kxd2 Bb4+, with a decisive material advantage.  The text prevents Kd1-c2, which would protect the b3-pawn. 35.Bc3 :2:01 The only move.  Bad would be:  [35.Bc1? Ra1! Black has a decisive advantage.  The threat is ...Bc5-b4, and ...d3-d2, winning.] 35...Ra3 :2:05 36.Kd2 Rxb3 A very happy capture to make!  I had been dreaming of a Queenside breakthrough and now it has happened.  Can things get better? 37.Ra1 The position has dramatically changed.  The d3-pawn is poisoned: [37.Kxd3? Bb4 38.Rc1 Na4 Wins the c3-Bishop. ] 37...Bb4! Black is now winning. 38.Ra7+ In case of:  [38.Bxb4 Nxc4+ Is the key zwishenzug.  After White's King retreats 39...Rxb4 is winning.  ;
White can't avoid this line by: 38.Rc1 Ba3! 39.Ra1 Bb2! And Black wins.] 38...Kg6 39.Ne7+ Kg5 40.Bxb4 :2:12 40...Nxc4+! :16  As we've seen, the key Zwishenzug. 41.Ke1 Rxb4 42.Rd7 Rb1+! 43.Kf2 Rb2+ 44.Kg1 d2 One of the best games of my career.  I can't see any reason to double-guess any of my moves. 0-1.
As you can see even the text files of the games  are well filled on this DVD!
Yes Seirawan goes in depth and explains 22 of these kind of games,all from the period 1975 – 1982 and that was the time that Seirawan was 4 time US Champion!
A other win from Seirawan on Timman can be found in the games,Hoogovens Wijk aan Zeee 1980 and the famous win  from  Mar del Plata 1982,where Seirawan explains after move 40…Ne7 : The game was now adjourned and White sealed his next move.  There was a great deal of interest in the game in the Argentine press with many expecting a drawI thought I had excellent winning chances whereas Jan in his comments in the tournament in Shaakbulletin, the predecessor to New In Chess magazine, thought he should have held. Included on this DVD are wins against players as Tal and Karpov!

Conclusion: There is a awful  lot to learn from Yasser Seirawan on this DVD!

ChessBase Magazine issue 134

February 2010
Gelfand's experience key to his World Cup victory
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ChessBase Magazine 134 is overfilled with smashing video files so as the one from 16 year old Wesley So, Magnus Carlsen’s impressive analysis his victory over Kramnik,Gelfand with his victory over Karjakin and dear reader there is a lot more! As for example Rogozenco with his Trompowsky and Mikhalchishin who digs in the Ruy Lopez of the Archangelsk with the move 7.c3.
The super tournaments in this issue are London Chess Classic 2009,Fide World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2009 and the World Team Championship  of 2010.
Other tournaments are Russian Championship,Reggio Emila and Pamplona,where you shall find excellent annotations from players as Bologan,Fier,Roiz and Vitiugov!
From high quality are also the theory files: Alekhine Defence B04 by Mihail Marin 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Be2 Bg7 6.0-0 0-0 7.c4 Nb6 8.exd6 cxd6,interesting to mention is that Viktor Korchnoj played this line already back in 1956!
{Toran Albero,Roman - Kortschnoj,Viktor [B04]
WchT U26 03th Upsala, 1956
[Marin]1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Be2 Bg7 6.0-0 0-0 7.c4 Nb6 8.exd6 cxd6 9.Nc3 Nc6 10.Be3 Bg4 11.b3 d5 12.c5 Nc8 13.h3?! A very instructive loss of time. White will be short of just one tempo to carry out his main plan. 13...Bxf3 14.Bxf3 e6 15.b4 a6 16.b5 [The text move is a strategic concession, leaving White with many pawn islands, but there was no time for 16.Rb1 N8e7 17.a4 already, because of 17...Nf5 18.Ne2 Nh4 and White is in trouble.] 16...axb5 17.Nxb5 N8e7 18.Bg5 Qa5 19.Bxe7 Nxe7 20.Qd3 Nc6 21.a4 b6! Finally, the white pawn chain collapses. The only thing that remains of it is the weak d4-pawn.
 22.cxb6 Qxb6 23.Rfd1 Ra5 24.Qc3 Rfa8 25.Rac1 Nxd4! A logical, but elegant tactical decision, marking White's complete fiasco.
26.Rxd4 Rxb5 27.axb5 Bxd4 28.Qd2 Rd8 29.Bd1 e5 30.Qe2 Rb8 31.Rb1 Qc5 32.g3 Rb6 33.Kg2 Kg7 34.Rb3 e4 35.Qa2 Qd6 36.Qd2 Bc5 37.Bc2 Qe5 38.Qe2 Rf6 0-1 and Jan Timman in 1969!
Lars Schandorff demonstrates a easy way to equality in the Fantasy Variation of the Caro – Kann B12: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 dxe4 4.fxe5 e5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Bc4 Nd7 7.0-0 Ngf6 8.c3 Bd6.
The great Rivas digs in his own system Sicilian B33: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6 5.Nb3 Nf6 6.Nc3 e6 7.Qe2 The Hera Variation.
Leonid Kritz digs in the Rubinstein Variation C10: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nbd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.c3.
Mihail Marin examines a main line in the Bishop’s Opening C24: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bb3 Bd6.
Igor Stohl examines some new trends in the Two Knights Defence C58: Nakamura,Hikaru (2701) - Friedel,Joshua E (2516) [C58]
USA-ch Saint Louis (9), 17.05.2009 [Stohl]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Bd3 Be7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.0-0 Rb8N Black plans a future rook lift via b4, but White simply ignores this idea.
 11.h3! An important prohylactic move, stopping any ideas connected with ¥g4. 11...c5 [11...h6 12.Nf3± ×e5] 12.b3 Rb4?! Consistent, but ineffective. [¹12...Bb7] 13.Re1 Bb7 14.Ba3 [14.Rxe5 Bd6 15.Re1± is probably good as well, but it gives Black more swindling chances.] 14...Rf4 15.g3 Rd4 16.Nf3 Rxd3? [According to Nakamura the only way to fight on was 16...Nc6 17.Nxe5 (17.Nxd4 Nxd4 18.Ne4±) 17...Nxe5 18.Rxe5 Qd7 19.Qf1 Bd6 20.Re3 Qc6 21.f3 Bxg3 22.Ne2 Rxd3 23.Rxd3 Be5 24.Re1±] 17.cxd3 Qxd3 18.Nxe5 Qf5 19.g4! Qf4 20.d4+- Rd8 21.Qe2 Rxd4?! [21...Qxd4 slightly prolongs the game, but doesn't help after 22.Nxf7 Qxc3 23.Nxd8 Bxd8 24.Rad1 Nc6 (24...Bc7 25.Rd3) 25.Bb2 Qa5 26.Qe6+ Kf8 27.Bxf6+-;
21...Qh6 22.Qe3+-] 22.Bc1! ×£f4 1-0.
Alexey Kuzmin looks at the Ruy Lopez C60 with the moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nge7.
Evgeny Postny sees a good alternative in the Ruy Lopez C65: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Bc5 5.Nxe5.
Hannes Langrock goes for the Exchange Variation C69: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 f6,Rogozenco Albin Countergambit D08: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Nbd2,Tibor Karolyi Queen’s Gambit Accepted D20: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 4.Nf3 c5 4.Nc3 and Michal Krasenkow airs the secrets of his pet line King’s Indian E90: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.h3 e5 7.d5 a5 8.Bg5!?
Other Columns  are : King: Move by Move,Reeh:Tactics,Wells: Strategy,Müller: Endgames and Knaak: Opening Trap. A two language booklet is included!
Conclusion: A must have DVD!     


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