Latest book reviews of 1 April 2010

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Tragikomödien im endspiel by Mark Dvoretsky
303 pages
Price €24,90
ISBN 978-3-933365-18-7

The books from GM Mark Dvoretsky belong for many to the absolute top of chess trainings and his latest endgame  book,Tragikomödien im Endspeil is a fine follow up from his impressive
book  “Die Endspieluniversität”.
Dvoretsky handles in nine instructive chapters,all major endgame techniques as the king in endgames, powerful pawns, tactical motifs, exchanges & endgame manoeuvres, drawing techniques  etc.
Seldom I have seen a endgame book that is so readable as this well filled hard cover endgame book!
Mark Dvoretsky explains in these 300 pages positions of material balances, that you will reach in many of your games!
In endgames it is important to learn how you can cut of the enemy king and a fine eample is the latest game P.Smirnov – O.Korneev,Ekaterinburg 1997,White Ka6,Pawns: a2,b2,and b3
Black: Rook e4 and King h2.
As Dvoretsky instructively explains 51.Kb5 Re2 52.a4 is good for a draw.
But white played 51.a4?? and after 51….Rb4 we have a classical cut of king position.
In rook endings it is important to retain full control of the important squares and Dvoretsky’s examples are uncountable.
It is interesting to mention that the word Bodycheck made it into the German endgame books,but it is all a matter of king activity,as we can see in the following example:
Black: Kb4 pawn f7
White:Ke4 pawn f2 Now 61.Kd4 wins but not 61.Ke5.
Yes with Dvoretsky it looks all so easy!
John Nunn once wrote that the endgame is the part of chess which most clearly distinguishes the master from the amateur.
Conclusion: It is not easy to find a more instructive endgame book!

Studien für praktiker by Mark Dvoretsky

Price €21,90
ISBN 978-3-933365-14-9

The first chess compositions are so old as the game itself, and this book from GM Mark and Dvoretsky and the famous Oleg Pervakov is a master piece on chess problems and studies.
Again a beautiful printed book,hard cover and printed on the finest paper that you can imagine for a chess book,this all holds a fascinating collection studies that are waiting to be solved.
Between the mass of compositions I found studies from players as Alexander Morozevich,
yes he composed this only one,at the young age of 16.
Between the list of composer I found studies from players as Akopian,Shirov,Nunn and the Dutch Jan Timman.
But the pearls of chess come the great composers as O Frink 1923,White: King c3,Bishop Bh3,pawn h2
Black: Kf2
White wins with the unbelievable move 1.Bd7!!
Pleasant to mention are also the master pieces from Oleg Pervakov who belongs to one of the best composers in the world of chess compositions.
Conclusion: Facinating!

1.d4 volume two by Boris Avrukh
Quality Chess
614 pages
Price €29,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-33-6

GM Boris Avrukh from Israel provides the reader with a impressive move to move repertoire book on the good old move 1.d4.
If you like to move your white bishop on g2 than this book could be the perfect choice for you.
On the King’s Indian Avrukh prefers lines like these: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.Nf3 and after,6…0-0 7.0-0 Bg4 8.d5 Na5 9.Nd2 c5,and now Avrukh goes for the flexiable 10.Qc2.
The author has on every move from black a strong answer and the white player does not have to fear unexplored lines,for example on the Snake Benoni he comes after the moves;
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 Bd6 6.Nc3 0-0 7.Bg2 Bc7 8.d6 Ba5 9.Nh3 Nc6 10.0-0 Re8 11.Nd5 Nxd5 12.Bxd5 h6 13.Nf4 Qf6 14.Be3 Nd4 15.a3 Bb6 16.Rc1 Rb8 with the strong 17.Qd3!
And now it is difficult to find a reasonable move for black.
Fans of the Budapest gambit have to take care of the move: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bf4 Bb4+ 6.Nbd2 Qe7 7.e3 Ngxe5 8.Nxe5 Nxe5 9.Be2 b6 10.0-0 Bxd2 11.Qxd2 Bb7 12.c5 bxc5 13.Qa5 Ng6 14.Bg3!
Avrukh writes; I found this ‘novelty’ and than discovered it has been played in one e-mail game.In my opinion it is a serious improvement over previous over the bord play.
For all lovers of the Leningrad dutch,Avrukh goes for a set-up with 1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.b3,as Stefan Kinderman wrote in his work on the Leningrad System:
This system involving the fianchetto of the Queen’s bishop is a populair choice for lovers of quiet positional play.
But the move 6.b3 is a very flexible way to meet the Leningrad!
A very strong repertoire book!

Die Englische Eröffnung Band Eins by Mihail Marin
Quality Chess
482 pages
Price €29,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-24-4

The Romanian crack GM Mihail Marin comes with unbelievable heavy weight, where Marin explains with move to move annotations his favourite  repertoire lines of the English Opening.
Repertoire books always a matter of taste but what Marin offers the reader here in these 482 pages is more than  impressive!
Covered are the following lines: 1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Bc5 5. Nf3 Karpov Variation, 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Bb4 5.Nd5 Rossolimo Variation in the back hand, 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 Botvinnik system,1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Nc3 various lines, 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Reversed Dragon,1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.d4 Keres Variation and all kind of various side lines as 1.c4 e5 2.g3 d6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 f5 6.e4 Nf6 7.Nge2 0-0 8.0-0 c6 9.exf5 gxf5 10.d4 Na6 11.b3 Ng4?! The last move is by the way a invention of Marin but as he honestly explaines he is not very proud of it after 13.d5!N white stands much better.
Throw the book I found many novelties as 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 Be6 7.d3 Qd7 8.Nd5 h5 9.h4 Nd8 10.d4 Nc6 11.dxe5!N The following leads to
11.Nxc7+ Qxc7 12.d5 Bg4 13.dxc6 bxc6 14.0-0 Ne7 with a even position.
Going throw this book is a great pleasure and even in the complicated Botvinnik System I could not get lost in the lines of moves, all long index variations are now and than repeated as for example the following one: 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 Nge7 7.d3 0-0 8.0-0 Be6 9.Nd5 Qd7 10.Be3 f5 11.Qd2 Rf7 12.f3 Raf8 13.Rac1 Nc8 14.b3 Nb6 15.a4 Nd4 16.Bxd4!N and this move is again one of the many novelties you will find in this book!
Many games come from Marin himself and that makes this book very special!
Included is a bibliography and a clear index of variation to find your way throw this well written heavy weight!
Conclusion: One of the best books that I have ever seen on the English Opening!

The giant chess puzzle book by Zenon Franco
Gambit Publications Ltd
288 pages
Price $ 26,95
ISBN 978-1-906454-20-3

Puzzle books are fun specially this one from GM Zenon Franco who has managed to put  together a fascinating collection together from 1001 puzzles, where the difficulty lays between easy and very difficult.
Chapter one deals with the main tactical ideas, Chapter two holds 120 warming-up exercises for club players, Chapter three holds 100 puzzles on the attack, Chapter four  holds 200 exercises and are all between level 1 to 4.
Chapter five provides the first of three batches of the test positions, Chapter six is called Defence and Counterattack.
Chapter sevens is entitled ‘Mundo Latino’and holds 90 puzzles, including 40 with hints, these puzzles are taken from games by Latin players, both European and American.
Chapter eight holds some fine selftests, Chapter nine holds 90 endgame puzzles, and at last the most difficult one Chapter eleven with 81 puzzles of level 5 and beyond yes the one for
the grandmaster between us!
For the good order chapter ten holds tests and answers here you can do your warming up for Chapter eleven!
Puzzle books are great fun specially with the unique material from Zenon Franco,where the most of these exercises have never seen print before!
Conclusion: Highly enjoyable!

British Chess Magazine No.3
Volume 130
March  2010
Price: £4,05

This issue starts with Corus where Magnus Carlsen justified his status as the world’s highest rated player  and a fine 10.000 Euros first price money! This coverage of Ian Rogers is good for 18 pages of text!
The remaining pages of this magazine go to Gibtelecom masters where John Saunders is responsible for on the spot coverage.
Please see how Alexandra Kosteniuk mixed up lines against Duhayon but still managed to win!
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Qf3 Be7 9.Bd3 h6 10.Ne4 Nd5 11.c3?  Black played 11…Nf4? John Saunders gives 11…Bh4!?
But in my database I found: Facchetti,Gianni - Pelagatti,Alessandro [C58]
ch ITA (11), 2006
1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 e5 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Qf3 h6 9.Ne4 Nd5 10.Bd3 Be7 11.c3 0-0 12.0-0 f5 13.Ng3 e4 14.Nxe4 fxe4 15.Qxe4 Bf5 16.Qd4 c5 17.Qe5 Bxd3 18.Re1 Bf6 19.Qe6+ Kh8 20.b4 cxb4 21.cxb4 Nxb4 22.Ba3 Re8 23.Qxe8+ Qxe8 24.Rxe8+ Rxe8 25.Nc3 Nc2 26.Rb1 Nxa3 27.Rc1 Nc2 28.h3 Bxc3 29.dxc3 Re1+ 30.Rxe1 Nxe1 31.f4 Nc2 32.Kf2 Nc4 33.g4 Kg8 34.Kf3 Kf7 35.a4 Ke6 36.h4 Kd5 37.g5 h5 38.Kf2 g6 39.Kf3 a5 40.f5 Bxf5 41.Kf4 Nb2 42.Kf3 Nxa4 43.Ke2 Nxc3+ 44.Kd2 Ne4+ 45.Kd3 Nd4 46.Ke3 a4 47.Kf4 a3 48.Ke3 a2 49.Kd3 a1Q 50.Ke3 Qc3+ 51.Kf4 Qf3# 0-1
Other readable contributions are,Games Department, Quotes and Querties, Endgame Studies, Forthcoming events, Reviews and New Books etc.
Conclusion: One of the best!        

Heroes of classical chess by Craig Pritchett
Everyman Chess
224 pages
Price €19,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-619-7

The international master Craig Pritchett describes in this book of chess secrets five of his great chess heroes, Rubenstein, Smyslov, Fischer, Anand and  Carlsen.
Pritchett really digs in these games and explains with readable words the techniques and how these players, did manage to become such great players.
But first some words from Pritchett: Informed and full of surprises Fischer’s chess was also built from blocks of continues play.Having learned the game at the age of 6,his early passion for chess was nurtured from that point on within the Brooklyn Chess Club and by a series of adult mentors, including the Brooklyn Club’s President,Carmine Negro.Fischer’s played  widely in junior and adult events,until in 1956-58 he suddenly jumped dramatically in playing strength.
In the summer of 1956,aged  13,Fischer won the US Junior Championship.
Invited to play against some of the strongest US players later that year in the Rosenwald Cup in New York,he finished only eighth, but won sensationally against  Donald Byrne in a game that later became known as the “Game of the Century”.
Interviewing Fischer for Chess Life & Review shortly after he became World Champion in 1972,Svetozar Gligoric expressed admiration for the ‘new way Fischer handled the opening in the final,21st game of the match. Fischer confessed dead plan that he actually “found the idea….in Anderssen’s book {Gottschall’s 1912 collection of Anderssen’s games}…it’s the way they used to play in the old days.”
Fischer was one of the first modern players to properly investigate, appreciate and adapt some of the great weapons of the past for up-to-date contemporary combat.
The material is based on 35 deeply analysed games where some pages as Carlsen – Topalov,Sofia 2009 is good for six pages of text.
Carlsen’s all-round classical style seems to be good against Topalov.At any rate,he has beaten the Bulgarian on several occasions.
Included is a index of openings,index of players and a very interesting bibliography!
Conclusion: This book is certainly more than a great games collection!

Play the Ponziani by Dave Taylor & Keith Hayward
Everyman Chess
301 pages
Price €19,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-620-3

The Ponziani Opening goes back to the Italian Law lecturer and priest Domenico Lorenzo Ponziani {1719-1796} who wrote extensively about it
 in his forgotten  book IIGuioco Incomparibile Degli Scacchi of 1769.
Interesting to mention is that Howard Staunton wrote in his famous Handbook,over 150 years ago about it: that it would someday attain a much higher opening lore!
It seems that time has now come with this impressive move to move heavy weight from Taylor and Hayward.
Wilhelm Steinitz favoured the move 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 d5 4.Qa4 f6 and now white has a choice between sharp or quieter play with the moves 5.Bb5 and 5.d3!?
After 5.Bb5 Ne7 6.exd5 Qxd5 7.0-0 black has the choice out five different moves7…e4,7…Bd7,7…Be6,7…Bf5 and 7…a6.Interesting to mention is that 7…h5!? Was an imaginative idea from Startostits – Schlindwein,German League 2004.
It is nearly unbelievable but the most openings books as for example Nigel Davies his Play 1.e4 e5, only cover one model game with the Ponziani!
Top players as Chigorin,Steinitz,Maroczy,Tartakower and Euwe have played and studied the Ponziani.Alexhine played it as a young boy and this game is covered between the illustrated games of this book: Alekhine,Alexander - Isakov,K [C44]
Moscow Club (Spring) Moscow, 1907
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 d5 4.Qa4 f6 5.Bb5 Nge7 6.exd5 Qxd5 7.0-0 Bd7 8.d4 e4 9.Nfd2 f5 10.Nb3 Ne5 11.Nc5 c6 12.Be2 Bc8 13.Be3 b5 14.Qa5 Nc4 15.Bxc4 Qxc4 16.Nd2 Qd5 17.a4 Ng6 18.f3 Bxc5 19.dxc5 Qd3 20.Bg5 h6 21.Nxe4 hxg5 22.Nd6+ Kd7 23.Rad1 Qe3+ 24.Kh1 Qf4 25.g3 Qxa4 26.Nxb5+ 1-0.
Fred Reinfeld wrote about this game in his book,100 instructive games of Alekhine:
Why Alekhine should have played this discredited opening {which,by the way, never appears in his later games}remains a psychological riddle till we recall that the Ponziani had been a great favourite of his idol Tschigorin.
All together there are 23 illustrated games in this book,the theory sections are intensively covered in twelve heavy loaded sections where you can find hundreds of extra Ponziani games between the lines.
Personally I enjoyed chapter nine very much where black goes for a early 3..f5!?
As the authors write: A risky move advocated by Domenico Lorenzo Ponziani himself where his efforts were focused on this …f5 variation which bears his name: the Ponziani Counter Gambit.
White has two good replies: he can capture the pawn for counter the flank move with a centre break.
I would like to end with a fine example of Ponziani power: Fouchet,Guy - Volpi,Davide,Italy corr, 1992
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d4 Nxe4 5.d5 Ne7 6.Nxe5 d6 7.Bb5+ c6 8.dxc6 Qb6 9.cxb7+ Kd8 10.Nxf7+ Kc7 11.bxa8N+ 1-0,yes unbelievable for a correspondence game.
Chapter twelve holds some interesting second moves alternatives as the Latvian Gambit, one of Hayward other specialities.
Included is a impressive, two and a half page bibliography.
Conclusion: Buy this book if you are searching for new dynamic  openings play!

Mastering positional chess by Daniel Naroditsky
New in Chess
236 pages
Price € 19,95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-295-6

Mastering Positional Chess is written by the fourteen year old American chess prodigy Daniel Naroditsky,the young author started writing this book when he realized his lack of positional understanding.
So far no book on chess has a younger author than this one,Aturo Pomar wrote his Mis Cincuenta Partidas con Maestros in 1945 and Bobby Fischer’s Games of chess came out in 1959.
We must realize that Naroditsky started writing this book when he was ten years old,and I must admit I have seen better books on positional chess but never one which is so clear to understandable  as this one from Naroditsky!
Maybe we can say if the books from Aagaard and Dvoretsky are to complicated for you try this one from Naroditsky!
It is clear a 14 year old is telling things easier than a grown up does.
But first some words from Naroditsky after the moves:1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.Nge2 e5 7.0-0 Na6 8.Rfe1 c6 9.h3 Tfe8 10.Bg5 h6?!
It’s hard to believe that this complexly natural move is a mistake.The problem is that after
Be3,it will be very difficult for black to achieve any kind of counterplay.vWhite will  play g3-g4 and Ng3,and black will find himself totally cramped.
In order to get somewhere, black needed to act quickly. This could only be accomplished by the active 10…exd4! Instead, the move mentioned by ChessBase {I’m not sure who the commentators are,but my guess is that the annotations given in ChessNase are the ones that where made in the tournament bulletin}
The material from Naroditsky is divided in to the following chapters: Prophylaxis, Defence in worse positions, Building and breaking fortresses, Positional sacrifice, Paralysis in the middlegame and Manoeuvring plus some exercises to see if you have understood the Naroditsky techniques.
Conclusion: A very easy to understand strategy book!

New In Chess: The First 25 Years edited by Steve Giddins
New in Chess
398 pages
Price $29,95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-296-3

New in Chess celebrates it’s 25 year anniversary with this impressive anthology of the best from the New In Chess Magazines.
I remember when Wim Andriessen started his “Schaak Bulletin” back in 1960s  and thanks to players as Jan Hein Donner and Jan Timman it became a great success.
The first issues if this magazine are now highly wanted under chess collectors, but that is a other story, of a magazine that later grow out to  became the best chess magazine in the world
The success of New in Chess lays in the secret that it is read by amateur and chess professional, all throw the world from Iceland to China.
The English Steve Giddins has compiled an anthology of the most interesting contributions as the inimitable Tigran Petrosian, where Jan Timman pays tribute with a wonderful game annotation,which is good for seven pages of text,yes that where the days with Jan Timman on his best!
But there are also a lot of fun contributions as the one from Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam on Tim Krabbe,King of chess curiosities.
Or Seek,and thou shall find,which holds the unorthodox explorations of Rolf Martens.
But my favorite is They’ll do it every time,in the footsteps of Icelandic citizen Bobby Fischer by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam.
Saemi Palsson,Fischer’s bodyguard in 1972 tells: Bobby never paid me anything either,not in ’72 and not now.My wife once asked him about that and he said he had to think about himself.
Conclusion: A fascinating read!          

Chess CD's & DVD's

Two Knight's Defence by Lawrence Trent
ISBN 978-3-86681-155-9
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 international master Lawrence Trent presents you on this DVD a enjoyable introduction into the oldest line of the two knights defence and explains all kind of moves for black after the moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5!?
Tarrasch called it a “duffer’s move, pointing out that it offends against the well tried maxim of not moving a piece twice in the opening but ideas have changed throw the years and we
see nowadays the move 4.Ng5 more and more.
Emms once wrote in his book,Play the Open Games for Black,This is white most direct,and in my opinion,the most critical response to the Two Knights Defence.
Trent starts this DVD with the exciting Traxler counter gambit,or as some say the Wilkes - Barre variation  that runs with the exciting  move 4..Bc5!?
As we can see in the following game: Asrian,A (2634) - Minasian,K (2457)
ARM-ch Yerevan, 2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 [4...d5] 5.Bxf7+ [5.Nxf7 Bxf2+ (5...Qe7) 6.Kxf2 Nxe4+] 5...Ke7 6.Bd5 Rf8 [6...Nxd5 7.exd5;
6...d6] 7.0-0 d6 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.Nf3 Bg4 [9...Nxe4 10.d4] 10.d3 Qe8 [10...Nh5 11.Bg5+] 11.Be3 Qh5 [11...Bxe3 12.fxe3] 12.Nbd2 Bb6 [12...Bb6;
12...Bxf3 13.Qxf3 Qxf3 14.Nxf3] 13.a4 Bxf3 [13...a6] 14.Qxf3 Qh4 15.Bxb6 axb6 16.Qg3 Qxg3 17.hxg3 Nd7 18.b3 g5 19.Nc4 d5 20.Ne3 Nc5 21.exd5 cxd5 22.Nxd5+ Kd6 23.Nc3 1-0.
Other lines that get a important turn are the Ulvestad _ Variation: Bahram,N (2175) - Hector,J (2510)
Stockholm, 1998
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 b5 6.dxc6 [6.Bxb5; 6.Bf1;
6.Bb3 Nd4] 6...bxc4 7.Nc3 [7.Qe2 Qd5 8.0-0 Bd6 9.Nc3 Qxc6 10.d4 cxd3 11.cxd3 0-0] 7...h6 8.Nge4 [8.Nf3 Bd6 9.Qe2 (9.0-0 0-0) 9...0-0 10.0-0 Re8 11.Qxc4 e4 12.Ne1 Bxh2+ 13.Kxh2 Ng4+ 14.Kg3 (14.Kg1 Qh4) 14...h5 15.Qb4 h4+ 16.Kh3 a5 17.Qa3 e3 18.fxe3 Nxe3+ 19.Kh2 Nxf1+] 8...Nxe4 9.Nxe4 Qd5 10.Qf3 Be6 11.0-0 0-0-0 12.Re1 Qxc6 13.b3 f5 14.Nc3 [14.Ng5 e4 15.Qh3 Bb4 16.Nxe6 Qxe6] 14...e4 15.Qh5 Bc5 16.bxc4 g6 17.Qe2 [17.Qxg6;
17.Qh4 Bxc4] 17...Bxc4 18.d3 [18.Qxc4 Bxf2+] 18...exd3 19.cxd3 Rxd3 20.Qc2 Ba6 21.Nd1 Bb7 22.Ne3 Rxe3 23.Bxe3 [23.fxe3 Bxe3+] 23...Qxg2# 0-1.
This variation is named after Ulvestad who analysed this ingenious move in Chess Review back in 1941.
As we can learn from the young author black has to take care: Vallejo Pons,F (2660) - Naiditsch,A (2639)
ETCC Crete, 2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 b5 6.Bf1 h6 7.Nxf7 Kxf7 8.dxc6 Bc5 9.Be2 Bxf2+ 10.Kxf2 Ne4+ 11.Kf1 Rf8 12.d3 Qd4 13.Qe1 Kg8+ 14.Bf3 Ng5 15.Bxg5 hxg5 16.Ke2 e4 17.Bxe4 Bg4+ 18.Kd2 Rf2+ 19.Kc1 Raf8 20.Nc3 b4 21.Bd5+ Kh8 22.h4 1-0.
Very interesting in the main line with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 e4 10.Ne5 Bd6,as we can see in the game:
Naiditsch,A (2652) - Halkias,S (2580)
Zlatibor, 2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 e4 10.Ne5 Bd6 11.d4 exd3 12.Nxd3 Qc7 13.b3 0-0 14.Bb2 Ne4 15.Nc3 f5 16.h3 Ba6 17.0-0 Rad8 18.Kh1 Bf4 [18...Nb7;
18...Rfe8] 19.Bf3 Rfe8 20.Bh5 Re7 21.Ne2 Bg5 22.Bg6 [22.Ng3 Rd5 23.Bg6 Bc8 24.c4] 22...Qb6 23.Kg1 Nxf2 24.Rxf2 Be3 25.Bd4 Bxd4 [25...Rxd4 26.Nxd4 Qxd4 27.Kh1 Bxd3 28.Rf3 Re6 29.Qxd3 Rxg6 (29...Qxa1+ 30.Rf1 Qd4 (30...Qe5 31.Qd8+) 31.Qxf5 Rf6 (31...Rxg6 32.Qxg6) 32.Qc8+) 30.Qxd4 Bxd4]  1-0.
Pleasantly enough our Lawrence Trent comes here with some improvements for black.
Running time is 4h and 45 minutes!
Conclusion: Trent offers you on this DVD an excellent coverage of all key ideas and tactics of the Two Knights Defence!

French Defence Strategy by Nigel Davies
ISBN 978-3-86681-155-9
Price € 29,90
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

GM Nigel Davies does not support you with all the latest developments of the French Defence but explains you in a small four hours all positional and tactical aspects of the French.
Also are all typical strategies for the French well covered by the well speaking Davies.
In my opinion this DVD is a great welcome for all new comers of the French Defence and all those would like to improve there positional skills.
Davies provides with a lot of original thinking and I believe this DVD is a must for all interested players of this facinating opening.
All material is explained at the hand of 25 model games as the following masterpiece from Kroggius:Krogius,N - Karner,H [C03]
Sochi 24/219, 1977
1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nd2 a6 4.e5 Bd7 5.Ndf3 Bb5 6.Bxb5+ axb5 7.Qd3 Qd7 8.Ne2 b6 9.0-0 c5 10.c3 c4 11.Qc2 Ne7 12.Ng3 h5 13.Bg5 Ng6 14.Nh4 Nxh4 15.Bxh4 Be7 16.Bxe7 Qxe7 17.a4 h4 18.Ne2 Qa7 19.f4 g6 20.b3 cxb3 21.Qxb3 bxa4 22.Qb5+ Nd7 23.c4 dxc4 24.Nc3 0-0 25.Rxa4 Qb7 26.Rxc4 Rfc8 27.d5 Rxc4 28.Qxc4 Rc8 29.Qd4 h3 30.gxh3 exd5 31.Nxd5 Rc2 32.f5 Nf8 33.e6 fxe6 34.Nf6+ Kf7 35.fxg6+ Ke7 36.Ne4 Qd5 37.Qxd5 exd5 38.g7 1-0,
Or the classic beauty: Nimzowitsch,Aaron - Salwe,Georg [C02]
Karlsbad Karlsbad (15), 09.09.1911
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3 Bd7 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.0-0 f6 9.b4 Be7 10.Bf4 fxe5 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.Bxe5 Nf6 13.Nd2 0-0 14.Nf3 Bd6 15.Qe2 Rac8 16.Bd4 Qc7 17.Ne5 Be8 18.Rae1 Bxe5 19.Bxe5 Qc6 20.Bd4 Bd7 21.Qc2 Rf7 22.Re3 b6 23.Rg3 Kh8 24.Bxh7 e5 25.Bg6 Re7 26.Re1 Qd6 27.Be3 d4 28.Bg5 Rxc3 29.Rxc3 dxc3 30.Qxc3 Kg8 31.a3 Kf8 32.Bh4 Be8 33.Bf5 Qd4 34.Qxd4 exd4 35.Rxe7 Kxe7 36.Bd3 Kd6 37.Bxf6 gxf6 38.Kf1 Bc6 39.h4 1-0.
Nimzowitsch wrote later: From first move to last this game is highly instructive;moreover,I regard it as the first game to be played  in the spirit of the new philosophy in the spirit of the new philosophy of the centre,which I originated.

Conclusion: Overloaded with instructive explanations

Build a 1.d4 repertoire by Nigel Davies
ISBN 978-3-86681-155-9
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

GM Nigel Davies provides you on this DVD with a reliable 1.d4 opening,based on the lines of  the London System,Torre Attack and Colle System.
As Davies explains on this DVD when you clime on the rating ladder it is necessarily to build out your repertoire with the move 2.c4.
The move 2.c4  offers more possibilities for white specially when you reach  the 2200 elo level.
A good basis for a 1.d4 repertoire line is the following game: Kramnik,V (2710) - Kasparov,G (2805) [E93]
Linares 60/572, 1994
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.d4 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.d5 Nbd7 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 g5 10.Bg3 Nh5 11.h4 g4 12.Nh2 Nxg3 13.fxg3 h5 14.0-0 f5 15.exf5 Nc5 16.b4 e4 17.Rc1 Nd3 18.Bxd3 exd3 19.f6 Rxf6 20.Qxd3 Qf8 21.Nb5 Bf5 22.Rxf5 Rxf5 23.Nxc7 Rc8 24.Ne6 Qf6 25.Nf1 Re5 26.Rd1 Qf5 27.Qxf5 Rxf5 28.c5 Bf8 29.Ne3 Rf6 30.Nc4 dxc5 31.b5 Bh6 32.Re1 Re8 33.Re5 Re7 34.Rxh5 Ref7 35.Kh2 Bc1 36.Re5 Rf1 37.Re4 Rd1 38.Rxg4+ Kh7 39.Ne5 Re7 40.Nf8+ Kh8 41.Neg6+ 1-0,and of course well explained by Davies!
For all who have bought Davies’s openings DVD’s on the above mentioned openings,I would like to say expand your knowledge with this well filled 1.d4 repertoire DVD!
Running time is around five hours!!

Conclusion: Higly instructive!     

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 134
March  2010
Videos by Leonid Kritz,Andrew Martin and Valeri Lilov

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

This CD is good for 20788 entries! Taken from important tournaments as the Gibraltar Masters and the EU-Championship for  Seniors held at Dresden and good for over the 1300 games!
First a exciting Latvian win: Asparuhov,Parvan (2107) - Gudzhenov,Valentin (1932) [C40]
BUL-ch sf Plovdiv (4), 26.01.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nc6 4.Qh5+ g6 5.Nxg6 Nf6 6.Qh3 hxg6 7.Qxh8 Qe7 8.Qh4 Nd4 9.Na3 fxe4 10.Qg3 d5 11.h3 Kf7 12.Be2 c6 13.Bd1 Nf5 14.Qb3 Qe5 15.Kf1 Bd7 16.d4 Nxd4 17.Qc3 c5 18.Qe1 Qf5 19.c3 Nc6 20.Qe3 Ne5 21.g4 Qe6 22.g5 Ne8 23.Qf4+ Kg7 24.Be3 Bd6 25.Qh4 Kf7 26.Qf4+ Kg7 27.Qh4 Kf7 28.Be2 a6 29.Rd1 Ng7 30.Bf4 Rg8 31.Qg3 Nf5 32.Qh2 Re8 33.h4 Nf3 34.Qh3 Bxf4 35.Bxf3 exf3 36.Qxf3 Bd6 37.h5 Bc6 38.hxg6+ Qxg6 39.Rh6 d4 40.Rxg6 Bxf3 41.Rf6+ Kg7 42.Rd2 Rh8 0-1,but don’t play it like Bulat Battalov: Malygin,Alexander (2140) - Battalov,Bulat (2123) [C40]
Ulyanovsk op Ulyanovsk (9), 14.02.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.Nc4 fxe4 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Nd5 Qe6 7.Nxc7+ 1-0.
Included are the following video files: Leonid Kritz digs in the classical game Botvinnik-Tal, of Moscow 1961, Andrew Martin in "The Budapest Gambit" and Valeri Lilov presents the smassing game  Aronian-Nakamura, Bursa 2010!

Conclusion: Great Stuff!