Latest book reviews of 1 May 2010

Wilhelminalaan 33 


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Critical moments in chess by Paata Gaprindashvili
Batsford Ltd, London
271 pages
ISBN 978-1-906388-65-2

In Imagination in Chess Paata Gaprindashvili did focus how to play with creativity but in his latest work, Critical Moments In Chess the International master of correspondence chess explains at the hand of 269 exercises, the critical moment of chess.
In these touching moments you are invited  to find the one and only winning move,as for example in the correspondence game Estrin – Boey corr,1980 where Estrin did manage to win with a study like Rook move.
Unfortunately enough Gaprindashvili does not give any references to the correspondence games in this book so for the interested reader here is the whole game:
Estrin,Yakov Borisovich - Boey,Jozef Martin (BEL) [C55]
Wch10 Final 7884 corr ICCF, 1978
{1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.e5 Ng4 6.Qe2 Qe7 7.Bf4 f6 8.exf6 Qxe2+ 9.Kxe2 Nxf6 10.Re1 d6 11.Kf1+ Be7 12.Nbd2 a6 13.Nb3 b5 14.Bd3 Bd7 15.Nbxd4 Nxd4 16.Nxd4 Kf7 17.c4 Rhb8 18.Rac1 bxc4 19.Bxc4+ d5 20.Bb3 Rb4 21.Be5 c5 22.Nc2 c4 23.Bxf6 Kxf6 24.Rxe7 Kxe7 25.Nxb4 cxb3 26.Nxd5+ Kd6 27.Rd1 Bb5+ 28.Ke1 bxa2 29.Nb6+ Kc5 30.Nxa8 Kb4 31.Nc7 Kb3 32.Kd2 g5 33.Ne6 g4 34.f4 gxf3 35.gxf3 Kxb2 }36.Ra1 Bc4 37.Nd4 a5 38.f4 1-0.
The reader shall find seven game positions from Estrin in this book,and from Taimanov even twelve!
Impressive is the game from Alvis Vitolins against Zhuravlev Riga 1980,yes Vitolins motto was  initiative!
The material is devided into the following chapters: Critical moments.Critical moments:struggle and capture of the initiative,Critical moments: development of the initiative,creation of an attack,Critical moments: obtaining and retaining the advantage; creation of counterplay;taking over the initiative from the opponent, etc.
Critical moments: delivering the decisive blow and of course a lot of exercises!
Conclusion: A very enjoyable read!

Studying chess made easy by Andrew Soltis
Batsford Ltd, London
256  pages
ISBN 978-1-906388-67-6

The educative GM Andrew Soltis has managed to fill his latest Batsford book,Studying chess made easy with a wealth of original  trainings tips as, Chess isn’t school, Cultivating your chess sence, The biggest study myth, The right way to study an opening, Two-and-a-half move chess, Overcoming endgame phobia, Learning to live with TMI and how learn from a master game.
If you don’t like to memorize openings than limit your self for moves as 1.Nf3,2.g3,3.Bg2,4.0-0 5.d3 and 6.Nbd2,and Soltis writes,your basic way of creating play is to push the e-pawn, perhaps supported by the queen at c2 or e2.
Another system is based on 1.d4 followed in some sequence by Nf3,Bf4 or Bg5,e3,c3,Bd3 and Nbd2.You can get play from e3-e4,usually supported by the queen at c2 or e2.
As black,a bad memory repertoire comes at the risk of getting a cramped game.One example is 1…g6,2…Bg7,3…d6 and later  Nd7,…b6,…Ne7.
One finale point.It may also be possible to stretch your memory muscles by doing mental exercises.So far,the evidence is purely anecdotal but ….
But many players who turned into champions enjoyed committing trivia to memory when they were young. There is no guarantee this will work for you, But there have been some remarkable examples. Among them:
When Magnus Carlasen was 5 he reputedly memorized the area,population,flag and capital of all countries of the world.The young  Anatoly Karpov memorized the year and location of all of the Olympic Games since 1896.As a boy Garry Kasparov memorized Russians poems and, later,the capitals of all 50 American states. And they turned out to be pretty good players.
Conclusion: This book will certainly improve your playing skills!

Find the right plan by Anatoly Karpov & Anatoly Matsukevich
Batsford Ltd, London
256  pages
ISBN 978-1-906388-68-3

Anatoly Karpov is a chess players who dominated the chess world for more than a quartet of a century, his openings knowledge was not spectacular but his talent lays in his fantastic ability to handle technical positions.
In this book ‘Find the right plan’Karpov and his companion Anatoly Matsukevich explain you in readable words the fine techniques of play.
This all is well based on seven basic principles:
1.Material relationship between the forces.
2. Presence of direct threats.
3. Position of the kings, their safety.
4. Possession of open lines.
5. Pawn structures, weak and strong squares.
6. The centre and space.
7. Development and the position of pieces.
As a result of comparing these elements the chess player makes a statistical evaluation of the position, selects a plan of action and begins searching for specific moves and calculating variations.
The work starts with some chess history and fine games from Philidor and Paul Morphy.
Here you will find some classic beauties as Paulsen – Morphy,New York 1857:
Paulsen,Louis - Morphy,Paul [C48]
USA-01.Kongress New York (4.6), 07.11.1857
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bc5 5.0-0 0-0 6.Nxe5 Re8 7.Nxc6 dxc6
8.Bc4 b5 9.Be2 Nxe4 10.Nxe4 Rxe4 11.Bf3 Re6 12.c3 Qd3 13.b4 Bb6 14.a4 bxa4
15.Qxa4 Bd7 16.Ra2 Rae8 17.Qa6 Qxf3 18.gxf3 Rg6+ 19.Kh1 Bh3 20.Rd1 Bg2+
21.Kg1 Bxf3+ 22.Kf1 Bg2+ 23.Kg1 Bh3+ 24.Kh1 Bxf2 25.Qf1 Bxf1 26.Rxf1 Re2
27.Ra1 Rh6 28.d4 Be3 0-1.
Karpov & Matsukevich writes: in his action at the chess board,Morphy superbly planned his
play and foresaw the course of events a long way ahead.A different fate lay in store for
his plans in life...
Karpov does by the way not mention that Morphy did miss with 23...Bh3+? the most accurate win: 23...Be4+! 24.Kf1 Bf5!
But throw the whole book you will find fantastic games and positions of games as for example this fantastic Latvian game:
Borik,O - Novak,Ivan [C40]
Czechoslovakia, 1969
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Bc4 fxe4 4.Nxe5 Qg5 5.d4 Qxg2 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Bf7+ Kd8 8.Bxg6 Qxh1+ 9.Ke2 c6 10.Nc3 Nf6 11.Qg5 Be7 12.Nf7+ Ke8 13.Nxh8+ hxg6 14.Qxg6+ Kd8 15.Nf7+ Ke8 16.Ne5+ Kd8 17.Bf4 Qxa1 18.Nf7+ Ke8 19.Nd6+ Kd8 20.Qe8+ Kc7 21.Qxe7 1-0.
And what do you think about this less known blockade game:
1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 b6 3.Bd3 Bb7 4.Nf3 e6 5.Nbd2 d5 6.Ne5 c5 7.c3 Bd6 8.f4 Nbd7 9.0-0 Qc7 10.Qf3 0-0 11.g4 Ne8 12.Qh3 g6 13.Ndf3 Ndf6 14.Ng5 Ng7 15.Qh6 Rae8 16.Rf3 Re7 17.Rh3,Deken – Dieks,Amsterdam 1979.
I assume it was Roy Dieks who was a great youth talent in the seventies, and who came second just to Miles in the world junior championship 1974 in Manila!
Besides the games there is a large collection of instructive compositions all well indexed as all the other instructive games in this book.
The excellent translation of this work comes from Sarah Hurst.
Conclusion: A master piece of explanation!

Understanding the Marshall Attack by David Vigorito
Gambit Publications Ltd
191 pages
Price $ 23,95
ISBN 978-1-906454-17-3

The American IM David Vigorito comes in this book with a impressive study of the Marshall Gambit with all it’s mainlines as the Spassky variation and anti lines.
Between these lines lays the modern rook shuffle 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.d3 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Re4,nowadays this move is played more than any other Marshall line,but the real lovers buy this book for the complicated mainlines.
For the first time the internet refutation from Daniel Quigley is clearly explained: 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.Be3 Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 17.Nd2 Re6 18.a4 f5 19.axb5 f4 20.Bxf4 Bxf4 21.Rxe6 Bxe6 22.bxa6 Bxd2 23.Qxd2 Ra8 24.Qe2 Bf7 25.a7 Qd7 26.Qa6,white has four pawns for the piece and the passed a-pawn will keep Black all tied up.
The lines of the Marshall are complicated and I would to suggest the reader to be critical in the recommendations, for instance in the old main line: 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.Be3 Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 17.Nd2 Re6 18.a4 bxa4 19.Rxa4 f5 20.Qf1 Qh5 21.f4 Rfe8 22.Qf2 g5 23.fxg5 f4 24.gxf4 Bh3,David Vigorito writes:
25.Kh1 This is probably best.In 1990 Nunn wrote “A good line on move 25 for white is hard to find”and 20 years later after a lot of back and forth is still {or should I say again}in white’s court.
But here Vigorito misses the much stronger 25.Nc4!!
Tim Harding wrote about this move on his Marshall CD: This could be a critical move. White hopes to simplify to a won endgame, exploiting the wrecked black queenside. Therefore Black needs a concrete attacking continuation but despite his apparently promising build-up it is hard to find anything.
Well known is the following game but not mentioned in the book from Vigorito:
Nemec,J - Talla,Vladimir [C89]
CZE liga corr, 1997
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.Be3 Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 17.Nd2 Re6 18.a4 f5 19.Qf1 Qh5 20.f4 bxa4 21.Rxa4 Rfe8 22.Qf2 g5 23.fxg5 f4 24.gxf4 Bh3 25.Nc4 Bxf4 26.Ne5 Bxe5 27.dxe5 Rxe5 28.Qg3 Qxg5 29.Rxa6 Qxg3+ 30.hxg3 Be6 31.Bf2 Rxe1+ 32.Bxe1 Nc7 33.Bxe6+ Rxe6 34.Ra1 Re2 35.b4 Nd5 36.Rd1 Kf7 37.Kf1 Rc2 38.Rd2 Rc1 39.Rd3 Ke6 40.Ke2 Ke5 41.Bd2 Rb1 42.Rf3 Ke4 43.c4 Nxb4 44.Bc3 Nd5 45.cxd5 Kxd5 46.Rf4 c5 47.Rh4 1-0,maybe black can improve with: 32….Nb4!! 33.Bxe6+ Rxe6 34.Ra8+ Kf7 35.Ra7+ Kg6 36.Bf2 Nd3 37.b4 Re2 38.Bd4 Kf5 39.Kf1 Rc2 40.Re7 h5 41.Re2 and it looks that black has  a draw.
Conclusion: One of the best Marshall Gambit books that I have seen in the last ten years!

A killer chess opening repertoire by Aaron Summerscale & Sverre Johnsen
Gambit Publications Ltd
192 pages
Price $ 19,95
ISBN 978-1-906454-18-0

Aaron Summerscale book, A killer chess opening repertoire from 1999 has been updated and expanded by the Norway chess expert Sverre Johnsen.
The previous edition from Summerscale was a Cadogan/Everyman book but Gambit has managed to become the copyrights of this outstanding work.
Strange enough there is no input from Summerscale himself on this update, but it looks that the work has been increased by Sverre Johnsen with a third of new material
but the original structure of Summerscale work has been kept in touch.
For all fans of the anti Dutch, the following line from Trygstad’s 1.d4 f5 2.Bg5 h6 3.Bh4 g5 4.e4 Rh7!? is well covered between the lines of the
game Summerscale – Santo Roman,Montpellier 1994.
Conclusion: Impressive update!

Julius Finn
A Chess Master's Life in America,1871 -1931 by Olimpiu G.Urcan

McFarland & Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611
Jefferson,North Carolina 28640. 

271 pages
Price $65,00
ISBN 978-0-7864-3296-7

The Romanian Olimpiu G.Urcan describes in this wonderful produced McFarlan book the life and games from the American chess master Julius Finn.
Finn belonged in the begin of the last century to one of New York’s most successful chess players,Finn was also a great blindfold artist and successful insurance Agent.
As leading spirit of the Manhattan Chess Club he has insured of it’s prominent members which made him throw the years a very wealthy man.
But he was also organizers of the famous New York 1924 chess tournament  and the president of the 1927 New York Tournament!
This all began when he came to New York as immigrant in 1887 at the age of 16,where he started his career as peddler on the Lower East Side.
Finn’s first tournament in America was a handicap tournament played at Café Boulevard at 156 Second Avenue from September to November 1985,where here he was ranked as a 2nd class player at the beginning of the competition but he took home the 1st prize ahead of William Napier and Hermann Helms!
Finn played several times against the great Lasker and even managed to win the following game, which also can be found on the MegaBase,but that is only one of the few that you can find on this DVD: Lasker,Emanuel - Finn,Julius [C39]
New York game New York, 1907
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.Bc4 d5 7.exd5 Bd6 8.0-0 Bxe5 9.Re1 Qe7 10.c3 Nbd7 11.d4 Nh5 12.Bb5 Kd8 13.Bxd7 Bxd7 14.Rxe5 Qxh4 15.Rxh5 Qxh5 16.Bxf4 Re8 17.Bg3 Qxd5 18.Qf1 Qe4 19.Na3 Qe3+ 20.Bf2 Qe2 21.Bh4+ Kc8 22.Qxf7 Qxb2 23.Re1 Rxe1+ 24.Bxe1 b6 25.Qd5 Rb8 26.Nc4 Qe2 27.Bg3 Qe6 0-1
In the second game Lasker did take revenge: Lasker,Emanuel - Finn,Julius [C39]
New York game New York, 1907
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.Bc4 d5 7.exd5 Bd6 8.0-0 Bxe5 9.Re1 Qe7 10.c3 Nbd7 11.d4 Nh5 12.Bb5 Kd8 13.Bxd7 Bxd7 14.Rxe5 Qxh4 15.Rxh5 Qxh5 16.Bxf4 Re8 17.Bg3 Qxd5 18.Qf1 Qe4 19.Na3 Qe3+ 20.Bf2 Qe2 21.Bh4+ Kc8 22.Qxf7 Qxb2 23.Re1 Rxe1+ 24.Bxe1 b6 25.Qe7 Qc1 26.Nc4 Kb7 27.Nd6+ Ka6 28.Qe2+ b5 29.Ne4 Bc6 30.a4 Qb1 31.axb5+ Bxb5 32.Nc5+ Kb6 33.Qe6+ c6 34.Qe7 Rb8 35.Kh2 Qg6 36.Nd7+ 1-0.
Only the last game of this analytic match organised by Rice is lost.
Rice,the influential magnate and chess patron sponsored this three-game match between Finn and the great Emanuel Lasker.
Lasker handled the attack in all three games,where the first 18 moves where prearranged.
Finn continued to provide valuable research on the gambit.But he also agreed to a series of exhibitions and travels to promote the Rice Gambit outside New York.By the end of 1907,Finn was not only the New York State champion, he was also one of the country’s strongest players and most active performers.
In the Philadelphia Inquirer from February 1908 we can read that Capablanca was “shortly to play a match with Julius Finn but the match was scrapped,apparently due to Capablanca’s determination to focus on his examinations.
Included are 96 well analysed games from Finn in this book plus a lot of supplementary games and a fine collection unknown photographs.
The foreword comes from John S.Hilbert.
Conclusion: One of those marvellous McFarland reads!  

Chess results 1951-1955
McFarland & Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611
Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.
596 pages
Price $49,95
ISBN 978-0-7864-4801-2

Chess results issue 1951-1955 holds over 1620 tournament crosstables and 144 match scores with sources.
When we compare this issue with the one below than we can say the begin of the 1950s where the golden years of chess with it’s  1620 crosstables.
Here I found Bobby's Fischer first chess result with the USA Junior Lightning championship not to be confused with the Lincoln USA Junior Championship,where Viktors Pupols outplayed  Bobby with the Latvian Gambit.
Between the pages of this book I found many forgotten chess players as Mulder van Leens Dijkstra
who later become a very strong correspondence chess player,later he was later buried with his favourite chessmen.
Included is of course the Interzonal tournament of  Goteborg 1955 the great success of David Bronstein where I found Jan Hein Donner only
on place twenty.       

Chess results 1956-1960
McFarland & Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611
Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.
572 pages
Price $49,95
ISBN 978-0-7864-4803-6

The Italian Gino Di Felice documents in this book all the main chess competitions that took place all over the world from 1956 through 1960.
Entries record location, when available ,the group that sponsored the event plus the first and last name of the players.
All compiled from contemporary sources as newspapers, periodicals, tournament records and match book.
Resulting in 1390 tournament cross tables and 142 match scores, all indexed by events and by players.
Included is for example Montreal 1956 but I am missing results of Bobby Fischer,for instance the  U.S Junior Championship,of July 1956
where Bobby Fischer won his first national title, finishing  clear first with a finale score of 8.5 –1.5 in the ten round Swiss.
This book  is a fascinating read!
Conclusion: A must for all chess lovers! 

The final theory of chess by Gary M.Danelishen
Phillidor Press
385 Pages
Price $25,00
ISBN 978-0-9815677-0-9

The final theory of chess is a computer generated openings book based on all kind of openings as the Bird and two Knights Defence, but I am missing in this 385 page heavy weight openings as the Latvian Gambit!
The finale theory of chess relies disproportionably upon extensive computer analyses, which  where all taken between the years 2004 and 2008.
This was done by a network of six computers all running on the famous Fritz family.
As we can read Deep Fritz produced  far superior analysis to either Fritz 7 or Deep Fritz 8.
The first computer run on 2.4 GHz Pentium processor, soon a Dual Xeon 1.5GHz workstation was added and there after a 2.67 GHz Celeron.
This all result is a mass of moves where it is difficult to find your favourite pet line.
It is like playing around with Frits but than without his Powerbook!
Fritz has a complete other taste than the latest chess theory made by our chess heroes from the Informator.
Every theory line has a human import with some readable  introduction text.
The author Gary Gary M.Danelishen is also well known on his Chess Wiki project,where
enthusiasts armed only with computer chess software and a passion for creating chess theory.
Please see:
Personal I am missing in this book the human touch, but I it is a great book for all who enjoy computer generated chess moves!
Conclusion: Completely overloaded with computer moves!

Who dares wins! by Lorin D'Costa
Everyman Chess
190 pages
Price €17,90
ISBN 978-1-85744-629-6

Who dares wins is also the title of a movie but the bright Lorin D’Costa,one of the most interesting players of  the UK,presents you in this book a smashing attacking games,all provided at the hand of 64 impressive played attacking games.
The basis of this book lays by opposite-side castling but our young author digs in all kind of attacking patterns.
Going throw these games is pure chess enjoyment as the for example the following game:
Reeve,Jeff (2243) - Huber,Gregory (2236) [B80]
Edmonton op 3rd Edmonton (9), 04.08.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 a6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 d6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 Be7 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 Nc6 10.g4 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 b5 12.h4 Qc7 13.h5 b4 14.Ne2 e5 15.Be3 a5 16.g5 Nd7 17.Kb1 Nb6 18.Ng3 Nc4 19.Bxc4 Qxc4 20.Nf5 Bxf5 21.exf5 Rfc8 22.g6 Rc7 23.Rdg1 Bf6 24.gxh7+ Kxh7 25.Qg2 Rg8 26.Bg5 Bxg5 27.Qxg5 Qxc2+ 28.Ka1 a4 29.f6 a3 30.Qg6+ Qxg6 31.hxg6# 1-0, Lorin D’Costa writes:Although the following encounter was a blitz game {with five minutes each},this has to be one of the most entertaing games that I have ever seen!
I’m sure you’ll agree too….
Very instructive is the following game from Lorin D’Costa where the young author explains his thinking process and this smashing game is good for nearly four pages of text!
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Ne7 6.Be3 d6 7.Qd2 Nec6 8.Nb3 Be7 9.0-0-0 0-0 10.g4 Nd7 11.g5 b5 12.f4 Nb6 13.Qf2 Rb8 14.Kb1 Nc4 15.Bc1 Qb6 16.Qh4 a5 17.f5 N6e5 18.Bxc4 bxc4 19.Nd4 Nd3 20.cxd3 Qxd4 21.Ne2 Qc5 22.f6 Bd8 23.d4 Qb4 24.fxg7 Re8 25.Ka1 c3 26.Nxc3 Ba6 27.Rhg1 Bb6 28.e5 dxe5 29.Ne4 Bd8 30.Rg3 Bb7 31.Nf6+ Bxf6 32.gxf6 Qa4 33.Qxh7+ Kxh7 34.Rdg1 Bg2 35.R1xg2 1-0, Lorin D’Costa – M.Madina Yadarola,Benasque 2009.
All together this book is more than a collection short cuts, Lorin D’Costa explains in detail all kind of attacking techniques which can help you to become a better player.
Included is a index of openings and games but there is no bibliography.
Conclusion: This book is great fun!

Starting out: The Reti by Neil McDonald
Everyman Chess
206 pages
Price €26,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-622-7

Grandmaster Neil McDonald does not only explain you the basics of the Reti in this book but, provides the reader also with a detailed explanation of the Reti Slav,the Reti Slav Capablanca system,the Reti Slav where black plays …dxc4,the Open Reti,the closed Reti and the Reti in the English opening.
All material is explained at the hand of 55 model games again all well explained with a large amount of instructive text.
Interesting are the following words from McDonald: For my 15th birthday I got Flank Openings by Raymond Keene.
Playing through the subtle positional masterpieces in this book,I realized that I found the perfect antidote to my travails: a way to avoid both theory and sharp lines.
Rather than having to face all sorts of pawn structures selected according  to my opponent’s whim, I could impose my upon him by
limiting the battleground to a couple of pawn structures.
The next year I played  in the British Under-16 and armed with 1.Nf3 won the tournament with 91/2/11,winning all my games with white.
Included between the model games of this book is a latest game of McDonald with the Reti:
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 b6 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.0-0 Be7 6.b3 0-0 7.Bb2 d5 8.e3 c5 9.Nc3 Nbd7 10.Qe2 Qc7
 11.Rfd1 Rac8 12.Rac1 Rfd8 13.cxd5 Nxd5 14.Nxd5 exd5 15.d4 Qd6 16.Bh3 Qh6 17.Bg4 Rb8 18.dxc5 bxc5
 19.Ne5 Nf6 20.Bf3 Ne4 21.Ba3 Qf6 22.Bxe4 Qxe5 23.Bf3 Rbc8 24.Qb5 Qc7 25.Bxc5 Bxc5 26.b4 Qb6 27.Rxc5 1-0,
Neil McDonald – D.Wright,London  2009.
In 1920 Reti wrote: As the opening is in general a struggle for domination in the centre the characteristic feature
of every such new system will be a desire to direct pressure against the centre without fixing the middle pawns too soon.
The natural opening move in such a system is 1.Nf3 which directs pressure against the centre,prevents e5,and keeps open almost
all possibilities for the first player.{Masters of the Chessboard}
Conclusion: A masterpiece of explanation!

De pion by Hans Böhm & Yochanan Afek
141 pages
Price €17,95
ISBN 978 90 4391 296 9

The well known IM Hans Böhm and his companion IM Yochanan Afek presents you in this latest Tirion Sport book, a fine collection chess problems and studies where the pawn has a domination role.
In chess we speak from king power but here we are doing with pawn power!
The material is pleasantly presented in 60 chapters where every chapter is good for four fascinating pawn compositions.
A large amount comes from game fragments as the following one from Alexander Alekhine,for my readers I will give all the moves: Bogoljubow,Efim - Alekhine,Alexander [A90]
Hastings Hastings (10), 21.09.1922
{1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Bxd2+ 6.Nxd2 Nc6 7.Ngf3 0-0 8.0-0 d6 9.Qb3 Kh8 10.Qc3 e5 11.e3 a5 12.b3 Qe8 13.a3 Qh5 14.h4 Ng4 15.Ng5 Bd7 16.f3 Nf6 17.f4 e4 18.Rfd1 h6 19.Nh3 d5 20.Nf1 Ne7 21.a4 Nc6 22.Rd2 Nb4 23.Bh1 Qe8 24.Rg2 dxc4 25.bxc4 Bxa4 26.Nf2 Bd7 27.Nd2 b5 28.Nd1 Nd3 29.Rxa5}29.. b4!! 30.Rxa8 bxc3 31.Rxe8 c2 32.Rxf8+ Kh7 33.Nf2 c1Q+ 34.Nf1 Ne1 35.Rh2 Qxc4 36.Rb8 Bb5 37.Rxb5 Qxb5 38.g4 Nf3+ 39.Bxf3 exf3 40.gxf5 Qe2 41.d5 Kg8 42.h5 Kh7 43.e4 Nxe4 44.Nxe4 Qxe4 45.d6 cxd6 46.f6 gxf6 47.Rd2 Qe2 48.Rxe2 fxe2 49.Kf2 exf1Q+ 50.Kxf1 Kg7 51.Ke2 Kf7 52.Ke3 Ke6 53.Ke4 d5+ 0-1,Alekhine wrote later,One of the most beautiful games I have ever played.
The material is very readable presented as for example when the pawn prefers to promote as knight.
A real adventure is the Babson Task,which goes back to the American Joseph N. Babson 1852-1929,but here has the pawn a dominating role!
Impressive are the own creations from Afek,as for example: White Kf5,pawns g6,g5 and a7
                                                                                           Black Kh8 and rook g8
White plays and draws! 1.g7+ Kh7 2.g6+ Kh6 3.a8Q! Rxa8 4.Kf7 Ra7 5.Kg8!! Rxg7+ 6.Kh8!
Interesting to mention are the eleven pages on chess history where Böhm did make use of a unprinted source from the chess researcher Leo Diepstraten.
Conclusion: One finest chess books that I have seen on pawns!    

The Alterman gambit guide by Boris Alterman
Quality Chess
448 pages
Price €21,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-53-4

GM Boris Alterman providies the reader in this book with a wealth of exciting gambits as
Evans Gambit, Panov Attack, Morra Gambit, Philidor, Danish Gambit, Urusov Gambit, Morphy Attack, Cochrane Gambit, Max Lange Attack and Milner-Barry Gambit.
The aim of Alterman lays by juniors and beginners of chess who like to learn the most important principles of gambit play and I can unsure you these
openings from Alterman are a great choice to improve your attacking skills.
Included for example the following game,under the section Evans Gambit.
Fischer,Robert James - Fine,Reuben [C52]
Manhattan blitz 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.
For the interested reader Fischer was following a old analyse from Freeborough and Ranken from 1893!
This game is dubbed as a Skittles game in Bobby Fischer his book My 60 memorable games.
The more experienced can better subscribe on Kaissiber, but this book is great for all new comers of gambit play.
Conclusion: A fine introduction to gambit play!


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

Ian Rogers was in Linares to see Veselin Topalov take his first title, this all is good for a twelve page coverage.
Other readable contributions are World Team Championship, Games Department from Sam Collins,4NCL weekend where John Saunders reports on the weekends of the British Team Championship.
In Chess Questions answered Garry Lane  digs in the exciting line 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.c4?!
The regular columns are Problem World,Quotes and Queries,News in Brief,Spot the Continuation and Reviews and New Books etc.
Conclusion: Certainly one of the best!   

Chess CD's & DVD's

Andrew Martin Spanish Exchange Variation
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

Andrew Martin reveals in his latest Fritztrainer opening DVD the secrets of the Spanish Exchange Variation, where white’s main strategic idea is based on reducing material and transposing into an advantage ending.
These ideas were already realised a long time ago by players as Lasker,Capablanca,Alekhine  and Bernstein.
But it really came popular with the great Bobby Fischer started playing it, please also see his games with it in his book My 60 Memorable Games!
It may be said that the Dutch master Barendregt inspired Fischer with it,later he wrote in his book ,I have been pondering it for a long time before deciding to include it in my arsenal.
The material from Andrew Martin is extensive and he explains in a small four hours a scale of possibilities.
In the Spanish exchange it is important to develop a good feel for different types of positions.
Not so strong for black is the line with 5…Bg4 which was described by Fischer as Black’s most ambitious position,where black meets the treat to his e-pawn with a pin on the white knight.
A fine example from Martin is the following game: Formanek,Edward W (2293) - Mulyar,Michael A (2434) [C68]
World op 30th Philadelphia (4), 02.07.2002
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Bg4 6.h3 h5 7.d3 Qf6 8.Be3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 Qxf3 10.gxf3 Bd6 11.Nd2 Ne7 12.Nc4 f6 13.f4 exf4 14.Nxd6+ cxd6 15.Bxf4 Kd7 16.Kh1 Rae8 17.Rg1 g5 18.Bh2 Reg8 19.f4 g4 20.f5 gxh3 21.Rg3 d5 22.Rag1 Rxg3 23.Rxg3 Rg8 24.Rxg8 Nxg8 25.Bf4 dxe4 26.dxe4 Ne7 27.Kh2 c5 28.Kxh3 Nc6 29.c3 Ke7 30.Kh4 Kf7 31.Kxh5 Na5 32.Kg4 b5 33.b3 c4 34.b4 Nc6 35.Bd6 Ke8 36.Kf4 Kd7 37.e5 Nd8 38.Bc5 fxe5+ 39.Kxe5 Nc6+ 40.Kf6 Nd8 41.Kg7 Ke8 42.Be3 Nc6 43.Bg5 Ne5 44.Bf6 Nf7 45.Bd4 Nd8 46.Bb6 Nc6 47.Bc7 Kd7 48.Bf4 Ke8 49.Bg5 Ne5 50.Kf6 Nf7 51.Bf4 Nd8 52.Bc7 Nf7 53.Bb6 Kf8 54.Ke6 Ng5+ 55.Kd5 Kf7 56.Kc6 Kf6 57.Kb7 Kxf5 58.Kxa6 Ke4 59.Kxb5 Kd3 60.a4 Ne4 61.a5 Nxc3+ 62.Kc6 Ne4 63.Bc7 c3 64.Bf4 Nd2 65.a6 Nc4 66.Bc1 Ke2 67.a7 Ne5+ 68.Kb5 Kd1 69.Ba3 1-0,pleasant are Martin’s instructive endgame explanation to this game, it is overloaded with mistakes from both sides.

Conclusion: One of those have DVD’s!

Valeri Lilov The Queen's Gambit Accepted
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 well speaking Valeri Lilov explains you in instructive English words the secrets of the Queen’s Gambit Accepted.
A fine example is the game Leitao,Rafael (2559) - Ponomariov,Ruslan (2609) [D29]
Lausanne YM qf Lausanne (1), 14.05.1999
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 Nf6 4.Bxc4 e6 5.Nf3 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Nc3 b5 8.Bb3 Bb7 9.Qe2 Nbd7 10.Rd1 Qb6 11.d5 Nxd5 12.Nxd5 Bxd5 13.Bxd5 exd5 14.Rxd5 Be7 15.e4 Qb7 16.Bg5 Nb6 17.Rad1 f6 18.Bf4 0-0 19.R5d2 Rfe8 20.e5 c4 21.e6 Bb4 22.Rd4 Bc5 23.Re4 Nd5 24.Bd2 Rad8 25.Rf1 Rd6 26.a3 Nc7 27.e7 Rd7 28.Ba5 Rdxe7 29.Rxe7 Rxe7 30.Qd2 Ne6 31.Rd1 Kf7 32.Qc2 g6 33.Qd2 Qe4 34.Qh6 Nf8 35.Rf1 Qf5 36.Bc3 Re2 37.Nd4 Bxd4 38.Bxd4 Kg8 39.Qh4 g5 40.Qg3 Ne6 41.Qb8+ Kf7 42.Qa7+ Kg6 43.Bc3 Nf4 44.Qxa6 Qd5 45.Qxf6+ Kh5 46.g4+ Kxg4 47.f3+ Kh5 48.Be1 Rg2+ 49.Kh1 Qd7 0-1.
Nowadays the old Steinitz variation with 6….cxd4 is not played anymore.
Please also see the interesting 21.e6,where Huzman onze wrote in the ChessBase Magazines: A risky decision. As in Byhovsky-Zifroni,Tel-Aviv,1999 game this pawn can be both value and weakness.Ponomariov shows that here Black can surround a pawn.
Lilov does not only explains the Queen’s Gambit Accepted on his DVD but also provides you with some explains for the black side of the board.
The Queen’s Gambit Accepted is fundamentally seen sound to play but as we can learn from Lilov black has some excellent defences!
Running time  is 4h and 23 minutes!
Conclusion: This DVD’s learns you how to stand-up against the Queen’s Gambit Accepted!

Valeri Lilov The Sicilian Kan Variation
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 Sicilian Kan belongs to one of the most  the most and easy to learn variation of the Sicilian defence.
It runs with the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3  e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 and as John Emms one wrote in his monograph on the Sicilian Kan:Black’s fourth move underlines the undoubted flexibility of the Kan.
Black waits for white to commit himself before deciding where to develop his pieces.
Valeri Lilov provides the black player with a various set-ups with in the Sicilian Kan as with a fianchetto as we see in the following game from Anand: Almasi,Zoltan (2615) - Anand,Viswanathan (2765) [B42]
FIDE-Wch k.o. Groningen (4.1), 17.12.1997
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.0-0 Qc7 7.Qe2 d6 8.c4 g6 9.Nc3 Bg7 10.Rd1 0-0 11.Nf3 Nc6 12.h3 Nd7 13.Be3 Nde5 14.Rac1 Bd7 15.Nxe5 dxe5 16.f3 Nd4 17.Qf2 Rfd8 18.Ne2 Bc6 19.Nxd4 exd4 20.Bd2 e5 21.b4 Bd7 22.Qe2 a5 23.bxa5 Be6 24.Kh1 Rdc8 25.Rc2 Bf8 26.Rb1 Bc5 27.Qf2 Rcb8 28.f4 exf4 29.Bxf4 Qxa5 30.Bxb8 Rxb8 31.Qg3 Qd8 32.a4 b6 33.e5 Ra8 34.Ra2 Qd7 35.a5 bxa5 36.Qf3 Qd8 37.Rb7 Rc8 38.Rf2 Rc7 39.Rb5 a4 40.Ra5 a3 41.Rf1 Rc8 42.Ra6 Qe8 43.Qe4 Rb8 44.Ra5 Qe7 45.Qf3 Qc7 46.Rb5 Qxe5 47.Qf6 Qc7 48.Ra1 Rc8 49.Qf2 Bf8 50.Rc1 Qc6 0-1.
Even Bobby Fischer surprised Borris Spassky with the Kan in the match of the matches, but this game later transposed to the Taimanov territory.
But this game is also showed as model game,and that shows us the flexibility of this high instructive DVD!
Running time 4hours and 28 minutes!

Conclusion: Lilov helps you top play the Kan in no time!   

ChessBase Magazine issue 135

Youth rules in Wijk aan Zee
ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 19.95

ChessBase Magazine issue is good for the following top tournaments: Wijk aan Zee,Polish Championship, Aeroflot Open, Bundesliga, Nancy and  Linares.  Again there is a lot to input to your main database, exactly counted 720 entries where 21 of them are well analysed,by van Wely.players as Kramnik and
But if you want to learn from our {young} chess heroes, click on the multimedia files!
These bring you directly high class chess enjoyment in house!
The best way to go throw this DVD is simple to click on the introduction video from the great GM Karsten Müller.
But first to the great openings files: Opening Surveys, Stohl: English A29 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Nd4,Marin: Alekhine Defence B03
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 exd6,Grivas: Sicilian B33
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6 5.Nb3 Nf6 6.Nc3 e6 7.Bg5,Kritz: Sicilian B42
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.Nb3 Be7 7.Qg4 Bf6,Kuzmin: Sicilian  B94
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7,Moskalenko: French Defence C00
1.e4 e6 2.b3 d5 3.Bb2,Langrock: French Defence C11
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bc5 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 a6,Hazai/Lukacs: Scotch C45
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Qd2,Skembris: Two Knights Defence C58
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ Bd7,Erenburg: Ruy Lopez C65
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d4,Postny: Ruy Lopez C65
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Bc5 5.c3 0-0 6.d4 Bb6,Karolyi: Queen's Gambit Accepted D24
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 e6 5.Nc3 and at lastKrasenkow: Queen's Indian Defence E12
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3.
Slowly these ChessBase Magazines are a must for all correspondence chess players,for example Tele Chess is good for over 8000 entries!
Other not less interesting are King’s Move by Move,Reeh Tactics,Knaak Opening trap and Müller with his excellent endgame column.
Included is a eye catching booklet!

Conclusion: High class material!   

Roman's Lab: Russian School of Chess part 1,2 and 3
Volume 62,63 and 64
Price $17,95
Purchase all 3 for the price of  $45.95!

As the incredible Roman Dzindzichashvili explains you on this DVD issue 62,part one of Roman’s Lab of Russian School of Chess,that there is no use to memorize without understanding.
On this DVD Dzindzichashvili explains in understandable words the secrets of logical play, as The Russian school of chess, Concrete way of thinking, Basic positional components, Blockade & outposts, Attack only if it’s justified, Secrets of opposite side castling, Similar patterns in the opening  and Concrete thinking in the opening.
For example Roman Dzindzichashvili explains you in no time some strategies of the Hippopotamus, a opening that needs no memorizing at all.
Roman Dzindzichashvili explains it al in a intervideo program where you see a chess board and hear the voice of  the great Dzindzichashvili.
It is unbelievable what you can learn on one hour chess training as weaknesses and powerful moves. Instructive for example is the evaluation of isolated pawns.
The local club player is able to learn a lot of the lessons from Dzindzichashvili,the only thing you have to do is to lay down and take up these highly instructive learning chess DVD’s!
On issue 63 Dzindzichashvili goes for the following strategies: Playing on weak squares, Blockade, Violating the basic principles of chess, Weak pawns, Attacks,Opposite colour bishops, Evaluating positions, Good and bad manoeuvring, Calculating and instant Attack and Logic chess avoid wasting time.
Sometimes Dzindzichashvili reminds me at Emanuel Lasker with his book Logical Sense in Chess. Nearly no theory but a lot  of strategies based on logical understanding!
For instance his explanations of the blockade is very logical explained and easy to take up!
Well analysed by Dzindzichhashvili is the following game: Dzindzichashvili,Roman (2520) - Ivanovic,Bozidar (2390) [A42]URS-YUG Tbilisi (3), 1973
1.c4 g6 2.Nc3 Bg7 3.d4 d6 4.e4 Nd7 5.Nf3 e5 6.d5 Nh6 7.Be2 0-0 8.0-0 a5 9.a3 Nc5 10.b3 f5 11.Bg5 Qe8 12.Nd2 Nf7 13.Be3 Bh6 14.b4 Nd7 15.exf5 gxf5 16.Bxh6 Nxh6 17.Nb5 Qd8 18.c5 dxc5 19.Qb3 Kh8 20.Rac1 axb4 21.axb4 Rf6 22.Nc4 Nf7 23.bxc5 c6 24.dxc6 bxc6 25.Nbd6 Qf8 26.Nxf7+ Qxf7 27.Qc3 Qe6 28.Rfd1 Nxc5 29.Nb6 Na4 30.Qg3 Rg6 31.Rd8+ Kg7 32.Qa3 Qf6 33.Rxc8 Nxb6 34.Rxa8 Nxa8 35.Qa7+ Kh6 36.Qxa8 Qg5 37.Qf8+ 1-0.
On volume three Dzindzichashvili goes for Piece activation & positional squeezes,Simple Strategy and overwhelming attack, intiative and defence, Positional sacrifice, Applying basic priciples, Opening recommendations, Space& time advantage and methods how to study.
On this DVD I found the following well played game from Botvinnik:
Botvinnik,Mikhail - Keres,Paul [D36]
URS-ch20 Moscow, 1952
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 0-0 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.Qc2 Re8 9.Nge2 Nf8 10.0-0 c6 11.Rab1 Bd6 12.Kh1 Ng6 13.f3 Be7 14.Rbe1 Nd7 15.Bxe7 Rxe7 16.Ng3 Nf6 17.Qf2 Be6 18.Nf5 Bxf5 19.Bxf5 Qb6 20.e4 dxe4 21.fxe4 Rd8 22.e5 Nd5 23.Ne4 Nf8 24.Nd6 Qc7 25.Be4 Ne6 26.Qh4 g6 27.Bxd5 cxd5 28.Rc1 Qd7 29.Rc3 Rf8 30.Nf5 Rfe8 31.Nh6+ Kf8 32.Qf6 Ng7 33.Rcf3 Rc8 34.Nxf7 Re6 35.Qg5 Nf5 36.Nh6 Qg7 37.g4 1-0.
The notes from Dzindzichashvil are super instructive and for the interested buyer this game from the famous Russian school of chess is also covered in Botvinnik’s Best Games 1942-1956.
There is a lot to learn from Botvinnik! Yes Dzindzichashvil says the same on this well filled DVD!
Running time part one is good 75 minutes, part 2: 80 minutes and part 3: 98 minutes!
Conclusion: Wish that I had these DVD’s 40 years ago!      

Roman's Lab: Volume 90
The Burn -Morozevich Variation of the French Defence
Price $21,95

Grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvili explains in a small 90 minutes the secrets of the Burn- Morozevich Variation that runs with
the moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Be7 6.Bxf6 gxf6.
The Rybka team from runs under the companionship of Larry Kaufman,who by the way wrote not so long ago a interesting article on this line
in the New in Chess Year books.
The material is build-up in the following sections: Mainline,two heavy loaded  games  and a well explained conclusion.
Roman Dzindzichashvili does not work to much with references to the games but the evaluated material from him is certainly
more than enough to get started with the move 6…gxf6!?
Recapturing with the pawn on f6 leads to a more dynamic game but he must not forget his king's pawns.
When I compare this DVd with the analyses from Lev Psakhis in his book the French Defence,Steinitz,Classical  and other systems, Batsford
2004 than I only can say go for this DVD from Dzindzichashvili!
Because the instructive will help you to play and understand the Morozevich Variation in a much  easier  way of understanding!

Conclusion: Nice work to get started with the Burn/Morozevich Variation!