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Alekhine Alert! by Timothy Taylor
Everyman Chess
285  pages
Price $27.95
ISBN 978-1-85744-623-4

International master Timothy Taylor provides you in this classic heavy weight with a complete repertoire book based on the fascinating Alekhine defence,where Taylor prefers to dig in modern black lines as 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 g6,the so called Kengis system and Magnus Carlsen favourite line with the  move 5…c6.
These lines can be found under the chapters three and four,where Taylor starts this chapter with  analysing 
the classic game E.Jimenz Zerquera – B.Larsen,Palma de Mallorca 1967,that runs with the moves:1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Nf3 d6 4.d4 dxe5 and where Larsen instructively comments:
Theoreticians have called this move a mistake, because it brings the white knight to a good square.But it may be playable: the idea should be to win back the lost tempo by exchange threats against the white knight.
Taylor does not like the a other novelty from Larsen the move 5.Nxe5 Nd7 where he writes:
This was another Larsen novelty that he flug out vs.Tal allowing the extremely dangerous 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qh5+ when,as Tal said,the black king must go for a walk!
Fearing prepared analysis,Tal avoided the sac and almost lost,but to me the whole line makes no practical sence. If you want to play 5…Nd7,than you must spend hours and hours studying the insanely complicated and heavily booked-up sac on f7.
In the chase variation: 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.c5 Nd5,Taylor digs in the classic beauty:
Vasiukov,Evgeny - Korchnoi,Victor [B02] USSR TU t-ch Minsk, 1953
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.c5 Nd5 5.Bc4 e6 6.Nc3 Nxc3 7.dxc3 Nc6 8.Bf4 Bxc5 9.Qg4 g5 10.Bxg5 Rg8 11.Nh3 Be7 12.f4 Nxe5 13.fxe5 Bxg5 14.Qh5 b5 15.Qxh7 Rf8 16.0-0 bxc4 17.Rxf7 Be3+ 18.Kh1 Rxf7 19.Qh8+ ½-½,and these nineteen moves are good for 4,5 pages of text!
All material is largely based on 74 heavily analysed model games where the repertoire lines are based on solid positional concepts,but between the lines I also found this game:
Kindermann,Stefan (2465) - Fleck,Juergen (2365) [B04]
Bundesliga 8283 Germany, 1982
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.c4 Nb6 6.e6 fxe6 7.Nc3 g6 8.h4 Bg7 9.h5 e5 10.d5 Nd4 11.hxg6 Bg4 12.gxh7 Qd7 13.Bd3 0-0-0 14.Be3 Rdf8 15.Bxd4 exd4 16.Ne4 Bxf3 17.gxf3 e6 18.dxe6 Qxe6 19.Qe2 d5 20.c5 dxe4 21.cxb6 Qxb6 22.Bxe4 d3 23.Qxd3 Rd8 24.Qc4 Qxb2 25.0-0 Qf6 26.Rfc1 c6 27.Rab1 Rd7 28.Qa4 Bh6 29.Rc4 Qg5+ 30.Kf1 Qh5 31.Rxc6+ Kd8 32.Rxh6 Qxh6 33.Qxa7 Rhxh7 34.Qb8+ Ke7 35.Bxh7 Qh1+ 36.Ke2 Qxh7 37.Qe5+ Kd8 38.Qb8+ Ke7 39.Qe5+ Kd8 40.Qa5+ Ke8 41.Qb5 Kf8 42.Rb4 Qc2+ 43.Kf1 Qd1+ 44.Kg2 Rg7+ 45.Rg4 Rxg4+ 46.fxg4 Qxg4+ 47.Kf1 Qd1+ ½-½,
Taylor calls this game a modern version of madness, where Taylor writes: One would have to be crazy to play this without full preparation – note how black casually allowed a white passed pawn to sit on h7,one move from queening, for twenty one moves!
By the way Valentin Bogdanov wrote about the move 4…Nc6 in his book play the Alekhine,
4…Nc6 is considered a risky approach,but it leads to tense,concrete play that appeals to quite a number of Alekhine players.
The fact that it has been played quite a lot in high-level correspondence games over many years shows that it needs to be taken seriously.
Conclusion: This book offers you a lot of value for your money!

Why we lose at chess by Colin Crouch
Everyman Chess
187  pages
Price $26.95
ISBN 978-1-85744-636-4

As no other IM Dr.Colin Crouch has the unique talent to explain with instructive words mistakes in chess, all taken from his own games, yes there is probably no better way to explain chess than from your own mistakes!
Crouch does not turn around when he plays a lesser move no he is critical and explains in these 187 pages a small 60 games,all well packed in instructive test positions and exercises.
But this book is not a quiz, IM Dr.Colin Crouch helps you as no other to dig out your memory!
Crouch writes in his introduction: Most of us have great imperfections in our chess, but we do not give up the game in response to them.We need to develop strategies to find ways of finding good moves when we cannot calculate everything, and when we do not have full understanding of positional chess. I do not pretend that I have found the answer.
All I can do is to try pinpoint ways in which mistakes, and indeed my own mistakes are made.
Some times a player can be worse,even after only a few minutes as the following start:
C.Crouch – J.Radovanovic,London Open 2007.Play started with 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bg4 Since my stroke,a couple of year earier,I had not re-examined this position,and was taken slightly by surprice.I played the natural 6.e3? But 6.e5 more effective, avoiding the pin of course, I was well aware of the knight thrust, but  was concerned that I would be caught in a main line which I had not revised.
My opponent played 6…e6? Which suggests that he too was not fully aware of the theory.
This is a book of Crouch his own games,but definitely not a compliation of his best wins!
Conclusion: A book that really helps you to find better moves!

How to win at chess quickly! by Simon Williams
Everyman Chess
192  pages
Price $26.95
ISBN 978-1-85744-631-9

GM Simon Williams presents you in this entertaining chess book 50 instructive short cuts, where every one of these games end before move 25.
As for example the game T.Radjabov – V.Anand,of the World Blitz Championship, Rishon le Zion 2006,where the great Anand lost before move 16!
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Nfd7 12.Ne4 h6 13.Bh4 Qa4 14.Be2 Nc6 15.Nxe6 g5 16.Nf6+ 1-0.
Funny enough and not mentioned is the following correspondence games that I found in my database with nearly the same move order as the game from Anand: Wiseman - Hart [B97]
Flint, 1977,1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Nfd7 12.Ne4 h6 13.Bh4 Qa4 14.Be2 Nc6 15.Nxe6 Bb4 16.Rxb4 Qxb4 17.Qxb4 Nxb4 18.Nd6# 1-0.
This game is as all the other games in this book pleasantly analysed with a wealth of instructive text and useful analyses so that ,you will not make the same mistake.
Williams also gives between the lines the move 13.Bb5!? as played in D.Stellwagen – V.Anand,German League 2009.It is as Williams writes a tricky move,but Anand obtained a reasonable position after 13…axb5 14.Nxb5 hxg5!? {a typical ploy;black returns some material in a bid to wrest the initiative away from white} 15.Nxa3 Rxa3 16.0-0 Nc6 17.Rb5 Ra4 with a unclear position.
Included between the list of games is the amassing beauty: Lasker,Edward - Thomas,George Alan,London casual London, 1912
1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bxf6 Bxf6 6.e4 fxe4 7.Nxe4 0-0 8.Bd3 b6 9.Ne5 Bb7 10.Qh5 Qe7 11.Qxh7+ Kxh7 12.Nxf6+ Kh6 13.Neg4+ Kg5 14.h4+ Kf4 15.g3+ Kf3 16.Be2+ Kg2 17.Rh2+ Kg1 18.Kd2# 1-0 and good for three pages of text!
In Chess Secrets Lasker later wrote: I am sure none of the onlookers realized what a deep impression my opponent made on me when,on being checkmated,he smiled and shook hands with me.He said: “This was very nice.”Only after dr.Schumer had translated these words to me,and had slowly repeated my adversary’s name,did I realize that I had been playing the champion of London,Sir George A.Thomas.
For him to take this defeat so graciously,was a fine example of British sportsmanship.
Conclusion: A very enjoyable game collection!

Chess duels by Yasser Seirawan
Everyman Chess
427  pages
Price $35.00
ISBN 978-1-85744-587-9

GM Yasser Seirawan describes in this beautiful produced hardcover  book his games and encounters with the greatest players of all time as Bobby Fischer,Garry Kasparov,Boris Spassky,Mikhail Tal,Vassily Smyslov,Tigran Petrosian and Max Euwe.
Seirawan digs awful deep in some games as for example his encounter with Garry Kasparov:
Seirawan,Yasser (2585) - Kasparov,Garry (2775) [A65]
World Cup Skelleftea (13), 08.1989
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Bg5 c5 7.d5 h6 8.Be3 e6 9.Qd2 exd5 10.cxd5 Re8 11.f3 h5 12.a4 a6 13.a5 Nh7 14.Bd1 Nd7 15.Nge2 Ne5 16.b3 Qh4+ 17.Bf2 Qf6 18.Qe3 h4 19.h3 g5 20.0-0 Bd7 21.Kh1 Nf8 22.Bg1 Nfg6 23.Bh2 c4 24.Rb1 Rac8 25.Qa7 Nf4 26.bxc4 Nxc4 27.Rxb7 Nd2 28.Rg1 Nxh3 29.e5 Rxe5 30.Rxd7 Nxg1 31.Qxg1 Ree8 32.Rxd6 Qf5 33.Ba4 Qd3 34.Bxe8 Rxe8 35.Rc6 h3 36.Bg3 hxg2+ 37.Qxg2 Nxf3 38.d6 Re6 39.Qf2 g4 40.Rc8+ Kh7 41.Nf4 Rh6+ 42.Kg2 Ne1+ 43.Kg1 Nf3+ ½-½ ,is covered with 21 pages of text,yes indeed this game is really covered in pain thinking depth!
Indeed a game of enormous complexity, where Sheirawan writes: Every now and than you play a game that is so complicated, and filled with so many twists and turns, that you don’t really know what is going on.You are forced to relay upon intuition, to play the seats of your pants.
Fascinating is also the following game where Seirawan plays a interesting Queen sacrifice.
Garry Kasparov,Garry (2775) - Seirawan,Yasser (2610) [E87]
World Cup Barcelona (4), 03.1989
1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.f3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 0-0 6.c4 e5 7.d5 Nh5 8.Nc3 Qh4+ 9.Bf2 Qf4 10.Be3 Qh4+ 11.g3 Nxg3 12.Qf2 Nxf1 13.Qxh4 Nxe3 14.Ke2 Nxc4 15.Rc1 Na6 16.Nd1 Nb6 17.Ne3 Bd7 18.Nh3 f6 19.Nf2 Nc8 20.Rc3 Ne7 21.Rhc1 Rac8 22.Rb3 Rb8 23.Nd3 Rf7 24.Qe1 Nc8 25.Qa5 Nb6 26.Rxc7 f5 27.Rc2 fxe4 28.fxe4 Rbf8 29.Rxb6 axb6 30.Qxb6 Bh6 31.Qxd6 Rf3 32.Nf5 gxf5 33.Qxh6 fxe4 34.Ne1 ½-½ and again good for 5,5 pages of text.
Yes the move 19…Nc8!! Is outstanding.This move stops white kingside cold as Seirawan instructively explains.
In the celebrated game Karpov – Velimirovic,Skopje 1976,Informator 21/556 Karpov played 19.Rhg1 Rad8? 20.Nf5 and won beautifully.
Highly readable are Seirawan his encounters with Tal and Fischer: Seirawan writes:
I went to Yugolavia for part of the 1992 Fischer – Spassky match and met Bobby,spending a day with him.Our short time together was,from my point of view,a very enjoyable experience.
I was elated to have met him at all and am grateful to him for the time we went together: one whole day.
The second thing was that before I met him in the suite both Eugene Torre and Svetozar Gligoric told me that Bobby was sore with me. I had written in Inside Chess a line he didn’t like.I wrote about him as the ghost of “Pasadena”
As Bobby complained,” I’m not a ghost. I am a man.”
Interesting is his meeting with the legendary Tal:Mischa and I played blitz games, preparing ourselves for the tournament.On my honor,I won every blitz game we played {about five} before Tal said:”Okay! Thank you!Now I’m ready for the tournament.”And win it he did.
Mischa won the  1988 World Blitz Championship ahead of Karpov and Kasparov!
Included in this game is Seirawan his famous King’s Gambit game against Boris Spassky:
Spassky,Boris V (2590) - Seirawan,Yasser (2570) [C34]
Candidates Tournament Montpellier (9), 1985
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Ne7 4.d4 d5 5.Nc3 dxe4 6.Nxe4 Ng6 7.h4 Qe7 8.Kf2 Bg4 9.h5 Nh4 10.Bxf4 Nc6 11.Bb5 0-0-0 12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.Qd3 Nxf3 14.gxf3 Bf5 15.Qa6+ Kb8 16.Nc5 Bc8 17.Qxc6 Rxd4 18.Rae1 Rxf4 19.Qb5+ Ka8 20.Qc6+ Kb8 21.Rxe7 Bxe7 22.Rd1 Rf6 23.Nd7+ Bxd7 24.Qxd7 Rd8 25.Qb5+ Kc8 26.Rxd8+ Bxd8 27.Qa4 g5 28.Qxa7 Rf4 29.Qa6+ Kb8 30.Qd3 Be7 31.Qxh7 g4 32.Kg3 1-0,where Seirawan writes after move 3…Ne7; A combination of over the board inspiration and poor home analysis. I was trying to think about the main lines and a blitz session I’d had with Robert Byrne. He too liked playing the Kin’s Gambit as white,and I had come off pretty well in those games. The line I liked best for black went 3…g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 d6 {much attention had also focused on 5…Qe7 6.d4 d6}6.Nxg4 Nf6,returning the pawn for “comfortable development.” My preparation, in case anyone would play the King’s Gambit against me, continued 7.Nxf6 {7.Nf2 Rg8 8.d4 Bh6 looks fine for black} Qxf6 8.Nxc3 Nc6! 9.Nd5 Qg6 10.Qf3 Nd4! 11.Nxc7 Kd8 12.Qc3 Qg3+ 13.Qxg3 fxg3 14.Nxa8 Nxc2 15.Kd1,with a typically scrappy kind of position that I more or less analysed out to a draw.
So,why did’t I play my preparation? Well a thought intruded while I mussed over what to play.There was a player,Jacob Yuchtman,a defector from the Soviet Union,who I used to play blitz against when visiting New York City.He had recommended the text and we had analysed it together superficially, somehow right now it seemed to fit the bill for taking the game of  the beaten track. I hoped to catch Boris off guard.
3…Ne7 is known as the Osmolovsky variation but Ivan Sokolov discovered 6…Nd5 and black had in Riemersma – Sokolov,Amsterdam 1995 a satisfactory game!
Please also see The King’s Gambit from Neil McDonald.
Conclusion: One of those books you only can compare with Bobby Fischer’s 60 Memorable Games!

Soviet Chess Strategy by Alexey Suetin
Quality Chess
239 pages
Price €21,95
ISBN 978-1-906552-20-6

The late GM Alexei Suetin,in Russian; Алексей Суэтин; born on 16 November 1926 in Kirovohrad and died on  September 10, 2001 in Moscow,belonged with his
 writings to one of the best Russian authors of the 1970s and 80s.
This work is a selection of his best writings as where he explains as no other the major key elements of master play,as for example his chapter on the dynamics of chess struggle.
Some truly immortal models of this principle,as he writes can be found by the great Alekander Alekhine as for example his games against
Heinrich Wolf,Pistyan of the year,1922: 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c5 3.c4 cxd4 4.cxd5 Nf6 5.Nxd4 a6 6.e4 Nxe4 7.Qa4+ Bd7 8.Qb3 Nc5 9.Qe3 g6 10.Nf3!! Suetin writes:
White seems to have offended against the principle of economy of tempo.Of the ten moves he has so far played,six with his queen and knight.
Nevertheless he has an overwhelming position. The game is virtually won for him.How could this come about?
The point is that Alekhine has played in the only possible to disorganize black’s development and prevent his king from escaping.
 Qc7 11.Qc3 Rg8 12.Be3 b6 13.Nbd2 Bg7 14.Bd4 Bxd4 15.Qxd4 Bb5 16.Bxb5+ axb5 17.0-0 Ra4 18.b4 Qd8 19.a3 Nbd7 20.Rfe1 Kf8 21.d6
where black laid down his arms.A crushing defeat!
Alekhine did archive a brilliancy prize of 500 Kronen for this game but that is a other story!
The whole book from Suetin is overloaded with instructive advises:Modern positional play attaches key importance to numerous subtleties bound
up with the interconnections between flank operations and play in the centre. Sharp flank attacks begun in the very opening,abounding in
 powerful tactical ploys,account for a major part
of this issue.How intently and constantly events in the centre need to be watched!
Included in this book are the first ten moves of the game: Fischer,Robert James - Reshevsky,Samuel Herman [B35]
USA-ch (Rosenwald 5th) New York (6), 1958
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.Bb3 Na5 9.e5 Ne8 10.Bxf7+  and black is lost!
Yes Reshevsky did get caught in a prepared variation but the game did last 42 moves,but he could have resigned much earlier.
Conclusion: Overloaded  with instructive advises!

The Modern Philidor Defence by Vladimir Barsky
Chess Stars
224 pages
Price €24,95
ISBN 978-954-8782-77-7

The international master Vladimir Barsky, digs in this latest Chess Stars Openings book with readable move to move moves annotations  into the good old Philidor Defence.
If you are searching for lines as 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 than this is not the book for you,no Barsky goes for the modern move order with: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6
3.Nc3 e5,but he also covers the more classical lines as that can arise from these moves as: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.Bxf7+? Kxf7 7.Ng5+ Kg8 8.Ne6 Qe8 9.Nxc7 Qg6 10.Nxa8 Qxg2 11.Rf1 exd4 12.Qxd4 Ne5 13.f4?
Which is all good for around five pages of text!
13.f4? is a mistake as Barsky explains, white must think about saving the game with 13.f3 Nfg4 14.Qd5+ Nf7 15.Qc4 Bh4+
16.Kd1 Be6 17.Qe2 Nf2+ 18.Rxf2 Bxf2 where there is some chance for a small draw.
More interesting is 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.Ng5 0-0 7.Bxf7+ Rxf7 8.Ne6 Qe8 9.Nxc7 Qd8 10.Nxa8 b5 11.dxe5 Nxe5
12.0-0 Bb7 13.Nxb5 Bxa8 14.f3 d5 15.exd5 Bc5+ 16.Nd4 Bxd5 17.Be3 Nc4 18.Bf2 Nxb2 but again,black has all the prospects of better play.
But the soul of this book goes to lines as: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.f4 Bb4 7.Bd3 exf4 8.Bxf4 Be6 9.Nf3 Nbd7
10.0-0-0 Nh5 11.Bg5+ Be7 12.Be3 Bc5 13.Bg5+ Kc8 14.Be2 h6 15.Bd2 Nhf6,as for example  Karasev – Zemerov,St Petersburg 2002.
Barsky follows the structure of other Chess Stars openings books with a “Quick Repertoire”, then a,theoretical study in the part “Step by Step” followed
by  a selection of complete games.
Conclusion: A very exciting work on the Modern Philidor Defence!

The Caro-Kann by lars Schandorff
Quality Chess
251 pages
Price €24,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-56-5

GM Lars Schandorff provides the reader in this book with a detailed repertoire line for black on the good old  Caro-Kann.
Schandorff guides the reader in this book with lines as:1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc?3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 e6 10.Bf4 Ngf6 11.0-0-0 Be7 12.Kb1 0-0 13.Ng5 Qa5 14.Bd2 Qd5 15.N5e4 Rfd8,and Schandorff writes,the position is balanced ;an interesting middlegame is to be expected.
Or 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 e6 10.Bd2 Ngf6 11.0-0-0 Be7 12.Ne4 Nxe4 13.Qxe4 Nf6 14.Qe2 Qd5 15.c4 Qe4 16.Qxe4 Nxe4 17.Be3 f5! Schandorff: Black creates some imbalance to generate a position with real winning chances.
Schandorff does not fear to come with some secrets as in the Advanced line:
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4 Bg6 6.Nge2 c5 7.h4 h5 8.Nf4 Bh7 9.Nxh5 Nc6 10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.Bb5 Qc7 12.Bxc6+ Qxc6 13.Qf3 0-0-0 14.Nxg7 Bb4 and writes:
A new try that revitalizes the line.Black pins the knight and threatens ..d5-d4.
And gives the following model game: Anderson,John (ENG) (2501) - Perevertkin,VladimirViktorovich (2606) [B12]
Frank Parr Memorial ICCF server, 15.05.2005
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4 Bg6 6.Nge2 c5 7.h4 h5 8.Nf4 Bh7 9.Nxh5 Nc6 10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.Bb5 Qc7 12.Bxc6+ Qxc6 13.Qf3 0-0-0 14.Nxg7 Bb4 15.Rh3 d4 16.a3 Be4 17.Qxf7 Bxc3+ 18.bxc3 Rxh4 19.Rxh4 Qxc3+ 20.Kf1 Qxa1 21.Qf4 Bd5 22.Qd2 Ne7 23.f4 Kb8 24.f5 Rc8 25.Nxe6 d3 26.Qe1 Bc4 27.Kg1 dxc2 28.Nf4 Rd8 29.Kg2 Rd1 30.Rh8+ Ng8 31.Qb4 Qxe5 32.Qxc4 Qxh8 33.Nh5 Rxc1 34.Qf4+ Ka8 35.Qxc1 Qc3 36.g5 Ne7 37.f6 Ng6 38.f7 Qc4 0-1,interesting enough the move 14…Bb4 is not mentioned by Peter Wells in his inside story of the Caro-Kann,Gambit 2007.
Fun are all the rare lines as 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.f3 but with the advises from Schandorff,you have in no time a devastating attack,included between the lines is the following king walk:
Zilliox,Jeff - Maciulewicz,Christopher [D00]
CCLA corr, 1988
1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 c6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Ne5 e6 8.g4 Nfd7 9.gxf5 Qh4+ 10.Kf1 Nxe5 11.Be2 Qh3+ 12.Ke1 Be7 13.dxe5 Qg2 14.Rf1 Bh4+ 15.Kd2 Na6 16.Ke3 Bg5+ 17.Rf4 Bxf4+ 18.Kxf4 Qxh2+ 19.Kg4 h5+ 20.Kf3 Qh3+ 21.Kf2 Qxf5+ 22.Kg1 Nb4 23.a3 Rd8 24.Qf1 Qxf1+ 25.Kxf1 Nxc2 26.Rb1 Nd4 27.Bg5 Rd7 28.Ne4 Nf5 29.Rd1 Rxd1+ 30.Bxd1 b6 31.Kg2 f6 32.exf6 gxf6 33.Bxf6 Rg8+ 34.Kh3 Rg1 35.Bxh5+ Kd7 36.Be2 Ne3 37.Ng3 Nd5 38.Be5 ½-½.
After 18….Qxh2 white made a miraculous escape to a draw.The killer was 18…Qf2+! 19.Bf3 Rd8 20.Qe2 Qh4+ 21.Bg4 Rd4+
Conclusion: This repertoire book is overloaded with creative repertoire ideas!

Nunn's Chess Endings Volume 1 by John Nunn
Gambit Publications Ltd
319 pages
Price $ 29,95
ISBN 978-1-906454-21-0

GM Dr.John Nunn shows you in this two-volume work how endgames are won.
As we can learn from Nunn in this book the following skills are very important: calculation, knowledge and imagination.
These three skills are fundamental and can all be developed by studying the practical examples from this book, mainly selected by Nunn from games of this time,and
often taken from games of our time.
All these endgames in this book are heavily illustrated with instructive words, and can not be compared with Nunn his more complicated  endgame works,as Secrets of pawnless endings and Secrets of Rook Endings.
Impressive in this book are the corrections that Nunn has found in published endgames,as the highly regarded work from Van Perlo,As Nunn writes:
Books which claim to use computer-checking but evidently don’t are a particular cause of irritation.
In Van Perlo’s Endgame Tactics {New in Chess,2006}the introduction claims that ‘Fritz8 was consulted’ and makes great play of the discoveries
made by the computer,but on page 458 we find this example:
White:Kf1,Knight Na8

Black:Ke4,Pawns f3,g3,O’Kelly – Forintos,Bordeaux 1964.
Van Perlo comments that the position is quite simple,and perhaps the New in Chess editors thought it was so simple that it didn’t need checking with Fritz or with the tablebases,but if so they where mistaken.
Although white’s knight is far away from the pawns as is possible on an 8x8 board,it can still make it back in time to save the game.
1.Nc7 Kd4!? This odd-looking move at least sets a trap for white.
2.Ke1 Van Perlo considers this to be the losing move,but he is wrong.One suspects this error is derived from the analysis given by Ugrinovic in the Encyclopaedia of Chess Endings,since Van Perlo repeats the faulty ECE analyses move for move2.Nb5 Kd3 3.Nd6 is a another way to draw,but not 2.Ne6+ when black wins by 2…Ke3 {this is a position of reciprocal zugzwang}3.Kg1 g2 4.Ng5 f2+ 5.Kxg2 Ke2.
2…Kd3 3.Nd5? This is actually the losing move.White can still draw by 4.Ne6 {not mentioned by Ugrinovic or Van Perlo}3…Ke3 4.Kf1!,reaching the reciprocal zugzwang mentioned above,and after 4…g2+ 5.Kg1 Ke2 6.Nd4+  Ke3 7.Ne6 the draw is clear.There was even a second draw by 3.Nb5 Ke3 4.Kf1!
3…f2+ 4.Kf1 Ke4 0-1.
John Nunn discusses in this volume:Pawn endings,Knight endings,Same-coloured bishop endings,Opposite-coloured bishop endings,Bishop vs knight endings and queen endings.
Conclusion: One of the best endgames books of the last 25 years!

Mastering the chess openings volume 4 by John Watson
Gambit Publications Ltd
319 pages
Price $ 29,95
ISBN 978-1-906454-19-7

International master John Watson does not only explain in these Mastering the chess openings books, all major strategies but he also provides the reader with a wealth of interesting ideas.
But first of all, a view of all lines that are covered in this book: Réti and Fianchetto Systems,Reversed Openings,
Symmetry Irregular Openings,Gambits: Primitive or Positional and Universal Openings.
For example in the Modern Defence: 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. f4 c6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be3 Qb6 7. Qd2 Bxf3 8. gxf3 Nd7 9. O-O-O Qa5 10. Kb1 b5 11. f5 Ngf6 12. Bd3 b4 13. Ne2 c5 14. Bh6 O-O 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16. h4 Rfc8 white is waved away with the move 17. h5!,
A old analyse from Keene,Botteril and Williams from back in 1972 went 17.b3 Nb6 18.h5 c4!
with a highly unclear counter attack.
But as Watson points out in the analyses to this game:Black would do better to divert white’s queen by 14….Bxh6! 15.Qxh6 gxf5 16.exf5 Rc8.
Great fun in this book are all the kind of gambits as the Göring and Danish gambit.
Watson writes: The Danish Gambit is a fascinating attempt to jump all over black from the outset, and you can certainly use it to play for a win, especially against opponents with in your own rating range or some what higher. It’s not the kind of opening to play casually, how ever;without a fair amount of study, there is a risk you either won’t recover your material
Or that there will be an unfavourable simplification.
Fortunately, the positional and tactical ideas are great to go over, so you’ll find your self easily motivated.
Include in this book is also the famous game:
Browne – Miles,Reno 1999,where Miles went for the wild 4…f5.
1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.e4 Bb7 4.Bd3 f5 5.exf5 Bxg2 6.Qh5+ g6 7.fxg6 Bg7 8.gxh7+ Kf8 9.Bg5 Nf6 10.Qh4 Bxh1 11.Ne2 Qe7 12.Nf4 Qf7 13.Ng6+ Ke8 14.Ne5 Qf8 15.Nc3 d6 16.0-0-0 dxe5 17.dxe5 Ke7 18.Rxh1 Nbd7 19.Re1 Nxe5 20.Rxe5 Kd7 21.Qh3 Re8 22.Bg6 Re7 23.Kb1 Kc8 24.Rxe6 Kb8 25.Bxf6 Bxf6 26.Nd5 Rxe6 27.Qxe6 Bg7 28.f4 Qc5 29.Qg8+ Qf8 30.Ne7 c6 31.Qe6 Qxf4 32.Nxc6+ Kb7 33.Qe7+ Qc7 34.Be4 Qxe7 35.Nxe7+ Kc7 36.Ng8 Kd7 37.Kc2 a5 38.a3 Ke8 39.Bg6+ Kf8 40.b4 axb4 41.axb4 Rxg8 42.hxg8Q+ Kxg8 ½-½.
Watson writes: The variation with 4…f5 5.exf5 Bxg2  is a testament to the
Creativity of brilliant players and analysis. Theory seems  to indelicate that it comes up short for black {in fact  drastically so},although I suppose that in the masses of variations he may yet find a saving grace. This all is well covered by Watson with three pages of full  text!
And the stem game Browne – Miles,Tilburg 1978 is included between the lines
 too: 1.c4 b6 2.d4 e6 3.e4 Bb7 4.Bd3 f5 5.exf5 Bxg2 6.Qh5+ g6 7.fxg6 Bg7 8.gxh7+ Kf8 9.Ne2 Bxh1 10.Bg5 Nf6 11.Qh4 Nc6 12.Nf4 Kf7 13.Bg6+ Ke7 14.Nh5 Qf8 15.Nd2 e5 16.0-0-0 Nxd4 17.Rxh1 Ne6 18.f4 d6 19.Ne4 Nxg5 20.Qxg5 Bh6 21.Qh4 Bg7 22.fxe5 dxe5 23.Rf1 Kd7 24.Nexf6+ Bxf6 25.Nxf6+ Kc8 26.Be4 c6 27.Qh3+ Kb7 28.Bxc6+ 1-0.
12…Nxd4 13.Ng6+ Ke8 14.Qxd4 Rxh7 15.Ne5 Rxh2 seems fine for black.
Ftacnik gives in the ChessBase Magazines only 15…Rh3!
Conclusion: This book has a lot of instructive value!      

British Chess Magazine No.6
Volume 130
June  2010
Price: £4,05

This issue of BCM starts with all of the 12 games of the World Championship match between Anand and Topalov.
BCM editor, John Saunders reports from the spot with a 28 page coverage!
Others are: The death of Andor Lilenthal 1911-2010 and Florencio Campomanes 1927-2010.
Sam Collins looks at his Games Department  at his game with John Emms:1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Bc5,where Sam Collins writes: The Italian game has featured heavily in my league seasons in both England and Ireland this year.Fortunately,I’ve scored 3/3 with black,ofthen showing some of the downsides of white being ‘nuanced’ with this move order.
Other contributions are:Quotes and Queries,Problem World,Reviews and new books,News in brief etc.
Conclusion: Buy it for the World championship coverage!   

Chess DVD's

Price €35 Including postage!

And 10 Euro for people who bought UltraCorr3!!

IM Tim Harding has updated his new made UltraCorr-3 with a extra over 20.000 games, and has reached now a impressive over
one million correspondence data base collection.
For all who have bought last year UltraCorr-3 can obtain this CD for the bargain price of 10 euro!
Indeed this is a unbelievable price but also a super CD which is overloaded with unique historical material.
Tm Harding his great love is chess research and you only have to click on Alekhine or Keres, in your database program and than you will know what I mean.
But Tim Harding has also made a lot of improvements on this CD and the large amount of annotated games is over 30652 games.
Harding his references to the games belong to the best of chess editing, and I can insure you  this game files belong in quality to the best that money can buy.
Many chess authors make use of Hardings his CD for finding chess novelties because correspondence players love following with there fast chess engines, the latest developments of chess theory.
Included are some extra bonuses as all issues of Harding’s magazine Chess Mail plus two of his books,Winning Correspondence Chess and 64 Great Chess Games all in the readable PDF.
Conclusion: Highly recommended!  


ISBN 978-3-86681-178-2
Price €49,99
System requirements: Minimum: Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), 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 Quad, 2.4 GHz, 3 GB RAM, Windows Vista or 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 (, updates and activation).
The activation of the program requires internet access.

The incredible Rybka4 is not only completely rewritten but this new engine is also unbelievable fast.
Much faster than any other engine that I have on my computer, and that is included Fritz and Shredder!
The installation from Rybka4 went smoothly and it comes with the new Fritz 12 interface, plus a 1.5 million database,powebook,classic membership for for one whole year.
I am a great user of ChessBase10 and if you want to use Rybka4 in it please do a upgrade first,other wise you are not able to access your Rybka4 engine.
First I would like to show the reader one of those seldom positions where a chess engine is not much of use: Elburg,John (2339) - Semmler,Josef (2009)
Champions League 2010 C Group 3 ICCF, 25.01.2010
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.f3 Be6 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.g4 b5 12.g5 b4 13.Ne2 Ne8 14.f4 a5 15.f5 a4 16.Nbd4 exd4 17.Nxd4 b3 18.Kb1 bxc2+ 19.Nxc2 Bb3 20.axb3 axb3 21.Na3 Ne5 22.h4 Ra4 23.Bd4 Qa8 24.Qe3 Bd8 25.Rh3 Rb4 26.Bxe5 Rxe4 27.Qf3 dxe5 28.Bc4 Rd4 29.Rxd4 Qxf3 30.Rxf3 exd4 31.Nb5 Kh8 32.Rxb3 h6 33.Rg3 Be7 34.Rg4 Bc5 35.Kc2 Nd6 36.Nxd6 Bxd6 37.Rxd4 Bc5 38.Re4 Bd6 39.g6 fxg6 40.fxg6 Rf4 41.Rxf4 Bxf4 42.b4 Bg3 43.h5 Bf2 44.Kd3 Bd4 45.Ke4 Bc5 46.b5 Bf2 47.Kd5 Bg1 48.Kc6 Bc5 49.Bd3 Be3 50.b6 Bxb6 51.Kxb6 Kg8 52.Kc6 Kh8 53.Kd7 Kg8 54.Ke7,as you can see if black stays in the corner it is a dead draw but all engines included Rybka4 let the black king go out the safe corner  for a deadly walk.
There are several ways to play against engines but may I suggest a tricky line with 5.Nc3?! 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 exd4 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.Nc3!? dxc3 7.Bxf7 Kxf7 8.Qd5+ Ke8 9.Re1 cxb2 10.Rxe4 Be7 11.Bxb2 Kf8 12.Rae1 d6 13.Rf4+ Bf6 14.Ng5 Ne5 15.Bxe5 Qe7 16.Rxf6+ gxf6 17.Bxd6 cxd6 18.Rxe7 and Rybka4 was outplayed!
But it is difficult to find a position that Rybka4 can not solve!I went hours throw the StudyDatabase2000 but so far I could see Rybka could solve them all.
Only he still goes for Bobby Fischers nasty move 29…Bxh2?, 
Spassky,Boris V - Fischer,Robert James [E56]
World Championship 28th Reykjavik (1), 11.07.1972
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.e3 0-0 6.Bd3 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.a3 Ba5 9.Ne2 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Bb6 11.dxc5 Qxd1 12.Rxd1 Bxc5 13.b4 Be7 14.Bb2 Bd7 15.Rac1 Rfd8 16.Ned4 Nxd4 17.Nxd4 Ba4 18.Bb3 Bxb3 19.Nxb3 Rxd1+ 20.Rxd1 Rc8 21.Kf1 Kf8 22.Ke2 Ne4 23.Rc1 Rxc1 24.Bxc1 f6 25.Na5 Nd6 26.Kd3 Bd8 27.Nc4 Bc7 28.Nxd6 Bxd6 29.b5 Bxh2?
As Timman writes;It is almost certain that this move is based on a miscalculation. All other moves lead to a draw. It is neverless strange that Fischer takes the poisoned pawn,considering that it is the only variation in the position requiring calculation-for which Fischer had ample time.
Golombek wrote in his match book: When I saw Bobby play this move  I could hardly believe my eyes.He has played so sensibly and competently up to now that I first  of all thought there was something deep I had overlooked; but no matter how I started at the board I could find no way out.Some annotators as Golombek,Gligoric, Wade and Pachmann think Fischer could have saved the game with the move 40…Kd5!{30.g3 h5 31.Ke2 h4 32.Kf3 Ke7 33.Kg2 hxg3 34.fxg3 Bxg3 35.Kxg3 Kd6 36.a4 Kd5 37.Ba3 Ke4 38.Bc5 a6 39.b6 f5 40.Kh4 f4 41.exf4 Kxf4 42.Kh5 Kf5 43.Be3 Ke4 44.Bf2 Kf5 45.Bh4 e5 46.Bg5 e4 47.Be3 Kf6 48.Kg4 Ke5 49.Kg5 Kd5 50.Kf5 a5 51.Bf2 g5 52.Kxg5 Kc4 53.Kf5 Kb4 54.Kxe4 Kxa4 55.Kd5 Kb5 56.Kd6 1-0,but Rybka4 waves this all away with: 41.Be7! Ke4 42.Bg5 e5 43.a5 g6 44.Bf6 and wins!
Yes life is great with Rybka4!
Conclusion: It does not only play better than all the other engines but it is also must faster!!


ISBN 978-3-86681-180-5
Price €24,99      

System requirements: Pentium 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Windows7, Vista or Windows XP (Service Pack 2), CD ROM drive, WindowsMedia Player 9, Rybka4,Deep Rybka4, Fritz12, Shredder 12 or Hiarcs 12

The Rybka4 openings book is precisely design for the playing style of Rybka4,the strongest data chess program in the world.
This Rybka book is developed by the well known theoreticus  Jiri Dufek who is responsible for Rybka his dangerous openings play.
In chess jargon we say,the choice of variations in this book is well suited to the playing style of the program.
Even that there are 17 million positions and over 700.000 games this book is more than a collection games, compressed in a openings book.
The power of this book lays in the mass of  original analyses and uncountable move choices
All together there are over 700 extra original analyses included.
Included is also several lines of the Latvian Gambit,but may I suggest the following line for the user of Rybka: 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 Qxc1 10.Nf7+ Ke8 11.Nxh8+ hxg6 12.Qxg6+ Kd8 13.Nf7+ Ke7 14.Nc3 Qxc2+ 15.Ke1 d6 16.Nd5+ Kd7 17.Qxg8! and now try 17…e3!!
Mt Rybka could not find 17…e3 but prefers to  play 17..Qxb2.
Conclusion: A must for all Rybka users!                          


The Sicilian Rossolimo for white by Viktor Bologan

ISBN 978-3-86681-177-5
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 Viktor Bologan  digs in this Fritz trainer opening’s DVD in the good old Rossolimo
Variation named after Nicolas Rossolimo who was an American-French-Russian-Greek chess Grandmaster.
The move 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 has the advantage that you don’t have to  learn a mass of chess theory, because the whole line is mainly based on logical sense.
Bologan runs slowly throw all the basics and ideas behind this opening en ends with several advanced strategically themes as we can see in the following game from Bologan:
Bologan,Viktor (2530) - Kravtsov,Sergey (2265) [B51]
Vladivostok Zaitsev Vladivostok (7), 1995
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nc6 4.Bxc6+ bxc6 5.0-0 e5 6.c3 Bg4 7.d3 g6 8.Nbd2 Bg7 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Nxf3 Ne7 11.Bg5 0-0 12.Qa4 f6 13.Be3 h6 14.d4 cxd4 15.cxd4 d5 16.dxe5 fxe5 17.Bc5 dxe4 18.Rfd1 Qe8 19.Nd2 e3 20.fxe3 Rf7 21.Nc4 Nc8 22.Rd2 Rb8 23.Rb1 Bf6 24.Bd6 Nb6 25.Nxb6 Rxb6 26.Bc5 Rbb7 27.b3 Kh7 28.Rd6 Rbc7 29.Qe4 Rfd7 30.Rf1 Rxd6 31.Bxd6 Rf7 32.Rc1 Bg5 33.h4 Qd8 34.Rxc6 Bxh4 35.Bxe5 Qd1+ 36.Kh2 Qh5 37.g4 Qg5 1-0.
The Rossolimo is not for nothing white’s best theoretical alternative to the open variations.
Even Bobby Fischer once had it in his arsenal: Fischer Robert J (USA) (2785) - Spassky Boris V (FRA) (2560) [B31]
Match Sveti-Stefan/Belgrade (Yugosl (13), 1992
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.0-0 Bg7 6.Re1 f6 7.c3 Nh6 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 0-0 10.Nc3 d6 11.Qa4 Qb6 12.Nd2 Nf7 13.Nc4 Qa6 14.Qxa6 Bxa6 15.Na5 Rfc8 16.Be3 Rab8 17.b3 f5 18.exf5 gxf5 19.Rac1 ½-½,this game is also well explained by Bologan.
In many lines black is saddled up with some nasty doubled pawns but 11.h3 is the main line,and after 21…Nh6! Black has the initiative but it is all not so easy,as we can see in this game.
Running time of this DVD is five hours!
Conclusion: Highly instructive!

The fighting Philidor by Viktor Bologan
ISBN 978-3-86681-176-8
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 Viktor Bologan shows you in his latest DVD the secrets of the good old Philidor,the pleasant side from Bologan is that he does not only learn you the head line of the Philidor with the modern moves 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5,but also learns you several interesting alternatives for white on move three as for example the rare but dangerous 3.f3.
In several games we see Bologan at the black side of the board as in the game:
Khenkin Igor (GER) (2602) - Bologan Viktor (MDA) (2650) [C41]
It (open) (active) \ Mainz (Germany) (10), 19.08.2007
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.Bc4 Ke8 7.Nf3 Bd6 8.Bg5 Nbd7 9.0-0-0 a6 10.a4 h6 11.Bh4 Nb6 12.Bb3 Bg4 13.Bxf6 gxf6 14.Nd5 Nxd5 15.Bxd5 Rb8 16.Rd3 Bxf3 ½-½,or Sokolov Andrei (2360) - Bologan Viktor (2510) [C41]
It (open) Yurmala, 1991
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.Bc4 Ke8 7.Nge2 c6 8.Bg5 Nbd7 9.f3 b5 10.Bd3 Nc5 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Ng3 Nxd3+ 13.cxd3 Rg8 14.Nd1 Be6 15.Ke2 Bc5 16.Ne3 Bd4 17.Rhb1 Rg5 18.Nc2 Bb6 19.Rc1 Kd7 20.a4 h5 21.a5 Bc5 22.Ne1 Bd4 23.Rc2 h4 24.Nf1 f5 25.exf5 Bxf5 26.Nd2 Rag8 27.Nb3 Bxb2 28.Ra2 Bd4 29.Nxd4 exd4 30.Rab2 Kd6 31.Rb4 Kd5 32.Rb1 Rxg2+ 0-1
The move 6….Ke8 is specialty of Georgian Grandmaster Azmaiparashvili who mad some astounding results with it.
Interesting enough on the white side Bologan goes for Pirc set-up as we can see in the following game:
Bologan,V (2668) - Narciso Dublan,M (2517) [B07]
Pamplona Pamplona, 2002
1.e4 d6 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nge2 g6 4.d4 Bg7 5.g3 0-0 6.Bg2 e5 7.h3 c6 8.a4 exd4 9.Nxd4 Na6 10.0-0 Nb4 11.a5 Re8 12.Kh2 Bd7 13.Bf4 d5 14.exd5 Nfxd5 15.Nxd5 Nxd5 16.Bxd5 cxd5 17.Qd2 Re4 18.c3 Qc8 19.f3 Re8 20.Rfe1 Qc5 21.Be3 Qd6 22.Kg2 Be5 23.Qf2 a6 24.Nc2 Qe6 25.g4 Qd6 26.Bc5 Qc7 27.Bd4 f6 28.Nb4 Bc6 29.Nd3 Re7 30.Bc5 Rf7 31.Bb6 Qb8 32.Bd4 Bd6 33.Re6 Qf8 34.Bc5 Bxc5 35.Nxc5 d4 36.cxd4 Qd8 37.Rae1 Qd5 38.Re7 Rd8 39.Rxf7 Kxf7 40.Re4 Qd6 41.Re3 Re8 42.Rxe8 Kxe8 43.Ne4 Qd8 44.Qd2 f5 45.gxf5 gxf5 46.Ng3 Qd5 47.Qf4 Qxa5 48.Nxf5 Qb4 49.Qe5+ Kd7 50.Kg3 Qf8 51.h4 Qg8+ 52.Kf4 Qe6 53.Qg7+ Kd8 54.Qxh7 Qb3 55.Qe7+ Kc8 56.Nd6+ Kb8 57.Qd8+ Ka7 58.Nc8+ Kb8 59.Ne7+ Ka7 60.Nxc6+ bxc6 61.Qc7+ Ka8 62.Qxc6+ Ka7 63.Qc7+ Ka8 64.Qd8+ Ka7 65.Qe7+ Ka8 66.d5 Qxb2 67.d6 Qc1+ 68.Qe3 Qd1 69.Ke5 Qa1+ 70.Qd4 Qa3 71.Ke6 Qc1 72.d7 Qh6+ 73.Ke7 Qh7+ 74.Kd8 Qg8+ 75.Kc7 Qb8+ 76.Kc6 Qb5+ 77.Kd6 Qb8+ 78.Ke7 Qc7 79.Qd6 Qb7 80.Qc5 1-0.
This all and more is extremely well explained by Bologan in over five hours,but this all insures you a lot of Philidor knowledge!
Conclusion: Impressive made!  

ChessBase Magazine issue 136
ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 19.95

ChessBase Magazine issue 136 comes with the Anand – Topalov World championship match, where Topalov won so impressively the first game, but could not win the match!
Topalov launched a real blow against Anand’s Grünfeld as we can see in the following game: Topalov,Veselin (2805) - Anand,Viswanathan (2787) [D87]
World Championship Sofia (1), 24.04.2010
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 Na5 11.Bd3 b6 12.Qd2 e5 13.Bh6 cxd4 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.cxd4 exd4 This line was thoroughly examined in my annotations to Cheparinov - Kamsky (CBM 126) and then in annotations to Topalov - Kamsky by GM M.Marin (CBM 129). As a compensation for the sacrificed pawn, White has good attacking chances on the kingside. 16.Rac1 [16.f4 was seen in both the above-mentioned games and is more common in general: 16...f6 a) 16...Bg4 17.f5 Bxe2 18.f6+ Kh8 19.Bxe2; b) 16...Bb7!? 17.f5 Nc6 18.Rf3 (18.f6+ Kh8 19.Rf4 Qd6 20.Raf1 Qb4 21.Qc1 Qc5 22.Qd2 Qb4 23.Qc1 Qc5 24.Qd2 Qb4 25.Qc1 1/2 Antonsen,M (2450)-Teplyi,I (2287)/Silkeborg 2009/CBM 129 Extra) 18...Ne5 19.Rg3 Rc8 20.Rf1 Rc6 21.Rh3 h5 22.Nf4 Rd6 23.Qe1© 1-0 Antonsen,M (2428)-Teplyi,I (2284)/Borup 2009/CBM 132 Extra (39); 17.e5 a) 17.Rac1 Bg4! 18.Ng3 Bd7 19.Ne2 (19.f5 Nc6÷ 20.Rxc6?! Bxc6 21.e5 fxe5 22.f6+ Rxf6 (22...Kh8!µ) 23.Nh5+ gxh5 24.Qg5+ Rg6 25.Qxe5+ Kh6 26.Rf5?? 0-1 Ismailov,M (2067)-Bok,B (2337)/Kemer 2009/EXT 2010(26.Rf7©) ) 19...Bg4 20.Ng3 Bd7 21.h4 Rc8 22.Rxc8 (22.h5 Qe7 23.Ba6 Rxc1 24.Rxc1 Nc6 25.Bb5 Qd6 26.h6+ Kxh6 27.e5 Qd5 28.f5+ Kg7?? (28...g5µ) 29.exf6+ Rxf6 30.Qg5+- 1-0 Golichenko,I (2353)-Shishkin,V (2510)/Kiev 2008/CBM 123 Extra (33)) 22...Bxc8 23.h5 Qe7 24.Qe2 (¹24.Rc1 Bb7 25.Qf2©) 24...Bd7 25.Rc1 Rc8 26.Re1?! (26.Rxc8µ) 26...Rc3 27.e5 f5 28.hxg6 hxg6 29.Qd2 Nc4 30.Bxc4 Rxc4 31.Qd3 Qc5 32.e6 Bb5-+ 1-0 Cheparinov,I (2687)-Kamsky,G (2723)/Sochi 2008/CBM 126/[Krasenkow] (43);
b) 17.f5!? Bd7 (¹17...Qd6 18.Rac1 - game) 18.Nf4 Nc6 19.Bb5 Ne5 20.Qxd4 g5 21.Ne6+ Bxe6 22.Qxd8 Rfxd8 23.fxe6 Ng6 24.Rac1 Rac8 25.e5! fxe5 26.Rf7+ Kg8 27.Rxc8 Rxc8 28.Rxa7 Kf8 29.Rxh7+- 1-0 Najer,E (2665)-Safarli,E (2594)/Moscow RUS 2010/The Week in Chess 797 (38); 17...Bd7 (17...Bg4 18.exf6+ Rxf6 19.Ng3 Rc8 20.h3 Be6 (20...Bd7?! 21.Ba6) 21.f5©) 18.exf6+ Qxf6 19.Ng3 Kh8 20.f5 gxf5 21.Bxf5 Bxf5 22.Rxf5 Qd6 23.Raf1 Nc6÷ 1/2 Topalov,V (2796)-Kamsky,G (2725)/Sofia 2009/CBM 129/[Marin,M] (36);
Other options on move 16 seen in practice: 16.Rfd1?! Qf6?! (16...Bb7) 17.f4 Bb7 18.e5 Qc6 19.Ng3 f5 20.Rac1 Qd7 21.Qb2 Rac8 22.Rxc8 Rxc8 23.Ne2² 1/2 Stimpel,F (2289)-Braun,A (2465)/Bad Wiessee 2005/EXT 2006 (36);
16.Qb2 Qf6 17.f4 Rd8 18.e5 Qe7 19.Be4 1-0 Galvan Huaraca,J (2221)-Perez Garcia,R (2162)/Benidorm 2008/CBM 127 Extra (64) 19...Bb7=] 16...Qd6 [16...Bb7 17.f4 Rc8 looks more logical as Black exchanges a pair of rooks, which should help his defence: 18.Rxc8 Qxc8 (18...Bxc8 19.f5 Nc6 20.Nf4 Ne5 21.Nd5 1/2 Peralta,F (2558)-Alonso,S (2437)/La Plata 2008/CBM 125 Extra) 19.f5 Nc6 20.Rf3 Ne5 21.Rh3 Rh8 22.f6+ Kg8 23.Qh6 Qf8 24.Qxf8+ Kxf8 25.Nxd4 Ke8 26.Bb5+ Kd8= 1/2 Karjakin,S (2732)-Carlsen,M (2765)/Foros 2008/CBM 125 (30)] Anand's analytical team preferred the text move but it didn't work out in the game. 17.f4 f6 18.f5 Qe5 19.Nf4 g5 This structure will be vulnerable as White will threaten to destroy it by means of the knight sacrifice on f6. [19...Bd7!?] 20.Nh5+ [<20.Nd5 Rf7] 20...Kg8 21.h4! h6 22.hxg5 hxg5 23.Rf3 Kf7? [After 23...Bb7 but White sacrifices the knight anyway and obtains a strong attack: 24.Nxf6+! Qxf6 25.Rg3 Rac8 26.Rxg5+ Kf7 27.Be2!, e.g. 27...d3 28.e5! Rxc1+ 29.Qxc1 Qc6 (29...Qxe5? 30.Bh5+ Ke7 31.f6+ Qxf6 32.Qc7+) 30.Bh5+ Ke7 31.Qa3+ Qc5+ 32.Qxc5+ bxc5 33.Rg7+ Kd8 34.e6 Nc6 35.Rxb7 Rxf5 36.Rd7+ Kc8 37.Bg4±  K.Sakaev;
¹23...Bd7 but still holding his ground would be a very difficult task for Black over the board: 24.Nxf6+! Qxf6 25.e5!? (25.Rg3 Kf7! (<25...Rac8 26.Re1! Nc6 27.Bc4+! Kh7 28.Kf2 Bxf5 29.exf5 Qxf5+ 30.Kg1 Ne5 31.Bd5©) 26.Rxg5 (26.Rc7 Ke8) 26...Rac8 27.Rxc8 (27.Be2 d3 is now favourable for Black) 27...Rxc8 28.Qf4 (28.Rg6 Qe5) 28...Qc6! 29.Qh4 Rh8! 30.Rh5 Rxh5 31.Qxh5+ Ke7 parrying all threats) 25...Qxe5 26.Qxg5+ (26.Be4 Kf7 27.Bxa8 Rxa8 28.Qxg5 Rh8÷ 29.Rc7 Qxc7 30.Qg6+ Kf8 31.Qf6+ Kg8=) 26...Kf7 27.Rh3 (27.Qg6+?! Ke7 28.f6+ Kd8; 27.Be4!? Rac8 28.Re1! Ke8!! - the only way to get out of the mating net - 29.Kf2 Qf6! 30.Bb7+ Kd8 31.Qxf6+ Rxf6 32.Bxc8 Kxc8 33.g4 Kc7 - White must fight for a draw in this endgame) 27...Rh8 28.Rc7! Rxh3! 29.gxh3 Qxc7 30.Qg6+ Kf8 31.Qf6+= - a logical result of the best, computer-like defence!] 24.Nxf6! This blow now decides the game. With his ¦a8, ¤a5 and ¥c8 out of play, Black has no chances to defend. 24...Kxf6 [24...Qxf6 25.Rh3 Kg8 (25...Kg7 26.Rc7+ Rf7 27.e5) 26.Rh5 Bd7 27.e5! Qxe5 28.Qxg5+ Qg7 29.Qh4+-] 25.Rh3 Rg8 26.Rh6+ Kf7 27.Rh7+ Ke8 [27...Rg7 28.Rxg7+ Kxg7 29.Qxg5+ Kf7 30.Qd8+-] 28.Rcc7 Kd8 29.Bb5 Qxe4 30.Rxc8+ [30.Rxc8+ Kxc8 31.Qc1+ Nc6 32.Bxc6+-]  1-0.
Other heavy loaded files with games are European Championship Rijeka {with 2223 entries and over 70 heavy analysed games} and the tournament file with 388 entries,where over 40 them are heavy annotated.
The theory surveys go to:Alekhine Defence B03: 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.f4 dxe5 6.fxe5 g6 7.Nc3 Bg7 by Mihail Marin, Caro-Kann B16:  1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 by Spyridon Skembris.
Efstratios Grivas digs in his own system-Part 3: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6 5.Nb3 Nf6 6.Nc3 e6 7.g3.
Sergey Erenburg goes for the Sicilian B80,the English Attack: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 b5 8.f3 b4 9.Nce2,Alexey Kuzmin Sicilian B94:
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 Nbd7.
Hannes Langrock continues on the Main Line  of the Steinitz Systen-part two 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 11.Qf2.
Igor Stohl Ruy Lopez C77:1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3.
Lubomir Ftacnik D12:1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Be4.
Timor Karolui Queens Gambit Accepted D20: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 e5 4.Bxc4 exd4 5.exd4 Bd6.Laszlo Hazai & Peter Lukas go for The Ubilava Variation D35: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 Nf6 6.e3 Bf5.
Evgeny Postny examines some new trends in the Vienna Variation D39: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 Bb4 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bxf6 Qxf6.
Boris Schipkov shows us a Bogo Variation for Black E11:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4 4.Nbd2 0-0 5.a3 Be7 6.e4 d5 and at last Michal Krasenkow looks in the Queen’s Indian E12: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3.Other files of great interest are:ICCF Telechess with 1524 entries! King Move by Move,Wells Strategy,Reeh tactics,Müller Endgames,Knaak Openings traps,Lilov Sicilian Keres Attack & Dutch Defence.
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