Latest book reviews of 1 October 2010

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Elements of chess strategy by Alexei Kosikov
Gambit Publications Ltd
159 pages
Price $ 22,95
ISBN 978-1-906454-24-1

The well known chess trainer from the Ukraine,master Alexei Kosikov teaches you in this book how to reach your goal in chess.
This all is explained at the hand of a collection instructive exercises all well explained with a large amount of instructive text,but the power of his exercise lay in the use of minor piece play.
Some positions as Donner – Velimirovic,Capablanca Memorial,Havanna 1971 is unique; Donner,Jan Hein (2500) - Velimirovic,Dragoljub (2490) [A77]
Capablanca Memorial Havana (3), 1971,and found under:The Bishop-Pair in de endgame-How much is it worth?
Everything in life has its value.So it is in chess-the two bishops in an ending are a boon,a plus.But how much is this endgame advantage worth? A pawn?More,less? It all depends on the specific position.
{1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 0-0 6.Be2 d6 7.Nf3 e6 8.0-0 exd5 9.cxd5 Re8 10.Nd2 a6 11.a4 Nbd7 12.Re1 Rb8 13.Bf1 Ne5 14.f4 Neg4 15.Nf3 c4 16.a5 Qc7 17.e5 Qc5+ 18.Qd4 Qxd4+ 19.Nxd4 dxe5 20.fxe5 Nh5 21.Nf3 Nxe5 22.Nxe5 Bxe5 23.Be3 Bd7 24.Bxc4 Rbc8 25.Ba2 Rxc3 26.bxc3 Bxc3 27.Bf2 Rxe1+ 28.Rxe1 Bxe1 29.Bxe1 Nf6 30.Kf2 Bf5?} 31.Ke3 Be4 32.Kd4 Bxg2 33.Ke5 Kg7 34.Kd6 Kf8 35.Bb3 g5 36.Bg3 Ke8 37.Be5 Nd7 38.Ba4 Bh3 39.Bf6 h6 40.Kc7 Bf5 41.Kxb7 Kf8 42.Bxd7 Bxd7 43.Kxa6 1-0.
Donner wrote later in his book, the King,the following poem: Dear pawn on a5,Sweet little thing, a rook’s pawn you are, just one square is all you control. You’re so small, almost nothing and throughout the game you have been standing there on your little place, but all that time my hope was built on you, and all my fearful hankering was for you.  I did see you standing there, you little rascal.  People thought, of course, it was the d5 pawn that it was all about, he drew their attention, they all looked at him, but you and I knew better, it was all about you, about you and you alone.You’ve been waiting, you naughty boy, not wanting to come on, because you knew that all the time I was only thinking of you and that you didn’t have to do anything at all, because I would be coming to you of my own little rook’s pawn, you’re free now.  Go ahead, unspeakable bliss is waiting for you and me on a8.  Thank you, sweet little thing I love you, your King.
Kosikov does not overload you with Prophylactic thinking,but explains at the hand of practical examples sometimes taken from classic and other times from modern play.
Important is the problem of exchanging as Kosikov explains: As already noted,the question of exchanging pieces is one of the keys to a chess-players level of strategic understanding.
And Indeed,when we ask about the bishop-pair and whether is constitutes an advantage,the problem of exchanging is highly relevant.When we envisage an exchange, its appropriateness can by no means always be confirmed by variations and calculation.
Knowledge and logic have to come to our aid here.
Conclusion: This book will certainly help you to improve your playing skills!

New in Chess Yearbook issue 96
New in Chess
247 pages
Price € 26,95
Edition: Paperback
ISBN: 978-90-5691-303-8

Again new in Chess comes with some smashing theory surveys as for example the move 3…Nge7,in the good old Ruy Lopez:{ 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5},successfully  played by Levon Aronian in the last World Blitz Championship.
Please also see The Ruy Lopez Revised from Ivan Sokolov who wrote:The Cozio Variation is objectively not good enough to equalize but as we can  learn from Alexey Kuzmin, it is more than playable!
It are not always the Grandmaster in chess where we can learn from, the German chess student
Christian Hafner,who digs in the good old Two Knights Defence,that runs with the moves:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.Re1 d5 7.Bxd5 Qxd5 8.Nc3 Qa5 9.Nxe4 Be6 10.Neg5 0-0-0 11.Nxe6 fxe6 12.Rxe6 Bd6 13.Bg5 Rde8 14.Qe1 Qxe1+ 15.Raxe1 Rxe6 16.Rxe6 Kd7 17.Re4 Re8 18.Rxe8 Kxe8 19.Kf1 Kf7 20.Bd2 h6 21.Ke2 Ke6 22.Kd3 Kd5 23.Nxd4 Nxd4 24.c4+ Ke5 25.f4+ Kf5 26.Kxd4 Bxf4 27.Bxf4 Kxf4 and now 28.Kd5! and it looks that white is winning,but as Rene Olthof points out,that Hafner’s bright novelty has been played before in postal and over the board chess but Hafner’s material is more than fascinating,but  dear reader I would simple  stick to 15…Kd7!
Very interesting is also the survey from Peter Lukacs and Laszlo Hazai on the Arkhangelsk-Part II which holds a special contribution from wonder boy Magnus Carlsen:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 d6 8.a4 Rb8 9.d4 Bb6 10.Na3 0-0 11.axb5 axb5 12.Nxb5 Bg4
and the authors write:It’s unbelievable how this line has taken command over all other lines of the {Neo-}Arkhangelsk Variation in such a short period of time.
Please don’t forget to read the forum and the letter from Anish Giri who disagrees with the poor annotations  of Jacob Aagaard!
Conclusion: There is no better way to keep abreast of latest opening developments!

Planning in the middlegame by Nikolay Yakovlev
Mongoose Press
277 pages
Price $24.95
ISBN 978-1-936277-01-8

The Russian chess trainer master Nikolay Yakovlev from St.Petersburg Russia,learns you in this book how to recognize the so important  key strategies, all explained at the hand of 188 positions and a impressive 559 diagrams so this is one of those books you can take up with you.
Yakovlev’s material is not brought as a exercise book,no the author learns us at the hand of patterns the secrets  of attack.
Throw the book I found interesting sections as is a rolling centre worth a piece?
Where Tal’s position is based on the idea of the avalanche of white pawns.
Under the obstructive sacrifice I found the following position where I prefer to give all moves: Stein – Langeweg,EU-chT (Men) 08th Plovdiv (1.8), 1983
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.0-0 Nxe4 7.cxd4 Be7 8.d5 Nb8 9.Re1 Nd6 10.Bd3 0-0 11.Nc3 Ne8 12.d6 cxd6 13.Bxh7+ Kxh7 14.Rxe7 Qxe7 15.Nd5 1-0,The experienced Dutch international master spend two hours and five minutes,while white used only fifteen minutes.Stein quipped after the game that apparently his opponent did not know his theory.
Included is a chapter on endings where Yakovlev included the fantastic endgame between Znosko - Borovsky and Alekhine,played at Paris in the year 1933.This game can also be found in Alekhine his book,My best games 1924-1937.
Conclusion: A pleasant and easy learning book on chess strategies!

Capablanca a primer of checkmate by Frisco del Rosario
Mongoose Press
176 pages
Price $19.95
ISBN 978-1-936277-02-5

Frisco Del Rosario looks and explains the attacking games of the great  chess genius Jose Raul Capablanca.
The analyses of Del Rosario are often build on checkmating patterns, where you can feel between the pages the teaching touch of del Rosario admirer  Cecil Purdy. The newcomer in this book is invited to learn all kind of different  checkmates as  the Pillsbury and Morphy’s mate, which is a mate that is created  by cracking the enemy king position by opening the g-file with the offer of a piece.
Al these kind of mates are clearly explained by the author, and often with a model game of he great Capablanca,as we can see in the following game: Corzo y Prinzipe,Juan - Capablanca,Jose Raul,Havana casual Havana, 02.03.1902,
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7 5.Nf3 Bc6 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.0-0 Ngf6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.Nxf6+ Bxf6 10.Be3 0-0 11.c3 b6 12.Qc2 Kh8 13.Nd2 Re8 14.Bxh7 g6 15.Bxg6 fxg6 16.Qxg6 Qe7 17.f4 Qh7 18.Qxh7+ Kxh7 19.Nf3 Rg8 20.Rae1 Rg6 21.Bd2 Bd5 22.b3 Rf8 23.Kh1 c5 24.dxc5 Nxc5 25.c4 Ba8 26.Bb4 Rfg8 27.Bxc5 Rxg2 28.Be3 Bh4 29.Rd1 Bf2 30.Rd7+ Kh6 31.Rd5 Bxe3 32.Ng5 R2xg5 33.fxg5+ Rxg5 34.Rf6+ Kh5 35.Rxe6 Bxd5+ 36.cxd5 Rg1#.
As we can learn in this book how more checkmating methods the player recognizes,the more games he or she is able to win!
Conclusion: A very instructive learning book! Recommended for all starters in chess!

How to play against 1.d4 by Richard Palliser
Everyman Chess
256   pages
Price $26.95
ISBN 978-1-85744-616-6

Richard Palliser offers the reader in this book a complete repertoire for black based on the Czech Benoni.
In the latest British Championship we saw Andrew Greet playing it against Jack Rudd and Greet was outplayed in no time!
The problem for Greet was that he went for a fianchetto of the black bishop en Richard Palliser goes in this book for a set-ups with the move…Be7.
It was Bill Hartston who understood to play it and in his book The Benoni was a interesting chapter include on the Czech Benoni.
The problem with the Czech Benoi is that it leads to a slower strategic game and white  usually ends with a theoretical edge,but Hartson was successful with it and  this can not be said from Tony Miles who tried to revive the Czech Benoni ,but he had some terrible results with it.
Palliiser has divided this book in two separate parts,with part one:The Czech Benoni,with The Classical Variation 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e5 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Be7,The Modern System,Fianchetto Variation and les common approaches,where I found some rare set-ups from white as: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e5 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Be7 6.Nge2 a6!
Part two holds the Classical Development from white with moves as : 1.d4 c5 2.d5 e5 3.c4 d6 4.e4 Be7,1.d4 c5 2.d5 e5 3.e4 d6 4.Nc3 and alternatives to 2.d5.
On club level white usually plays 1.d4 c5 2.dxc5 and now black plays 2..e6 3.Nc3! Bxc5 4.Ne4 Nf6! 5.Nxc5 Qa5+ 6.Qd2 Qxc5 7.Qg5 Qxg5 8.Bxg5 Nc6 9.0-0-0 b6 10.f3 h6 !
Interesting to mention is the move 5.Nd6+ which was first played in the following game:
Suechting,Hugo - Blackburne,Joseph Henry [A43]
Ostend Ostend, 1906
1.d4 c5 2.dxc5 e6 3.Nc3 Bxc5 4.Ne4 Nf6 5.Nd6+ Ke7 6.Nxc8+ Qxc8 7.Nh3 d5 8.g3 Nc6 9.Bg2 Ne5 10.0-0 h6 11.Nf4 h5 12.Nd3 Bd6 13.Bg5 h4 14.e4 hxg3 15.fxg3 dxe4 16.Bxe4 Nxd3 17.Bxf6+ gxf6 18.Qxd3 Qc5+ 19.Kh1 Rag8 20.Rf3 Qh5 21.Qd2 Rxg3 22.Rxg3 Bxg3 23.Qb4+ Kd8 24.Qd4+ Kc8 25.Qc3+ Bc7 26.h3 Qxh3+ 27.Qxh3 Rxh3+ 28.Kg2 Rh4 29.Bd3 Be5 30.Rb1 Kc7 31.b3 f5 32.Rf1 Rg4+ 33.Kh3 Kd6 34.Rd1 Ke7 35.Bb5 Rg3+ 36.Kh4 Kf6 37.Bf1 Rg4+ 38.Kh3 Rg3+ 39.Kh4 Rg1 40.Kh3 Kg5 0-1.
Conclusion: A fascinating repertoire book!

Kasparov vs Karpov 1988-2009
Everyman Chess
432   pages
Price $45.00
ISBN 978-1-85744-652-4

This 4rd volume of the "Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess" series concentrates on all the games played between Garry Kasparov and Anatloy Karpov from 1988 till the Valencia Blitz match played on September 2009.
Included between there games is there fifth World championship match played in New York and Lyon 1990.
Both players have dominated the chess world for two decades and even today the last nostalgic Valencia match brought more interest in chess  than any other world championship match of the last ten years!
All together you will find 66 games in this book,where the most of them are analysed into a painstaking depth!
Garry Kasparov presents his analyses and findings to chess enthusiasts who will learn from the instructive and honest explanations.
The greatest player of all time is retired from chess and does not fear to give his chess secrets away.
For example the game Kasparov,Garry (2800) - Karpov,Anatoly (2730) [C92]
World Championship 35th-KK5 Lyon/New York (4), 17.10.1990
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Bb7 10.d4 Re8 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.a4 h6 13.Bc2 exd4 14.cxd4 Nb4 15.Bb1 c5 16.d5 Nd7 17.Ra3 f5 18.exf5 Nf6 19.Ne4 Bxd5 20.Nxf6+ Qxf6 21.Bd2 Qxb2 22.Bxb4 Bf7 23.Re6 Qxb4 24.Rb3 Qxa4 25.Bc2 Rad8 26.Rbe3 Qb4 27.g3 a5 28.Nh4 d5 29.Qe2 Qc4 30.Bd3 Qc1+ 31.Kg2 c4 32.Bc2 Bxe6 33.Rxe6 Rxe6 34.Qxe6+ Kh8 35.Ng6+ Kh7 36.Qe2 Qg5 37.f6 Qxf6 38.Nxf8+ Kg8 39.Ng6 Qf7 40.Ne7+ Kf8 ½-½,is good for eleven pages of text!
Interesting are the words from Kasparov after 19…Bxd5: A novelty,but it is surprising that Karpov thought for a so long over a position which he must have analysed at home.
I cannot image what caused this hesitation. Perhaps my opponent had been more expecting 18.Rae3,and now he had to readjust and choose between the move in the game and 19…Nbxd5,with easy equality after20.Nh2? Nxe4 21.Bxe4 Rxe4! 22.Rxe4 Nc3 23.bxc3 Bxe4
De Firmian A Ivanov,Las Vegas 1989.Later,in Informator Karpov suggested 20.axb5 axb5
21.Qb3! and indeed after 21…Bc6 22.Rxa8 Qxa8 23.Nxf6 gxf6 24.Be4 Kh7 25.Kh2!
Black’s position is unenviable: his king is a constant headache.
The 19…Bxd5 capture looks risky,but it contains a previously prepared trap,into which I successfully fell.
Conclusion: This is a unique chess book!

British Chess Magazine No.8
Volume 130
September  2010
Price: £4,05

This eye catching issue starts with the British Championship, where GM Michael Adams dominated the event with five straight wins ,Robert Eames had the courage to open with the King’s Gambit but the opening was in no time  a fiasco, included in this issue is a interview with Michael Adams.
Grandmaster Matthew Sadler digs in the Albin Counter Gambit ,with the day I played the Albin part 1.Ponomariov wins the Sparkassen tournament in Dortmund,in games department I found a fine game from Luke McShane with the King’s Indian Defence, against Alexander Shabalov: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 0-0 6.Nf3 Na6 7.Bd3 e5 8.fxe5 dxe5 9.d5 Ne8 10.0-0 c5 and 0-1 on move 51.
Mihail Marin analysis in his contribution, understanding development part one the game Robert Fischer – Robert Byrne,USA Championship 1965.
Other readable columns are:News in Brief,Quotes and Queries,Endgame studies,Fortcoming events,Book reviews etc.
Conclusion: A well made issue!

Chess DVD's

Killer French Defence Part 1 & 2
DVD 1 covers The Advance Variation and Tarrasch Variation. £19.99.
DVD 2 covers The Winawer Variation, Exchange Variation, Kings Indian Attack and Any Other Possibilities. £19.99.
Killer French Defence: DVD 1 + DVD 2: Discount Price: £35!
System Requirements: This DVD will run on all platforms-

Grandmaster Simon Williams provides the black player on these two DVD’s with a complete repertoire on the French Defence.
On part one Williams goes for lines as the Advance and Tarrash variation where he suggest for black against the Tarrash, the more
complicated 3…. Nf6, but all other major lines get a important explanation from the well speaking Williams.
On part Williams  covers the smashing Winawer where he is not afraid to gamble one or two pawns, in the so called
Poised pawn variation,where white can loose control of his position in no time;1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5
3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Qc7 8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 cxd4,in the past 7.Qg4
 has been hailed as the refutation of 6…Ne7 but that does not stand anymore.
Bobby Fischer once wrote: Sharper is 7.Qg4.I felt that Black’s carapace could be cracked only by positional means,but my results
have been somewhat disheartening.
Each chapter on these DVD’s  are presented with eye catching footage from latest tournaments, filled on with catching background music.
Useful is the instructive text at the bottom of the screen and shown by every important key moment.
But the strongest point of these two Killer French DVD’s are the original analyses and suggestions from Simon Williams,which you will not find in the books!
I have seen a lot of ChessBase DVD’s but these two Killing French DVD’s can easy take up against them.
Running time is 4hrs 30 min & 5hrs
Conclusion: These two Killer French DVD’s offer  a lot of value for your money!   

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 137
September  2010
Videos by Georg Meier,Andrew Martin and  Valeri Lilov

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

ChessBase Magazine Extra issue 137 ,the one with out any annotations to the games comes with a impressive 39448 database file,all played between Alushta 06/2010 and Stockhom 22/8 2010.
Again there a mass of latest games,as for example the following Marshal game where white had the courage to go for the headlines of this complicated opening:
Kaczmarek,Maciej (2032) - Szczepkowska,Karina (2297) [C89]
Wroclaw op 5th Wroclaw (4), 28.06.2010
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.f4 Rh6 20.Nf1 Bf3 21.Qd2 Kh8 22.Qf2 Be4 23.axb5 axb5 24.Nd2 Qg4 25.Nxe4 fxe4 26.Qg2 Qf5 27.Bc2 Re6 28.g4 Qf6 29.f5 Re7 30.Bxe4 Nxe3 31.Rxe3 Qg5 32.Rae1 c5 33.R3e2 cxd4 34.cxd4 Bb4 35.Rd1 Rfe8 36.Qf3 Qf6 37.Kg2 Bd6 38.Rde1 Qxd4 39.Bc6 Rxe2+ 40.Rxe2 Rf8 41.Bxb5 Bc5 42.b3 Qg1+ 43.Kh3 Bd6 44.Qe3 Qf1+ 45.Kh4 Rf6 46.Bc4 Bb4 47.Kg5 Qa1 0-1.
As lover of the Latvian Gambit,I found 17 games,where the following game did  surprise me:
Golubev,Anatoly - Urbanaites,Elvira (1750) [C40]
Ivanovo Derbenev op Ivanovo (3), 23.06.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nc6 4.Qh5+ g6 5.Nxg6 Nf6 6.Qh4 Rg8 7.exf5 hxg6 8.Nc3 d5 ½-½,because black is winning!
The great Capablanca once played here 7.Nxf8?: Capablanca,J R - Corzo,E [C40]
La Habana, 1901
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nc6 4.Qh5+?! g6 5.Nxg6 Nf6 6.Qh4 Rg8 [6...hxg6!] 7.Nxf8 [7.e5!] 7...Rg4! 8.Qh6 Rxe4+ 9.Kd1? [9.Be2T] 9...Ng4 10.Qh5+ Kxf8 11.Qxf5+ Kg7! 12.d3 d5 13.Qf3 Nxf2+! 14.Qxf2 Bg4+ 15.Be2 [15.Kd2 Qg5+ 16.Kc3 Qe5+ (16...d4+ 17.Qxd4+! Rxd4 18.Bxg5±) 17.Kd2 (17.Kb3? Rb4+ 18.Ka3 Qd6 19.Qd2 Nd4 20.Qh6+ Kg8 21.Qg5+ Kf7-+) 17...Rf8 18.Qxf8+ (18.Qg3 Qg5+ 19.Kc3 d4+ 20.Kb3 Qb5+ 21.Ka3 Qb4#) 18...Kxf8 19.dxe4 Qg5+ 20.Kc3 Qxc1 21.a3 (21.exd5 Qe1+ 22.Nd2 Qe3+! 23.Bd3 Qd4+ 24.Kb3 Qb4#) 21...d4+ 22.Kb3 Be6+ 23.Bc4 Bxc4+ 24.Kxc4 Qxh1-+] 15...Rxe2 16.Qxe2 Bxe2+ 17.Kxe2 Qe8+ [17...Qh4-+] 18.Kd2 Qg6 19.Kc3 d4+ 20.Kb3 Na5+ 21.Ka3 Qd6+ 22.b4 Nc6 23.Bd2 a5 24.Kb2 Nxb4 25.Na3 Ra6 26.Rae1 Nxd3+ 27.cxd3 Rb6+ 28.Ka1 Qxa3 29.Rb1 Rxb1+ 30.Rxb1 Qxd3 0-1,but he was only 13 years old!
The great viswo files go to Georg Meier on Smyslov,Andrew Martin, British Championship and Valeri Lilov looks at the French Defence.
Conclusion: Buy it for the impressive data file!