Latest book reviews of 1 December 2010

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Correspondence Chess in Britain and Ireland,
1824-1987 by Tim Harding
McFarland & Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611
Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.
433 pages
Price $49,95
ISBN 978-0-7864-4553-0

Tim Harding {Ph.D., University of Dublin and Senior master of correspondence chess}covers in this 433 pages heavy weight, the history of British and Irish  correspondence chess from 1824 till 1987 and that is included Welsh and Schottische correspondence chess to the year 1918.
What Harding has created here makes him, in my opinion to one of the best!
Harding has the talent to transfer chess research into readable stories as for example his research on the correspondence career of the great Howard Staunton.
As we can read: There are mysteries about Staunton’s postal chess matches.One with the Rev.Horatio Bolton {1793-1873},a godson of Lord Nelson,was mentioned more than once in the press while it was ongoing in 1840 –1841 but the moves and even the results were left unpublished. Charles Tomlinson claimed many years after Staunton’s death that “He also played correspondence games for a stake,and I thought it somewhat unreasonable when the members of a provincial club complained to me bitterly that Staunton asked for the money as soon he obtained what he called a winning position.
Staunton never publicly admitted playing professionally,but he possibly regarded the stake as a tuition fee.Playing postal chess for money seems to have been unusual in England but in 1846 a German chess teacher resident in London,R Kuiper,was reported in Bell’s Life offering to play amateurs for two quineas a game plus another quinea if he won.
After moving to New York,Willem Steinitz played such matches,and Emanuel Lasker tried to do so,as did  grandmasters Fine and Reshevsky later in the twentieth century.
In England Löwenthal possibly played by post for money, but the evidence for this is unclear.
The penny post in 1840 made correspondence chess popular, specially as Harding explains  under the well-off middle and upper class gentlemen.
But a penny was still quite a lot of money in those days for the working class.
Harding describes in this book several game changing technologies such as telegraph,telephone,radio and fax machines.
Here follows the earliest telegraph game that did not involve Londoners:
NN of Newcastle - NNN of Newcastle [C37]
experimental telegraph game corr, 1848
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.d4 gxf3 6.Qxf3 d5 7.Bxd5 Nf6 8.0-0 Nxd5 9.exd5 Bh6 10.Re1+ Kf8 11.c4 Qf6 12.Qe4 Bf5 13.Qe5 Qxe5 14.dxe5 Bxb1 15.Rxb1 Nd7 16.b4 Re8 17.Bb2 Bg7 18.e6 fxe6 19.Bxg7+ Kxg7 0-1
Included in this book are 53 photo’s, extensive notes, bibliography and indexes.
Conclusion: Facinating!     

The complete c3 Sicilian by Evgeny Sceshnikov
New in Chess
 574 pages
Price €28,95
ISBN 978 90 56913298

I have several books on the move 1.e4 c5 2.c3 but not one of them is able to take it up against this heavy weight from Evgeny Sveshnikov with it’s 574 pages!
This book from Sveshnikov is more than a standard move to move openings book with a explaining of  all major key concepts.
Sveshnikov does not only explain all the ideas of the Alapin but covers in this book every serious line that makes sense  against the move 2.c3.
A strong point of the move 2.c3 is his psychological except that black is battling for equality, with little of no prospect of taking the initiative, usually he has to fight against  white queenside majority, and this all is well explained by Sveshnikov with instructive model games
where a large amount of them come from the great master himself.
Instructive are his words against Toni Kos where Sveshikov is handling the black side of the board: Since I myself always answer 1.e4 with 1…c5!,I quite often have  to face 2.c3.
My results as black have been very good,since I can always draw on the knowledge I have built up by playing it as white for so many years.
I have tried many varied systems as black.When I am playing a strong opponent, and /or a draw suits me, than I choose the most reliable variations, and in games with less experienced opponents,I take slightly more risks and head for a more complicated position. In my preparations I start by trying to estimate the extent of my opponent’s knowledge and his practical strength, although I also take account of the tournament situation and my own feelings.
Even more interesting are the words from Sveshnikov with his game against the legendary Tal: When I started playing the c3 Sicilian in Soviet Championships it proved to be a mass destruction weapon against players of master strength,but did not work so well against the elite players.True,I drew without any trouble,but I could not win games.This continued to be the case until my game with Tal,which I now offer for your attention.
It is no coincidence that this variation should have proved so strong against the Eighth World Champion, because white can easily reach an endgame,and Tal did not greatly love this concluding stage of the game, especially if he had to defend passively.Maybe Petrosian or Karpov would have held this ending,but Tal could not do so.
Sveshnikov’s book is divided into two major chapters: Part one with over 253 pages cover 2…d5 and other moves and part two holds 2…Nf6.
Included is a historical overview, basic plans and ideas, the typical endgame with a white queenside majority, important games by variation and exercises.
John Emms mentions in his Everyman book ,Starting Out the c3 Sicilian the gambit line:
1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bc4 Nb6 7.Bb3 d5 8.exd6 Qxd6 9.0-0 Be6 10.Na3 dxc3 11.Qe2 Bxb3 12.axb3 and writes: White’s development advantage and pieces undoubtedly provide a good amount of compensation for the pawn,although black could argue that he has to obvious weakness in his position.Black must choose between a number of ways of trying to deal with white’s initiative.
Sveshnikov writes: I first played this gambit more than 20 years ago in a game Sveshnikov – Yudasin {USSR 1986}.Even than I felt that black had very good possibilities for counterplay here.
Since than,I have occasionally played the gambit,but in general ,I have to say that I prefer it as black.
Maybe it is nice to end with this brilliant encounter from Alekander Alekhine:
Alekhine,Alexander - Podgorny,Jiri [B22]
Prague Prague (17), 1943
1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4 e6 8.Nc3 Bb4 9.0-0 Qa5 10.a3 Nf6 11.d5 exd5 12.axb4 Qxa1 13.Nd2 Bxe2 14.Qxe2+ Ne7 15.Re1 0-0 16.Nb3 Qa6 17.Qxa6 bxa6 18.Rxe7 Rab8 19.b5 axb5 20.Rxa7 b4 21.Ne2 Rfc8 22.f3 Ra8 23.Rxa8 Rxa8 24.Kf2 Nd7 25.Nf4 Nb6 26.Ke3 Rc8 27.Kd3 g5 28.Nh5 1-0.
Conclusion: The best book ever written on the Alapin!

Bird- Eröffnung  by Timothy Taylor
Everyman Chess
234 pages
Price € 24.95
ISBN 978-3-942383-03-5

In front of me I have this beautiful German translation from FM Johannes Fischer,who has  transferred Timothy Taylor Bird’s book from 2005  in to the German language.
Fine packed with a hard cover but unfortunately Everyman Chess has not included any new material after the years 2005 in to it!
It was the English master Henry Edward Bird {1830 –1918} who demonstrated the dangerous potential of the move 1.f4 in the second half of the nineteen century.
And the great Aron Nimzowitsch played some great games with it in the 1920s and he only lost one game with it in his whole chess career and well against Steiner Keckemet 1927 with the tricky move order 1.f4 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.b3 d4! this classic game is very instructively analysed by the American chess master to show the reader the dangerous pit falls of this opening.
All  possibilities of the Bird’s opening in this book are compressively covered often till around move 30 of more, so this is a excellent book to understand the typical planes and manoeuvres that go with it all at the hand of a impressive collection of  53 well analysed model games.
In the index of complete games I found nine games of  Bent Larsen and twelve games of Timothy Taylor himself so it is clear we are dealing  with a author who is willing to share his secrets of the Bird.
In the Bibliography I found many interesting references but I am missing in this Bird book latest developments from the correspondence scene as for example 1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6 4.Nf3 g5 5.g3 g4 6.Nh4 Ne7 7.e4!? a invention of the Latvian correspondence chess player Gurtovoi.Taylor handles the whole From’s gambit Lasker variation with five games and simple prefers  white with the move order  7.Ng2 but dear readers there are more interesting alternatives! Please see for example Winning unorthodox openings from Angus Dunnington,Everyman Chess 2000 or Dmitrij Oleinikov impressive made openings CD on the Bird .
Interesting in this book are the chapters on the Antoshin variation with 1.f4,Nf3,3.d3,4.c3 and 5.Qc2 and the solid Stonewall with the big whole at e4!
Superb is the last game in this book is the classic game Pelikan – Alekhine where white went after 1.f4 f5 for the fascinating 2.e4!! which is good for 6.5 pages of this book!
Conclusion: Still one of the best books ever written on the Bird!

Der Trompowsky Angriff by Richard Palliser
Everyman Chess
288 pages
Price $24,95
ISBN 978-3-942383-04-2

IM Dirk Poldauf is responsible for the German translation of this eye catching heavy weight.
Richard Palliser digs in this Starting Out book,at the fascinating Trompowsky Attack.
Palliser writes in his introduction: Whether one is looking for an occasional weapon for surprise or a full time opening to be employed against 1.d4 Nf6,the Trompowsky fits the bill.
The Tromp is a popular opening,because it creates complex and original positions from on move two.
For example: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.Bxf6 gxf6!? A challenging approach, where Palliser writes: Those who like dynamic, unbalanced positions could do no far worse than make  2…d5 and 3…gxf6 there defence to the Trompowsky.
I have several books on the Tromp but not one covers so explanations as this one from Palliser.
All material is explained at the hand of 30 model games where the author has used a small 260 pages to explain the key strategies of this opening to us.
The Tromp is overloaded with fascinating lines as the Main line with 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 c5 4.d5 Qb6 5.Bc1! Is it not strange that white can really get away with moving his three times in the five moves to end up back home?
Palliser explains: This cool retreat very much deserves main line status after 4.d5 Qb6.White might have only developed his d-pawn thus far,but he will obtain a pleasant pull after 6.f3 and 7.e4 unless black is careful.
After 5….g6: Fianchettoing is very natural, but black has also been known to close the centre with 5…e5,after which 6.f3 Nf6{by analogy with our main line black has tried 6…Nd6!?,but after 7.e4 g6 8.Nc3 Bg7 9.Nh3 0-0 10.Be2 c4 11.g4!? Qc5 12.Bg5! f6 13.Bh4 Bh6 14.Bf2 Be3 15.Bxe3 Qxe3 16.Qd2 retained a comfortable edge in J.Avila Jimenez – R.Edouard,La Massana 2008}7.e4 d6 8.Na3 Be7 9.Nc4 Qd8 10.a4 is typical of the time black must often lose with his queen if he develops slowly. Here 10…0-0 11.Bd3  Ne8 prepared a typical Czech –Benoni freeing device in A.Stefanova – F.Manca,Saint Vincent 2000,but the instructive sequence 12.Ne2 Bg5 13.f4! exf4 14.Nxf4 Ndf7 15.0-0 Ne5 16.Be2 Nxc4 17.Bxc4 Qe7 18.Qe2 h6 19.Nd3! Bxc1 20.Rac1 Nf6 21.e5 saw white winning the key battle for the e5-square.Stefanova has also shown the way against 5…f5: 6.f3 Nf6 7.Nc3 e6 8.e4 fxe4 9.fxe4 exd5 10.Nxd5 Nxd5 11.Qxd5 Qe6 12.Bc4 kept the central situation under control and gave white an edge in A.Stefanova – A.Panchenko,Babera 1999.
Peter Wells also suggests in his Winning with the Trompowsky:There is also a case for 12.Bf4!? after which recapturing on d5 with the d pawn becomes a more enticing option.
However,the potential weakness of white’s e-pawn nothithstanding,her desire to keep the strong bishop on d5 is very understandable.
Conclusion: Buy this book for the highly  instructive notes on the Tromp!

Attacking Chess
The King's Indian Volume 1 by David Vigorito
Everyman Chess
368 pages
Price $28,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-645-6

The American IM David Vigorito provides the black player of this book with a
detailed move to move repertoire book based on the King’s Indian Defence.
This heavy weight is based on three chapters, The Classical Variation 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 with lines as the Mar del Plata Variation where white plays moves as 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Nd3 or 10.f3 or 10.Be3.
Included are various as 8.dxe5 and 8.Be3.
Chapter two handles the Classical Variation without 7.0-0,the Gligoric Variation;7.Be3 Ng4 8.Bg5 f6 9.Bc1 Nc6 and 9.Bh4 Nc6,Petrosian Variation 7.d5 where Vigorito prefers the set-up with the prophylactic 7…..a5! Vigorito does not see much in the old line with 7…Nbd7.
And part three holds the Sämisch Variation here Vigorito goes for the Panno Variation:
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Nge2 a6 8.Qd2 Rb8,where white choices in moves as 9.h4,9.Nc1,0-0-0 and 9.a3,9.Rb1 and 9.Rc1.
In my book shelf I have a other book with a complete black repertoire for black against The King’s Indian from Victor Bologan,here you have all lines in one band and there is less to memorize but dear reader Vigorito digs deeper and explains more.
Interesting to mention in the Mar del Plata line is the classic game: Langeweg,Kick (2425) - Donner,Jan Hein (2500)IBM Amsterdam (8), 1971
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.d4 0-0 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.c5 g5 14.Rc1 Ng6 15.Nb5 Rf7 16.cxd6 cxd6 17.Qc2 Ne8 18.a4 h5 19.Nf2 Bf8 20.h3 Rg7 21.Qb3 Nh4 22.Rc2 Nf6 23.Rfc1 g4 24.fxg4 hxg4 25.hxg4 Bxg4 26.Bxg4 Nxg4 27.Nxg4 Rxg4 28.Be1 f3 29.Bxh4 Qxh4 30.Qxf3 Rxe4 31.g3 Qg4 32.Qxg4+ Rxg4 33.Rc4 Rxg3+ 34.Kf2 Rb3 35.Rg4+ Kf7 36.Rc7+ Kf6 37.Rg8 e4 38.Nc3 Rxb2+ 39.Ke1 Re8 40.Nd1 Rb3 41.Ke2 Ke5 42.Nc3 a6 43.Rc4 Kf5 44.Kd1 b5 45.axb5 axb5 46.Rxe4 Rc8 47.Rgg4 Bh6 0-1,white had little alternative to exchange off into an unfavourable endgame,but Vigorito prefers to hold on with …a6 just as Krzysztof & Ilczuk did in there Classical King’s Indian uncovered.
But Bologan goes for the easy to memorize 12….c5.
Conclusion: A very interesting work!

Starting out Skandinavisch by Jovanka Houska
Everyman Chess
334 pages
Price € 24,95
ISBN 978-3-942383-05-9

Starting out the Scandinavian is a interesting work from the ladies Grandmaster Jovanka Houska { Woman's Grand Master (WGM) and International Master!} who digs deeply in the soul of the good old Scandinavian defence.
This hard cover work is translated in to the German language by no less than grandmaster Henrik Teske,and as the other above mentioned works in fantastic hard cover!
So we can truly speak than the German editions are better than the English ones!
Usually these “starting out” books are good for the first understanding of a line but this work from  Jovanka Houska is certainly  good for more!
All modern variations as the popular mail line with moves as: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Bd2 e6 8.Nd5 Qd8 9.Nxf6+ Qxf6 10.Qe2 Bg4 11.d5 Bxf3 12.gxf3 cxd5 13.Bxd5 Nd7 14.0-0-0 Ba3
Houska writes: This move has all but been disregarded today, Black’s plan is to provoke a queen side weakness and castle kingside, However, white’s fast development down the g and h files has more or less put paid to this idea.
Houska does not see much in lines as the Patzer variation: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qe5
Where I would like to start with again some words from Houska: 3….Qe5+ is an alternative with another nickname!The so-called Patzer variation gets its nickname from the saying”Patzer sees a check,patzer plays a check.”Even though this move cannot be refuted,it’s not to be entirely recommended  either! For example 4.Be2 c6 {this is the whole point-Black can still adopt the Scandinavian structure} 5.Nf3 Qc7 6.d4 Nf6 7.Ne5 {this typical reaction is of course ,the most critical against 3…Qe5}7….Bf5 8.Bf4 Qa5?! {with this natural move
Black wastes more time}9.0-0 e6{9…Be6 10.Qd2 g6 11.Rfe1 Qd8 12.d5! Nxd5 13.Nxd5 Bxd5 14.Rad1 Qc8 15.Qc3 Be6 16.Nxf7 crushed black in M.Yarmysty – I.Shkuro,Rodatychi 2006}10.g4 white can exploit black’s loss of tempo to lash out}10.Bg6 11.h4 Nd5 {or 11…Be4 12.Re1 Be7 13.Nxf7!! Kxf7 14.Nxe4 Ne4  15.Bc4 and black must return the piece,as 15..Nf6 loses to 16.Qe2}12.Nxd5 cxd5 13.c4 Be7 14.Qb3 and white has an extremely strong initiative.
What would the English Candidate Grandmaster,Andrew Martin say about this?
After Martin the Patzer line is worth a look!
Well covered are also in this book lines with the modern 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6.
Still alive is the Mieses Gambit 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.b4 and 4.a3 is even a way of playing!
All material is based at 71 model games included with a lot of summary’s to improve your understanding.
All together we have here a very readable book with a lot of new ideas on the exciting Scandinavian defence!
Conclusion: This book offers you a lot of value for your money!

Mastering Chess Strategy by Johan Hellsten
Everyman Chess
334 pages
Price € 21,95
ISBN 978-3-942383-05-9

This impressive Mastering chess strategy book, is a interesting chess strategy course from the Swedish grandmaster Johan Hellsten,who believes,as no other  in chess exercises.
He writes in his introduction: I am a strong supporter of the intensive use of exercises in the learning process.
In my opinion, the closer you can get to a game situation when you are training or teaching chess,the faster progress can be expected.
There are over 380 exercises and 240 game examples in this book but it is difficult to find a complete game in  this book.
Johan Hellsten handles a large range of subjects as the initiative and prophylaxis.
This is in someway a perfect book for training purposes,choose the sections you need,go throw the explanatory examples and let them solve Johan Hellsten selected exercises.
Hellsten prefers the exercise positions arranged on chessboards,where the student gets between five and twenty minutes,to solve a position.
All game examples in this book hold a lot of instructive text as the one from Euwe against Bogoljubow,6 match game of the year  1928,by the way one of the few classic beauties in this book.
In my opinion we have here a real brute force strategy book!
Conclusion: A unique written strategy book!

Play the Scandinavian by Christian Bauer
Quality Chess
303 pages
Price € 24,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-55-8

The former French champion Christian Bauer digs in this book from Quality Chess, Play the Scandinavian in the main lines of the Scandinavian Defence,with moves as for example  1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bf5 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bd2 c6 8.Qe2 Bb4 or
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 c6 5.Bc4 Bf5,but lines as 3…Qd6 and 1.e4 d5 exd5 Nf6 are not mentioned!
But you get in this book from Bauer move to move annotations in lines as 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bf5 6.Bc4 c6 7.Bd2 e6 8.Qe2 Bb4 9.a3 Nbd7 10.0-0-0 Nb6 11.axb4 Qa1+ 12.Nb1 Na4 13.Bc3 Ne4 14.Rd3 a5!
Emms spends a few lines on the move 10…Nb6 and writes It’s difficult to believe that this move is playable, but apparently it is!
The book from Matthias Wahls,Modernes Skandinavisch does not even mention it!
Bauer quotes the moves from Emms who on his turn quoted it from the Sebian Solak.
11.Ne5!? Bxa3 12.bxa3 Qxa3 13.Kb1 Qb4+ 14.Ka1 Bxc2 15.Rc1 Bg6 and Bauer writes black has obtained three pawns for a piece and the position offers mutual chances.
Critical is after Bauer: 11.axb4 Qa1+ 12.Nb1 Na4 13.Bc3 Ne4 14.Rd3 a5! 15.bxa5 but the natural looking 15.b5!?N is after Bauer worth playing too:he writes: The natural looking 15.b5!?N has to my knowledge not yet been tried.Play might continue 15….Nexc3 {Black can also consider the less forcing 15…0-0!?}16.bxc3 Qb2+ 17.Kd2 cxb5 18.Bb3 0-0 with unclear play.
Another fascinating idea is 15.d5!?
Well covered in this are all kind of alternatives as second move sidelines,the move 2.Nc3 by the way good for nine pages of text!
Unfounded after Bauer is the flank attack 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.b4?!  but black must be aware of a certain amount of opening theory.
Conclusion: Buy this book if you want to win with the mainlines of the Scandinavian!

British Chess Magazine No.11
Volume 130
November  2010
Price: £4,05
This issue holds several readable contributions as the Anatoly Karpov interview {“If the Arab countries had not betrayed me.I would have won,and I believe the big deal was done the night before”}
Other contributions are: Ukrainian triumph in Khanty Mansisk,Ask the  Arbiter by international arbiter Alex McFarlane and Kramnik wins Bilbao Grand Prix.
New in the contribution cutting edge opening theory from John Watson in cooperation with Chesspublishing .com.
John Watson handles here his pet line 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 h6.
Please also see Dangerous Weapons:The French.
GM Luke McShane analyses his Berlin Defence where he did end with a pawn down but his 46…Rh3 was good enough to hold the draw.
Instructive is Keith Arkell his colum Arkell’s Endgame and said is the announcement of
Janis Klovan 1935-2010.
And forget to read Letter to the editior,endgame studies and book reviews {Nunnpareil}
Conclusion: Very readable! 

Chess DVD's

Bird's Opening by Andrew Martin

ISBN 978-3-86681-209-3
Euro 27.80
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

International master Andrew Martin digs in ChessBase latest Fritztrainer opening DVD in the good old Birds Opening 1.f4.
Angus Dunnington once wrote in his book Winning Unorthodox Openings book: 1.f4 is perhaps the most daring of white’s sound ‘unorthodox opening moves.
Andrew Martin provides the white player on this DVD with a interesting repertoire line based
on a Leningrad Bird.
Now a days we can play the Bird with a  modern approach as we can see in the following model game:
Malaniuk,Vladimir P (2586) - Humeau,Cyril (2171) [A03]
Corsica Masters op 13th Bastia (2), 26.10.2009
1.f4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.0-0 c5 6.d3 d5 7.Qe1 Nc6 8.c3 Qd6 9.Na3 Bg4 10.e4 Bxf3 [10...dxe4 11.dxe4 e5 12.Nc4] 11.e5 Bxg2 12.exd6 Bxf1 13.Qxf1 exd6 14.Qf3 [14.f5] 14...a6 15.Bd2 Rfe8 16.g4 h6 17.Nc2 d4 18.cxd4 cxd4 19.Re1 Rxe1+ 20.Bxe1 Re8 21.Bf2 Nd7 22.Qd5 Nf6 23.Qxd6 Nxg4 24.Qd7 Re2 25.Qxg4 Rxc2 26.Qc8+ Bf8 27.Qxb7 Nb4 28.Bxd4 Nxd3 29.Qe4 Rc1+ 30.Kg2 Nc5 31.Qe5 Rc2+ 32.Kh3 1-0.
Pleasant to mention is that Martin does not fear with  the Lasker Variation but prefers to go for the experimental 3.Nf3 as we can see in the following model game: Granda Zuniga,Julio E (2588) - Martinez Martin,David (2395) [C30]
La Roda op 35th La Roda (3), 20.03.2008
1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.Nf3 dxe5 4.e4 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bc5 6.d3 Bg4 7.h3 Bh5 [7...Bxf3 8.Bxc6+ bxc6 9.Qxf3] 8.g4 Bg6 9.Qe2 Nge7 10.Nxe5 0-0 11.Bxc6 Nxc6 12.Nxc6 Qh4+ 13.Kd1 bxc6 14.Be3 Bxe3 15.Qxe3 Rab8 16.Kc1 h5 17.Rg1 hxg4 18.hxg4 Rb5 19.Nc3 Rg5 20.b3 Rxg4 21.Rxg4 Qxg4 22.Kb2 Ra8 23.Rg1 Qe6 24.Rg5 Qd6 25.Ne2 Bh7 26.Qg1 Qh6 27.Kb1 Kh8 28.Nf4 g6 29.e5 Re8 30.Qg3 Rg8 31.Nh3 Re8 32.Nf2 Re6 33.Ne4 Kg7 34.Kb2 Bg8 35.Nf6 Qh1 36.Rh5 Qf1 37.Qg5 Rxe5 38.Qh6+ Kxf6 39.Qh8+ Ke7 40.Rxe5+ Kf8 41.Qh6# 1-0.
Fans of Bent Larsen will certainly enjoy his well explained game against Boris Spassky:
Larsen,Bent - Spassky,Boris
Amsterdam Interzonal Amsterdam (22), 1964
1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 g6 4.b4 Bg7 5.Bb2 0-0 6.Be2 Bg4 7.0-0 c6 8.a4 Nbd7 9.Na3 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 Re8 11.d4 Ne4 12.Bxe4 dxe4 13.Nc4 Nb6 14.Na5 Nd5 15.Qe1 Qd7 16.c4 Nf6 17.b5 Qc7 18.Rb1 Ng4 19.bxc6 b6 20.Qe2 f5 21.Nb3 Qxc6 22.d5 Qxa4 23.Bxg7 Kxg7 24.Nd4 Rec8 25.h3 Nf6 26.Rfc1 Qd7 27.g4 Kf7 28.g5 Ne8 29.Qa2 Nd6 30.h4 Qe8 31.Ne6 Qh8 32.h5 h6 33.Rb2 gxh5 34.Rh2 hxg5 35.Nxg5+ Ke8 36.c5 Rxc5 37.Rxc5 bxc5 38.Qa4+ Kf8 39.Rg2 Re8 40.Qd7 Qh6 41.Qxa7 Qh8 42.Qd7 Qh6 43.Ne6+ Kf7 44.Ng5+ Kf8 45.Kh2 h4 46.Ne6+ Kf7 47.Ng5+ Kf8 48.Kh3 c4 49.Ne6+ Kf7 50.Ng5+ Kf8 51.Rg1 c3 52.Qe6 Qxe6 53.dxe6 Kg7 54.Nxe4+ Kh6 55.Nxc3 Ne4 56.Nxe4 fxe4 57.Kxh4 Ra8 58.f5 Ra2 59.Rg8 Rf2 60.Rf8 1-0,Larsen later wrote in his book:In this last game with the white pieces I played Bird’s Opening,of which most masters have no high opinion,but I choice it for the very reason that they do not play it and do not know it.
I know it quite well,have many original idea.Now I challenge Spassky with it; let us see what ideas he has to show.
Running time is 3 hours and this opening is learned in no time!
Conclusion: Fascinating material!

The power of tactics by Rustam Kasimdzhanov

ISBN 978-3-86681-209-3
Euro 32.90
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

The great Rustam Kasimdzhanov helps you at the hand of a large amount of video files the secrets of tactical play.
As Kasimdzhanov so well explains on this DVD  many of these tactical exercises are based on three important strategies: pins,double attacks and back rank weaknesses.
These tactical patterns  are often responsible for the winning results of a game
The former world champion slowly glides throw theses important elements as no other, and has no problems to start with explaining,of the basics of  pins,and that makes this DVD so awful instructive, as for the beginning chess student, and more experienced club player.
Simple test and improve your tactical skills with the incredible Rustam Kasimdzhanov!
Running time is 4 hours and 20 minutes!
Conclusion: This DVD will certainly  help you to increase your tactical skills! 

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 138
November  2010
Videos by Dejan Bojkov  and  Valeri Lilov

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

This ChessBase Magazine comes with 32980 games all played between 1/8 2010 and 23/10 2010.
Buying this Magazine ensure you with every played game and always a little more than the free available Twic files.
Between this file you shall find games that are really hard to find as the following Latvian game where black the mistake to play 7…Rg8?!
Much more interesting is 7…hxg6!
Brunello,Roberta (2066) - Pierantoni,Mauro (1866) [C40]
EU Union-ch 6th Arvier (2), 05.09.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qe7 4.Qh5+ g6 5.Nxg6 Qxe4+ 6.Be2 Nf6 7.Qh3 Rg8 8.Nxf8 Qxg2 9.Qxg2 Rxg2 10.Nxh7 Nxh7 11.Nc3 Nc6 12.Nd5 Nd4 13.Nxc7+ Kd8 14.Nxa8 Nxc2+ 15.Kf1 Rg7 16.Rb1 d5 17.d3 f4 18.h3 Bf5 19.Bxf4 Nb4 20.Rd1 Ng5 21.Nc7 Nxh3 22.Bg3 Rxc7 23.Bxc7+ Kxc7 24.a3 Nc6 25.Kg2 Nf4+ 26.Kf3 Ne6 27.Kg3 Ncd4 28.Bg4 Bxg4 29.Kxg4 b5 30.f4 a5 31.f5 Ng7 32.Rh7 Ndxf5 33.Kg5 Kd6 34.Rf1 Ke5 35.Re1+ Kd4 36.Rh3 Nd6 37.Kf6 Ngf5 38.Ke6 b4 39.axb4 axb4 40.Re5 Ng7+ 41.Kxd6 Ne8+ 42.Rxe8 1-0.
Hero of the Latvian Gambit is Damiani Locci with his beautiful short cut: Gallana,Marco (2080) - Locci,Damiano (2138) [C40]
ITA-ch U20 Bratto (8), 27.08.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nc6 4.Qh5+ g6 5.Nxg6 Nf6 6.Qh4 Rg8 7.Nxf8 Rg4 8.Qh6 Rxe4+ 9.Be2 Qe7 10.Nc3 Rxe2+ 11.Nxe2 Nd4 12.0-0 Nxe2+ 13.Kh1 Nd4 ½-½.
The extra included video files go to a deep combination and Valeri
Lilov has recorded two Nimzoindian model games.
Conclusion: Very important reference material!         

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