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Dangerous Weapons: The Caro-Kann by John Emms,Richard Palliser & Jovanka Houska
Everyman Chess
304  pages
Price $27.95
ISBN 978-1-85744-635-7

John Emms,Richard Palliser and Jovanka Houska are responsible for the following dangerous lines in Everyman Chess  latest dangerous weapon book,starting with
{Chapter one}: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6 gxf6 6.c3 Qd5!?, Chapter two: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6 gxf6 6.c3 h5,
Chapter three:1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.N1e2,Chapter four:1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd6 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bd3 e6 7.N1f3 Bd6 8.Qe2 h6 9.Ne4 Nxe4 10.Qxe4,Chapter five 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 a6,Chapter six:1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c4 and 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.c4.
Chapter seven and eight  handles the three knights with: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 dxc4 7.Bxc4 and 7.d5.
Chapter nine:1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nf3 g6,Chapter ten: 1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6,Chapter eleven: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 e5 4.Ngf3 Nd7 5.d4 and at last Chapter twelve 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 d4.
Richard Palliser has written  the chapters 1,2,6 and 12,Houska 5,6,7,8,10 and the remaining lines go to Emms.
Personal I don’t see much excitement in 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6 gxf6 6.c3 Qd5!?,but Seirawan describes it as “My big idea!” I just put my queen in the middle of the board in Scandinavian style and say:”Go ahead.Try to find an advantage, Seirawan in his beautiful work Chess Duels.
Strange enough Emms wrote in his Gambit openings book: The Caro-Kann: 6….Qd5?! and writes: strikes me as premature precisely because of 7.c4!,when after 7….Qe4+ 8.Be3 e5 9.Ne2 Bb4+  10.Nc3 f5 and black finds that keeping his initiative alive involves weakening himself further.
But Jovanka Houska sees life for black after 10…Bf5!?
She writes: Another solid and by no means stupid choice is 10…Bf5!? Which really deserves further investigation,and includes some extra lines.
No I would go for black afor chapter two: : 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6 gxf6 6.c3 h5,in the 1970s black players enjoyed a great deal of success with this line.
One of my favourites dangerous lines in this book is 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 dxc4 7.Bxc4 and now 7…h6!
This is the hot new move that has been scoring tremendously well!
The last two years there is a wealth of new Caro-Kann books and I am really pleased with this heavy loaded one!
Conclusion: Overloaded with tricky lines!

Play the Dutch by Neil McDonald
Everyman Chess
174  pages
Price $26.95
ISBN 978-1-85744-641-8

Grandmaster Neil McDonald leads the reader at the hand of 65 model games throw the labyrinth of the Leningrad Defence and provides the reader with his original analyses and tips a life time black repertoire opening line  that is playable against several openings moves as  1.d4,1.c4 and even 1.Nf3.
On 1.c4 black can go for a set-up as 1.c4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.d3 Nc6 8.Rb1 a5 9.a3 e5 10.b4 axb4 11.axb4 h6 12.b5 Ne7 13.Bb2 Be6 14.Ra1 Rb8 15.Ne1 g5 16.Ra7 Qc8 17.Qb3 f4 18.Ba3 Nf5 19.Nc2 Rf7 20.b6 c6 21.Ne4 c5,from the model game
Wunder – Buchal,Bad Wiessee 2006,where McDonald instructively writes:
A major conession as there is a hole on d5 and the white bishop can attack the b7 pawn.On the other hand,the pawn blocks the attack on d6,the Linchpin of the black centre.
The position is now very exciting – will the black kingside attack be in time, or will white smash through the queenside.
Fun after 1.Nf3  f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Ng5 the Lisitsyn Gambit 3…e5! Interesting is 3….d5 4.d3 Qd6 but McDonald writes: but the following variation discourages me from giving it a go:
5.Nc3 exd3 6.Bxd3 Nf6 7.Nb5 Qb6 8.Bf4 Na6 9.Qe2 Bg4 10.f3 Bd7 11.0-0-0 and white had a massive initiative for the pawn in M.Kazhgaleyev – P.Nikolic,Kemer 2007.Black actually won this game – the final move was 43…Qa1 mate – but it looks too risky even for the Dutch.
In the main lines of the Leningrad McDonald prefers a setup with the flexible 7….c6
{1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.Nc3},a fine example is here the latest game: Jakovenko,Dmitrij (2725) - Gurevich,Mikhail (2614) [A88]
World Cup ACP 4th Odessa (3.1), 28.05.2010
1.d4 f5 2.g3 d6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Bg2 g6 5.0-0 Bg7 6.c4 0-0 7.Nc3 c6 8.b3 Qa5 9.Bb2 e5 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.e4 f4 12.gxf4 Nh5 13.Ne2 Bg4 14.h3 Nxf4 15.Nxf4 Bxf3 16.Bxf3 Rxf4 17.Bg4 Na6 18.Qd6 Raf8 19.Rad1 Kh8 20.a3 Qc5 21.b4 Qxd6 22.Rxd6 Nc7 23.Rd7 R4f7 24.Rfd1 h5 25.Rxf7 Rxf7 26.Bc8 Na6 27.Rd7 Rxd7 28.Bxd7 Nc7 29.c5 Kg8 30.Bc8 b6 31.cxb6 axb6 32.a4 Kf7 33.a5 bxa5 34.bxa5 Ke7 35.a6 Nb5 36.Ba3+ Kd8 37.Be6 Kc7 38.Bc5 g5 39.Bf7 h4 40.Kg2 Nd4 41.Bxd4 exd4 42.Bc4 Bf8 43.Kf3 Bc5 44.Kg4 d3 45.Bxd3 Bxf2 46.Kxg5 Kd6 47.Kf5 Bd4 48.e5+ Ke7 49.Be4 Kd7 50.Kf6 Kc7 51.Ke6 Bc3 52.Kf5 Bd4 53.Kf6 Kd7 54.Bf3 Kc7 55.Kf5 Kd7 56.Ke4 Bb6 57.Be2 Bc5 58.Bc4 Bb6 59.Kf5 Bd4 60.Kg5 Kc7 61.e6 Bf2 62.Kf6 1-0 but 10.Qd2 is probably strong see Understanding the Leningrad Dutch from Valeri Beim.
Great fun is chapter one with all kind of gambit lines and early oddities as Ibarra Chami,Luis Fernando (2325) - Rodriguez Vila,A (2559) [A80]
Mexico City Icaro op Mexico City (2), 27.04.2007
1.d4 f5 2.Qd3 d5 3.g4 fxg4 4.h3 g3 5.fxg3 Nf6 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.Bf4 g6 8.g4 Bg7 9.c3 0-0 10.Qg3 Ne4 11.Bxe4 dxe4 12.Bxc7 Qd5 13.Qe3 Nxd4 14.Na3 Nb5 15.Nxb5 Qxb5 16.0-0-0 Qc4 17.Bg3 Be6 18.b3 Qc6 19.Kb1 b5 20.Rc1 a5 21.Qd2 a4 0-1,and Neil McDonald writes:
White was no means a bad player – he was rated 2325 – but he was entirely helpless once the lack of cohesion in this position drove him further and further behind in development.
Conclusion: A very instructive book on the Dutch!

Sizilianisch-Kan -Variante by Johan Hellsten
Everyman Chess
345 pages
Price € 24.95
ISBN 978-3-942383-06-6

Again a beautiful hard cover German translation of Johan Hellstten his superb. book, Play the Sicilian Kann,Everman Chess 2008.
The excellent translation comes from FM Johannes Fischer!
The Swedish Grandmaster Johan Hellsten reveals in this eyecatching  book the secrets of the Sicilian Kan.
The Kan or Paulsen Variation as some call it,is close related to the Taimanov.
Black has a very flexible positions and he can go for an Hedgehog set-up or even a play a kind of Maroczy Bind.
Johan Hellsten focuses heavily  in this heavy loaded move to move openings book on the moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6.
Moreover Chapter six features as the author writes in his introduction the different move order as  3.Nc3 a6 4.g3 followed by d2-d4.
When you decide to take up the Kan you don’t have to fear long term weaknesses  or bad bishops to worry about.
All material is explained at the hand of 40 deeply analysed games where you get the feeling, why is Hellsten throwing his secrets of the Kan away.
Interesting to mention is a Maroczy Bind combination with the typical Qg4-e2 manoeuvre.
A typical example is game 32,Gouliev – Sikula,Nancy 2007,
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.Nb3 Be7 7.Qg4 g6 8.Qe2 d6 9.0-0 Nd7 10.c4 b6 11.Nc3 Qc7 12.Be3 Bb7 13.Rac1 Ngf6 14.Nd2 0-0 15.f3 Rac8 16.Qf2 Bc6 17.Rfd1 Qb8 18.a4 Rfe8 19.Bf1 Ba8 20.Nb3 Bf8 21.a5 Nc5 22.Nxc5 bxc5 23.Na4 Nd7 24.Qc2 Bc6 25.Ra1 Qc7 ½-½
Even that this game is only 25 moves long,Johan Hellsten needs over ten pages of text to explain it!
And not to forget black had every reason to play on,Hellsten gives after 26.Nc3 Rb8 followed by…Bg7 with pressure against white’s weakened queenside.
Pleasant to mention is that the Kan is one of the easiest variations of the Sicilian to learn and to play!
Included is a bibliography and index of games.
Conclusion: A very important reference work on the Sicilian Kan!

Prepare to Attack by Gary Lane
Everyman Chess
190 pages
Price € 19,95
ISBN 978-3-85744-650-0

The great Gary Lane does not only provide you in this attacking with some fantastic attacking games as for instance, Hodgson,Julian M (2580) - Van der Wiel,John TH (2555) [A45]
Donner Memorial op Amsterdam (4), 1994 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.Bxf6 gxf6 4.d5 Qb6 5.Qc1 Bh6 6.e3 f5 7.c4 f4 8.exf4 Bxf4 9.Qxf4 Qxb2 10.Ne2 Qxa1 11.Nec3 Qb2 12.d6 Nc6 13.Bd3 exd6 14.0-0 Ne5 15.Qf6 0-0 16.Nd5 Re8 17.Qg5+ Ng6 18.Nf6+ Kf8 19.Qh6+ Ke7 20.Nd5+ Kd8 21.Bxg6 hxg6 22.Nbc3 1-0.
And this game is good for nearly two and a half pages of text.
Instructive are the words after 11.Nec3: After a forcing sequence it is time to take stock of the situation.White’s point of view is that, although he only has a knight for the rook and pawn,it is more important that his queen is hovering ominously near the black king.
Naturally, black thinks he can defend adequately and than use the extra material to win the middlegame.The Dutch grandmaster is not keen on waiting for 12.Qd2,trapping his queen in the corner,so tries to take the material and run.
Yes Lane is good in explaining the strategies of attack into words,but lane can play chess as no other to: Lane,G - Wojnar,M [C40]
Queenstown (Game 1), 2006
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4 fxe4 6.Be2 Nc6 7.d5 Nd4 8.Nc3 Bf5 9.Ne3 Nxe2 10.Qxe2 0-0-0 11.Qc4 a6 12.b4 Bd7 13.Bb2 Re8 14.a4 Kb8 15.Rb1 Qe7 16.b5 a5 17.b6 cxb6 18.Qd4 Ka7 19.Ba3 Qd8 20.Nc4 1-0.
After 12.b4!? Lane writes: 12.Nxe4 is probably the most accurate move,but I couldn’t help feeling that an open position would give my attacked-minded opponent a chance to engineer some counter play.
Instead I thought I could steadily build up my pieces on the queenside,while advancing the a-and b-pawns to persuade black to weaken his pawns to avoid tactical chanches.Another motivation was that I could not see any obvious way for black to counter –attack.
Conclusion: A very enjoyable attacking book!

A guide to chess improvement by Dan Heisman
Everyman Chess
381 pages
Price € 22,95
ISBN 978-3-85744-649-4

A Guide to chess improvement is Dan Heisman’s chess column Novice book which he has run for the last ten years at the site.
Heisman is the man of explanations, who has recently won the Chess Journalists of America 2010 awards for Journalist of the year.
Heisman has revised and updated his work from the site to this instructive read,where I found highly interesting reads as for example  on skills and psychology,
For example on “IQ”Aspects:Memory- The ability to remember things is certainly a “no-brainer”,insofar as being helpful for chess.First there is the obvious ability to retain  more chess patterns and what you know about them,including opening and endgame knowledge, tactical positions, and ideas, positional manoeuvres.
In addition, there is also everything else you’know’about chess- including guidelines , how to handle a six – hour world open game,and the information in Novice book.The better the memory,thebetter you can store the information and retrieve it quickly and accurately.
Memory is not as sharp when you get older,so age does degrade this ability.
Note:”Knowledge”is not an ability; it is the information you retain better with a good memory.Knowledge does not correlate one-to-one with your playing strength.
For example,a player who reads and retains more knowledge is not always better than  one who has read much less.As one of my chess friends once said,”Never confuse ignorance with stupidity”- the corollary being “Never confuse knowledge with intelligence”.
Under personality Traits:Determination- This is the area in which I score well.I will not stop something until I get it right.My wife thinks I am a little nutty because I once took almost a year on the same tough cryptogram.
I would not skip it or take a hint or look up the answer.She is right,but that same determination paid me good dividends when I wanted to become an expert,a master,and getmy FIDE rating and Candidate Master title.
All together we have here a book that is overloaded with valuable instructions!
Conclusion: One of the most interesting learning’s books that I ever have seen!

Gambit Busters by Sam Collins
Everyman Chess
207 pages
Price € 19,95
ISBN 978-3-85744-642-5

IM Sam Collin does not only cover  73 exciting gambit games but he also explains, you as no other how to beat them!
Yes it is all a matter of keeping your head  cool and launch on the right time a successful counterattack.
But just playing throw these gambit games gives a awfull lot of fun too, for example
I enjoyed gambit games as Short,Nigel D (2684) - Sokolov,Ivan (2655) [C58]
Staunton Memorial, London .2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Bd3 h6 9.Ne4 Nd5 10.0-0 g6 11.Re1 Bg7 12.Bf1 0-0 13.d3 f5 14.Nc5 Qd6 15.Nb3 Nb7 16.g3 Be6 17.c4 Nb6 18.Qc2 Nd7 19.Nc3 a5 20.Na4 g5 21.Bd2 Bf7 22.Bc3 Rfe8 23.d4 e4 24.Rad1 Bg6 25.c5 Qc7 26.d5 cxd5 27.Rxd5 Bxc3 28.Qxc3 Ne5 29.Red1 f4 30.c6 Qxc6 31.Rxe5 1-0.
A other beautiful short in this line with 8.Bd3 comes from: Nakamura,Hikaru (2701) - Friedel,Joshua E (2516) [C58] USA-ch Saint Louis (9), 17.05.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Bd3 Be7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.0-0 Rb8 11.h3 c5 12.b3 Rb4 13.Re1 Bb7 14.Ba3 Rf4 15.g3 Rd4 16.Nf3 Rxd3 17.cxd3 Qxd3 18.Nxe5 Qf5 19.g4 Qf4 20.d4 Rd8 21.Qe2 Rxd4 22.Bc1 1-0,but Collins does not mention the interesting and much stronger possibility 12….Bb7.
Short does not fear dangerous lines as the following game that I found between the lines of his game against Sokolov: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4 4.dxe5 Bc5 5.Bc4 Nxf2 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Qd5+ Kg6 8.Bg5 Qe8 9.Nh4+ Kxg5 10.Nd2 Kh6 11.Nf5+ Kg6 12.Nh4+ Kh6 13.Nf5+ Kg6 14.Nh4+ and a draw was agreed,Nigel Short – Jan Smeets Wijk aan Zee 2010.
Collin writes: Nigel Short is probably the strongest GM to avoid the main line Ruy Lopez on a regulair basis,making contributions to the theory of the King’s Gambit,Italian Game,Four Knights Game and less common Lopez Lines.His round one encounter with Jan Werle proceeded 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Nc3!?,with Short demonstrating that this line has enough venom,Short won in 41 moves.
A core part of good chess comes from wonder boy Magnus Carlsen,as we can see in the nearly four page coverage against one of the greatest attackers of all time,Alexei Shirov who reached the 2700-level before the age of 20.
This did put him on a par with Kasparov at the same age but against Carlsen he had to lay with his favourite pet line his king down: Carlsen,Magnus (2733) - Shirov,Alexei (2755)
Morelia/Linares 25th Morelia/Linares (9), 29.02.2008
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.a4 Rb8 8.c3 d6 9.d4 Bb6 10.Na3 0-0 11.axb5 axb5 12.Nxb5 Bg4 13.Bc2 Bxf3 14.gxf3 Nh5 15.f4 Nxf4 16.Bxf4 exf4 17.Qg4 Qf6 18.Ra6 Ne7 19.Na3 c6 20.Nc4 Bc7 21.Ra7 Rbc8 22.e5 dxe5 23.dxe5 Qh6 24.Rd1 Nd5 25.Be4 Rfd8 26.Rd3 g6 27.Bxd5 cxd5 28.Rxd5 Rxd5 29.Qxc8+ Kg7 30.Qg4 Bxe5 31.h4 Bb8 32.Rb7 Rd8 33.Kg2 Kg8 34.Qg5 Qf8 35.Qf6 Re8 36.b4 Re6 37.Qd4 Qc8 38.Rd7 Qc6+ 39.Qd5 Qxd5+ 40.Rxd5 Rc6 41.Nd2 f3+ 42.Nxf3 Kg7 43.Rd8 Bc7 44.Rd7 Rxc3 45.Ng5 Kg8 46.Ne4 Rc4 47.Nf6+ Kf8 48.Nxh7+ Ke8 49.Nf6+ Kf8 50.Nd5 Be5 51.b5 Rxh4 52.b6 Rd4 53.Kf3 Kg7 54.Ke3 Ra4 55.b7 Ra3+ 56.Ke4 Bh2 57.Nc7 Rb3 58.Ne6+ Kf6 59.Nd8 g5 60.Rxf7+ Kg6 61.Rd7 g4 62.Ne6 g3 63.fxg3 Bxg3 64.Kd5 Rb1 65.Kc6 Rc1+ 66.Nc5 Bb8 67.Rd5 Ba7 68.Kd7 Bb8 69.Ne6 Kf6 70.Rc5 Rb1 71.Nd8 Bh2 72.Rc6+ Ke5 73.Rc1 Rb3 74.Rc2 Bf4 75.Kc6 Kf5 76.Rc5+ Kf6 77.Kd7 Rb1 78.Kc8 Bh2 79.Rc6+ Ke5 80.b8Q+ 1-0,maybe black can improve with 18..g6.
Collin writes:This gambit line is,in general very attractive for black.For instance Magnus’s compatriot GM Jon Ludwig Hammer {as John Cox has noted,the coolest name in chess} has made a great score.However,black needs to be well prepared,since several lines have scored very well for white.
Conclusion: A very enjoyable gambit book!

1.d4 Band Zwei by Boris Awruch
Quality Chess
647 pages
Price €29,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-29-9
Grandmaster Boris Awruch provides the reader as in his part one with a detailed repertoire line based on the move 1.d4.
Learning these lines will help you to develop a life time repertoire that can stand the highest level of play.
For a young player it is very import to learn openings that can stand the test of time,so later at age you only have to keep abreast of latest developments.
Awruch handles in this book the following openings: Bogo – Indian, Budapest Gambit, Benoni,Dutch, Kings Indian, Grünfeld, Modern Defence and all kind of various alternatives as for example The Black Knight’s Tango.
 Boris Awruch goes by the way here for the populair 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 and after 3…e6 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Bxd2+ 6.Qxd2 d6
7.Nc3 0-0 8.Rd1! a6 9.Bg2 Rb8 10.d5! A novelty from Awruch! As so many others in this book!
10…Na5 11.dxe6 Bxe6 12.b3 b5 13.Nd5 Nc6 14.Ng5 Bxd5 15.cxd5 Ne5 16.0-0 and white has a much better pawn structure.
Lovers of the Dutch Stonewall will fear the novelty: 1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.Nf3 e6 5.0-0 Bd6 6.c4 c6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Qc2 Qe8 9.Rb1 b5 10.b3! Yes not mentioned in Win with the Stonewall Dutch,and  after Ba6 11.c5 Bc7 12.a4 bxa4 13.Nxa4 Nbd7 14.Nc3 Ne4 15.Ra1 Bb7 16.Bf4 Bxf4 17.gxf4 and the position favours white.
I am aware repertoire books are a matter of taste but lest be honest there is nothing wrong with a fianchetto in the King’s Indian as:
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0-0
Conclusion: One of the strongest repertoire books that I have ever seen on the move 1.d4.

The English Opening volume three by Mihail Marin
Quality Chess
274 pages
Price € 24.99
ISBN  978-1-906552-59-6

This book from GM Mihail Marin provides a detailed move to move repertoire coverage of the theory of all lines starting from the moves 1.c4 c5.
The Symmetrical English has a reputation of being boring but on the other hand it is one of black’s most popular and reliable methods of meeting the English Opening.
Marin leads the white repertoire player throw a wide variety of openings  positions.
One of black’s most flexible options is the move order 1.c4 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Nf3 e6 and it belonged to one of Bobby Fischers favourite lines, he even outplayed  Petrosian with it as we can see in the following game:
Petrosian,Tigran V - Fischer,Robert James [A37]
Belgrade URS-World Belgrade (2.2), 31.03.1970
1.c4 g6 2.Nc3 c5 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.Nf3 e6 6.0-0 Nge7 7.d3 0-0 8.Bd2 d5 9.a3 b6 10.Rb1 Bb7 11.b4 cxb4 12.axb4 dxc4 13.dxc4 Rc8 14.c5 bxc5 15.bxc5 Na5 16.Na4 Bc6 17.Qc2 Nb7 18.Rfc1 Qd7 19.Ne1 Nd5 20.Nb2 Bb5 21.Ned3 Bd4 22.Qb3 Nxc5 23.Nxc5 Rxc5 24.Rxc5 Bxc5 25.Nd3 Bxd3 26.Qxd3 Rd8 27.Bf3 Qc7 28.Bg5 Be7 29.Bxe7 Qxe7 30.Qd4 e5 31.Qc4 Nb6 32.Qc2 Rc8 33.Qd3 Rc4 34.Bg2 Qc7 35.Qa3 Rc3 36.Qa5 Rc5 37.Qa3 a5 38.h4 Nc4 39.Qd3 Nd6 40.Kh2 Kg7 41.Rd1 Ne8 42.Qd7 Qxd7 43.Rxd7 Nf6 44.Ra7 Ng4+ 45.Kg1 Rc1+ 46.Bf1 Ra1 47.e4 a4 48.Kg2 Ra2 49.Rxf7+ Kxf7 50.Bc4+ Ke7 51.Bxa2 a3 52.Kf3 Nf6 53.Ke3 Kd6 54.f4 Nd7 55.Bb1 Nc5 56.f5 Na6 57.g4 Nb4 58.fxg6 hxg6 59.h5 gxh5 60.gxh5 Ke6 61.Kd2 Kf6 62.Kc3 a2 63.Bxa2 Nxa2+ 64.Kb2 Nb4 65.Kc3 Nc6 66.Kc4 Nd4 0-1.
After 16…Bc6 Marin writes: We have been following the game Petrosian – Fischer,Belgrade {USSR – World}1970.
White’s lack of coordination prevented hem from saving the weak c-pawn,and black went on to win.All in all,the impression caused by this game  was so strong that it determined the evaluation of the whole variation as promising for black over the following decades.
But Mihail also shows us where white can improve, and well with the move 6.d3!
This all is well explained with a large amount of instructive text.
By the way Marin always plays in this book the move order 1.c4 c5 2.g3,and where black has the two choices 2….c5 and 2….Nf6.
Conclusion: Highly Instructive! 

The English Opening volume two by Mihail Marin
Quality Chess
432 pages
Price € 27.99
ISBN  978-1-906552-38-1

Marin handles in this 432 pages heavy weight repertoire book, various possibilities for black against the move 1.c4, as various Anti-Slav Systems like  1.c4 c6 2.g3 d5,Anti-QG Systems 1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 dxc4 4.Na3 ,QGD Set-up’s as 1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.b3 and all kind of odds and ends,as for example  openings as the Anti-Dutch and  Owen defences: 1.c4 b6 2.Nc3 Bb7 3.e4 e6 4.Nge2 Bb4 or 4…Nf6 and 4...c5.
So Marin covers here all black’s replies to 1.c4 except the moves  1…e5 and 1…c5.
With repertoire books you are forced to play the lines of the author and that is a matter of taste,but Marin does awful his best to cover novelties moves that are not covered in any other book.
As for example in the Georgian System he comes up with the new1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.0-0 Ne7 6.d4 Nbc6 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Nc3 0-0 9.b3 Be6 10.Ba3 a5 11.Qd2 Re8 12.e3!N
Marin: White makes a generally useful move, which strengthens his centre and postpones the decision about which rook to place on the half-open c file.
Most likely,he will choose Rfc1 for reasons that will be explained below,but the centre should be made absolutely safe before moving his peaces so far to the left!
All together we have here a very impressive repertoire book with a lot of explanations, but there is also a lot of memorizing, so I think it is more suitable for the more experienced, lets say above the 1950 elo player.
Conclusion: Overloaded with repertoire lines!

Zaubern wie schachweltmeister Michail Tal by Karsten Müller & Raymund Stolze
Edition Olms

308 pages
Price € 19,95
ISBN 978-3-283-01007-2

Mikhail Tal was a chess phenomenon, with his brilliant attacking style he became the most unique chess player of all time.
Tal was a born attacking genius who had a intuition feel for the initiative as no other player of his time.
Grandmaster  Karsten Müller and his companion Raymond Stolze have carefully picked out,in this beautiful produced Olms book 100 of his most brilliant combinations.
To do this they first had to go throw 2800 of Tal games and the product is this eye catching work.
This book is more than a selection combinations, no Karsten Müller and Raymond Stolze have spend time and love on the magic’s of Tal.
A fine example of Tal his tactical skills is the following masterpiece ,where the reader is invited to find the sensible 22…Ke7{Tal,Mihail - Koblencs,Aleksandrs [B63]
Training match Koblencs Riga (2), 1957
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 0-0 9.Nb3 Qb6 10.f3 a6 11.g4 Rd8 12.Be3 Qc7 13.h4 b5 14.g5 Nd7 15.g6 hxg6 16.h5 gxh5 17.Rxh5 Nf6 18.Rh1 d5 19.e5 Nxe5 20.Bf4 Bd6 21.Qh2 Kf8 22.Qh8+}
But black played 22…Ng8?! And lost after: 23.Rh7 f5 24.Bh6 Rd7 25.Bxb5 Rf7 26.Rg1 Ra7 27.Nd4 Ng4 28.fxg4 Be5 29.Nc6 Bxc3 30.Be3 d4 31.Rgh1 Rd7 32.Bg5 axb5 33.R1h6 d3 34.bxc3 d2+ 35.Kd1 Qxc6 36.Rf6+ Rf7 37.Qxg7+ 1-0.
This game gets from Karsten Müller and Raymond Stolze around four pages of explanations!
And that is ten times better than what Raetsky & Chetverik did in there poor book:Mikhail Tal Tactical Genius,Everyman Chess 2004.
Interesting to mention is that Karsten Müller mentions the move 29.Nf3 as my good old Fritz12.
Burgess,Nunn and Emms claim in there book The World’s Greatest Chess Games that 29.Be8! is winning but this move seems less strong than 29.Nf3.
Readable in this book are the exclusive contributions  from players as Boris Spassky,Artur Jussupov,Wolfgang Uhlmann,Hübner,Hans Joachim Hecht,Sieghart Dittmann,Helmut Pfleger and Rainer Knaak.
By the way the game Tal,Mihail - Keller,Dieter [D44]
Zuerich Zuerich (7), 1959
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.d4 c6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.a4 Qb6 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Be2 a6 10.0-0 Bb7 11.d5 cxd5 12.exd5 b4 13.a5 Qc7 14.dxe6 bxc3 15.Nd4 Rg8 16.Qa4+ Kd8 17.g3 Bd5 18.Rfd1 Kc8 19.bxc3 Bc5 20.e7 Nc6 21.Bg4+ Kb7 22.Nb5 Qe5 23.Re1 Be4 24.Rab1 Rxg4 25.Rxe4 Qxe4 26.Nd6+ Kc7 27.Nxe4 Rxe4 28.Qd1 Re5 29.Rb7+ Kxb7 30.Qd7+ Kb8 31.e8Q+ Rxe8 32.Qxe8+ Kb7 33.Qd7+ Kb8 34.Qxc6 1-0 is good for 40 pages of text,yes this Hübner his contribution and I did not even mention the interview with Engelina Tal!
Conclusion: One of the most interesting books, that I have ever seen on Mikhail Tal!

The Zukertort System by Grigory Bogdanovich
Mongoose Press
340 pages
Price €22,95
ISBN 978-1-936277-05-6

The International master Grigory Bogdanovich covers in this book the so called Zukertort System that runs with the moves 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Bd3 c5 5.b3.
Some authors as Gary Lane in his book The Ultimate Colle speak from a Colle – Zukertort.
The big difference compared to the Colle is that the dark-squared bishop is parked on b2,and the next step is to develop quickly and castle kingside.
A fine example of white possibilities covers the following game: Jussupow,Artur (2565) - Scheeren,Peter (2445),EU-chT (Men) 08th Plovdiv (2.7), 1983
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 c5 4.Bd3 d5 5.b3 Nbd7 6.Bb2 b6 7.0-0 Bb7 8.Ne5 a6 9.Nd2 b5 10.Nxd7 Qxd7 11.dxc5 Bxc5 12.Qf3 Be7 13.Qg3 0-0 14.Nf3 Rac8 15.Ng5 g6 16.Qh3 h5 17.Rad1 Nh7 18.Qxh5 Bxg5 19.Bxg6 f6 20.f4 Qg7 21.fxg5 Nxg5 22.h4 Ne4 23.Bxe4 dxe4 24.Rf4 1-0.After 18.Qxh5 Bogdanovich writes: One of the most beautiful sacrifices typical of the Zukertort System.
After 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Bd3 c5 5.0-0 Nc6 Bogdanovich speaks of the Pillsbury Formation as we can see in a old game from Janowski: Janowski,Dawid Markelowicz - Lasker,Emanuel,World Championship 11th Berlin (2), 09.11.1910
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Bd3 c5 5.0-0 Nc6 6.b3 Bd6 7.Bb2 0-0 8.Nbd2 Qe7 9.Ne5 Rd8 10.a3 Bd7 11.f4 Be8 12.Qf3 Nd7 13.Qh3 Nf8 14.Ndf3 f6 15.Ng4 Bg6 16.Bxg6 Nxg6 17.dxc5 Bxc5 18.Nd4 f5 19.Nxc6 bxc6 20.Ne5 Nxe5 21.Bxe5 Bxa3 22.Rf3 Bd6 23.Bb2 Rf8 24.Ra6 Rac8 25.Rg3 Rf7 26.Qh6 e5 27.fxe5 Bxe5 28.Bxe5 Qxe5 29.Rxc6 Rfc7 30.Qf6 Qxf6 31.Rxf6 Rxc2 32.Rxf5 Rd2 33.h4 Re8 34.h5 Rd3 35.Kf2 Rf8 36.Rgf3 Rxf5 37.Rxf5 d4 38.exd4 Rxd4 39.Rb5 Rd2+ 40.Kf3 Kf7 41.Ke4 g6 42.g4 gxh5 43.Rxh5 Kg6 44.Rb5 Rd6 45.Ra5 Rb6 ½-½.
The d3 bishop is one of the key pieces,in white’s setup in the Zukertort System and with 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 c5 4.Bd3 d5 5.0-0 Nc6 6.b3 Bd6 7.Bb2 0-0 8.Ne5 Qc7 9.f4 cxd4 10.exd4 Nb4,this all and more is well explained by Bogdanovich in 14 chapters where he handles play for both sides of the board!
Purdy once wrote the Colle System is the nearest approach to a foolproof opening!
Conclusion: This book does not only offer you a life time repertoire but also learns you to fight the Zukertort!

British Chess Magazine No.12
Volume 130
December  2010
Price: £4,05

This issue of The British Chess Magazine completes 130 years of continuous publication!
Our congratulation!
In this issue BCM reports on two super tournaments: Nanjing and Moscow {Tal Memorable}.
In view of recent events, there was much interest if Magnus failed again,but he made a impressive comeback!
Readable are the contributions from Bernard Cafferty who looks back at 30 year at his post!
International master Chris Baker looks in his column” Where did I go wrong” and analyses the following struggle between
Conor Murphy and Chino Atako,Coulsden 2010: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c3 d5 7.exd5 Nxd5 8.Re1 Bf6 9.Nbd2 Bg4
10.Ne4 Be7 11.h3 Bh5 12.Ng3 Bg6 13.Nxe5 Nxe5 14.Rxe5 Nb6 15.Re1 Bh4 16.Bf4 Qd7 etc and 0-1 on move 42.
Included in this issue is a interview with Jovanka Houska “I ‘m a woman of principle”.
Others are Games Department, Letters to the editor, Understanding development {part3}Book Reviews etc.
Conclusion: Very enjoyable read!  

Chess DVD's

Nigel Davies
Tricks & Traps Vol.2
1.d4 Openings


ISBN 978-3-86681-198-0
Euro 29.80
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

In the previous Tricks & Traps DVD GM Nigel Davies did looks at the move 1.e4 but here he concentrates on the move 1.d4.
A classical mistake is for example the following short cut: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 [3...Ng4] 4.a3 d6 5.exd6 Bxd6 6.g3 [6.Nf3 Nxf2 7.Kxf2 (7.Qd4 Nxh1 8.Qxg7 Rf8 9.Nc3 Be6) 7...Bg3+ 8.hxg3 Qxd1;
6.Nd2 Nxf2 0-1  on account of 6...Nxf2 7.Kxf2 Bxg3+ 8.hxg3 Qxd1,and it was played between Warren  and Selman corr.1930.
But this disaster also took place in the games Phipps – Davies,Hastings 1951,Nicoleanu – Gheorgescu,Bucharest 1960 and Sasonov – Jefimov 1960 and a game that certainly belonged in the book from Burgress:the Quickest Chess Victories  of all time!
A other beautiful played Fajarowicz is: Lagha,Khelil - Contedini,Ennio [A51]
Leipzig ol (Men) fin-C Leipzig (5), 01.11.1960
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Qc2 Bb4+ 5.Nd2 d5 6.exd6 Bf5 7.Qa4+ Nc6 8.a3 Nc5 9.dxc7 Qe7 10.Qd1 Nd3# 0-1.
For lovers of the Fajaorwicz please see the book from Gutman on the Budapest Fajarowicz,Batsford 2004.
Nigel Davies explains as no other on this DVD the pitfalls and traps that hang around on the move 1.d4.
Amusing is the following Queen win in the Baltic Defence:
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Bf5 3.c4 e6 4.Qb3 Nc6 5.Nc3 Nb4 6.e4 dxe4 7.c5 a5 8.a3 exf3 9.axb4 axb4 10.Rxa8 Qxa8 11.Nb5 Qa1 12.Nxc7+ Kd8 13.Qd1 Kxc7 14.Bf4+.
Video runnig time: 4 hours!
Conclusion: This DVD will certainly help you to sharpen your tactical 1.d4 skills!

Attacking with the Modern Italian by Nigel Davies

ISBN 978-3-86681-198-0
Euro 29.80
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

GM Nigel Davies digs in his latest Fritztainer opening DVD at the Modern Italian game where he goes for a modern way of handling the
Quiet Italian: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3.
Where white  aims to  retain a flexible structure with a position that offers white some excellent attacking chances as we can see in the following model game from Tiviakov:
Tiviakov,S (2634) - Balogh,C (2621) [C54]
5th Open Wroclaw POL (6), 30.06.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 a6 6.Bb3 Ba7 7.Nbd2 0-0 8.h3 d6 9.Nf1 d5 10.Qe2 h6 11.g4 dxe4 12.dxe4 Nh7 13.Ne3 Be6 14.Bc2 f6 15.Bd2 b5 16.0-0-0 Na5 17.Nf5 Qe8 18.b3 c5 19.h4 c4 20.b4 Nc6 21.g5 a5 22.Rdg1 Bxf5 23.exf5 axb4 24.g6 bxc3 25.Bxc3 Kh8 26.Rg4 Bc5 27.Kb1 Bb4 28.Bb2 Ba3 29.Bc3 Bb4 30.Ba1 Bc5 31.gxh7 Rf7 32.Rhg1 Rfa7 33.Bb2 Bf8 34.a4 Nb4 35.Be4 Rc8 36.Qe3 Rxa4 37.Nxe5 fxe5 38.f6 g5 39.Rxg5 hxg5 40.Qxg5 1-0.
Some say black should always equalizes without any real effort but it is all not so easy for black at all as we can see in the smashing model game from Kasparov:
Kasparov,G (2817) - Queiroz,Agnelo [C54]
450th An Simul Sao Paolo BRA, 21.08.2004
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 [5...0-0] 6.Bb3 Bg4 [6...a6 7.h3 Ba7 8.Nbd2 0-0 9.Nf1 d5] 7.h3 Bh5 [7...Bxf3 8.Qxf3] 8.Nbd2 0-0 9.Qe2 a6 10.Nf1 h6 11.g4 Bg6 12.Ng3 Ne7 13.Nh4 Nh7 14.Nhf5 Bxf5 15.gxf5 Nf6 16.Rg1 Kh8 17.Nh5 Nxh5 18.Qxh5 Ng8 19.Bxf7 Qf6 20.Bb3 c6 21.Rg6 Qe7 22.Bxg8 Rxg8 23.Bg5 Qf7 24.f6 [24.Bf6 gxf6 25.Rxh6+ Kg7 26.Rh7+]  1-0.
A interesting idea is also: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.Bb3 0-0 7.h3 h6 8.g4,please see Jozsef Palkovi: Italienische Partie und Evans Gambit.
But this whole system is closely related to the 4.d3 line in the Ruy Lopez,and white can even play 4.d3 against the Two Knights Defence!
Running time is 4 hours!
Conclusion: Smashing!

Chess Endgames 7 - Endgame Principles Weaknesses & Fortresses by Dr. Karsten Müller

ISBN 978-3-866812-123
Euro 29.99
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

This 7th volume from the endgame expert Grandmaster Karsten Müller deals with all kind of important  endgame strategies divided  in several chapters as: the art of pawn play, weaknesses, converting an advantage, stalemate, fortresses, the art of defence, typical mistakes etc.
It is nearly unbelievable how much endgame material Karsten Müller has managed to create in these 5 hours and 40 minutes DVD,where all  video files are available  in English and German Language.
First of all Karsten Müller learns you to play and understand endgame principles but the most important of all is to play your own end game!
A fine instructive example comes from the young Bobby Fischer against Max Euwe:
Leipzig ol (Men) fin-A Leipzig (7), 03.11.1960
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qb3 Bxf3 9.gxf3 e6 10.Qxb7 Nxd4 11.Bb5+ Nxb5 12.Qc6+ Ke7 13.Qxb5 Nxc3 14.bxc3 Qd7 15.Rb1 Rd8 16.Be3 Qxb5 17.Rxb5 Rd7 18.Ke2 f6 19.Rd1 Rxd1 20.Kxd1 Kd7 21.Rb8 Kc6 22.Bxa7 g5 23.a4 Bg7 24.Rb6+ Kd5 25.Rb7 Bf8 26.Rb8 Bg7 27.Rb5+ Kc6 28.Rb6+ Kd5 29.a5 f5 30.Bb8 Rc8 31.a6 Rxc3 32.Rb5+ Kc4 33.Rb7 Bd4 34.Rc7+ Kd3 35.Rxc3+ Kxc3 36.Be5 1-0,
Later Fischer wrote in his 60 Memorable Games: [After the game Euwe showed Fischer the trap 32...Kc6 33.Ra5 Bd4!? and Fischer suggested after a few seconds 34.Be5?, when 34...Rc5! draws. But 34.Ke2 wins: 34...Rc2+ 35.Kd3 Bb6 36.a7 Rd2+ 37.Kc4 Rd4+ 38.Kc3+- (Kasparov)] 33.Rb7 Bd4 34.Rc7+ Kd3 35.Rxc3+ Kxc3 36.Be5 and wins.
In this position white just exchanges and win, Karsten Müller describes it as pin and win!
Conclusion: There is no better way to learn endgames than with these DVD’s from Grandmaster Karsten Müller!

The Benko Gambit by Andrew Martin
2nd Edition


ISBN 978-3-866812-123
Euro 29.99
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

In 2006 I wrote the following over the ABC of the Benk Gambit: The well known ChessBase teacher Andrew Martin from Sandhurst explains you in these four hours multimedia teaching every you need to get started with the Benko Gambit that runs after the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5!?
This DVD is in no way a easy walk throw the Benko because the English IM provides you with enough information  for a good  understanding of this opening,
where you shall find 22 multimedia files and 19 well analysed games.
Personal I think this DVD is more than a hand full of ideas as we for example can see in the well explained game Aseev – Ponomariov of Ohrid 2001.
Seen the large amount of useful openings tips and above all a lot of practical advises, I consider this DVD as very educative!
The chess historians under shall certainly enjoy the classic games that are analyse from players as Opocensky, Lundin and Stoltz.
But Andrew Martin has now included for this new update nine new extra media files!
As for example the following blow from wonder boy Magnus:
Van Wely,Loek (2681) - Carlsen,Magnus (2733) [A58]
Corus Wijk aan Zee (10), 23.01.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 g6 6.Nc3 Bxa6 7.Nf3 d6 8.g3 Bg7 9.Bg2 Nbd7 10.Rb1 Qa5 11.Bd2 Nb6 12.b3 Qa3 13.0-0 0-0 14.Ne1 Bb7 15.Nc2 Qa6 16.e4 Ne8 17.a4 Nc7 18.Re1 Rae8 19.b4 Nd7 20.Nb5 Rc8 21.Bh3 f5 22.Bg5 Ne5 23.bxc5 Qxa4 24.Nxc7 Rxc7 25.c6 Bc8 26.exf5 Rxf5 27.f4 Nc4 28.Rb4 Qa7+ 29.Kg2 Qc5 30.Rb8 Nb2 31.Qf3 Qxc2+ 32.Re2 Qb1 33.Bxf5 Qxf5 34.g4 Qf7 35.Bxe7 h5 36.Bxd6 hxg4 37.Qe4 Kh7 38.Bxc7 Bf5 39.Qe3 Qxd5+ 40.Kg3 Nc4 41.Qf2 Qd3+ 42.Kg2 Be4+ 43.Rxe4 Qxe4+ 44.Kf1 Qd3+ 45.Qe2 Nd2+ 46.Ke1 Nf3+ 47.Kf1 Nxh2+ 48.Ke1 Bc3+ 49.Kf2 g3+ 0-1.
And really well explained by Andrew Martin!
Conclusion: Overloaded with it’s 6 hours of video running time!

A world Champion's Guide to the King's Indian by Rustam Kasimdzhanov

ISBN 978-3-866812-215-4
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

What the former FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov  is doing on this DVD is more than impressive, his first edition of A World Champion’s Guide to the King’s Indian was good for 4 hours multi media chess enjoyment, but this update has gone to 7 hours!
Here you can feel the touch of  a worldchampion who has something to explain, yes in to required depth!
First of all Kasimdzhanov has included some latest games from himself as: Margvelashvili,Giorgi (2529) - Kasimdzhanov,Rustam (2699) [E94]
TUR-chT Konya (8), 05.07.2010
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Nf3 Na6 7.0-0 e5 8.Re1 Qe8 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.h3 Nh5 11.Be3 b6 12.a3 Bb7 13.Qc2 f5
14.exf5 gxf5 15.c5 Kh8 16.Rad1 Nxc5 17.Bxc5 bxc5 18.Nxe5 Nf4 19.Bf3 Bxf3 20.Nxf3 Qg6 21.g3 Nxh3+ 22.Kh2 Qg4 23.Ne5 Bxe5 24.Rxe5 Nf4 25.Kg1 Qh3 0-1,which insures us from Kasimdzhanov own practice.
Included are also several games from the King’s Indian expert Teimour Radjabov,as we can see in the following
model game: Gelfand,Boris (2741) - Radjabov,Teimour (2740) [E91]
Bazna Kings 4th Medias (10), 25.06.2010
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.d4 0-0 6.Be2 Na6 7.0-0 e5 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bg5 Qe8 10.Re1 exd4 11.Nd5 f6 12.Bf4 d3 13.Qxd3 Ne5 14.Qd2 Qf7 15.Rad1 Nc5 16.Qc2 c6 17.Nc3 f5 18.Bxe5 dxe5 19.b4 Ne6 20.c5 Nd4 21.Nxd4 exd4 22.Nb1 Be6 23.exf5 Bxf5 24.Bd3 a5 25.b5 cxb5 26.Na3 Bxd3 27.Rxd3 Rac8 28.Rf1 Qd5 29.Qd2 b4 30.Nb5 Rxc5 31.Nxd4 Rc3 0-1.
This DVD is aimed at all players who play the King’s Indian or who are interested to take it up in there repertoire!
Conclusion: Certainly one of the best ChessBase opening’s DVD’s that I have ever seen!     

ChessBase Magazine issue 139
ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 19.95

On this DVD you will find besides all the extra chess media training  files the following super tournaments: chess Olympiad, the Grand Slam Final in Bilbao, the European Cup in Plovdiv, the Pearl Spring Tournament in Nanjing and the Tal Memorial in Moscow.
Included with excellent analyses as for example the following well analysed game:
Potkin,Vladimir (2646) - Zakhartsov,Viacheslav V (2602) [E15]
RUS Cup final Belgorod (2.1), 09.11.2010
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qc2 Bb4+ [Vladimir has an excellent score in the main line 5...Bb7 6.Bg2 c5 7.d5 exd5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.0-0 , therefore I have decided to avoid this.] 6.Bd2 Be7 7.e4 d5 8.cxd5 Bxf1 9.Kxf1 exd5 10.e5 Ne4 11.Nc3 Nxd2+ This capture, probably, is stronger than [11...Nxc3 12.bxc3 Qd7 13.h4 Nc6 14.Ng5 , with White's advantage.] 12.Nxd2 Qd7 13.f4 c5 14.Nf3 Nc6 15.Rd1 c4 This position occurred in 2 games of the European Championship 2010. In both games Black obtained a decent counterplay. 16.Kg2 [16.h4 Nb4 17.Qg2 Nd3 18.Ne1 Nxe1 19.Rxe1 0-0-0 20.g4 h5 21.g5 Bb4 Najer-Parligras, Rijeka 2010] 16...Nb4 [16...0-0 17.h4 f5 18.Qe2 Qe6 19.Nh2 Bb4 20.Nf1 Bxc3 21.bxc3 b5 Ragger-S.Zhigalko, Rijeka 2010] 17.Qe2 0-0 18.Nd2 [18.f5 would be not so clear: 18...Qxf5 19.a3 Nd3 20.Nxd5 Qe6 21.Nc7 Qg6] 18...Rad8? Overprotecting the d5-pawn, whereas necessary was to exchange on c3: [18...Nd3 19.Nf1 Bb4 20.Ne3 Bxc3 21.bxc3 f5 with mutual chances(21...f6) ] 19.Nf1 Na6 [19...Qc6 20.Ne3 Rd7 21.Qf3 Rfd8 22.f5 with strong initiative.] 20.Ne3 Nc7 21.f5 f6 [Possibly 21...Bg5 22.Rhf1 b5 would be better.] 22.e6 Qc6 White has an obvious advantage due to his strong passed e6-pawn. Black has some counterchances due to his pawn majority on the queenside. 23.Rhf1 b5 24.Qh5 b4 25.Ne2 Bd6 In order to prevent the ¦f4-h4 manoeuvre. 26.Nf4 Rb8 27.Ng6 Rfe8 [Of course, not 27...hxg6?? 28.fxg6 Rfe8 29.e7 , mating.] 28.Ng4 Sacrifices on f6 and e5 are hanging in the air. 28...Qa4 [28...b3? loses to 29.Nxf6+ gxf6 30.Qg4 Qa4 (30...hxg6 31.Qxg6+ Kh8 32.Qxf6+ Kg8 33.Qg6+ Kh8 34.Qh6+ Kg8 35.f6; 30...h5 31.Qxh5 Kg7 32.Ne5 Bxe5 33.dxe5) 31.Ne5+ Kf8 32.Nd7+ Ke7 33.Qg7+ Kd8 34.Nxb8;
28...Nb5 !? 29.N4e5 (29.Nxf6+ ? 29...gxf6 30.Qg4 Qb7) 29...Bxe5 (29...fxe5 30.f6 ! 30...gxf6 31.Rxf6 Rb7 32.Rf7 , winning; 29...Qc7 30.Rf4 (threatening £xh7+!) 30...h6 31.Nd7 Bxf4 32.Nxf4 Rf8 33.Nxd5 also wins) 30.Nxe5 fxe5 31.f6 Qxe6 (31...Rxe6 32.f7+ Kf8 33.Qxh7 , and White wins; 31...gxf6 32.Qf7+ Kh8 33.Qxf6+ Kg8 34.Qg5+ Kh8 35.Qxe5+ Kg8 36.Rf7 with mate) 32.f7+ Kh8 33.fxe8Q+ Rxe8 34.Qxe5 Qxe5 35.dxe5 d4 36.Kf3 Rxe5 37.Rde1 with White's advantage.] 29.N6e5 [29.Nxf6+? gxf6 30.Qg4 Qc2+] 29...fxe5 I could reject this sacrifice: [29...Re7!? 30.Nf7 (30.Nd7 Rxd7 31.exd7 Qxd7 with full compensation for the exchange) 30...Rb6 31.Qh4 Ne8 32.Ne3 Nc7 and Black holds.] 30.dxe5 Qc2+ 31.Kh3 Bf8? Missing the strongest defence: [31...Be7 32.f6 Kh8! (the only move) 33.Ne3 (33.fxg7+ Kxg7 34.Rf7+ Kh8 and the black queen protects h7.) 33...Qg6 (33...Qe4 ? 34.fxg7+ Kxg7 35.Rf7+ Kh8 36.Nf5) 34.Qxg6 hxg6 35.fxe7 Rxe7 36.Rf7 Rbe8 37.Rxe7 Rxe7 , although White could obtain an advantage in the rook ending after 38.Nxd5 Nxd5 39.Rxd5 Rxe6 40.Rc5 c3 41.bxc3 bxc3 42.Kg4 ! 42...Ra6 43.Rxc3 Rxa2 44.h4] 32.Qf7+ Kh8 33.Qxc7 Now White is totally winning. 33...b3 [33...Rbc8 34.Qxa7 Qxb2 35.Rf2 Qc3 36.Rxd5] 34.axb3 h5 [34...cxb3 35.Rc1 (35.Qxc2 bxc2 36.Rxd5 Rxb2 37.Rc1) 35...Qxb2 36.f6] 35.Ne3 Qe4 36.Rde1 d4 37.Rf4 Qb7 38.Qxb7 Rxb7 39.Nxc4 Rxb3 40.Rxd4 1-0.
The must theory files cover: A13 Stohl: Reti Opening:1.Nf3 e6 2.c4 d5 3.b3 Be7,Marin: Keres Defence A40:
1.d4 e6 2.c4 Bb4+ 3.Bd2 a5 4.Nf3 d6 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 e5,Marin: Caro-Kann B15
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.h3 Nh6,Grivas: Sicilian B33
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6,Postny: Sicilian B46
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f4 Bb4 8.Bd3,Moskalenko: French C02
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Qg4,Kuzmin: Four Knights Game C49
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 5.0-0 0-0 6.d3 d6 7.Bg5 Ne7,Kritz: Ruy Lopez C92
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.a3,Schandorff: Semi-Slav D43
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.e3 Nd7 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 g6 10.0-0 Bg7,
Krasenkow: Gruenfeld Defence D97
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 a6 and at last Schipkov with the King's Indian E81
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 c5 7.dxc5 dxc5 8.Qxd8 Rxd8 9.Bxc5 Nc6 10.Nge2.
Other contributions are: Endgames from Karsten Müller!!
Tele chess with over 8047 entries,Daniel King: Move by Move,Reeh: Tactics,Knaak The Opening Trap,Wells: Strategy where I would like the show the reader what Wells is doing here: Adams,Michael (2740) - Almasi,Zoltan (2650) [C67]
Calvia ol (Men) Mallorca (8), 23.10.2004
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Ne7 10.Re1 h6 11.h3 Ng6 12.Ne2 c5 13.b3 Be6 14.Bb2 Kd7 15.h4!? Threatening to drive back the g6 knight and thereby make the useful square f4 available, the text here has the very desirable effect of inducing Black's light-squared bishop to abandon its useful 'blockading' role on e6. Yet it is essential for Black to be aware of the serious danger of a pawn push to e6 in the Berlin - especially in situations in which it must be captured by the pawn on f7 - since a degree of structural/positional compensation - the weakening of the e5 square in particular - flows rather automatically. Michael Adams has a record on the white side of this opening which suggests that he does not need to be asked twice! For the record, White's move is awarded only an '!?' since it is not so clear how to proceed against the more prudent 15...h5! 15...Bg4?! [15...h5! is much safer.] 16.e6+! fxe6 [16...Bxe6 17.h5 Ne7 18.Nf4 also yields a very strong inititiative for the pawn.] 17.Nf4! Tactical means to a primarily positional end. Black has no choice but to take when he will lose the battle for the vital square e5. 17...Nxf4 18.Ne5+ Ke8 19.Nxg4 h5 20.Ne5 Rh6 21.Rad1 Be7 22.c4 Rd8 23.Rxd8+ White keeps sufficient positional trumps that he has no particular aversion to selected further simplifiation. 23...Bxd8 24.g3 Ng6 25.Nd3! Winning back the sacrificed pawn, but doing so much more than that too. The success of White's strategy is clear just from looking at the mobility of the two sides' pieces. His excellent 16th move was directly responsible for opening the long diagonal for his bishop, forcing a weakness on e6 which enhances the rook on e1 by offering it a potential route into the black position, and creating a choice of enticing squares - notably e5 and f4 - for the white knight to target. This I would suggest is a fairly typical set of structural weaknesses and dynamic opportunities to arise from this type of pawn sacrifice. Here, it must be admitted, the win still required a fair degree of technique and subtle deployment of the king in particular. Almasi's defence deserves some credit - he is at least keeping the knight out of f4 and e5 for the time being - but there can be no doubt about the unpleasantness of his task.  25...b6 26.Bxg7 Rh7 27.Bc3 Kd7 28.Kg2 Be7 29.Kf3 Bd6 30.Ke4 Rf7 31.Re3 Ne7 32.Rf3 Nf5 33.Ne5+ Bxe5 34.Kxe5 Rf8 35.Bd2 a6 36.Bh6! Rb8 37.Rd3+ Nd6 38.Kf6 Rg8 [38...b5!?] 39.Bf4 b5 40.Rd2 bxc4 41.bxc4 Kc6 42.Bxd6 cxd6 43.Kxe6 Re8+ 44.Kf5 Rg8 45.Rd3 Rg4 46.f4 Rg8 47.Kf6 Re8 48.Kg6 Re4 49.Rc3 d5 50.cxd5+ Kxd5 51.Kxh5 Kd4 52.Rc1 c4 53.f5 1-0.
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