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James Mason in America
The Early Chess Career,1867-1878 by Joost van Winsen
McFarland & Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611
Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.
373 pages
Price $49,95
ISBN 978-0-7864-4892-0

The chess genius  James Mason,November 19, 1849 – January 12, 1905}is nearly forgotten but there was a time that he was ranked ,as number two best  in the world just after Wilhelm Steinitz.
The Dutch journalist Joost van Winsen,desribes in this lovely produced McFarland book the early chess career of James Mason in America.
Winsen chronicles Mason’s earlier career in the United States when he immigrated there as young boy in 1861,and started to work in New York as a news boy.
Mason real name is a mystery and Joost van Winsen did some interesting research on this subject and Mason real name was probably McGrath and from origin he was Irish.
This would make Mason the strongest Irish chess player of all time!
Mason played various matches in the years 1867 –1878,as against Henry E. Bird.
Winsen supports us in this book with many details on his writings and annotations, as from many sources as The Spirit of the Times
and The American Chess Journal,but also from his participation in the Café Europa and Café International Tournaments.
Mason made his first mark on the chess scene in 1876, when he won the Fourth American Congress in Philadelphia and of course his
match win against Henry Bird with the comfortable margin of 13–6.
Bird played a few times his favourite 1.f4 but it did not help him much,but both games are historical beauties: Bird,Henry Edward - Mason,James [A02]
New York m New York (19), 1876.
1.f4 f5 2.e3 Nf6 3.b3 b6 4.Bb2 e6 5.Be2 Bb7 6.Bf3 Nc6 7.Nh3 Be7 8.c4 Rb8 9.0-0 0-0 10.d3 d5 11.d4 Qe8 12.Nc3 Nd8 13.Rc1 c6
14.Rc2 a6 15.Be2 Nf7 16.Nf2 Ba8 17.Bd3 Nh6 18.Be2 Rc8 19.Nb1 Kh8 20.Nd2 Rg8 21.Nf3 Nf7 22.Nh3 Ng4 23.Bc1 g5 24.Ne5 Ngxe5
25.fxe5 g4 26.Nf4 Ng5 27.Kh1 Qf8 28.Bxg4 Qh6 29.Bh3 dxc4 30.bxc4 c5 31.d5 Rcd8 32.e4 Qh4 33.exf5 exd5 34.cxd5 Nxh3 35.gxh3 Rxd5
36.Nxd5 Qe4+ 37.Rf3 Bxd5 38.Rcf2 Bh4 39.Rf1 Qxe5 40.Qd2 Bf6 41.Qf4 Qe7 0-1, Bird,Henry Edward - Mason,James [A02]
New York m New York (9), 1876{Taylor writes in his book Bird Opening: I think this is one of the best of the unusual moves, and white has to work
hard to get any advantage, as is often the case in symmetrical positions.
1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.e4 Nf6 6.d3 0-0 7.Bg5 Nc6 8.Be2 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 Bc5 10.Nc3 Qd4 11.Qd2 Nd7 12.Nd1 Nde5
13.Be3 Qd6 14.Bxc5 Qxc5 15.Qf2 Qb4+ 16.Qd2 Qc5 17.Nc3 Rfd8 18.Qf2 Nd4 19.Bd1 Rd6 20.Nd5 Rxd5 21.exd5 Qb4+ 22.Qd2 Nxd3+ 0-1,
Mason later gave in his book,Chess Openings 1897 the move 4…g5! 5.d4 g4 6.Ne5 Bxe5 7.dxe5 Qxd8 etc.And that was before the game Tsjigorin – Tarrasch,Wenen 1898!
The games in the match between Bird and Mason were all published in the The Westminster papers,and annotated by Zukertort,who was scarcely convinced of Mason’s skill.
By the way The New York Clipper tournament of 1876 was the first competition in which a brilliancy prize was awarded. The prize-a silver cup offered by S.Lieders,propietor of the Café International-was won for his game against Mason.
Alfred P.Barnes and F.Eugene Brenzinger were the judges.Nine games contended for this special prize.
This book is more than a research on Mason,but it is also a tale of fragmented chess community, in which jealousies and squabbles often prevailed.
Pleasant to mention is the chapter Games and Positions where was so kind to transfer the Mason games into readable algebra tic notation.
This work also includes,43 photo’s indexes of games, annotators,bibliography,232 diagrams, appendixes  and openings.
Conclusion: A monumental work!  

British Chess Magazine No.1
Volume 131
January 2011
Price: £4,20

This January issue of BCM starts with the first weekend of the new 4NCL season,which took place over 6-7 November at Daventry and nearby Staverton Park.
Luke McShane horses around in Holland and played a brilliant game against Erwin L’Ami:
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8.
Bd3 Ng4 9. Nh3 f5 10. Be2 c5 11. O-O Bd6 12. d3 O-O 13. Bxg4 fxg4 14. Ng5 Nc6
15. Be3 Rb8 16. Nd2 Nd4 17. Nge4 Be7 18. b3 Qe8 19. f3 Qg6 20. Bxd4 exd4 21.
Qe1 h5 22. Qg3 Be6 23. fxg4 Qxg4 24. Qc7 Bg5 25. Nxg5 Qxg5 26. Nf3 Qe3+ 27. Kh1
Rbc8 28. Qg3 Bd5 29. Rae1 Qf4 30. Qxf4 Rxf4 31. Re5 Bxf3 32. Rxf3 Rxf3 33. gxf3
g6 34. Kg2 Kf7 35. f4 Re8 36. Rxe8 Kxe8 37. Kf3 Ke7 38. Ke4 0-1,Remco Heite 2010.
Grandmaster Neil McDonald looks in his openings colums at the modern form of the Lasker Defence:1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.Nf3 h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.e3 Ne4.
Chris Baker looks at a this month game,where did I go wrong?
Other readable contributions are:The Open Dutch Computer Chess Championship,Ask the Arbiter,Games Department and Understanding development part 4 from Mihail Marin.
Marin digs in the classic beauty Smyslov – Fischer,Interzonal tournament,Palma de Mallorca 1970.
And I did not even mention the regular columns as Endgame studies, Book reviews and Spot the continuation!
Conclusion: This magazine belongs to one of the best in the world!         

Chess DVD's

Junior 12

ISBN 978-3-86681-223-9
Euro 49,90   

System requirements: Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), Windows 7, DirectX9 graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows-Media Player 9, internet access (, updates and activation). Recommended: PC Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 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)

Junior 10 was in 2006 the Computer Chess World Champion, in 2003 Junior played a smashing 3-3 match against the strongest player of all time,the legendary Garry Kasparov.Now we are looking at Junior 12 completely rewritten by his programmer Amir Ban and Shay Bushinsky.
The success of Junior lays in it’s generalization of search extensions, which makes him,compared with Fritz or Rybka a tactical monster.
Programmer Amir Ban and Shay Bushinsky have managed to increase the player strength of Junior with a small 200 elo points and that is compared
with Junior 10  a impressive jump forwards!
I remember that Tim Harding used Junior for analyses on his Marshall Gambit CD,because it the only engine that sacrifices material for initiative, and that makes him the
perfect companion for dynamic gambit lines!
A fine example is the move order : 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 and now Junior is able to come directly  with moves as 15.Re4 and 15…g5!.
Junior 12 comes with the Fritz interface, the latest openings book from GM Alon Greenfeld good for 511 MB!, database from over 1.5 million chess gamesand one year free access to the server.With Junior you can open chess  media trainings files and even play around with the Magic eye,this magic eye shows what the program is currently calculating.
Junior includes several eye catching 3 D boards. 

Conclusion: Certainly one of the most interesting chess engines of this moment!

Fritz  Powerbook 2011

ISBN 978-3-86681-227-7
Euro 49,90  
System requirements: Pentium PC, 32 MB RAM, Windows Vista, WindowsXP and Fritz11,10,9,8, DVD drive.

Fritz PowerBook 2011 comes with 23 millions opening positions, all derived from over 1,5 million high class tournament games.
This results in a mass of latest chess theory where you are able to find on this DVD all kind of relevant openings information.
In one view we can see all moves that were played in the position, by players and there average rating, included with results and performance results.
The games from which the Powerbook 2011 were derived are also included on this DVD,together with a extra exclusive book with the strongest GM games from the past 100 years
and this all is good for around two million chess positions.
These PowerBooks give more chess openings information than all the New in Chess books and Informators together!
Conclusion: There is no better way to keep abreast of latest devolpements!

Mega DataBase 2011

ISBN 978-3-86681-226-0
Euro 149,90  
System requirements: 1 GHz Pentium PC, Windows Vista/XP, 512 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, ChessBase 10, ChessBase 11, ChessBase Light 2009 Premium, Internet.

The high quality Mega Database 2011 is now good for 4.8 million games, exactly counted 4797495 entries  and that are 324201 more games as it’s previous Mega
Database release from 2010.
The annotated games on this 2011 issue have gone over the 65000 annotated games.
Much of these annotated games come from the ChessBase Magazines, the ones with the excellent analyses. Mega 2011 also features
a new edition of the playerbase,which includes over 270.000 names.
The photo database has also been extended to a small 32.000 pictures.
New is the possibility within ChessBase 10 and 11 to do a online update again for a small extra 200.000 new games.
And this can be done week by week!
With every new issue of the Mega Database there are new games from famous chess players from the past as Euwe,Alekhine,Rubinstein,Spielman,Bilguer etc.
These games are often found in archives and old chess bulletins collected by chess lovers throw the world, and that makes these Mega DataBase DVD's also very interesting for chess researchers.
For example from Alekhine there are 2201 entries and from Max Euwe 1426 entries.
Conclusion: One of those must have chess DVD’s!

Jan Gustafsson
Black Repertoire against 1.e4
Vol.2: The Open Games

ISBN 978-3-866-812-116
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

M Jan Gustafsson from Hamburg provides the user of this DVD with a compressive repertoire for black against 1.e4 except the Marshall Gambit which is covered in his volume one.Please see
Gustafsson provides you in two languages English and German various video files based on various deviations which white may employ at the 4th,5th,or
6th move to avoid the Marshall Attack.
But also other openings as  the King’s Gambit,Italian game,Middle Gambit,Ponziani,Vienna,Four Knights are getting all a very important turn from our well speaking German chess grandmaster.
For example in the Spanish Exchange,Gustafsson goes for the move: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Qf6
and in the delayed Exchange he prefers the knight move1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.d3 Nd7.
And for all who are afraid of the King’s Gambit try to play like Ivanchuk:
Nakamura,Hikaru (2733) - Ivanchuk,Vassily (2754) [C38]
Cap d'Agde CCAS Trophee KO Cap d'Agde (3.2), 31.10.2010
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.h4 h6 6.d4 d6 7.c3 Nc6 8.0-0 g4 9.Ne1 Qxh4 10.Bxf4 Nf6 11.e5 dxe5 12.dxe5 g3 13.Bxg3 Qxg3 14.exf6 Bf8 15.Nd3 Bd6 16.Qh5 Bg4 17.Bxf7+ Kf8 18.Qg6 Qh2+ 19.Kf2 Qg3+ ½-½ 1.e4 e5 2.f4  exf4 3.Nf3 g5!
By the way this line goes back to our first chess prodigy Gioacchino Greco: ,Gioacchino - NN
Europe, 1620
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.h4 g4 6.Ng5 Nh6 7.d4 d6 8.Bxf4 Qe7 9.0-0 f6 10.c3 fxg5 11.Bxg5 Qd7 12.Qd2 Ng8 13.Bf7+ Kf8 14.Be6+ Ke8 15.Bxd7+ 1-0.
Greco came from a very poor family,and his early childhood was without much fun.
Though his family couldn’t even afford school,the remarkable Greco managed to learn chess at the age of 8-and by the age of 10 he play was known in whole Italy!
Conclusion: Overloaded with well thought repertoire  lines!

Chessbase Tutorials
Openings # 02
The Semi-Open Games


ISBN 978-3-866-81-183-6
Euro 29,90

System requirements: PC  Windows XP (SP3), Vista or Windows 7, Windows Media Player, DVD-drive.

These eye catching ChessBase Tutorial,hold all the essential openings information for all up and coming chess players need to be aware of.On this DVD I found 48 video files 24 in the English and 24 in the German language covering the following openings.Caro-Kann (3 videos),French (5 videos),Scandinavian (1 video),Sicilian (12 videos),Alekhine Defence (1 videos),Pirc (1 video),Nimzowitsch and Owen Defences (1 video)And the Sicilian Defence is  Sicilian is divided into,Najdorf (3 videos) Sveshnikov (2 videos),Scheveningen System (1 video),Paulsen and Taimanov (1 video),Dragon (1 video),Richter-Rauser Attack (1 videos)Rossolimo (1 video),Alapin (1 video)and the Closed Sicilian (1 video).
All video files are covered by top chess players as Lars Scandorff,Sam Collins,Klaus Bischoff,Daniel King and etc.
A fine example of the French Winawer is the following from Kortschnoj:Timman,Jan H (2540) - Kortschnoj,Viktor (2670) [C19]
Nice ol (Men) fin-A Nice (4), 18.06.1974
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.a4 Qa5 8.Qd2 Nbc6 9.Nf3 Bd7 10.Be2 Rc8 11.Bd3 cxd4 12.cxd4 Qxd2+ 13.Bxd2 b6 14.Ra3 0-0 15.0-0 Rc7 16.Rb1 h6 17.Kf1 Nf5 18.Bc3 Rfc8 19.Ke2 f6 20.g4 Nfe7 21.exf6 gxf6 22.h4 Be8 23.g5 Bh5 24.gxf6 Nf5 25.Bxf5 exf5 26.Ke3 Kf7 27.Rb5 Rd7 28.a5 Re8+ 29.Ne5+ Nxe5 30.dxe5 d4+ 31.Bxd4 f4+ 32.Kxf4 Rxd4+ 33.Ke3 Rxh4 34.Rd3 a6 35.Rd7+ Kf8 36.Rbd5 Bf7 37.f4 Bxd5 38.Rxd5 bxa5 39.Rxa5 Kf7 40.Rxa6 Kg6 41.Ke4 Rc8 42.Ra7 0-1,Most of these Chess videos cover between the 13 and 16 minutes,and that is perfect for all inexperienced chess players who like to build up some first  openings knowledge.
All together there is around five hours of openings enjoyment on this DVD! So please sit-down and enjoy the world of the Semi-Open Games!
Conclusion: These tutorials DVD’s are unbelievable instructive! 

Andrew Martin
The ABC of  the Modern Slav
2nd Edition


ISBN 978-3-866-81-214-7
Euro 29,90

System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

The educative speaking IM Andrew Martin comes with an excellent update of his 2007 DVD that runs with the moves: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6!
Martin has included nine new games as the following one from our wonder boy Magnus Carlsen: (2770) - Wang Yue (2738) [D15] Sofia MTel Masters 5th Sofia (9), 22.05.2009
1.c4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.c5 Bf5 6.Nh4 Bg6 7.Bf4 Nbd7 8.Nxg6 hxg6 9.h3 b6 10.cxb6 Qxb6 11.Rb1 e6 12.e3 c5 13.a3 Bd6 14.Na4 Qc7 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.Nxc5 Nxc5 17.dxc5 Qxc5 18.Qa4+ Ke7 19.Bd3 a5 20.Ke2 Rhc8 21.Rhc1 Qxc1 22.Rxc1 Rxc1 23.b4 Kf8 24.bxa5 Kg8 25.a6 Rc7 26.Qf4 Rca7 27.Qd4 Ne4 28.Qb6 e5 29.Ke1 Ng5 30.Bb5 Ne6 31.a4 d4 32.a5 Rc7 33.Bc6 Raa7 34.Bb7 1-0,as we can learn from Andrew Martin black did well till move 19,and Martin gives as alternative: 20...d4 21.Qxd4 (21.exd4 Qh5+ 22.g4 Qd5) 21...Qxd4 22.exd4 Rhd8 23.Rhc1 (23.Ke3 Nd5+ 24.Kf3 Nf6) 23...Rxd4 24.Rc7+ Rd7 25.Rxd7+ Kxd7 with excellent play.
By the way Scherbakov gave in ChessPublishing com: 19...Rhc8!? was more accurate. Then after 20.Ke2 (20.0-0 a5!?) 20...Qb6 21.b4 Black could have obtained good counter play by 21...d4" (or 21...e5" ).
Inplace of 5.c5 white cab also go for 5.g3 but as we can see in the following game,that black does not have to fear it: Kelecevic,Nedeljko (2316) - Fargere,Francois (2444) [D15]
SUI-chT Switzerland (4.4), 10.05.2009
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 a6 5.a4 e6 6.g3 dxc4 7.Bg2 c5 8.dxc5 Qxd1+ 9.Nxd1 Bxc5 10.Ne5 Nd5 11.Nxc4 Nc6 12.e3 Bd7 13.0-0 Ke7 14.a5 Ncb4 15.e4 Nc2 16.exd5 Nxa1 17.Be3 Nb3 18.Bxc5+ Nxc5 19.d6+ Kf6 20.Nb6 Rad8 21.Ne3 Bb5 22.Rd1 Nd7 23.Nec4 Bxc4 24.Nxc4 Rb8 25.Rd4 g5 26.f4 h6 27.Rd3 Rhc8 28.Rc3 Kg7 29.fxg5 hxg5 30.h4 gxh4 31.gxh4 f5 32.b3 Kf6 33.h5 Rg8 34.Kf2 b5 35.axb6 Nxb6 36.Na5 Rbc8 37.Bc6 Nd7 38.Rg3 Rxg3 39.Kxg3 Ne5 40.Ba4 Rc3+ 41.Kg2 Rd3 42.Nb7 Kg5 43.Kf2 Kxh5 44.Ke2 f4 0-1.
All together Andrew Martin offers with his 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6! A very interesting alternative in the Modern Slav!
Running time is 5 hours!
Conclusion: A very interesting made repertoire DVD!

Sam Collins
Know the Terrain
Vol.1: The Carlsbad

ISBN 978-3-866-81-214-7
Euro 27,90

System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

The International master from Ireland, Sam Collins explains you in this volume one of the Carlsbad DVD,the playground of the world champions, several instructive key strategies and key points structures based on the move 1.d2-d4.
Going throw these games will help you to develop a d play understanding level,where Collins guides you throw some fascinating games as: Botvinnik,Mikhail - Larsen,Bent [D36]
Noordwijk Noordwijk (1), 1965
1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 Be7 7.Qc2 0-0 8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.Nge2 h6 10.Bh4 Re8 11.f3 c5 12.0-0 a6 13.Rad1 b5 14.Bf2 c4 15.Bf5 Nb6 16.Ng3 Bf8 17.a3 Bb7 18.e4 g6 19.Bh3 a5 20.e5 b4 21.Nce2 Nh7 22.f4 Bc6 23.Ra1 Ba4 24.Qb1 f5 25.axb4 axb4 26.Nxf5 gxf5 27.Bxf5 Qe7 28.Ng3 Bd7 29.Bxd7 Nxd7 30.Qg6+ Qg7 31.Qc6 Rxa1 32.Rxa1 Qf7 33.Ra7 Nxe5 34.dxe5 Qe6 35.Qxe6+ Rxe6 36.Nf5 Rc6 37.Kf1 c3 38.bxc3 bxc3 39.Be3 Bc5 40.Bxc5 Rxc5 41.Ra1 Nf8 42.Ke2 Ne6 43.g3 h5 44.Kd3 d4 45.Nd6 Rc7 46.Ne4 Kh7 47.f5 Nd8 48.Nf6+ Kh6 49.Nd5 Rb7 50.e6 Nc6 51.Ra6 Ne5+ 52.Kxd4 1-0 {After 7.Qc2 Borvinnink wrote in his famous Best Games 1957-1970; For the first time I was not in a hurry to develop my king’s knight,in order to decide this guestion later,depending on circumstances,please also see his 11.f3!}
Botvinnik,Mikhail - Petrosian,Tigran V [D31]
World Championship 25th Moscow (14), 24.04.1963
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 6.e3 Bf5 7.g4 Be6 8.h3 Nf6 9.Bd3 c5 10.Nf3 Nc6 11.Kf1 0-0 12.Kg2 cxd4 13.Nxd4 Nxd4 14.exd4 Nd7 15.Qc2 Nf6 16.f3 Rc8 17.Be5 Bd6 18.Rae1 Bxe5 19.Rxe5 g6 20.Qf2 Nd7 21.Re2 Nb6 22.Rhe1 Nc4 23.Bxc4 Rxc4 24.Rd2 Re8 25.Re3 a6 26.b3 Rc6 27.Na4 b6 28.Nb2 a5 29.Nd3 f6 30.h4 Bf7 31.Rxe8+ Bxe8 32.Qe3 Bf7 33.g5 Be6 34.Nf4 Bf7 35.Nd3 Be6 36.gxf6 Qxf6 37.Qg5 Qxg5+ 38.hxg5 a4 39.bxa4 Rc4 40.a5 bxa5 41.Nc5 Bf5 42.Kg3 a4 43.Kf4 a3 44.Ke5 Rb4 45.Nd3 Rb5 46.Kd6 Kf7 47.Kc6 Bxd3 48.Rxd3 Rb2 49.Rxa3 Rg2 50.Kxd5 Rxg5+ 51.Kc6 h5 52.d5 Rg2 53.d6 Rc2+ 54.Kd7 h4 55.f4 Rf2 56.Kc8 Rxf4 57.Ra7+ 1-0.
Kasparov wrote after 3…Be7:A relatively modern idea to avoid the classical Carlsbad system and transpose the game into the Queen's Gambit Declined with a knight already developed on f3. This somewhat limits White's opportunities.
Kasparov had a lot of success with his Nge2 and f3 as we can see in his game against Short:
Kasparov,Garry (2750) - Short,Nigel D (2630) [D31]
Thessaloniki ol (Men) Thessaloniki (6), 19.11.1988
1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 6.Qc2 g6 7.e3 Bf5 8.Qd2 Nf6 9.f3 c5 10.Bh6 cxd4 11.exd4 a6 12.g4 Be6 13.Nge2 Nbd7 14.Bg2 Nb6 15.b3 Rc8 16.0-0 Rc6 17.h3 Nfd7 18.Nd1 Rg8 19.Nf2 f5 20.Rae1 g5 21.gxf5 Bf7 22.Ng4 Bh5 23.Ng3 1-0.
All together we have here a unbelievable instructive Chess DVD which learns you to play and understand strategy play for both sides of the board!
Running time is over 7 hours and the game file holds 92 complete games!
Included are deviations,transpositions,other openings and Carlsbad conclusions.
Conclusion: Unbelievable instructive!    

Adrian Mikhalchishin
Strategy University
Vol 1:The Central Approach

ISBN 978-3-866-81-214-7
Euro 29,90

System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

Grandmaster Adrian Mikhalchishin handles here in “Strategy University, Vol 1: The Central Approach” the power of the pawn.
From Philidor we did learn that the pawns are the soul of the game,but Mikhalchishin digs more in the power of the pawns and the use of pieces in the centre.
This all is very well explained by the hand of some classic beauties as Vidmar – Nimzowitsch, New York New York (5), 24.02.1927
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Qe7 5.Nc3 0-0 6.e3 d6 7.Be2 b6 8.0-0 Bb7 9.Qc2 Nbd7 10.Rad1 Bxc3 11.Bxc3 Ne4 12.Be1 f5 13.Qb3 c5 14.Nd2 Nxd2 15.Rxd2 e5 16.dxe5 dxe5 17.f3 g5 18.Bf2 Nf6 19.Rfd1 Rae8 20.Qa4 Ba8 21.Rd6 Qg7 22.Bf1 e4 23.Be1 exf3 24.Bc3 Qe7 25.R6d3 fxg2 26.Bxg2 Bxg2 27.Bxf6 Qe4 28.R1d2 Bh3 29.Bc3 Qg4+ 0-1,or Fischer,Robert James - Cardoso,Radolfo Tan [B88]
New York m4 New York (4), 1957
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.0-0 Bd7 8.Bb3 Nc6 9.Be3 Be7 10.f4 Qc7 11.f5 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 b5 13.a3 e5 14.Be3 Bc6 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.Bxd5 Bxd5 17.Qxd5 Rc8 18.c3 Qc4 19.Qb7 Qc6 20.Qxc6+ Rxc6 21.a4 Kd7 22.axb5 axb5 23.Ra7+ Rc7 24.Rfa1 Rb8 25.Kf2 Rbb7 26.Rxb7 Rxb7 27.Ke2 Bd8 28.Kd3 h6 29.Ra8 h5 30.b4 Be7 31.Rg8 Bf6 32.Rf8 Kc6 33.c4 Rd7 34.Ra8 bxc4+ 35.Kxc4 Rc7 36.Ra7 Rxa7 37.Bxa7 Bd8 38.Be3 f6 39.b5+ Kd7 40.Kd5 Ba5 41.Ba7 Bb4 42.Bb8 Bc5 43.g3 Ke7 44.Kc6 g6 45.fxg6 f5 46.Bxd6+ 1-0.
Cardoso was the Philippine Junior Champion who played a eight game match with Fischer in New York,but he was no real match for Bobby who won easy by 6-2.
From much higher level is the following game which even made it in Bobby his 60 Memorable games: Letelier Martner,Rene - Fischer,Robert James [E70]
Leipzig ol (Men) qual-D Leipzig (8), 24.10.1960
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 0-0 5.e5 Ne8 6.f4 d6 7.Be3 c5 8.dxc5 Nc6 9.cxd6 exd6 10.Ne4 Bf5 11.Ng3 Be6 12.Nf3 Qc7 13.Qb1 dxe5 14.f5 e4 15.fxe6 exf3 16.gxf3 f5 17.f4 Nf6 18.Be2 Rfe8 19.Kf2 Rxe6 20.Re1 Rae8 21.Bf3 Rxe3 22.Rxe3 Rxe3 23.Kxe3 Qxf4+ 0-1,
Larry Evans wrote: Letelier transgresses opening principles by neglecting his development but as we can learn from Mikhalchishin there is al lot more of that to learn in this game!
Usually there is often only one chapter in a strategy book on pawns as for instance Max Euwe his book Judgement and Planning in Chess but what  Mikhalchishin is doing here on his DVD is really impressive.
Just play throw these remarkable games and let the instructive words from Mikhalchishin come to you eyes  and I can insure you,this DVD will improve your playing strength in a impressive way!
Playing time is nearly 4 hours.
Conclusion: It is not easy to find such highly instructive chess material on pawn play!

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 139
January  2011
Videos by Dejan Bojkov  and  Valeri Lilov

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

This latest ChessBase Magazine Extra with video files from Leonid Kritz ,who presents the 21st game from the great Spassky-Fischer, world championship match of  Reykjavik 1972
and Valeri Lilov who has recorded two instructive model games based, on specific pawn structures.
The game file holds a impressive 12968 games, all played between November and December of 2010.
Some tournaments as the Belgrade Trophy,gives a wealth of games for example I counted 886 entries.
This time only one Latvian Gambit game on the file, but at least it was a clear win: Bates,Ian W (2010) - Dam,Sebastian (1874) [C40]
BCF-chT2 1011 (4NCL) North England (1), 06.11.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.d4 fxe4 4.Nxe5 Nf6 5.Be2 d6 6.Ng4 Be7 7.Nc3 d5 8.Nxf6+ Bxf6 9.b3 c5 10.Be3 Nc6 11.Bb5 0-0 12.Nxd5 Nxd4 13.Nxf6+ Qxf6 14.Bc4+ Kh8 15.Bxd4 cxd4 16.0-0 Bd7 17.Qh5 Rac8 18.a4 Be6 19.Bxe6 Qxe6 20.Rad1 Rxc2 21.Rxd4 Qf6 22.Qd1 Rxf2 23.Re1 e3 24.Rd6 Qb2 25.Qd5 Rf1+ 0-1.
For all Marshall Gambit lovers there where 16 entries where I found the following win from
Mark Hebden:
Haydon,David Leslie (2218) - Hebden,Mark (2560) [C89]
London Classic op London (4), 11.12.2010
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.Qd3 Be6 16.Nd2 Rae8 17.Qf1 Qh5 18.Bd1 Bg4 19.Bxg4 Qxg4 20.f3 Qg6 21.Ne4 Be7 22.Bd2 f5 23.Nf2 f4 24.Ne4 c5 25.c4 Nc7 26.d5 fxg3 27.hxg3 bxc4 28.Re2 Nxd5 29.Rf2 Bf6 30.Qxc4 Bd4 31.Qxd5+ Kh8 32.Raf1 Rxe4 33.Qxe4 Qxg3+ 34.Kh1 Bxf2 35.Qg4 h6 36.Be3 Be1 37.Qxg3 Bxg3 38.Bxc5 Rf5 39.Bd4 Kh7 40.Kg2 Bf4 41.Kf2 h5 42.b4 h4 43.Kg2 Rg5+ 44.Kh3 Rg3+ 45.Kxh4 Kh6 46.Bxg7+ Kxg7 47.Rd1 Kf6 48.Rd5 Rg5 49.Rd8 Bg3+ 50.Kh3 Rg6 51.a4 Be5 52.Ra8 Kf5 53.b5 Rg3+ 54.Kh4 Rxf3 0-1
Conclusion: These ChessBase Magazine’s extra hold incredible material!      


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