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The complete Hedgehog by Sergey Shipov
Volume 2
Mongoose Press
584 Pages
Price $29,95
ISBN 978-1936- 277-223

Volume one of GM Shipov his Hedgehog was mainly related to the English Opening, in this eye catching heavy weight Shipov, continues his research on his pet line the
 Hedgehog and explains educative  topics as a Hedgehog with a pawn on f3,as for example after the noves:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 by
 the way this position almost comes from the English Opening {1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4}4..b6 5.Nc3 Bb7 6.f3!
Useful now are the instructive words from Shipov: An excellent way of limiting the black bishop’s aggression on the long diagonal and
guaranteeing the appearance of a pawn on e4.
In the game V.Smyslov – M.Botvinnik,Moscow 1967,the legendary players built a prickly structure by means of 6.Bg5 d6
7.f3 Nbd7 8.e4 e6 9.Qd2 a6,but they didn’t find the strength within themselves to fight seriously: 10.Be2 Be7 11.0-0 0-0
12.Rfd1 Rc8 13.Rac1 Qc7 14.Kh1 Rfd8 15.Bf1 Qb8 16.Be3 Bf8 17.Qf2 Ba8 18.b3 Rc7 19.a4!? Nc5 20.Qa2 a5!?
 21.Ndb5 Rcd7 22.Bd4,and in that position full of life a draw agreement followed.
Did you know that the first battle trials of the key configuration with a pawn on f3 come from Milan Matulovic!
In the mid-'60s he regularly played the Hedgehog,arising from the Sicilian Defence: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nb5 d6
 6.c4 Nf6 7.N1c3 a6 8.Na3 Be7 9.Be2 0-0 10.0-0 b6 11.Be3 Bb7 12.f3 Ne5 13.Rc1 Nfd7!
Shipov his book is based on the following chapters:Black’s main ideas,Active plans for white, The Hedgehog with a bishop on the b1-h7
 diagonal and the Queen’s Indian Hedgehog. Opposite –Side castling.
Bobby Fischer did not play the Hedgehog, but nonetheless he made a important contribution with the following game which is
analysed by the author with nearly seven pages of text:
Fischer,Robert James - Andersson,Ulf [A01]
Exhibition Game Siegen, 09.1970
1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.c4 Nf6 4.e3 Be7 5.a3 0-0 6.Qc2 Re8 7.d3 Bf8 8.Nf3 a5 9.Be2 d5 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Nbd2 f6 12.0-0 Be6 13.Kh1 Qd7 14.Rg1 Rad8 15.Ne4 Qf7 16.g4 g6 17.Rg3 Bg7 18.Rag1 Nb6 19.Nc5 Bc8 20.Nh4 Nd7 21.Ne4 Nf8 22.Nf5 Be6 23.Nc5 Ne7 24.Nxg7 Kxg7 25.g5 Nf5 26.Rf3 b6 27.gxf6+ Kh8 28.Nxe6 Rxe6 29.d4 exd4 30.Bc4 d3 31.Bxd3 Rxd3 32.Qxd3 Rd6 33.Qc4 Ne6 34.Be5 Rd8 35.h4 Nd6 36.Qg4 Nf8 37.h5 Ne8 38.e4 Rd2 39.Rh3 Kg8 40.hxg6 Nxg6 41.f4 Kf8 42.Qg5 Nd6 43.Bxd6+ 1-0,and Shipov writes:
A monumental game! A player who has created a masterpiece like that can boldly  say that he hasn’t lived in this world for nothing.
The Hedgehog is unconventional but his treatment is well covered in this masterpiece from Shipov,specially with his high collection of well analysed games!
Conclusion: A masterpiece on the Hedgehog!

Wojo's Weapons: Winning With White, Volume 2 by Jonathan Hilton & Dean Ippolito
Mongoose Press
320 Pages
Price $29,95
ISBN 978-1936- 277-230

The international chess crack Dean Ippolito and his companion national master Jonathan Hilton provide you in this Wojo’s Weapons
volume two, with a complete repertoire book based on the fianchetto lines of the King’s Indian Defence.
Again as in volume many games in this book are inspired by the chess genius Alexsander Wojtiewicz who preferred  to delay his e4 pawn move,
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.d4 d6 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.h3 c6 and now  9.e4.
Yes with this move order you can prefent black from transposing to the Fianchetto Grúnfeld but I am sure that Wojtiewicz did not fear it!
Part one of this book starts with the Zurich 1953 defence 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.d4 d6 6.0-0 Nbd7
7.Nc3 e5 8.e4 c6 9.Rb1 a5 10.h3 Re8 11.Re1 exd4 12.Nxd4 Nc5 13.b3 and I can insure you that Wojtkiewicz had no problems winning with it!
Part two of this book covers The Fianchetto King’s Indian in modern times where black develops with …Nc6 and black other systems as for example the Kavalek System:
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.0-0 d6 6.d4 c6 7.Nc3 Qa5.
After 8.e4 Qh5 both authors and Wojo prefer the sharp 9.e5!
This move was once recommended by Yudovich,please the King’s Indian Defence from Barden,Hartston and Keene.
Yes some old books never die!
A other interesting alternative is the Larsen System:
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.0-0 d6 6.d4 c6 7.Nc3 Bf5 and Wojo’s weapom here is now the move 8.Qb3!
This little known move is less populair than 8.Nh4,8.b3,8.Ne1 and 8.Re1 but packs just as much punch.
Some lines as 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 Ne4 where black tries to transpose to a Leningrad Dutch.
The aim of this work is of course the white player but I would also like to recommended it to all who have the King’s Indian in there repertoire!
Included is a interesting bibliography.
Conclusion: A very interesting work!

Chess Opening's for Kids by John Watson & Graham Burgess
Gambit Publications Ltd
128 pages
Price $16,95
ISBN 978-1-906454-26-5

The two well known chess masters Graham Burgess and John Watson explain in this book all major chess openings plus all the strategies that belong to it.
This book follows the same structure  as Murray Chandler’s How to Beat Your Dad at Chess and Chess Tactics for Kids.
So for all who have read these books,Chess Openings for Kids is certainly an excellent follow up.
Burgess and Watson have managed to explain the 50 major openings in a very instructive of understanding, included with first moves plus important opening principles, and rich ideas.
Concentration is a important goal, but also central squares, development and activity!
This all can be learned in a very easy way of understanding.
Conclusion: A lovely easy learning opening’s book!

The Joys of Chess by Christian Hesse
New in Chess
432 pages
Price € 29,90
ISBN: 978-90-5691-355-7

Did you know that Bobby Fischer once played a 12 move correspondence game?
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.f4 c5 8.d5 Qa5 9.Qd2 Qc7 10.Bd3 e6 11.Nb5 Qb6 12.Nxd6,1-0.
Conger – Fischer, correspondence game 1955,Bobby played this short affair at the age of 12.
The author Christian Hesse writes:Fischer’s resignation was a bit premature. He may be demolished quickly
 after 12…Qxd6 13.e5 Qe7 14.d6 Qd7 15.exf6 Bh8 16.f5 g5 17.Bxg5+ Kh7 19.fxe6#,but black had the stronger
 bolt 13…Qd8! If 14.exf6 Bxf6 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 with only a slight advantage to white.
Interesting enough I found this game in Tim Harding his correspondence database and that this game was played in the Golden Knights, 1955 tournament.
The Golden Knights is the United States open correspondence chess championship.
But there is more Fischer enjoyment in this wonderful heavy weight from Hesse,as for example in the chapter
Chess and psychology, where the game position Fischer – Tal,Belgrade 1959 gets a important turn.
By the way Fischer in 1960 Fischer gave a simultaneous display in Rikers Island Prison.He defeated all 20 prisoners who played
against him,while more than 2000 inmates looked on from time to time.
New in Chess has managed to create an excellent English translation from out the German work,”Expeditionen in die Schachwelt”.
All material is divided into over 100 sections as in Miscellaneous where we can read that Henry Grob played a total of 3614
 correspondence games,sometimes more than 60 simultaneously.All the games where played against readers of the
Neue Zürich Zeiting,which had setup its own correspondence chess switch board for the purpose.Grob moves where
 published in the paper and his opponents then sent in there replies.Each opponent received a registration number.
Christian Hesse is a Harvard-trained professor of Mathematics who has taught at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), and since 1991 at the University of Stuttgart.
Included is a foreword from Viswanathan Anand and the pages 420 till 427 hold a interesting bibliography!
Conclusion: One of those books you can not put down!

Attacking Chess The French by Simon Williams
Everyman Chess
320  pages
Price €27,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-646-3

Grandmaster Simon Williams offers you in this latest Everyman openings book an aggressive repertoire line for black in the good old French Defence.
In big lines the material is based on the following lines: Advance Variation, 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 yes Williams prefers
 this move above 5…Qb6,Main Line Winawer: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Qc7 8.Qxg7 Rg8
9.Qxh7 cxd4 10.Ne2 Nbc6 11.f4 dxc3 12.Qd3 Nf5!? Williams writes:A interesting move! The main move is 12…Bd7,but I don’t really like
this as the bishop is not doing anything on d7.It has no potential. After 12…Nf5 black normally develops his light-squared bishop to b7 where
 it has great potential along the diagonal. This could be a useful weapon for you as white will ofthen be badly prepared against this idea.
More,if he wishes, black can often transpose back into the main theoretical waters by preferring .. Bd7 after all.
Against the Tarrasch Williams goes for the line with: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5,but interesting enough
Williams prefers the move order with,3….Be7 as the great Morozevich.
Included are all kind of alternatives as the Winckelmann- Reimer Gambit: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3!? Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 dxe4 6.f3 
where the author goes for 6…e5!? 7.Be3 exd4 8.cxd4 Nh6!? But 8.Qxd4!? could be a interesting alternative.
All material is well explained at the hand of 59 heavy loaded well explained model games.
Conclusion: The repertoire lines from Williams are really aggressive!

Lessons with a Grandmaster by Boris Gulko & Dr.Joel R.Sneed
Everyman Chess
320  pages
Price €27,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-646-3

To have this book in front of me gives me a great pleasure, personal I consider Gulko as one of the greatest chess player
of his time, but he did not have the opportunity in the former USSR  to develop his talented skills.
In 1977, Gulko won the Chess Championship of the Soviet Union. After winning the title, he hope to leave
the country, but he and his wife  became prominent Soviet Refuseniks.
After the period of glasnost Gulko was allowed to immigrate in 1986 to the United States.
This book from Gulko is more than a collection of 25 deeply analysed games,it is a learning book with the
psychology skills of his companion and pupil Dr.Joel R.Sneed.
Mr.Sneed was first a week amateur but working with Gulko did help him to increase his rating with over 200 rating points.
He has just tied for 1st place in the Marshall Chess club Under 2000 tournament with 4 out of 5. Before the book he was
ranked at 1613 and now is in the high 1700s.
There are many ways to enjoy this book, first you can play carefully throw these well analysed game who are all overloaded with
instructive tips, and for many chess students, the conversations between Dr.Joel R.Sneed and Boris Gulko will help
you to develop your chess understanding.
Conclusion: This book will certainly help you to understand chess!

Karpov's Strategic Wins 1
1961-1985 by Tibor Karolyi

The making of a champion

Quality Chess
457 pages
Price € 24,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-41-1

"Karpov's Strategic Wins part one - 1961-1985,is part one of a two book series on Anatoly Karpov, Tibor Karolyi has managed to create a lovely collection of 76 well analysed games.
Many of them are well known, but it surprised me see Karpov games that have seen no publication before.
As for example his game against Gaimaletdinov from the year 1961, Karpov,Anatoly - Gaimaletdinov [C62] Zlatoust Zlatoust, 1961
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.d4 Bg4 5.d5 a6 6.Bxc6+ bxc6 7.dxc6 h6 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Qd3 Be7 10.Nc3 0-0 11.Nd2 Qe8 12.Qc4 Rb8 13.Nb3 Rb6 14.Na5 Kh7 15.b3 Be6 16.Qd3 Nh5 17.Rd1 f5 18.f3 f4 19.Nd5 Bxd5 20.exd5+ Kh8 21.Nb7 Bf6 22.Rb1 Qf7 23.a4 Bg5 24.a5 Rb4 25.c3 Rb5 26.c4 Rxb7 27.cxb7 Rb8 28.b4 Rxb7 29.b5 axb5 30.cxb5 Qe8 31.Qc4 Qa8 32.Qc6 Qa7+ 33.b6 cxb6 34.axb6 Qa6 35.Bd2 Nf6 36.Qxd6 e4 37.Bxf4 Bxf4 38.Qxf4 exf3 39.Qxf3 Rxb6 40.Rxb6 Qxb6+ 41.Kh1 Qd6 42.h3 Kh7 43.Qe2 Ng8 44.Qe6 Qxe6 45.dxe6 Nf6 46.e7 Kg8 47.Re1 Kf7 48.Kh2 Ke8 49.Re5 Ng8 50.Kg3 Nxe7 51.Kg4 Kf7 52.h4 Ng8 53.Kf4 Kf6 54.g4 Ne7 55.h5 g5+ 56.Ke4 Kf7 57.Ra5 Ng8 58.Ke5 Kg7 59.Ra7+ Kh8 60.Ke6 1-0,and this game is good for nearly 4.5 pages of text.
A other interesting fight is his first encounter with Jan Timman: Karpov,Anatoly - Timman,Jan H [A17]
EU-ch U18 f-A 6768 Groningen (4), 04.01.1968
1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Bb4 4.Qb3 c5 5.a3 Ba5 6.e3 0-0 7.Be2 d5 8.0-0 Nc6 9.Na4 Qe7 10.Qc2 Nd7 11.d4 dxc4 12.dxc5 e5 13.e4 Nd4 14.Nxd4 exd4 15.Bxc4 Ne5 16.b4 Bc7 17.Bd5 d3 18.Qd1 Bg4 19.f3 Bh5 20.Ra2 Kh8 21.g4 Bg6 22.f4 Nxg4 23.Qxg4 f5 24.exf5 Bxf5 25.Qf3 Rad8 26.Nc3 Qf6 27.Rg2 Qd4+ 28.Kh1 Rf6 29.Bd2 Rh6 30.Qf2 Rxd5 31.Re1 Re6 32.Nxd5 Qxd5 33.Rxe6 Bxe6 34.Kg1 Qb3 35.Qe1 Kg8 36.f5 Bf7 37.Bh6 g6 38.Qa1 Be5 39.Qxe5 Qd1+ 40.Kf2 Qc2+ 41.Kg3 1-0,29…Rh6 is a bluff moves which works in the game.
After 30.Qf2, Karolyi writes: This is a dreadful mistake. This game along with the previous one, suggests that Karpov was a long way from developing his almost computer-like calculating skills. Almost any sensible move wins, including 30.Rfg1! Rh3 31.Rxg7,or 30.Re1! Rh3 and now either 31.Rg3 or 31.Nb5 win.
Probably the most of us are not aware of it but Karpov his first trainer was Leonid Gratvol,and the author has managed to find this man for a interview!
Gratvol started to work with Karpov in 1961 when he was nine years old and trained him for three and a half years.
Interesting are the words: Karpov’s style never changed sharply, but strengthened tremendously.
Karpov is a player with a phenomenal ability in technical positions and in these 78 games you can follow his impressive development from a student to one of the greatest of all time!
Conclusion: Marvellous work!

Karpov's Strategic Wins 2
1986 -2010 by Tibor Karolyi

The making of a champion

Quality Chess
574 pages
Price € 24,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-42-8

A good players monograph stand and falls with the annotations from the author, and I can insure these analyses from Tibor Karolyi in these two
books from Karpov’s his Strategic Wins belong to the absolute top!
Part two holds 67 games all played in the period 1986-2010,in 1986 Karpov still belonged to the absolute top but
 in 2010 he unfortunately disappeared from the top 100.
Karpov is a deep researcher and this can be found back in the educative analyses from Karolyi,for example the
following game: Karpov,Anatoly (2775) - Hansen,Curt (2635) [E84]
Groningen Groningen (7), 1995
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 9.Nc1 e5 10.d5 Nd4 11.N1e2 Nxe2
12.Bxe2 Nh5 13.0-0-0 f5 14.Kb1 Nf4 15.Bf1 b6 16.g3 Nh5 17.Be2 Nf6 18.Bg5 Qe8 19.Bd3 fxe4 20.Nxe4 Nxe4
21.Bxe4 Bf5 22.Qe2 Bxe4+ 23.fxe4 Qf7 24.Rhf1 Qd7 25.g4 Rxf1 26.Rxf1 Rf8 27.h3 h6 28.Rxf8+ Bxf8 29.Bd2 Kg7
30.c5 dxc5 31.Qxa6 h5 32.Qe2 hxg4 33.Qxg4 Qxg4 34.hxg4 Kf7 35.a4 Ke8 36.a5 Kd7 37.axb6 cxb6 38.Bc3 Bd6
39.b4 cxb4 40.Bd2 Kc7 41.Kc2 b5 42.Kb3 Kd7 43.Bxb4 Bc7 44.Bc3 Bd6 45.Bb2 b4 46.Bc1 Bc5 47.Bd2 Bg1
48.Kxb4 Bf2 49.Kc4 Bg1 50.Kd3 Bc5 51.Be3 Be7 52.Kc4 Ba3 53.Bd2 Be7 54.Bc3 Bd6 55.Bb4 Bb8 56.Kb5 Ba7
57.Bc5 Bb8 58.d6 1-0, is good for 13 pages of text!
In this game Karpov, his bishops appear to dance on the floor!
This higly instructive endgame, shows us the hidden beauties of same coloured bishop endgames and believe me it is unbelievable instructive.
The Danish Grandmaster Hansen played 5 times against Karpov and he only managed to receive one draw!
A other heavy weight in this book,is the following game: Karpov,Anatoly (2715) - Kamsky,Gata (2655) [D79]Alekhine Memorial Moscow, 1992
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 c6 5.Bg2 d5 6.cxd5 cxd5 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Ne5 e6 9.0-0 Nfd7 10.f4 Nc6 11.Be3 Nb6
12.Bf2 Bd7 13.e4 Ne7 14.Nxd7 Qxd7 15.e5 Rac8 16.Rc1 a6 17.b3 Rc7 18.Qd2 Rfc8 19.g4 Bf8 20.Qe3 Nc6
21.f5 Ba3 22.Rcd1 Nb4 23.Qh6 Qe8 24.Nb1 Bb2 25.Qd2 Nc2 26.Kh1 Qe7 27.Bg1 Nd7 28.Rf3 Qb4 29.Qh6 Qf8
30.Qg5 Qg7 31.Qd2 b6 32.Rdf1 a5 33.h4 Nb4 34.a3 Rc2 35.Qf4 Nc6 36.Bh3 Nd8 37.Be3 b5 38.R3f2 b4 39.axb4 axb4
40.Rxc2 Rxc2 41.Rf2 Rxf2 42.Qxf2 Ba3 43.Qc2 Nxe5 44.dxe5 Qxe5 45.Qc8 Qe4+ 46.Bg2 Qxb1+ 47.Kh2 Bb2
48.Qxd8+ Kg7 49.f6+ Bxf6 50.Bh6+ Kxh6 51.Qxf6 Qc2 52.g5+ Kh5 53.Kg3 Qc7+ 54.Kh3 1-0,this grand game is also good for 13 pages of text!
Karpov’s life time score against Kamsky is eleven wins to Karpov,five wins to Kamsky and sixteen draws.
Included in these Strategic wins are game index by page number,game index by Karpov’s opponents, Alphabetical game index-non
Karpov games,name index and tournament record.
Conclusion: These are must have chess books!

Chess DVD's

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 141
March  2011
Videos by Adrian Makhalchishin, Leonid Kritz  and  Valeri Lilov

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

ChessBase Magazine issue 141 Extra comes with 18.958 games all played in the period between February and April of this year.
Some tournaments as the Reykjavik Open give a wealth of information, here I found 739 well edited high quality chess games.
A Other very  interesting tournament was the Russian Rapid Championships, which was won by the 24 year old Tomashevsky!
Tomashevsky,Evgeny (2707) - Nepomniachtchi,Ian (2729) [D97]
RUS-ch rapid Olginka (11), 26.04.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 Nfd7 8.Be3 Nb6 9.Qc5 Bg4 10.0-0-0 N8d7 11.Qg5 Bxf3 12.gxf3 e6 13.h4 h5 14.f4 Nf6 15.Be2 Qd7 16.Rhg1 Kh8 17.d5 exd5 18.Bd4 Nh7 19.Bxg7+ Kxg7 20.Qxh5 Nf6 21.Qg5 Qc6 22.exd5 Qc5 23.h5 Na4 24.h6+ 1-0.
Included this time are 13 Latvian Games where I can not resist to show the following black win: Trancioveanu,Robert - Pessi,Emil (2237) [C40]
Bucharest Gaudeamus Cup 1st Bucharest (2), 26.03.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.exf5 d6 4.Bc4 Bxf5 5.0-0 Nf6 6.d3 Be7 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.a3 Qd7 9.Bg5 0-0-0 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Nd5 Be6 12.Kh1 f5 13.b4 Rdg8 14.Nxe7+ Nxe7 15.Bxe6 Qxe6 16.Qe2 Rg6 17.Rg1 Rhg8 18.a4 Nd5 19.b5 Nf4 20.Qf1 Rxg2 21.Rxg2 Rxg2 22.Qxg2 Nxg2 23.Kxg2 Qd5 24.Kg1 Qxf3 25.a5 c5 26.a6 b6 0-1
The video files come this time from: Leonid Kritz who presents the 7th game from the famous  Botvinnik-Tal match of  Moscow 1960,
Valeri Lilov has analysed a Alapin game and Adrian Mikhalchishin analyses a classic youth game between  Spassky and Portisch of 1957!
Where Portisch went for the good old Nimzowitch Defence 1.e4 Nc6 but was outplayed in no time!
Conclusion: Great material!