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Latest book reviews of 1 July 2011
BOOKS REVIEWS BY JOHN ELBURG.

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                                 Chess Books & Magazine's

New in Chess Yearbook issue 99
2011
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
246 pages
Price € 26,95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-356-4

These  New in ChessYear books are always good for a collection of latest openings surveys,this time 34 of them, as for example the one from
Stefan Bekker and Etienne Goudriaan on the Najdorf Defence,A search for answers part II: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6
5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Nc6 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.e5 h6 10.Bh4 g5 11.fxg5 Nd5 12.Ne4 Qb6 13.c3 dxe5 14.g6!
Ufuk Tuncer comes with a other interesting Najdorf line of the English Attack:
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 0-0
10.0-0-0 a5,after the author black is okay, interesting enough 10…a5 gained some popularity thanks to
Daniel King’s devotion to this move in his book Winning with the Najdorf,please see
The English Attack by Tapani Sammalvuo Gambit 2004.
Interesting to mention is the column Forum, where I found a contribution from Arsu Ganesan on the
Anti King’s Gambit: 1.f4 e5 2.e4 Nc6 3.Nf3 f5 4.exf5 e4 5.Ng5 Nf6,and the New in Chess Editor Rene Olthof is responsible for a
interesting contribution on Gelfand’s favourite line: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6
7.f4 Nbd7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 b5 10.e5 Bb7 11.Qh3 dxe5 12.Nxe6 fxe6 13.Qxe6+ Be7 14.Bxf6 gxf6
15.Bxb5 axb5 16.Nxb5 Qc6 17.Nd6+ Qd6 and Olthof writes equally and perhaps even stronger is 17…Kd8.
New in this issue is the contribution Benjamin’s Opening takes, where Joel Benjamin  has the difficult task to follow Genna Sosonko up.
Many Najdorf lovers will love his lines on the Poisoned Pawn: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6
7.f4 h6 8.Bh4 Qb6 9.Qd2 Qxb2 10.Rb1 Qa3 11.e5 dxe5 12.fxe5 g5 13.exf6 gxh4 14.Be2 Qa5 and the new move order: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6
3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 h6 8.Bh4 Qb6 9.Qd2 Qxb2 10.Rb1 Qa3 11.f5 Be7 12.fxe6 fxe6 13.Bc4 Nxe4.
Conclusion: This issue is overloaded with rock and roll chess!


The King's Indian volume 2 by David Vigorito
2011
Everyman Chess
http://www.everymanchess.com
368  pages
Price €19,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-664-7


IM David Vigorito from the Unites States presents you in his second volume all of the repertoire lines, which are not examined in his first
volume and that are: Yugoslav Variation 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 0-0 5.Bg2 d6 6.0-0 Nc6 {Panno Variation},The Four Pawns
Attack, 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 0-0 6.Nf3 c5,Averbakh Variation 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0
6.Bg5,Makogonov Variation 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.h3 and some other lines as Seirawan Variation
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Bd3,Hungarian Variation 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nge2,Smyslov Variation
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 0-0 5.Bg5 etc.
When we compare the two volumes from Vigorito with Bologan his repertoire book on the King’s Indian, than I must admit that
Vigorito wins it with the more analyses and explanations.
This work is simple more compressive and also more up to date.
Bologan repertoire book comes from the year 2009,but many lines from Vigorito come close to the ones from Bologan.
It is interesting to compare for example the following line of the Four Pawns Attack: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 0-0 6.Nf3 c5
7.d5 e6 8.Be2 exd5 9.cxd5 Bg4 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Re1 Re8 12.h3 Bxf3 13.Bxf3 Qa5 14.Be3 b5 15.a3 Nb6 16.e5 Nfd7 17.e6 Nc4
18.exd7 Rxe3 19.Rxe3 Nxe3 20.Qe2 and now Vigorito gives 20….Qd8 and Bologan 20…Rd8.
The move 20….Qd8 leads to a perpetual check and 20…Rd8 leads after 21.Kh2 to the game Ludden – De Vilder,Wijk aan Zee 1999,which did lead
 to a black win 21… Bd4 22.Nxb5 Rxd7 23.b4 Qd8 24.Nxd4 cxd4 25.Rc1 Qf6 26.g3 Re7 27.Qd3 h5 28.h4 Nf5 29.Be4 Nxh4 30.Rc4 Nf5 31.Bxf5 gxf5 32.Qxd4 Re2+ 33.Kh3 Qxd4 34.Rxd4 Re4 35.Rxe4 fxe4 36.f5 Kg7 37.b5 Kf6 38.a4 Ke5 39.a5 Kxd5 40.b6 Kc6 41.bxa7 Kb7 0-1.
So it is not wrong to keep the book from Bologan close to you!
Conclusion: A very compressive move to move repertoire book!


The New Old Indian: A Repertoire for Black against 1d4
by Alexander Cherniaev and Eduard Prokuronov

2011
Everyman Chess
http://www.everymanchess.com
160  pages
Price €18,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-667-8


The old Indian defence is related to the King’s Indian but it has the reputation to be stodgy and less active. But as the two Russian authors
have managed to put a complete new view on it.
Where a major part of this book is divided to the bright  move order 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 e4!?.
In Belfort 1988,the brilliant Jonathan Speelman who successfully employed 4…e4 against Garry Kasporov who responded with the move 5.Ng5.
Speelman played 4…Nf6 but as the two authors explain in this repertoire book, black can even consider the sharp 4….f5!?
A plus side of this line is that it is offbeat and easy can confuse an opponent as we for example can see after the
 moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 e4 5.Nd2 e3!?where the authors
 write: A not wholly sufficient pawn sacrifice designed to disrupt white’s otherwise harmonious development.
So the model game in this book continues with the more safe 5..Qe7.
The Old Indian is easy to learn opening,but white has in big lines more space.
So it is a matter of taste and black must be prepared to handle a cramped position,but on the other hand, it is hard to crack.
Other interesting lines that I found in this book are Chapter three where black prevents e4 with …Bf5,1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nf3 g6 4.Nc3 Bf5
as the authors write:An unusual but logical continuation which has gained some popularity in recent times mainly thanks to the efforts of
the Ukrainen Grandmasters Volokitin and Efimenko,as well as Morozevich.
With this move black indicates he wants to play either  a King’s Indian or Old Indian without allowing white the space gaining e2-e4.
The evergreen game of the line 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 e5 is Polugaevsky – Nezhmetdinov,Sochi 1958 {model game 11};
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 e5 4.e4 exd4 5.Qxd4 Nc6 6.Qd2 g6 7.b3 Bg7 8.Bb2 0-0 9.Bd3 Ng4 10.Nge2 Qh4 11.Ng3 Nge5 12.0-0 f5 13.f3 Bh6 14.Qd1 f4 15.Nge2 g5 16.Nd5 g4 17.g3 fxg3 18.hxg3 Qh3 19.f4 Be6 20.Bc2 Rf7 21.Kf2 Qh2+ 22.Ke3 Bxd5 23.cxd5 Nb4 24.Rh1 Rxf4 25.Rxh2 Rf3+ 26.Kd4 Bg7 27.a4 c5+ 28.dxc6 bxc6 29.Bd3 Nexd3+ 30.Kc4 d5+ 31.exd5 cxd5+ 32.Kb5 Rb8+ 33.Ka5 Nc6+ 0-1,please see the brilliant queen sacrifice 24….Rxf4!!
Polugaevsky called Nezhmetdinov later the greatest master of the initiative.
Interesting to mention is that the chess teacher of Rashid Nezhmetdinov was Dus-Chotimirsky,who himself was the pupil of Mikhail Chigorin.
Both authors provide the reader with a very complete repertoire where some less known lines as the London System and Veresov are getting a important turn.
This all is well explained at the hand of 32 model games.
Conclusion: One of the most interesting  repertoire books that I have ever seen!


How to beat the Sicilian Defence by Gawain Jones
2011
Everyman Chess
http://www.everymanchess.com
350  pages
Price €21,65
ISBN 978-1-85744-663-0


Grandmaster Gawain Jones presents the reader in this book with a well thought  anti-Sicilian white repertoire line against the Sicilian Defence.
In big lines Jones his repertoire is based on the following lines 3.Bb5 against 2…d6  and 2…Nc6,as Jones explains in this book
 against 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 it is harder to find a good Anti-Sicilian, but I like my suggestion of the King’s Indian Attack.
The lines examined in the two chapters on it are more ideas than theoretical, but have served me well for the past ten years.
Yes Jones his Anti- Sicilian repertoire is based on lines he has successfully employed at grandmaster level,and this dear
reader, makes this repertoire book really very special!
A fine example of Jones play is the following game: Jones,Gawain C (2206) - Snape,Ian (2160) [B40]
BCF-ch 88th Scarborough (10), 09.08.2001
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg5 Qb6 6.Nbd2 Qxb2 7.Nc4 Qg7 8.Rb1 d6 9.Bg2 Be7 10.e5 dxe5 11.Bxe7 Kxe7 12.0-0 f6
13.Nfd2 Nh6 14.Ne4 Nf5 15.Nxc5 Nd6 16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.Qf3 Bd7 18.Nxd6 Kxd6 19.Qe3 Bc8 20.Ne4+ Kc7 21.Qc5 Rd8
22.Qa5+ Kd7 23.Qa4 Qe7 24.d4 exd4 25.Qxd4+ Kc7 26.Qc3 f5 27.Qe5+ 1-0.
The theoretical line after 5.Bg5 is 5…f6 but Jones has so his own thoughts:This move has been the theoretical suggestion
for black,but to be honest I have never fully trusted it.
White is forced to move his bishop again,but black’s kingside will prove vulnerable for the rest of the game.I like trying to
break with d3-d4 here,as …f7-f6 will prove a big weakness on an open board.
Sometimes computers come with suggestions as we can see in the following game: Breder,Dennis (2427) - Bates,Richard (2383) [B52]
Hastings Masters op 85th Hastings (9), 05.01.2010
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.0-0 Nf6 6.Qe2 Nc6 7.Rd1 g5 8.c3 g4 9.Nh4 Qe6 10.d3 c4 11.d4 Qxe4
12.Qxc4 Rg8 13.Na3 e6 14.Bd2 Be7 15.g3 Qd5 16.Qe2 Kd7 17.Nc2 Qe4 18.Qb5 Rab8 19.Ne3 a6 20.Qf1 Nd5
21.Neg2 Qc2 22.c4 Nb6 23.Bc3 Bxh4 24.Nxh4 d5 25.c5 Nc8 26.Rd2 Qa4 27.b3 Qa3 28.f3 N8e7 29.fxg4 Rxg4
30.Qxf7 Re4 31.Ng2 e5 32.Qxh7 exd4 33.Bb2 Qxc5 34.Rc1 Qd6 35.Qh3+ Kc7 36.Rxd4 Re2 37.Ba1 Rf8 38.Nf4 Qe5
39.Nxe2 Qxe2 40.g4 Rf3 41.Qh6 Qf2+ 42.Kh1 Qe2 43.Kg1 Qf2+ 44.Kh1 Qe2 45.Rf4 Qe3 46.Rf6 Qe4 47.Rxf3 Qxf3+
48.Kg1 Qxg4+ 49 Qf5+ 50.Kg1 Qg4+ 51.Kf2 Qf5+ 52.Ke1 Qe4+ 53.Kd2 Qg2+ 54.Kd1 Qf3+ 55.Kc2 Nf5 56.Qd2 Ne3+
57.Kb2 Qf6+ 58.Qc3 d4 59.Qd3 Kb8 60.Kb1 Qg7 61.Re1 Nd5 62.Qg3+ 1-0.
But first some words from Jones after 7….g5!? This is actually my computer’s top suggestion and thus has to be taken seriously. Black aims for control of d4,but this is ofcourse very risky as black has now advanced pawns on both sides of the board and thus will find it hard to find a safe location for his king.All material is well explained at the hand of a collection of 78 extensive well analysed games, where many of them cover move to move annotations.
All together we have here a lovely produced chess book that is overloaded with original ideas.
Conclusion: Simple get this book!

           


Chess DVD's

ChessBase Magazine issue 142
2011
June
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ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 19.95


ChessBase Magazine issue 142 comes with the following super tournament’s as the European Championship Aix les Bains and Amber Monaco,where I found the following game from Magnus Carlsen: Anand,Viswanathan (2817) - Carlsen,Magnus (2815) [C77]
Amber-rapid 20th Monte Carlo (9), 22.03.2011
[Carlsen]
1.e4 e5 After my 100% record with the French Defence was ruined against Karjakin, (to be fair I was not even close to retaining it) I had to play something else.
2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 Declaring my readiness to suffer in a slightly worse ending against the World Champion.
4.Qe2 A surprise; Anand avoids the Berlin endgame from time to time, but usually with 4.d3. 4...a6 For whatever reason I suddenly got very creative here, and started considering several reasonable and unreasonable options like ...£e7, ...¥d6 and ,,,g6. After a while I came to my senses and played a normal move.
5.Ba4 Be7 Most sensible people play ...b5 first here, and indeed it makes sense not to give White the option of retreating the bishop to c2. 6.c3 d6 7.0-0 0-0 8.d4 Bd7 9.d5 Nb8 10.Bxd7 Nbxd7 11.c4 Black should be a little bit worse here. However, as my position seemed a whole lot sounder than it did at this point in the blindfold game, (notably, no tripled pawns) I was not that worried. 11...g6 [11...a5 here or on one of the next few moves makes little sense to me, as White will soon play b4 anyway, and I will have given up the b5-square and possibly the a-file for very little.] 12.Nc3 Nh5 13.Rb1 Ng7 14.b4 I was playing way too quickly around here to consider subtleties like the possibility of playing c5 here, which closes the position and makes it hard to create anything serious on the queenside for White in the near future. However, when I hit upon this idea a few moves later I also remembered a game Anand-Short with the same structure, which Anand won in good style so I did not really regret choosing another plan. [14.Ne1 followed by ¤d3 is desirable strategically, but it allows 14...Bg5 and after exchanging the dark-squared bishops Black must be fine.] 14...f5 15.Be3 Rb8 [15...Nf6 16.Rfd1 with c4-c5 to come looks very pleasant for White as I don't really want to take on e4. Thus, the knight is better placed on d7.] 16.Rfd1 Considering what happened in the game, it might be suggested that the rook should have been put on c1 instead. The rook would be very useful on d1 if the centre was to be opened, but as soon as I close the position with f4, the rook is naturally not doing much here. [16.c5 dxc5 17.bxc5 f4 works out well for Black.] 16...Qe8 17.a4 f4 There isn't really much else for Black to do here. Without the light-squared bishops White will never be mated on the kingside of course, but at least I will manage to create some counterplay and not give White a free hand on the kingside.
18.Bd2 g5 19.h3 [19.Ne1 Qg6 20.f3 h5 21.Nd3 g4 was another option for White. White is clearly at least ok here, but as long as White is not breaking through on the queenside any time soon Black certainly has chances.] 19...h5 20.Nh2 Qg6 21.f3 Ne8! It is important to put this knight on f6 (it was just an obstruction on g7) rather than the other knight, which has a very useful defensive function on d7.
22.Rdc1 Nef6 23.Kf1? The critical moment, where Anand chooses the wrong defensive plan. [23.Nd1 with the intention of putting this knight on f2 and stopping g4 would be one move too late: 23...g4 24.hxg4 hxg4 25.Nxg4 Nxg4 26.fxg4 Bh4! followed by ...¤f6 with a very strong initative.;
23.Kh1 g4 24.Rg1 would have been better, as Black is not breaking through any time soon, and White might even have ideas of playing g3 some day. On the other hand, White is clearly not going to do any serious damage on the queenside either, with the knight on h2 and rook on g1.] 23...Kf7 24.Ke1?! The continuation of a bad plan. White has not enough time to protect everything after Black invades on the g-file. 24...g4 25.Kd1 gxh3 26.gxh3 Rg8 27.Kc2 Qg2 28.Rh1 Qxe2 29.Nxe2 Rg2 30.Kd3 Nb6 Now White is losing a pawn by force.
31.Rbg1 Rbg8 32.Rxg2 [32.Ng4 Rxg1 33.Nh6+ Kg6 just doesn't work.] 32...Rxg2 33.a5 [33.Nc3 Nxc4 is no better.] 33...Nxc4 34.Bc1 b5 35.axb6 Nxb6 36.Nf1 Nh7 Intending ...¥h4 followed by ...¤g5, and 37.h4 [37.Rg1 Rf2 doesn't help.] 37...Nf8 38.Bd2 Ng6 39.Be1 Na4 White is almost in complete zugzwang. As is easy to see, neither of his knights can move, and after 40.Rg1 [40.Kd2 Nb2 his king is stalemated too.] 40...Rxg1 41.Nxg1 Bxh4 Black does not have an immediate breakthrough, but with two extra pawns the game is obviously decided.
42.Bd2 Ke7 43.Nh3 Kd7 ...c7-c6 is next, and White has no chances of saving the game. A nice, smooth win, even if it was not Anand's finest hour. 0-1,all together
773 games on the tournament file where a small 25 of them cover excellent annotations.
The chess media files arte good for contributions from Leonid Kritz,French Winawer
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 0-0 8.Bd3 f5 9.exf6 Rxf6 10.Bg5 who examines now the lines 10…e5 and 10…Rf7.
Sam Collins goes for the Sveshnikov with:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 h6 7.Nd6+ Bxd6 8.Qxd6 Qe7 9.Qxe7+ Kxe7,Andrian Mikhalchishin goes for the Queens’s Gambit Accepted and Valeri Lilov digs in the Sicilian Rossolimo Variation with the move:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6.
The 14 opening’s survey cover the following lines, Efstratios Grivas Sicilian B33:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6 5.Nb3 Nf6 6.Nc3 e6 7.Bd3 d6 8.0-0 a6 9.a4,Evgeny Postny B48:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.0-0-0 Bb4 9.f3 Ne5 10.Nb3 b5 11.Qe1,Viktor Moskalenko French 01:1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5.
Yelena Dembo reveals the Evans Gambit C51:1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Be7,Leonid Kritz goes for the Two Knights Defence C58:1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Bd3,Martin Breutigam explains a new trend in the Exchange Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.g4 Bg6 8.Nxe5 Qh4 9.Qf3 f6 10.Nxg6 hxg6,Alexey Kuzmin covers the Anti-Slav D23:1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qc2 dxc4 5.Qxc4 Bf5 6.g3 e6 7.Bg2 Nbd7 8.0-0 Be7 9.e3 0-0 10.Rd1,Igor Stohl Queen’s Gambit Accepted D27:1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Bb3 Part 1,Michal Krasenkow Semi Slav D46:1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.0-0 dxc4 9.Bxc4 a6,lars Scandorff Queen’s Gambit D52:
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 Qa5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qd2 Bb4 9.Rc1 h6 10.Bh4 c5 11.Bc4.
Laszlo Hazai and Peter Lukacs cover the Queen’s Gambit D56: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 0-0 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 Ne4 8.Bxe7 Qxe7 9.Rc1 c6,Boris Avrukh covers the Catalan E05:
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.a4 Bd7 9.Qxc4 Bc6 10.Bf4,Mikhail Marin goes for the Bogo-Indian E11:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 a5 5.Nc3 b6 and at Last Boris Shipkov who digs in the King’s Indian Sämisch Variation E83: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Nge2 a6 8.Qd2 Bd7.
Other contributions are:King Move byMove,Wells Strategy,Reeh Tactics,Karsten Müller Endgames and Knaak Opeing Trap.
Included is a two language booklet.
Conclusion: Theze ChessBase Magazines
really help you to keep abreast of latest chess devolpments!  

Practical Pawn Endings by Daniel King
Power Play 15

2011
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Grandmaster Daniel Kings explains in his Power Play 15 DVD the secrets of  Pawn endings,
where all material is explained at the hand of a collection video explanations and instructive test positions.
To understand pawn endings you must be aware of some basic skills to master them,
without an understanding of them it is not easy to master more complicated endings.
Going throw these video files will help you to develop a familiar feeling with it but as we can learn from King these pawn
endings are full of tricks and traps.
A fine example on this DVD is the following classic game from Alekhine: Alekhine,Alexander - Yates,Frederick [D55]
DSB-17.Kongress Hamburg (13), 1910
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Nc3 0-0 7.Qc2 b6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Bd3 Bb7
10.h4 c5 11.0-0-0 cxd4 12.Nxd4 Re8 13.Kb1 a6 14.g4 b5 15.Bxf6 Nxf6 16.g5 Ne4 17.Nxe4 dxe4
18.Bxe4 Bxe4 19.Qxe4 Bxg5 20.Ne6 Qe7 21.hxg5 h6 22.gxh6 Qxe6 23.Qd4 Qe4+ 24.Qxe4 Rxe4
25.hxg7 Kxg7 26.Rdg1+ Kf6 27.Rh6+ Ke7 28.Rc1 Ra7 29.Rcc6 a5 30.Ra6 Rxa6 31.Rxa6 a4
32.Rb6 Re5 33.Kc2 Rc5+ 34.Kd3 Kd7 35.a3 Rf5 36.f4 Kc7 37.Rh6 Rd5+ 38.Kc3 f5
 39.Re6 Kd7 40.Re5 Rxe5 41.fxe5 Ke7 42.Kd3 Kd7 43.e4 f4 44.Ke2 Ke6
45.Kf2 Kxe5 46.Kf3 1-0,yes this is a fine example of triangulation.
Watch how the white kings dancers around with the moves 42.Kd3! and 44.Ke2,please also see
My Best Games 1908-1923 and Secrets of Pawn Endings from Karsten Müller & Frank Lamprecht,who describes this position as don’t touch me formation.
Running time is over 4 hours!
Conclusion: There is no better way to learn the secrets of pawn play!

What Grandmasters don't see by Maurice Ashley
Vol.2:Discovered Attack

2011
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Euro 29,90
 
ISBN 978-3-86681-237-6
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Grandmaster Maurice Ashley continues in his series “What Grandmasters Don’t See” with all kind of entertaining grandmaster blunders.
Some times Grandmasters play like some of us,and this interesting subject is very enjoyable explained by the educative speaking Ashley.
For example the following example shows us a impressive 2700 grandmaster blundering:
Aronian,Levon (2805) - Nepomniachtchi,Ian (2733) [D83]
Tata Steel (4), 01.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 0-0 6.Rc1 Be6 7.Qb3 c5 8.Qxb7 cxd4 9.exd4 Qb6 10.Qxa8 Nh5 11.c5 Qxb2 12.Bd2 Bxd4 13.Nf3 Nd7 14.Qxf8+ Kxf8 15.Nxd4 Nxc5 16.Rb1 Qa3 17.Be2 Nf4 18.0-0 Nxe2+ 19.Ncxe2 Nd7 20.Rb7 Qa6 21.Nxe6+ Qxe6 22.Nd4 Qg4 23.Rc1 f6 24.Be3 Nb6 25.h3 Qe4 26.Rcc7 1-0
After Ashley this is a typical mistake for grandmasters! Some describe it as chess blindness but as Ashley explains on this DVD the psychological  problem lays much deeper.
It can even overcome the best as we can see in the following model game from the greatest player of all time: Karpov,Anatoly (2730) - Kasparov,Garry (2800) [E94]
World Championship 35th-KK5 Lyon/New York (7), 26.10.1990
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.Be3 Na6 8.0-0 Ng4 9.Bg5 f6 10.Bc1 Kh8 11.h3 Nh6 12.dxe5 fxe5 13.Be3 Nf7 14.Qd2 Nc5 15.Ng5 Nxg5 16.Bxg5 Bf6 17.Be3 Ne6 18.Bg4 h5 19.Bxe6 Bxe6 20.Nd5 Bh4 21.Rac1 Kh7 22.Rc3 Rf7 23.b3 c6 24.Nb4 Rd7 25.Rcc1 Bf6 26.f4 exf4 27.Bxf4 Qa5 28.Nd5 Qc5+ 29.Kh1 Bxd5 30.cxd5 Qd4 31.dxc6 bxc6 32.Rxc6 Re8 33.Rc4 Qxd2 34.Bxd2 Be5 35.Be3 Bg3 36.Rf3 h4 37.Bf2 Bxf2 38.Rxf2 Rde7 39.Rf4 g5 40.Rf6 Rxe4 41.Rxe4 Rxe4 42.Rxd6 Re7 43.Ra6 Kg7 44.Kg1 1-0.
Kasparov later wrote in his book Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess Part Four:A black-out!
A grandmaster should not make such moves even in blitz game! The most surprising thing is that exactly the same elementary oversight was
 made by Spassky in the 8th game of his match with Fischer{Reykjavik 1972}(Harry Golombek later wrote in his book about the match: Such a move would be reprehensible in an
ingenuous fourteen-year old player.In a world champion it is hardly credible.
The highest of the highest says Ashley on this DVD,Kasprov completely forgot about the existence of this routine stroke!” as Kholmov later explained.
Running time 3 hours 36 minutes.
Conclusion: Yes these DVD’s from Ashley so unbeleavable  instructive!

The ABC of  Alekhine by Andrew Martin
2011
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E-Mail info@chessbase.com
Euro 27,90
 
ISBN 978-3-86681-249-9
System requirements:Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

IM Andrew martin comes with a pleasant update of his 2007 Chessbase Alekhine DVD,because it is well expanded with 15 extra new video files!
In the update I found some latest games as Hunt,Adam (2440) - Gormally,Daniel (2470) [B05]BCF-chT 1011 (4NCL) England (4.13), 16.01.2011
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 e6 6.0-0 Be7 7.c4 Nb6 8.exd6 cxd6 9.Nc3 0-0 10.b3 Nc6 11.Be3 d5 12.c5 Nc8 13.Rb1 Bf6 14.b4 a6 15.a4 N8e7 16.b5 axb5 17.axb5 Na5 18.Na4 Bxf3 19.Bxf3 Nc4 20.Be2 Nxe3 21.fxe3 Bg5 22.Rf3 Nf5 23.Kf2 Nh4 24.Rh3 Qf6+ 25.Kg1 Rxa4 26.Qxa4 Qg6 0-1 and Meylan,Andre (1983) - Sedina,Elena (2339) [B03]
Cappelle op 27th Cappelle la Grande (7), 03.03.2011
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 exd6 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Bd3 0-0 9.Nge2 Bg4 10.0-0 Bh5 11.b3 Bf6 12.Rc1 d5 13.c5 Nc8 14.Qd2 N8e7 15.Nf4 Bg6 16.a3 Qd7 17.b4 a6 18.Rcd1 Nd8 19.Rfe1 Ne6 20.Bxg6 hxg6 21.Nxe6 Qxe6 22.Bg5 Qd7 23.Bxf6 gxf6 24.Ne2 Kg7 25.Ng3 Rae8 26.h3 Nf5 27.Nxf5+ Qxf5 28.Kf1 c6 29.Re3 Rh8 30.Rde1 Re4 31.Rf3 Qe6 32.Rf4 Re8 33.Rfxe4 dxe4 34.Qc3 Qd5 35.Rd1 f5 36.Qe3 Rd8 37.g3 Qe6 38.h4 Rd5 39.Ke2 Qe7 40.Rh1 Qf6 41.Rd1 Qd8 42.Qc3 f4 43.Qd2 fxg3 44.fxg3 Qf6 45.Qe3 Qe6 46.Rf1 Rd7 47.Qc3 Qa2+ 48.Ke3 Qg2 49.Qe1 Qc2 50.Qd2 Qxd2+ 51.Kxd2 Rxd4+ 52.Ke3 Rd3+ 53.Kxe4 Rxa3 54.Rf3 f5+ 55.Kf4 Ra4 0-1.
But also the extra included game from the Alekhine expert Baburin is worth mentioning!
Macak,Stefan (2343) - Baburin,Alexander (2519) [B02]
BCF-chT 0506 (4NCL) Birmingham (11.3), 01.05.2006
[Studio]
1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 [2...d5 3.e5 d4 (3...Ne4; 3...Nfd7) 4.exf6 dxc3 5.fxg7 cxd2+ 6.Bxd2 Bxg7 7.Qf3;
2...e5] 3.e5 [3.d4 Bb4] 3...Nd5 4.Nxd5 exd5 5.d4 [5.c4 d6 6.exd6 Bxd6 7.cxd5 0-0 8.Bd3 Qg5 9.Ne2 Qxg2 10.Rg1 Qxd5 11.Qc2 g6 12.Be4 Qc5 13.Qb3 Re8 14.Bxg6 hxg6 15.Rxg6+ Kf8 16.Rg1 Qh5 17.Qc4 b5 0-1 Rombaldoni,A (2399)-Luther,T (2534)/Boeblingen 2007/CBM 122 Extra] 5...d6 6.f4 [6.Bf4 dxe5 7.dxe5 (7.Bxe5 Nc6) 7...c5 8.Nf3 Nc6 9.c3 h6 10.Bd3 Be6 11.h3 Be7 12.Qd2 Qb6 13.Rb1 d4 14.a3 g5 15.Bg3 0-0-0 16.0-0 c4 17.Be4 dxc3 18.Qxc3 Nd4 19.Nxd4 Rxd4 20.f3 Rd3+ 21.Bf2 Rxc3 22.Bxb6 Rb3 23.Bxa7 b6 24.a4 Rd8 25.a5 bxa5 26.Bf2 Rd2 27.Be1 Rdxb2 28.Rxb2 Rxb2 29.Bxa5 Bc5+ 30.Kh1 Bd4 31.Rd1 Rb5 32.Rxd4 Rxa5 33.Kg1 Rxe5 34.Kf2 Kc7 35.Rd2 Kb6 36.Ke3 Kc5 37.Ra2 f5 38.Ra5+ Kd6 39.Ra6+ Ke7 40.Kd4 Rb5 41.Bc2 Rd5+ 42.Kc3 Re5 43.Ra7+ Kf6 44.Rh7 Kg6 45.Re7 Re2 46.g4 Kf6 47.Rh7 fxg4 48.hxg4 Ke5 49.Rxh6 Re3+ 50.Kd2 Kd4 51.Bd1 c3+ 52.Kc2 Re1 53.Rf6 Re3 54.Rf8 Bd5 55.Rd8 Kc5 56.Rd7 Kc4 57.Rd8 Bxf3 58.Bxf3 Rxf3 59.Rc8+ Kd4 60.Rg8 Rf2+ 61.Kd1 Kd3 62.Rd8+ Ke3 63.Rc8 c2+ 64.Kc1 Rg2 65.Rc5 Kf4 66.Rc4+ Kf3 67.Kb2 Kg3 68.Kc1 Kh3 69.Kb2 Rxg4 0-1 Goloshchapov,A (2572)-Varga,Z (2564)/Miskolc 2004/CBM 100] 6...dxe5 7.dxe5 [7.fxe5 Qh4+] 7...Bc5 8.Nf3 Nc6 9.Bd3 0-0 10.Qe2 [10.Bxh7+ Kxh7 11.Ng5+ Kg8 12.Qh5 Bf5] 10...f6 11.Be3 [11.Bd2 fxe5 12.fxe5 Bg4] 11...Bxe3 12.Qxe3 fxe5 13.fxe5 Bg4 14.0-0 Qe7 15.Rad1 Rae8 16.Bb5 Bxf3 17.Bxc6 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 bxc6 19.Rxf8+ Rxf8 20.e6 [20.Qxa7 Qxe5 (20...Qg5+) ] 20...a5 21.Rf1 Rxf1 22.Kxf1 Kf8 23.Kg2 Ke8 24.Qe5 h6 25.Kh1 Qf6 26.Qe1 [26.Qxc7 Qf1#] 26...Ke7 27.Kg1 Qg6+ 28.Kf1 Qf5+ 29.Kg2 d4 30.a4 Qg6+ 31.Kf1 Qf5+ 32.Kg1 g5 33.b4 Qxe6 [33...Qxc2 34.bxa5 d3] 34.Qxe6+ Kxe6 35.bxa5 Kd7 36.Kf1 Kc8 37.Ke2 Kb7 38.Kd3 Ka6 39.Kxd4 Kxa5 40.Kc5 Kxa4 41.Kxc6 g4 42.Kd5 Kb4 0-1.
This DVD is not a encyclopaedia of the whole Alekhine Defence but Andrew Martin has provided the black player with a wealth of entertaining ideas!
Running time 7 hours and 30 minutes!
Conclusion: Excellent update!

The Catalan by Viktor Bologan
2011
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E-Mail info@chessbase.com
Euro 29,90
 
ISBN 978-3-86681-246-8
System requirements:Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

Grandmaster Viktor Bologan provides you on this DVD with a complete white repertoire line based on the Catalan Opening.
The Catalan Opening was introduced into tournament practice by Savielly Tartakower at the Barcelona tournament of the year 1929,and it
runs with the moves:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 and where balck has the options to a open or closed Catalan.
But the key piece of the Catalan is white light-squared bishop.
The 17 video files from Bologan gives you enough information for a good overview,but the most interesting of all are the well thought 
repertoire choices of the author.
The following game could also have arise from the Queen’s Indian, Miton Kamil (POL) (2544) - Brownscombe Tom (USA) (2199) [E18]
It \ Philadelphia (USA) (1), 2002
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 b6 5.Nf3 Bb7 6.0-0 Be7 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Ne5 Nbd7 9.Qa4 Nxe5 10.dxe5 Ne4 11.Nxe4 dxe4
12.Rd1 Qe8 13.Qc2 Qc6 14.Rd4 Qc5 15.Rd7 Rfd8 16.Be3 Qxe5 17.Bf4 Qf6 18.Rxc7 e5 19.Be3 Bc6 20.Rxc6 Qxc6 21.Bxe4 1-0.
A higly instructive model game is: Kramnik Vladimir (RUS) (2785) - Leko Peter (HUN) (2755) [E05]
Ch World Mexico City (Mexico) (12), 27.09.2007,
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Be4 11.Qc1 Qc8
12.Bg5 Nbd7 13.Qf4 Bb7 14.Rc1 Bd6 15.Qh4 h6 16.Bxf6 Nxf6 17.Nbd2 Re8 18.Nb3 e5 19.dxe5 Bxe5
20.Nxe5 Rxe5 21.Qf4 Re7 22.Bf1 1-0,13.Qf4 is an interesting new move by Kramnik,later black manages to win the exchange but finds himself
under terrible pressure.
By the way it is interesting to compare Bolgan his notes on this game with the one’s from Nigel Davies, from his excellent book
Play The Catalan,Everyman Chess 2009.
In 2009 Bologan had an Elo rating of 2689, making him number 40 in the world and Moldova's best chess player!
Running time is 5 hours 29 minutes.
Conclusion: This work covers excellent Grandmaster analysis! 

 

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