Latest book reviews of 1 September 2011

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                                 Chess Books & Magazine's

Chess Informant 110
327 pages
Price  £ 20.50

There is not one publication in the world of chess that holds so many contributors as the good old Informator,this magazine includes some of the best players in
the world as world champion Vishy Anand, Judit Polgar, Sutovsky, Vitiugov, Kasimdzhanov, Bologan, Sasikiran, I.Sokolov, A. Beliavsky, Berkes,
Ivanisevic, Sjugirov, Tiviakov, Volokitin, Gagunashvili, Bo. Vuckovic, Gajewski, Krasenkow, Rob. Markus,  R. Leitao, T. Gelashvili, Banikas, Al. Kovacevic,
Radulski, D. Mastrovasilis, B.Amin, Gleizerov, Roiz, D. Solak, Gopal, S. Halkias, Golod, Ribli, Ar. Jussupow, Jan Timman, L. Christiansen, Ch. Lutz,
Mih. Stojanovic, Haba, Mil. Perunovic, J. Benjamin, Du. Popovic, B. Damljanovic, Speelman, W. Browne, Mikhalchishin etc.
All these contributors secures the reader from human contributions, as for example Grandmaster Michael Roiz, who analyzes six of his games for this issue.
This Informator holds a refined selection of 321 annotated games and 388 accompanying game fragments, all played from September till December 2010.
New in this Informator are the theory surveys:B 66 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 h6 9.Be3 Bd7 10.f3 b5,C 65
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 0-0  and C 95 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 Nb8 10.d4 Nbd7 11.Nbd2 Bb7 12.Bc2 Re8 13.a4 Bf8 14.Bd3 c6.
The best game of the preceding volume goes to: Ponomariov,R (2734) - Kramnik,V (2790) [E01]
Dortmund 109/309 (2), 2010
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Be7 5.Bg2 d5 6.Nf3 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Qc2 b6 9.Rd1 Ba6 10.Ne5 Qc8
11.Nc3 Nbd7 12.Rac1 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Nd7 14.cxd5 cxd5 15.Bf4 g5 16.Bxd5 exd5 17.Nxd5 Qd8 18.Nc7 Rc8 19.e6 fxe6
20.Qc6 Qe8 21.Qxe6+ Qf7 22.Qxf7+ Kxf7 23.Nxa6 gxf4 24.Rxc8 Rxc8 25.Rxd7 Rc2 26.Nb4 Rxb2 27.Nc6 Rxe2 28.Rxa7 f3
29.h4 h5 30.Rxe7+ Rxe7 31.Nxe7 Kxe7 32.g4 hxg4 33.Kh2 Ke6 34.Kg3 Kf5 35.a4 Ke4 36.Kxg4 1-0.
The most important novelty of the preceding volume goes to: Riazantsev,A (2674) - Karjakin,Sergey (2739) [E15]
Poikovsky 109/341 (8), 2010
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qc2 Bb7 6.Bg2 c5 7.d5 exd5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.0-0 Be7 10.Qe4 Na6 11.Nh4 g6 12.Nf5 gxf5
13.Qe5 0-0 14.Qxf5 Re8 15.Nc3 Nac7 16.Be4 Bf6 17.Qxh7+ Kf8 18.Bxd5 Bxd5 19.Nxd5 Nxd5 20.e4 Nc7 21.Bh6+ Ke7 22.e5 Bxe5
23.Qe4 f6 24.f4 d5 25.Qh7+ Kd6 26.fxe5+ fxe5 27.Rf7 Ne6 28.Qg6 Kc6 29.Raf1 d4 30.R1f6 Qd5 31.Rxa7 Rad8 32.a4 c4 33.Qf7 Kc5
 34.Bd2 c3 35.Rc7+ Kb4 36.bxc3+ Kb3 37.c4 Qd6 38.Rb7 d3 39.a5 Qd4+ 40.Kf1 Qe4 41.Kg1 Kc2 42.Rxb6 Kxd2 43.Rbxe6 Rxe6
44.Qxe6 Kc2 45.c5 Qd5 46.Qg4 Qd4+ 47.Rf2+ d2 48.Qf3 e4 49.Qf7 Kc3 0-1,please also see the extra included theory survey from Br.Tadic on the E15 file.
The best of Chess Informant goes to Sergey Karjakin,and please see the following novelty
Karjakin,Sergey (2706) - Morozevich,Alexander (2771) [B48]
Wijk aan Zee 105/53, 2009
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 Be7 9.f3 0-0 10.g4 b5 11.g5 Ne8 12.h4 Ne5 13.Kb1 Bb7 14.h5 Rc8 15.Qg2!N [15.Bd3 - 103/(123)] 15...b4 16.Na4 f5 17.gxf6 Nxf6 18.Bd3 Rf7 19.b3 Rcf8 20.Rdg1 Ne8 21.Rh3 Bf6 22.Nb2 Nc6? [22...Nxd3 23.cxd3 Nd6² Karjakin,Sergey] 23.Nxc6 Qxc6 [23...Bxc6!?] 24.Nc4 d5 25.exd5 exd5 26.h6 [26.h6 g6 (26...dxc4 27.Bxh7+ Kh8 28.Be4+-) 27.Bxg6 hxg6 28.Qxg6+ Kh8 29.Qg7+!+-] 1-0.
Conclusion: There is no better investment as the Informator!

1001 tödliche Schachmatts by John Nunn
Gambit Publications Ltd
311 pages
Price €15,45
ISBN 978-1-906454-29-6

I am pleased to announce the following German translation from John Nunn his book,1001 deadly checkmates which was released by Gambit Publications some months ago.
This German release is available by for a bargain price of €15.45,and it even covers a few more pages as the English release.
The master of attack GM John Nunn, comes in this book with a fabulous collection of 1001 checkmates pleasantly divided in different types of check mates.
Nunn offers the reader points,between 1 and 5 all according to difficulty.
Yes this is a book where you are awarded for finding the checkmate! There is even a score-chart at the end of each chapter ,where you can fill in your score.
The aim of this book lays by novice and junior players but I would also like to recommended to local club players who would like to improve there pattern recognition.
Pleasant to mention is: That the positions have been arranged in a logical sequence so that a later position will repeat an idea from an earlier one,but with an
additional subtlety or finesse, Nunn in his introduction..
This book holds some beautiful mating combinations as the one from K.Berg against J.Kristiansen,Arhus 2009.
White: Kf1,Rc3,Ra5,Ng6, pawns a3,f5 and g3. Black:Kg8, Rb2,Bb7,Ng4,pawns e4,g7 and h6.White plays 1.Ra8+! and black resigned!
More difficult is Radziewicz – Yakovich,Rilton Cup,Stockholm 1999/2000 but this is not for nothing covered in chapter 17 of extreme mate challenge:
White:Kg1,Qh6,Ra1,Rc3,Be2,Nf5,pawns a3,b2,d5,e4,g2 and h2. Black:Kh8,Qd8,Rook g8,a8,Knights g6,c5 and pawns on a5,b6,d6,f6,f7,h7.
White finished the game by 1.Qxh7+!! Kxh7 2.Rh3+ Nh4 3.Rxh4 Kg6 4.Rh6+ and black resigned.
Included is a impressive players index!
Conclusion: There is no better way to learn chess!

Fighting the French by Denis Yevseev
A new concept

Chess Stars
384 pages
Price 27,95
ISBN 978-954-8782-83-8

Grandmaster Denis Yevseev  provides the user of this book with a white repertoire line based on the move  {1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5} 3.Nd2,where black has the choice for the Rubenstein variation which is by the way impressively well covered with 115 pages,and the good old Tarrasch Variation,which is good for the remaining 265 pages of this unbelievable move to move book.
Yevseev suggests a new concept of tackling the French,with the moves Ngf3, Bd3, c3, and 0–0.
For example after 3.Nd2 Nf6 Yevseev prefers the Bishop move 4.Bd3 which is hardly seen in the theory books: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.Bd3 and after 4….c5 5.c3 Nc6 6.Ngf3 cxd4  7.cxd4 dxe4 8.Nxe4 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Nc3 Nb4 11.Bb1 b6 he suggest the strong 12.a3!
Interesting to mention is also: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.c3 cxd4 5.cxd4 Bb4 6.e5 Nc6 7.Ngf3 Qb6 8.a3 Be7 9.Bd3 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 Qxd4 11.Nf3 Qb6 12.0-0 Bd7 13.b4 and white has  a very good compensation,thanks to his considerable lead in development.
Various alternatives are covered in this book as for example:1,e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7 or 4…Qd5.
Memorizing numerous variations does not necessarily men that you have a good understanding of the opening, it is more essential to become familiar with the middle game positions which are typical for this opening, and this book is the perfect guide to become a expert on the French!
Conclusion: One of the most interesting books that I have ever seen on the French!

No passion for chess fashion by A.Raetsky & M.Chetverik
Mongoose Press
234 pages
Price €21,95
ISBN 978-1-936277-26-1

The two openings experts Aklexander Raetsky and his companion Maxim Chetverik,provide the reader in this book with a selection of eleven rare
openings as the King’s Gambit:1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 d6 4.d4 g5 5.h4 g4 6.Ng1 f5,Petrov’s Defence:1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4
4.dxe5 Bc5,The Ruy Lopez: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bb4 {Alapin Defence},The Scandinavian Defence 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Nxd5
4.c4 Nb4,Alekhine’s Defence 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.f4 g5,French Defence:1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5
4.Qg4,The St.George Defence 1.e4 a6,Sicilian Defence:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Ndb5 Bc5,The Albin Countergambit:1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5
3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6,Chigorin Defence: 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 Bg4 4.Bg2 Qd7,and at last the English Opening with 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4 3.Nd5 Ba5.
From the 11 openings the Cobra,1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Ndb5 Bc5 7.Nd6+ Ke7 8.Nxc8+ Rxc8 9.Bd3
d5 and the King’s Gambit with the moves, 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 d6 4.d4 g5 5.h4 g4 6.Ng1 f5 did really catch me.
It seems that 6…f5 is impressively strong!
Conclusion: Buy this book if you want to outplay your opponent in the opening!

Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes
The Personal Memoir of a Soviet Chess Legend
by Yuri Averbakh

New in Chess
268 pages
Price € 28,90
ISBN: 978-90-5691-364-9

Yuri Averbakh born 1922) is the oldest living  Russian chess grandmaster who can  look back at a long chess career.
This man played chess a training match with Botvinnik in 1957,was a writer,endgame theoretican,journalist,editor, an arbiter, a trainer and a long-time
 member of the board of the Soviet chess federation.
In this book Averbakh looks back at the people he did meet,both chess players and not.
This did result in a unique view of the old and new quard,forgotten chess players as for example Nikolay Mikhailovich Zubarev 1894-1951 who
had a unknown side,during  the first world war,he been in the Rusded expeditionary force and fought in France,where he left later a wife and son behind.
Included are memories about Glazkov,Simagin,Baturinsky,the match Petrosian – Fischer,Kortchnoi’s defection etc.
Interesting are the words from Averbakh on the Curacao 1962 tournament,where Bobby Fischer did accused Petrosian,Geller and Keres of a conspiracy.
Bobby claimed that they made short draws among themselves,so as to stop him taking first place.
Averbakh writes: it is certainly true that all games between the first three players ended in draws,but that is easy to explain.Petrosian and Geller had been friends for many years.There games in previous tournaments had usually ended in draws.As far as Keres is concered,it is laughable to accuse such a gentleman and sportsman of a conspiracy.
The oldest player in the tournament, in order to conserve his strength for the finish,is quite likely to draw with his closest rivals.At the end of the day,each player chooses his own tournament tactics, and there correctness or otherwise is shown by the final result.
If Fischer had been able to beat the Soviet grandmasters, as happened later on,then no amount of draws between the latter could have stopped him.
On page 90 Averbakh describes his lost against Donal Byrne,but it is a pity that New in Chess did not include and chess games in this book!
Conclusion:A very interesting read!      

Chess DVD's

ChessBase Magazine issue 143
ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 19.95

Chessbase Magazine issue 143 comes with the following tournaments: 5th Kings Tournament Medias 2011,Lublin won by Alexei Shirov!,Capablanca Memorial 2011,Candidates Matches Kazan 2011,UKR-ch,New Delhi,Danzhou,Dutch Championship, the matches Nakamura-Ponomariov,Navara – Mocsesian etc.
All together good for 698 entries, but you buy these files for the excellent annotations to the games.
As for example the following one:
Diu,Viacheslav (2475) - Zakhartsov,Viacheslav V (2578) [B43]
RUS-ch Higher League 64th Taganrog (3), 17.06.2011
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 a6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Qc7 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.0-0 Bc5 8.Nb3 Be7 9.f4 d6 10.e5!? An interesting pawn sacrifice, which I had believed not quite correct during the game. I was not right: things are not so clear. 10...dxe5 11.fxe5 Nfd7 [11...Qxe5?! 12.Bf4 Qh5 13.Be2 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Ne4 with an initiative for White: 15...Nxe4? 16.Bg4 and the queen is trapped.] 12.Qg4! In order to weaken Black's kingside. 12...g6 13.Bf4 Nxe5 [Previously 13...Nc6 had been played: 14.Rae1 Ndxe5 15.Qg3 f6 16.Be4 Bd7 (16...0-0 17.Bxg6 hxg6 18.Rxe5 Nxe5 19.Bxe5 fxe5 20.Qxg6+ Kh8 21.Qh6+ Kg8 a draw) 17.Bxc6 (Sipos-Feuerstack, Switzerland 2009), and now 17...Qxc6 (17...Bxc6 ? 18.Rxe5 fxe5 19.Bxe5 Qb6+ 20.Bd4) 18.Bxe5 fxe5 19.Qxe5 0-0-0 led to double-edged play.] 14.Qg3 Nbd7?! The wrong square for the knight. [14...Nbc6 led to the previous note by transposition.] 15.Rae1 Qb6+?! [15...f6 was much better.] 16.Kh1 Nxd3? Usually mistakes come in pairs. [16...f6 17.Bxe5 (17.Bh6) 17...Nxe5 18.Rxe5 !? 18...fxe5 19.Qxe5 Rg8 (19...Rf8 20.Rxf8+ Kxf8 (20...Bxf8 21.Nd5) 21.Qh8+ Kf7 22.Qxh7+) 20.Ne4 with initiative.] 17.cxd3 ! [17.Qxd3 0-0 18.Nd5 exd5 19.Rxe7 Nf6 and Black somehow holds.] 17...Nf8? As they say: if there are no good moves, one has to make bad ones. [In advance I had intended to play 17...Nf6 , but now I saw 18.Qf3! 0-0 (18...Nh5 19.Be3) 19.Bg5 and White wins.;
17...0-0 doesn't help either: 18.Nd5 exd5 (18...Qd8 19.Nxe7+ Qxe7 20.Bd6) 19.Rxe7 Qf6 20.Ree1 with a big advantage due to the weak dark squares around the black king and the huge lead in development.] 18.Be5 Rg8 19.Rxf7! The most spectacular way to win. 19...Kxf7 20.Rf1+ Ke8 21.Qf3 White unavoidably regains the rook, and Black's position collapses. 21...Kd8 22.Qf7 Qc6 [22...Qe3 23.Bf4 Qxd3 24.Rd1] 23.Qxg8 Qe8 24.Ne4 g5 25.Rf7 Ng6 26.Bc7+ 1-0.
A other hot item are the theory files: Dutch A89: 1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.d5 Na5 by Boris Schipkov,Sicilian B30:
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 by Leonid Kritz,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.Kh1 Be7 10.f4 Qc7 11.Bd2 b5 by the great Efstratios Grivas himself!
Sicilian B90:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nde2 by Tibor Karolyi,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 by Igor Stohl.
Semi-Slav D43/D44: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3,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 by Lars Schandorff.
Queen’s Gambit D53:1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.Qb3 by Alexey Kuzmin,Grünfeld Defence D90: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qa4+ by Boris Avrukh,Slav/Grünfeld Defence D94:1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.e3 Bg7 6.Be2 0-0 7.0-0 e6 by Evgeny Postny,Bogo-Indian E11:1,d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 d5 5.Qa4+ nc6 6.a3 by Mihail Marin,King’s Indian E67:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 0-0 5.Bg2 d6 6.0-0 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.h3 exd4 9.Nxd4 Nb6 10.b3 d5 by Darko Anic and Alexey Kuzmin goes for the line E73:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Be3 e5 7.d5.
This DVD holds four chess media files,Leonid Kritz the French Winawer,Adrian Mikhalchishin King’s Indian,Martin Breutigam Slav Exchange variation and Valeri handles
In the Sicilian Grand Prix Attack:1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 the move 5…Nd4.
Other columns are: King:Move by Move,Wells Strategy,Reeh:Tactics,Müller:Endgames,Knaak: Opening trap and Telechess which is good for over 7000 entries!
A 25 page booklet in two languages is included!
Conclusion: Must have material!

Know the Terrain Vol . 2 The Capablanca Structure
by Sam Collins

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

Sam Collins digs in all kind of pawn structures where the pawns are standing on c4 and d4,connected with black pawns on the squares on c6 and e6.
The major strategies on this DVD arise from pawn positions on 1.d4 and c4 after Collins,the so called Capablanca structures.
A fine strategy example of this all is the following game from Collins himself where the author of this DVD is able to draw in a not to difficult way: Schandorff,Lars (2510) - Collins,Sam (2387) [D11]
Calvia ol (Men) Mallorca (2), 16.10.2004
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Bd3 Bg4 6.Nbd2 Nbd7 7.Qc2 e6 8.b3 Bh5 9.0-0 Bg6 10.e4 dxe4 11.Nxe4 Nxe4 12.Bxe4 Be7 13.Rd1 Bxe4 14.Qxe4 0-0 15.Bf4 Qa5 16.Qc2 Rac8 17.Rd2 Rfd8 18.Rad1 Nf8 19.Bg3 Ng6 20.h3 Rd7 21.Ne5 Nxe5 22.dxe5 Rxd2 23.Qxd2 Qxd2 24.Rxd2 Rd8 25.Bf4 Rxd2 ½-½.
The basis lays in a good understanding of the played strategies which are instructive and well explained in perfect English.
The Capablance structures can also arise after a Caro_Kann,as we can see in the following game from Nigel Short: Short,Nigel D (2684) - L'Ami,Erwin (2593) [B11]
Staunton Memorial 7th London (9), 16.08.2009
1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 Nf6 6.Be2 dxe4 7.Nxe4 Nxe4 8.Qxe4 Qd5 9.Qg4 Nd7 10.0-0 Nf6 11.Qa4 Qe4 12.Qxe4 Nxe4 13.Re1 g6 14.d4 Bg7 15.Bf3 Nf6 16.c4 Rd8 17.Be3 0-0 18.Rad1 e6 19.g4 h6 20.h4 Rfe8 21.Kg2 Nd7 22.d5 Ne5 23.dxc6 Nxf3 24.Kxf3 bxc6 25.b3 a5 26.g5 hxg5 27.hxg5 Ra8 28.Rd7 Bf8 29.Red1 a4 30.Rc7 axb3 31.axb3 Rec8 32.Rdd7 Rxc7 33.Rxc7 Rb8 34.Rxc6 Rxb3 35.Rc8 f5 36.gxf6 Kf7 37.Ke4 Rb7 38.Bd4 g5 39.c5 Rb1 40.c6 Rc1 41.Be3 1-0.
Going throw these video files will help you to develop the understanding of modern chess strategy!
Running time is 4 hours 30 minutes.
Conclusion: Very Instructive!

First Steps in Attack by Andrew Martin
Euro 19,90

ISBN 978-3-86681-252-9 
System requirements:Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

Andrew Martin provides the reader on this DVD with a basic understanding of the world of attacks.
Andrew Marin explains in this brand new series the philosophy of attack,where the aim lays at players below the 2200 elo.
Between the video files I found the following smashing game from the legendary  Bobby Fischer:
Fischer,Robert James - Ivkov,Borislav [A08]
Piatigorsky Cup 2nd Santa Monica (12), 04.08.1966
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.Nbd2 Bd6 6.Bg2 Nge7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nh4 b6 9.f4 dxe4 10.dxe4 Ba6 11.Re1 c4 12.c3 Na5
13.e5 Bc5+ 14.Kh1 Nd5 15.Ne4 Bb7 16.Qh5 Ne7 17.g4 Bxe4 18.Bxe4 g6 19.Qh6 Nd5 20.f5 Re8 21.fxg6 fxg6 22.Nxg6 Qd7
23.Nf4 Rad8 24.Nh5 Kh8 25.Nf6 Nxf6 26.exf6 Rg8 27.Bf4 Rxg4 28.Rad1 Rdg8 29.f7 1-0
,Ivkov was at that time one of the leading players of the world.
The King’s Indian attack was a favourite of Fischer and it is also recommended by the famous chess trainer mark Dvoretsky as a good basis for building an opening repertoire.
All material is designed under the subject easy to understand.
Included are 18 highly instructive video files,where each file includes many lessons.
Virtually every attacking idea is well explained by Martin.
Conclusion: Very inviting learning DVD!

Chess Endgames 8 by Karsten Müller
Practical Rook Endings

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

Grand master Karsten Müller needs nearly no introduction at all,this man belongs for years to one of the greatest endgame experts in the world.
It is nearly unbelievable what this chess genius has managed to compress  in this 3 hour 41 minute DVD.
First of all this DVD or better said endgame course is divided to practical rook endings,as the following techniques: Rook vs pawn,Protection against a series of checks,The 4th phase of the game,Defence, and Complicated cases.
This material is all under divided in lessons as body checks, mating attacks out of the blue, winning techniques against a blockading rook, checking distance, horizontal cutt of etc.
Karsten Müller also belongs to the view who include end game bibliographies from his sources but also does awful his best to improve your endgame skills.
Very instructive is the following example:
The Cuban chess genius Capablanca once said that he owned his chess knowledge to the study of a thousand rook endings!
The frequency of rook endings is very high, roughly one in five of all endgames, so I can truly recommend this highly instructive rook course from Karsten Müller!
All video material is available  in the German and English language!
Conclusion:Higly recommended!

Beating the Sicilian by Viktor Bologan
A grandmaster repertoire vol.1

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 Viktor Bologan presents the reader in this first volume of his white repertoire DVD,a complete line for white against the
move order 1.e4 c5.Nf3 Nc6 and that includes openings as The Sveshnikov,Cheliabinsk Variation,Rauzer Attack,Maroczy Bind etc.
The theoretical knowledge of Bologan is impressive and in the Sveshnikov he goes for the moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5
 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c4.
Yes some will say white remains with a passive bishop but on the other hand the chess student avoids tons of memorizing!
And after 12.Nc2 0-0 13.h4 a5 14.g3 Be6 15.Qd3 Nd4 16.Nxf6+ Qxf6 17.Nxd4 exd4 18.Rd1 and white stands very well.
Against the Grivas System 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6 Bologan prefers the move order: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4
4.Nxd4 Qb6 5.Nb3 Nf6 6.Nc3 e6 7.Be3 Qc7 8.Bd3 a6 9.f4 d6 10.Qf3 b5 11.g4 Nd7 12.0-0-0 Bb7 13.g5 Nc5 14.Kb1 g6
15.h4 b4 16.Ne2 Na4 17.h5 Bg7 18.Ned4 Nxd4 19.Bxd4 Bxd4 20.Nxd4 0-0-0 21.Nb3 Nc5 22.Qe3 Kb8 23.Qd4 Nxb3
24.axb3 Qc5 25.Qg7 and white is slightly better.Indeed the Grivas Sicilian is not so bad at all!
Running time is a impressive 6 hours!

Beating the Sicilian by Viktor Bologan
A grandmaster repertoire vol.2

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

Bologan second volume is mainly divided to the Sicilian Dragon and English Attack.
But first to the Dragon where Bologon prefers a early g4: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 Bd7 10.g4.
It is clear here white goes for a kingside attack!
Against the Najdorf we see simpler techniques: 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 a6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 d6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 b5 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.g4 Nb6 and now
Bologan comes with the brand new move 10.a4!
White must not be afraid to attack on two sides!
Yes there is a lot of 2011 material included on this DVD!
Bologon prefers to work with theory surveys and I can insure you these are impressive!
Running time is 5 hours and 40 minutes!
Conclusion: Super material on the Sicilian!


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